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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

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With an 8MP autofocus camera on the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, you may think their pictures would look similar, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III


Camera interface of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Camera interface of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX


First off, the Galaxy S III has a wider angle lens, so you can get more in the image without having to back-up as much as when using the RAZR MAXX. Images that we took outside on a sunny day with the Galaxy S III have fairly accurate colors (not oversaturated) and look in-focus and sharp, but not what we could call “crisp”. Meanwhile, outside images from the RAZR MAXX look dull and boring, with poor color reproduction and soft edges; though both phones have a tendency to overexpose bright areas. For inside images, the Galaxy S III again did a better job, as images looked sharper and had less grain than the RAZR MAXX. The LED flash on the Galaxy S III was plenty bright and produced good colors, while the flash image produced by the RAZR MAXX was not as bright and had a blue hue to it.

Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Samsung Galaxy S III

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy S III - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Samsung Galaxy S III

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXOutdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Outdoor samples


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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Indoor samples


Even though both devices can record HD videos at 1080p resolution and at 30 frames per second, we again are more pleased by the results of the Galaxy S III, as colors are more accurate and there is more detail in the video than the one shot by the RAZR MAXX. Unfortunately, video shake is a problem with both, as you have to use two hands and be steady when recording. When we only used one had during part of the video, to test the autofocus for a close up subject, the video shake was very noticeable.

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Multimedia:

The Music Player on the Samsung Galaxy S III and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX don’t have much fanfare to their appearance, but get the job done. Both offer some EQ settings; though there is about twice as many on the Galaxy S III, and it even allows you to manually customize the Equalizer ranges and adjust the 3D, Bass, Reverb, Room size and Clarity effects. Music playback through the rear speaker does sound a bit better on the RAZR MAXX, but not by much, though Samsung does include a nice set of earbuds. The one thing missing is an Audio Playback Control from the Lock Screen on the Galaxy S III, as we’re glad to see it on the RAZR MAXX.

Samsung Galaxy S III - Music players - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Music players - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX - Music players - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Music players - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Samsung Galaxy S III

 

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

 

Music players


Of course, both phones can play pretty much any video file you can through at it up to 1080p resolution; including H.263/H.264 encoded MP4s and DivX files. Naturally, the 4.8” 720p HD screen on the Galaxy S III is a real treat to watch videos on, but the RAZR MAXX looks almost as good at a smaller size.

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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: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


proof or gtfo.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 10:14

46. baldilocks (Posts: 753; 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: 444; 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: 3601; 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, 15:46

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; 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, 17:49

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; 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, 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: 3109; 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: 5711; 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: 5711; 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: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


or even the next Nexus (hopefully by Motorola)

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