Motorola DROID 3 Unboxing & Hands-on

Motorola DROID 3 Unboxing & Hands-on
Nearly eleven months after the Motorola DROID 2 arrived on the scene, we’re finally seeing its successor in the marvelous Motorola DROID 3 – the latest member to follow in the footsteps of the beloved DROID family. Much like most successors, it’s obviously expected to sport the usual upgraded specs and whatnot, but surprisingly enough, Motorola is really cranking things up a few notches as the Motorola DROID 3 thunderously takes some commanding presence. Radiating magnificently from afar, this is one handset bringing back that good old fashion DROID DOES personality that catapulted the original into the limelight.

Taking into account its larger frame versus its previous predecessors, we’re utterly at a gaze seeing one compact looking packaging for this mighty Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered smartphone. Flaunting that all too characteristic DROID box design, with its metallic like carvings and all, we’re greeted with two images of the handset that fully show off the handset in its open and closed form. Nope, there are absolutely no specs information found whatsoever on the box, but instead, we only find its packaging contents on one of its sides – still, you seemingly know that the Motorola DROID 3 isn’t messing around. Needless to say, we’re not all too thrown back to find the usual set of stuff inside the box. Specifically, we find the traditional set of documentation, microUSB cable, and wall charger – and yeah, those are the only things in there folks!

Can you say wow?! As we know, the Motorola DROID 2’s design over the original wasn’t all that revolutionary, but rather, it approached it with the usual evolutionary steps. This time around though, we’re presented with a much larger looking device than before, which is primarily attributed to its 4” display – though, it manages to keep things streamline at 0.5” thick. Constructed out of this durable feeling gunmetal plastic exterior, it manages to keep things relatively balanced with its weight. Moreover, the soft touch rear surface in the back essentially enables the handset to have a smooth feel in the hand – while doing its best to repel any dirt and debris from caking on.

Continuing to utilize that all too familiar manual sliding mechanism to expose its keyboard, we’re amazingly impressed with the updated 5-row QWERTY keyboard. At its core, it retains the original’s layout with its boxy and flat looking keys, but upon pressing down on them, we’re blown away with its undeniably clicky response – and in fact, it’s by far the best keyboard we’ve checked out of late! Adding to its potential is the dedicated row for numbers, with the navigational buttons intact to get that pesky cursor into place. We’ve seen some awesome landscape keyboards before, like the ones on the HTC Touch Pro 2 and T-Mobile G2, but Motorola’s keyboard on the DROID 3 just might take the cake!

Besides its physical appearance, there’s plenty to love with this high-caliber smartphone – even despite the fact it doesn’t operate on Big Red’s glistening 4G LTE network. Nevertheless, it packs a wallop in many aspects with its 4” qHD display, dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4 processor, 512MB RAM, 8-megaixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full 1080p high-def video recording, front-facing camera, 1,540 mAh battery, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, aGPS, 16GB internal storage, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In terms of platform experience, it’s running a customized interface that’s laced with plenty of gorgeous looking eye-candy and 3D effect – thus, vastly separating itself from MOTOBLUR and its variants. All in all, it’s shaping up to be one monster of a smartphone either way, and we’re eager to check this one out.

Currently, you can pick up the handset through Verizon directly for the usual 2-year on-contract price of $199.99. Naturally, we’ll be checking every nook and cranny to see how it performs, so expect our in-depth review soon!

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  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(9.16h talk time)



1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's fantastic guys! i'll look forward to more coverage on this device, i might go ahead and get it tonight. (:

2. tichtech

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

There is no microSD card.

3. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

16GB is internal memory with a slot for expadable memory up to 32GB for a totalof 48GB of memory.

5. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i accidentally thumbed you down, i'm sorry. D: +1


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

HAHA the thumbs up and down buttons are way too close to each other.

9. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

they are! and i'd be one of the first to admit the Droid 2's touch screen isn't the most accurate i've ever used. xD


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I love this phone.

7. Droid3 Metalpoet unregistered

PhoneArena you are wrog on one thing with the review of the Droid3. The phone does not come with any sd memory card at all, it has the ability to expand its memory with up to a 32 gb card but it does come with 16gb internal memory. I as a Verizon Wireless rep was given that information from upper management yesterday before the official in store release of the phone. But either way the phone is amazing and i would prefer my new droid 3 over my droid x anyday! :)

10. Droid3 Metalpoet unregistered

Correction, it can be expanded up to 48 gb! lol my bad


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Most people have at least one or more SD cards. I have two 32GB sd cards and three 16GB memory cards. Yes I buy phones and keep them in good condition and then sell them on Ebay. But I don't sell my sd cards though. My only complaint is I really wish they 1GB of RAM on this phone, such improved specs overall. Running the latest Android software, 4 inch qhd display, way better keyboard, 16GBs of on board storage, 8 megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p videos. The list goes on and on with improvements but the phone is still stuck at 512MBs of RAM. I would have been happy with 768MBs of RAM even. I have noticed that using the phone, I tend to only have 80-90MBs of free space when you have phones like the SGS2 have over 600MBs of free space. It really makes a big difference to prevent force closes, lag, and other problems. BUT that's really my only complaint and even so, the phone is very snappy and fast. Games look very good and no lag whatsoever, I really like the keyboard A LOT. I didn't even bother with the Droid 2 because of how little they improved it. This is NOT the case with the Droid 3. It is a huge improvement on almost every single thing.

12. KING unregistered

Wow looks smooth !

13. hmmmso unregistered

is the galaxy s2 going to be global too?

14. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Wish AT&T had this. Still pissed about Moto taking away the camera shutter button.

15. John Smith unregistered

Not to be a d**k, but a predecessor is something that "precedes" or goes before in terms of place, order, rank, importance, time, etc. So the Droid 2 is actually the predecessor of the Droid 3...not the other way around.

16. safd unregistered

they got it right..they were just redundant with "previous predecessor"

18. John Smith unregistered

Yeah, I noticed they changed it to successor now.

19. Mr. Trouble unregistered

I thought it had a dual predecessor

17. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

only 512mb ram? hmmm....

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