Though the term "DROID" now refers to a series of well-marketed Verizon smartphones - or perhaps more commonly, a misnomer for "Android" itself - there was a time in late 2009 when the original Motorola DROID was the only member of the family.  It was Verizon's savior of sorts; the device that kept millions of customers from defecting to AT&T for the iPhone.  Fast forward to today, and the DROID 3 enters the market alongside a slew of other DROID and non-DROID Android phones.  Despite the flooded market, the DROID 3 comes to market ready to fight.  Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, the DROID 3 has a new 4-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, front-facing camera, an improved QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

I've spent some time with the new Motorola DROID 3, and I'm pleased to say it's a nice replacement to the original DROID line.  Can it bring the original DROID back into the conversation, and perhaps back into the flagship spotlight?  Here's what I've discovered so far:

  • Anything related to design is obviously subjective, but I feel like Motorola did a good job bridging together the "too industrial" design of the DROID 1 and "too toy-like" design of the DROID 2.  DROID 3 has a reasonable amount of smooth curves, but retains a professional look.
  • Motorola has upped the ante with a 4-inch qHD display (540 x 960 pixels), which is a great balance between the range of display sizes on the market.  It's much more pixelated than competing technologies like Super AMOLED Plus and Retina Display, but is still an improvement.

  • DROID 3's keyboard is one of the best on the market.  The keys are perfectly spaced, the size of the device makes it perfect in the hand, and the keys themselves are tactile and large, making it easy to travel across the keyboard.  It's a HUGE improvement over the first two devices.
  • Motorola has always been strong in the call quality and reception departments, and the DROID 3 doesn't disappoint.  I took the phone to a Verizon trouble spot in North Charlotte, and had no problem making a call, despite the occasional chop and audio cutout.

  • DROID 3 ships with a 1,540 mAh battery, and with moderate use, you should be able to make it into the evening before having to re-charge the phone.  If you're a heavy user, Verizon and Motorola offer a 1,930 mAh extended battery, and it provides a few extra hours of juice with virtually no added bulk.  I have two DROID 3 units - one with an extended battery, and one without - and thus far, no one has been able to tell the difference between the two.  
  • I'm going to get some feedback from this one, but I'm not surprised that Motorola didn't include 4G LTE connectivity.  In fact, I'll go as far as to say that I'm glad they didn't.  Despite what the advertisements portray, LTE is still very much in its infancy, and with that comes things like bulky first-generation 4G radios and the random connectivity issues that I often talk about.  Motorola was smart to stick with the "tried and true" route.  Not only did it afford Motorola the ability to make it thinner, but Verizon has an extensive 3G coverage map, and battery life is spared as a result of choosing 3G over 4G.  If you really want the 4G connectivity, the DROID Bionic is on the radar, and should be here soon.

Stay tuned for more coverage on the DROID 3, and be sure to check out the unboxing video!

