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This page continues the comparison between two new smartphones, the Droid Razr Maxx HD and Samsung Galaxy S III. The comparison begins with this earlier article.
Differences between Windows Phone 8X and Droid Razr Maxx HD:
Prices: The Windows Phone 8X by HTC costs $199.99. Droid Razr Maxx HD costs more at $299.99. Both prices require a new 24-month commitment to Verizon service.
Mail synchronization: The Windows Phone 8X synchronizes both Gmail and Yahoo mail. The Droid synchronizes Gmail but not Yahoo mail. By synchronization, we mean that the Windows interacts with the Yahoo server and shows whether messages were filed, read, or deleted on other devices, while the Droid simply streams all the email coming into the Yahoo mailbox. Neither phone presents the combined mailbox seen on iPhone and iPad.
Battery life: The Droid Razr Max HD has more battery power than most other phones and in our use it lasted about twice as long as the Windows Phone 8X. On the Windows Phone 8X, when we used Verizon Navigator for GPS instructions on a 90 minute trip, the battery went down under 20%. The Droid Razr Maxx HD had battery to spare after using Google Navigator on the same trip. Both phones were fully charged at the outset of the trip. Droid Razr Maxx HD is noted for its battery life and its specs say it gets up to 32 hours of battery life while most others get 12 to 15 hours, so it was no surprise that Droid lasted longer than the Windows Phone 8X. It was a little surprising that the Windows Phone 8X battery drained as quickly as it did with the use of the navigation product; its screen never went dark during the entire trip, which undoubtedly played a part in consuming battery.
Operating systems: The Windows 8 operating system and user interface on the Windows Phone 8X were very pleasant to use. All the functions we tried were easy to figure out without going to the manual or calling for help. The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on the Droid Razr Maxx HD also operates smoothly and feels easier to use than some earlier Android versions we tested.
Map and GPS capability: The Google Maps and Navigation GPS software comes with Droid Razr Maxx HD and all new Android phones. It’s excellent, as usual. The Windows phone also has map software built in and is able to use Verizon Navigator for turn-by-turn GPS directions, though that will cost $2 month at a minimum, according to screens that came up as we enabled Verizon Navigator.
How do you choose: The biggest difference is the battery; second is the mail synchronization, third is the phone’s weight, and the $100 price difference is a distant fourth. Try out the phones in the shop and decide what’s important to you.
Where to buy: Both Droid Razr Maxx HD and Windows Phone 8X are available online at Verizon.com. They’re also available at Cleveland-area Verizon stores including the ones on Detroit Road in Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake. Windows phones are also available in AT&T, Sprint, Walmart and Best Buy stores here in Cleveland. Verizon has over 50 stores in the Cleveland area including downtown Lakewood on Detroit, a kiosk at Great Northern Mall, a store in Westlake at The Promenade, and dozens more.
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