iPhone 5 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX: Anorexic Flagships

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There are some great handsets out at the moment and another one was announced last night in the shape of Apple’s iPhone 5. So how does the latest member of the Apple iPhone family match up against some of the top Android handsets outed so far?

In focus: iPhone 5 vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

One has to bear in mind that many of the Android handsets that are out on the market have been doing what the iPhone 5 can do for a long time. Android handsets typically have larger screens. For instance the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch, the HTC One X a 4.7 inch and the Motorola DROID Razr HD a 4.7 inch. The iPhone 5 Retina display is 4 inches.

All of the Android handsets except the Samsung Galaxy S3 have 1GB of RAM while the S3 has 2GB. The iPhone 5 has 1GB too.

The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB while the HTC One X comes with 32GB of storage and the Motorola DROID Razr HD 16GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Razr HD support micro SD cards as well.

All three of the Android handsets have Android 4.0 ICS but Android 4.1 is out while the iPhone 5 has the latest iOS 6 installed.

All Android handsets have support for NFC while the iPhone does not. All devices are 4G LTE compatible.

However as we know, when it comes to Apple and its iPhone, it isn’t about the hardware. Apple strives for offering the best user experience and devices that fans lust after thanks to breathaking industrial design. Looking at the iPhone 5 presentation yesterday, Apple was pushing some things pretty hard. For instance it boasted that the iPhone 5 was now the “world’s thinnest smartphone”. Despite stuffing in new LTE radios and improving battery life, Apple made it a priority to make the iPhone 5 sleek and that elongated body brought attention to it. Then there is iOS 6 which boasts over 200 new features in order to bring a richer user experience.

These particular points immediately reminded me of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX. Motorola has been following this same path lately as well. They too have been striving to make their devices as sleek as possible, with the RAZR name synonymous with thinness. Motorola even stripped its UI down to a bare minimum to offer a sleek skin on top of of both the ICS and Jelly Bean builds. In fact, the DROID RAZR HD MAXX is the only of the three Android devices mentioned in this comparison that looks like it is running ICS and Jelly Bean. Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense can still be mistaken for Gingerbread with the lack of any resemblances to the Holo UI. And in addition to offering a more simpler user experience, sleeker form factor and even a squarish form factor, it offers phenomenal battery life (3,300mAh battery boasts 21 hours talk time).

Both the Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX and iPhone 5 look set for a collision course later this year for customer’s pockets.

Always looking for something new to learn, Mario looks at the internet as one big startup. With him at the helm, continues to head in the right direction of providing high quality and unbiased information on the latest new car models and electronics.