Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR

Samsung just announced its new Android device – the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Motorola, which hasn’t been having much luck with its new Android devices lately, decided to do a quick launch of its new flagship Android smartphone – the Motorola Droid RAZR – just before the official Samsung event.

Both the phones are quite impressive, and are among the top Android smartphones in existence today. Both of them will be gunning for the top spot, competing with the Apple iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S 2, the current Android champion.

Here’s a rough comparison between the two devices – Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is supposed to unify Android on tablets and smartphones. The Motorola Droid RAZR, on the other hand, will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, for now.

Design

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR have a sleek profile, and are extremely slim. The Galaxy Nexus is only 8.9 mm thick and weighs 135 gms. The Droid RAZR is even slimmer, at just 7.1 mm, and is lighter at 127 gms.

Both the devices are quite stylish, and it’s a matter of individual preference. I like the designs of both phones.

Display

The display is one of the best features of the Galaxy Nexus. It comes with a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the highest resolution seen in smartphones to date.

The Motorola Droid RAZR comes with a smaller 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. I would go with the Galaxy Nexus on this one.

OS

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Motorola Droid RAZR will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, but is expected to get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually.

However, knowing Motorola’s update history, the ICS update isn’t going to be there for at least a couple of months.

The Galaxy Nexus clearly wins this round. One more advantage of the Galaxy Nexus is that it will get all future Android OS upgrades first. It also will run vanilla Android Ice Cream Sandwich, unblemished by customizations — the way Google intended it.

Hardware

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR come with similar hardware. They sport a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP dual core processor, and come with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Both the phones offer 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. This round ends in a tie.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Nexus – 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

Motorola Droid RAZR – 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

The Droid RAZR has the better camera. I seriously don’t understand why Samsung would not ship the Galaxy Nexus with an 8 MP camera. This is the only feature where the Galaxy Nexus loses out against the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S 2 and the Droid RAZR.

Verdict

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR are excellent devices, but I would go with the Galaxy Nexus any day.

Here’s why:

1. Better display
2. Better OS
3. Best chances of getting all future OS upgrades
4. I prefer Samsung to Motorola

Samsung Takes Care to Avoid Infringing on Apple’s Patents While Designing Galaxy Nexus

Samsung just announced the new Galaxy Nexus, the new Android flagship smartphone. It is an excellent device, and in my opinion, much better than the iPhone 4S. (Check out this comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S).

If you have been keeping track of the patent wars, like I have, you would have wondered at least once if Apple would slap a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung accusing it of copying the iPhone in the case of the Galaxy Nexus as well.

Well, apparently, Samsung has considered it too. Samsung Mobile’s president, Shin Jong-Kyun, revealed that they had designed the Galaxy Nexus to bypass potential legal attacks from Apple.

“Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously. Patents are very complicated and can be difficult to identify, but Samsung tried to ensure that no known patent by Apple is included in the new Android smartphone,” Shin told reporters at the Galaxy Nexus launch, according to a report by Yonhap News.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Apple has won temporary bans on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in multiple countries, including Germany and Australia, which will harm Samsung’s tablet sales.

Samsung has tried to win injunctions against Apple’s products in many countries too, but it hasn’t had any luck yet. Samsung is the largest Android manufacturer, and is targeted by all of Google’s competitors. It also had to sign a licensing agreement with Microsoft recently, promising it a cut on the sale of each Android device.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

Apple launched the new iPhone 4S earlier this month, while Samsung and Google launched their new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, today. The iPhone 4S had a slow start, but it has been showing some great sales numbers, with over 4 million sold in the launch weekend.

While the iPhone 4S is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4 internally, I have a few gripes with the display size, the low amount of RAM and the lack of a new design.

Google’s new Galaxy Nexus comes with the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is supposed to unify Android on tablets and smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

In this post, I will try to compare the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with the Apple iPhone 4S based on the information we have available right now. It may not be a very accurate guide, but it should give you a good idea about which phone you should buy.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus sports a new design and is slimmer than most new smartphones, including the iPhone 4S. It has dimensions of 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 135 gms. In comparison, the iPhone 4S has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. It weighs 140 gms. Despite being much bigger than the iPhone 4S, it is a tad slimmer.

