droid razr hd and original

Yesterday we showed you the initial unboxing of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Since then I got a little curious: how can you tell a RAZR HD apart from the original Droid RAZR, and what are the differences? Good thing I just happen to have one of each!

To begin with, both the RAZR HD and the RAZR have the “RAZR” trademark look and feel. They both have a soft-touch Kevlar backplate and both have the beveled corners that are synonymous with the RAZR family. On the front, the RAZR HD sheds its capacitive buttons in favor of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on-screen soft-keys. The Motorola logo at the top is smaller and “underlined” with a clear plastic bar — which happens to be the biggest notification LED that I’ve ever seen. Seriously folks, this thing is gigantic!

The original RAZR has its front-facing camera placed below the Motorola logo. The HD liberated some room on the front of the device by moving the camera closer to the top. Doing so let Motorla put a bigger screen on the smartphone without noticeably increasing the overall size of the phone.

How about size? The height and width of the HD aren’t that much different from the original RAZR, although the HD is a little thicker. Remember the “camera bump” from the original? It looks like it’s gone in the HD version, but it’s not. It’s just been reduced significantly and has a very subtle slope up to it. In everyday use I doubt you’ll be able to notice it.

The two major differences are, of course, the 720P HD screen on the RAZR HD (the original was only 540×960) and the processor powering it. The original RAZR was run by a TI OMAP dual-core processor running at 1200 MHz. The RAZR HD is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core running at 1500 MHz.

For more information make sure you check back for our full review, coming soon!

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