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Motorola Droid 3 review

6.6/10 AVG.

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The Motorola Droid 3 currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Hardware Secrets

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...

- Sandy Berger, Hardware Secrets
Mobile Syrup

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 ma...

- Daniel Bader , Mobile Syrup

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...

- Christina Bonnington, Wired
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.

- Chris Burns, Android Community

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 usabi...

- Jonathan S. Geller, BGR

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Droid 3 user manual here.

Motorola backs up the Droid 3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Droid 3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

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

1 GHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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.

16 GB

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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1540 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

Droid 3 Specs

Release date July 7, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Texas Instruments Dual-core OMAP4 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Body: 1.46 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1540 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 184 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
8x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Frames, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV, QCP
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT860 4G, XT860, Milestone 3

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