Motorola DROID 3 touches down at Verizon stores today
Priced at $199.99 with a signed 2-year pact, Motorola made some improvements to the latest build of the phone that started Androidmania in November 2009. Of course, there is that 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor (which makes the phone in line to be one of the first to get Netflix HD), and the 4 inch qHD screen. The slide out QWERTY keyboard now has 5 rows with the top row dedicated to numbers. The Motorola DROID 3 comes with 16GB of memory which can be raised to as high as 48GB using a 32GB microSD card.
Verizon customers used to a physical keyboard might jump at the Motorola DROID 3, which as we all know is not 4G enabled. Those who can afford to wait will probably do so, hoping that talk of an upcoming launch for the mythical Motorola DROID Bionic, which will come with LTE connectivity, is correct.
1. failed... (unregistered)
This isn't the droid I was looking for...
3. nevermind (unregistered)
Why can't this be the Galaxy S2 :-(
4. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Motorola has not released any smartphone after the release of the original Droid of significant impact. The Droid2 launched with 1 ghz, no significant difference from the Original. The Droid3 now has dual core. OK. Got it. The Droid X, OK, bigger Droid--Droid X2 dual core---nothing significant over the DroidX other than two cores. Same phone- Same look--- No LTE. Now we are eagerly awaiting the release of the Droid Bionic dual core, LTE. Should be interesting!! Nice competition for the Samsung Function--Galaxy S II
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4326; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I kind of feel bad for this phone. This phone will get killed by its overly juiced up big brother the Droid Bionic! I guess its only saving grace is its keyboard. Only if the Droid 3 was LTE enabled, what a difference it would make. I feel like it's a heck of a phone gone to waste because it's already obsolete. I just HATE when I have to use my phone on 3G. I am so spoiled by 4G. 3G to me is like if someone with long finger nails is scratching a black board, or if the dentist is cleaning your teeth! Not pleasant at all! lol
11. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm glad it's not LTE. i prefer to have good battery life over faster data since i can get it through Wi-Fi at most places. i'll hope the 4th Generation of Droid is LTE when they get the technology perfected.
12. biophone (Posts: 1894; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Finnaly someone realizes that its a phone not a toy. The droid 3 is a great phone and when lte gets perfected come out with a droid 4 with lte and a great batrery life.
15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4326; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
My HTC Evo 3D is 4G & with heavy usage and some good battery management I get 15 hours easy. The batteries are getting better, & now the task managers on these new phones are completely reliable. This phone should have LTE. The Droid Bionic is just too beastly. Again for people who haven't experienced 4G in any form, I can see why you guys say this. To me 4G is a must. I could NEVER go back to 3G. EVER!
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4326; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Thump3rDX17 I know that you can get Wi-Fi in most places, but I am talking about the places where Wi-Fi is not available. Like a taxi cab, a ferry, the park, a bar, the stadium, at the corner of the street waiting for the light to turn red so you can cross & so on. When I get to a place that has Wi-Fi I too put it on so I can save battery life also. When I don't need the web I simply put it on 3G so I don't kill my battery. There is no way I walk around with 4G, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi on at all times. Only when I need to go on the web or if I need Bluetooth. Simple battery management goes a long way to get the 15 hours of heavy usage I get on my 4G HTC Evo 3D! Because the HTC Evo 4G had such a crappy battery life I HAD to learn how to manage it. Now that the HTC Evo 3D has a bigger battery & the task manager it helps so much on top of all the battery management skills I had to learn. I bet no new phone gets released without some sort of task manager. That is so key! LTE is possible if you manage your usage accordingly!
17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
first, LTE is famous for being terrible on battery life, much more so than WiMAX unfortunately and second, i don't get on Taxi Cabs or Ferries or go to the Stadium. i'm telling you, most places i go to have Wi-Fi for me to use, i'm not exaggerating and when there's not i don't mind having to use 3G at the time, it's not a big deal, especially when my battery life is at stake. it's still a phone, i need it for phone calls. i'll accept 4G LTE when there isn't such a big trade-off.
