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Motorola Droid 3 review
30 January 2012
Summary: The original Motorola Droid was a trailblazing phone when it launched. In fact, it’s a historical device — one of the very first Android phones and the very first to take on Verizon’s Droid moniker. But beyond all that, it boasted features unlike any other phone at the time — yes, back in 2009, a WVGA screen and Android 2.0 (along with Google Maps’ brand new turn-by-turn directions) were thoroughly modern.
Pros: Best Droid keyboard to date, qHD display, Solid battery life, Global capabilities
Cons: Software can get laggy, No dedicated camera button, No LTE
Conclusion: The Droid 3 is a definitive step up from previous slide-out Droids. The 4-inch screen is appreciated and we think the keyboard is pretty much best-in-class. Also, thanks to Android 2.3, it runs much more smoothly than the Droid X2, which means users can actually take advantage of the fact that they own a dual-core phone.
Pros: Fantastic slide-out keyboard with number row, Larger 4-inch screen, Android 2.3 is fast and speedy, Solid battery life, 16GB internal storage, GSM-capable world phone
Cons: No 4G LTE, Screen quality is poor, Camera takes washed-out images, NinjaBlur UI is bland, A lot of unremovable bloatware apps
Conclusion: The Droid 3 is a solid evolution of one of Motorola's most successful smartphone lines. It's faster, has a higher resolution display and the camera is surprisingly decent. If you've got the original Droid and have enjoyed that phone, we heartily suggest you check out the Droid 3: it's much faster and the display is definitely improved. If you're looking for a high end QWERTY smartphone on Verizon Wireless, the Droid 3 should be on your list.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Few companies get a second bite at the mobile cherry. Motorola took its initially awesome RAZR phone and flogged it until it wasn’t just a dead horse but little more than neatly canned dog food. With the company’s handset business on the brink of failure, Motorola then bet everything on the Droid - a testosterone-packed Android handset that was everything the iPhone wasn’t. It paid off.
Pros: Very well made, first class QWERTY keyboard (plus Swype), nice photos and videos