Which one and why
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I've had both. I ended up keeping the s3 and selling the razr hd. The battery life is good on the hd and the build quality is pretty nice. The s3 has a slightly bigger screen and it makes a difference. The razr hd has on screen buttons (which I absolutely hate). The s3 is much smoother. Im waiting for my new s4 to arrive and im going to give the s3 to girlfriend. I will be her first smart phone.....also the removable battery is nice on the s3.
As far as I know, the "strengths" of the S3 over the HD is the camera and 2 gigs of ram vs 1. The camera is not really that bad, though (much better than what it used to be on the Motorola DROID 3), and I doubt you really "need" those two gigs. Now, what the HD has over the S3: better build, solid feel WITHOUT bring heavy on the hand (fits perfectly mine), not too large while having a reasonably big and clear, vivid display, better battery life (the battery being user irreplaceable is only a problem if you were the multi-battery smartphone user, but you could argue that you don't need to do that anymore), and subjective better looks.
Frankly, the S3 is not ugly, but it does feel terribly flimsy, and I gotta admit, even overpriced for the build quality. Unfortunately, marketing is a powerful tool, and many things which are just very nice are sometimes sold as godly and "must haves". There's nothing wrong with the 3S, of course, but you gotta be aware of reality vs commercial hype when dealing with it-it's just an effective, though rather cheap-feeling phone that has gotten wildly popular through marketing, especially as it's usually deemed as the iPhone's nemesis.
The white HD I have is wonderful, though, and what works for me- try them out and see. If popular opinion matters to you, you'll go for S3 (the "cool" choice, so to speak, though the S4 is now "cooler"), but if it's about what feels good for you as an individual, both phones are really nice, and you will note that the HD is wonderful despite it not being the iconic phone to have that everybody will talk about.
I don't need society's approval, so I chose what works best, looks best, and lasts for m-the RAZR HD (noting that there are also S3 users who don't necessarily chose the S3 just to fit with their peers.) S3 is a nice phone, yes, but not for me for the reasons already mentioned.
Part of the problem with carrier exclusive phones is limited sales. The Galaxy phones are now the same across carriers. This increases availability of accessories. My family has slowly converted to Samsung devices. This makes it easy to transfer large files from device to device using wifi Direct. Wifi Direct does not use cell or wifi data. The S3 camera is also very nice.
I had the S3 and returned it. The phone reception was unbelievably bad. Apparently a majorissue for many people and not an issue for others. My Droid R HD has no such issues - reception is great in areas the S3 was dropping calls. It is a phone afterall!
I am getting the S3 for now. Two reasons my son has accessories I can use and I really want the next nexus whenever it comes out with 4g LTE
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Razr HD. Because it's better built, has better battery and bloatware is easy to uninstall/disable. GS3 is good but it looks cheap because of plastic body
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