Motorola DROID 3 Review
Riding high with its contemporaries in the high-end space, the Motorola DROID 3 stays faithful as its features a dual-core 1GHz OMAP4 processor from Texas Instruments with 512MB of RAM. Touted as offering a 27 percent faster multi-tasking performance over the DROID 2 Global and a 30 percent faster graphics chip as well, the DROID 3 moves at an unbelievable rate with most operations. Even with a graphically intensive live wallpaper, it’s able to swimmingly navigate between its homescreen without much fluff. Taking into account the wealth of 3D effects in play with its platform experience, we’re impressed with its stable and responsive performance.
Even though MOTOBLUR’s name is fading with each released device, the Motorola DROID 3 still employs some of the fundamental characteristics of the customized experience, which is almost similar to the one in use with the DROID X2. However, it’s able to remarkably differentiate itself with its glitzier looking presentation running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Whereas MOTOBLUR embodies a cartoony looking interface, this customized interface running on the DROID 3 is littered from head to toe with some impressive visuals that not only provide plenty of eye candy, but some useful functionality with its resizable widgets. Indeed much more polished in form versus previous offerings, we’re digging the direction that Motorola is taking things, but it still needs a few touchups here and there to draw itself into the same light to what we see with HTC’s Sense UI.
Obviously, the best messaging experience can be found with its physical keyboard, but if you just can’t help but use its on-screen ones, you’ll find an equally awesome experience as well. Whether it’s the Swype or Multi-touch keyboard, we’re greeted with spacious layouts and responsive rates that concretely make the typing experience such a joy on so many levels. So whichever way you go, just know it’ll be a great one no matter what!
As with the rest of its core apps, we’re presented with the usual depth of functionality that we’d expect with any high-end smartphone nowadays. From its Calendar to its Gmail app, it profoundly offers a multitude of features that cater to every individual out there – plus, it definitely helps that its larger hi-res display reduces the amount of scrolling.
1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
8.5 score for only two very minor complaints? Let the whining begin! Lol
2. Mastertwiz (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)
I agree, this seems a little low. I was expecting a 9.
12. phandroid (unregistered)
a 9? the samsung gsII got a 9. this phone shouldnt get the same rating as a phone thats better than it
14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
IMO the SGS2 should have been a 10.
32. phandroid (unregistered)
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I believe there was a extended battery available right from the start and I think it was either 1800 or 1900 compared to the 1540 found out of the box. And taking photos to me has always been a minor thing for me.
4. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I've been reading for better battery life set it to CDMA only unless you need to use GSM. I guess using both is only for ppl that need it.
5. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
I ordered my Droid 3 on release day and received it Friday, so I've been using it for about ten days now. I think this review is fair and accurate and I find the score a pleasant surprise. The sum of the D3's parts don't add up to an 8.5, but the user experience is better than expected. Too often we score phones based on sheer statistical analysis, but that does not do justice to a phone that achieves some magic through smart design or happy accident. This is one of those phones.
6. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
Whooh! John! I'm so happy John made the video review. Finally, something that's worth watching. Now watching. Heh.
7. Matt (unregistered)
I was really hoping the D3 would be better. I'm waiting...and hoping...somebody will come out with a multi-core, 4g phone with a keyboard. I'll just muddle thru with my D2 until then.
8. STEVE DOJOBS (unregistered)
Motorola will not being popular here in my country. No one here bother about this brand. Even CSL and Huawei are more famous here compare to Motorola.
13. KingK (unregistered)
No cares or bothers with your country anyway.
Go buy your Huawei.
9. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Droid2 i would give it a 4/10
But this one i'll give it a 9/10
10. Mr. Savage (unregistered)
@Steve dojobs... where is your country... That would make sense seeing that MOTOROLA is an American based company. Just so you know, they are the most reliable cell phones.. Well out of android smartphones. Well built with all the top notch specs. You won't lose getting a Droid from MOTO.
53. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
Very true. I don't personally like the design of Motorola phones, but about 8 or so months ago, my gf dropped her Droid off of some 2nd story bleachers at a football game (onto cement) and the lil guy is still chugging along.
58. secret_tidus (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
agree with u... my 1 year old xt drop from 2 meter height twice only got a dead pixel screen and still workable.. for ordinary touchscreen phone the glass ald crack... but my 1 still very nice.. just got a little hair line scratch near my search button
55. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
Are you kidding me!! I have had almost every motorola "droid" branded phone they have put out.. droid. droid 2, droid 2 global, droid x, droid x2, and droid pro, and they were all poor at best. I cant stand my droid x2. I have had now 5 replacements sent to me, and they all do the same thing. get HOTTER than ever when using it, battery life is terrible. I always end up with pixel issues on the screens (BRIGHT blue, green, or red dots the size of pin heads) they LAG!! And the browsing isSLOWWW. I dont know where you get this from. HTC has everyone beat in the android world by several land-slides. Light years ahead of any competition. The droid eris by HTC is a far cry better phone than ANY droid that motorola has put on the market.
56. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
then maybe you should stop getting them? my Motorola Droids work fine for me, maybe you don't work fine for your Motorola Droids...
59. secret_tidus (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
u have no faith with motorola, mr. droid, motorola hate u may b.. my milestone xt work well all the way... and it is 1 year old ald...
78. b12 (unregistered)
you said that " HTC has everyone beat in the android world by several land-slides ".
Do you actually know Samsung SII ?
in term of feature phone categories, it is the best for now.
11. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
I agree that still photos look terrible, but the video capture outdoors is excellent. I do disagree with the battery life assessment. In my experience, the battery lasts significantly longer than the Droid 2 and I find it more than adequate. The new blur is great and the keyboard leaves no room for improvement.
It does irritate me that every phone, including this one, is being shadowed by the upcoming expectations of the Droid Bionic. I don't even see them as direct competitors. If the Bionic lives up to it's expectations, it will replace the Droid X line of phones. The Droid 3 with it's smaller screen and physical keyboard targets a different audience.
15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
The Bionic is basically just going to be a 4.3 inch Motorla Droid 3 without the keyboard but with LTE.
MAYBE the rumors are true that it is actually 4.5 but tbh the screen doesnt look any bigger than the droid x. And it also might have 1GB of RAM instead of 512MBs like the Droid 3.
33. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
wrong! the bionic is more like the x2 with a 13 mega pixel camera and lte.
34. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
not even close to being the same as the droid 3
40. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that's the Targa which may or may not have been real at some point but the real Droid Bionic has specs that put it on par with the Droid 3.
48. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
No, the Droid Bionic will only have a 8 megapixel camera, sorry.
16. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I wouldn't even bother giving this an 8/10 especially that it doesn't really improve much on the previous Droids plus it is a bloatware magnet. The specs will never be utilized and you can not root since Motorola is too stupid to unlock the bootloaders and let customers do what they please with their phones.
17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Miz..you should never review phones. ever.
it's possible to root this phone.
22. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Sure, just like it's possible to loot Fort Knox?
26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
my Droid 2 is rooted and overclocked to 1.4 GHz guy, since it seems possible for me to make the impossible possible maybe i should go try to loot Fort Knox...
31. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Ignore him.... with all the changes this phone has brought from the last one its obvious he is just trolling and hating
37. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Oh yes, the typical "add faster processor" and "new screen change." Oh how wonderful. Oh wait, they forgot to add LTE support. Oh dear me, such a wonderful step up. But then again, Motorola has never made good devices.
41. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
so what if there's no LTE? if you want it so bad get another phone. the Droid 3 has everything BUT LTE and for some people like me that's preferable for a phone like this.
38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Good, maybe you'll get enough to buy yourself a clue.
20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Here we go again with the bloatware and bootloaders. Honestly is that all you can talk about?
This phone has a improved screen, way better keyboard, snappy UI(yes despite all the bloatware and that you have to unlock the bootloader) it still runs very smooth. Why don't you actually use one at a verizon store for a few minutes before you talk so much crap about it.