I, for one, prefer the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to the Apple iPhone 4S, at least when it comes to design. Judging from the initial reviews, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus seems to have great build quality as well.

When it comes to design, I would definitely go with the Galaxy Nexus.

Display

The display is one of the strongest features in favor of the Galaxy Nexus. It comes with a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This is one of the highest resolution displays seen in smartphones.

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 4S comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD retina display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, the same as the iPhone 4.

When it comes to the display, the Galaxy Nexus beats the iPhone 4S in terms of every parameter – size, resolution and display quality.

The Galaxy Nexus is the clear winner here.

OS

The Apple iPhone 4S runs the latest version of iOS – iOS 5. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Both are excellent operating systems and come with tons of new features. There isn’t much you would miss with either one. This one is completely subjective. Just for the record, I prefer Android.

Additionally, Apple has a much better selection of apps and games, but I have been able to find whatever apps I most need in Android as well.

The iPhone 4S may have a slight edge here.

Hardware

It’s a bit complicated when it comes to the hardware. The iPhone 4S comes with the new Apple A5 processor clocked at 800 MHz (same as the iPad 2) and a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU. The Galaxy Nexus comes with a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor and a PowerVR SGX540. The iPhone 4S has only 512 MB of RAM, while the Galaxy Nexus comes with 1 GB of RAM.

Going by the specs, it may seem that the Galaxy Nexus has a slight edge here. The iPhone 4S has better graphics, while the Galaxy Nexus seems to have a faster processor and more RAM. However, the overall processor-graphics-RAM combo in the iPhone 4S is more powerful than in the Galaxy Nexus.

Apple has completely optimized the iPhone 4S to run iOS 5, and it will presumably be much faster and responsive than the Galaxy Nexus running Android, despite it having more RAM and a bulkier processor.

The jury is still out on this one, but I would go with the iPhone 4S on this one.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Nexus – 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

Apple iPhone 4S – 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

I don’t know why Google and Samsung skimped on this one. This is one area where the iPhone 4S clearly beats the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The iPhone 4S has possibly the best smartphone camera right now. All camera samples of the iPhone 4S suggest so. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus can hardly compete with the Galaxy S II, let alone the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S wins this round!

Other Stuff

The Galaxy Nexus will come with LTE connectivity. The iPhone 4S tops out at HSPA. I wouldn’t lend much weight to this point though.

The battery life in the iPhone 4S will presumably be much better than the battery life in the Galaxy Nexus, thanks to the more optimized software, lack of LTE, smaller display and other factors.

Verdict

Both the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus are excellent phones. They are the best smartphones on the planet right now. This is not the most accurate comparison of the two, but it should give you a pretty good idea of which one you want to buy.

I would go with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus mainly due to the excellent display (I watch a lot of movies and read a lot on my device). If you want a better camera, more apps and a better gaming experience, go with the iPhone 4S.

Again, it’s subjective. You can’t go wrong with either one.

Samsung Accused of Lifting iPhone Screenshot for Galaxy Player Promo

Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber discovered  today   (via  Jeremy Philippe) that Samsung (the non-copycats) had been using a maps interface that  was an “ever-so-slightly modified rip-off” of the Maps application on Apple’s iPhone for a promotional image of the Galaxy Player 50 on its website. Quickly, it was revealed that  interface shown on the device is actually an exact copy of an iPhone screenshot from a  blog post  by Laura Scott on  BlogHer  in 2008 (stay classy, Samsung). Samsung’s Galaxy Player is supposed to be a response to Apple’s  successful iPod touch.

Samsung iPhone maps ripoff

Currently, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

The reason for the borrowed image is not clear, but a lack of placeholder image is believed to be the cause. Whatever the reason maybe, this is ludicrous because  Apple is currently accusing Samsung of copying the design of its iPhone and iPad on its own products. It doesn’t help Samsung in anyway that’s for sure!

Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung.

It was  reported  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs,  Reuters  revealed  that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a  Samsung Galaxy  Tab and an Apple  iPad  held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*). In addition, yesterday, it was  reported  that Apple had told Samsung that  it owns a thicket of patents,but it will only license lower level patentsto competing companies.

But wait! It doesn’t stop there. Today, it was reported that Samsung had filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry in an effort to stop sales of the newly launched iPhone 4S.    Samsung has also included the  iPhone 4  and the  iPad  2.

It seems that these lawsuits have more twists than daily soap operas.

Oh Snap! Samsung Attempts to Block Sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S in Japan, Australia!

Folks! It is time to grab some nachos, popcorn, and soda. As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung.

Also, it was  reported  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs,  Reuters  revealed  that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a  Samsung Galaxy  Tab and an Apple  iPad  held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*).

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple had told Samsung that  it owns a thicket of patents,but it will only license lower level patentsto competing companies. Today, despite Apple winning previous lawsuits against Samsung, Samsung is wants to attack against Apple’s recently launched iPhone 4S. The company has filed a pair of new lawsuits looking to block the sale of the device in Japan and Australia. This isn’t ludicrous at all because Samsung isn’t copying Apple. Nope, not at all.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Samsung had filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry in an effort to stop sales of the newly launched iPhone 4S. Samsung has also included the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. This is particularly interesting because Apple will be launching the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia on October 28th.

Though the legal battle between Samsung and Apple is intense, Samsung remains a supplier of Apple’s and provides its  A5 processor found in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

Samsung Galaxy S II vs. iPhone 4S Drop Test; The Former Survives Again!

Even before the iPhone 5 err…iPhone 4S was announced, it was being compared to the hottest Android phone on the planet the Samsung Galaxy S II. Interested readers can find our spec comparison of both the phones here.

Now, some people were not content with just the spec comparison, and decided to do a drop test of both the phones. While the Samsung Galaxy S II is mainly made of plastic and gorilla glass, the iPhone 4S like its predecessor (iPhone4) is made up primarily of glass.

Below is the drop-test video (Faint hearted readers or die-hard Apple lovers are recommended not to watch this video):

In the drop test, both the phones were dropped from waist height and shoulder height. In all the cases, the Samsung Galaxy S II survived the fall with just minor scratches. Sadly, in all the cases the iPhone 4S glass gave away way too easily. iPhone 4S owners, I will strongly recommend you to use a bumper case with your handset, if are not already doing so.

If the above drop test is not enough for you, around a month back I did an unintentional drop test on my Galaxy S II, where the phone fell 15foot down straight onto a cemented floor. Thankfully, the phone survived the drop with just a minor scratches. Absolutely, no dents or broken glass like the iPhone 4S.

It does not matter how much one remains careful with his or her phone, it will fall down once from your hand, intentionally or unintentionally. While the Samsung Galaxy S II will easily survive such a drop, iPhone 4S owners better get ready to buy a new phone.

Apple Tells Samsung It Will Only License out ‘lower level patents’

Oh boy! Folks grab some more popcorn.  As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Also, it was reported that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs, Reuter revealed that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a  Samsung Galaxy  Tab and an Apple  iPad  held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*).

Today, Apple has told Samsung that  it owns a “thicket of patents,” but it will only license “lower level patents” to competing companies. This has been revealed via  a 65-page document Apple filed in Australian court last week, after Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. FOSS Patents Florian Mueller has analyzed the filing, and says it is    “one of the most interesting court orders I have read in connection with mobile devices.”

The filing reveals that Apple is prepared to allow Android device makers the ability to license “some lower level patents”, but also said that it wants to keep many of its inventions exclusive to its own iOS products. In addition,  Mueller said the document shows that Apple did not begin pursuing legal action against Android device makers simply to obtain a licensing deal. This is very different from Microsoft’s path, who is believed to receive $5 per unit for every Android device sold by HTC.

