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Motorola Milestone3 (DROID3) Gets Reviewed: Benchmarks, Specs, and Pentile Screen Included

The Motorola DROID3 has popped up quite a bit in recent weeks, but today’s appearance as the “Milestone3” may be the most significant.  Overseas site xda.cn, got a hold of this non-American version and put it through an entire review; giving us one of the best looks at this still unannounced device well before it will see a store shelf.  As many of you know, the Milestone is normally the same exact device as the American DROID, but at times with different radios and a slight tweak here or there.  This device however, matches up exactly to what we’ve been hearing and seeing for the last month or so – is that necessarily a good thing though?  

First, let’s look at a gallery of photos of the device to get you familiar with it.  We have confirmations on the 4″ qHD screen, HDMI out, 8MP rear camera (1080p video), VGA front camera, 5-row keyboard, lack of physical camera button, neat new slanted lip, and 1500 mAh battery.

A couple of camera shots with the new 8MP camera (click to enlarge):

Benchmarks and system info (dual-core OMAP 4430 processor):

A quick look at that new version of Blur again:

And the worst news to come out of this review is the fact that the device sports the same garbage pentile screen as the last few Motorola devices including the Atrix and DROIDX2:

So what did they have to say of the device overall?  To put it plainly, this thing doesn’t even compare to the Galaxy S II or HTC Sensation in their opinion.  The 512MB of RAM isn’t enough to compete with the big dogs and the pentile screen is a killer.

In my opinion, the device looks stellar and I don’t completely hate the new Blur all that much, but to see Moto skimp on the RAM like they did on the DX2 and continue on with these really poor pentile screens is just a disappointment.  Many of you have already passed on this device because it lacks 4G LTE, but after reading this you should really be worried about the state of the DROID Bionic.  4.5 inches of pentile?  Yikes.

Via:  xda.cn

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  • The DROID has all hard edges and angular slopes. The construction is a mix of plastic and metal, and the phone has a solid, expensive heft to it. This mobile has 3.7 inch screen, a QWERTY layout, MicroUSB port; around back the 5 megapixel camera (and flash). Inside the DROID beats an Arm Cortex A8 CPU (a 600MHz, OMAP3430 chip downclocked to 550MHz), 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM.

  • Which Droid you are looking for , latest one? this one i found 

  • R2D2

    Had the original Droid.  Just upgraded to Droid
    3.  Issues: 

    1)  Bloatware – thanks  MOTO & VZW  
    2) 1 is not as much of an issue as this:  If you hook the phone up to USB
    after installing several apps, you may find that some app icons and even the
    app itself no longer installed.  This is a MOTO software
    issue.  It’s worse if you send the apps to the SD card vs. internal
    memory.  Only way I found (tell me if there are others) of keeping all apps
    and icons is to press notifications while the device is still hooked up via USB
    and change to “charge only” – shutting down mass storage.  Then
    dismount the Droid and unplug. 

    C’mon MOTO.  Get a fix for this.  Way too unstable and inconvenient
    for business use.


    Battery life greatly
    extended with Juice Defender Ultimate.



    How to make the Droid 3 dock usable:

    1) Take a pair of pliers, grip the HDMI post firmly and TWIST! 
    2) Use a flat blade screwdriver & pry back and forth over stub and wire
    until smooth.

    This leaves only the useful USB connector and the Droid 3 slides on and off
    like the Droid 1 in its dock. 

  • Starjacked03

    Really?  The Pentile display is that awful?  Seeing as I own this phone and the display is amazing I must disagree.  Also, you couldn’t even get a camera to focus close enough on that teeny tiny battery notifier in the small corner of the droid 3 screen.  This is like arguing 300 fps is better than 100 fps when nobody can see faster than 35 fps.  When I grow microscopes for eyeballs then I might consider this article as useful.

  • Larry McJunkin

    I went to the local VZW store today and tested the Droid 3.  IMHO, it’s just another slide-out keyboard Droid with the addition of a numbers row.  Yes, the keyboard is VERY nice and will be great for folks who send 500 texts daily, but the display, even up against my Incredible is not that great.  For me, the real deal-breaker was the fact the Droid 3 is a HORRIBLE phone (yes, there are still some of us who use smartphones as phones).  I called my own home number and left a voice message with the Droid3, my own Incredible, the Thunderbolt, the Charge, an iPhone, and the LG Revolution.  All of them sounded about three times better than the Droid 3, which was very soft and muted.  Sorry, I’ll wait for the Bionic and hope for something better.

  • Ry

    Got the Droid 3.  It’s great!  You people are on crack…

  • Moto_AgentXT59

    The Droid Bionic will be using A Super Matrix Pentile display..

  • I have the droid x² and I hate the screen it makes my pictures look messed up but I like the phone so I kept it. I also want pleased with the camera downgrade the one on the x² doesn’t have the real shutter that really blinks like the droid x did I stayed to see if I could change it out for the one on my droidx and see if it works I’ve changed the camera and screen on the droid x myself before shouldn’t be much different on the x².

