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DROID3 Gets Torn Down, No Surprises Included But We Still Cringe

The iFixit crew took to the DROID3 as they do any new device that has built up buzz and tore the sucker down.  There weren’t any surprises tucked away, but we do get to see its set of radios for global roaming, dual-core OMAP4430 processor, on-board stoarge, 512MB of RAM, 4 inches of Gorilla Glass, and that pretty new 5-row keyboard.  Yep, standard stuff.

We do want to point out their note about this phone being pretty tough to get into all the way.  What does that mean?  That you definitely don’t want to drop it, crack the screen, and try to repair it yourself.  Good luck!  

Via:  iFixit

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  • Booboolala2000

    The battery life on this phone is absurdly bad. I got it to compliment my Droid Charge, but my Charge has slightly better battery life. Taking it back today.

  • PyroHoltz

    It always amazes me how small the motherboards are in these phones and how little space they take up compared to everything else.

  • Anonymous

    The version that “Bell” in Canada got was 4G. Why do they leave us with 3G?

  • jcorf

    Dear iFixit can you put that back together and send it to me? please.

  • Prickee

    512MB & No 4G I’ll Pass

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  • Anonymous

    now if we could swap out that 512MB DDR2 RAM with a 768MHz, or 1GHz

  • jbonics

    512 MB and my droid 2 is scoring higher in quadrant and loads web pages slightly faster. OH BOY. Another Verizon fail. I know the d3 is a better phone but just a little.

  • Anonymous

    I will NEVER BUY A Motorola PRODUCT again! Locked down, never updated, and that shitty blur hogging rom space, memory, and BATTERY. I owned the OG Droid and liked it alot. Asurion sent me a D2G and I HATE IT!!! BAD!

    • DBK

      I have a D2, and it’s not all bad. The D3 is amazing and the Bionic looks to be even better. Plus they did say that they planned on unlocking the bootloaders later this year. And the updates are coming. Blame Verizon for the delays, not Motorola.

      • Verizon delays it because they want Moto to do it right, no like 2.3 on the DX1, if it were stock, they’d not have to delay.

        • DBK

          They delay it because they want Moto’s update to work with their bloat. Not to mention that the newest GB works just fine with the latest Blur, further proving my point.

    • Kierra

      Never updated though?

    • My 3G works when it wants to, my wifi never works (had that issue with D1), boot takes forever, Blur adds too many menus and clutters up Android. If the phone was running stock, it would actually work.

      Angry D2 user.

      • DBK

        Then you are the exception, not the rule. I have a D2 and have yet to experience any of those problems (and I got it on day 1). And I know of others who have had similar positive experiences with their D2s.

        • Wish I didn’t have the probs because rooted and running stock its great

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      • Anonymous

        Same problem here with my DX. Moto’s GB updated destroyed 50% of the DX’s out there – daily self-reboots, complete loss of voice and 3G every day or two. I have yet to be able to run the phone more than 2 days. Reboots twice daily are common.

        VZW already replaced the phone once and the problems are the same.

        Even running in safe mode with no background apps, the problem does not go away. That rules out the hardware and apps – Moto’s GB just sucks!

      • Anonymous

        If you think blur caused clutter on android on the D2, it’s probably for the best that you had a blur’d phone, because Sense or Touchwiz would have made you kill yourself

  • Tom Down

    Actually I got the D3, you don’t have to be a jerk about it!

  • Sk102704

    Do we have to feed Tom if we get the D3?

  • Anonymous

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  • why would Moto include 512 Mb of ram when everyone else is using 1GB?

    • Stephen D

      I dunno, but in the 5 hours I’ve used the D3, I didn’t notice. It performed extremely well. 

    • DBK

      Agreed with Stephen. I have played with it for a bit (several times – I swear it’s like crack) and I haven’t noticed either and also agree that it preformed beautifully. 1 GB isn’t really needed. 512 MB is more than enough.

      • Anonymous

        my concern isnt if it’s more than enough rite now, the concern is if it will be enough for gingerbread, will it be enough 1 yr from now. Some of you many have the luxury & pocketbook to take advantage of your family member’s upgrades, but this is my phone for the next 2 yrs.

        before android, i spent at least 3yrs w each device before signing a new contract.
        w/ my MotoDroid, i was struggling for memory and RAM 6 mo.s after using it.

        • iv had mine now for almost two years and aside from pvz ….iv never had problems with ram on my og ya know lol 

        • DBK

          Since the D3 is running the latest GB, I would say that it is more than enough for it. As for a year from now, it shouldn’t be a problem.

          FYI: I, too, am one of those people can’t afford a new phone every 6 months. I get stuck with phones for 2 years as well.

      • Yep, I’ve said this all along. The DX2 had problems with 512MB because it wasn’t allocated properly. I’ve had no memory problems with my D3 and I’m a pretty heavy user.

    • Anonymous

      Most phones have 512. 
      The Bionic is supposed to have 512 for phone, and 512 for the laptop dock.
      And most people wont use it, so the Bionic will basically have 512 too. 

      And its plenty. 

    • Anonymous

      Because it has dual channel ram maybe? Allegedly thats 512mb per core, so it doesn’t need a full gig.
      A little research(if you can call a 2 second google search that) goes a long way…

    • i thought motorola was using DDR2 ram for this phone? if i am correct then it replaces the need for 1GB of standard phone ram when it comes to speed and real world performance. and also android puts ram in a frozen state when it comes to multitasking so you dont really need that much after all 

  • timmy13

    is this phone at all worth buying? i’m still getting the bionic but in the meantime i’m just wondering since my wife will be taking this phone.

    • DBK

      I played with it, and others, at the Verizon store near me. I have to say, out of all the phones there, it was hands down the best, followed closely by the Charge.

      • timmy13

        thank you, thank you very much

        • timmy13

          i have the thunderbolt but htc cant’s get their poop together so i’m going to pick one of these up until the bionic comes out.

          • DBK

            The only decent HTC phone out there is the Inc 2, once you tweak it a bit.

        • DBK

          You’re welcome. I am looking forward to the Bionic as well.  🙂

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