19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Exactly. LTE is a HUGE battery sucker. You can be on LTE and just a couple hours later need to charge your phone again. It's very fast but the power comes with a price.
Honestly, until they start making phones with way larger batteries or fix these LTE issues, I won't even bother.
21. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Battery life over dataspeeds. Are you kidding me?!?!?!? People should stick to a regular phone then. These phones are build with battery last in mind. They are suppose to preform and due stuff that the one months ago didn't do. I'm sorry, but I charge mine twice a day because I love 4G data speeds.
23. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
xD you should slow down for a minute, do some research and think about it my friend.
29. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Not everyone wants/should have to charge their phone twice a day. Honestly, other than watching youtube videos, 3G works just fine. And it of course depends on your location and what kind of service you get. 3G works fine for me when it comes to browing the web and downloading music, it takes a few seconds for a song to download, big deal.
It also takes just a few seconds to load a website like this up. If you want to charge your phone 3 times a day just so you get a couple seconds faster data speeds, fine by me. More power to ya but I don't like having to have three batteries with me at all times or a charger everywhere I go.
30. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I can see what you are saying. However not everyone is in a LTE area and some people want a slide out keyboard(like me). Honestly I got sick of how many typos and errors I have like texting on my Droid X. I can handle .3 inches smaller screen on my Droid 3.
6. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
8. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Probably at the store, trying to convince them to hurry up on the Bionic.....
26. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The standoff is in its 3rd hour. I'm negotiating with the CEO of Verizon now. The police presence outside the store is stunning. Probably wasn't my best move to claim I was an Eastern European terrorist looking for the overthrow of the United States and the installation of a Communist Muslim world state; I guess I thought if I started big, it would put launching the Bionic ON TIME in perspective and they would agree easier. But now there's some barefoot guy in the air vents who's really starting to annoy me...
31. Droid3 Metalpoet (unregistered)
Sniggly ur a very funny man!!!!! lol :) i agree! hurry up on the bionic! :) better yet cant they just make the bionic 3d as well?
10. derp (unregistered)
sweet, another abomination to avoid.
13. AJ (unregistered)
Why does everyone forget this phone is GLOBAL!!! Other than 4G the biggest differencce between this and Bionic is the GLOBAL capability. GLOBAL is a huge deal to many of us and is what makes this phone far superior to others including the Bionic.
Did I mention that this is a GLOBAL phone?
14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I really like this phone. The larger 4 inch display is a sweet spot. Doesn't feel cramped like the original droid. And thanks to it's increase in size, so is the keyboard. Not only does it now have a 5 row for numbers, but the keys themselves are actually spaced out. It makes typing way faster and accurate than ever. Plus it has a dual core processor and android 2.3.4. Yes another reason why I am glad this isnt LTE. Not only would it be stuck at a single core processor, but we would have bad battery life and 2.2 only. It also has a front facing camera, a new and improved 8 megapixel camera that can take 1080p videos. The phone looks and feels solid and is pretty thin considering you have a keyboard. Call quality is also really good and signal strength has always been good as well.
18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
we have a lot of the same taste in phones Rory. (:
20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If the Bionic doesnt have a 1900 battery or higher like the Motorola Atrix and have a 1GB of RAM, I think I will have to pass and get the Samsung SGS2.
They had to cancel the originial bionic because battery was only lasting 1-2 hours on a full charge.
22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, the longer the Bionic takes the longer i have to lose hype and really think about it and it's seeming less and less attractive all the time especially with phones like the Droid 3 and the GSII in our midst.
34. hmmmso (unregistered)
So hmm i just wonder when the Galaxy S2 is coming out i am really thinking about getting Droid 3 or maybe bionic : X ........ but i REally really want the GS2 AHAHAH..............
24. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Who uses a Phone for phone calls anymore? Everybody is always complaining how the data prices are getting higher and higher while everybody continues to use more and more data and use less talking minutes.. Eventually I see data being the dominate thing plans are setup on like minutes are now and the minutes you get will be like that of the number of text messages you get. With Data being so important with today's smartphone use obviously greater speed is going to be needed to keep up with us at the rate that we ourselves operate and interact with one another. That's why 3G is really hurting this phone. Some may say they can find a wifi connection everywhere they go. Well what about the inbetween locations? what if you need to make a call and suddenly need to look something up? If you don't have 4G service you have to end the call and look everything up then call back thus wasting not only the time of the person you were talking to but your time as well.
