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RAZR MAXX HD Or Galaxy S3? (Easiest Way To Choose)

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The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD is out on Verizon and it’s doing well so early checks with Verizon stores. The Droid is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in lots of ways, but there are some big differences between them that will help you to ultimately decide between them. Let’s take a look.

Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD can be had with a two-year contract for $299.99, which is more than the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S3, at $249.99. These prices are if you take the phone on Verizon’s two-year deal. If you go off-contract, the older S3 is cheaper again. The winner is the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it comes to price.

The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD can go for around 32 hours, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S3 signs off at around 15. This is a very big difference, and may cause some defections to the Droid. The Droid wins in terms of battery life.

Both phones have the same number of pixels, and the screens are very similarly sized. Both have a resolution of 1,280x720p, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen being 4.8” and the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD being 4.7”. The S3 wins it by a shade here for two reasons – size and the fact that Samsung’s screen technology is the best on the market when it comes to AMOLEDs.

The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD is heavier and thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S3 because it has to accommodate the big battery. With the size of these phones, even a bit bigger means a lot in your hands and pockets. The Maxx HD is around 0.25” shorter than the S3 though , and it’s also narrower, which makes for easier trousering. You’ll feel the weight difference, so you need to try before you buy. The winner is whichever you like most – light and thin versus narrow and short. Palm and pocket them to find out. Winner: draw

Both phones have 4G LTE support as well as 1.5GHz dual-core chips. Processing and connection speeds are roughly the same on both. The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD has a slight advantage on multitasking because of its 2GB of RAM. There’s also more connectivity options like wireless charging, S-Beam, Share Shot and so on. The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins here, albeit slightly.

Both phones have brilliant 8MP front cameras however as our tests showed, the Samsung Galaxy S3 performs better when it comes to pictures. The S3 also wins because it has a slightly better front camera (1.9MP).

Both phones run Ice Cream Sandwich, but the UIs are different. Blur looks like stock ICS, even down to the Holo UI’s blue tinge all over. TouchWiz is the heavier overlay and easily gets mistaken for Gingerbread. Blur looks better, but TouchWiz has many more bells & whistles. It depends which you prefer – looks or extra features. The winner is down to your personal preference.

So which phone is best for you? Add all of the above points up and think about which features that fall as “personal preference” mean most to you. Then you’ll have your answer!

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.