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DROID3 Hotter Than Expected? Sold Out Online in Verizon’s Shop

It looks like that BOGO offer for the DROID3 is doing the trick, as the device already appears to be sold out online in Verizon’s shop.  Even without a 4G LTE radio, the device most definitely has a set of future-proof specs that are helping it to apparently sell like hot cakes.  As the third edition of one of the most successful Android devices of all time, this is a good sign that Motorola and Verizon may have finally released a winner in 2011.

We reviewed the device and have had mostly positive things to say about it.  While the screen and custom software on it may not impress die-hard enthusiasts, it’s easy to admit that the DROID3 is Big Red’s best phone at the moment.  To see more of our thoughts, be sure to read our review of the DROID3.

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  • WJS

    Sold out of how many?? That’s the important question.

  • Joesred

    clearing stock before Samsung Galaxy and Bionic Release?

  • Earleepa

    Theyre not hot because thetsold out. Remember they gave half of them away. BOGO.

  • Joesred

    just got my 2   not sold out

  • Ravnos CC

    Open your eyes once in a while and quit trying to justify your mistake 😛   All chiding aside though, the pentile screen does perform terribly compared to the OG droid, and droid2’s for that matter…  I did a 45 minute side-by-side comparison of frequently used websites and games.  I’ve found that while 18-24 inches from my face I don’t notice the pixels, I still see the ghosting and general display lag compared to my D1.  Also I can put the D1 at less than arms length and still enjoy a crisp, clear picture 100% of the time.  Damn my discerning tastes and 20/18 vision!

  • nfuNk

    Went to three verizon stores just so I could get it last night,my OGD finally gave up on me 🙁

  • Ravnos CC

    If only not for the ghosting pixelated screen from hell, this would be one amazing phone 🙁

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help but think Moto is sitting back thinking… “If we had made this LTE we would be back on top right now.”

  • Rrosotho

    Very Very Tempting to buy…..Im still holding on to my OG droid and its taking its last breathe… i just hope it last another month…I have been one of the ones patiently waiting on its worthy replacement..

  • jimbob

    If I didn’t live in an LTE market, I’d buy this phone in a heatbeat.

  • Ben

    Back in stock now

  • Tom Crews

    Upgrading from the OG Droid to the Droid 3, I really like this phone.  And I say that with the phone being stock with a locked bootloader (and my OG Droid ran multiple ROMS before compiling my own for it).

    It’s fast, the screen is very nice, the keyboard is awesome, the size and weight feel “right” (to me) and I’ve had no issues with it.  A few setting tweaks, install of Launcher Pro and this phone is great.  Did I mention it’s fast? 

    Once ROOT is available it’s going to go from being “great” to being “awesome”.

    • Anonymous

      +1 on all counts

    • Anonymous

      Are you getting any FC’s on Launcher pro? My friend said he got Force closes on LPP and he went back to OEM launcher. Is LPP faster than your original launcher? How is it working for you and do you have the paid version? What widgets are you using, do you have signal23 themes? 

      • Tom Crews

        No force closes at all.  Works much faster than the stock launcher and is more customizable.

        Yes, paid version.  Using the People widget and the Calendar widget with signals23-GTX skins on both.

        Occasionally when unlocking the screen will go black but hitting anything will bring it back to normal (swipe down notifications, hit menu, etc….  but no other issues.

        • Anonymous

          WOW, OK I have that same problem with Screen going black after unlocking, so it’s a LPP issue not a ROM issue. Good to know. I’m getting the Bionic, and I’ve played with the D3 allot cause a friend of mine got it and I really like it, very powerful and fast.Keyboard is beautiful!!! Thanks for answering my question brother much appreciated…. I was a bit worried that the LPP was not going to work with it. I have a better idea now, thanks.

  • Anonymous

    They’re probably already replacing it, just like they did a few weeks after the Droid2 launched.

  • Cami K

    I returned my D3 2 days ago.  It was nice to have the QWERTY keyboard but my phone was SO buggy.  It wouldn’t stay connected to my cars bluetooth (the D1 and Incredible never had any issues) the screen was irritating and the only way I could get my D3 to stay turned off was to take the battery out.  I got frustrated and gave up and am now waiting for the Bionic or the GSII.  The phone was nice all of those problems aside but I just couldn’t imagine going 18 months dealing with that crap.

    • Anonymous

      Had the same bug issues with the OG Droid.  Have friends that got the D2, Droid X, and HTC phones only to have issues as well.  I finally gave up after 2 years of bugs and went with an i*hone.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love Android but make no religion of phones.  Figure I’d just wait it out until the Android platform gets its act together.  The Samsung Galaxy II S peeks my interest, we’ll see how that turns out.

