New Motorola Droid 3: Everything Its Cracked Out To Be?

Its easy to get involved in all the hype and build-up to a new smartphone, after months of rumour and speculation we long for the release so that we can get our hands on the latest toy. All of a sudden, without thinking, our current handset which just a handful of months ago was the most amazing thing ever, now seems old and outdated. But once the fog of excitement has lifted, the reality of our latest purchase begins to dawn on us and sometimes things aren’t quite as rosy as we thought.

Take the latest Motorola Droid 3 smartphone. The device which brings some fantastic specifications including Qwerty keyboard with extra fifth row may not be all it seems. In an interesting article from Armando Rodriguez over at pcworld.com who coincidentally has a Droid Incredible, reported on taking a look at the Droid 3 up close and personal and in turn has given us his comments, some good and bad.

First up in terms of its appearance and when compared to its predecessors the Droid and Droid 2, the new Motorola is heavier in weight but it is evenly distributed therefore giving a completely different outlook to the phone, its taller and just slightly thicker than the first Droid.

One feature hoped to sway many customers into parting with their Droid 3 money, is that of the Qwerty keyboard with extra row of keys. Armando found the keyboard easy to use when reeling out text and email transcription although it was pointed out that the keyboard can sound clicky at times.

We know that the Droid 3 includes a 4-inch qHD display, which in fact will be slightly smaller than that of the rumored Droid Bionic and Samsung Galaxy S2, but may possibly equal that of the iPhone 5 when it arrives in September. When the display was looked at in closer depth, the text and images actually faired well in line with the original Droid, but icons unfortunately were not jumping out to the eye and a grid of dots could be seen on the screen.

Along with this, it was noted that the Droid 3 was let down by a bluish tint, which could be seen when taking pictures from the 8 megapixel camera. Photos were reported as being dark and still plagued with the off-putting tint which persisted when the photos were transferred onto the PC as well as the blue colouring affecting video recordings. Whilst we are on the subject of the Droid 3 camera, its worth noting that there is a lack of physical camera button, something of which we have reported on before, so sorry guys you will have to make do with the touchscreen shutter button to take photos.

Moving onto the Operating System which coincidentally is Android Gingerbread 2.3.4, this will bring with it, five home screens, a number of widgets, dock which can be changed to suit your tastes with the aid of MotoBlur as well as the benefit of organising your apps (including the pre-installed bloatware apps) as to which ones you use the most!

On the subject of bloatware, Armando commented that although apps such as the Kindle are a bonus, others such as CityID are not an inclusion, along with lack of the Android market.

An interesting finding that we must point out was the loss of reception. We’ll hoping that this will not be a repeat of the iPhone 4 when it first arrived. Loss of signal was noted with at times, the Droid 3 losing the majority of its 3G connectivity. Making calls to outsiders came with its fair share of problems, sound quality was affected with reports of calls being muffled.

So with a handset the Droid 3, having potential teething problems such as loss of signal, blue tint to images and videos and mention of apps taking forever to open, will this potentially have a detrimental effect on the forthcoming Droid Bionic? The Droid 3’s only saving grace is that of its Qwerty keyboard, but is that enough in a challenging smartphone market?

Give us your thoughts on the new Droid 3? Are you holding out for the new Droid Bionic or even the Photon 4G?