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Droid 3 - First Impressions

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by xXIncognitoXx, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    Got the phone a few hours ago, here are my first impressions (upgraded from the Droid 1)

    It's running Android 2.3.4, no luck rooting it thus far, but I didn't really try too hard, just SuperOneClick, but it hangs and doesn't seem to work. The USB settings are changed in Gingerbread, there are a few more options, instead of simply "Share Drive or Don't" like in Froyo.

    Screen is bigger, but it seems very pixelated compared to the original Droid. I will probably get used to it, but right now it's a little annoying to say the least.

    The touch screen is really funky. You seemingly cannot place this on a desktop and use one hand to use the device, it seems to have some sensor that detects if you're holding it or not (to prevent false screen touches?) I'm not 100% positive this is the case, but in my testing, that seems to be how it's working. Bleh. edit: Further testing, it seems to mysteriously be working now, sitting either on a wooden desk, or even a metal chair. Strange...

    Battery has been stuck at 50% since I got it. Seems to be taking forever to charge. Not sure what is up with that. edit: Seems to be charging much faster now that it's plugged into the wall instead of the computer.

    It feels much faster than the Droid 1, apps and page transitions seem to be smooth and almost always instant.

    Configuration was mostly easy, but I ended up having to manually export/import all my contacts, because Google sync is well, goofy. Could be user error, but figured I'd mention it.

    There is a LOT of crapware pre-installed on this thing, way more than the Droid 1. I definitely will be rooting it as soon as possible to get rid of as much as possible. Numerous Verizon apps, and other things I'm totally not interested in (social media apps).

    It shuts down/reboots really fast. Much much faster than the original droid.

    There are bookmarks in the browser that are LOCKED, and I cannot figure out how to unlock them to delete them. A handful of verizon and google links that I couldn't care less about.

    The keyboard feels great, will take a little getting used to, but feels very responsive thus far! (I keep hitting tab instead of the "a" key, by mistake).

    Applications install very fast. Much faster than the droid 1, hands down (no comparison, actually)

    No SD card out of the box, which means you cannot use the camera. I threw one in and it seems much better than the original droid's camera, but didn't do any serious testing. edit: Further testing allowed me to take pictures without an SD card. The first time I tried it gave me an error message indicating there was no SD card.

    Great phone overall, though I'm still on the fence as to whether it was worth it to upgrade yet or not. I suspect that once I get it configured and rooted to remove some of the extra junk I don't want, I'll be much happier with it (and once my eyes adjust to the pixelated look of the pentile screen).

    Will post more info, if you guys are interested. Also, if any of you know how to fix some of the issues above (bookmarks/rooting), please do reply and help me out. :) Thanks!

  2. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert

    Out of curiosity, have you tried Gingerbreak to root?
  3. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    Yes, I downloaded the latest (1.9.5) and tried that as well, no luck, just hangs running 100% cpu on my computer, and never gets anywhere. I have to force close it after a few minutes.

    It does start/stop the adp server, however.
  4. digdug1

    digdug1 Android Expert

    Have you tried gingeritis? It works well on the x2.
  5. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    I have not yet, I will maybe give that a go here in a bit.

    I really miss my screen cover that my Droid 1 had. The screen is really hard to keep clean, and swiping motions can sometimes be a pain. :-/ Dragging icons and such is really unenjoyable.
  6. cozz

    cozz Member

  7. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    I personally am not liking it. I think I can live with it, in light of the other pros with this device. I am all about high resolution crisp images (I have a 1920x1200 15" laptop for instance).

    It's very pixelated, and not very "bright" as a result. Web browsing looks pretty awful for any pages with solid colors, because you can see gaps/spaces in between the pixels. It's kind of annoying.

    Like I said, I will probably be used to it in a week or so, but for now, it's definitely an eyesore. Is it a deal breaker? I don't think so, but that depends on how long it takes to get this thing rooted. There is a lot of crapware force installed as well (but that goes for any phone, so that's no big difference).
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  8. despich

    despich Lurker

    Unlike the original Droid this has plenty of internal storage to use your camera. (about 12GB available) You can use the camera and basically everything just fine without an additional SD Card. In fact by default the pictures go on the internal storage (you can move them to a external card if you want though).

    I think the screen on the Droid 3 looks fine! better than I expected. and I just came from a Droid Charge (which I admit had a slightly brighter screen, but worse color reproduction).

    There is a ton of Crap preloaded on this thing (Go to meeting, Citrix? really?) but overall once you get the icons deleted from the home screens they don't seem to interfier with much. I REALLY hate the fact that even some of the bookmarks are not removable and they changed a LOT of the standard android icons (Gallery, Browser, phone, Camera, Apps, Messaging). I would LOVE to get CynagenMod 7.1 on this thing. The Google Talk Client does not support the front camera. Fring supports the front facing camera (although you are apparently upside down). Haven't tried Skype yet. The included Email app works pretty well though (supports displaying HTML emails) and even creating HTML formatted emails.

    Very good build quality though in my opinion.

  9. UncleMike

    UncleMike Android Expert

    Thank you for the info. Regarding your OG Droid, were you rooted? Using a custom ROM (which one)? Overclocked (how fast)?

    The reason I'm asking is that those of us OG Droid owners who are rooted, ROMed and overclocked, will probably see less value in the upgrade, so it's always good to know where YOU are coming from when giving your opinion.
  10. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    Curious, the first time I tried, it warned me that I couldn't take pictures without an SD card inserted. I just went back and tried again, and it worked. Odd.

