Motorola DROID 3 (Verizon Wireless)
- Released in July, 2011
- Android Gingerbread 2.3-powered smartphone with 4-inch qHD multi-touch display for brilliant video playback; spacious 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Enabled for Verizon Wireless 3G network; can be used as a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi connected devices; Skype Mobile capable
- 8-MP camera; Full HD 1080p camcorder; 16 GB internal memory; microSD expansion; Bluetooth stereo music; access to personal and corporate e-mail; HDMI mirroring to external monitor
- Up to 550 minutes (9.16 hours) of talk time, up to 300 hours (12.5 days) of standby time; released in July, 2011
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, pre-installed global SIM card, quick start guide
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- Size (LWH): 4.9 inches, 2.5 inches, 0.5 inches
- Weight: 5.92 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 550 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 300 hours
The Motorola DROID 3 smartphone comes with Android 2.0 that lets you download unlimited applications. This Motorola Verizon smartphone is an elegant piece with a 3.7-inch touchscreen and a full slide-out QWERTY keypad. Get access to loads of Google mobile services such as Google maps with navigation, Gmail, Google talk, calendar and more with this Motorola smartphone. The Motorola DROID 3 smartphone supports Wi-Fi networking for surfing anywhere on the go.
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Top Customer Reviews
I scoped that phone out long and hard and yes, I did have reservations. I would have liked to see it have 1Gb of RAM like every other phone out now, but you know what? I can deal with it. I only had a slight issue with speed on the original Droid.
Before I move on, I should let you know that I am a power user. I use the physical keyboard more than I use the virtual keyboard. I update servers, manage six different email accounts, deal with clients, and so on. I use the phone to its fullest extent and she was good to me. I love Android and would never think of going the way of Apple, Blackberry, or Windows, regardless of what the masses think I should do.
So I've got the phone and one thing that I loved is that it has more memory for apps. The original Droid had something like 256mb allocated for apps and I was constantly moving things to the SD card or just deleting them to make room for more essential apps. It got to the point where I deleted Flash because it wasn't as important as the other apps. So now I've got something like over a gigabyte of memory for apps and that should last me a while.
Now I'll get into the good, bad, and whatever of this phone:
This keyboard rules. It clicks and I don't think that it's going to soften up at all for the next few years of heavy use. A few things that you would never think of is that the keyboard doesn't have a menu/list button which I miss and it also doesn't have a designated "question mark" key. It's just one ALT away, but I miss it. I will not have a problem getting used to it, though.
Great. I don't have a problem with the diagonal lines that people show through magnifying glasses, like that's how we all use our phones. The screen is only a quarter inch taller than the original Droid so it's not like you've got a lot to get re-situated with. The colors are great and the graphics are very crisp. Also, I read that it's got Corning's Gorilla Glass on it so it should be able to withstand some pocket related abuse.
Good. I have only noticed a little bit of lag when I'm pulling open peoples contact info by clicking on their icons. It's light years faster than the original Droid so that's good enough for me. It's probably comparable to most current phones.
I couldn't find anywhere about the specs of the case. The original Droid was all metal and that ruled. The Droid 3 has a metal screen bezel and the bottom half, where the keyboard is, is a hard, rubberized plastic. I think that it will be fine. It is dense and feels sturdy. Nothing moves and everything is very mechanical, like the original. I wouldn't mind finding an aftermarket metal back to replace the plastic one, but I'm nitpicky. You'll be fine.
Brightest LED ever. I tested it out at night and it's so bright that you could easily light up a small room. Impressed.
Hard Drive Storage:
16Gb onboard. That is great. You don't even need an SD card if you don't want, but why the heck not? Use the SD card for music, videos, and pictures and leave everything else to the onboard memory.
Blur, obviously. I think Motorola knows that it's garbage. It's better than it used to be and is still usable. Maybe I'll go back to it but I'm currently using Go Launcher EX which is just what I had on my old phone. It's like Blur isn't there. No need to root.
Oh man, the bloatware. It's absurd. Easily twenty applications that you can't remove. Half of the reason that I installed a custom launcher so that I could hide all that junk. I'm not an idiot and don't need all these dumb apps. Sports, six Verizon apps, music apps, games, etc. Ugh. Did not like seeing all those. They also locked a half dozen bookmarks into the browser like Verizon stuff so people who don't know how to create bookmarks have then, but, once again, I'm no idiot and want them gone. Too bad. Who cares. Just install another browser if you've got a problem with it.
I dislike the new text messaging app layout. It's bubbles like you see in the iPhone. I liked it the old way. An app could fix it if you've got a problem with it, though. New gallery? Garbage. Pretty unusable. It defaults to some dumb friend thread where it shows you pictures that your friends updated with Facebook. I want mine first and if I want to see other people's stuff, I'll do it on my own accord, thank you very much. I replaced it with someone's copy of the gallery from 2.2 which I loved.
I've been riding it pretty hard for this past day and I don't blame the battery for getting a little tired on me. I anticipate a good days use with normal use.
No Camera Button:
You can easily map a double clicked home button using the phone's built in software. No need to cry and no need for apps. I was concerned about it but I'm already over it.
It weighs a little bit more. You can dig up the stats for yourself but it's bigger, what do you expect? You won't be able to tell in three days. It's a nice heavy phone. Jeff Goldblum said that if it's heavy, it's probably expensive. He's a smart man.
The original Droid owners were spoiled with the best speaker known to man. This isn't as good, but it's still good. Like I said, Droid 1's was exceptional and this one does just fine.
If you own any of the Droids with keyboards, this is a little bit better than the same thing. It's better, don't get me wrong, but it's not so much like a new phone as it is a faster version of the one that you know and love.
Sorry this is so long. I review drinks for thirstydudes.com and tend to get carried away. I would have loved to have this review when I was curious if I should get this phone.
Love the physical keyboard,, the usual Motorola quality....
*** be advised that this take the full-sized sim card,, you will have to call Verizon to have one sent to you, as the store will most likely not have them in stock..
Everything is going to the "nano" type. Which I dont understand, cause now we have three types to choose from full sized, micro, and nano..
QUIT MAKING STUFF SMALLER PHONE ENGINEERS .. The micros are hard enough to get in, now they make them smaller...lol