Droid 3 Makes for a Fine Android Slide Phone

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-07-19 Print this article Print

Also, while the previous Droids used 5-megapixel cameras, the Droid 3 sports a fine 8MP shutter, and lets users set up the phone to automatically tag photos. There is also a mini front-facing shutter for video chat, though it's nothing to boast about.

Video playback is in 1080p HD. This looked great porting YouTube videos or personally shot movies on the larger TV screen at home. The Droid 3 has 512GB of RAM, which is on the light side, but boasts 16GB of on-board storage, expandable to as much as 32GB of external storage.

On the flipside, Motorola wants users to use the Droid 3 as an enterprise phone. How do I know that? It's global-ready, letting users access voice and data plans from over 200 countries.

For IT administrators, the Droid 3 offers device and SD card encryption, complex password support, and remote data wipe of both the device and SD card.

More to the corporate point, this device comes preloaded with the Citrix GoToMeeting Web-conferencing application and Citrix Receiver, the desktop virtualization application. Update: These apps are available in the Android Market.

GoToMeeting worked fine; just click a link in an email or launch the application from the icon and enter the meeting number to hear your fellow collaborators and view meeting content.

From the tutorial and set-up steps alone, it's clear to me Receiver tries to fit so much on a small screen that it's got to be extremely hard to really enjoy accessing business applications from such a small display.

Droid 3's battery lasted me for a full day of texting, Web browsing, emailing and video watching. If pressed, I'll still take an HTC ThunderBolt, or the newish Samsung Droid Charge over the flagship Droid smartphones. It's not a question of functionality so much as form.

I'm comfortable with the big, soft keys in my now Gingerbread-based Droid X and by the virtual keyboards on the large displays of the aforementioned devices I've reviewed.

I can recommend the Droid 3 to any shopper seeking an Android phone with a big, full QWERTY keyboard that runs media and enterprise applications with ease.

If a consumer's prerequisite is for a smartphone with only a big touch-screen for input, this phone is not for them. Feel free to compare the Droid 2 and Droid 3 here.



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