With its announcement of the iPhone 5, Apple has laid down its cards in the battle for smartphone buyers’ hearts and wallets in the holiday 2012 shopping season. The Apple faithful will most likely be on board for the new device, but others could use some comparison shopping before making that call.
So, we give the iPhone 5 a head-to-head comparison with the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD.
Similar to the comparisons with other top-end Android handsets, the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen loses out in terms of sheer screen size to the RAZR MAXX HD’s 4.7-inch display. For most users, this would be the main technical decision they will make: it’s their window to the user experience. There shouldn’t be too much difference in terms of image quality between these two devices, and the Motorola’s slight pixel density deficit shouldn’t be too noticeable in normal use.
Given that we currently know very little about the iPhone 5’s A6 chipset, it’s too early to judge its performance. Despite this, the RAZR MAXX HD’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset is a good enough performer to ensure a slick user experience.
However, the new flagship Motorola phone has a massive 3300mAh battery, which promises impressively long endurance. Apple has promised unchanged battery life from the iPhone 4S, so the RAZR MAXX HD has some advantage here.
Mobile operating systems have something of a religious quality to them that makes it difficult to convince solid fans to change camps. Still, there’s something to be said about how relatively unspectacular iOS 6 looks at this point in time. It does improve on Siri, introduce a new mapping suite and include a new Passbook digital wallet app, but it still looks remarkably similar to its predecessors.
In contrast, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich represented a massive leap in usability that brings it pretty much on par with its competition.
The Apple smartphone’s clean aesthetic is certainly attractive, but it’s more of the same basic concept as its immediate predecessor’s. Meanwhile, the new Droid RAZR could be a hit-or-miss for some people, due to its patterned Kevlar backplate. Still, in terms of sheer thinness and pocketability, the iPhone takes the crown. However, people with big pockets (or those who stash their smartphones elsewhere) would find plenty to like with the package represented by the Droid RAZR MAXX HD.