The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD is official, with a name like a lesser-known royal. So let’s pit it against Baron Samsung Galaxy S3 and see how this jousting match plays out.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
If you’ve had an Android for a while and are due an upgrade, you may well be torn between getting the Samsung Galaxy S3 now or hanging back for a little longer for the “never say die” Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD.
Looks: The two phones are hugely different, with the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD having that classy, understated Kevlar back. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has that now infamous plasticky backing, so the Maxx wins, although some will prefer a touch of gloss still. Advantage: Motorola
Battery: Battery life is important. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a decent 2,100mAh battery, but the Maxx has a huge 3,300mAH offering that gives 21 hours of talk, eight hours of browsing, or 13 hours of media playback. No contest here, then. Advantage: Motorola
Cameras: Both phones have 8MP cameras, which you can’t complain about. Advantage: Draw
Design: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a superfluous physical home button when ICS on-screen buttons should suffice. The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD understands this and has onscreen buttons that will soon be seen on all post-ICS Androids, so it’s a relief to see the Maxx following the Galaxy Nexus trend. Advantage: Motorola
Software: On to user interface: You’ve got TouchWiz or Blur. Many prefer the new BLUR as it has a cool blue glow that looks like the stock ICS Holo UI. In fact, it feels like stock Android with some Motorola functions thrown in. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and its greenish tint is looking a bit passé now, and TouchWiz is an overbearing skin. Many will like the added features here,though so while BLUR has the looks, TouchWiz has the functionality. Advantage: Draw
Hardware: The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD has a 1.5GHz dual-core chip just like the Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as LTE and NFC. The Samsung Galaxy S3 however sneaks in 2GB of RAM versus just 1GB in the Motorola. Advantage: Samsung
Storage: The Maxx can only take up to 32GB add-on storage and the S3 can take twice that as it supports microSD cards of up to 64GB. Advantage: Samsung
Screen: Both devices boast Super AMOLED display with 4.7 and 4.8 inch screen dimensions. Given that they use almost similar technology, both excel in providing deep blacks and vibrant colors. You can’t go wrong with either and would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Winner: Draw
In this particular comparison, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has the advantage as it walks away with 3 points while the Samsung Galaxy S3 gets 2 points (storage and processor). Nevertheless given that there were a number of draws such as the camera and the screen, the scale can easily be tipped on an individual basis depending on how the user perceives these two features in real life demos. So if you’re still uncertain, try out the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD in stores when it launches.