Verizon expected to introduce the Motorola DROID 3 today
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The Motorola DROID 3 could be announced as soon as today
1. Tough (unregistered)
2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
ahh! i'm excited! it needs to be in my hands like..tomorrow. x]
3. Sniggly (Posts: 6424; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The overall look of the Droid has aged well. I like how it's still a mainstay of the Droid Army.
20. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Too bad it has yet to "evolve" into a better phone compared to the other phones with better hardware and software.
24. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
like what? the only thing that can step up to this and beat it is the Galaxy S II and that's not saying a lot, the Galaxy S II beats everything right now.
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2844; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I really can't wait to see hands on videos!
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2844; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I really hope the 2.3 gingerbread and dual core processor really show on this device. I mean personally 4 inchs is good enough for me and a keyboard is always a great plus. I can live without LTE because...well because I have to anyway.
HOWEVER, I am going to wait before making any purchases until the Bionic comes out. It's rumored to have an even better processor and 1GB of Ram. I wanna see if it can keep up with the SGS2. I wasn't too impressed with the performance of the Sensation and EVO 3D.
6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i hear the Droid 3 might have a Gig of RAM. i guess we'll find out after the announcement. i'd do the same thing if i had a choice but i don't...it's not even a big deal though because the Droid 3 will definitely tide me over into next year.
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2844; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I really hope so, because let's face it. It's not the processor that always causes lag. Some skins like Motoblur require a lot of RAM to keep up. 512MB just does not do it anymore. That was a lot back when the Nexus One was just coming out but as Android advances, so does the need for more space and memory.
8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
*yawn* Call me when they announce an Android phone that's worth talking about, not another crappy Motorla device locked with Motoblur and bloatware.
9. Sniggly (Posts: 6424; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Why does everyone get so hung up about bloatware? It doesn't take up an incredible amount of space and doesn't run in the background, and if it's really that big of an issue just root the damn thing and get rid of it.
And Miz, when's the last time you've actually worked with Motoblur? Yeah, I thought so.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2844; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I can understand why some people don't like motoblur, it was horrible on lower end devices like the Devour. I mean that could(and I mean COULD) have been a decent phone if it was running stock android.
I will give HTC kudos on one thing, the EVO 3D allows you to remove all bloatware except sprint id, which is really nice. I wish and hope this becomes a trend.
I can also understand why people don't like it when devices have bootloaders. Android is suppose to be all about customization yet why lock it down? I have been saying this for a long time. I really wish there were more high end stock android phones. If you want to put a skin on it, have it available on the market place.
12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Exactly, and the Galaxy S2 is going to get stripped down especially by Verizon and crap added onto it.
Tell me this - if I am buying an Android phone for Google services, what the **** is Bing doing on there?
Got something stupid and pointless about that one, Sniggly?
Verizon strips out several Google features and adds Bing in, which cripples the experience. And spare me the "it's downloadble off the market" response because it's no excuse. None whatsoever.
11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Yeah, you sound like one of those cellphone reps who act like they know what they're talking about but they don't.
They hog up space on the phone since they are crap people will usually never use. And some of them have quite a number of permissions that can affect your plan depending on what features are on it.
And that's such a bs response - just root the damn thing. If I am paying $500 for a phone, I damn well will **** and moan about features that are added on their without my consent, features that hog up memory, and features that I will never use.
Yeah, you thought alright. Though of the next bs response.
14. Sniggly (Posts: 6424; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, you sound like a bitchy customer who can't handle a carrier doing their own thing to their phones-which, by the way, was an unshakable reality before Android came along for Verizon.
No Motorola phone has Bing on it, so your argument about that kind of bloatware is absolutely f**king useless. That's actually a criticism better levied against the Fascinate-yeah, wasn't happy about that, but I don't own a Fascinate. I own a Droid X.
How much actual space does all of the bloatware take up? I count... VZ Navigator, NFS Shift, City ID, Blockbuster, Amazon MP3, Vcast Apps, and that's about it.
Okay, so let's go through them one by one:
VZ Navigator: an optional navigation service. Useless because of the presence of Google Maps/Navigation. I don't use it, I ignore it, it never gives me trouble.
