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Yesterday was a big day for Android fans, especially for Verizon users. Not only was the long-awaited Galaxy Nexus – which will almost certainly be headed to Big Red, along with other carriers – announced, another flagship Android phone was made official, too. The DROID RAZR, an Android smartphone with undeniable ties to one of the most popular phones to ever grace the planet, is also slated to land at Verizon's doorstep in the coming weeks.

While having a choice is a good thing, it doesn't always make things easy. Both of these phones will be available in November with some serious specs in tow. The RAZR will be available for $299.99 with a two-year contract, and since we still don't officially know which carriers it will end up on, the price is still unkown.

Until I watched the event yesterday, I really had no interest in the DROID RAZR at all. Sure, I was glad they were bringing the name back, but Motorola has failed to impress me as of late. After the event and seeing the phone in action, however, my decision in which phone I will buy next became a bit more tricky. I thought I knew, without a doubt, what my next phone would be, but now I'm on the fence.

First up is the DROID RAZR. It sports a 4.3-inch qHD (960 by 540 pixels) Super AMOLED Advanced display, 1.2GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, expandable memory slot with 16GB pre-installed, 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p recording at 30fps, LTE and a 1,780 mAh battery. All of this comes packaged neatly in a remarkably thin (7.1mm) and lightweight (127 grams) chassis, with a stainless steel core, coated with woven Kevlar fiber on the back and spun aluminum accents. While the RAZR definitely carries one serious spec sheet, the highlight of this device is design and durability – though it will ultimately be a love-or-hate phone. Simply packing an LTE radio into a 7.1mm thick body is a feat in itself.

Then there's the Galaxy Nexus, which will ship with a contoured 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display at 1280 by 720 pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16 or 32GB built-in storage, a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p recording, LTE connectivity and a 1,750 mAh battery. The Galaxy Nexus is both thicker and heavier than the RAZR at 8.84mm and 135 grams. The body, which was originally believed to be a HTC-like metal body, is actually made of Hyperskin, a protective, soft-touch material.

In terms of specifications, these two devices are quite similar. The biggest differences are the display, in which the Nexus has the upper hand by quite a margin, and the fact that the Nexus ships with Ice Cream Sandwich versus the RAZR's Gingerbread (with Motorola Applications Platform atop). That said, Motorola has promised a fairly speedy update to ICS for the RAZR, though I would take that with a grain of salt. Other differences are the HDMI out on the RAZR and NFC on the Nexus.

There are also some caveats to each device worth noting: the RAZR has a non-removable battery and the Galaxy Nexus has no expandable memory slot. Also, I'm not exactly a fan on the on-screen buttons featured in Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus.

The more I think about it and list these things out, the more obvious my decision becomes. I promised myself I was going to quit buying non-Nexus phones and stick to stock Android devices that will ultimately receive lots of developer love. Not to mention that 720p display is enough to make a man weak at the knees.

Most of my doubt comes from the fact that I was honestly expecting more to be done with optics in the Nexus. Since Google put so much effort into ICS camera software, I figured Samsung would have upped the ante as well and used some sort of advanced lens. I am pretty disappointed in the camera samples from the Nexus that I've come across thus far (not that I think the RAZR's 8-megapixel shooter will be any better), but I will wait to get the device in my hands before I make any real assessments on the camera. And the lack of a microSD card slot kind of saddens me, even though I use cloud storage for almost everything.

That said, I will certainly have a hard time avoiding swiping my card on RAZR launch day. To me, most of the RAZR's appeal is the supposed durability. Gorilla Glass, Kevlar and a stainless steel chassis sounds like they would make for a pretty tough device, but I do have some doubt that it's really any stronger or more durable than any other phone out there.

I know some of you aren't a fan of Samsung hardware, and some of you weren't exactly fond of the new UI in Ice Cream Sandwich. So the Galaxy Nexus and RAZR announcements may have thrown you guys for a loop, too – likely for different reasons than mine. Tell me, pups. Is the Ice Cream Sandwich debut device on your wish list? Will it be the phone that's bringing back the popular RAZR name? Or do you have your sights set on something else? Cast your vote in our poll below!


