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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

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Interface:

Samsung is using their TouchWiz Nature UX, and Motorola uses their MotoBLUR design.

Both are heavily integrated, and you really don’t see anything of the stock Android ICS interface. There are 5 static icons on the bottom of both the Galaxy S III and RAZR MAXX, though they can be customized, and the App Draw now moves horizontally side-to-side, instead of scrolling vertically. There also is a selection of Widgets, though there are a few more on the Galaxy S III, and have more functionality. Additionally, the Galaxy S III provides you with a total of 7 home screens, while the RAZR MAXX is still limited to only 5.

TouchWiz Nature UX of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
TouchWiz Nature UX of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
TouchWiz Nature UX of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
TouchWiz Nature UX of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

TouchWiz Nature UX of the Samsung Galaxy S III


The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX uses the MotoBLUR UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX uses the MotoBLUR UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX uses the MotoBLUR UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX uses the MotoBLUR UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX uses the MotoBLUR UI


To us, the TouchWiz Nature UX interface on the Samsung Galaxy S III appears more polished and runs more fluid than the MotoBLUR interface on the RAZR MAXX.


Messaging:

There is very little difference between the E-Mail programs on the Galaxy S III and RAZR MAXX, as both allow you to accomplish the same tasks. We did notice some bugs with the E-Mail app on the RAZR MAXX since its update to Android ICS. We have it set to check our POP3 accounts every hour, but sometimes a few hours would go by and they would not be checked. Also, IMAP Push didn’t always seem to work, and we manually had to check for new messages. Because of this, we ended up installing K-9 Mail as a work-around on the RAZR MAXX. Thankfully, the included E-Mail app on the Galaxy S III worked just fine, checking POP3 accounts as it should, and IMAP Push also worked without a hitch. GMail still uses its own dedicated app, and can check multiple GMail accounts.

The on-screen QWERTY keyboards share a similar layout, but we actually found the one on the RAZR MAXX easier to use since comes up a bit higher on the screen than on the Galaxy S III. Also, the auto word completion seems to be more accurate on the RAZR MAXX.

Samsung Galaxy S III - Virtual keyboards - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Virtual keyboards - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Samsung Galaxy S III

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Virtual keyboards


Samsung Galaxy S III - E-Mail programs - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
E-Mail programs - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - E-Mail programs - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
E-Mail programs - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Samsung Galaxy S III

 

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

 

E-Mail programs



Processor and Memory:

Without a doubt, the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor on the Galaxy S III flies in the face of the 1.2GHz dual-core TI OPAM 4430 processor that is on the RAZR MAXX. Add to that, the Galaxy S III comes with 2GB of RAM, instead of 1GB on the RAZR MAXX. Before the benchmarks were even done, we could easily tell the Galaxy S III was faster, as apps opened and ran quicker than on the RAZR MAXX.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022 6396 58,7
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 2895 6178 36,7


The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX comes with 16GB of internal memory and also a 16GB microSDHC memory card pre-installed, while the Samsung Galaxy S III is available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory – and the microSD card slot is empty. Both phones are capable of using up to a 64GB memory card.


Internet and Connectivity:

The included web browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III does a great job, as pages are properly rendered, and pinch-to-zoom and kinetic scrolling are both fast and fluid. We also appreciated the fact that most embedded Flash content and videos (such as YouTube) were able to load and play properly in the web page. Meanwhile, the stock browser on the Motorola RAZR MAXX feels a bit clunky, doesn’t zoom and scroll as smooth, and after the ICS update we’ve noticed that most embedded Flash videos will not play. We tried out the Dolphin HD and Chrome Browsers on the RAZR MAXX, and found that Chrome did work the best, and even was able to work properly with most embedded Flash videos.

The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy S III


The web browser on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The web browser on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The web browser on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The web browser on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

The web browser on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX


We love that both devices run on Verizon’s 4G LTE Network, but again we saw some differences. We ran the SpeedTest.net app several times at night and during the day around the Ft Lauderdale area, and the Samsung Galaxy S III continually got faster 4G speeds than the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. For example, we ran one test outside our house at night after 1am so there would be lower internet traffic, and the Galaxy S III got a download speed of 14.29 Mbps and an upload speed of 7.26 Mbps with a 99ms Ping time. The RAZR MAXX got about half that speed, with 7.90 Mbps download and 3.77 Mbps upload, with a ping time of 100ms.

Both phones also support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, though the Galaxy S III can also use the less crowded 5GHz Wi-Fi band. It also supports NFC, and S Beam, so you can transfer files easily to another S Beam enabled phones.