  • Miranda Natasha69

    i really want this phone. this is the phone i’m looking for.

  • That sucks so much, the main reason I love my Milestone 2 isn’t even the keyboard but the aluminum casing that makes it almost bulletproof. It has survived things I couldn’t believe.

  • its not dual core, dual core processors show 2ghz in quadrant, and not dual 1ghz
    so… its single core phone, not the official droid 3, jsut a prototype. =)

  • its not dual core, dual core processors show 2ghz in quadrant, and not dual 1ghz
    so… its single core phone, not the official droid 3, jsut a prototype. =)

  • @theAuthor, Why exactly should a pentile screen be garbage? I personally don’t think that its garbage, in fact I like the look, the colors and brightness. Additionally it consumes much less power. You should not talk, too bad about this screen, because then everone says, “pentile screen, oh no”, without knowing the details. Its personal preference and a comprommis.

  • Eww…pass! No wonder this isn’t getting 4G. {{-_-}}

  • Theantt21

    pentile??? shoot i got better screen clarity on my digital watch

  • James_Ever

    Kellex, can the sources you have confirm at all if the keyboard with the blue accents will be the same for both the Milestone3 and Droid 3?

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t pass on the device because it doesn’t have LTE.  I passed on it because it has a locked bootloader. I passed on it because it has Blur (although, truthfully the Blur on this phone doesn’t look horrible, I’d have to see more to see how I feel about it though), I passed on it because Motorola and Verizon don’t get it.  It has become apparent that unless Google forces Verizon and Motorola (like with the DROID and Xoom) that Motorola will continue to release devices that are crippled in some unfortunate way (DROID, DROID X) or just suck (every other phone Motorola has made).

    Sorry Motorola, I gave you four tries.  You’ve whiffed it four times. I’m done. I’m no longer looking at a Motorola phone to replace my DROID. 

  • Confirmed. I just got another og droid for 100 bucks on ebay. Gunna wait till next fall/winter to see if a decent phone comes out that makes me want to sign another 2-3 year contract.

  • Azeez0347

    If u look at the spec sheet of the Milestone 3 it says it has an nvidia tegra 2 cpu and not an omap 4430. So does it have an omap or tegra processor, im confused?

  • The sad thing is that I will probably get the D3. Not having a physical keyboard is just annoying me that much. Maybe with an ever so slightly smaller screen, the pentile flaws will be slightly less noticeable. Regardless, I’m only buying it to hold out until the next keyboard phone comes out that doesn’t have pentile, poor ram allocation (this is more of a problem than 512MB itself, though 768MB+ would be nice) or a locked bootloader.

    Oh and I won’t be getting it launch day because I refuse to have a device that can’t be rooted if it has a locked bootloader. I’ve had to fix so many screwups Moto made with the DX2 already that I couldn’t have done without root that I just won’t chance it with the D3.

    Regardless, if I didn’t have the extra cash to be able to jump ship from the D3 as soon as something better comes out, I wouldn’t be getting it. The D3 just isn’t what I was looking for, except for the keyboard.

  • jbonics

    Epicer failure

  • Bye bye Motorola, I won’t miss you =)

  • Anonymous

    not in the same league as the sensation? Thats disappointing, as the Sensation seems to be a league down from the Galaxy S II itself, in fact its quadrant scores are about the same as what I’m, seeing here.
    Here’s a quick question though, on that pentile info page you linked to, you didn’t seem to be all that down on, but now it’s “garbage”? What brought about the change of heart?

  • Anonymous

    … funny, pentile is more or less apple FUD and android-fanboys are jumping the bandwagon like isheeps … the HTC sensation has also a pentile display, so it just hurts the hole android plattform …

  • Trophynuts

    i agree…pentile = horse shit. Come on Moto if anything just go back to the same screen thats on the DX good grief. 

  • heh

    I’m curious as to why you say here,”And the worst news to come out of this review is the fact that the device sports the same garbage pentile screen as the last few Motorola devices including the Atrix and DROIDX2:”

    Yet in another article, you say, “Should you avoid qHD screens? No, not at all.  And to be clear, I
    haven’t been dissatisfied with the screen on the DROIDX2 by any means,”

    That’s a big inconsistency. What changed your opinion so dramatically in just 18 days? 

    • Because it’s something you can say “well maybe I can/will get used to it.” But you can’t once you see the flaws. Then that’s all you can focus on, to the point that it’s distracting.

  • Anonymous

    Sad part, I am not giving up on this phone yet, not until reviews come out. I have played with the Atrix before and the screen looked pretty good to me. It was vibrant, very easy to read in sunlight, and seemed to be crisp. I can only attest to my short time with it but I am still willing to give the Droid 3 a shot. Who knows, some things may be different on the Verizon (CDMA) variant. I am still holding off judgment until I see reviews and use the device myself. I do wish that the FFC was a little higher resolution but who knows, this may turn out just fine. The smaller screen size with the pentile screen will help with the screen ‘ghosting’ as has been reported with the DX2. Now I agree, a 4.5″ pentile screen could be a problem, but maybe, just maybe, it may not be pentile on the Bionic. Just my 2 cents.

