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Motorola Droid 3 Begins to Arrive, First Impressions Along With It



The Motorola Droid 3 has only been on sale since yesterday and already it has begun arriving on the doorsteps of customers who put their cold hard cash down for one. And lucky for us, one new Droid 3 owner on HowardForums has not only posted some great photos of the Droid 3 but he has also given out some of his initial thoughts as well which is great if you’ve been thinking about buying one.

Droid 3

So here’s what our mystery man is thinking:

  • big. Heavy. much more substantial than the D2. Slider action is fairly stiff but i imagine it will loosen up over time as the D2 has.
    No physical camera button on the case, so that part of the VZW doc I posted near the end of the pre-release thread is wrong for sure.
  • The bezel around the screen is sort of a steel gray, gunmetal-ish, while the main body is black. Back casing is soft-touch coated (IBM Thinkpad style), but it is a piece of plastic, not metal. Just snaps on.
  • You can change SD card without removing battery!

So, some bad, some good. The weight is kind of an issue. I didn’t like how heavy the Motorola Droid 2 felt in my pocket and the fact that the Droid 3 is heavier pains me.  He also confirms that the device has 512MB of RAM. It continues to amaze me why Motorola doesn’t up the ante for these new Droid phones but they must have their reasons.

Droid 3

The Motorola Droid 3 is currently available online for $199 on a new two year contract and will be available in stores on July 14th. Keep the Motorola Droid Bionic in mind before you snag one though.

Via: Phandroid



  1. Kcourtema

    07/08/2011 at 8:21 pm

    Pure perception on the part of the reviewer.  According to the specs listed by Verizon, the D3 is both lighter and thinner than the D2 – be it ever so slightly.

  2. Csf1120

    07/08/2011 at 8:40 pm

    Got my droid 3 today…appears to have really poor sound quality, unless I got a dud.  Anyone else have this issue?

    • Me

      08/18/2011 at 12:29 am

      My sound sucks too…..returning

  3. Ufmelissa824

    07/08/2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sound quality on mine seems to be fine.  It doesn’t necessarily feel heavier but it is a lot bigger in area.  I think it will definitely take some getting used to.

  4. Csf1120

    07/08/2011 at 9:20 pm

    Must have been damaged in shipping.  The box looked rough.  Verizon said they havn’t heard any issues with sound and are offering to send me a new one.  Hopefully for everyone else, I just got a lemon.

  5. Stephen Slottow

    07/10/2011 at 6:53 pm

    According to the Motorola website, the Droid 2 (not global) weighs 169 grams; the Droid 3, 184 grams.

  6. DroidNashville

    07/11/2011 at 3:08 pm

    Got mine last Friday.  Definitely heftier than D1 I replaced, but build quality is very solid.  The dual core processor smokes and Gingerbread rocks.  And the screen? Beautiful.  So far, lovin’ it.

  7. Michaelmcnair

    08/25/2011 at 5:05 pm

    My sound quality is horrible too.  Returning it.

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