Unlike the iPhone 5, Android devices have been leaning towards bulky handsets that have giant screens. However this is not the case with the Verizon Motorola DROID RAZR M, which has a decent display and compact size with an enticing $99 price tag.
iPhone 5 vs Motorola DROID RAZR M: don’t underestimate this DROID
The Motorola DROID RAZR M comes with 4.3 inches of display and a resolution of 960 x 540. The frame is small and so the large screen extends to the edge of the Android. While the handset is not HD, it is bigger than that on the iPhone 5 and the colors are vibrant. The handset feels of quality in the hand thanks to its aluminum design and the back plate of Kevlar. It is also resistant to most scratches unlike the iPhone 5 that can match the looks but not durability.
The Motorola DROID RAZR M comes with all the features you would expect from a top-end Android. It connects to 4G LTE and is run on a 1.5GHz processor which is dual core. This chip is similar to that of the US Samsung Galaxy S3 which should be on par with the iPhone 5. The camera on the back is 8 megapixels just like the iPhone 5 and there is also a camera on the front of the device. It has support for NFC, so you can exchange data between devices by tapping them. This is missing in the iPhone 5.
Droid Razr M will come with Android 4.0 and it is thought that it will run Jelly Bean, via an OTA update before the end of the year. Motorola says that you should be able to get around 20 hours of mixed use from the battery and typically lasts around 24 hours before having to plug it in. This comes in well above the figures given for the iPhone 5.
The downside of the handset is that it only comes with 8GB of internal storage, with around 4.5GB being available to the consumer. However there is SD card support up to 32GB and there is cloud storage available.
It is the price of the device that makes it stand out as you can get it for $99 with a contract for two years. For this price and the specs, it will no doubt give the iPhone 5 a run for its money on Verizon even though it may not match Apple’s overall sales given its limited distribution (iPhone 5 is available on all top 3 US carriers as well as smaller networks).