    • Srgolub

      I agree with you.  Most people comment negatively without ever having actually seen the pentile display.  I’ve used a DX2 in direct sunlight and unlike my D1 or almost any other phone, I was able to see the screen very clearly.  There is slight jaggedness with some text but other than that I don’t see it as a drawback at all.

      • The pentile is awful. I’ll take slightly less brightness for 10 fold better image reproduction.

        • Anonymous

          I had the Thunderbolt which has a SLCD. That screen while very vibrant was extremely hard to see in sunlight, at least in my case. For me a more well rounded viewing experience is appreciated. I am not saying that the pentile screen on the D3 will still be good, but I am holding judgement until I can see it in person and waiting for the reviews.

  • Ugh, PenTile, really?  I’d much prefer an 800×480 RGB LCD than a stupid PenTile screen with a fake qHD resolution.  These “qHD” screens look much worse than the old 800×480 screens used in the first two.

  • It’s sad that the lack of good hardware on Verizon is tempting me to move. I love their network, but I’m thinking about moving to Sprint now. That Evo 3D looks interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Come on Motorola.  You can do better than this.  I was stoked about getting this phone when it came out, but as stated, the pentile screen, and the lack of upgraded RAM is very disappointing.  

  • I get a higher benchmark score on my slightly overclocked Droid X.  Shoot, I got almost that benchmark score on stock GB.  Guess I’ll be waiting for the Droid X3 : )

  • So Samsung GS II with Cyanogen will be the phone it looks like.

    No LTE
    RAM, just ok
    locked bootloader
    that pentile really is crappy, went to a verizon store the other day and saw for myself
    blur not that great, how bout stock…at least the option???
    probably loaded with crapware

    Sorry, but unless the actual Droid3 comes to US with some major corrections (which I doubt) I will not be getting this phone, despite telling everyone that I was and really looking forward to it.


    • Anonymous

      Im under the understanding that 512MB RAM is the available internal memory. 512 is REALLY bad in my epxerience on a 256MB RAM OG Droid. Ive been on the brink of low memory for the past year of my 1.5 yr owning this device. It’s quite an aggravation having to clear memory cache and wiping phonecall/txt/email/fb/browser data  twice a day just to make sure your txt msgs arent going to be suspended in vzw limbo

  • So Samsung GS II with Cyanogen will be the phone it looks like.

    No LTE
    RAM, just ok
    locked bootloader
    that pentile really is crappy, went to a verizon store the other day and saw for myself
    blur not that great, how bout stock…at least the option???
    probably loaded with crapware

    Sorry, but unless the actual Droid3 comes to US with some major corrections (which I doubt) I will not be getting this phone, despite telling everyone that I was and really looking forward to it.


  • Anonymous

    Well, back to waiting for my next phone.

  • As long as Pentile/Amoled screens are used I’m staying away. I like the Specs in the D3. But the awful pentile screen is just too much. I have a Super AMOLED on my Continuum and saw Moto’s “qHD” screen on the DX2. I’m staying far away! I’ll go with the Samsung Charge before I choose a qHD display.

  • As long as Pentile/Amoled screens are used I’m staying away. I like the Specs in the D3. But the awful pentile screen is just too much. I have a Super AMOLED on my Continuum and saw Moto’s “qHD” screen on the DX2. I’m staying far away! I’ll go with the Samsung Charge before I choose a qHD display.

  • Wareaglevi

    I was looking forward in getting the Droid 3. I’ve been looking for a smartphone with dual core processor, global radios and a QUERTY keyboard. Droid 3 sounded like it would be the best for me. Now reading this review makes me question the intelligence of Verizon and Moto. A pentile screen, 512 MB of RAM does pass for a third generation Droid. People pay for the state-of-the-art phones, not recycled garbage from last year. If this is what Moto (and Verizon) believe this passes for the best around, they do not deserve my money.

  • Wareaglevi

    I was looking forward in getting the Droid 3. I’ve been looking for a smartphone with dual core processor, global radios and a QUERTY keyboard. Droid 3 sounded like it would be the best for me. Now reading this review makes me question the intelligence of Verizon and Moto. A pentile screen, 512 MB of RAM does pass for a third generation Droid. People pay for the state-of-the-art phones, not recycled garbage from last year. If this is what Moto (and Verizon) believe this passes for the best around, they do not deserve my money.

  • Wareaglevi

    I was looking forward in getting the Droid 3. I’ve been looking for a smartphone with dual core processor, global radios and a QUERTY keyboard. Droid 3 sounded like it would be the best for me. Now reading this review makes me question the intelligence of Verizon and Moto. A pentile screen, 512 MB of RAM does pass for a third generation Droid. People pay for the state-of-the-art phones, not recycled garbage from last year. If this is what Moto (and Verizon) believe this passes for the best around, they do not deserve my money.

