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Review: Motorola Droid 3

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The Droid 3's screen jumps from 3.7 inches to 4 inches, and improves the resolution to qHD (540 x 960) quality. Translation? A great display by any standard. It's bright, colorful, sharp, and looks fantastic. Text, web pages, images, and such pop from the screen, and it's nearly impossible to spot individual pixels. Its only downfall is outdoor performance, where it is easily obscured by glare from the sun.


The Droid 3 is a 3G phone. It doesn't support Verizon's 4G LTE network. As far as 3G phones go, the Droid 3 performed well. I had no trouble using the Droid 3 no matter where I took it. I didn't miss any calls, drop any calls, nor need to redial any calls. Data sessions were solid, though not blazing fast. The Droid 3 was able to make calls even when the signal indicator showed zero bars of coverage.


Call quality wasn't great, but it wasn't a disaster, either. I noticed a lot of choppiness in phone conversations, with the sound dipping in and out frequently. Voices in the earpiece were often garbled. At least the earpiece volume was good. Set to the loudest setting, it was acceptable for most situations, though you might have a hard time hearing in loud environments. Call quality via the speakerphone wasn't great, either. Calls were just as choppy, and the volume was good, but not great. Ringers and alert tones were decent, though, and the vibrate alert was nice and strong.

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The Motorola Droid 3 performed very well during my review period when it came to battery life. The first charge cycle was short, and the battery drained in about a day. Once past that initial bump, it did much better, lasting the better part of two days between charges. Step up use of the camera or video camera with flash, and I noticed a decrease in battery life. Normal use — browsing, social networking, playing music — didn't seem to tax the battery at all. Bottom line, you'll want to charge every night, but you won't be in trouble if you forget to.

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