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Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

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Despite the fact that they’re sporting the same sized 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras, their qualities are vastly different from one another with the DROID X2 producing the better looking shots overall. Clearly, the DROID X2 produces sharper fine details and accurate looking colors with its results – thus, making it the more favorable between the two. Without question, the drab and bleak looking color production seen with the DROID 3’s shots absolutely stick out like a sore thumb more than anything else. Peering quickly at some of the samples we took, it’s obvious that the DROID X2 is the clear winner in almost every way imaginable! In fact, there is no competition in this category whatsoever!

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Even though the DROID 3 is able to shoot higher resolution 1080p videos, we still find the 720p capture of the DROID X2 far more appealing with its overall quality. Granted that the two are able to shoot at the smooth rate of 30 frames per second, we continue to be irritated by the DROID 3’s offset color production, which can sometimes make videos appear to be in black and white. Needless to say, we don’t have any qualms with the DROID X2 since it is able to capture our attention more with its average details and prominent colors. Fortunately, audio recording is clear and distinguishable on both devices, but nevertheless, the results with the DROID 3 is entirely distracting.

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Watching the same movie trailer encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, they’re able to offer us a gratifying experience with their plentiful details and iridescent looking colors. Also, it helps that their playback rates are consistently smooth with no evidence of any slowdown or lag to muddy the experience. Sure we find a larger display with the DROID X2, but it’s not substantially enough to make it any more appealing than the DROID 3’s offering.

In total, we find 16GB of total storage available with both devices, but the DROID X2 breaks it down in half with an 8GB microSD card and 8GB of internal memory – whereas the DROID 3 packs 16GB of internal memory that allows it to keep its microSD card slot open.


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In addition to the usual set of Google apps preloaded with most Android powered smartphones, we find many common third party apps with both handsets – like Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, City ID, Lets Golf 2, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Skype, Slacker, and the usual trove of Verizon apps. However, it’s quite apparent that the Motorola DROID 3 is more equipped to handle the needs of business or enterprise users with apps like Citrix, GoToMeeting, and MOTOPRINT.

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posted on 22 Jul 2011, 08:56 1

1. snowgator (Posts: 3200; 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: 993; 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: 4684; 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: 274; 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: 2942; 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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