  • Azeez0347

    At the site it says it is a tegra 2 chip and not an omap 4430.

  • Zukrdroid

    I like my LG Revolution more and more every day, Higher Quadrent score, bigger better display, good battery life (last all day at work on 3G and a few more hours playing on the internet on 4G afterwards), easy to root, totally unlocked and not encrypted, LG UI is not intrusive (Gingerbread launcher + handcent = almost stock feeling), and sometime today (hopefull) Clockworkmod. Now all we need are some developers.

  • For me its not the screen or lack of LTE. Its the RAM that is the issue. Both the Droid X2 and this should have had a bump in RAM/ROM. This is getting silly. 512 isn’t enough anymore especially for overlaying over android. MotoBlur takes a lot of resources and the phones lag. It probably wouldn’t be as bad if the put 768 or a gig of RAM in the phone. My OG droid has gotten old. It lags and bugs out. I am looking for a replacement and so far Verizon is off their game. I don’t know who is making these calls but they seem really out of touch. So motorola seems to want me to buy SGII. Samsung has a made a great case and I have been a motorola fan for a long time, but I can’t do this anymore. I’m getting tired of looking at other carriers like sprint. With cheaper plans and better devices. I love Verizon’s map and quick lte roll out, but come on. They just don’t seem like they understand the market anymore. Also if this T-Mobile AT&T thing happens its looking more more doubtful. 

    For Motorola is this a money thing? Is the CEO just cutting where he can, because this isn’t the best business model. HTC had the intelligence to really improve Sense and make it compelling. Samsung improved everything and really has worked to restore faith in their devices. LG is always going to be LG. Motorola I think wants to get the business market, but clearly they don’t need to lose the consumer market too. This getting sad and they will fail if they keep putting out buggy devices. I think I am just going to knuckle down and ride it out until SGII and leave my OG Droid and Motorola behin  

  • This bums me out big time. I’m about ready to update an original Droid. This would be the obvious replacement, but it has Motoblur, it’s not a 4G lTE device, and the RAM and screen are substandard. I like the keyboard, but I may have to sacrifice that to get the other things I want from an Android smartphone.

  • Craigg

    I have always been a Motorola fan and I have found that they always had the best radios; however I find it disappointing that they’re not keeping up with the competition. I own the original Droid. I upgraded to the Droid2 G and still use it when outside the USA, but inside the US I am using the Charge. In looking at the D3 it doesn’t seem much better than the D2. Leaving out 4G was a huge mistake. The display is not that good. The quadrant scores are not much better than the Charge and we still don’t know the hidden specs like battery life, call quality, etc. I assume that it will be an okay global phone but I would be reluctant to sign a 2 year contract to get it. You’re buying old technology at a time when new devices are being introduced monthly.

  • Something is wrong with this review.  3614 on the cpu score, how is that even possible?

    btw, Sensation is a laggy turd with tons of problems.

    Guess we’ll have to wait till it actually comes out for a real review.

  • Ckoch0125

    Good ol moto screwing up what could have been a beast of a phone.

  • Ckoch0125

    Good ol moto screwing up what could have been a beast of a phone.

  • Funny thing is no on real life notices anything about the pentile screens.  They just say, wow, that looks clear, sharp and bright.

    Only geeks/blogs online and samsung preachers keep mentioning it.

    First time it came out I went to see what the fuss was about how crappy the screen is and nothing bothered me. Maybe you guys hold the phone too close to your face, time to get some glasses.

    • bOOm

      That may be the case. I will wait until I get my mittens on it to see how good or bad the display is. I do want the ability to use 4G if and when it is available in my area.

    • There are plenty of people that complained about the display before a blog mentioned the problem. And no offense, but better eyesight is what makes the pentile display look worse. If your eyes can’t focus perfectly on the screen, maybe the “checkerboard” pattern of pixels blur together and isn’t as noticeable. Have you ever tried to read text on a green background? The display messes it up so bad that it’s illegible. Saturation is also horribly skewed, throwing off any chance at image accuracy.

  • Anonymous

    The lentils screen seems to be the new “rally cry of hatred” for 2011. I played with the Droid X2, and while I want overwhelmed with it, the screen did not seem to be the big issue out is being made out to be.

    I’m not saying the problems you see stmt there, out just seems far less pronounced than you ) and some other make it out to be.

    I am pretty sure I am never going to look at my screen as closely as is necessary to see the lines as shown in that little blown up corner.

    I hate that Apple has stayed this whole new battleground. QHD has is issues for sure, and to be honest, I am not crazy about Super Amoled Plus Pro ( or whatever else Samsung had thrown onto the name this week), because while yes it is sharp, the colors also remind me of a photo that has had too much saturation applied.

