Motorola Droid 3 Is a Winner: 10 Reasons Why

News Analysis: Motorola is launching the third installment in its Droid line, and the device looks to be quite nice across the board, with major new features including a high-quality display and a dual-core processor.

Motorola is planning to launch the Motorola Droid 3 on July 14. The device is a follow-up to the company's Droid 2, which performed quite well at retail. This time around, Motorola has added several improvements to the smartphone, including a high-quality display, a dual-core processor and several other features that make it a standout in the smartphone market.

But just how much of a standout will the Droid 3 be? The device definitely won't trump the iPhone 4 in overall sales, but by the look of things, it might just be a fine offering for Verizon Wireless customers who are opting against Apple's smartphone and want to try something new. And the best part is, at $199, the Droid 3 comes in at a price that just about any consumer or enterprise user can live with.

Read on to find outwhy the Motorola Droid 3 is a winner and should at least be considered when the next smartphone buying decision is made.

1. It's running "Gingerbread"

According to Motorola, its Droid 3 will ship with Android 2.3 "Gingerbread." That's a good thing for potential owners. Android 2.3 is the best smartphone-based version of Android available right now. And the best part is, while other smartphone owners need to wait for an over-the-air update for the platform, Droid 3 owners will have it as soon as they break the smartphone out of the box. If customers liked Froyo, they're going to love Gingerbread.

2. The price is right

Though there are some critics who say smartphones are still too expensive, Motorola hit the sweet spot by pricing its Droid 3 at $199.99. At that price, the Droid 3 ison the same level as the iPhone 4 with 16GB of onboard storage. At this point, it seems that $200 is the cutoff between a smartphone being affordable and costing too much money. Motorola came down on the right side with its Droid 3 price tag.

3. Dual-core anyone?

The Motorola Droid 3 comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, putting it ahead of many other devices on the market, including the iPhone 4. Recent rumors suggest the iPhone 5 will feature the same dual-core processor as the iPad 2. But until that smartphone is released, the Droid 3 will offer the kind of processing power Apple can't match.

4. A top-shelf display

After the iPhone 4 launched with the Retina Display, just about every Android handset maker realized the importance of a high-quality screen. It seems that Motorola did, as well. The Droid 3 comes with a 4-inch qHD display. That qHD display is capable of delivering 960 by 640 pixels, which matches Apple's iPhone 4 Retina Display. Combine that with the fact that the Droid 3 has a slightly larger screen than the iPhone's 3.5-inch display, and Motorola's offering wins out.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...