I think you are just mad the Miz is nothing but a jobber now and won't be in the title picture ever again. lol
23. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
"Here we go again with the bloatware and bootloaders. Honestly is that all you can talk about?"
Or we could talk about it being on Verizon's horrible network? Or we can talk about it not being LTE? Or we could talk about it not having an unlocked bootloader? Take your pick.
"This phone has a improved screen, way better keyboard, snappy UI(yes despite all the bloatware and that you have to unlock the bootloader) it still runs very smooth. Why don't you actually use one at a verizon store for a few minutes before you talk so much crap about it."
Why in the hell would I ever touch anything with Verizon's name on it lol? No thanks, I rather spend my money elsewhere without getting rapped in my wallet. I don't care about a better keyboard, UI won't matter much if it has so much crap on it preloaded by Verizon.
"I think you are just mad the Miz is nothing but a jobber now and won't be in the title picture ever again. lol"
Put it like this, I'm making more money "jobbing" in one night than you'll make in an entire month.
25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Lol you actually refer to yourself as the miz. God that's too funny. Like someone who travels the world week to week would ever bother post s**t on a phone website.
I can admit to being an average joe but unlike you who fantasizes about a half naked dude with a belt that belongs to CM PUNK. A guy who actually can wrestle and who isn't annoying like you err the real miz.
39. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Oh YES, because it's not like wrestlers don't use the internet or twitter or even Facebook. But go on, continue being envious while I continue climbing my way up after ME wrestlemania.
Lol, CM Punk can wrestle? Since when?
43. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
everything about wrestling is stupid and ***.
46. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
not really, that's all i have to say about wrestling.
49. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Did you not watch CM Punk Vs John Cena at MITB? The crowd was going crazy for CM Punk, Miz could never and will never have that kind of fanbase. Only trolls like you like him because you are two of a kind.
27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
hey Rory, how do you think stills look in comparison to shots by the Droid 2?
30. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the picture quality between the Droid 2 and the Droid 3.
36. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
Droid 2 beats it hands down in picture quality. The colors are off with the Droid 3, at least in the pictures I have taken which have all been indoor. Clarity doesn't mean much if there is inaccurate color representation.
However, the quality of the still photos is the ONLY negative I have found on this phone over previous models. I can't express enough the interface improvement and smoothness scrolling between screens. I haven't had any of the freezing problems I frequently had with the Droid 2.
50. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Sorry, I never had the Droid 2 so I can't say really. If it's the same camera on the Droid 1 however then I will def give it to the Droid 3. I mean sure, today's world the Droid 3 camera is lacking but it is much better than the original Droid's.
18. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
I feel like this phone deserved its rating. Not really my cup of tea so yeah. 8.5 is more than welcome "for me".
21. coog (unregistered)
Another Android phone with a sorry camera and poor battery life. 8.5 the new 6.5.
54. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
Dropping points on a phone for having poor battery life is like dropping points on a car for not being very fuel efficient. If you want a phone with killer performance, you're gonna use a lot of power. If you want a car with killer performance, you're gonna use a lot of gas. Unless the phone only gets like 5 hours of battery with heavy use (not even my EVO is that bad) there's no reason to dock any points.
35. _DC_ (unregistered)
Great review. I would turn down the dial on your automatic adverb generator though.
47. corymcnutt (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)
John V - Where was that video shot? It looks like Erie, PA?
51. Haha no. (unregistered)
Haha youre funny, 13 mp camera, thats a nice dream you got there.
52. Haha no. (unregistered)
The Miz stop having freaking out about this phone... YOU DONT EVEN HAVE VERIZON. Go find somehere else to complain about your period.
|Display||4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi)|
TI OMAP 4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||4.85 x 2.52 x 0.51 inches|
(123.3 x 64.1 x 12.9 mm)
6.49 oz (184 g)
|Battery||1540 mAh, 9.16 hours talk time|