8 Ways the Samsung Galaxy S4 Could Beat the Droid RAZR MAXX HD
Tomorrow, Samsung will take the curtain down around the highly anticipated, heavily rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 which will replace the Galaxy S3 as its flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S4 will be pitted against a number of high-end smartphones including the HTC One, iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z and, of course, Motorola’s current flagship, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD.
Last year, Motorola unveiled its latest addition to the Droid family, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD, the successor to its popular original Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. The Droid RAZR MAXX HD is Motorola’s current top-of-the-line Android smartphone and likely will be until sometime later this year when the company and Google introduce the rumored Motorola X Phone.
That’s not such a bad thing for consumers though as the Droid RAZR MAXX HD is a capable device and worthy of the attention of prospective smartphone shoppers. Features like its spacious 720p display, its Kevlar-enhanced design, its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and cheap price tag ensure make the Droid RAZR MAXX HD a device that will likely steal some attention away from some of the big name smartphones of 2013.
One of those phones is the Samsung Galaxy S4 which will be coming to shelves to compete with the likes of Motorola’s Droid RAZR MAXX HD.
Despite the attractive features of the Droid RAZR MAXX HD, the Galaxy S3 has remained the go-to option for those looking to buy an Android smartphone. Samsung’s most current Galaxy S smartphone, at least for the next day, has sold over 40 million units worldwide and left other phones from 2012 like the Droid RAZR MAXX HD in its dust.
Samsung is hoping to do the same with the Galaxy S4 and thus far, rumors suggest that there will be a number of areas where the Galaxy S4 could beat Motorola’s current flagship Android smartphone.
Here now are eight ways that the Samsung Galaxy S4 could beat the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD.
Like most of 2012′s Android smartphone lineup, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD comes with a 720p HD resolution, 4.7-inch display. That means that the device is likely going to pale in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S4′s.
Rumors currently suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to be equipped with a 5-inch FHD display. That means that will offer 1080p resolution which should ensure better looking content like movies, photos, and even web browsing. The Droid RAZR MAXX HD does sport a 312 pixel-per-inch screen but the Galaxy S4 PPI count should be in the neighborhood of 450 which should mean text will look crisp and clear and images will jump out of the screen.
That’s not all though. The Samsung Galaxy S4 display is also rumored to have sensors on board that will allow owners to use touch less gestures with the display, much in the same way that the S Pen can hover over content on the Galaxy Note 2′s screen and show information.
While Galaxy S4 owners may or may not be able to hover over their display to access certain content on their display, the display will definitely will be 1080p in nature which will trump the Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s screen quality.
Motorola’s Droid RAZR MAXX HD utilizes smart software called Smart Actions that allow owners to employ triggers based on time and location, but from the looks of things, the software on the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be much smarter than what even Motorola has to offer.
While Smart Actions can be set up to turn the phone on silent when it’s time to go to bed or by muting a ringer when a meeting is scheduled in the calendar. However, the Galaxy S4 looks like it will be employing a host of new smart features to go along with the extremely useful ones that Samsung has already introduced.
With the arrival of last year’s Galaxy S3, Samsung introduced the Nature UX which contained a number of smart features including the ability to silence a call simply by flipping the phone over and the ability to make a phone call to a person simply by holding up the phone when writing a text to that person.
What’s more, the Galaxy S4 looks like it will include several more smart features taking advantage of sensors in the device, and quite possibly, the front-facing camera a well. For instance, Smart Pause is said to pause content when the use looks away from the display while Smart Scroll, may allow users to scroll the contents of a page simply by using their eyes.
While Smart Actions are nice, they are time and location based while the smart features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be used at any time making them much more practical in daily use.
One of the knocks on Motorola phones like the Droid RAZR MAXX HD is the fact that they don’t have fantastic rear cameras. The Droid RAZR MAXX HD uses an 8MP sensor that can shoot 1080p video and solid photos but it’s certainly not best-in-class. In fact, from our experience with it, it’s pretty average.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is looking like it will employ a 13MP sensor which should help to give it an edge over the Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s camera. As we know though, megapixels aren’t everything.
Rumors have suggested that the sensor could be Sony’s 13MP Exmor RS sensor which would put it on par with the Sony Xperia Z’s camera. This means that it likely would be able to shoot not only 1080p video, but HDR video, as well as fantastic photos.
There is a reason that the iPhone 5S is rumored to have a 13MP Sony sensor on board and it’s because it makes for a top-notch smartphone camera. Look for the Galaxy S4 camera to best the Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s in categories like low-light photography and video, even without the Sony sensor.
The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD is housed on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. And while the carrier may boast the biggest 4G LTE network in the land, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone wants to head there.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is already rumored for Verizon as well, but it has also been rumored for AT&T, and it will likely be coming to Sprint and T-Mobile as well.
Both the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 were available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon and given their success, we imagine that these carriers will once again opt to carry the Galaxy S4.
This means that those who wish to take advantage of both T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks will likely be able to do so. It also means that those signing a new contract can get unlimited data with Sprint. These options simply don’t exist with the Droid RAZR MAXX HD.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a number of features that are beneficial to the multitasking smartphone user. And they are features that are unfortunately, unique to the Galaxy series of smartphones.
Two of the Galaxy S4′s likely multitasking features are actually older software features that arrived in previous software. The first is dubbed Multi-Window View which will likely allow owners to divide up the large Galaxy S4 display into two halves, both sporting separate applications. For instance, users will be able to run Facebook on one side with Twitter on the other.
Another is called Pop Up Video and it allows users to open up videos and drag them around the screen, while playing, in order to continue working within other applications.
The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD features a massive battery, but it’s a battery that can’t be charged wirelessly thanks to a lack of built-in wireless charging support and a non-removable back.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will almost assuredly have a removable back, which will come in handy for things like extended batteries, but also for charging the phone without wires.
Samsung is rumored to be introducing a wireless charging kit for the Galaxy S4 that will allow users to replace the back with a wireless charging supported back. Once that’s on, users will be able to charge their Galaxy S4 without wires.
Those who want to avoid desk clutter or do away with cords altogether will appreciate this feature, should it come to light.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
While the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD toils on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy S4 is rumored to be coming with the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, right out of the box.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is an incremental update over Android 4.1 but it brings some significant features like a gesture-style keyboard, more Google Now functionality, Quick Settings menu, lock screen widgets and more to the table.
What this also means is that owners with the Galaxy S4 will likely be faster to any of the upcoming Android updates. Motorola will almost certainly upgrade its device to Android 4.2 before Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie arrives. So,those looking for quicker updates to Android will likely want to take a closer look at the Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Likely Features Quad-Core Power
Finally, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD is a dual-core powered phone while all signs point to the Samsung Galaxy S4 sporting a quad-core processor in both the United States and elsewhere.
The Droid RAZR MAXX HD features a Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor but the Samsung Galaxy S4 is rumored to have Qualcomm’s latest generation, Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor on board.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 600 will deliver 40 percent better performance than the S4 Pro and features a quad-core 1.9 GHz clock speed.