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Ice Cream Sandwich Android: Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Motorola Droid Razr

The latest Samsung and Motorola Android-powered smartphones sport a host of defining features.

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus has a variety of interesting characteristics. It has a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280 x 720 pixels, a dual-core 1.2-GHz processor, 5-megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture and flash, and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera.

The smartphone’s Face Unlock feature authorizes a user to unlock the device simply by looking into the camera, and its Android Beam feature permits a user to share content with another user by touching both devices together.

Another noteworthy feature is its Voice Typing option. The smartphone’s user can speak, rather than type, to compose e-mails and text messages.

The Galaxy Nexus is slated to be released between November 2011 and June 2012. Verizon plans to sell the device for $299, accompanied by a two-year contract.

Motorola's Droid Razr, also known as "thinnest smartphone ever," has a 7.1-mm thickness. It flaunts a tough Kevlar back plate and a "Splashguard" coating to protect the device from liquid damage. Gorilla Glass also protects the face of the smartphone.

The Droid Razr features a 4.3-inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels. A 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM power it, and the smartphone boasts an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video.

The device also has Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, 16-GB on-board memory with a 16-GB microSD card included, remote wipe, pin lock, government-grade encryption, and voice and video conferencing.

Verizon will be the sole retailer for the Droid Razr and plans to sell the device for $299.99.

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and Motorola's Droid Razr will also highlight Google's new operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich currently exists on the Galaxy Nexus, but it is set to hit the Droid Razr in January 2012.

These two Android-powered smartphones have several advantages over one another, but any users should be pleased with both devices.

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