Motorola Droid 3

AKA: Motorola XT860 4G, XT860, Milestone 3

Available at: Bell

7/10 AVG.
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Fans of the DROID line of devices made by Motorola will not be disappointed, those upgrading from a feature phone will freak out over how amazing this device is, those moving away from a device with the same size screen with a lower resolution will be joyous over their decision. - Chris Burns, Android Community  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 19 reviews

The Motorola Droid 3 is the third generation of Droid smartphones, and brings a few new features to the table. While the phone looks about the same as the previous two generations, the Droid 3 is thinner, which makes it easier to slip the phone into a tight pocket. The Droid 3 is also heavier than its predecessors, thanks to a slightly larger screen. This is not the phone to buy if you cannot stand to use bigger phones. However, its heft does make the phone more durable than smaller phones. It features polished metal on the sides, rubberized plastic on the back, and a Gorilla Glass screen.

The Droid 3 also offers upgraded hardware. The QWERTY keyboard is back and is very high quality. If you text or send a lot of e-mails, it really pays to have a QWERTY keyboard instead of using the touch screen. The phone also features a high-resolution qHD display, which is easy on the eyes, and a dual core processor. The processor makes the phone snappy, but the Droid 3 cannot match up against the raw speed of the top dogs on the market.

Battery life is somewhat disappointing. If you are away from home for more than a few hours, remember to bring your charger. If this is not possible, you probably would be happier with another phone that offers stronger battery life. The camera is also lackluster at best and has buggy software which can make the camera freeze up. It also takes a very long time to focus in low light conditions.

Not all is bad though. If you are a heavy user of the keyboard and want a durable phone, there really is no better option than the Droid 3.

Need to Know: Motorola Droid 3

1. QWERTY keyboard is easy to use and high quality. (The Good)

2. Durability is much higher than most smartphones. (The Good)

3. Battery life is weak. (The Bad)

4. Camera software is buggy and the camera itself does not take the highest quality photos. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Motorola Droid 3's screen is 4 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Texas Instruments Dual-core OMAP4 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1540mAh

The phone is powered by a 1540 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are: 12.5 days standby time, 550 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

140

Motorola XT860 4G - 16GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone

from eBay

  • Condition: Used
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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Motorola Milestone 3 (Unlocked, Grey)

from Expansys CA

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: Not available
  • Contract: No
Expansys CA
140

Motorola Droid 3 XT862 Android 2.3 16GB Smartphone Verizon 3G - Black New Other

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: USA
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140

New Motorola Droid 3 XT862 Black Verizon/Page Plus Global 3G Android 10- in Box

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: USA
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 19 reviews

The Motorola Droid 3 is the third generation of Droid smartphones, and brings a few new features to the table. While the phone looks about the same as the previous two generations, the Droid 3 is thinner, which makes it easier to slip the phone into a tight pocket. The Droid 3 is also heavier than its predecessors, thanks to a slightly larger screen. This is not the phone to buy if you cannot stand to use bigger phones. However, its heft does make the phone more durable than smaller phones. It features polished metal on the sides, rubberized plastic on the back, and a Gorilla Glass screen.

The Droid 3 also offers upgraded hardware. The QWERTY keyboard is back and is very high quality. If you text or send a lot of e-mails, it really pays to have a QWERTY keyboard instead of using the touch screen. The phone also features a high-resolution qHD display, which is easy on the eyes, and a dual core processor. The processor makes the phone snappy, but the Droid 3 cannot match up against the raw speed of the top dogs on the market.

Battery life is somewhat disappointing. If you are away from home for more than a few hours, remember to bring your charger. If this is not possible, you probably would be happier with another phone that offers stronger battery life. The camera is also lackluster at best and has buggy software which can make the camera freeze up. It also takes a very long time to focus in low light conditions.

Not all is bad though. If you are a heavy user of the keyboard and want a durable phone, there really is no better option than the Droid 3.

