"Everything I'd hoped coming from the original Razr"5.0 starson by Zodwraith
Pros: Design feels absolute top notch.
Ridiculous battery life. (this one's huge for me as I'm away from power sources 90% of the day)
Very light and thin considering the absolutely huge battery.
LOUD external speaker.
Cons: Pentile display but I can't see any imperfections unless my nose is touching the screen. This feels like reviewers nit picking.
Camera software isn't the best in the business but is far from bad.
Summary: If you're a quality feel kinda person you can't top the Razr HD Maxx. You could always buy an aftermarket super battery for a GS3 to get the stamina of the Maxx but it will look ridiculous and still have the cheap plastic casing and horrible UI bloat.When you think about the fact that apple charges $100 more to go to 32GB, it's like you got the bigger battery for free. :)
The external speaker is the best I've ever heard bar none. No idea what the reviewer's malfunction was. A tinny file being played at too high a volume?
I'd have liked to get the 2GB of RAM that's in the GS3. There's still no evidence that it's necessary or even beneficial, but making a claim like that is akin to the iPhone fanatics that claimed you didn't need a 4" screen for years then act as if it's revolutionary when Apple finally throws it's fans a bone with the iPhone5. Having it is better than not.
I don't expect a phone camera to give me $1000 Canon level shots and only take several pictures a month with it. Learn to light a subject properly and hold still and you'll improve your pictures far more than buying a smartphone based on it's camera's abilities.
I'd have liked to have 4.1 from launch but in a month or two this point will be moot.
Reviewers nit picking the pentile display are likely the same that will still rate a far smaller iPhone retina display as superior simply because it has an apple logo on it. I have to seriously strain to see even a hint of blending of pixels. AKA you can't see anything but perfection with the naked eye. If you're just trying to knock something down so it doesn't approach your precious iPhone you should target Verizon's obnoxious level of bloat they cram into every phone they sell.
The perfect phone would have a slim design using only metal, glass and/or kevlar, amazing battery life, Samsung specs, Moto radios, water resistant coating, HTC camera, and a Nexus-Pure Android OS.
First and foremost these are mobile phones meaning battery and radios trump all. Cameras can get new software, OS's will be updated, and you can root to remove bloat or horrible UIs, but you can't un-plastic a GS3 or improve it's battery without making it look/feel even cheaper. IMHO the RAZR HD MAXX is the closest you can get to a perfect smartphone with the GS3 a really close 2nd.
If Samsung would wake up and start making their casings feel like they weren't ordered from Playskool ,stop corrupting Android with the abomination that is Sense, and live up to their promise earlier this year that they care about battery life, Motorola and HTC would be history as handset manufacturers.
The RAZR M and HDs show that Moto has been listening to consumers and reviewers and they're serious about giving us what we want. This is why the MAXX was a no-brainer for me. It's still not perfect but considering the competition it fully deserves 5 stars.
Updated on Oct 23, 2012