- Chris Burns , Android Community
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.
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)
The Motorola Droid 3's screen is 4 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.
There is a Texas Instruments Dual-core OMAP4 1 GHz processor (CPU).
The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).
Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.
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.
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