Need to Know: Motorola Droid 3

1. QWERTY keyboard is easy to use and high quality. (The Good)

2. Durability is much higher than most smartphones. (The Good)

3. Battery life is weak. (The Bad)

4. Camera software is buggy and the camera itself does not take the highest quality photos. (The Bad)

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

Solid build, excellent five-row keyboard, excellent five-row keyboard

from Hardware Secrets (over 2 years ago)

The Droid 3 has three things going for it: the top-notch keyboard, the latest Gingerbread Android operating system, and it can easily be used outside the United States.The well-thought-out keyboard with its offset keys, dedicated number row, and useful arrow keys is a wonderful addition to the Droid... More

The choice for the business-minded looking to move away from the BlackBerry

from Mobile Syrup (over 3 years ago)

The final device in the Superphone quattro, the XT860 had the quietest release and the least fanfare. We have yet to see a single advertisement for a device that has nestled itself into our hearts over the past few weeks as one of the best QWERTY sliders ever released. What it lacks in finesse it makes... More

  8/10

The Droid 3 is equally suited for work or play

from Wired (over 3 years ago)

But in its latest incarnation, the Droid 3, Motorola’s marquee smartphone really shines. The handset, which runs Android Gingerbread, is equally suited for work or play, with a larger screen, an even better keyboard and enough brawn to give you a satisfying experience across a variety of apps and... More

  7/10

Fans of the DROID line of devices will not be disappointed

from Android Community (over 3 years ago)

With the power of a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor under the hood and some undeniably well made Motorola slider chassis holding the device together, there’s essentially no drawback here. Sure, it’s not the Droid Bionic, which will be a Motorola device with a dual-core processor... More

It isn’t unique enough to offer a compelling reason to buy one over another Android handset on Verizon

from BGR (over 3 years ago)

The Motorola DROID 3 was rushed and I’m betting pushed to the side in favor of the upcoming Motorola DROID Bionic. There is no other explanation. The fact that Motorola and Verizon could release the third major iteration of the original Motorola DROID and have most of the handset’s usability... More

Sports faster specs, slimmer profile, better keyboard

from Complex (over 3 years ago)

The Droid 3 isn’t only the best handset in the original Droid series—it’s also the true enterprise phone. Alongside its paramount business apps and communication widgets, features such as international roaming and enhanced mobile security make the device a must own for corporate types.... More

It's not as unique as the first, not as polished as the second, but still an overall good device

from Phone Scoop (over 3 years ago)

The Motorola Droid 3 is mostly good, but has a few glaring problems that bug me. The hardware, while huge and chunky, works well and offers the best QWERTY on a Motorola phone that I can remember. Lovers of the physical keyboard will surely enjoy that of the Droid 3. Signal and battery performance were... More

Sleek package for an affordable price

from Mashable (over 3 years ago)

Summing up, the Motorola Droid 3 does it all in a sleek package and for an affordable price. It’s especially useful for travelers and road warriors. It has advantages over other smartphones and has enough capabilities to keep up with technology for a while.

The lack of 4G leaves room for the Droid 3 to be desired

from Neowin (over 3 years ago)

The Droid 3 is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, if you want a keyboard on an Android device, this is a solid choice. On the other hand, if you are looking for the best overall experience, there are other Android devices in Verizon’s lineup that will fit your needs and that have 4G too. The Droid... More

  6/10

Fast, the software flexible, and the raw capabilities are just unmatched for the US market

from MobileBurn (over 3 years ago)

I've always been a fan of the Motorola DROID and its successor devices. The original DROID was the very first Android smartphone on Verizon, and even though its keyboard was questionable, it remained one of the best devices available for quite some time. The DROID 2, however, didn't get enough of an... More

  9/10

This phone sucks

(over 2 years ago)

the phone freezes bad resption. and the screen well lets see if they can fix it. motorola made good phones loved my other ones and was proud to purhace this one. it has been a total nightmare. and bell the company im through wont do shit

  1/10

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