    Maybe WVGA was ” good enough”

    • I played with the DX2 today as well. Although the shots of the screen look horrible when blown up, in use it just seemed brighter than my DX. I did not notice any lines or squares, and I was looking. I was trying to see what was so horrible about the pentile screen but I didn’t see it. I really didn’t think the screen looked bad at all. 

  • I honestly just wish Moto would go away… I’m sick of (stupidly) getting excited for their devices and being letdown time after time. With Samsung giving a GSII to the CM guys and HTC announcing it will no longer encrypt bootloaders all of the best phones will also be unlocked. Just more reason to not buy these crap Moto phones.

  • Get Quad


  • Anonymous

    No matter how good (or bad) the reviews were I was still not buying this unless it had 4G.  Any phones without 4G and dual core are off my shopping list.  

  • Anonymous

    I am so tired of verizon…. I think I’m going to another carrier soon

    • bigdav1178

      My thoughts for the past few months as well…

  • Anonymous

    Sad day. I was forced into an “upgrade” with my D2, because Big Red sent me 5 non-working “like new replacements” in a row.

    Now I hope I don’t end up with this… at least I can root my D2 and stuff… I don’t see a lot of Dev happening for this device.

  • If you are using a phone with a pentile screen as you would any other phone (playing games, reading email, etc) does it actually look that bad?

    It seems like a lot of the argument that pentile screens are bad is that they don’t look good under a macro lens.  

    What matters to me in a screen:
    –High Resolution (check! it’s quarter of 1080px x 1920px)
    –Bright colors (check!)
    –Color accuracy (reviews on this have been subpar)
    –Able to see screen well in sunlight (check!  supposed to be better than SAMOLED in sunlight, actually)
    –Good viewing angles (not sure how the pentile’s do on this front, but I have yet to see any complaints)

    What doesn’t matter to me:
    –Does the screen look good under a macro lens?

    Soooo….color accuracy is off.  But color accuracy is way off for SAMOLED and people seem to love those.

    • Pentile screens give fuzzy edges to everything, including text.
      The DX2 screen in particular also has a horrible ghosting problem with white text on a black background while scrolling.  This was also an issue with the original DX screen too however, and not related to the pentile nature of the screen.
      Also the viewing angle is poor compared to SAMOLED+ screens.  The screen washes out at angles. 

      You are right, the daylight visibility of the screen is very good, and it displays white better than SAMOLED+.  The high resolution is a perk as well (mitigated by the loss of detail from pentile). 

      I find the DX2 to have an extremely functional display that also happens to be tremendously ugly to look at.  It gets the information to my eyeball, but in a way that I don’t find pleasing. 

      • hkklife

        The analogy I use for the higher-resolution pentile qHD screen vs something like the Samsung WVGA Super AMOLED screen is a Coby or similar no-name 1080p LCD TV vs a 720p Pioneer Kuro plasma (if such a thing did exist).  One screen may be brighter and have more pixels and be the better choice on paper but the lower-resolution screen is superior in every other way once you start viewing them side-by-side. 

        Personally I don’t find the X2’s pentile screen *THAT* bad and feel that the resolution sort of makes up for it.  That said, Moto needs to source something better for their real flagship devices…namely, the Bionic/Targa or they will be doomed.  With Apple set to introduce a 3.7″ (or larger) retina screen later this year on the new iPhone, Sanjay Jha’s pathetic penny-pinching will become even more apparent. 

  • Joster2609

    if the bionic is bad, im going to sprint to get the evo 3d, screw this crap

  • Anthony

    it makes me sad that the galaxy s ii is not coming to verizon.

    • Sibuna

      wait what?????????

      • Anthony

        i meant that it isnt coming to verizon soonish.

      • Anthony

        what i meant was that it wasnt coming to verizon soonish.

    • Anonymous

      It’s coming to VZ as the ‘Function’. Like the Attain for ATT and Within for Sprint. tMob gets the ‘hercules’ though.

  • Ian Wilson

    as fast as i said “hellomoto” when the OG droid came out, im turning around to say goodbye moto…

  • Britboy3000

    One thing ill say is that other sites love the screen. I love this site but if you haven’t seen the screen for your self maybe you should before you complain. The HTC sensation has the same screen and people are in love with it. I guess it’s up to preferences.

  • Amenemhat1

    Thanks, but no thanks Moto. I was really looking forward to upgrading my D1 to D3, but after this review, its the Bionic, or Im jumping ship to HTC or Samsung

  • my DroidX2 is an embarassment.  It does almost everything slower/choppier than my droid charge.
    The screen looks like total ass.
    The touch layer is crap also.  You can hold your finger still on the screen and the screen will jump around crazily. 
    Lack of ram means ADW and launcherpro need to reload after almost every app.

    Blur is actually the LEAST irritating thing about it

  • Good thing I just cleaned up my DX – Its not going anywhere for a while.  

    *Banks his phone upgrade*

  • Anonymous

    My only hope will be the Bionic at this point!!

