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Motorola DROID 3 Review

Motorola DROID 3 8.5

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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.

The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 Review

The Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread


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!

The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 Review
The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 Review

The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3


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.

Calendar - Core apps - Motorola DROID 3 Review
Core apps - Motorola DROID 3 Review
Gmail - Core apps - Motorola DROID 3 Review
Core apps - Motorola DROID 3 Review

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posted on 18 Jul 2011, 08:01 8

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


8.5 score for only two very minor complaints? Let the whining begin! Lol

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 08:27 6

2. Mastertwiz (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


I agree, this seems a little low. I was expecting a 9.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 16:21 2

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

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 17:41 4

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


IMO the SGS2 should have been a 10.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 12:44 3

32. phandroid (unregistered)


i agree

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 04:55

66. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


definetely not minor

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 08:32 2

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 08:44

4. jroc74 (Posts: 6018; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 08:51 2

5. Immolate (Posts: 310; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 09:30 4

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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:55

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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:24

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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 16:37 4

13. KingK (unregistered)


No cares or bothers with your country anyway.

Go buy your Huawei.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:54 1

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

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 15:27 2

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.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 02:18 1

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.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 02:32

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

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 04:53 1

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.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 12:12 3

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...

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 02:38 1

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...

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 07:43

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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 15:27 4

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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 17:43 3

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:44 1

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.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 13:45 1

34. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)


not even close to being the same as the droid 3

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 22:54

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.

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 01:33

48. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


No, the Droid Bionic will only have a 8 megapixel camera, sorry.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 18:11 1

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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 20:19 4

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


Miz..you should never review phones. ever.
it's possible to root this phone.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 23:05 1

22. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Sure, just like it's possible to loot Fort Knox?

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Display4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.85 x 2.52 x 0.51 inches
(123.3 x 64.1 x 12.9 mm)
6.49 oz  (184 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 9.16 hours talk time

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