      • Anonymous

        If LTE, Wireless Tether, Turn by Turn Navigation, and Easy Customization weren’t all so easily within reach on Android I would consider it too.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah I know what you mean.  For navigation I use MapQuest (free but not as good), for voice recognition I use Dragon Go (good but not universal throughout OS).  I used to be big on tethering until carriers started clamping down on it, now it’s just a pain in the ass.  As for LTE, I think it needs work (battery killer) and customizing I can live without.
          I’m keeping an eye on Android, if they can fix the following by the end of this new 2 year contract I’ll definitely be back (it’s SO close!):- Battery Life (a MUST for me since I’m a heavy user)- Memory Management (don’t want stuff just running amok slowing stuff down killing RAM & battery)- Overall OS glitchiness (even with Gingerbread I’ve seen plenty)

          I’ll be playing around PLENTY with the Samsung Galaxy S II when I get my hands on it, really hoping that they have addressed the issues above.

      • Stelv81

        The US Galaxy S2 will be buggy too. Trust me. I have an inc2 and it is the only Android phone I have ever owned that is not buggy and is dependable. I have owned Moto and Samsung phones, both make apple look good. HTC is the only good Android manufacturer IMO that can compete with apple (if they could just fix the TB). I dont like how limited the ifone is, but at least they aren’t bloated and buggy. I love Google and the Android platform but they need to have more control over these devices and carries. Manufacturers need to produce quality not quantity.

        • Anonymous

          “I love Google and the Android platform but they need to have more control over these devices and carries. Manufacturers need to produce quality not quantity.”

          I couldn’t agree more with that statement unless I were you.
          🙂

  • Pnicuh

    Heard it was the best QWERTY keyboard on a device plus BOGO now that’s awesome, but am waiting until September to get the Droid Bionic.

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  • Froid 2

    “third edition of one of the most successful Android devices of all time” …. never going to buy another because my droid 2 has yet to get gingerbread …. why can’t they seem to understand that we do not want bloatware, we do not want blur, we do not want to wait months/years to get an OS upgrade!

    • “We do not want blur” –  Better say YOU and others don’t want blur. I want blur, especially THIS one!

      • Anonymous

        the good and the bad blur … and droid3 has the good one …

  • Craigg

    With some Indirect sellers offering it for $50 already that may account for it’s success. It’s a really nice phone for $50. It’s a Global phone which is a plus with many. The only downside is the lack of LTE support.

  • Meh

    And still bestbuy does not carry it in stores, so i cant exchange my droid x2 for 1. GITS

  • is it true that it doesn’t have a gyroscope?

  • SprottheDestroyer

    in brownsville texas verizon wireless store, its selling for buy one get one free with new 2yr contract. almost got it but the rep was entirely not helpful and couldnt answer a single question i asked him

  • Gregory

    I read a review that said it doesn’t have a gyroscope. That is a HUGE dealbreaker

    • Spamrjw

      I just downloaded bubble level to try it, looks like the app works fine.  If there is no gyroscope then they have something else that does the same job.

  • Breadable

    I’m happy for Motorola and the Droid line. Now that I know they’re doing fine I feel better about waiting to replace my OG Droid with the the Galaxy S II with the qwerty in a month or two

  • I was talking with a yesterday because I needed a replacement, and in CT there were only 2 stores that had them in stock, and the 2 at the store I went to went to me as a replacement and another guy in the store as I was getting mine replaced. I was also told through another source that they’re withholding some units to help clear the remaining stock of D2s.

  • I think the reasoning behind the high sales is that, OG Droid customers have or are soon to be out of a contract and this is a massive upgrade for them but still something that they are familiar with.

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  • I’m liking it so far, but really disappointed that I cannot delete some of the bookmarks in the browser.  Sure, I know I can get Dolphin or other browsers and do what I want, but I would rather use stock.  I know VZW has to include their apps (because I’m sure they’re getting paid), but why lock bookmarks to VZW’s pages?  I don’t want them there. 

    Other than that, I’m liking it so far.

    • Anonymous

      The perma bookmarks and the other bloatware (although *some* of it is removable) is definitely a bummer.  Looking forward to having root to blow those out.

  • its available to buy on their site right now.. I was on there about 2 hrs ago looking at it and it was available, and I just tried it again now and it was letting me purchase it.

  • Anonymous

    Played with the Droid 3 a little bit today.. and I won’t lie, that phone is exactly what the Droid is all about at it’s peak. The keyboard is so good and the phone flies with it’s dual core processor. The only thing that sucks about it is the lack of 4G LTE.. what a shame, I would have bought it too.

  • I imagine plenty of people finally said screw the Bionic and bought the D3.  My wife did that very thing tonight because she afraid the Bionic will be a piece of crap like her old Razr after all these delays.

