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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs DROID RAZR HD MAXX: It’s A Punch-Up!

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Motorola is back in town, and with a name that looks like it could belong to a minor royal! The Motorola Droid RAZR HD MAXX. So, let’s pit it against the mighty Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX

Anyone about to update their Android will have to make a decision – wait for the MAXX HD or get the Samsung Galaxy S3. And now that the Maxx’s specs are out there, we can help you to make it.

The two phones do look very different – the Motorola Droid RAZR HD MAXX has a Kevlar back that looks tough and rugged, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S3 has that not-so-popular shiny plastic backing. The Maxx looks better, but some may still prefer gloss on premium handsets.

Battery life is a huge part of the deal, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2,100mAh battery which sounds great but it has to run a big screen. The HD Maxx’s  is powered by an even more awesome 3,300mAh battery. This gives it 21 hours of talk time, 13 hours of video playback or eight hours of browsing.

Cameras are also important, and both phones give you 8MP.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a physical home button, which just isn’t needed as it has the onscreen buttons provided by Ice Cream Sandwich. The Motorola Droid RAZR HD MAXX on the other hand has on-screen buttons that all Android 4.0+ phones should adopt entirely. But given that Motorola is owned by Google now, we are guessing they got a little push to adopt it across their range quicker than other manufacturers.

In terms of UI, it’s either TouchWiz or Blur. Blur looks better to many, as ICS gives it a new-age bluish glow and has the same feel as the Holo UI of Google Nexus phones. The Samsung Galaxy S3 green tint is starting to look a bit dated – a bit Gingerbread – but TouchWiz can take the user’s mind off this with a panoply of features and widgets.

Nuts and bolts now – the Motorola Droid RAZR HD MAXX has a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, just like the Galaxy S3; it also has LTE and NFC just like the S3. The Maxx has 32GB of internal storage compared to more options with the S3.

These are fab phones, but if you’re still undecided, pick up and handle a Droid RAZR Maxx HD before coming off the fence when it is out. If a high-end look and feel, as well as stunning battery life, is important to you, then you should get the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD. If you want the glamour of a stunning display and good software extras, go for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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.