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posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:33 7

1. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Your GS3 quadrant scores are way too loww!! I have Verizon GS3 and i get 5000 on daily basis.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:36 2

2. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


it still beats the razr.

and they should do quadrant 3 times and average them. because quadrant scores go higher each time.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 12:38

10. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Right. Quadrant is very unreliable benchmark. For best result, you should boot the phone and run test multiple times to average it. GS3 score will be closer to 5000 this way.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 04:49 1

26. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


You are correct; we have re-tested it and have updated the score :)

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 22:42

43. babyboy14622 (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


i have the razr maxx and i get over 5000 on a dalily bases

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 22:46 1

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


proof or gtfo.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 10:14

46. baldilocks (Posts: 758; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


PhoneArena has been using the wrong Quadrant scores for the International GS3 for quite some time too. They have it pegged at 4400 when they ALL get 5600 all day long.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:48 2

3. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i would get the razr if i were looking for style, i dont care about the rest though

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:48 4

4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


another stupid comparison. Compare S III with Atrix HD.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:58 5

5. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


There isn't any way the GS3 would lose to the Atrix HD. The Atrix is designed to give top end LTE and HD screen performance, but it also designed to be a little less expensive. But, that doesn't mean that it, or the RAZR MAXX, aren't good choices. Just that the Samsung beast is top shelf right now.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 17:05 1

19. caseball2051 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


youre gonna call this a stupid comparison and then ask for a compariston between a super smartphone (GS3) and the atrix HD which is a mid level phone?

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:14 1

31. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I call this stupid because it is stupid.
Atrix HD is a far better phone than RAZR,
It has S4 dual core cpu, the same which can be found in HTC ONE X, 720p screen which is really good actually, much better build quality (comparing to S III). There are some drawbacks of course but I wouldn't dare to say that S III is in a completely different league. At least Atrix HD is better in so many ways than RAZR. The only grudge is presumably its battery life.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 10:09

6. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


FAUguy... who is this?
Anyways, my RAZR MAXX only has 8GB of internal storage, and I think all others are like that.
The camera on the razr is really bad... I'm hoping to see something better with the new Razr's 13MP camera.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 17:49

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I'm not sure if he gets paid by Disney to seemingly advertise for them but it's really odd that EVERY review, comparison, preview, etc video that he does. He ALWAYS has the same Disney wallpaper. Or maybe he just loves Disney that much =P

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 15:46

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


If you ever watch any of PA's video reviews on Youtube, he's the guy who always has the same Disney wallpaper on his phone review devices. He's been with PA for some years now.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 16:28

16. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Ah... never noticed him.. lol
I do know that Disney wallpaper you are talking about. I've seen it quite a bit, all the way back to feature phones.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 18:26

21. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lol we should ask him.
FAU isn't that close to Disney anyways, it's pretty far down south. I don't watch PA's vids on YouTube, but I do notice the Wallpaper in some reviews and such. Very interesting note.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 05:00 2

27. FAUguy (Posts: 78; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


I started using that wallpaper (which I took with a Canon camera) about 7 years ago, and kept using it as a way to easily show which phone reviews were done by me. I'm in South FL, about 4 hours from Orlando.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 10:45 2

7. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


If u want a premium feel buy a premium case.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 11:31

8. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


why do motorola make there phones with huge bezels,the 2 phones are all most the same size yet one is 4.8'' and the other is 4.3''...same goes for battery why couldnt samsung put in larger battery or is just not possible to have a large battery unless its a unibody design?

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 12:36 1

9. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


but you can change battery on GS3 and I'm sure that extended battery will be available soon. this is not possible with Maxx though it has big enough battery.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 13:06

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i have the s3,dont really have a problem with battery but bigger battery wouldnt hurt it...hopefully they bring out a extended battery with 2500+ mah that also keeps the phone slim...ie like they did with the nexus

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 15:44

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3116; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


That has been one of Motorola's problems since the Droid X. Devices are way bigger and taller yet the screen stays the same size vs HTC and Samsung devices.

The RAZR MAXX is a great device, let's hope the sequal gets the same if not bigger battery with the most up to date specs.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 15:51 1

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I love how you guys had so many different problems with your MAXX that I've never even heard of as a member of the Razr community. I've used 5 different builds of ICS on my dad's MAXX and my own Razr and none of them have had any of the issues you've described and as far as speed tests next to the SIII I've found the opposite to be true in my testing.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 21:53

24. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Alright I rooted my phone and all.. but I made a pretty bad mistake.
I got an app uninstalled (for the built-in apps) and I accidently deleted the default email app. (not gmail, Email.. Verizon's) I'm getting a txt message for every email and things are screwing up.
Do you know how i can fix this. Sorry for so many questions. I need the Razr version of Email.apk... and know what to do with it. Any suggestions?

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 22:44

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I don't think there is a .211 system dump out there yet. you'll probably just have to fastboot. in the future just freeze apps you don't want, never delete them. freezing is completely reversable whereas deleting is not.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 07:59

29. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Ahh...
Alright. Thanks.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:16

32. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


consider yourself as a lucky one:)

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 16:55 1

17. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


This really isn't even a fair comparison. 2011 vs 2012 top end phones. I expect a top end 2013 phone to beat the SIII

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 18:58

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


or even the next Nexus (hopefully by Motorola)

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