NFS Shift: a neat gaming demo to show off the graphical capabilities of the phone. Again, completely ignorable.
City ID: comes as a free demo, deactivated after the trial period. I opted to keep using the feature, as I often get calls from new area codes and it's nice to know what city/state they're coming from.
Blockbuster: s**tty video rental service. Never used it, ignored all the time.
Amazon MP3: I actually use this service occasionally. Just used it to buy the soundtrack for the Two Towers in its entirety. Worth keeping.
Vcast Apps: Verizon's had an app store since forever. I see no reason why they wouldn't want to keep including it on their devices. Ignored.
Oh, forgot Amazon Kindle: I use this too.
So I actually use a third of the "bloatware" on my device, and the rest cause me no trouble whatsoever. All of the bloatware on my phone takes up a total of 12.888 MB of internal storage. That's about 0.16 PERCENT of my total internal storage (8 gigs) and 0.21 PERCENT of what storage is actually free right now (6 gigs). Do you know how pathetically small that amount is?
So how does any of that bloatware cripple the Android experience? What permissions do any of them have which will screw up my plan?
So yes, Miz, if 12.888 megabytes of storage space is really that crucial to you, and if seeing those extra icons in your app tray is really that bothersome, then rooting shouldn't be such a big deal to you.
And don't give me bulls**t about paying 500 bucks for a phone; at this point, the only way you're going to do that is if you're paying for no contract commitment anyway.
And about the locked bootloader, Motorola already said they're unlocking bootloaders on any phones which will be receiving updates by the end of the year. This means that even if the Bionic doesn't launch with an unlocked bootloader, it'll have one within a few months.
So go ahead, Miz. Have a cow about 13 megabytes of usage and 7 or 8 extra icons in your app tray. Have a cow about the ghost of an iron fist a carrier used to have. Have a cow about a UI which by now has been completely revamped and with which you are probably unfamiliar with. Go ahead.
15. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
xD damn! you beat me to a lot of the points i was going to make when i was reading Miz's comments. well done.
18. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Really? Why not just comment instead of piggybacking off someone else's attempt to make a point?
25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
why would i waste time pointing out things Sniggly has already pointed out just in my own words? it's not necessary. i don't need to take the spotlight here, i commend Sniggly's maturity and intelligence here.
29. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Lol what maturity and intelligence? The guy is here spewing out bs about bloatware and how it's not at all bad. Yeah, I'll reeeally take that serious.
31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i wouldn't tell you bloatware is a GOOD thing but it's not really anything to rage about. that's all we're saying so calm down.
19. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
How am I going to go about proving you wrong, again?
You apparently don't know what the **** you're talking about. Go look at the Thunderbolt and DIC2, both have a high number of bloatware. But oh I bet you're telling customers that they're good features, sugarcoating them with a blatant lie.
Vcast? Who in the hell would want a subpar music service that costs a monthly fee when you can just use the native app on Android? hell you can just down load the amazon app for mp3 for free and it's still better than the **** verizon calls service. But you already knew that.
VZnavigator: Another useless feature spammed onto Verizon phones when the native Google Maps is 10x better. Plus I hear Verizon actually disables the feature in their phones to force people onto their crappy ass service.
Pull your head out of your ass, people don't want this crap on their phones. It takes up valuable space, it's useless, and some of them have a lot of permissions that you seemingly ignored the point for.
But oh, a carrier doing their thing is the excuse huh? A carrier slapping their phones with crapware no one wants or cares for is doing their thing huh?
And lol, end of the year? Wtf is stopping them from doing it now? No one wants to wait for Motorola to get their acts in order and stop releasing crappy phones with locked bootloaders.
Get over it, balls in the outfield and you just struck out unless you can think of a legitimate reason why bloatware on Verizon isn't a problem.
26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you need to get over yourself guy, don't think you're making a valuable point here by complaining about apps on your phone that don't really matter, they're just..there. some people appreciate them apparently because most of these preloaded apps have 4 stars and over on the Android Market. i even use VZ Navigator, it's more prompt and the voice isn't as annoying as the one on Google Maps. i'll probably stop using it when Tom Tom comes to Android but whatever, it's the service i'm getting the best use out of right now. if you're so concerned about space just root and get rid of them. it's not hard or scary or anything.
