Motorola DROID 3 Review
When Motorola’s original Droid handset debuted on Verizon in 2009, it had a significant impact on the smartphone market and it gave iPhone a serious challenge. Now with Motorola Droid 3, the company looks forward to build upon this strong tradition and for this Motorola has brought quite a number of improvements in Droid 3. However, in the world where there are 4G phones are available in plenty, can 3G compatible Droid 3 compete with its rivals? Check out our Motorola Droid 3 review to know what the phone has to offer you.
Motorola Droid 3 Looks and Design
The first thing you will notice about Droid 3 is its large frame as compared to its predecessors. At dimensions standing at 124 x 64 x 13 mm, the phone is bigger than iPhone 4S (115.2×58.6×9.3 mm). It weighs 167 grams which is a bit more than HTC Thunderbolt (164 grams). The gun-metal like plastic casing along with soft touch lends a solid feeling. It has a rubberized gray back which makes it quite easy to grip. The phone gives a premium feel and on sliding the phone one gets access to the large-five row keyboard. Overall, Motorola has done a fine job in giving the phone a nice and chic look.
Motorola Droid 3 Screen/Display
Droid 3 (4 inches) has a larger screen than Droid 2 (3.7 inches). The 4 inches qHD screen displays pictures of resolution measuring 540×960 pixels. We found the screen resolution more than the typical one found in Android phones. The images were quite bright but they were not that vibrant. Because of increased pixel density, we were able to read the small texts at ease without using pinching to zoom. But viewing angles of Droid 3 were quite questionable as the colors faded quickly when the screen was tilted from the 90 degree position. Sunlight legibility is also questionable and the overall brightness is not the strongest. But we were quite glad to find that Motorola has brought a larger and higher resolution display.
Motorola Droid 3 Features
The large, backlit physical keyboard is one of the features of Droid 3. The keys are quite large and they offered solid tactile feedback. The keyboard also has a dedicated number row and @ key. But we felt that the layout of the keyboard could have been more spacious. Because of the congested layout, we made a few typos, before we got our self adjusted to the keyboard design.
The phone also has a virtual keyboard which offers elective haptic feedback and it supports multi-touch gestures. Unlike the physical keyboard, the layout was quite spacious for the virtual keyboard and we found it quite easy to type on them.
Apart from the traditional Android apps (Gmail and Maps), Droid 3 is also equipped with apps from Verizon such as VZ Navigator and V Cast Suite. Motorola has also included its own IM app through which users can chat. With the Files application, one can navigate around the internal phone storage. The messaging app allows users to get access to text messages and emails. But if one has to see contents on Facebook wall, then they need to download Facebook app from the Android market.
Processor and Memory
Droid 3 is equipped with a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A-9 processor which quickens up the operations of the phone. The phone also offers a robust 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB.
Droid 3 provides instant access to Gmail, Google Calendar and Contacts as soon as one sets up their Google account during activation.
Motorola Droid 3 Camera Quality
Droid 3 is equipped with a 8MP back facing camera which shoots images up to 3264×2448 pixels. The camera is equipped with all the advanced features such as auto-focus, touch-focus, geo-tagging and face detection capabilities. However, while shooting images, we found the performance of the camera to be above average both indoors as well as outdoors. The colors were sharp but we felt that they could have been better. The presence of an LED flash helped to click photos in dim light. There is also a secondary VGA camera which comes handy in dim light. Droid 3 is also equipped with a 2MP front facing camera which comes in handy for video chats and snaps its own sharp images.
Motorola Droid 3 Video Quality
The phone is also capable of recording 1080p HD videos. When we captured videos, the colors and images were quite sharp. The frame rate was also quite good and the movements were quite smooth. The audio recording was also quite crisp.
Motorola Droid 3 Connectivity
Connectivity is an issue with Droid 3 considering the fact that there are several phones which supports 4G connectivity. Connectivity of Droid 3 is limited only to 3G. There is support for GPRS and EDGE. Wireless connectivity in the phone is enhanced by the presence of Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 supporting A2DP and EDR profiles. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB 2.0 cable. The hotspot feature of Droid 3 allows you to connect up to 5 devices simultaneously. But still we missed 4G LTE connectivity. Android browser did a very good job while downloading web pages.
Motorola Droid 3 Multimedia
The music player of Droid 3 is very much the same as that we have found in recent Motorola phones. The music player has a conventional approach with presentation of its songs. We liked the 3D gallery while we were browsing songs in landscape mode. With headphones plugged in, the music came out loud and clear. We were quite disappointed to find that there is no FM in the phone.
Motorola Droid 3 Battery Life
Droid 3 is equipped with a standard Li-Ion 1540mAh battery which is gives us a runtime of around 6 hours. Verizon claims than Droid 3 will give a talk time of around 550 minutes and a standby time of around 300 hours.
Motorola Droid 3 Retail Box
While unboxing we found the phone to be equipped with the following stuffs:
- Motorola Droid 3
- MicroUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Reference Guide
- Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
Motorola Droid 3 Price
Motorola Droid 3 price in the USA is approximately $ 200 while price of the phone in India is approximately Rs 34,000.
If you are on a Verizon network and want a phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard, then Motorola Droid 3 is your best bet because of its sharp screen, powerful processor and a large keyboard. But if you are not particular about getting a phone with a keyboard then we recommend you to spend a bit more on 4G LTE phone such as HTC Thunderbolt which provides greater download speeds. But we believe that spending $ 200 on an Android device without 4G is a bit too much of a deal.