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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

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

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


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

 


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 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

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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