Motorola's Droid 3 is a nice addition to the Android smartphone family Verizon Wireless began selling in October 2009. This version has a new keyboard, 8MP camera and "Gingerbread."
I've spent the
last week using the Motorola Droid 3 ($199.99 on contract from Verizon
Wireless). I can easily avow that the handset is the best of the Droids yet-that
is better than its two predecessors, the original Motorola Droid
and Droid 2
The Droid 3
a crisp 4-inch, qHD (quarter-high-definition) display running at 960 by 540
resolution and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core chip. The chip facilitated
application data well for a 3G smartphone trying to live on Verizon's
increasingly 4G-centered network.
The device is
half an inch thick, 2.52 inches wide and 4.8 inches long. The phone has a soft,
black-matte finish that feels cozy in the hand, so long as one can get over the
extra weight of the keyboard and the fact that that QWERTY slider feels like
another piece of equipment on the phone.
larger screen (the first two Droids had 3.7-inch touch-screens) is welcome, the
Droid 3 is as heavy as they come at 6.5 ounces, more than a half ounce heavier
than either of its cousins.
That's due to
the larger battery (1,540 mAh compared with the Droid 2's 1,400-mAh power supply
larger touch-screen and QWERTY slider, which adds a fifth row of keys dedicated
to numbers only.
See Stills of the Motorola Droid 3 Here
is as great as physical smartphone keyboards come, featuring soft, perfectly
raised and spaced keys for fast, accurate typing. The Droid 3's QWERTY slider
alone may endear the phone to many messaging-heavy folks in the consumer and
also runs Android 2.3 "Gingerbread," which is my personal favorite
Android build so far for the aesthetic appeal, particularly the improved soft
keyboard, which employs wider keys.
across Connecticut and to family in rural West Virginia were satisfactory, but
applications and messaging still rule the roost with the Droid 3. Facebook and
Twitter for Android, YouTube, and the new Google+ mobile application with
Huddle group messaging all worked as well as I expected.
The Droid 3
has something of a split personality, too, in that it's as much for consumer
media as it is for work. What do I mean by that?
offers "mirror mode," allowing users to flash photos, videos and more
on a TV screen via an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output cable.
Unfortunately, that is not included with the phone, though you can buy one from
Motorola for $39.99. Still, it's a nice multimedia portability touch.