- 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)
Reviews (6.6/10 Avg. rating)
Solid build, excellent five-row keyboard, excellent five-row keyboard
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 lineup. It surpasses any previous Motorola keyboards that we’ve seen. Add to that a good on-screen keyboard, the text-entry features of this newest operating system, and the Android voice recognition, and you have a phone which excels at accepting text data.
Although the Droid 3 i... Full review
The choice for the business-minded looking to move away from the BlackBerry
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 up for in brute strength, and with fantastic build quality, aesthetics and an overhauled Android experience it’s THE choice for the business-minded looking to move away from the BlackBerry. And this is exactly who Moto is appealing to with its extensive enterprise, VPN and Exchange supp... Full review
The Droid 3 is equally suited for work or play
Fans of the DROID line of devices will not be disappointed
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 AND 4G LTE, but it’s certainly the next best thing. Motorola makes extremely high quality bits of hardware, and this is no exception. 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 thi... Full review
It isn’t unique enough to offer a compelling reason to buy one over another Android handset on Verizon
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 features not live up to the first is disappointing, especially because the phone is more than competitive in terms of raw specs.
Motorola pretty much missed the boat with the DROID 3. While it adds necessary features like a dual-core CPU, global roaming, and a qHD display, the sum... Full review
Sports faster specs, slimmer profile, better keyboard
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. Most importantly, Motorola has redeemed itself as the kings of mobile hardware by creating one of the freshest and most durable physical keyboards on the market, relieving us of our nightmares with the Droid 2 QWERTY. But it’s the lack of 4G support and Moto’s unpolished software... Full review
It's not as unique as the first, not as polished as the second, but still an overall good device
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 great, but sound quality of calls was a real problem in my book. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, you might want to look elsewhere. If you don't often make use of the gift of gab, then perhaps this fault can be overlooked.
The software tools on board the Droid 3... Full review
Sleek package for an affordable price
The lack of 4G leaves room for the Droid 3 to be desired
Fast, the software flexible, and the raw capabilities are just unmatched for the US market
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 upgrade to make it stand out from the sea of other Android smartphones on Verizon.
The new Motorola DROID 3 suffers no such fate. It's got an all-new qHD resolution 4-inch touchscreen, world roaming capabilities, and a beautifully designed 5-row QWERTY keyboard. It's an office in your... Full review
This phone sucks
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