28. Sniggly (Posts: 6424; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Lol, bring it on, Miz.
First, just how many extra profiles do you have?
I'm not talking about the Thunderbolt or DIC 2, am I? I'm talking about MOTOROLA. ANDROID. PHONES. ON VERIZON. Stop distracting from the issue. You wanted to bitch about Motorola's android phones, then tell me what bloatware on MOTOROLA'S Android phones is such a problem.
So VCast is there, and VCast is not an issue because you have to voluntarily sign up for it.
I don't use VZ Navigator either. Verizon so far has left Google Maps and Navigation alone; I'm free to use both whenever and wherever I want. So whoever told you that Verizon locks it down lied to you.
I already told you that the total amount of space used is completely inconsequential compared to the amount of space you have free on the phones. It's like saying an Animorphs novel is taking up valuable space in the back of your Ford Expedition. It's a nonsensical statement, parroted from people looking for something to complain about.
Yes, a carrier is free to do what they want to the phone. And in light of what Verizon COULD do to their Droid phones, what they HAVE done is practically the equivalent of anarchy. One of the biggest complaints about Verizon was how almost ALL of the unique software on all of their phones was buried in favor of their own software, which was bland and sucked. In fact, many predicted that Verizon wouldn't ever even allow Android on their network, because it would entail giving up too much control.
BUT THEY DID. And they've left Android phones relatively untouched. So if there's a couple extra icons and a small corner of data storage I'll never reach anyway as a tradeoff for at least 20 billion dollars expended per year in order to spread and strengthen coverage and provide reliable service and quality phones, then sure, I'll take it.
As for wanting unlocked bootloaders RIGHT NAO, you obviously don't know the first thing about programming. Ask any computer programmer to change a key part of programming that enables the rest of the system to function and ensure that it won't crash all of the computers running it in less than a few months, and watch him laugh in your face. The bootloader isn't something you can just snap your fingers and change.
So yeah, looks like the one who "struck out" is you, Miz. Better luck next time.
30. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Yeah, you're basically just repeating the same old garbage points from before.
Let's face it - bloatware sucks. It consumes memory, it uses too many permissions, and Verizon has too much of it.
But I wonder how your tune will sing when Verizon butchers the Galaxy S2. I wonder are you going to be all "hur hur, Verizon bloatware is awesomeness hur hur."
But it's like I said before, when you're spoonfeeding it to an unwary customer, it doesn't matter as long as you slap yourself with a commission lol.
If I paid for my phone, I want my own control over it. I don't need Verizon to tell me what apps to use and what not to use.
And lol, no. The bootloaders should've been unlocked from the starrt.
32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Sniggly won't care if the GSII has bloatware because he'll likely have a Droid BIONIC which i promise you will NOT be Binged. you're right you don't need Verizon to tell you what apps you have to have. that's when you root and take control of that device you paid for.
17. protozeloz (Posts: 5290; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
don't need to call you will keep coming ;)
22. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Based on what Miz typed i question whether he has even owned an Android phone. What Motorola Droid has Bing on it? Yea LG/Samsung have been guilty but even the new Charge omitted Bing this time around. He's probably heard someone else mention bloatware and hasn't bothered to do the research for himself about how much memory it actually consumes. The only version of Motorblur that i actually found terrible was on the Moto Devour. All other versions have been sufficient. What is this guy talking about?
Droid3 looks promising. A 4" screen w/a 5 row slide-out. The phone looks quality.
23. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
My Samsung focus has NO bloatware ;) neither does the iPhone!!
13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2844; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I'm just really hoping that when major US carriers finally do get the SGS2 that they won't change it. Leave it as it is! It is already a really nice looking device and the specs are amazing. The phone is super fast, responsive, and no lag at all.
21. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
HAH! Dream on, Verizon is going to strip the phone naked and slap all of their bloatware apps on it while removing google stuff and Binging it. Verizon is the worst carrier to have an Android phone on.
27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yet two of them were among the top 5 most purchased smartphones of 2010? get out of here guy, you're annoying.