The Motorola Droid 3 could be accurately summarized as a lot of little upgrades that come together to create a big upgrade. Dual processor cores, HDMI-out, larger screen, a generous amount of memory, it has a lot of strong points in favor of it. But that has to be weighed against a few notable shortcomings, including the fact that it lacks 4G in an environment where almost all its competitors will have it. Given the problems with LTE phones right now, you might actually prefer going without, but I suspect most everyone will prefer having a robust and reliable 4G service, and not have to make too many compromises.
The Droid 3 is, in some ways, a victim of heightened expectations. In another circumstance, I might give it an enthusiastic recommendation. But with more and more devices pushing the limits of what a high-end phone can do, the D3 comes off as being somewhat more conservative and evolutionary of an upgrade, rather than one which captures the imagination. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since not everyone is looking for something exciting. High-end business users should love it–with worldwide roaming, plus HDMI output perfect for presentations and lots of potential to keep you entertained on long flights: it’s a strong fit for them.
For high-end civilian users who are looking for something fun, it might strike their fancy as well, but they should carefully explore the alternatives first. The Droid 3 has it’s positives, but it’s not the most impressive device on the horizon.
- Large, high quality screen
- Dual-core processor
- Full keyboard
- Plenty of memory
- No 4G capability
- Performance not as good as other dual-core devices
- Evolutionary upgrade
A solid high-end phone, one of the few to boast a truly full keyboard, the Droid 3 is a good fit for business users. But lacking 4G, and with even more cutting edge devices already on the way, it doesn’t shine the way it should.