Holiday season is gone and has left slew of new phones behind.
Often friends call me up and throw the question which phone to buy? My standard answer is what you need your phone for. If it’s for apps and fun look at iPhone and Android powerhouses if it hardcore business and emails than don’t shy away from a Blackberry. So when it comes to fun and apps there are few very good phones in the top bracket and I decided to put up a short review on these three for all of you.
The iPhone 4S needs no introduction. A minor upgrade to widely successful iPhone4 this beast comes loaded with voice witchcraft known as “Siri”, don’t forget that 8MP camera and brutally rapid A5 processor.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest Google flagship phone and it's running the very latest version of Android -- Ice Cream Sandwich. Add to that a massive 4.65-inch screen with a blisteringly high resolution, and this is looking like a scorcher.
Now the underdog – Motorola Razr coming from the makers of the original super-thin must-have handset, this phone wants to amaze you with its processing power and incredibly slim frame. But it takes a lot to impress me - is the Razr sharp enough to steal our hearts?
Design – iPhone 4S takes its handsome looks from the version 4, glass in the front and out the back with a chic metal loop surrounding it, the 4S looks a model minimalistic phone. Galaxy Nexus sadly does not provide any thrill in design nor is it an ugly duckling, - average. 7.1 mm thick mostly,Motorola RAZR has a Kevlar back cover and easily wins my vote for design.
Hardware - All three are beasts, make no mistake here. While Razr has beautiful super AMOLED screen, 8 mp camera which records video at 1080 pi a I.2 GH processor and 1GB RAM making it truly fast yet unable to catch up with the A5 processor of iPhone 4S mixed with a very good 8mp camera which too takes 1080 pi videos. Screen on iPhone in one word is “crystal clear’ and that retina display can blow your mind away, as long as you don’t look at Galaxy Nexus. It has an unbelievably promising screen, thanks to a 720x1,280 (yup, that's proper HD) resolution display, and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. Massive, and with a staggering resolution games and movies are a pleasure. So despite a 5 MP camera Galaxy Nexus wins the vote.
Software – This is where all three take different routes. Motorola Razr comes with some cool Motorola apps, including one called Smart Actions that lets you program new instructions for your phone using a tiled interface. It's impressively flexible -- for example, you could set your Razr to open the music app when you plugged in your headphones, or turn off Bluetooth and GPS when your phone isn't plugged into its charger. Apart from these few things RAZR comes loaded with Android Gingerbread not the latest Ice Cream Sandwich – that honor lies with Galaxy Nexus. Nexus offers an interface overhaul, a new multi-tasking system and a host of other treats, such as the ability to unlock your phone using your face (by letting it identify you using its camera, not by hitting your head against the screen). All is good and merry but no one beats I OS5 on iPhone because of continuous improvement and that big pile of apps which make all the difference.