Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Motorola DROID X taking a lot of notoriety over the Motorola DROID 2 mainly due to its mammoth stature that gave Big Red its first larger than life Android powered smartphone. Fast forward to the present, we find their successors closely released to one another, and as usual, people are curious to find exactly which one is going to able to out-duel the other in being reckoned as the better one. Flaunting the same price tag of $199.99 on-contract, there is no doubt that a lot is at stake here – even more when they’re both quality products that are fighting for position at the top spot.
Retaining most of the defining characteristics of their predecessors, there isn’t one that’s able to drastically come off as being better designed or constructed. This time around however, the Motorola DROID 3 supersizes itself to closely meet the leviathan size of the DROID X2 – with their overall size very close to one another. Even though the DROID X2 appears to be one streamlined device, the thickest part of its body that houses its camera is actually thicker than the entire body of the DROID 3, which is rather impressive considering the physical keyboard it’s packing. Regardless, both are solidly built and constructed from fine quality materials to embody all of the qualities you’d normally associate with devices in the upper-end of the spectrum. However, we have to hand it to the DROID 3 mostly because it sports a refreshed design – whereas the DROID X2 is an exact facsimile to its predecessor.
Besides the subtle difference in size, their displays are very close in quality with one another, but more importantly, they definitely provide that wow factor in reeling people in. On one hand, we find a larger 4.3” LCD display with the DROID X2, but the DROID 3 is still able to impress with its 4” LCD panel. Considering that both offer qHD (540 x 960) resolution, the DROID 3 is able to crank out higher pixel density than its rival, but when we’re actually looking at them both, they’re both able to produce plenty of sharp details to make everything more than distinguishable on screen. Furthermore, the same can be said about their color production, brightness output, and viewing angles. So in the end, we’re content with the quality of both displays with neither one majorly triumphing over the other.
Finding physical Android buttons with the DROID X2, it’s nearly impossible to accidentally press on them. Meanwhile, the DROID 3 retains the usual set of Android capacitive buttons, but just like its competition, we don’t find ourselves pressing them by mistake often thanks to the lip present on it that allows us to comfortably grip the handset.
Already, we’re finding the DROID 3 in good light with its included front-facing camera for video chat – even despite being only a 3G device. Obviously, the DROID X2 doesn’t pack one on, which goes to show the added functionality available with its rival.
Between the two devices, we actually prefer the Motorola DROID X2’s dedicated power button and volume rocker since they’re decently pronounced and easily activated without much force.
Fortunately, the two Android powered smartphones feature the same microUSB and microHDMI ports on their sides – with the latter allowing both to give us a mirrored experience through a high-definition television set.
Turning things around towards the back, we find both devices packing along 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras – albeit, the DROID X2 carries a dual-LED flash as opposed to the single one with the DROID 3. Even though we like the durable feel exuded by the DROID X2’s metallic back cover, it’s just way too easily removed and we sometime find it coming off while sitting idly in our pockets. In contrast, the DROID 3 sports a plastic snap on back cover that’s just notoriously difficult to pry off – but at least it stays on tightly. Once removed, we’re given access to their batteries and microSD card slots, but adding to its capacity once again, the DROID 3 features a SIM card slot to allow it to work overseas.
QWERTY keyboard manages to round out the handset’s exclusive set of features. Obviously, we utterly adore the convenience factor that it brings to the table as the updated layout and design is remarkably polished on so many levels – making it one of the better keyboards out there in the market.
1. snowgator (Posts: 3556; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
It is pretty apparent P.A. is impressed with the Droid 3. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but I really liked the DX2. Does look like the D3 has it, from one former flagship over another former flagship device.
2. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
These are the kind of reviews that reinstate some of my confidence in informational forums such as PhoneArena.
Rather than pitting Apple against Android or Visa Versa, information like this article actually allows an individual to compare their choice product against the next iteration.
3. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)
who cares about comparing two brothers... they both Moto and Droids.... I want HTc vs Moto or vs Samsung not two Moto...
4. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Good review. As a D3 owner, it's helpful to know that the camera is the phone's weak point. One hopes that it's a software issue and will be resolved through an OTA patch.
5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i believe putting out the Droid X2 as it is was a mistake however it'll be a little more comparable to the Droid 3 when it gets the graphically intense interface the Droid 3 has when it gets Gingerbread.
6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i actually just got both today to take advantage of the BOGO promotion they have going on but i'm not even going to open the X2. i'm gonna take it back within 15 days and get the Bionic when it comes out.
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3104; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
The Droid 3's screen is 4 inches, where the Droid X had a much bigger screen than the original droid. That isn't the case anymore at all, honestly both screens are very close. The processor is better on the Droid 3 and it has a very outstanding slide out keyboard that the Droid X2 lacks. It also is running 2.3.4 where the Droid X2 is stuck at 2.2.
So it's pretty obvious what phone is better here.
8. Multitask-FM (unregistered)
actually i'm in need of a Android Smartphone with dual core processor, hdmi output, great resolution display and - very important - a keyboard.
The droid 3 is the only smartphone actually amiable that offers all these features, but i've got a problem, i'm living overseas in europe, so here's my question - very many people in german android board are asking the same question - would it be possible to buy a milestone 3 and import it to europe ?
I mean it's a global device so it should work with our 3g Networks with are using GPRS (HSPA & HSPA+ also) or not ?
And a much bigger question is: Does it have a simlock ?
I'm Vodafone user, is it possible to use a droid 3 with my Vodafone Germany Sim Card ?
Thanks for every helpful answer !
9. Anthony (unregistered)
The droid 3 is better in every way except 2 the screen could be bigger and the volume is horribly low for a high end phone other then that perfect.
-proud owner of the droid 3 :)
10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
dude from one Droid 3 owner to another, root it and get the V6 SuperCharger kernel on that bitch. i haven't used the Task Manger since. it runs 95% smooth as butter 100% of the time. c:
11. geischen (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
This review helped me to choose to upgrade to a Droid 3 from my Droid X (which is running Android 2.3.3). My daughter wanted a Droid 3 and Verizon offered a BOGO. I was not enthusiastic about spending $199, even for two phones. However, the rating of the screens, plus the extra features of the Droid 3, especially GSM, got me bite. I just hope Motorola puts out a fix for the lower camera image quality on the Droid 3.