DROID RAZR M vs Galaxy S3: Pint-Size Warrior vs Korean Giant

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The Motorola Droid RAZR M is the first of the new RAZR phones to go on sale, and it’s striking a blow against the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon. While it costs half as much as the S3 – is it worth it?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR M

The Motorola DROID RAZR M has 8GB of internal storage and can support SD up to 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and can take another 64GB on an SD card. The RAZR M’s display isn’t a patch on the Galaxy S3, either in resolution or in size. It’s 4.3” and 960x640p compared to 4.8” and 1,280x720p.

The displays are different, but the two phones are very similar in other respects . They both have dual-core S4 Snapdragon chips that have been clocked at 1.5GHz, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB of RAM compared to 1GB of RAM in the RAZR M. Both are running ICS right now, and are waiting for Jelly Bean.

Both phones have 8MP cameras and LTE. The RAZR M though streaks ahead of the Galaxy S3 with its classy Kevlar backing that looks, feels and – well, just IS – better than the S3 shiny plastic back. The RAZR’s display is almost edge to edge, which adds a nice touch.

The Motorola DROID RAZR M has Blur and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a TouchWiz UI. Blur gives an almost pared-down stock Android experience complete with Holo UI and only sprinklings of BLUR functionality, whereas TouchWiz has been heavily overlaid and brings all the famous S-features you’d expect. However, it has a greeninh tint that looks a bit stale and Gingerbread-ish now. So, it’s a choice between a more attractive, up-to-date skin and a more feature-rich one.

These phones are both brilliant, so you won’t go far wrong whichever you opt for. You’ll be getting a top device both ways. The Motorola DROID RAZR M might not have all the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it’s a handier size and a handier price, so this may win many over.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.