  • Anonymous

    What a huge disappointment. Motorola should go down in history as the company that innovates the least. Same crappy design, same crappy blur, or whatever they want to call it, A screen that looks like it was made back in the 1980’s, low ram. Unbelievable. Hey Motorola, just die already..

  • Kanundrum

    Camera Looks Super Horrible. WTSF.

  • Mctypething

    Didn’t a big-wig at Verizon recently say that the 3G network would be completely gone and replaced by 4G LTE by 2013? Why are they still selling phones without 4G radios? To me, that shows a lot about how confident they are in their network and it’s ability to proliferate by 2013.

  • Anonymous

    But… There’s finally buttons for numbers! Yay for less button pushing?

    Trying to be an optimist, but it’s Moto… damn. Losing… optimism…

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t opened my OG Droid’s keyboard since I installed FlexT9 when Amazon had it as the free app of the day.

      • Anonymous

        LOL @ T9.

        But I understand. One of the things I miss most about my enV 3, not needing to look at all when sending texts. just tappity tap tap tap… done. Mainly because I could feel the keys on the front of that puppy.

      • Anonymous

        i was going to say the exact same thing, except i haven’t opened mine since i got in on the swype beta. i am going to need my OG Droid to last for a little while longer. come on Bionic, don’t you dare disappoint!

        • Anonymous

          I had swype but liked T9 better.

          • Anonymous

            Totally agree, but i think they both have quirks…

  • RW-1

    Jha thinks it’s penile, not pentile … hence … Fail.

  • slappynutz

    i will pass

  • Jeremy Gentry

    With htc’s non locked bootloader policy its going to be very hard for motorola these days. not to mention all the garbage thats loaded on the droid branded phones now. my OG droid had literally NO bloatware now there is so much crap on these things you have no choice but to root it and remove all the garbage that drains the battery.

  • Stelv81

    Phones like this are killing the Android platform. This just makes Apple look better. Google needs to step its game up and have some better requirements for manufacturers. No phone after 2010 should have 512mbs ram.

  • What a severe disappointment, been eligible for an upgrade for months now and I can’t find anything better than my OGD.  Are physical keyboards really that unpopular now-a-days? lolz  4g I don’t care about, but if they are skimping on the screen and internal memory/storage and then mixing that with a new version of motoblur, then I may be out….  Its becoming rather apparent to me that Motorola no longer has my best wishes in mind….  I guess i’m just going to have to get used to the onscreen/crap keyboards…

    • bigdav1178

      The problem is Verizon being stupid and not offering qwerty phones from other manufacturers. You’re better off being on T-Mo or Sprint, or a regional carrier like US Cellular, than VZW if you want choices for a qwerty Android.

      • bigdav1178

        VZW had the chance to offer us both an HTC qwerty phone (HTC Merge) and an LG qwerty Android (LG EnV Touch Pro), but Verizon bailed on both of them… now US Cellular has them. Sprint and T-Mo both have Merge-equivalents, as well as other keyboarded offerings. VZW appears to have swallowed down that rumored survey that no one wanted Qwerty’s, to the other carriers’ pleasure.

      • hehehe, yeah of course they’re on other carriers, not willing to switch though, I’m on Verizon for the “network” lal

        • You and I agree in both philosophy and love of Bender. <3 no homo

          • Csav2003

            It sounds to me none of you even have the D3. Some ppl like the screen, some don’t. With the phone being 3G, having a dual core processor along with 16G of internal memory, 512mb is just fine. Run multiple apps at once. Do what you need to do to find an issue with the RAM. I bet you don’t. Keyboard, you won’t find a better one, for years to come. TopNotch! Camera … looks good to me and my video makes everyone jealous. Ppl will have their gripes, but you all don’t even have the phone. This is one review, I have seen plenty of great ones. To each’s own.

    • Anonymous

      You can still get the HTC Merge, just not through official verizon stores. Might be your best bet

    • Djstar2k2

      my words exactly.  maybe one day customers will be to order what they want from oem’s lol …..it was all a dream i used to read word up magazine………

      • Djstar2k2

        lol gm does it im sure it takes longer to build a car than a cell phone

    • ;-)

      Depending on what u need the keyboard for, Speech-to-Text can assist in some things… 

    • Anonymous

      That’s exactly how I feel. Been waiting for months to upgrade but nothing worth having coming out.

  • Well at least this phone won’t make me upset that I can’t upgrade until 2012. OG’s Rockin’ the Suburbs until then!

  • Mr.Joe

    I’ve never seen a screen as beautiful as pentile!

    • Stelv81

      Then you haven’t seen every other screen….Pentile is the bottom of the barrel worst

      • Mr.Joe

        People just say that cause Kellex said so.

        I think for myself!

        • Actually I noticed it before there were any reviews. I noticed it the moment I got to my home screen for the first time and went “oh god, what’s wrong with the battery?” I really thought it was either not a 16.7M display, or that my display was broken. I think the DX1 display is 10 fold better than the DX2 display. Brightness means nothing to me when the image reproduction is so awful. Saturation on the DX2 is so far off that no photos look right on it.

      • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Droid 2, ftw!

  • Britboy3000

    Im more than happy with my Dinc2. The screen is beautiful and the things is fast. One thing I noticed though….when I used anycuts to make a shortcut for it I noticed 4G settings….just thought I would throw that out there. 

  • M8R-d00108

    Just when Apple decided to include a physical camera button in the i*hone 5, Motorola decided to remove it from the Droid 3. Perhaps they thought that one of the things that made the i*hone popular was the lack of a camera button.

  • Anonymous

    “4.5 inches of pentile?  Yikes.”

    There’s a funny joke in there somewhere 😀

  • Anonymous

    I love my OG droid… I love my xoom, but after reading this, my next phone will not be a moto one… with Samsung and HTC stepping up their game moto has decided not too. FAIL.

  • toner

    I’ve waited almost 2 years now for this phone (since the Droid 2 didn’t seem like it was worth the upgrade) and now it seems the 3 is not worth the upgrade….  I didn’t care about the 4g either, I just mainly want a damn keyboard!

  • Romma1

    Pentile Envy 4″

  • I looked at a DX2 in store. Pentile didn’t look THAT bad. Everyone is making it seem worse than it is I think. No excuse for only 512mb of RAM though. Why do phones with keyboards always get mid or low end specs?

    • hkklife

      Ditto.  The X2 would be tolerable, but the combination of Blur, pentile screen, missing camera button, and only 512mb RAM all add up to be pretty lame. I could live with 2 or maybe even 3 of the above shortcomings but not all of them in one package. 

      The Droid 3 would’ve been the PERFECT opportunity for Moto & VZW to snag all of the OG Droid owners in one final new 3G device on a new 2yr contract.  It’s got all of the right ports, FFC, better 8mp cam, bigger battery and presumably a nice keyboard. But then they blow it with neutered display & RAM specs.  I am still giving Moto one final chance for redemption with the Bionic but otherwise it’s sadly looking like they are the next Palm or RIM….or Moto circa 2007 all over again.

       Sanjay Jha needs to be kicked to the curb ASAP!!

    • Anonymous

      People like to embellish because they’re whiny little bitches.

  • Stephen D

    Pass. No LTE+crappy screen=no buy. Come on Verizon, where is the Galaxy S2? 

    • I really want a physical keyboard though… well, crap

      • Stephen D

        I like having a keyboard, but I gave it up for the Fascinate and I certainly will for the Galaxy S2.

  • Stelv81

    Time to buy a Dinc2

    • Anonymous

      You mean a phone with last gen specs worse than this?

  • Anonymous

    We need the GSII on Verizon now.

  • bigdav1178

    Well, here’s to hoping VZW can manage to land an HTC qwerty-slider this year… the pentile screen, limited RAM and mostly-rehashed keyboard don’t do it for me.

    • max0442

      The HTC Merge is available on Verizon but only through 3rd party carriers (Verizon authorized resellers?). It
       is a touchscreen with sliding keyboard, has the same processor as the MT4G, G2, Tbolt, & Inc2 (but at 800mHz), and has Bing services standard (can download Google services through the Market).

      Other than that haven’t heard of anything else like that for Verizon. Hell, as far as I know the only other recent slider HTC phones released besides the Merge (Verizon, Alltel, & US Cellular) are the WinMo Touch Pro series (all carriers) & the Evo Shift (Sprint)

      • bigdav1178

        Yeah, I know all about the Merge, followed it since September last year, and I know it is “supposed” to be available on VZW through 3rd parties, but I have yet to actually spot one – has anyone actually seen one of these for sale?

        I haven’t heard any rumors of any other qwerty’s coming to Verizon either. There haven’t been many rumored for other carriers (there are some rumored), but the HTC Doubleshot aka MyTouch 4G Slide is expected in a month or two and it looks promising – I’m hoping that VZ has enough brains to get something similar to offer their customers.

      • My problem is that I don’t want to go back to a single core device. Not that the dual-core has done much good for the DX2.

  • More like penile.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they would have tested to see if there’s a locked bootloader.

  • The Observer

    This isn’t the Droid I was looking for.

    • T Hall

      Where are the Droids we are looking for…. They seem to be so hard to find…

      • Interstellarmind

        HTC’s got’em.

        • Mr.Joe

          The Droid Incredible 2 is just as impressive as this or the X2.

          • Anonymous

            I went from the OG Droid (which I liked a lot but was getting very slow) to an Inc2 and I love it. Sense has some good bits and some lame bits, but I can deal with it. The thing is this phone just doesn’t make me wait. Ever. I can jump from gallery to browser to camera to email without missing a beat. Fantastic.

          • Anonymous

            Less so.

      • Anonymous

        The “Droid” name is no longer what we wanted it to be, what we would have hoped it would have been.

