Droid 3 Now Available In Stores

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    The Droid 3 has seen its share of rumors, including some from us, well today it became available for purchase at any VZW store. The dual core NVidia powered phone is now available for $199.99 with a two year contract or a no strings attached price of $459. Now this is a great device, except the fact that it’s still running on Verizon’s old CDMA network, making it an outdated-at-launch device. This device is even less attractive when you think of the impending launch of the Droid Bionic in a few weeks.


    Who here is excited to get themselves on of these new Droids today?

    Via: Engadget

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    Motorola had a contest going on for a week where they gave away five Droid 3 phones! I didn't win :( Is there any chance DroidForums might be able to have a similar contest and offer Droid 3 phones as the prize? :unsure: I really want to win one because I'm so broke right now I can't afford dirt... not that I'd want to buy dirt... but... anyway :icon_rolleyes: :icon_ goofy:
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    Everyone seems to say this phone will do poorly, but if you require a physical keyboard there is no other option. I upgraded from the Droid 1 like many others recently and this is the best upgrade path. I know this is my primary reason for getting phone. The 4" screen, dual core processor, HDMI output, 8MP + 1080p video, DDR2 ram, etc are great upgrades for another successor in the Droid lineup. To top it off, my area won't get 4G in the next two years anyway.
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    like if this forum can afford to give out $500 dollar devices lol
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    Probably really, really naive of me to hope that if the Canadian version is 4G, they'll update the US model mid-production with a 4G chip. I'm not trading in until December, so I can keep my fingers crossed. So STUPID that my little nowhere town is getting 4G soon...whod'a thunk.

    -Matt
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    The 4G on the Canadian version is the 4G that AT&T and T-Mobile are currently pushing, which is really just an extension of 3G. It requires no redesigns to the basic hardware of the phone. LTE for Verizon on the other hand would require a fair amount of shuffling around, including a thicker body for the radio. Verizon did release the Droid 2 Global just a few months after the Droid 2, so such a move isn't unprecedented for them. The phone would probably be thicker though.
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    My first reaction as I read your reply was "Why are you squashing my dream?" But then I saw the glimmer of hope. :) Thanks (and I learned something interesting about the D3 too).

    -Matt
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    It would be funny if VZW came out with an LTE Droid 3, say in December of this year. I might be better off waiting till then to see if they do instead of running out and buying the D3 right now.
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    The last time WenWM mentioned the Droid 3 he said it was based on last year's technology. I consider LTE to be next year's technology at best. It would be nice to have that hardware now but:
    1) the antenna might be so big as to make the phone bulky
    2) I'd probably have the 4G off all of the time because LTE burn battery like mad

    In addition, the Bionic doesn't have a physical keyboard and apparently much of it's extra RAM is just to make it work with webtop.

    So, no, this device is not outdated-at-launch. And it is not less attractive. All IMHO.
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    Agreed. The only things anyone could really claim are outdated about the Droid 3 are the lack of LTE (which some people don't see as being outdated) and the 512mb of RAM (even though the thing is silky smooth). Everything else is current and top notch.
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    I dont think the phone is Nvidia powered.
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    Until the second generation of LTE chips ships that are more power efficient (not to mention 4G roaming and more areas covered), I am completely happy with the Droid 3.

    Great device that would be battery challenged with the current LTE radios.
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    Seems Wen was wrong, since has a 4430 chipest and not a Tegra 2.
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    Yeah, LTE is...next year.

    512MB or RAM!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!???

    Desktop Windows runs on that. The phone is so capable on that amount of RAM. Next year, with new high end games maybe not so much.

    Bottom line is they make a phone:
    -ready for an upgrade in about a year
    -cheap to manufacture
    -capable

    In addition, this phone is respectable and current.

    They'll soon f up the home launcher (ala original Moto Droid) or otherwise cause a bloatware onslaught to make the Droid 3 bog down. Capitalism: buyer beware.
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    anyone not getting this phone because of ram is missing out on a great phone. sure its 512, but its ddr2. People have thrown everything they can at the D3 to bog it down, and it just keeps trucking like a boss.
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    What about those of us that 1) like hardware keyboards and 2) won't see 4G in our area for at least 18 more months?

    Oh, wait, we don't count in the consideration, now do we? I for one think it's nice Motorola didn't neglect a large segment of their population. Also, the D3 might be unlocked in the near future. I don't see the Bionic being unlocked any time soon, do you?
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    The phone is run on DDr2, why are people still complaining about 512ram? Especially the people looking to get the Bionic. You only have the same amount of available ram use as we do. Your "1gig" of ram, the rest is used for that webtop mode or whatever that is.

    This phone is great. Can't wait for root.

    @furbearingmammal completely agree. I'm in the same boat you're in more than likely.
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    I'm not sure how you can make this wild accusation. The bionic will most likely come with Android 2.3.4 as well, and we don't seem to know how to root it. That means that if the Droid 3 is rooted, the same exploit will probably work on the Bionic, leading to a day0 root for it.
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    I agree that the statement is a bit of a jump, but I'm pretty sure he's referring to Motorola potentially unlocking the bootloader, not finding an exploit in order to root the phone. Motorola/Verizon have to allow that directly because of the encryption on it. I think it's safe to say that if Motorola does unlock the bootloader for the Droid 3, the Bionic will probably follow. But don't forget, Motorola only said they'd be open to unlocking them if carriers wanted it, so there's a good chance it might not happen at all.
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    this. the people complaining about ram when comparing it to the bionic have zero clue what they're talking about. You shouldn't speak negatively on a topic you clearly know nothing about, not a good look haha