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Motorola DROID 3 review

Motorola has been on a roll. With a introduction of a strange DROID handset, a phone that we exclusively showed a world, Motorola has been set on a trail of success with Android. The initial Motorola DROID was innovative and brought onward a code new chronicle of Android, Android 2.0. The device featured a high fortitude arrangement with full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, and ran on Verizon Wireless’ plain voice and information network. Motorola and Verizon followed it adult with an evolutionary ascent in a DROID 2, yet a Motorola DROID 3 is ostensible to be a subsequent vast step in both hardware and software. we have been regulating a Motorola DROID 3 for over a week now, and my full examination is after a break.

Hardware / Design

The Motorola DROID 3 is taller and wider than a strange Motorola DROID from over dual years ago, yet it’s also a hair thinner. This is due in partial to a 4-inch arrangement that replaces a 3.7-inch LCD found on a initial DROID and DROID 2. Still, a bezel surrounding a qHD shade seems abnormally vast and creates a whole handset footprint unequivocally big.

The DROID 3’s build materials are tip nick though, finish with a steel bezel around a screen, a soft-touch rubberized finish and high-quality silken cosmetic on a back. On tip of a device you’ll find a energy on/off/lock pitch in a core along with a 3.5mm headset jack towards a right. The energy pitch itself is recessed and scarcely formidable to press, we should add. On a right side there’s a volume up/down rocker, and on a left side there is a mini-HDMI pier and a microUSB port. Around behind there is an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, and it’s capable of 1080p HD video capture.

The device itself feels flattering solid, yet it unequivocally is heavy. Combined with such a vast footprint, a Motorola DROID 3 doesn’t feel like a phone that should be replacing a strange DROID, even if a internals contend otherwise. It’s unequivocally big, and clearly yet reason. Phones should be removing thinner and slimmer, not thicker and wider, generally when they’re replacing such an innovating handset like a strange Motorola DROID. In my opinion, Motorola’s inclusion of a 4-inch arrangement forced a association to take a step behind hardware-wise, instead of leaping forward. This was a trade off that wasn’t value making.

The arrangement on a Motorola DROID 3 is a PenTile display, used in a company’s other dual-core handsets like a Motorola ATRIX 4G. This display, while regulating reduction energy over higher qHD displays, looks impossibly pixelated, and cheap. Text is becloud during times, generally total with Motorola’s tradition UI when scrolling between app panes, for instance.


The full QWERTY keyboard has been a tack with all Motorola DROID devices, and a DROID 3’s doesn’t disappoint. It’s simply a best keyboard of a pack, and a best altogether on any Verizon Android handset I’ve used. Keys have clarification and a keyboard is spacious, finish with a dedicated series quarrel during a top. The buttons also have a ideal pleasing feel when pressed, and a backlighting looks unequivocally good in low-light conditions. The blueprint of a keys is even a vital win, as many manufacturers constantly plod adult pivotal layouts; a keys are placed scrupulously here.

Motorola also enclosed directional arrow keys, that are good to have on a earthy keyboard. Oddly adequate though, a accent black on a keyboard embody unequivocally frequency used black (for many of a U.S. population) like a yen symbol, { } symbols, and comically, even an elipsis.


The DROID 3 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, yet with Motorola’s customizations you’d flattering many never know it. Google’s fastest Android OS stutters on a DROID 3, and it also faces pointless slowdowns. Motorola’s UI clearly appears to be a cause. Cheesy animations and effects like 3D scrolling, extinguishing and lightening of widgets and shade shifting make a device indeed feel slower than it is and it’s flattering mind boggling to consider that Motorola thinks inexpensive effects were value a sacrificed opening in sequence to try and compute their device. The DROID 3 packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, yet we really wouldn’t know it.

Little things software-wise provoke me. For starters, a ability to reason and reason an app and have a phone let we immediately dump it on a home shade was a good by-pass in Android. Motorola has transposed that with a following functionality: reason and reason an app, and be stirred to supplement a idol to a home screen, or supplement it to a group. It’s not a outrageous deal, yet it’s an nonessential further to something that worked unequivocally good to start. Similarly, many of Motorola’s customizations aren’t enhancing Android, they’re creation it worse. And for an OS that already doesn’t offer a palliate of use and fluidity of a height like iOS or webOS, Motorola shouldn’t be creation UI changes only for a consequence of creation UI changes. Instead, a association should be perplexing to make a height improved and lighter, yet it is adding rather than subtracting.

Running Qualcomm Labs’ Vellamo benchmarking tool, a Motorola DROID 3 achieved flattering good as distant as tender tests are concerned, yet entrance in next a HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D, and even other comparison inclination like a HTC myTouch 4G and HTC Desire S. This apparently shows a vast purpose that both hardware and program configurations play with a device’s speed, but it’s engaging that Motorola’s flagship handset is slower than HTC’s non-flagship handsets, even with a complicated UI customization that HTC uses with Sense.

Phone / Battery

Talking on a Motorola DROID 3 is one of a misfortune voice practice we have had in new memory. In fact, we can’t indeed trust that a network with as high standards as Verizon Wireless would recover a device this bad as distant as a phone duty is concerned. Calls are mostly choppy and distorted, they cut in and out, and callers on a other finish sound impossibly tinny. Volume isn’t that good either, and I’ve had to keep a volume all a approach adult during all times during testing.

The speakerphone suffers from many of a same issues, with choppy audio, skinny sound peculiarity and bad projection.

As distant as a battery is concerned, battery life on a DROID 3 is flattering good. With assuage use, a battery lasts by a day with ease, and we could even substantially fist out dual days if needed. This enclosed some simple web browsing, song playback, and light app usage. As shortly as we started personification video, or recording video, or even holding photos, battery life became noticeably diminished. Again, with assuage usage, we should be means to energy by a day even with pull Gmail and an Exchange server set up, yet nightly recharges will be mandatory.

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The Motorola DROID 3 was rushed and I’m betting pushed to a side in preference of a arriving Motorola DROID Bionic. There is no other explanation. The fact that Motorola and Verizon could recover a third vital iteration of a strange Motorola DROID and have many of a handset’s usability facilities not live adult to a initial is disappointing, generally since a phone is some-more than rival in terms of tender specs.

Motorola flattering many missed a vessel with a DROID 3. While it adds required facilities like a dual-core CPU, tellurian roaming, and a qHD display, a sum of these tools certainly doesn’t equal an beguiling product in each day usage, even if they do on paper. Phone job is equivocal atrocious. The device is only too vast and heavy, doesn’t underline a plain UI, and isn’t singular adequate to offer a constrained reason to buy one over another Android handset on Verizon, generally not with a Motorola DROID Bionic on a way. Unfortunately, this expected isn’t a DROID you’re looking for.


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