I’ve had Motorola’s Droid RAZR for a few weeks now so feel comfortable commenting on the advantages and disadvantages relative to my previous phone (the Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Captivate).
- Better Bluetooth stack. I believe it supports Bluetooth 4.0. Voice dialing works with my car stereo (JVC KD-A925BT) which wasn’t the case with the Infuse.
- Speed. The phone doesn’t get sluggish when I have a few apps open. 1GB of RAM and a dual core processor make the user experience much snappier.
- Podcasts. The native music app integrates podcast.com which seems to have a more recent (and larger) database of podcasts to choose from.
- Social Networking. The Droid RAZR supports more sites out-of-the-box: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype and YouTube.
- Verizon’s Network. This isn’t exactly exclusive to the RAZR but Verizon’s 4g network, at least at the time of this writing, runs circles around AT&T’s network. I’ve run numerous network speed tests in Seattle and Atlanta (the 2 cities I frequent) and get the same results every time. Verizon’s network is 3 to 5 times faster than AT&T’s network (4G LTE vs HSPA+). To stress how big the gap is, Verizon’s upload speeds are consistently faster than AT&T’s download speeds.
- Camera quality. Indoor close up shots are much sharper on the Infuse than the RAZR. I truly miss the camera on the Samsung Infuse.
- Software Keyboard. I make a lot more mistakes on the RAZR than on the Infuse. It’s almost as if the keyboard is optimized for 1-handed typing; the left half of the keyboard is too far to the right. I’m already on my 2nd keyboard (SwiftKey X) but still seem to have this problem.
- Backup Assistant. I’d like to make sure I don’t lose my contacts if I switch to a different brand of phone (especially considering how fast the android ecosystem is evolving!) so have no desire to use Backup Assistant but can’t get rid of it. This wasn’t a problem with the Infuse.
- MotoBlur. They’ve done some things well (exchange email support, yahoo push support) but in general MotoBlur is more intrusive than Samsung’s TouchWiz.
- Notifications screen. This is the pull-down screen that displays notifications. Samsung phones include a set of controls that let you toggle Wireless, GPS, Bluetooth, etc... at the top of the notifications screen. The RAZR has no corresponding functionality.
- No text message preview. If there is only 1 text message the RAZR displays the sender; if there are more than 1 messages then the RAZR displays the number of unread messages. I prefer Samsung’s approach which displays the sender and the first part of each message as a separate notification.