Motorola Droid 3 QWERTY Android Phone: In-depth Review


Motorola Droid introduces new phone Motorola Droid 3 which builds quality and feels extremely well built. The phone is heavier than either the Droid or the Droid 2. The top sliding is made up of still and the sliding mechanism is quite smooth. The Droid 3 stands slightly taller than its forbears, though it’s not much thicker than the original Droid.

The additional features which introduced in the Motorola Droid 3 are QWERTY keypad. This is a vast improvement in the Droid series. Even though Droid 3 has a 4-inch HD display, images and text did not look any better than they did on the original Droid. Icons are not particularly sharp. And this phone lacks the physical camera button of its predecessors, which stuck the touch screen button to take the photos.

The Droid ships the latest version of Gingerbread. It runs the same version of MotoBlur. The Droid 3 comes with a considerable number of bloatware apps preinstalled. The Droid 3 packs a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor that makes the phone feel speedy when browsing through menus or scrolling through the home screens. Games ran smoothly, and the phone was quite responsive when tapping around the screen. Unlike the upcoming Droid, the Droid 3 lack LTE support, this can be a problem for the battery life of the phone.

The Droid 3 camera is of 8-megapixel with LED flash. The Droid 3 can shoot 1080p video, but videos also suffered from the blue coloring that plagued photos. The 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera has better white balance than the rear-facing one, but none of the preinstalled software on the phone took advantage of it.

This Droid 3 had no video calling apps, and the stock Google Talk app did not support video chatting. The Droid 3 comes with an HDMI-out port so you can share your photos and videos with everyone on a larger HDTV. The Droid 3 uses the standard bare-bones Android audio player app, and music playback is average.

Motorola Droid 3 is a bit disappointment to the user even though it has good features in it. Motorola pretty much missed the boat with the DROID 3. The device is just too big and heavy. Still, a lack of 4G LTE means this handset isn’t future proofed, and a two-year contract will keep you off of Verizon’s next-gen network for the foreseeable future. It’s a shame 4G is missing here. Hardware like that should be a lot snappier than the other less capable devices, but yet it isn’t.

The screen lacks sharpness, the call quality is subpar, and the phone has reception problems. The keyboard is great, but even that cannot save a phone that has so many other issues and quirks. But the company put in a fast processor, a high-resolution display, and a great keyboard and it even loaded the phone with Gingerbread. But when it came time to deliver, it really dropped the ball.

I will give 7 points out of 10. What is your opinion on Motorola Droid 3?

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  1. Acmeous

    August 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Great review Musthafa. Motorola seems to become much more powerful after Google acquires it. So should be seeing much more quality reviews like these on Motorola soon on TGC :).

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