Enterprise Mobility: Motorola Droid 3 Undergoes iFixit Teardown

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-07-19 Print this article Print
Droid 3 Front

Droid 3 Front

The Droid 3 arrives nearly two years after the launch of the original Droid. It boasts Android 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread) and a dual-core 1GHz processor, along with a physical QWERTY keyboard.
The Droid 3 is the latest in Motorola's line of Android smartphones. For those who can't stand tapping a screen, it offers a sliding QWERTY keyboard. For those who like to get things done, it also boasts multitasking and a powerful set of hardware specs. But what exactly lies under the hood of this device? Repair firm iFixit decided to subject the Droid 3 to one of its exhaustive teardowns, and found some interesting features hiding beneath the plastic. Highlights of the new Droid 3 include a SIM card (something lacking in earlier Droid versions), a speaker assembly that "uses pressure contacts to transmit data to both the speaker and antenna, offset keys on the smartphone's slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a motherboard loaded up with a three-axis accelerometer and other components. "Yet even with all the techno upgrades, Motorola paid no attention to the [reparability] of the Droid 3, iFixit wrote in its accompanying July 18 note. "You still have to take apart the whole phone in order to access the display and glass, a procedure hampered by Torx screws and glue that are used to hold everything together. The firm ended up giving the smartphone a score of 6 out of 10 on the reparability front, "having been given some brownie points for an easily-replaceable battery and for a straightforward (albeit time-consuming) disassembly process. For more on this topic click here.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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