  • Wctaylor79

    How hot can it be.. it was just released and just saw a commercial and it is BOGO already…

    • hot enough for me to buy 2 lol it realy is a awesome phone 

    • Bob

      It’s BOGO for people on the same plans only.. which really sucks for the rest of us.. I was so pissed when I found out

  • I love my D3. Upgraded from the OG Droid which I also loved. I’m impressed with the D3. I have ZERO issue with the pentile display. It looks just fine to me, not sure what all the whining is about. Don’t have LTE in my area so no need for an LTE phone. Super happy with my choice to go with the D3.

  • Anonymous

    “it’s hard to deny that the DROID3 is not Big Red’s best phone at the moment.”
    Not really 😉

    • Anonymous

      name a better one

    • Anonymous

      Kellex said he meant to say it is the best. 
      I think he meant its hard to deny that the Droid 3 is Bug Red best phone at the moment. 

  • I actually find that very, very surprising. 

  • Maybe Microsoft didn’t make very many units? Or all the people who fell in love with the first one years ago (read: became dependent on a qwerty) finally have an upgrade available? =p

    • James Jun

      LOL, I was just reading your latest article on Phandroid when your comment popped up!

    • fuzonik

      this ain’t the HTC Trophy bud

    • Anonymous

      Hope you meant Motorola.  Although, that might explain the Bionic…

      • Oh sh*t. Motorola. LOL! Head was in my last post xD

  • To be honest, if you don’t live in a city, the Droid 3 is just as good as the Bionic, except it’s a QWERTY slider. I really have almost no chance of seeing LTE until late 2012 or 2013, anyway, so why not, plus there was the BOGO.

  • Anonymous

    it must be a regional thing…my vzw page has it in stock

  • droidlvr

    “…it’s hard to deny that the DROID3 is not Big Red’s best phone at the moment.” is that worded right?

    • Anonymous

      who cares?

  • Alexander

    It sold like crazy once the Bionic was announced to come out in Sept.

  • Adam

    Will Verizon release a Nexus phone?

  • Adam

    Will Verizon release a Nexus phone?

  • Slow88lx
  • What’s so hot about it? Still cheap plastic.

    • Anonymous

      It’s metal

    • next time, try to troll harder pls. thanks. 

  • Anonymous

    When I check it says it is in stock?

    • The Dave

      One reason they make you give a zip code: regional availability.

      I assume, anyway. Mine says in stock as well.

  • Anonymous

    Two things off the Bat before I get into this.
    1) I’m an iPhone user (still very much appreciate android)
    2) I still use android. I have a Transformer

    I originally that the OG Droid, and I loved it. However a lot like many here I always wanted newer and better. Before I left android phone I had an Incredible and Droid X. I liked them a lot and to date they are my favorites. Even with Motorolas lock down.

    I used the Droid Three for about a day and I was really disappointed with it. However the keyboard was solid and I appreciate somebody using it for that fact alone. I’m hoping we see some more killer devices this year

    • Anonymous

      Why were you disappointed with it?  Some clarification would be nice with a statement.

  • Turkey Fart

    “…it’s hard to deny that the DROID3 is not Big Red’s best phone at the moment.”  (this article)
    “…this phone could be the best yet from Verizon in 2011.” (D3 review from last week)

    do you even know what you are trying to say there?  remind us what came out between now and last week?

    • Anonymous

      OH…whoops. Let me fix that. Bad wording. Should have said, “hard to deny that it is their best.” 😛

      • TheAndroid1

        Don’t worry about it, Turkey Fart doesn’t know that a sentence starts with a capital letter.

        I don’t think anyone who read this was confused (or even noticed it for that matter).

        • Adam Elghor

          lol turkey fart

        • Granted

          I hear slurping noises from you. Better wipe that brown off before mommy calls you down for dinner.

          • TheAndroid1

            Complaining about minor errors in posts that nobody (except one or two) even notices is annoying. I hate it when people correct people’s writing for no reason. Who cares if Kellex (or anybody else for that matter) made a double-negative mistake, it didn’t make it difficult to understand or really affect people in any way.

            Forgive me if I would prefer this blog not become people calling others out for every unimportant mistake.

          • Turkey Fart

            you’re right.  we should all just ignore it when people type the exact opposite of what they meant to say because we [think we] know better.  

            i’d argue that saying something is “not” what one is actually trying to say it is would be more than a “minor error”.  really, if you read it without reading the other article, it makes sense contextually either way.  anyway, its fixed now and you’re kind of a douche…

          • TheAndroid1

            I’m sorry, you’re right.

            ” Even without a 4G LTE radio, the device most definitely has a set of future-proof specs that are helping it to apparently sell like hot cakes.  As the third edition of one of the most successful Android devices of all time, this is a good sign that Motorola and Verizon may have finally released a winner in 2011.”

