Samsung Galaxy S3 vs DROID RAZR HD: Advantage Moto

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Motorola Droid RAZR HD are very much like each other, especially when it comes to the specs sheet, where they are almost on a par. There are some differences, though, and these differences will help buyers to make their minds up, so here’s a quick comparison of the two devices.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD

The two phones have similarly-sized screens – the Motorola Droid RAZR HD with a 4.7” display and the Samsung Galaxy S3 with a 4.8.” Both phones have identical dual-core Snapdragon chips (in the US) and 8MP cameras, and they both come with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) pre-installed. They both support 4G LTE and have high-definition displays. In terms of user interface, you have TouchWiz with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Blur with the Motorola Droid RAZR HD, so that’s something that might influence your choice. So it seems that it’s just the visual aspect that will be the major deciding factor.

It’s in the area though where the Motorola Droid RAZR HD pulls ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The S3 has drawn a lot of criticism for looking cheap and nasty. It also has that redundant physical home button that looks outdated and pointless. The Motorola Droid RAZR HD has a classy, tough looking Kevlar back and the RAZR HD is a shade thinner than the S3 (8.4mm compared to 8.6mm).

And it isn’t just the exterior styling of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD that blows the Samsung Galaxy S3 away. Motorola has stripped its BLUR UI down to almost looking like stock Android with some Motorola functions sprinkled on top. So you have that beautiful Holo UI that makes devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus look so good. TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S3 of course is as heavy a skinning as they come. In fact, it can be mistaken for Gingerbread thanks to its greeen overtones.

Motorola really bests Samsung in batteries too. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has a 2,500mAh battery, which, while smaller than the RAZR Maxx’s, is still way bigger than the S3 2,100mAh offering. Given all the advantages the the RAZR HD has over the Samsung Galaxy S3, it still remains to be seen if this will persuade people to buy the phone over the more popular S3. Both Motorola phones will be released on Verizon sometime in November.


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