Now that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has made a comeback as being the first smartphone to be scheduled for the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, it has won its way back in to our hearts after being initially dwarfed by newer devices.
The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX for one is beating the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon as the best seller out of all the Android smartphones with them. There has even been unconfirmed speak of the RAZR MAXX outselling the iPhone 4S with Verizon. So if you’re contemplating upgrading to either one of these Android smartphones, which is a better bet? Let’s take a look at the specs to find out.
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Design & Display: The RAZR MAXX (145g, 9mm thick) is thinner and lighter than the Nexus (150g, 9.5mm thick), with 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD res screen, with 540x960p, 256ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass and a Kevlar casing. The Nexus has a better screen, at 4.65 inches, also Super AMOLED with HD res, and 720x1280p with 316ppi.
Processor & Memory: Both have the same 1.2 GHz dual core A9 processor, 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX540 graphics card. The Nexus has 16GB internal storage but no microSD slot whereas the RAZR MAXX only has 8GB internal storage but a microSD slot where you can increase the memory by up to 32GB (you get a 16GB card free from Verizon with the device too).
Connectivity: Both have 4G LTE capability, Blyetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, whilst the Nexus has NFC which us pretty useful whilst the RAZR MAZZ has a micro-HDMI port – also useful.
User Interface: The Nexus should see the aforementioned Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this month which is going to be a very impressive OS. The RAZR MAXX has Android 4.0 which is a good OS but they only just received it, showing it is a low priority for updates just like other Motorola phones (ICS is 8 months old).
Camera: Here the RAZR MAXX is clearly superior with 8MP to the 5MP rear-facing camera on the Nexus. Both shoot HD 1080p videos and have 1.3MP front-facing cameras for video chatting, both able to record at 720p.
Battery: The Nexus has a less than impressive 1850mAh battery which is known to last less than 24 hours, whilst the RAZR MAXX is famously impressive with regards to battery life, with a 3300mAh Li-lon battery than has been known to reach 48 hours before running out (both on moderate usage). Then again the Nexus battery is removable unlike its opponent, which is always a bonus.
So now you have seen a comparison, you can make your own minds up – but do bear in mind that Nexus sales are seeing a temporary injunction in the US so you may have to wait a little while if you want to purchase from the shelf of a US retailer, but hopefully Samsung will win their case against Apple soon.