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Verizon mini review of GS3 & Razr comparison

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  1. rushmore

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    One thing up front :) Not going to diss the Razr, since it is the best device I have owned to now. Well, my NGage was better.... yeah right :rolleyes:

    IMO based on a white 32gb GS3 and Razr thin:

    Build: The GS3 is efficiently designed, but the Razr is a more solidly built device. Razr wins.

    Display: Razr is a little brighter, but the color, depth and clarity of the GS3 rivals my iPad 3. The extra .5" of display only adds a tiny bit of height to the GS3. The demo at my local VZW did not look this good (very dim), but the G3 I got out of a retail box is the best I have seen and I prefer it to the One X. G3 wins.

    Touch response: Both are great: Tie.

    Navigation buttons: You can wake the GS3 up using the home or power button, but only the power button on the Razr. The nav buttons on the Razr are a LOT easier to press by accident when playing games. The GS3 rocks real hard for game emulators :) GS3 wins.

    Sound quality: GS3 is super clear and much better gain & volume output. Depth of sound is also better from 3.5mm (used Klipsch S4 to test). Speaker output for both can not handle full volume (distorts some). Razr also has some static pops from 3.5mm and speaker (all Moto devices I have owned have had this to some degree for some reason). GS3 wins.

    Video playback: Higher data rate and resolution files play better on the GS3, and look better too. That said, playing big files on a small display is a waste of storage space and battery life to me. None the less, GS3 wins.

    Connectors: Though the Razr has a seperate HDMI and USB, they are located on the top and awkward for the user. GS3 is on the bottom and not awkward as a result. GS3 wins.

    Storage: Both are a tie.

    PC direct connectivity: GS3 only has MTP, but since the Razr has to support a lapdock, Moto added mass storage as well. Wish Samsung did for the GS3 too. Razr wins.

    Performance: Everything is faster and a LOT less heat when stressing the device and using 4G. Game emulators like N64, PSX and MAME are also faster, in spite of the higher res display. They are a good test for CPU power. GS3 wins. It also beats my TF300.

    UI: Both have their quirks, but Blurr keeps key ICS function like drag and drop app folders, but Wiz has multi select app options. Perhaps too early to tell, but giving the win to the Razr.

    Camera: No contest. GS3 by wide margin. I have not tested video.

    Call quality: GS3 seems a little better, but could be new device pixie dust. Calling this a tie.

    3G/4G: Call coverage seems the same. Intitial tests suggest the Razr is a little better than the GS3 for 3G, but the GS3 is even better than the Razr for 4G. Seems a tie for now, since the Razr is proven and the GS3 still needs more time in field.

    Wifi: Since changing a setting in the GS3, the connection is as solid as the Razr and about the same range.

    Battery life: The GS3 has about 370 more mah, so would expect a little better battery life (21%), but the GS3 lasts longer using 4G than the Razr does using 3G. The S4 dual 1.5ghz is a lot more power efficient than the 4430 dual in the Razr. Ditto for LTE radios. GS3 wins by a wide margin, but still will not be as long (of course) as the Maxx (has 57% more battery). If I extrapolate based the 2100 mah battery of the GS3, it would be far better than the Maxx if same 3300 battery. Factor in the battery can be replaced on the GS3, the margin better is off scale.

    In summary, the Razr/Maxx has been trumped by the GS3 for me, but the Razr still is a great device and people with the Maxx an even greater device. Battery life is cool :)
     

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    I agree that the S3 overall is a better device. However, having that battery for some people would trump all the "benefits" of the S3. That being said, I think the razr HD that is rumored to be released would serve as a much better competition.
     
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    So will we see your RAZR on ebay this weekend ? :ciao:
     
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    Agreed about the HD, but the fixed display navigation bar and fixed battery will still be a ding for the HD. IMO.

    Also, the battery life comparison of the Razr was post ICS update. Battery life was better on the Razr with GB- if you actually used the device much.

    People stating anything above seven hours are not using the device much- by my standards, at least for heavy use. Just an example, since folks are saying they are getting ten plus hours with the Razr thin, which I did too, if not playing video, games or Flash content.

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    I did the buyback plan, so the Razr is gone. Got a good price too and a lot better than eBay would have been :)
     
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    Thanks Rushmore for nice and thorough mini review. I just wish it had WiFi toggle and 3G mode setting. Hopefully update will bring it back though we can use apps.

    As for Razr HD, it will be great if it's GS3 like spec with that gigantic fixed battery. But I saw some rumor/speculation based on leaked photo that Moto reduced battery size to somewhere around 2400mAh.
     
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    Moved thread to the 'device comparison' forum for a fair comparison, and furthur discussion.:)
     
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    I only disagree in one area that I can think of and that's storage. The g3 is available with 32 gb internal. Also, as far as opinion, I like Touchwiz a lot better than blur
     
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    My only area of disagreement is on call quality. I'd give the edge to both the Razr Max I returned and my GNex. To my ears the sound quality from the earpiece is just a bit robotic compared to the other devices. Not bad at all, just not quite as clean as the Razr or GNex.
     
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    I thought that, but comparing to the Razr thin, that has 16gb and no need to remove a back cover to get to the sd. I offset the easy access slot on the Razr Maxx with the 32gb of the GS3, so tied em'.

    Not sure on Wiz at the moment, since seems less straight forward to me than Blurr, which is more in line with ICS UI. Subjective issue.
     
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    As I mentioned, could be magic new device pixie dust.
     
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    Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
     
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    I would think the razr would win the storage comparison since you can change the micro sd without opening the back (i realize that samsung changed their design so you can now chnge the micro sd without removing the battery but you still have to remove the back).

    Nice review overall; I'll probably stop by the store to look at one this afternoon but I think I wnt to wait a few weeks to see the new razr/htc device before deciding to plunk down $550.
     
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    I got the GS3 to replace an original Droid, rather than getting the MAXX, because of the Samsung's integrated LTE baseband, the very low SAR ratings and the better camera.

    I think in practice the GS3 may actually beat the Razr MAXX on 4G battery life due to the integrated LTE, though there's no way it will come close on EVDO or on voice calls.

    I do not like Samsung's skin for the operating system. ICS is already messed up in some key ways and Samsung has managed to make it even worse on this phone. You could have multiple committees forced against their will to work together and not come up with a less unintuitive way of placing widgets, for example. The texting application is plain ugly, while as for ICS, Google took some steps back in usability with the Gmail app. You can't easily flip through emails any more, although push seems to work much better.

    I am curious to see which will hold up better in practice. The back of the Samsung is extremely flexible when off the phone and feels like it would be very difficult to crack or chip, but of course Moto uses Kevlar and has some water resistance. I saw some promo pictures of the GS3 with water droplets on it but would like to know if that actually means anything.

    Lastly the GS3 is more comfortable to hold. Rounded edges count for something, especially with phones this large.
     
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    Thats the one thing I don't think I would like about the HD
     
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    I was offsetting since I have the 32gb version. Much more room for apps :)
     

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