My first day with the Droid 3

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  1. SitSamBry

    SitSamBry New Member

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    So I have been using my droid 3 for about a day now. I am one of the OG droid users that decided to make the jump and so far I am happy. But nothing is perfect so as to give some heads up to people on the edge I have so positive and negative points.

    First up is the whole motoBlur experience. This is my first time playing with the interface and I have to say I would have greatly preferred to stay with vanilla android experience. There are several apps that no longer work the way I have grown accustomed to. The android email app used to suit me perfectly fine, using both AOL email adresses and my personal website addresses. In the old email app I was always greated with a mail screen showing all my accounts and how many emails in each. The new email app (im guessing is moto specific) puts all emails in one inbox which makes it difficult to figure out which one goes to which email. The browser built in displays bookmarks in either a list or as 3d icons. Either way makes it time consuming to jump to a bookmark at the end of the list. The old browser I enjoyed better with smaller icons I could more quickly scroller through.

    As for the pentile screen I can see what everyone is complaining about but I don't think it will bother me much. Icons on the notification bar look pixelated up close but actual photos or webpages look detailed and better then on the OG droid. It will only bother you if you are sensitive to those small details.

    Final note, because I need to run now, is the phone has randomly rebooted on me twice now. Both times I was trying to type things online in forums. The screen just went black and then the droid eye came up and quickly rebooted. That reminds me though, the boot time is much much faster then the OG droid.

    Let me know if you have any specific questions and ill try to answer. My failure today was finding out Verizon stores do not consider the phone available yet so are not selling the cases, even after I showed him I already have the phone. Hope I don't drop it.
     
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    I am a OG Droid user looking to upgrade to either a Droid3 or Droid Bionic.

    How is it the dual core processor on the phone? Is the web browser fast on the default browser?

    How much memory is on the phone?

    How's the keyboard?
     
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    FYI, and I could be wrong on this as I don't have multiple accounts set up, just the one, I think if you open "messaging" from the app drawer you can open each email account individually to view only emails in that account.

    I actually prefer this email client to the og droid email client because of the way folders are handled. My work email I have dozens of folders all nested together, and in old email even to just go to my sent folder I had to scroll through 30 other folders before I got it... now they are actually displayed nested, so I only see my 8 top level folders (which all fit on one screen) until I click a folder to drill down into it.



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    The browser is fast but I never had a problem with the old one either. I am very happy with the larger internal space (16gigs) because my OG always ran out of space even with every possible app being loaded to the sd.

    I'll have to check out the messaging app like you said because I just thought it was for txting and since I never txt I didn't bother opening it.

    The better life has been dropping faster then expected but that is very likely due to all my old apps loaded from my OG that haven't been properly configured yet. I noticed in my running apps page that it had a lot running.

    The keyboard is wide (using right now to type) and is easy to hit every key. But coming from the OG I still haven't gotten used to having a dedicated number row. Im still hitting alt first before hitting a number. Sure it will just get time, but the pad feels sturdy like the OG.

    Really happy with it so far.
     
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    Someone I work with has a droid x (I think... a droid sans keyboard anyways) and when I set up her corporate email on it for her she already has an account set up on it, that messaging app had them listed separate, when you mentioned it above I looked and the d3 has the same app, I'm guessing it does the same thing.

    I keep doing the same thing on mine with hitting alt before looking for the numbers, that'll take some getting used to hehe.

    My battery is at 15% right now, off charge for 6 hours and used extremely heavily for those 6 hours. I'm going to let it drain before going to bed and charge it up again overnight (not sure if there is any truth to "conditioning" batteries but can't hurt). Tomorrow should give a better idea of life under actual use (although probably still somewhat heavy considering ill be playing with my new toy hehe)

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    Yes I tried the messaging app and it is a nice hub for all apps that supply messages like email, facebook, twitter etc. So now I can easily check my seperate accounts. Thanks for the heads up on that.

    Same 15% level on mine too. I don't have the extended battery though. Gonna do a full charge and see where tomorrow gets me.

    My biggest concern right now is getting myself a good case for this thing.
     
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    Keep the reviews coming guys, I've got my Droid 3 and all accessories all in my VW shopping cart....still hesitant to hit the Complete Oreder button.
     
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    I think it all really comes down to if you want a good android phone with a slideout keyboard on Verizon. Coming from the OG im am so far happy. I admit there is some stuff I would prefer not to have (bloatware, motoblur) but it is not a deal killer. As a phone it feels well made, sturdy and built to last me another 2 years which is how I always buy my tech. Im an early adopter but buy to keep stuff for a long time.
     
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    Mine is a standard battery also... I don't think I want the added bulk of the extended. My d1 would be almost dead by 9 or 10pm with just normal checking email, a few texts, maybe a phone call or two during the day, so I'm hopeful I get at least that out of the d3. I've had the screen on for almost 6 straight hours, installing apps, changing settings, etc so I think being at 10% right now is pretty good... especially off of the initial charge.

    To anyone still deciding, if you want a physical keyboard just get it, its very nice and a great upgrade over the d1. There are certainly downsides to the stock experience but a) I'm hopeful it'll eventually be rooted and we can change it and b) even stock its still a huge upgrade. Personally I don't think any of the cons are as bad as they have been made out to be, and no other phone is going to fix them AND have a keyboard.

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