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Aaron Latham I can't get either, but if I could I would get galaxy nexus
Terry Oakes razr seems kewl too bad its only vzw
Travis Rector If I had to choose, then Galaxy Nexus. Even though it's a bad name for it, it doesn't sound right imo
Robert Mglej RAZR when/if it's available in Europe
Justin PercySnow Thomas All samsung phones seem like there're made for girls, ics actually look ugly, Motorola hardware looks way better n tougher, a man phone yea, im getting the razor, my wife gets the nexus
Ronald Luage None of them
Vishal Nandre Moto droid razr
Marcus Cadwell Neither. Nexus has amazingly low specs for the times and the razr has a non removable battery. Whatever the next HTC superphone is on Verizon, vigor or rezound or whatever, ill take that
Yasir Ali Palh Galaxy Nexus
Sheeraz Sarwar Don't you people think that thee nexus has only 5 Mega pixel camera
Peter Kis The Nexus - because of Motorola's shitty update policy here in Europe. The RAZR will never see Ice Cream Sandwich here.
JesusNveronica Flores I meant I will keep both of them for the fuck of it...
JesusNveronica Flores Ons get both n keep em for the duck of it..
Eric Kroh I would buy both and try em..return one of em!
Jeff Penczak I wanted the Galaxy s2 but verizon opted not to carry it. Hopefully the Nexus will live up to all the hype.
Brett Sherman I wish the razr but got the bionic.
Robin Sin Nexus prime
Celica Rise Galaxy SIII
Daniel Rocha Nexus looks like a beast!!!
Ej Morris Nexus
Jordan Mosley I don't understand why the nexus won't have Bluetooth 4.0. Thats really the only thing the Razr has over it. The nexus has a better screen, better OS, better processor, and as long as the LTE version is less than 9.3mm thick and has a decent battery, I think it will be great. The LTE radio in the RAZR has to be in the hump at the top, so i don't think there would be a lot of room for a really great camera. Overall, the Nexus is probably a better phone, unless you really want the WebTop accessories.
Paul Gicewicz Hopefully
Cesar Arizaga C'mon man next month the badess phone comes out ,no wait the month after that another and another slow your roll man all these phone ware do I start .JUST SAY NO MORE. The FCC needs to put a stop to all these companys pushing out the products out ,i dont crap money$$$$ do U
Cory Wilson @john fisher you got understand that android is just a os, phone companies just use their os
Cory Wilson Nope waiting for the Samsung galaxy note
Jason Vargas Galaxy Nexus if it comes to T-Mobile. It would suck if right when iPhone starts giving you carrier options Google starts taking carrier choice away with there Nexus Devices.
John Fisher @ Frederick - Android has some pretty cool stuff, i just wish it was more stable. The iPhone is as stable as it gets right now. Each OS has its own problems...
Grant Young Hello moto
Gabriel Fernandez Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Syedul Islam I wouldnt mind gettin the nexus though somewhat weary of its battery life considering the specs of the screen
Khurt Escoffery Even if it comes to T-Mobile neither. Happy with my Galaxy S 2!
Kevin Pizana Nexus...no more notorious crap for me...
Dillon Sappingfield nexus if on sprint
Ricardo Lopez If the galaxy nexus comes to tmobile then maybe
Robert Skeen Nexus Prime. A non. Removable battery on the Razr doesn't make sense
Lance Carter Nexus all the way... Would love a face scanner, plus razr has no nfc chip...
Lee Grip Gresham Galaxy Nexus even though the King is back, lol
Anonymous @ John: I dont even know wtf a Bionic is, and im such a fanboy that Im not getting the new nexus because my one year old Nexus S does everything I need it do perfectly and on top of that, will soon have the new ICS interface. :p
Markus Howard Nexus, I'm still using my HTC Aria.
Derek Lombardi Galaxy Nexus .. moto is a no no
Ahmed Jamal Ibraihimi For other thought nw I thnk, I wll wait for Moto Razr2.........bcoz Moto razr was designed nd developed keeping in mind Gingerbread, that's the reason it has buttons below the display, but Ice cream sandwich will make those buttons redundant, so I thnk, I wll wait for MWC whr moto will announce nxt Razr and sammy will announce next Galaxy superphone..........Mayb nxt Razr will nt use any buttons on front and instead use the extra space to squeeze in super amoled plus HD display and nt super amoled qhd display........ :-)
Crytos Crytostasis Nexus for me, been looking online to buy the phone outright and it's well priced. No to Motorola because it'll have manufacturer crap in it. To all those HTC fans, you'll be waiting months if at all for ICS, I'm on an HTC and Sense is so buggy I'm not getting another one.
Ya Tu Sabe Nexus :) no phone betta
John Fisher @Frederick @Juan I've owned two different Android phones. The Eris and the DX2. Both phones were completely useless without rooting. The DX2 (which I had extremely high hopes for) was a great phone except the camera lagged like crazy, the phone overheated, the phone rebooted at least three times a day, and it took forever for apps to load. To each his own. @Zach I actually prefer a 3.5" screen, the 4.3" DX2 I had previously was too big for my pocket...especially with an Otterbox. I enjoy the iPhone a ton more than my previous Android phones. All you Android Fanboys deep down inside are pissed when the $300 phone you just bought is obsolete within a month...case in point the Bionic.
