Specs summary


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).

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, 550 minutes (2G).

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 

Reviews summary

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.

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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)

Hardware Secrets

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

from 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 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

Mobile Syrup

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

from 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 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

from Wired
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 games, including those using Flash. It only runs on Verizon’s 3G network — no 4G LTE for this guy — but can manage most streaming services... Full review
Android Community

Fans of the DROID line of devices will not be disappointed

from Android Community

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

from BGR

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

from Complex

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

Phone Scoop

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

from Phone Scoop

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

from Mashable
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... Full review

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

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 3 is not a bad choice of a device  and it will generally appease the end user. Once Motorola finds a fix for the wonky camera, it will be that much better. At the same time, a lack of 4G leaves room to be desired... Full review

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

from MobileBurn

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

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
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 Less

Had this phone just over a year and 2 batteries already and now the phone turns on but the screen is dead.Its junk!!! and yes Bell Mobility does not care.DO NOT connect to Bell for anything,

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Full Specs

Release date July 7, 2011
Regions available USA, Asia, Europe, North America
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Processor Texas Instruments Dual-core OMAP4 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM Unknown
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Body: 1.46 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1540 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
550 minutes (2G)
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
(6.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
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
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Frames, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom Unknown
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer 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 No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT860 4G, XT860, Milestone 3

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