            That doesn’t count as context.
            After your comment, it still took me 30 seconds to put together the double-negative.  It’s not that important.
            But I can still see your side in that saying the opposite might not be a minor error.  I just don’t think it was significant enough to change as everybody realized what he was saying.  I personally don’t see the need to change something that doesn’t need fixing just to make it right.

            Regardless, can we stop with the childish name-calling.

      • Heldadavid

        Thunderbolt is king for now. Blur, crap screen , 3G ? seriously man? Sold out or not ….it’s not all that

        • Anonymous

          No.

        • guest

          I was glad to put $450 in my pocket from selling my TB. 

        • Anonymous

          The version is Blur is great. I bet you never have used it. The screen is fine. I bet youve never seen it. 

          TB has god-awful battery life and is basically a joke of a phone… get over it.

  • Commence the Moto hate comments…

  • The Dave

    Proof people want a QWERTY slider

    • Christephor

      or just a really good phone thats not 4g

      • The Dave

        True, plus the BOGO deal is pretty nuts

    • I would love a QWERTY slider with top of the line specs and 4G. Pretty much a Droid 3 with 1GB of RAM and LTE.

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      • Anonymous

        I would love a non QWERTY slider with even better specs, unlocked, running Ice Cream Sandwich, and with LTE.  

        • djembeman

          Huh!??? Why would you want a slider without a physical QWERTY keyboard? What’s the point?

          • Frank Farnsworth

            dual screen slider omg

        • Anonymous

          that makes no sense, keep hittin that bong mike

        • Anonymous

          Guy’s talking about the HTC Surround 2 probably, heh.

      • Tom

        I’m holding off on my upgrade until a Droid 3 4G or similar device comes out. A keyboard just provides so much more than typing text but LTE is so much faster than EV-DO. Around here EV-DO averages less than 1 Mbps while LTE averages 10 Mbps. A VERY noticeable difference in real life usage.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I have been trying to talk my wife out of an iPhone but she doesn’t want a phone without a keyboard unless it is the iPhone. I don’t quite understand her thinking on it the iPhone has a smaller screen than my Thunderbolt yet she says that she can type better on her iPod Touch than she can on my Thunderbolt. If Red would ever release a 4G phone with a keyboard I would bet that it would sell like hot cakes also.

      • TheAndroid1

        Apple nailed it with the keyboard, the only one that I feel beats it right now is wp7.
        I have a thunderbolt too, and I have used it with stock and gingerbread keyboard, they just aren’t as good.

        I think there are two main reasons as to why this might be:
        -Many people have been using the iPhone for years, they have gotten used to the keyboard
        -Apples keyboard is somehow more natural (better spacing and other things).

        Why not just get her an iPhone? Part of being a technology fanboy is to realize that your preferences don’t necessarily reflect other people’s. There are reasons to prefer every smartphone that exists, I don’t think there has ever been a phone that has sold zero units.
        In the end it is what she is using and what she will be happy with, not you. 😉

        • Heldadavid

          Get itap keyboard . Nuff said

        • JoYu

          Does the Thunderbolt have Gingerbread yet? The OS was a little off as a whole until Gingerbread was released, amazing it took them that long to perfect it. My keyboard works as well as my wife itouch now.  

          • TheAndroid1

            I had cyanogenmod 7 installed which is gingerbread but you can search the market for gingerbread keyboard and install it regardless of the OS.

        • Anonymous

          The only problem I see with the apple keyboard is that autocorrect kicks in and slaughters text messages… FailBlog is covered in failed iPhone texts… but i guess if you are an accurate texter autocorrect doesn’t matter…

        • Anonymous

          I actually have the iPhone as my work provided phone and I do have to admit the keyboard is nice but the autocorrect drives me insane. I am also running Gingeritis on my Thunderbolt and I love the hell out of it, well except for battery life. I have to agree that until Gingerbread things were just not right with Android and the keyboard is MUCH better. Also in the past couple of weeks I have started using SwiftKey X and I am liking the way the swipe type function works on it so the keyboard really doesn’t matter much to me.

          Also I was talking with my wife this morning and she was talking about how her friend that have the iPhone on VZW love the speed now that 4G has been turned on in our area, she didn’t understand what I dropped my head and started laughing. I explained that the iPhone 4 is not a 4G phone like so many non tech people think, it is just the fourth major revision of the phone. 

        • Anonymous

          i think the kin sold zero units

    • Anonymous

      We’re missing so much info to know if this is even the case.  Without know the inventory and/or sales it could be it is popular or they just didn’t make that many knowing it wasn’t supposed to have a long shelf life.