Jul 14 AT 2:54 PM Edgar Cervantes 22 Comments

Motorola Droid 3 now available in-store; are you buying it or waiting for another device?

The Motorola Droid 3 was officially (finally!) announced last July 7th and became available online the same day. Many prefer playing around with a device before making a decision, though, and that is now possible. As Verizon promised, the new addition to the Motorola Droid family is available in stores as of today, July 14th.

It’s always exciting to see a good slide-out keyboard on an Android device, as manufacturers are mostly taking the on-screen route lately. The Motorola Droid 3 comes with a 5-row keyboard, which actually looks very promising for constant typing. But, is it your next device? Let’s take a look at the specs again.

Motorola Droid 3 Specifications:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 8 MP back-facing camera with LED flash
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • HDMI out
  • 1540 mAh battery

As you can see, this device does not fall short in. It’s a great device with great improvements over the Motorola Droid 1 and 2. The bigger display has qHD resolution (960×540p), and it comes with a dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and that nice slide-out keyboard. What else can you ask for in a device? Well, we can think of two more things. This phone comes with only 512 MB of RAM and is not compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

If you want a Motorola Droid 3, you’re stuck with 3G speeds. But this can be a good thing in some ways. For one, Verizon’s LTE network is known to outrageously drain the life out of devices. Some Thunderbolt users report 3-4 hour battery life when constantly using 4G. Ouch! Also, Verizon 4G is not available everywhere in the U.S., so it may not be worth it to pay $50-$100 dollars more for a 4G device.

You may have your own reasons to love or hate this device, but it’s definitely a great option for keyboard lovers who aren’t in a 4G area (or just don’t care for 4G). We also know the improved Motorola Droid Bionic is close at hand and does have a dual-core processor, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. There’s also the Samsung Galaxy S II. But we still have no idea when/if it is coming to Verizon (although it is going to space).

As always, we’d like to know what our readers think. What do you guys say? Is it worth it to wait for one of these unreleased devices? Are you going for the Motorola Droid 3 or another Android smartphone? Which one?

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com max

    waiting and hopefully moving to sprint

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Which device are you hoping to get on Sprint?

  • http://Website Zer0-9

    512MB of RAM and no LTE…waiting for the Bionic official stats to decide to stay with Big Red or run away to a carrier that can actually deliver a Dual Core phone with 1GB of ram

  • http://Website Isabella

    Im waiting for the new star smartphone iPhone 5

    • http://Website Houston

      Me too, i really can’t wait anymore seeing how android beats that device.
      I think even before the launch of the iPhone 5, there will be better devices on the market.

    • http://androidandme.com/2011/07/phones/34-of-iphone-users-think-they-have-a-4g-phone/ Bush


  • http://Website daniel walsh

    the nexus prime will be awesome

  • http://Website Tim

    I’m personally heading to a Verizon store to check out how the qHD pentile display is in person. If it’s acceptable, I’ll probably wait to see whether I want to shell out the extra $$ for the Bionic. If it bothers me enough, I’ll give big V a couple more months to get a Galaxy II model available. If that doesn’t happen, I may grab the Samsung Droid Charge.

    A note on the display issue: Some people don’t have a problem with the RGBW pentile display Motorola’s using. Some do. I probably will but am willing to give it a shot. As a comparison, I could never use Sony or any other Trinitron tube TV or monitor because I could see the small wire about 1/3 of the way up the screen holding one of the filters in place. 90% of people didn’t see or get bothered by it back in the day (or else Trinitron tubes wouldn’t have sold much, eh?)

  • http://Website Meister_Li

    I’m waiting. Either for a Nexus Whatever or a Galaxy S II Keyboard slider. As long as Motorola doesn’t unlock their boot loaders and listen to their customers, they’re irrelevant.

    • http://Website chris125

      supposedly in nov the bionic and droid 3 will get the bootloader unlocked.

  • http://Website JAG

    I hope the price is not too high!!

  • http://Website E

    This is dissapointing for a Droid 3 no LTE n that stupid MOTO blur crap why Motorola y this is the fucking Droid this what put Android on da map just like the G2 a bad encore

  • http://Website gabe

    I get like 3 or 4 hours of battery on my dinc with constant use.

  • http://Website Nao

    Definitely waiting for another device with more RAM and LTE. I prefer a phone with a physical keyboard, though, so I may be waiting for a while?

  • http://Website Fre

    I’m waiting till it comes to Europe (Belgium) and it has to be soon!
    Now I have a nokia E72, I know its really bad :(

  • http://Website Soto

    I think I’m going for this phone. It’s a world global phone which I will use, has pretty much everything if you think about it. LTE is still too early at this point, so why sweat it.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Let’s hope that the Droid 3 does not turn out like all the other devices that support LTE on Verizon. Guess it already has a plus it’s 3g but meanwhile read all these UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS ON VERIZON WITH THAT SORRY THUNDERBOLT… http://www.androidguys.com/2011/07/14/updates-htc-thunderbolt-problem/

    • http://Website chris125

      This is a moto you should be ashamed your beloved company htc is making phones with so many issues now. Dumb troll go glaze your evo.

    • http://Website Jonathan

      Hi Richard, I’m looking forward to buy mi first Android Phone, can you recommend me some phones ??? Thanks

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I thought 512 mb of RAM was garbage… but then it didn’t stop me from getting the phone OFF contract.

    I love me a good keyboard. Went from BB Pearl>BB Curve>HTC Fuze (Touch Pro) & Nokia N85>HTC EVO>DX2>Droid 3.

    D3′s screen looks better than the DX2 – must be because it’s smaller with the same number of pixels, making it denser would be my guess. Keyboard is great, way better than using a soft keyboard.

    No LTE in my area and battery life on LTE is atrocious anyway (as is with Sprint, I rarely used WiMax when I had the EVO and I was out of town, only to download something or when an outlet was nearby).

    If you can get past the LTE issue, you should get this phone. 512 MB of RAM ain’t 1 GB, but it’s not shabby either. 2.3.4 utilizes resources VERY well.

    My only gripe? Battery kinda sucks.

  • http://Website Joe brumfield

    Is the moto X2 already obsolete? Im loving the s-it outta this phone but dont hear enough about it.

  • bricho22

    I lovethese droids w/ the key board but they all have so many bugs I’ve actually had verizon bump me up to the next verzion everytime bc after they send u 5 new phones w/ same problem they will work with u droid 3 all the screen and lag freeze ups etc is gone but some fool forgot binary is 0 and 1 not 83 so back to complaining the major bugs r gone just keyboard and size droid 4 is here now I’m sure keyboard lights up and its not such a large sq shapped morse like droid 2 larger of course ill never sign another contract w/ verizon $ hungry selves bc as long as I have to hassell they will have to upgrade me on n on always something to complain about consider it paying me back for jackin up my bill everymonth but just now got droid 3 and would of requested droid 4 had I known it was out