A Comparison Of The Motorola Razr I And The LG Optimus G

Motorola and LG have had mixed fortunes over recent years. Motorola are now very close with Google and are looking to revitalise their Razr range. LG have similarly worked with Google recently having had mixed success with their phones over the years. So, how do these two phones stack up on form, display, storage, the processor and the operating system?

motorola razr i vs lg optimus g

The form, design and appearance

The LG Optimus G is slightly weightier at 145grams compared to the 126 grams of the Motorola Razr. The LG dimensions are 131.9 X 68.9 X 8.5 mm and the Motorola is smaller at 122.5 X 60.9 X 8.3 mm. The Razr uses a compact shell and large display. The screen takes up the most part of the screen offering a fashionable edge to edge look for the display. It certainly is striking and impressive to look at. Thankfully, Motorola have got rid of the plastic and used “airplane” grade aluminum, which both looks and feels great.

The LG doesn’t look that different to the Optimus 4X HD. It’s fairly square and, in landscape, looks like a TV. It has chrome trim that looks very nice on the black, white or pink body work that you choose.

The Motorola is perhaps more of a striking design and therefore takes the victory for me on this front.

The display

The Optimus G is 4.7 inches compared to 4.3 inches. It includes IPS plus LCD capacitive technology at 1280 X 768 HD pixel resolution. The Razr, as well as being smaller, has a lower resolution at 960 X 540 and smaller pixel density of 256 pixels per inch compared to 318 PPI on the LG. The super AMOLED advanced technology of the Razr I, however, makes the pictures and images on the screen remarkably bright, deep, and detailed. LG would state that their specifications are higher so they have a better screen, but in reality, Motorola have created a comparable if not better screen with lesser specs. Therefore, I give this as a draw.

Storage

The Razr I has just 8 Gigabytes of internal memory, which is very poor considering 3 Gigabytes of this is taken up already. The Optimus G has 32 Gigabytes of internal memory, so you think it would win on this front. However, the Motorola has the capacity to add 32 Gigabytes using a micro SD card, an option not available on the LG.

Personally, I prefer less internal memory and the ability to have a micro SD, and I prefer the Motorola for this. However, this is really a personal preference. So, I would have to give this a draw as they have comparable memory overall.

The processor

The LG comes with a Snap Dragon 4 Qualcomm quad core 1.5 Gigahertz processor with 2 Gigabytes of RAM. It is an extremely good processor that still looks relevant now in February 2013, even though it is several months old. The Razr’s technology is certainly not as powerful. It has an Intel processor in it that does the job though. Overall, the LG performs better and so gets the win on the processor. Both have plenty of power for most tasks, and connectivity such as 3G offers excellent capacity to enjoy Internet based-activities at a speedy pace.

The operating system

The LG has Android running on it through the Jelly Bean 4.1 version and a new interface from LG that works very well. The Android version on the Razr is Ice Cream Sandwich, so, it’s a little bit older, but not significantly different. Motorola made it so that Jelly Bean is available as an upgrade on the Razr I. The pure Android experience on the Motorola Razr I for me is nicer than the interface from the LG.

Camera

The 8 megapixel camera of the Motorola does not match up to 13 megapixel of the LG. Both are very good though.

Conclusion

Both phones are incredible for two companies that have struggled in the past. However, I would choose the Motorola over the LG currently; although, that is more due to the user interface than anything else. Both are very good.

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