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Galaxy S3 vs RAZR MAXX HD: RAZR Cuts S3 Deep

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The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD is doing valiant battle against the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon right now. While it is too early to tell if it can take the crown away from the S3, on Verizon at least, we can see how they stand up against each other in terms of specs.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

If you’re about to upgrade on Verizon and you’re caught between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, we may be able to help you decide.

Looks: The two phones look very different. The MAXX HD has that understated shaken-but-not-stirred Kevlar back and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has its hi-gloss, lo-class plastic rear. The MAXX wins, although if you like gloss you will love the S3.

Battery life is important. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2,100mAh battery, which is fab, but it’s dwarfed by the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 3,300mAh offering that gives 21 hours of talk or 13 hours of media playback. No contest! RAZR MAXX for the win.

Under the hood, now. The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has got a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, LTE and NFC, the same as the Samsung Galaxy S3. What tips the balance in Samsung’s favour is the 2GB of RAM, though.

Camera: These phones both have good 8MP cameras, but we can’t say who wins for certain until we’ve done all our real-world tests under different conditions.

Design: The Samsung Galaxy S3 is let down by its pointless physical home button – ICS takes care of this (or should do). The MAXX HD is ahead here with its onscreen buttons that should be coming to all post ICS Androids. Motorola wins this section for future-proofing its layout.

Software: On to user interface now with both running Android Ice Cream Sandwich a the moment. You have TouchWiz or Blur. Blur is popular because its futuristic blue glow of ICS Holo to the extent that it looks like stock Android with a bit of Moto thrown in. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a green tint that looks a bit passé and Gingerbread now. TouchWiz is also a very heavy skin. So Blur has the good looks, but TouchWiz has got the brains. Hard to choose, so it’s a draw.

Storage: As the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD can only take 32GB of add-on storage and the Samsung Galaxy S3 can handle up to 64GB, it deffo wins here for the S3.

Display: Both devices have Super AMOLED displays, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 being 4.8” and the MAXX HD being 4.7”. Same tech means same results – vivid colours and intense blacks. You can’t really separate them here and that extra 0.1-inches can’t be noticed when we compared both device’s web browsers.

Bottom line: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (slightly) ahead

Overall the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD wins by four points to three, but there were a few ties. You might disagree with some of the ties, depending on how you value each feature for everyday use. If you still can’t decide, get to a store and try a bit of one-on-one.

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