As far as Android skins by manufacturers I'm pretty familiar with HTC and Motorola, but have only had some contact with touchwiz. I liked HTC Sense a lot but even it wasn't perfect. I recently used a Motorola phone with their tamer version of motoblur and was actually quite impressed with it. I never liked touchwiz and it always felt clunky or too iPhone-like in places. But I haven't used it extensively and have never owned a Samsung device so I can't say it's all horrible.
The only thing that brings the Razr HD down compared to the S3 is the camera. Samsung has always gotten pretty high praise in the camera department while Motorola tends to get criticism for the camera. But even still I'm heavily considering my next phone being a Motorola phone...unless the Incredible X is a show stealer, or the next nexus comes out with amazing specs.
Ultimately December is going to be huge in the holiday spending on phones this year as many awesome devices are out, and some coming October and more in November. I'm just biding my time and hanging onto my upgrade (even though it's really hard to not upgrade since I just became eligible for an upgrade). But in the meantime I'm trying to avoid the mobile section at Best Buy since I know awesome stuff is coming down the pipeline very soon.
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Last edited by ambrown; 09-28-2012 at 09:25 PM.
these removable battery debates are so Android vs apple... except that moto actually installed a huge battery... unfortunately battery isn't the only deciding factor as the s3 wins in most other categories
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As far as the battery debate goes I would like the option of a removable battery more than an integrated one. But the Razr HD Maxx has a big enough battery I don't see that being a huge deal. I generally wouldn't go for battery swapping just because it is a huge nuisance, even with fast boot times. I'd rather plug into an outlet to keep using my phone. I think perhaps there may be those that want to have access to do that but as batteries get better that will no longer be an issue. And for most regular users the battery on the Maxx will be enough.
I like the thought of being able to replace my own battery, or doing a battery pull to reset. But the only maximizing-of-battery-life reason I'd have for needing access to the battery is to add an extended battery to a poorly performing phone.
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I thought I would chime in here. I too was debating between the Razr HD/Maxx HD OR the SGS3. After the recent rumor about the antenna issues I decided to give the S3 a shot. It is unbelievably fast, has a remarkable display and awesome camera. What it seems to come down to is always personal preference, but like me I assume the OP likes to be somewhat led in the right direction by others in the know. I would say that the big concerns for me are: battery life (im always in my office and can charge but don't want to HAVE to), display quality (not as much as size), speed, and camera. I have 2 small children and I use the camera on the 4S at least a couple of times a day and I have yet to see a differnt phone that compares...until now--S3, it's fantastic. It definitely has the speed, but I think that the razr HD will have equivalent speed. The display is second to none; bright and crisp. Now, that leads us to battery. I just picked it up last night so I have been installing apps and setting up mail, contacts etc. so I won't know what the actual battery life for my uses are until the next couple of days in a normal work week. Also, I'm not a big fan of TouchWiz...the Razr HD is supposed to have Blur, but a very cut-down version of blur, very close to stock android or so I've read. We really won't know until it comes out. I can say this, the SGS3 is a great phone and the whole battery thing is easily remedied with an extra battery or hopefully the option of an extended battery that is produced from Samsung. Lastly, I have to agree with the poster that mentioned build. The SGS3 is extremely thin and light (and curved) while the Razr HD/MAXX HD will be the standard motorola rectangular shapes which I personally like better; it just feels a little better. Good luck with your decision.
That was an incredibly helpful post, thank you! Ultimately, the decision was made for me. My Droid X has all but officially died on me... and the GS3 is the only thing out right now that I would be willing to get. Your post made me feel a whole lot better about it :-)
If you could report your initial battery results, that would be fantastic :-)
Hey all. Every one doing good today?
Suprise suprise i am now waiting to get my 6th replacement phone. So one more month of pure frustration before I can get out of droid 3
Hell. Does the s3 have front and rear cameras? Does anyone have an idea of the battery life that the upcoming razr max hd will have.