So now the Droid Razr is out, who is the “king” of Android smartphones?
Well, after a bit of playing with all the best smartphones on the market right now, I would have to say Galaxy S2 still beats Droid Razr in terms of overall performance and usability.
First, let’s give hats off to the all-new Droid Razr, it’s officially the “world’s thinnest smartphone” right now at just 7.1mm thick, thinner than Galaxy S2’s 8.5mm, which was the king of thinness.
If you compare a Galaxy S2 and the Droid Razr side-by-side, the Droid Razr is definitely much thinner.
As for the weight, Galaxy S2 is actually a bit lighter but you can’t tell the difference by holding both phones. In fact, Droid Razr actually “feels” lighter, probably due to its thinness.
Ever since I held a Galaxy S2, I’ve been a fan of thin smartphones.
Why? Because when you have a really thin smartphone, it fits in your jean pockets better, even if the size of display was humongous like the 4.5-inch screen on Sprint’s Galaxy S2, Epic 4G Touch or the 4.5-inch screen on T-Mobile’s Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 series.
Because of this, I really love the Droid Razr, it’s a really well-designed “fancy” phone. I would give the award of design to Droid Razr and award of design/performance to Galaxy S2.
In benchmarkings with stock Galaxy S2 and Droid Razr, the Galaxy S2 clearly does things faster/better with its 1.2Ghz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor. That processor coupled with its Mali GPU is 20-30% better performance than Droid Razr’s 1.2Ghz dual-core TI OMap4 processor. This is no myth, you can read every tech review and find that Galaxy S2 series are still king in performance. It’s not always the higher clock speed that wins but the processor with better graphics performance, which still is Galaxy S2.
Even with Galaxy Nexus launching next week, I think Galaxy S2 still will fare much better in terms of raw performance.
Here’s the thing though, Galaxy S2 isn’t available on Verizon so although the Galaxy S2 is a better phone in my mind, the Droid Razr is still the best if you are on Verizon. Plus Verizon’s 4G LTE is unbeatable in my testings over the last couple months. 4G LTE on Verizon is simply faster and gets much more reliable signal everywhere compared to Sprint’s 4G WiMax, AT&T and T-Mobile’s fake 4G. AT&T has been rolling out 4G LTE as of recently but they still have very few 4G towers, not many major U.S. cities are currently supported including San Francisco where I live.
Overall, the Droid Razr is a really great (and thin) phone. If you are on Verizon and you have a grandfathered unlimited plan, I would definitely get the Droid Razr. If not, Galaxy S2 is probably much better choice.
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