Motorola DROID 3 Review
Dominating most of the interface, we get a good view on what we’re shooting with the viewfinder, but we find the usual suspect of icons littered on its side – like the on-screen shutter key, digital zoom controls, and video mode toggle. Furthermore, there’s an accessible sliding bar that holds additional icons that allow us to change shooting modes, choose different effects, and get into its settings. For the most part, it’s your conventional looking camera interface, while offering some tertiary functionality that might appeal photo buffs.
shots fare a bit better with its more neutral color production – albeit, details are still speckled. Luckily, the LED flash is potent enough to lighten up shots taken in low-lighting conditions. However, it’s pretty much worthless in complete darkness since it can’t focus properly, which can be remedied with the flash being turned on briefly beforehand – though, it doesn’t do that!
Motorola DROID 3 Sample Video:
Utilizing the same music player interface featured on other recent Motorola smartphones, it has a conventional approach with its presentation as songs are being played – displaying such things as the album cover and on-screen controls. However, we do like the nifty looking 3D carousel gallery available when we’re browsing through songs in landscape. Unlike the blistering tones found with its predecessors, the audio quality is reserved a little bit more this time around – yet, it’s still more than audible to the ear without sounding too irritating. Fortunately, it packs on some additional equalizer options to better fine tune its output accordingly.
Mainly due to its faster dual-core processor, high-definition video playback poses no problem to the Motorola DROID 3. Using video at 1920 x 1080 resolution, it’s easily able to exude some graciously fluid movements with its operation – all the while radiating with plenty of rich detail. And of course, it helps that the larger high-resolution display is able to supplement the already fantastic experience.
DLNA functionality that allow you to stream things wirelessly to other DLNA certified devices. If that’s not an option for you, then you can always resort to using its microHDMI-out port and connect it to your high-definition television set to watch full 1080p videos. And to top it off, there’s an option to get a mirrored experience as well so you can interact with the handset while everything is being displayed on the big screen.
This time around, the handset’s microSD card slot is unoccupied from the onset because it packs 16GB of internal storage. Essentially, you can up it to as much as 48GB in total capacity if you happen to throw in a 32GB card into its available slot.
Internet, Connectivity and Software:
We can only dream about seeing 4G LTE connectivity with this one, but instead, we’re left having to deal with slightly longer load times with complex web pages like ours. Nevertheless, the overall experience is seemingly on par to what we’re normally accustomed to seeing with most top-notch smartphones. Sure its navigational performance can be choppy at times, which isn’t all that detrimental, but considering that it offers Flash support, we’re gladly accepting of its desktop-like experience more than others.
Being the CDMA device it is, it’ll work domestically here via Verizon’s solid network, but what makes this one particularly prized is the fact that it’s a global capable device as well – meaning, you’ll be able to use it abroad. However, just expect to ride 2G EDGE connectivity if you happen to pop in an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card in there (after it’s unlocked of course). Other traditional connectivity items include 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and aGPS. Also, the handset can act as a mobile hotpot as well by allowing up to 5 devices to attach themselves to its cellular data connection.
Besides the usual set of Google apps normally in for the ride with just about any other Android smartphone out there, we find quite a few third party ones that some can appreciate. Specifically, we find apps like Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, City ID, Lets Golf 2, NFL Mobile, NOVA, Quickoffice, Skype, Slacker, and ZumoCast. Equally, enterprise users will like the fact that apps like Citrix, GoToMeeting, and MOTOPRINT are all available. And of course, it wouldn’t be a smartphone from Verizon if it doesn’t boast the usual party of VZ apps – like My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Media Manager, V CAST Music, V CAST Tones, V CAST Videos, and VZ Navigator.
1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; 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: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
IMO the SGS2 should have been a 10.
32. phandroid (unregistered)
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; 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: 3621; 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: 239; 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: 2840; 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: 2840; 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: 5284; 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: 2840; 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: 2840; 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: 2840; 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: 2840; 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|