    • I thought the bootloader was the biggest issue w/ moto. Who would have thought that their hardware would drive users away.  

  • Android doesn’t need that much RAM – the only reason phones have more than 512MB RAM is to use those fancy schmancy lapdocks, and the reason Honeycomb tablets have more than 512MB is so that it can be used for the graphics.

    • nastysquar3d

      While I agree Android’s memory management is pretty good, lack of RAM can severely inhibit your user experience. I have an OG Droid and there aren’t Gingerbread ROMs that work without issue because of its aggressive memory management and the OGs measly 256MB ram. 512MB won’t be enough for the life of a device released today and in the future. 768MB+ is a must for the device that I purchase next.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Im not understanding the specifics of the internal memory, but how much Internal storage is on the Droid3? 

        My OGD, i believe, has 256MB RAM + 256MB Internal Storage = 512MB.
        It’s been a real pain not having enuf internal storage for my apps even after pushing most of my apps to SD.
        The D2G had an amazing amt of 8GB for Internal Storage, pretty much eliminating any need of pushing any apps to SD at all. .. .. what’s w this BS on D3?

        • Anonymous

          The Droid has 256 MB of ram (some of it shared with the GPU, they all do this) and a 512 MB rom partitioned for apps and the OS.  This Droid 3 supposedly has 512 MB of ram and likely 8 or 16 GB of internal memory for apps, storage and the OS.

    • Stelv81

      These “so called” future proof phones need more Ram for memory intensive tasks. My phone can barely handle Plants vs Zombies with only 512mb (most of it isn’t free for app use on most phones). And Blur eats up an enormous amount of ram. More ram is needed as the OS advances, if you want to play games, multi task, run launchers and overlays, etc. If you want a basic experience and only do basic things on your phone then maybe 512 is ok. But I don’t buy $300 phones to do basic things on.

  • Stelv81

    I wouldn’t expect much from the Bionic. I have already taken it off my list. Pentile is horrible…if people don’t believe me go check out the Atrix and Droid X2 in store, you’ll see for your self. 
    Verizon isn’t giving us much choice these days and the future looks bleak in terms of nice phones. The SGS2 seems like the only choice (if they ever get it!). I may just get the Dinc2 and be done with waiting for VZW to release something good.

    • I’ve been really excited the past several months, since my upgrade will be soon and I’ve had my eyes on both of these new Motorola devices. But now, I’ve pretty much written them off entirely, pentile would be a major step down for me and I will not DOWNGRADE my device in ANY aspect.

      That said, what else should I be looking at that will be available in the next several months? I’m on VZW, I’d like something 4g, Gingerbread, NO pentile, if it’s an HTC phone it has to be sense 3.0.


      • JD

        Just wait a couple of months. The GS2 is coming, we just don’t know when. Many say that it’s got the best browser on any mobily phone, I even saw a video where it outperformed the Ipad 2. I just hope that it comes to Verizon with LTE, otherwise I’m leaving for another carrier.

      • Stelv81

        I don’t think Verizon is going to offer what you are looking for in the near future. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is pegged to be here this fall, but there is really not much info on that. Sprint is getting the evo 3d this month which has the new sense, gingerbread, 1gig ram, dual core, hdmi and a nice size battery…but their network isn’t that good (in my area at least).

  • I’ve already decided. My next phone will not be motorola.

    • Same. HTC all the way.

      • Anonymous

        Well, if they make a dual-core LTE phone. I’m still hoping against hope that the BIONIC will be standard RGB.

      • Anonymous

        HTC is overrated.

  • Rain_king46

    While I respect this new device, the teenage boy inside of me cannot see the word “pentile” with a flood of viagra puns filling the mind…. Hey Moto, just release the Bionic already, nobody really cares about all this mid level crap. 

    • Rain_king46

      I currently own a DX and a Fascinate. While I love my DX and how much more support the moto devices get, the one thing that imho would make it better would be if it had the screen from the Fascinate. Battery life may suck, but man that screen looks amazing. 

  • Kierra

    Now this is something that bothers me, so if the Bionic comes with the crappy screen Ill skip it for sure. I don’t care about the bootloader but giving me a low quality user experince results in a no buy.

  • bOOm

    Unless something better comes along, my upgrade will be Galaxy S II or HTC Sensation.

    • Anonymous

       I would love some news on either of those phones in Verizon variant. Sitting on an upgrade waiting for a kick ass phone SUCKS.

    • EC8CH

      I agree those are the two phones I would lay my OGD down for.

  • Anonymous

    Yikes is right. This phone looked like a beast, but the more leaks that come out, the less I like it. And now that we know it’s a pentile screen, I am scratching it off the list of possible replacements for my X right now.

    Sorry Moto, you are losing this customer.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Pentile screen looks like junk. I would rather have a good screen like the OG Droid at a lower resolution, than that piece… 

      If they put the pentile on all of their new phones they can count me out.

    • Anonymous

      It was obvious it was going to be pentile since the Atrix came out.