With life moving faster and faster you need devices that can and will be able to keep up.
*stands off soapbox*
33. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Oooo! you're right! what if i have to use *shutters* 3G when i'm not near Wi-Fi? how would i get anything done and stay connected to the world?
oh and as long as i'm asked for my phone number on documents and not my Facebook i'm pretty sure the phone functionality is going to matter...
36. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Seriously, the only time I wish I was on wifi or 4g is if im trying to watch a youtube video on HQ. And you know what? Sometimes 3G actually works just fine and doesn't have to stop the video.
40. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, it's not even a big deal, i'm not spoiled by 4G yet. i was actually using Netflix on my Dad's Droid X while we were traveling yesterday and it worked just fine over 3G, quality was acceptable and i buffered like once to twice during a 45 minute show.
27. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's nice to see the DROID in its 3rd year and its third incarnation. I'm still holding out for th Bionic though.
28. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
And that is why you failed.... lol star wars reference.
32. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I'm sorry, you'll have to refresh my memory on that quote, especially if it's from the prequels. :)
35. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
No way, it was the scene where Luke is trying to use the force to raise his ship out of the muddy swamp and he couldnt do it. So Yoda being the pimp that he is raises it out of the swamp and Luke is like "I can't believe it!"
And Yoda just SMH and goes LOL THATS WHY U FAILED LOL OMFG PWNED.
38. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
s**t, I knew it was going to be something iconic and simple that I missed. Empire never really did it for me though. It was too depressing. Jedi was better, Ewoks notwithstanding. Actually, the Ewoks were a chilling dichotomy; cute and fuzzy, but bloodthirsty murdering savages who wanted to cook Luke and Co alive.
37. pitbulldog08 (unregistered)
Jogutier you should use your blazing 4g data speeds to look up an english dictionary and study hard to improve your spelling oh wait i forgot your phone battery is dead! Lmao!!!!!
39. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Droid3 on the way. Of course I'm curious about real life 4G experience but it's not a deal breaker. Wifi at work & wifi at home, in between well...I'm driving so I don't have the luxury of being on my phone unless it's GPS but 3G handles that like a champ. Everyone I know has no problem with me having to look some thing up and call them back & I'm pretty sure their time doesn't feel wasted because of this. Point is, 4G is still in it's infancy so until it grows up a little bit more I'll pass, which by then I'm sure there will be some gargantuan smartphones available. Guess I'm just one of those ppl who don't demand much. iOS in one hand and Android in the other. Excited to get back on my Android game, been missing the Maps app.
41. DigitalMD222222 (unregistered)
With all companies tiering (verizon) or throttling their data plans, I think anticipation is waining for the new phones
Since the cariers tag you with both up and down data and all the spam ads they put on every internet page, a typical user that listens to a few tunes, watches a u-tube, does a little browsing and emails will hit 200mb a day without breaking a sweat. What erks me about the cell companies is they push "fastest speed, unlimited, rule the airways" and then tier or throttle you to death. Why don't they advertise "we have the tightest throttling in the business" Or we have the highest price per Mb of any of the top carriers" This practice will put an end to the anticipation of customers that want to use their high priced shiny little toys for something other than a paperweight.
42. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Or the rep can explain that data plan is tiered and make sure it makes sense to the customer. Dude...are you really going to purchase a product from a company who puts a negative spin on what they are selling? i wouldnt. Honestly, what's the purpose of a wifi radio if the customer is never supposed to use it? Tiered data looks bad on paper but if 95% of smartphone users on a consistent basis use less than 2GB of data why does it matter? Some of us have to monitor our minute packages now so monitoring data is the same difference. I think unlimited text is more of a need than data. Eventually Sprint will have to follow suit just like they did with their mobile broadband plans. New tech comes at a price and it's only going to get more expensive for carriers to maintain.