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Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2

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Motorola DROID 3 vs Motorola DROID X2
Thankfully, calling quality is great on both handsets with their earpieces producing the same level of tones to make conversations more than audible to the ear. Additionally, voices are prominent and distinctive in tone to allow us to discern just about every uttered word – plus, it helps that there is no hint of background noise or static. But as we mentioned already, the DROID 3 takes a slight lead with its global function.

Using the handsets in mainly the same high coverage areas simultaneously in the greater Philadelphia region, they’re able to keep a steady amount of signal strength to the network – without fluctuating dramatically.

Even with their hard working dual-core processors, we’re able to get at least a solid day of normal usage with both handsets – though, it seems that the DROID X2 slightly puts out more life. But it’s only by a tiny bit. In terms of talk time, it easily goes to the DROID X2 with its 10 hours of continuous usage with a single charge – whereas the DROID 3 puts up a little more than 8 hours. Regardless, we’re more than content with their results, and more importantly, they beat out their 4G LTE brethren.


Okay, we get that Motorola likes to have variety, but after checking out what the two handsets are able to bring to the table, it’s very hard to side with the DROID X2. When looking at their same $199.99 pricing, it’s blatantly obvious that the Motorola DROID 3 is packing a bit more gear under its carriage to increase its overall worth to the consumer – like its front facing camera, exceptional keyboard, global function, and an updated customized Android experience. Previously, size was undeniably the main driving force for the beloved DROID X series, but now that the DROID 3 is sporting a considerably larger frame than its predecessors, it’s no longer an alluring physical trait that the DROID X2 can count on. Even worse, the DROID X2 is already behind the curve with its outdated customized Android 2.2 Froyo experience. However, it’s not all bad news with the DROID X2, especially when it’s the favorable one in terms of shooting photos and videos – but that appears to be its only strong offering. Admittedly, there is no denying that the Motorola DROID 3 received more love and attention, and ultimately, it’s able to catapult over the DROID X2 in being the biggest and baddest DROID smartphone to date from Motorola.

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posted on 22 Jul 2011, 08:56 1

1. snowgator (Posts: 3604; 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: 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.

John B.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 11:06 1

3. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; 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: 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.

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: 3117; 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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