I've always been a fan of the Motorola DROID and its successors. The original DROID was the very first Android smartphone on Verizon, and while its keyboard was questionable, it remained one of the best devices available for some time. However, the DROID 2 hasn't received enough of an upgrade to stand out from the sea of other Android smartphones.
The new Motorola DROID 3 does not suffer such a fate. It has a brand new 4-inch touchscreen with qHD resolution, worldwide roaming functions and a beautifully designed 5-line QWERTY keyboard. There's an office in your pocket (which weighs almost as much as some office furniture, I might add). Motorola has packed it with extras like Citrix and MOTOPRINT for business users and a dual-core processor that almost anyone can appreciate.
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While the Motorola DROID 3 can be immediately identified as a member of the DROID family with a keyboard for anyone familiar with the previous versions, the new device is a good deal larger. But with that added bulk comes a tremendous amount of performance and ease of use.
The phone measures 124 mm x 64 mm x 13.5 mm (4.9 inches x 2.5 inches x 0.5 inches) and weighs 186 g (6.6 ounces). That's 4mm wider, 8mm taller, and about 16g heavier than the original, which you could already rely on to crack open walnuts. The additional size and weight allowed Motorola to equip the phone with a 4-inch QHD touchscreen display (540 x 960 pixels) and a wonderful 5-line QWERTY keyboard. In my opinion, this is the best QWERTY keyboard that can be found on an Android smartphone today.
The body of the DROID 3 is firmly assembled and easy to open and close – which ends with an obvious click in each direction. There is a much more conventional cover on the back of the device than on previous DROIDs. The metal battery plate is dispensed with for a soft, touch-coated plastic cover that snaps in and out. The front display is protected by Gorilla Glass, so it is difficult to break and scratch resistant.
On the left side of the device, users in portrait mode will notice that the familiar micro-USB port has been rotated 180 degrees from the older devices and there is now a micro-HDMI port next to it.
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The power button and 3.5mm headphone jack are at the top, and the volume control is on the right edge, above which you may find a camera shutter button (but there isn't one). The 8-megapixel camera with LED flash is on the back and an empty microSD memory card slot is under the back cover.
The DROID 3 has 16 GB of internal storage. So it's not a problem that the memory card slot is empty, and it's nice to know that you can increase the phone's memory to 48GB by inserting a 32GB card.