[News]Verizon announces Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD for October 18th. Both officially overpriced.

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.)

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