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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs DROID RAZR HD: Is S3 Beat?

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The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx is the latest star in the smartphone world, but has it got the right stuff in order to take on the mighty Samsung Galaxy S3? Let’s take a look at their specs sheet to answer that question.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX

The two phones look very different, with the Maxx’s Kevlar backing compared to the glossy rear of the Samsung Galaxy S3 glossy plastics. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx gets kudos here for looking like it’s worth its premium price tag.

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx wins out on battery, too, with a 2,500mAh offering compared to the respectable but outdone 2,100mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Both devices have a camera of 8 megapixels and this had to be a draw as we haven’t tested the camera on the DROID RAZR HD yet.

TouchWiz or Blur is the next big decision. The ICS on the Blur handset has a blue tint to match the stock Holo UI of ICS. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is still greenish and reminiscent of Gingerbread. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx has a pared-down Holo UI look, but some people would ignore this in preference of the S-features on the S3. Some people like features, some like looks. Because it’s all down to personal choice here, we have to declare a draw.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has that superfluous physical home button, whereas the Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx is more of the moment and has dispensed with such outmoded features. Most Android 4.0+ phones are doing away with physical buttons, but Samsung seems to be treating them as comfort objects. So, the Maxx wins, although there are people who still like physical buttons.

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx has a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has this same chip in the US but has a quad-core internationally. The RAZR has just 32GB of storage, but the S3 has three options for internal storage – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with microSD support for up to 64GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a clear winner here.

Two powerful phones here, especially with the Samsung Galaxy S3 getting Jelly Bean any day now. On paper, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx wins 3 categories, the Samsung Galaxy S3 just 1 and we have a draw for 2.

We now need to see how it bears up on the streets. The DROID RAZR HD is expected to land on Verizon mid-November.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.