Specs Comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs. Motorola Droid Razr M

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Apple’s iPhone 5 has been released and ready for your consideration. But, with a huge number of alternatives available from Android manufacturers, should you look to Apple? Here’s a quick comparison that breaks down the primary hardware differences between the Motorola Droid Razr M and the iPhone 5. Just keep in mind that these gadgets are not marketed totally on the benefit of hardware.

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Motorola Droid Razr M

Ergonomics & Design:

The iPhone 5 is hailed for its retina display – a 4.0” LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. The screen resolution of the Droid Razr M is slightly lower at 540 x 960 pixels but its display is a larger 4.3” Super AMOLED Advanced. With a much lower 256ppi, the Droid Razr M doesn’t quite match up to the iPhone 5 Retina.

The Droid Razr M measures in at 122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3mm and 126g. The iPhone 5 is 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm and 112g.

OS:

The brain of the mobile!  Processor rate and power is really based on how the software uses it, but based on speed alone the Razr M has a 1.5GHz dual core processor. The Razr M ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but an upgrade to the buttery Android 4.1 is promised soon.

The iPhone 5 of course comes with iOS 6 dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz, which is the latest OS and comes with more than 200 new features including iCloud. Which is one of the biggest modifications on the new iPhone 5, icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users.

The Droid Razr M and the iPhone 5 both pack 1GB of RAM.

Memory:

The iPhone 5 comes in three different models: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Razr M has 4.5GB of built in storage and is expandable with 32GB SD cards. As usual iPhone 5 does not have a micro SD slot.

Camera:

An 8 MP rear camera comes with the iPhone 5 which is the same as that on the Razr M.  Its 1.3 MP front camera is better than the 0.3 MP VGA front camera on the Razr M. Both devices have the ability to record video in full HD 1080p quality.

Connectivity:

Both devices bring in bluetooth 4.0, aGPS and GLONASS, Wifi b/g/n at both 2.4 and 5GHz. Verizon LTE is also on board both models this time. Things are a little fuzzy at this point when it comes to world roaming with the iPhone 5 and using LTE around the world, but we know for certain that the Razr M has world roaming capabilities.

Battery Life:

The iPhone 5 battery provides 8 hours talk time on 3G and 10 hours on Wi-Fi. The size of the battery is yet to be  announced by Apple. The Razr M has a 2000mAh battery to power the phone for days and provides around 20 hours of talk time.

Price:

The Apple iPhone 5 price on contract are $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB. The Razr M is starting at $100 below the iPhone 5 ($99 versus $199 on contract).

Wrap Up:

There is no definitive phone that is better than another when it comes down to putting your hard earned money on a device. All the specification in the world can only assist in the decision here, and it really comes down to which is best for you. These are deeply personal devices that we spend (way too many) hours on every day.

What we can say is that the iPhone 5 will probably be the best selling iPhone to date. The Droid Razr M will also likely be one of the best sellers on Verizon for months to come. Through the course of reading this comparison you’ve likely figured out which one we’d prefer, now it’s up to you to make that decision as well.

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