Motorola Droid 3 now available in-store, is it any good?

The Motorola Droid 3 was officially (finally!) announced last July 7th and became available online the same day. Many prefer playing around with a device before making a decision, though, and that is now possible. As Verizon promised, the new addition to the Motorola Droid family is available in stores as of today, July 14th.
It’s always exciting to see a good slide-out keyboard on an Android device, as manufacturers are mostly taking the on-screen route lately. The Motorola Droid 3 comes with a 5-row keyboard, which actually looks very promising for constant typing. But, is it your next device? Let’s take a look at the specs again.

Motorola Droid 3 Specifications:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 8 MP back-facing camera with LED flash
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • HDMI out
  • 1540 mAh battery
As you can see, this device does not fall short in. It’s a great device with great improvements over the Motorola Droid 1 and 2. The bigger display has qHD resolution (960×540p), and it comes with a dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and that nice slide-out keyboard. What else can you ask for in a device? Well, we can think of two more things. This phone comes with only 512 MB of RAM and is not compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
If you want a Motorola Droid 3, you’re stuck with 3G speeds. But this can be a good thing in some ways. For one, Verizon’s LTE network is known to outrageously drain the life out of devices. Some Thunderbolt users report 3-4 hour battery life when constantly using 4G. Ouch! Also, Verizon 4G is not available everywhere in the U.S., so it may not be worth it to pay $50-$100 dollars more for a 4G device.
You may have your own reasons to love or hate this device, but it’s definitely a great option for keyboard lovers who aren’t in a 4G area (or just don’t care for 4G). We also know the improved Motorola Droid Bionic is close at hand and does have a dual-core processor, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. There’s also the Samsung Galaxy S II. But we still have no idea when/if it is coming to Verizon (although it is going to space).
As always, we’d like to know what our readers think. What do you guys say? Is it worth it to wait for one of these unreleased devices? Are you going for the Motorola Droid 3 or another Android smartphone? Which one?

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