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DROID RAZR MAXX HD vs Galaxy S3: Can’t Pick? This’ll Help

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The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is out on Verizon and it’s looking good. It’s similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in a lot of ways, but there are also some crucial differences that determine which one’s best for you. Eyes down…

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD (32GB) can be had on a two-year contract for $299.99, which is more than the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S3 at $249.99. Obviously these prices are when you take out a two-year contract with Verizon. If you go off-contract the S3 is even cheaper because of its age, so it wins here on all accounts. Winner: S3

The battery on the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD gives up to 32 hours of life and the Samsung Galaxy S3 gives in after around 15. It’s a huge difference and one that will make a lot of minds up in favour of the Maxx HD, which wins this bout. Winner: MAXX HD

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is heavier and thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S3 due mainly to the big battery. It’s a big factor when you consider that these are already big phones. The Maxx HD is 5.5oz compared to the S3 4.7oz. The Maxx HD is however around 0.25” shorter than the S3, and it’s also narrower, which makes for easy trousering. You will feel a big difference in weight, though, so have a feel of both before you make your mind up. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 5.4×2.8×0.3” and the Maxx HD 5.19×2.67×0.36″. The winner is whichever you like best – lighter and thinner or narrower and shorter. Winner: You pick

Both phones have 4G LTE support and 1.5GHz dual-core chips, so processor and internet speeds are alike. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD might nudge ahead thanks to its 2GB of RAM versus 1GB in the RAZR. The S3 also has extra connectivity options like wireless charging, S-Beam and Share Shot. The S3 wins again. Winner: S3

The screens of both have the same pixel number and the screens are very similar in size – the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is 4.8” and the Maxx HD is 4.7”. Both have a 1,280x720p resolution. The S3 just about wins here because of its larger display. And do take note that it isn’t because it is just 0.1-inches bigger. The RAZR MAXX HD also takes up screen real estate for its on-screen buttons that the S3 doesn’t (has a physical row outside the screen). Winner: S3

Both phones have 8MP rear cameras but as our camera tests showed, the RAZR MAXX HD test shots were’nt as impressive as the S3. The S3 is ahead also because it has a better front camera. Winner: S3

Both phones run on Ice Cream Sandwich, but the UIs are different. BLUR is very like stock ICS, even down to the blue Holo UI cast throughout. TouchWiz is “heavier” and is easily mistaken for the passé Gingerbread. BLUR looks better, but TouchWiz has all the bells & whistles – so it’s down to you – looks or extra abilities. Winner: You pick

Finally we get to design. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been criticized for its cheap and glossy plastic looks, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD has been admired for the Kevlar skin. Winner: MAXX HD

To work out which phone is for you, add up the points above and choose which features matter most to you in the personal preference categories, and you’ll have your answer.

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