Droid 3 [Phone Review]

The Motorola Droid 3, the natural followup to its predecessors Droid 2 and Droid 1 (the latter reviewed here previously), was released late last year. My first smart phone was a Droid, so I was very curious to see how things have improved since two years ago.

The specifications of the phone are decent – slightly larger screen, better processor (dual core 1GHz) more storage (16GB, though they bill it as “memory” on the spec sheet; considering that non-techies tend to conflate “memory” and “storage” anyways, I wish consumer electronics spec sheets would use more common language terms). It has a nice 8MP camera capable of 1080p video capture, and HDMI port on the side, and, in what appears to be a throwback to 4 years ago, a slideout keyboard. (More on that later, it was surprisingly good)

Overall, the phone was good. It’s a solid little device that, despite some minor UI difficulties, was reliable. The video it records is remarkably crisp and, as I found out, fills up the 16GB of storage rather quickly. A front-facing camera makes my childhood Sci-Fi fantasy of a video phone a reality, via Skype or gChat. Netflix is now available on this device (it seems to be more widely available on most new Android devices, now).

There were a couple minor UI and performance problems, but they were infrequent and spaced out enough that they were not deal-breakers. The phone performs well far more often than it did annoying things.

I give it a thumbs up, more in-depth details after the jump.

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