Let’s stand the Samsung Galaxy S3 against the latest challenger, the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD which is now only days away from stores (October 18).
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD vs Samsung Galaxy S3: quick comparison
If you’re due for an Android upgrade, you might be undecided between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the DROID MAXX HD. The two phones look very different, with the MAXX HD having an understated, classy but rugged Kevlar backing. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has that by-now-rather-infamous plasticky-icky back, so the MAXX HD wins here, even though there’ll be some what likes a bit o’ gloss.
The battery is vital, as everyone knows. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a respectable 2,100mAh battery, but this is dwarfed by the MAXX HD 3,300mAH offering which gives 21 hours of talk time. Motorola has it again.
You can’t knock either phone’s 8MP camera, so it’s a tie.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has this odd and unnecessary physical home button – there are onscreen ICS buttons now so why is it there? The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a bit more with-it and has just onscreen buttons – soon to be seen on all post-ICS Androids. Motorola has the advantage here too.
When it comes to user interface, you have a choice of TouchWiz or Blur. A lot of people are drawn in by the blue glow of Blur that looks like stock ICS Holo. It actually feels like stock Android with some Motorola features squeezed in. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has that greenish Gingerbread tint that’s looking a bit past it now. TouchWiz is also quite a heavy skin, although some will like the additional S features. Blur has the looks, TouchWiz has the brains. It’s a draw.
The MAXX HD and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both have 1.5GHz dual-core chips, and they both have LTE and NFC. The S3 trumps the MAXX HD on RAM,though, with 2GB compared to 1GB.
The MAXX also falls behind on external storage, as it can only take 32GB, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S3 can handle up to 64GB. Samsung is on top here.
Both phones have Super AMOLED displays, with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD having 4.7 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S3 a shade ahead at 4.8 inches. With the screens being so similar, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between performance and size, so it’s a clear draw.
The MAXX HD gets three points to the S3 two (for storage and processor) so it wins. There were quite a few draws though and so you could flip-flop this result according to how important each feature is to you.