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Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

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Interface and Functionality:

As we all know, the Motorola DROID X2 managed to grab the prestigious title of being Verizon’s very first Android powered smartphone to pack a fully modernized dual-core processor. However, looking under the hood, the two handsets actually utilize two totally different chipsets – it’s a 1GHz dual-core NVIDA Tegra 2 CPU with the DROID X2, while the DROID 3 opts for TI’s 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 processor. Performance wise, the DROID 3 exhibits a slightly better response with its operation since we find more fluid movements while navigating its glitzy homescreen. It’s not to say the DROID X2 is slow with its performance, but rather, there is a subtle hint of choppiness that’s evident with its operation, which is only noticeable when comparing it side-by-side to the DROID 3. Despite that, it’s nothing serious that would hamper the experience entirely.  However, when you take into account the graphically superior look of the DROID 3’s user interface, it definitely makes you believe that the DROID 3 is the faster one between the two.

Well, here’s one pickle that sticks out sorely right from the start. Specifically, the DROID 3 is treated with the most up-to-date Android 2.3.4 experience and customized user interface from Motorola – with the DROID X2 looking outdated already with its Android 2.2.2 Froyo experience. Although the two share some of the fundamental aspects of MOTOBLUR, the DROID 3 kicks things up tremendously by being graced with the visually more appealing interface, which is beautified by some stunning 3D and transition effects. Conversely, the DROID X2’s customized interface shares the same basic elements, but its presentation is more on the static side with its 2D approach. In any event, personalization is on the same level with both since they offer resizable widgets that modify their layout accordingly. Moreover, they offer the same useful set of Motorola widgets that provide plenty of functionality directly from the homescreen. Absolutely, there is no denying it, but the DROID 3 is indeed getting more love.

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 Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 
Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The
 Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 
Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The
 Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 
Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The
 Motorola DROID 3 runs a new MOTOBLUR UI on top of Android 2.3.4 
Gingerbread - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

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


Homescreen widgets - The Motorola DROID X2 runs Android 2.2.2 
Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR on top of it - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The Motorola DROID X2 runs Android 2.2.2 
Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR on top of it - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Helicopter 
view - The Motorola DROID X2 runs Android 2.2.2 
Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR on top of it - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Main menu - The Motorola DROID X2 runs Android 2.2.2 
Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR on top of it - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

Homescreen widgets

 

Helicopter view

Main menu

The Motorola DROID X2 runs Android 2.2.2 Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR on top of it


We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it twice - the DROID 3 is the unanimous choice when it comes to the messaging experience – thanks to its extraordinary keyboard! Yet, there are always going to be people who would rather choose using on-screen keyboards instead.  Even though the DROID X2’s on-screen keyboard is minutely more spacious than the DROID 3, the two handsets produce responsive rates when inputting text swiftly. Additionally, they both offer the Swype and Multi-touch keyboards to give users the choice on which method to use. Nevertheless, we still have to go with the DROID 3 on this one just because its performance is no different, while offering the additional convenience of a physical keyboard.

The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

The on-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3


On-screen QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
On-screen QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
On-screen QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
On-screen QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

On-screen QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID X2


Just because the DROID 3 has the newer customized interface, it doesn’t mean it’s going to see any major facelifts with its core organizer apps. Instead, the two handsets offer the same set off functionality and presentation, which so happens to mainly comprise of the normal stock ones. So whether it’s the calendar, address book, calculator, or alarm clock that you’re looking at, you’ll find not a single difference between the experience.

Calendar of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Calendar of the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

Calendar of the Motorola DROID 3


Calendar of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Calendar of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Calendar of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Calendar of the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

Calendar of the Motorola DROID X2



Internet and Connectivity:

Nothing too different in the web browsing experience, we’re presented with an overall satisfying web surfing with the two smartphones as they share many commonalities. Of course, they provide that near desktop-like experience thanks to Flash support on board – while maintaining accurate page renders. Without question, their ample displays allow plenty of content to be displayed simultaneously on screen without the need of scrolling too much as well. And even though they brandish choppy navigational operations, we’re still content with their overall performance that will no doubt satisfy the needs of most people.

Web browsing with the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Web browsing with the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Web browsing with the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Web browsing with the Motorola DROID 3 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

Web browsing with the Motorola DROID 3


Web browsing on the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Web browsing on the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Web browsing on the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Web browsing on the Motorola DROID X2 - Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

Web browsing on the Motorola DROID X2


Sharing the same exact CDMA radios internally, some people will undoubtedly find the DROID 3’s global capabilities significantly useful – allowing them to take the handset abroad. Yet again, we find one remarkably prevalent feature that’s tied solely to the DROID 3 that seemingly justifies the handset as having more value than the DROID X2. Besides that, the two share other connectivity options like aGPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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posted on 22 Jul 2011, 08:56 1

1. snowgator (Posts: 3187; 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 09:46 3

2. Slammer (Posts: 929; 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.

John B.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:06 1

3. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; 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...

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:53 2

4. Immolate (Posts: 270; 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:31

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.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:33

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.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 18:52

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; 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.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 07:29

8. Multitask-FM (unregistered)


Hey Guys,

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 !

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 21:24

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 :)

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 21:32

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:

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 17:03

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.

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