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Latest on the Motorola DROID 3: No LTE aboard

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Latest on the Motorola DROID 3: No LTE aboard
Back last week, we reported on specs for the Motorola DROID 3 that were found on benchmarking website Nenamark. You might recall that the third-generation model of the phone that started Androidmania is expected to have a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and a TI dual-core OMAP4 1GHz CPU under the hood. The screen is said to be 4 inches of qHD pleasure with both rear and front facing cameras expected, along with a 5 row physical keyboard.

A "reliable" source at TechnoBuffalo has filled in some of the missing pieces. The Motorola DROID 3 will come to market, according to the tipster, with an 8MP camera in back and a 1.3MP camera in front. And while the informant wasn't as sure as Nenamark about whether the handset would sport the TI OMAP4430 or the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, he was sure about one thing that will make DROID fans upset-like its larger stablemate-the Motorola DROID X2-the DROID 3 will be launched sans 4G. Speaking of the launch, the release is expected sometime next month.

source: TechnoBuffalo via IntoMobile

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posted on 22 May 2011, 04:04 3

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Considering how many issues lte has and how much battery drainage it has been causing, I wouldn't say this is a bad thing. This will be the most powerful android phone with a keyboard.
Finally the Epic has met its match.

posted on 22 May 2011, 04:33 1

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

um, i think you mean the Epic has met it's maker. xD

posted on 22 May 2011, 13:15 1

15. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Nope! This phone coulda been beast.....without motoblur :)

posted on 22 May 2011, 13:19 3

17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

TouchWiz is not really any better. xD

posted on 22 May 2011, 17:42 1

19. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Motoblur on the "X" was not bad at all. I hated it on the Droid Pro, an otherwise very good phone. These are my only 2 experiences with Motoblur. Hopefully, it will be streamlined on the "X2" and the Droid 3, similar to the "X".

No 4G is not going to kill these phones sales. There is plenty of buyers in non-LTE areas. The physical keyboard, 2 cameras, and good sized screen make it right up my Wife's alley. So far, I have seen nothing coming out on AT&T that competes with the Droid 3 that has a qwerty board. My friend had the original Droid forever- and it was still going strong. Good pedigree on this device.

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:11 1

23. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Droid x running 2.3.3 runs flawlessly. Very fast, smooth, and responsive. Even the web browser runs sooooooooo much better. New motor blur, new touchwiz, and new sense all look and perform very well. Its only getting better.

posted on 22 May 2011, 04:40 2

3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeah, i'm defiantly not fretting about it's lack of LTE so soon after LTE's deployment. it's too buggy to make that a deciding factor especially when it's pitted against a duel-core packing Droid with qHD and a 5-row keyboard however if it were anything else available on Verizon sans the recently launched Droid X2 it would be a no brainier to choose a Thunderbolt or a Droid Charge.

posted on 22 May 2011, 04:49 1

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Agreed. Wifi is pretty much everywhere now a days and besides I don't watch youtube videos or anything unless im home and I have wifi there. So personally 3G does the job when I am at work or out.

posted on 22 May 2011, 05:09 1

5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeah, that's the position i'm in with 4G too. it's not even gonna beat a good keyboard with me so far.

posted on 22 May 2011, 08:16 3

6. urdaddi (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jun 2010)

Stupid though about how Verizon is talking about having only 4G by the end of 2013....but yet they continue to push these phones out that are on 3G.

posted on 22 May 2011, 09:30 5

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

A lot happens in 2 years, Dual core phones will be low end by then. Verizon believes their 4g network will be as strong and nationwide as their 3g network.

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:51 3

11. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Even though the projected date is 2013, Verizon seems to be moving ahead of schedule (4G was projected not to launch in my area until Q2 of 2012 but it is now projected by the end of this year) so i believe that is the reason for continuing to push out new 4G devices. 4G will cover the 3G footprint but when 4G is unavailable it will shift back to 3G kind of like when 3G goes down to 1X from time to time now. Also the more devices you have operating on 4G technology the more you have an opportunity to find the issues and resolve them before the whole footprint is covered. like RORYREVOLUTION i'm curious about 4G but in reality 3G does what I need it to do.

As far as questioning the motive for new 3G devices being release when 4G is on the horizon there are those who could care less about 4G but still want a pretty decent smartphone with the latest features. 3G smartphones will most likely be cheaper in price than the 4G devices so pretty much there is an option for everyone. $250-$300 i think is kinda pricey for a phone but $199 i could deal with.

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:04 1

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Agreed, paying 300 dollars for a 4g phone when there's no 4g in your area is a bad idea. I won't be getting 4g in my area for at least a year from now. I don't see me using the bolt, charge, or revolution for that long of a period. The Droid 3 seems more future proof as it has a 4 inch qhd display and dual core plus the keyboard option when there's next to none available is also very appealing to me. That seems more of a worthy purchase to me. If you are in a strong lte area by all means I don't blame anyone for buying them.

