RAZR MAXX HD vs Samsung Galaxy S3: DROID Stands Tall

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The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD is out and about and doing battle with the Samsung Galaxy S3. So how’s that working out for it?

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD vs Samsung Galaxy S3

If you’re waiting for an Android upgrade on Verizon you might be stuck between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD, so we’ll try to help you out here.

The two phones are very different in looks. The MAXX HD has that urbane Kevlar back and the S3 has the much-derided glossy plastic rear. The MAXX wins here, although those who like the gloss may find the S3 pretty as well.

Battery life is an important consideration. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an impressive 2,100mAh battery, but the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD blows this clean away with a massive 3,300mAh one that gives 21 hours of talk time or 13 hours of films. There’s a clear winner here.

Both phones have more than respectable 8MP cameras, so it’s a draw until we perform real word camera test comparisons against both in different lighting conditions and scenarios.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has that silly physical home button that it just doesn’t need if it has Ice Cream Sandwich. The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD is ahead of the curve here and has the onscreen functions that will be seen on all post-ICS Androids soon. Motorola wins here too for future-proofing its button layout.

The nuts and bolts are under scrutiny now – the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD has a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, NFC and LTE, just like the Samsung Galaxy S3. The S3 has 2GB of RAM, though, which tips the balance in its favour.

The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD only accepts up to 32GB of additional storage, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S3 can take up to 64GB, so Samsung wins here.

When it comes to user interface, there’s TouchWiz or Blur. A lot of people like Blur because it has a futuristic blue glow that resembles stock ICS Holo – so much so that it feels like stock ICS with a few Motorola add-ons only. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a greenish tint that looks a bit Gingerbread and stale now, and TouchWiz is a very heavy overlay. Blur has the looks, TouchWiz has the brains. It’s a draw.

Both phones sport Super AMOLED screens – the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 4.8” and the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD has 4.7”. The same tech means the same results – serious blacks and vibrant colours. You can’t go wrong either way, so it’s a draw.

So, the MAXX HD wins on points – four to three. However, there were quite a few draws in this contest, so you might think differently depending on how important you deem each feature singularly in day-to-day usage. If you’re still unsure, head to a store and get some hands on time with both before deciding.

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.