Upgrading to a droid 3

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  1. xthek1ng
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    And I wanna know if it's a good move. I really do love the keyboard, and I feel like its a solid phone. I've heard mixed reviews about battery life/bloatware, but I plan on rooting it anyway. Is it a good phone? Any helpful information to help me with a decision? Thanks :)
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    I own a D3. It is a great phone. If you don't care about 4g and need the keyboard this is the phone for you.

    Reasonable use for me is in the neighborhood of 14-16 hours on a charge. Almost twice as long as my D1.

    Other keyboard option is the Samsung Stratosphere.

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    Yeah I really dont care about the 4G.

    Are you rooted on your D3? Does it make a difference in the battery life? Also, I have a D2G running Gingerbread and there is a lot of problems (Freezing, crashing, etc.). HOw well does the D3 handle GB?
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    I'm sorry to hear that you have a D2G. A relative has had one for quite a while. What a fiasco!

    The D3 is the opposite of the D2G. Stable. I use the extended battery and I have no worries--highly recommended.

    Only complaints:
    - a few bits of dust and/or sorta dead pixels on my screen. Only noticeable when the screen is black, easily ignored.
    - physical keyboard seems to miss a letter here and there...maybe it's because I'm drunk

    It is a great phone. I wonder when the Droid 4G is coming out. Do you really need a physical keyboard? I do, but you might consider the Droid RAZR or new Nexus.
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    If you experienced the 4G then you wont feel that way. I loved my D2G but I wanted an upgrade on my hardware and I had been waiting for the Bionic since it was a rumor. I didn't care about 4G until I happened upon it while travelling, I almost felt like I had to apply the brakes it was so fast!


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    If you have access to high speed WiFi a better part of your day, it really isn't that big of a deal.
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    I love this phone. It's not perfect - the launcher is ok, not great, though that's easily solvable. I had an Eris for almost two years, upgraded to a Bionic for a couple of weeks, but exchanged that for the D3. The Bionic kept dropping data randomly, when I knew I was in a great 3G area, which grew frustrating. There is an OTA update coming at some point for the Bionic, but I realized that I prefer my phone smaller (so it is more pocketable and easier to use with one hand), I don't need 4G, but want a solid 3G phone with great reception that I can count on.

    After 17 months of running a rooted phone, with constant updates and data wipes to install new ROMs or updated versions, I decided to try running my phone as long as I could stand it stock, and I am now almost four weeks through with the D3 stock. It's fine stock - there is really no reason to root it, unless, of course, you prefer running it that way. There is bloat but it doesn't get in my way at all; the phone is responsive (more so than my iPod Touch 4G, which everyone tells me is supposed to be more responsive than Android) and FAST.
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    Yeah I'm probably gonna get the D3 today. I was looking at the bionic, but it;s main points are the 4G and the processing power. I mean, that's great and all, but it really doesn't make a big difference to me. I think, with the D3 with a 3rd party camera app and launcher, the phone will run just fine. PLus, ill root to get rid of the bloat ware, just to be safe.
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    Processing power is moot. Same processor in the Bionic and D3. Its only the RAM that's different.

    Sent from my XT862, while on the move.
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    Rooted my d3, realized it wasn't any different for my use. Back to stock and love it. I too decided having the keyboard is more important than 4g. I use wifi when needed, when I don't, 3g is just fine. A perfect, solid, slide out keyboard is more beneficial than 4g IMO.

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