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:49 1

8. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I don't know how LTE works but with Sprint's 4G, you can just turn it off. But, I've had my Evo for over a year and battery life is 1-2 days with ALL of my radios on 24/7:


HTC released a battery optimized kernel last year and since then, it's been running great! Before then, I'd only turn on the 4G when I really needed it.

posted on 22 May 2011, 14:06 1

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Bs you're not getting that kind of battery life with all radios on

posted on 22 May 2011, 17:46

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Just because your iToy can't handle it doesn't mean that Nexos can't work her Evo to.

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:00

21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

iPhone gets better battery life than androids because no flash and limited multitasking. Deal with it fanboy. Even iPhone wouldn't get 2days with all your radios on.

posted on 22 May 2011, 23:44

28. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

It depends on what you're actually doing with the phone. Your display is what chews up most of your battery life. I'm not normally in the habit of calling others on the internet liars. You really have no call to be doing so either.

posted on 22 May 2011, 23:15

27. Cobjones (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Mar 2011)

Yeah, maybe if it was just on standby and you didn't use it

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:50

9. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

They should put the LTE on their and if it's possible to switch it off, let the customers decide when they want to get nitro speeds at the expense of using more gas.

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:50

10. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

*on there

posted on 22 May 2011, 11:54 2

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

*singsong*BIOOOOONIC.... I think it's time for me to dust off my resume and see about regaining employment at Verizon. My six month hiatus imposed by their agreement with their indirect agents is almost over.

posted on 22 May 2011, 13:19

16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeah, when the Bionic comes out it'll be a no-brainer but for now the High-End phones are the network are split between the power packing dual core, hand sets, and the high speed data using LTE handsets.

posted on 22 May 2011, 12:59

13. ninjakamster (unregistered)

I'm holding out hope the Droid 3 will be LTE upgradable like their Xoom tablet, or they'll launch a 4G version shortly afterwards like the Droid 2 Global came a few months after the Droid 2.

posted on 22 May 2011, 13:03

14. joana08 (unregistered)

I just have one question it says it has a front facing camera for video calls. But its a 3g only phone. How is that gonna work? Over wifi only?cuz I have a Droid charge video calls work over 4g no wifi required but when my phone drops down to 3g I can't do them unless I use wifi. And some people above me said well wifi is available almost everywhere these days. I just wanna know were da fuck do they live that they rely on wifi? If u live in a huge city like me in los Angeles ur better off using ur own 3g/4g connection cuz its frustating using free wifi yes there are many places that offer free wifi like Starbucks, McDonalds but its freaking slow!! Cuz there are soo many people using it cuz its free so obviously a lot of fat gurls that have like 20 take all there kids all with iPods touches and they all hog down the network so ur better off using ur 3g/4g connection ..

posted on 23 May 2011, 00:17

29. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 673; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)

First of all thats not nice. Second, even if it only allowed video calling over wi-fi, did that stop the iphone 4's facetime from becoming popular? No. Third WHO are these people who use video calling anyways?

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:26 1

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

To Me It seem terga its not build to work well with LTE this could be a reason

posted on 22 May 2011, 22:58

25. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)

If thats true, then that sucks.

I have the Thunderbolt, and im loving LTE speeds, its a huge difference from 3g, but man ... am i missing my qwerty keyboard, and the minute i saw the pics of the Droid 3, i considered that the perfect phone ... with the 5 row keyboard, and bigger screen of 4" ... but no LTE?!?!?

sorry, but once you go LTE, you cant go back to 3G.

posted on 22 May 2011, 23:00

26. december2112 (unregistered)

the end of the world is happening in about a year or so.. why does it matter what happens in 2013.

posted on 23 May 2011, 01:22

30. coria791 (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 Jun 2010)

Yes I cant wait untill next month li be the first one to get one when it comes out I heard it will have Android 2.3.3 and a Bigger Keybord

posted on 23 May 2011, 10:34

31. VZWFTW (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)

What I am excited to see on this phone is the fact that it will be able to record and display 1080p. I had the opportunity to play around with this device and I must say it is pretty flipping slick.

posted on 24 May 2011, 00:21

32. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

See I loved the epic it was just sprints network that wasn't doing it for me in my area. So I switched back to Verizon and maybe its just a bad phone I had but I had crappy service with the thunderbolt. 2 bars only but when I switched back to my Droid x, I get 4 everywhere I go. So Motorola gets high points in my book for that. I really can't wait for the Droid 3.

Going from the iPhone 3g to the original Droid which was my first android phone was a huge improvement for me. I still have my Droid despite how low end it is now, the major improvements that the Droid 3 have really made me excited all over again. I really wish it would run with stock 2.3 tho

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 00:22

33. GR (unregistered)

Was going for Droid 3 until I heard no LTE.



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