Motorola's done it again with the revamped RAZR – it's a super slim handset that's crammed it full of tech too. Yet the Galaxy Nexus is also a slim sort, despite scoffing down Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – so does it have the advantage?
Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola RAZR – Build
Galaxy Nexus: The Galaxy Nexus' 4.65in screen dominates its front face thanks to its 4.29mm bezel and lack of buttons. Oh, and it weighs just 135g. Next to the RAZR it's a bit chubby, though, at 8.94mm thick.
Motorola RAZR: The thinnest smartphone ever (according to Moto) at 7.1mm thin, the RAZR is impressively sleek – but those buttons look clunky opposite the Galaxy Nexus' smooth finish. Its splash-proof guarding and Kevlar construction will keep it safe despite its svelte lines.
Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola RAZR – Speed
Galaxy Nexus: A 1.2GHz dual-core processor and mighty 1GB RAM stands the Galaxy Nexus alongside the likes of the Galaxy S II.
Motorola RAZR: Also with 1.2GHZ and 1GB RAM, the Moto is losing no ground on speed in spite of its slimmer form.
Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola RAZR – Power
Galaxy Nexus: The 1750mAh battery should be plenty powerful enough to keep your HSPA+ connection running for most of the day.
Motorola RAZR: How they manage to squeeze an 1800mAh battery in there is beyond us. And it manages 12.5 hours talk-time. Colour us impressed.
Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola RAZR – Screen
Galaxy Nexus: The 4.65in display manages a whopping 316ppi with its 1280x720 resolution – and all on a vibrant Super AMOLED display. Perfect.
Motorola RAZR: Also packing a Super AMOLED screen, the RAZR's display is a bit smaller at 4.3in – and its qHD 960x540 resolution isn't quite as impressive as the Galaxy Nexus. It's tucked away behind Gorilla Glass for extra protection.
Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola RAZR – Camera
Galaxy Nexus: It’s only a 5MP snapper but does have a 1080p video camera. Still, this is a clever one with easy panoramic stitching and reduced shutter delay. The front-facing 1.3MP camera can unlock your handset using facial recognition.
Motorola RAZR: 8MP and 1080p is great, but we’re yet to see how that translates into actual photos, so we’re holding fire on these numbers until we see the RAZR in action.
Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola RAZR – OS
Galaxy Nexus: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Awesome. A tablet and phone unifying OS that does away with the need for buttons, it also offers improved multi-tasking and NFC support.
Motorola RAZR: The RAZR's still stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread – but it's due an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in 2012. Won’t that make its buttons redundant and a waste of space though?
VERDICT The Motorola RAZR is pushing the limits with astounding battery-life in a wafer thin highly protective shell. Yet the Galaxy Nexus already has the more advanced OS – and its lack of buttons prove it’s the more forward thinking of the two phones. The Nexus falls down on its camera but in a world of online sharing do we need much more than 5MP?
If the RAZR had Android 4.0 it would take the prize, but it'll have to wait until next year before it gains the edge in this contest.
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