Apple has previously  won  an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Germany.  Honestly, if you ask me, Samsung isn’t  copying  Apple at all. Nope, not at all.

 

Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II Sell 30 Million Units Worldwide

Today, in a press release Samsung announced that two of its most popular handsets, the Galaxy S and its successor the Galaxy S II, have collectively managed to sell 30 million units worldwide.

SGS22

Launched last year in April-May, the Samsung Galaxy S marked the beginning of the popular Galaxy S series of phone from Sammy. Now, nearly 1.5 years after its launch the handset alone has managed to sell more than 20 million units. This makes the Galaxy S the highest selling phone in Samsung’s portfolio.

Since its launch only five months ago, GALAXY SII has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe. This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind GALAXY S, which we launched at Mobile World Congress 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers,said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

The phenomenal success of these smartphones once again demonstrates how the GALAXY S smartphones is setting the standard for smart mobile technology around the world.

Its successor, the Galaxy S II, has been one of the most popular Android handsets this year, and has also managed to break quite a few records. Sammy sold 10million units of the handset in just 5 months, making it the fastest selling handset in the company’s history. The phone has also managed to bag quite a lot of awards, including being selected by T3 as the best smartphone of the year. The handset also bagged five out of ten Mobile Choice Consumer 2011 awards.

With its recent launch in the U.S, the Samsung Galaxy S II is all set to become one of the highest selling handset this year.

Samsung Lawyer Couldn’t Tell iPad and Galaxy Tab Apart from 10 Feet Away

As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

A few days ago, it was reported that Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled  on Thursday  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction. The suit will proceed a full hearing, but even if Samsung prevails, the company will have lost valuable time in the tablet market.

Now,  Reuters reveals that when asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Apple iPad held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*). A judge held both a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad above her head, and asked Kathleen Sullivan, a lawyer representing Samsung, to identify what company made which.  She wasn’t able to tell the difference.

“Not at this distance, your honor,” she reportedly said. Koh then asked if any of Samsung’s lawyers could identify which tablet was made by Apple and which was made by Samsung. Another lawyer supplied the correct answer “moments later.”    The judge has yet to rule on Apple’s request to bar some of Samsung’s products from being sold in the U.S.

In addition, the judge did say that Samsung’s Galaxy-branded tablets do infringe on some of Apple’s iPad-related patents and Apple must  still prove to the court that its patents are valid under the law.  Koh also tentatively said she would not grant Apple an injunction based on one “utility” patent the company has accused Samsung of infringing upon.

Apple has previously  won  an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Germany. Honestly, if you ask me, Samsung isn’t  copying  Apple at all. Nope, not at all.

Samsung Loses Dutch Patent Battle Against Apple

Samsung and Apple have been involved in patent battles spread across multiple countries for months now. However, it seems very likely that Apple is going to win the war.

Apple recently won an injunction against Samsung products in Australia, which could lead to a ban on all Android devices there in the future. It also won a similar injunction in Germany a month ago.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Today, a Dutch court announced that it won’t be granting Samsung an injunction banning Apple products in the Netherlands. The Dutch court stated that Samsung’s 3G patents were part of essential standards, and that the two companies should negotiate a licensing agreement.

Samsung has also announced its intentions to file a patent lawsuit against Apple in South Korea, its homeland. Going by the verdicts announced already, the scales seem to be tipping heavily in Apple’s favor.

Samsung recently signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft, agreeing to pay it a licensing fee for each Android device it sold. Google seems unable to defend any of its hardware partners against patent infringement lawsuits, despite acquiring Motorola and its famed patent portfolio.

Samsung suffered another blow in the U.S., when a Samsung lawyer failed to distinguish between a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an Apple iPad 2 in the court. When the presiding judge held an iPad 2 and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and asked Samsung’s lawyers to identify them, the lawyer replied that she couldn’t do it at “this distance”, which was only 10 feet. Even if Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 may be very different from the iPad 2, its lawyers pretty much suck. Either way, Samsung looks likely to lose in the U.S. too.