Byktor Urvaes Droid Razr is better!
David Hilgendorf One of each
Theresa Matthiesen I'm waiting for in depth cnet reviews of both before I make a decision. There are trade offs with both.
Mohammed Ahmed Galaxy nexus
Enrique Calderon I'd get the Razr if it was released on T-mobile
Ernesto Estrada NEXUS!!!!!
Anonymous @ John: is that what Apple fanboys are telling each other to feel better nowadays? I've NEVER had constant reboots or even ANY random reboots with my nexus S or even G1! Security issues? should we remind you of the reported cases of Iphones taking random pictures on their own? It should be hard to do remotely once access is gained. Sorry, but the Iphone simply introduced the media-smartphone revolution; Android is becoming the new standard everyone else tries to copy.
Kenny Hernandez Nexus!!!!
Collin Hoylman Neither. Android blows. In a week they'll have another "best phone ever!"
Samuel Skarcrow Olie If it comes to sprint I want to get the galaxy nexus ...for now ill stick with my nexus s 4g
Wayne Hopf Nexus!
Paul Davis locked boot loader or overpriced nexus....? How about wait six months for other phones to catch up?
Angel Vazquez Galaxy nexus
Sean Martin Unfortunately my Moto Droid touchscreen died in the spring and a new phone was more cost effective than paying for the repair. No new phone for me for a while thanks to Verizon getting rid of their 12 month upgrades on the primary line.
Scott Smith Razr, But only when the 2 year contract price comes down to $150.
Jeremy Gillett Droid Razr-nicer design, better build quality and motorolas applications platform. Galaxy Nexus is awesome so either or both would be good
Zach Cline I haven't experienced any security issues.
Larry Siason Genoraga Jr. Droid razr!!,superb hardware materials,software can be updated but the the plastic thingy on nexus cannot be upgraded to kevlar fiber,stainless.....Remember motorola and google tigh the knot recently...so its RAZR..
Zach Cline @John- That's true, Then apple gives you the same hardware specs again with a few minor upgrades lol. Enjoy that tiny 3.5 inch screen and siri
Juan Carrasquillo @ John what constant reboots? I've owned 3 androids and never had a problem with constant reboots or lag. You probably bougght a cheap phone without premium specs. Security issues both systems have. Didn't hear the new security whole with siri for iPhone ?
Daniel Barrera Nexus. IPhone blows blue chunks.
James Newman I've been using my G2 for a little over a year now and haven't experienced and constant reboots, lag, or security issues (rooted or unrooted). May I ask what Android device you were using when you experienced these issues?
Tony Rougeau I like the RAZR, but I'm on AT&T. So neither for me :-( but the Galaxy S II is freaking AWESOME!!!
Fredrick Roberts Galaxy nexus
John Fisher I'll take "outdated hardware" over constant reboots, lag, and security issues ANY DAY.
Brandon Johnson I think the Razr is a bit more compelling than the Nexus but it will have 4.0 exclusive for at least 2 months before any other phone (still can't wrap my head around why that is). Samsung's made pretty good google phones, I just personally don't like this Galaxy N.
James Newman @John but you're stuck with outdated hardware for those 9-12 months.
John Fisher Why? It will be obsolete in a month...stupid Android phones. At least Apple gives you a good 9-12 months (at least) before dropping a new phone.
James Newman Really? Everything I've heard has said it has no SD slot. I just learned that it does have a removable battery, so I am wrong on that part.
Bill White I like the RAZR, but the non-removable battery might kill the deal. That's been one of my biggest iPhone objections... (and the garbage that is iTunes). If I have a long day i often swap batteries on my Droid X. I love not being teathered to a cord while a battery charges independently.
Brett Black Nexus enough said
Altee Smith NEXUS! BOMB!
Tom Parker I already have the iPhone 4S, what else would anyone want?
William Newland Nexus... Duh!
Omar Leon Galaxy Nexus!!
Simon Rasmussen RaZr! With laptop dock 500 and Motoactv! ;)
Zach Cline Lol the galaxy nexus blows the iphone out of the water.
Nam Nguyen oh god, i already bought HTC amaze, hope they will hav us upgrade to the ice scream sandwich!
Anonymous neither since I'll have Ice Cream Sammich on my Nexus S soon :p
Karan Nanda Ahluwalia Galaxy Nexus !
Brian Fruge I phone 4s
Michael Miller Nexus if its for Sprint.
Sujit Tiyar galaxy nexus
Karen D. Morales iPhone all the way
Arvydas Grušeckas None. They both suck, because they have Android. I will probably buy Nokia WP7 phone or Samsung Focus S
Ann Wortham just bought a bionic on saturday so i guess that i'm stuck with that until the next upgrade. considered holding out for the razor but figured that i would always come up with an excuse to wait of the latest & greatest phone. btw, i love the bionic. it is leaps & bounds away from the sprint palm pre.
Brandon Worley If it doesn't say HTC don't buy it...see way too many issues w anything that says Motorola on it and don't trust anything Samsung has had their paws in ie. Charge was just quarantined off of Vzw




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