Verizon has confirmed the Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD will both launch on October 18th. The RAZR HD will be $199.99 on contract, while the RAZR MAXX HD will be $299.99.
These prices are what I expected when I wrote our holiday buyer’s guide, and it’s hard to shake the feeling that both phones are overpriced.
The Samsung Galaxy S III (GSIII) can be had for as little as $49.99 on contact and matches the RAZR HD and MAXX HD in virtually every department. In fact, the Galaxy S III has more RAM (2GB vs. 1GB), a slightly larger screen (4.8″ vs. 4.7″) and the same dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
The only advantage the RAZR HD and MAXX HD have are bigger batteries. This would be a big deal if the GSIII was a battery hog, but it’s not. The GSIII will easily get the average user through a day and the $149.99 price difference versus the RAZR HD and $249.99 versus the RAZR MAXX HD will buy a lot of spare batteries just in case.
If you’re a Verizon customer that’s in the market right now do yourself a favor and buy the GSIII at a discount. You won’t regret it.
(For the record over the next two months the Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC Droid Incredible X and the LG Optimus G/Nexus are all also being released on Verizon and would warrant a look. For more info on those go here.)