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Athier Mohammed
Athier Mohammed i dont think the droid 3 will make it in todays econemy and the cellular community....... because it looks a little small to have a 4in screen and if it was to be a good phone i would pretty much call it the droid X4G slide......but i would rather go with the droid 2 thats my opinion
Josh Alvarez
Josh Alvarez Heck how should i no i dont have a verizon
Arturo Salazar
Arturo Salazar no 4g :(
Gabriel Batista
Gabriel Batista Well if is not 4g and 3d forget.
James Ortiz
James Ortiz Motorola phones suck.
Cory David Baxter
Cory David Baxter its not 4g wackness...gooapple is where ts at
Zach Cline
Zach Cline And no trhe first droid is not better. It's so outdated it's not even funny. And stock android is boring.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Droid charge sucks.
Candy Webb
Candy Webb charge
John Cruz
John Cruz If this phone had 4g lte it would be a good phone
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @ cesario. Kind of like how android fanboys troll all over phone related posts huh?
Tony Stark
Tony Stark I like it
Jean Pacrim
Jean Pacrim Droid here, droid there there all crappy.....my friend bought the galaxy 4g that thing reset by it self 3times already....
Joey Kimber
Joey Kimber When is AT&T going to come out with more android phones, my upgrade is in a month and i need to know fast.
Robert Skeen
Robert Skeen Until the Bionic comes out next month
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. This is about the Droid 3. I like how these Apple fanboys troll around like they have no sense. And oh yeah, EVO over apple anyday.
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta A uriel soto a quien le importa que a ti te guste tu mierda de iphone sucks...
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta Galaxy s2 the best..
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Nope droid bionic or galaxy s 2
Gerardo Armenta
Gerardo Armenta I would like to see the next nexus to be 4g and 3g, that would make a great phone though I know is impossible. Sorry if anything is mispelled I'm not in my 5 senses.
John Dickinson
John Dickinson Strictly as a Motorola Droid product, I would say yes. It's a natural evolution of its ancestors. When compared to the HTC Droid products, I'm not quite as sure. However, I'm biased, since the D3 does most everything I need it to. I did find out it has no magnetic sensors. No more angle finder app for me. :(
Skye Villanueva
Skye Villanueva The first Droid was better! At least it came with stock android!
Tom Ahola
Tom Ahola HW QWERTY with numbers! I want that!
Kentrel Marquis
Kentrel Marquis Nice! Dual Core...
Kentrel Marquis
Kentrel Marquis I would give it a 10 out of 10 if it were LTE capable. This is good for those who like a smaller android phone. No LTE, no go 4 me. This is still an excellent phone. Excellent CPU. I smell another encrypted boot-loader though like the Motorola Atrix. Motorola makes excellent phones but not so open sourced. In the case of the missing LTE, I give it a 4. For style I give it a 10. For other hardware, I give it a 8.
Uriel Soto
Uriel Soto de que sirve tener 4G si no hay mucha cobertura para eso el 3G es bueno, y por cierto motorola no me gusta el mejor droid que ha salido es el samsung droid!!
Uriel Soto
Uriel Soto my iphone works great, evo 4G and nexus 4G its a piece of shit!! sorryyyy!! hate android!!
Mason Sell
Mason Sell The best Android phone is the next Google experience phone
Nehemiah George
Nehemiah George I think the Droid 3 is a pretty good Droid but not the best yet.... There are some advancements that can be made on it. And I wouldn't be so fast to say Samsung Galaxy S2 is the best either folks. We all know Samsung has a track record of not updating their phones and software as initially presented. I would go with a HTC product like the EVO 4G, or EVO 3D, or the Sensation. Personally speaking...
Zach Cline
Zach Cline The iphone doesn't suck idiots. It's just different.
Chavez Chayanne
Chavez Chayanne Im sure thier going to come out with Droid 4 4G ;D
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson apple*
John Cruz
John Cruz Agustin dude are you retarded iphone sucks now its a waste of money
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson agustin i have an iphone right now but you the people i cant stand u tool , the iphone is the same price as all the other high end smart phones so ur comment is stupid.. stop blowing ape n go get some pussy
Arnulfo Barajas
Arnulfo Barajas motorola's UI is slow
Randy Gastelum
Randy Gastelum Yes it should but why put crappy software on good hardware?
Alan Xenos
Alan Xenos Yes, 4G is necessary if you live in a 4G area lol... VIVA CHICAGO!
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone That would be a no for me. Also the fanboy comments are just stupid. Nobody cares about your lame one liners to bash a company or an operating system.
Aaron Taylor Ork
Aaron Taylor Ork screw android
John Bushkar
John Bushkar No me gusto Motorola.
Eric Richardson
Eric Richardson 4g isnt even covered everywhere. i know its not covered everywhere around me. getting a 4g phone is cool to say but i wouldnt use it much anyways. im fine witht he 3g.
Charlie Kuroiwa
Charlie Kuroiwa 4G isn't necessary people
Agustin Torres
Agustin Torres John u Say that cuz u can't afford n iPhone u little bitchhh :p
Dwight T
Dwight T My droid 3 is slow at streaming youtube , pandora and spotify
J Kree White
J Kree White How about the {echo}
J Kree White
J Kree White Any one seen any updates on the veer
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta My touch slide sucks.
Kenrick Tan
Kenrick Tan Mytouch 4g Slide is gonna be the bestty
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta Samsung galaxy s2 the best phone in the market.......
J Kree White
J Kree White Htc evo 4g
Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes I'll keep my opinion to myself until I see the full review.. however when I played with it at the store I was very impressed...until it rebooted on me while loading phonedig.com lol
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta Yeah John iphone sucks, jejeje samsung galaxy s2 is the best ok.....
David Harness
David Harness Yes. It's a great phone. Though it might not have LTE, it's better that way. LTE mean's worse battery life, possible connection issues, and a very thick phone. Next year when the Droid 4 is on it's way, things will be better for an LTE Droid with a keyboard.
J Kree White
J Kree White O so john your a big droid fan
David Stressman
David Stressman No
John Cruz
John Cruz Iphone sucks stupid agustin
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta No what?????taylor
Taylor Rentschler
Taylor Rentschler No
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta The best phone 4 sprint going to be samsung galaxy s2
Agustin Torres
Agustin Torres Maybe but i'dont care :p Cuzz i have n iPhone iOS rules LOL
Dan J. QuiƱones
Dan J. QuiƱones best DROID? YES. it has as its biggest competitor the only Droid branded 4g phone the Samsung charge. While it is sad that it is not an LTE device, it still beats out EVERY other DROID branded phone on VZW.
Aaron Delgado
Aaron Delgado yes
J Kree White
J Kree White U could say that and any word on why the htc flyer doesnt have honeycomb
Vince Gallo
Vince Gallo I played with one the other day, I loved it! Very smooth, great keyboard. Just upgraded from a D2G to a Droid Charge, excellent decision. I'd have gotten the Droid 3, but it's not 4G! Major disappointment there.
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro That's wack, than its just the same shit as the other one. Come one come out with a droid that will blow my mind. You guys got till december so hurry the fuck up.(:
Keshawn Robinson
Keshawn Robinson Noope the motorola photon thats coming to sprint is gonna be the best !
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro Is it 4g or not?
Arnulfo Barajas
Arnulfo Barajas nope the only thing its missing is 4g
J Kree White
J Kree White I would have 2 say no it is not the best
J Kree White
J Kree White I would have 2 say no
Kevin McVerry
Kevin McVerry Yeessss i love it!
David Jung
David Jung Weiners
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro Is it 4g?
Eric Richardson
Eric Richardson YES <3

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