    In regards to the screen, maybe I just got a bad one, but I suspect not. In a week, once they are in stores, I'll go check out some display units to compare, but I can definitely distinctly see the "pixels". This is especially true for smaller fonts, there are slight gaps between each pixel, which makes the fonts look kind of bad to be honest.

    Looking at it through the camera app doesn't look too bad, but applications (like K9, Connectbot), it's not so hot. The latter is particularly awful, because the font is default super tiny. It looked great on the Droid 1, so it's not a software issue that I can think of (unless there's some OS setting in Gingerbread..)
  11. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    Rooted, not overclocked, using stock rom. There's an obvious speed difference, and I suspect that even an overclocked Droid 1 is still considerably slower in many regards. At a minimum, the D1 has half the ram of this new one. The keyboard is amazing, especially if you type a lot of numbers (such as IP addresses).
  12. You lost me here. No SD card, but it has built-in memory. I just took pictures using both cameras, and videos using both cameras. Without a SD card.
  13. cozz

    cozz Member

    thanks for all the info on the screen. my general thought on screens now is that they are all good and you won't notice anything unless you put them side by side with different phones/different screens. however with multiple people mentioning the display quality it raises some questions. i guess i'll just have to wait until tomorrow to get mine and see what i think
  14. xXIncognitoXx

    xXIncognitoXx Newbie
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    Sorry, edited the first post. Not sure why I got the error message initially about needing an SD card (possibly because I was messing with rooting it, not sure)...
  15. texasboylaw

    texasboylaw Member

    i got mine in today and it was defective..they are sending me another one i should get tomorrow morning :mad:
  16. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    As a few here might agree, I am a picky SOB and liked the DX2 display.

    If the D3 is the same, I would be happy.
  17. thefnshow66

    thefnshow66 Member

    Does the Droid 3 have a notification light like other Motorola android phones???
  18. Barbara

    Barbara Android Expert

  19. Richman21

    Richman21 Android Enthusiast

    Only Five home screens?? WTH.. Is there a way to change the number of home screens?
  20. DoAndroidDream?

    DoAndroidDream? Well-Known Member

    Went to a Verizon store today and they told me these weren't coming in until the 14th... :|
  21. 8-Bit-Soldier

    8-Bit-Soldier Android Enthusiast

    cause it's true. they aren't getting them in store till the 14th. July 7th was when you could start ordering online and over the phone
  22. Trillian

    Trillian Newbie

    Well, here's my 2 cents:

    Display quality: I like it.

    Touch response: Love it! Very responsive, perhaps a little bit too responsive, but I have not messed around with it too much.

    Speaker volume: I like the volume, though I believe the quality for anything other than making a phone call is horrible. Maybe it's acceptable for a smartphone, but I do not like it. I would not recommend it for listening to music at all. The random "oh that's cute"-youtube video sounds ok though. The location of the speaker is not the best place: it's located on the bottom of the device, where one would normally place their middle and ring finger when typing on the hw keyboard, which creates a very effective mute.

    Total free space from the 16gb (OS and device app space takes some of this): my device only shows me a total of 11 gb, with that much available. I suppose they "hide" the memory system's using.

    Video quality: I watched the following fragments on Youtube: YouTube - ‪High Definition 1080p Demo Video! Amazing Crystal Quality true HD!‬‏ and YouTube - ‪Philips HD Demo Air Show 2 mins 1080p‬‏ It looks very nice, but still much better on my laptop. The screen is not big enough to comfortably watch a movie of such great quality without feeling the need to squint my eyes. Maybe there's too much detail? The playback is very smooth, not a single complaint there.

    Camera & video record quality: I have not recorded a video yet. I took some pictures and have uploaded them here. I find it annoying to use just the touch screen for the camera. Maybe that's old fashioned. I do like that you get a small thumbnail of the picture you just took in the upper left corner of the camera screen. Once the picture is taken and you want to send it, the icons are a little bit confusing. And the options for sending it are endless. Maybe this can easily be changed, but I have not gotten to that part yet. The pictures I took are of my dog and of cough drop bags at Meijer. Not the most representative of a good camera, but I did not give it a lot of thought.

    Keyboard quality: the keyboard feels kinda flaky. I do not like that the numeral keys are so small, but I would not have liked it if they would have taken up a lot of space either. However I like the keyboard, just because I don't like having to write long messages with only a touch screen at my disposal.

    Well, the D3 gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling. I love love love the speed of the device. I am super annoyed with the abundance of applications that I will never, ever use. I will patiently wait for an easy way to root my D3 and then get rid of the RAM gobbling apps. The back cover of the phone, which covers the battery, memory card and SIM card, feels very fragile. I hope it's going to be easy to replace because I can just imagine it breaking after trying to remove the battery.

    Let me add to this review that I was a little bit surprised to find a SIM card in the Droid package. I thought that was only necessary for the 4G devices. Just because I wondered if it would work, I put my Dutch SIM card in the phone. It did not work.

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  23. Barbara

    Barbara Android Expert

    I plugged in a pair of Bose earbuds and the sound was good. There was no static or popping that someone said was experienced in the original Droid.
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  24. 8-Bit-Soldier

    8-Bit-Soldier Android Enthusiast

    that's because the Droid 3 is a world phone as well :D
  25. ekyle

    ekyle Android Expert

    Only available over the phone and online at the moment.

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