Samsung Galaxy S2, which is known as the best android smartphone, has just received the eagerly awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.
As Samsung enthusiasts are waiting the release of Galaxy S3 within months, they feel that the ICS update for the S2 has come late. But it's still better late than never as with this update, S2 can finish its run improved before making room for S3.
Galaxy S2 might be phased out with the launch of S3. But still the old device is running better than many of the newly launched device by the smartphone manufacturers like Nokia, HTC or Motorola.
In this article we will talk about the features of the Moto Droid Razr Maxx, which comes with a super-powerful battery Li-Ion 3300 mAh that, according to Verizon, is revolutionary and provides a whopping 21 hours of talk time and 368 hours of standby time.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx was released for Verizon Wireless at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year. The phone, which was expected to be considered as the overachiever of the Razr family, sports a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixels Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touch-screen.
It has a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor with a Texas Instruments' OMAP 4430 Chipset and PowerVR SGX540 GPU and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The phone also touts an 8 megapixel LED flash rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture capabilities and an additional 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting.
Both the phones come with amazing features and attractive design. Still Galaxy S2 till date holds a greater fan base and continues to be regarded one of the best Android devices. Let's check out why it's still the best.
Size: Even with a big battery, Moto Maxx manages to come with a slim and attractive body that has dimension of 130.7 x 68.9 x 9 mm and weighs 145 grams while Galaxy S2 comes in 125.3x66.1x8.5 mm dimension and weighs 116 grams.
Display: Samsung Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3-inch 800x480 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch-screen with 217 ppi pixel density. The Razr Maxx, on the other hand, sports a same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touch-screen with qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and about 256 pixels per inch (ppi) density.
Display Protection: S2 comes with a scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass protection and sports TouchWiz user interface version 4.0. Display of Droid Razr Maxx is designed to resist scrapes and scratches and water attacks and a force field of water-repellent nanoparticles shielding the phone against water attacks. The same technology can be found inside the phone to protect the electrical boards.
Operating System: While all the smartphone makers are now advising you to leapfrogging ICS and jump straight to Jelly Beans (Android 5.0), the Razr Maxx still runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. According to Motorola, the Droid Razr Maxx ICS update decision is still in the Evaluation and Planning phase. An absolute turn-off when compared to S2 as the Samsung device has just received Ice Cream Sandwich.
Processor: Motorola packs a Dual-Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Dual-Channel 1 GB RAM, TI OMAP 4430 chipset and PowerVR SGX540 GPU for the Droid Razr Maxx while the Galaxy S2 features a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9, Exynos processor with 1 GB RAM.
Memory: The new Motorola smartphone comes with 16 GB internal with a 16 GB microSD card preinstalled that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Galaxy S2 has internal memory configurations of 16/32GB and an external microSD card that allows it to expand to another 32GB.
Camera: The Razr Maxx sports an 8 megapixel HD P2P Video camera that comes with 3264x2448 pixels unit autofocus, LED flash rear facing camera with 1080p video capture capabilities. A 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video capture capabilities has also been included in the new Motorola phone. The Galaxy S2, like the Droid Razr Maxx, comes with an 8 megapixel 3264x2448 pixels unit with 1080p video capture capabilities and a secondary 2 megapixel camera for video calling.
Camera Additional Features: The S2 camera has features like autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization and the Droid 4 camera also includes features like Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and other editing features like cropping, rotating, brightness, color, enhance, flip, resizing and effects.
3G/4G: Galaxy S2 supports download speed of 21 Mbps and upload speed of 5.76 Mbps but does not support LET. Razr Maxx, on the other hand, connects to Verizon's CDMA Rev A and also supports LTE networks.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: The Motorola smartphone has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Smart Ready Bluetooth version 4 with LE+EDR, DLNA version 1.5 and microUSB 2.0 versions. Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3 and HS, USB version 2.0 with microUSB (MHL), USB On-the-go features. Galaxy S2 also provides Near Field Communication technology as an optional feature.
Battery: Motorola Droid Maxx boasts of a battery that comes with unstoppable power. According to the company, on one full charge, you can host a marathon as in more than 21-hour conference call - the longest talk time of any 4G smartphone and you can listen to music for two and half days. The battery is Li-Ion 3300 mAh.
Galaxy S2, on the other hand, comes with a standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery that gives stand-by time of up to 710 hours for 2G and up to 610 hours for the 3G and talk time of up to 18 hours 20 min for 2G and up to 8 hours 40 min for 3G. Motorola wins hands-on in this battery department.
Other Features: Droid Razr Maxx boasts of features like HTML5, Adobe Flash, an a accelerometer, proximity and a compass and a splash resistant, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, SNS integration, HDMI port, voice navigation, voice memo/dial, predictive text input, document viewer and a photo viewer/editor. It comes with FOTA, PC Sync, Corporate Sync, Google Sync features and Verizon Visual Voice Mail. The Android phone integrates Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Quick Search Box, Google eBooks, Google Search by Voice. GPS feature includes aGPS (assisted), eCompass, sGPS (simultaneous) and GLONASS.
Galaxy S2 also sports same features like active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), SNS integration, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Voice memo/dial/commands and Predictive text input (Swype). Like any other Android phone, Galaxy S2 also integrates Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa.
Editor's Pick - Despite a beefed-up battery, Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has a slim, attractive, and durable design with the same gorgeous display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and fast Verizon 4G/LTE data speeds as its predecessor. Ice Cream Sandwich is must for all the newly released phones. While the vague promise of OS update pushes Moto back in the race of best smartphones, the same OS now gives Samsung's device a little edge over the Razr Maxx.