Motorola is in da house, and its latest offering has an impressive name – the Droid RAZR HD Maxx. How does it stack up against the all-powerful Samsung Galaxy S3?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX
The people who are due for an Android upgrade will have to make a hard choice – either wait for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx or plump for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Now that the Maxx is a known quantity, we can make that decision easier.
The phones are very different in appearance. The RAZR Maxx has a rufty-tufty Kevlar back and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has its shiny (not so) happy plastic rear. The Maxx looks better and higher quality, but there will be some who still prefer a bit of glitz than understated carbon-fiber style elegance. Winner: Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx
Battery life is of course an important factor, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has its 2,100mAh battery which looks great on paper but gets eaten up by that huge screen. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx has an even bigger 3,300mAh battery that offers 21 hours of talktime, 13 hours of video playback and eight hours of web browsing. Winner: Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx
Both phones have 8MP cameras, which is pretty much an industry standard now.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an unnecessary physical home button, as well as the onscreen Android buttons. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx has onscreen buttons that should feature on all Android 4.0+ phones. However, as Motorola is owned by Google, it’s likely that they were chivvied along to get these buttons across their range faster than Samsung. Winner: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
User interface now; you have either TouchWiz or Blur. Many prefer Blur, as ICS lends it a futuristic blue glow and it has the same atmosphere as the Holo UI on Google Nexus phones. The green tint on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is starting to look a bit like stale Gingerbread (sorry), but TouchWiz and its full range of “S-features to make up for this. Winner: Draw
Let’s get down to the hardware. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor like the Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as LTE and NFC like the S3. The Maxx is somewhat let down on storage, with just 32GB of internal room, whereas the S3 has up to 64GB. Let’s not forget the 2GB RAM as well. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
Both devices are equally as powerful and have Jelly Bean updates to look forward to but the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD seems to have scored more points in this comparison. If you can’t make your mind up, hang on for the Maxx. It looks and feels premium, and has outstanding battery life. If this matters to you, then the Motorola DROID RAZR HD Maxx is a better bet. If you prefer a bit of gloss and tons of software tweaks, then by all means jump on the Samsung Galaxy S3 right away.