Why does the Droid 3 suck?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 3' started by Bdog, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. LT*

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    I also have 2 D3s in the house and since the update, they both work pretty much flawlessly. I know you said you don't think you could have gotten 2 bad phones, but you just may have.
     
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    Ditto. No suckage here, the phone has simply been amazing cept for a few bugs.
     
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    > Can't ever find GPS.

    Try clearing you system cache partition. That may help. If it ever does happen though, toggling off and on the GPS and other location services should rectify it. Make sure your Maps app is up to date.

    > Camera crashes the phones after taking nearly an entire minute to take a picture.

    Clearing the system cache partition may help. You may need a factory reset.

    > Call quality is absolutely terrible.

    Turn off voice privacy. Turn on roaming. Set to CDMA only mode. Dial *22899 and wait for it to hang up to update PRLs. Do this once/month.

    > Text messages resize pictures in the event they ever do take any.

    Not sure what this is. Maybe try Handcent or some other texting app.

    In general, do not put things on the auto-end list, do not use an auto task killer, do not use antivirus, look at what apps run on boot and uninstall anything that doesn't need to and find an alternative. As a next to last resort, before getting a replacement, I would try a factory reset. Slowly config your phone over time to see if you can find the culprit app/setting.
     
  4. Bdog

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    The turning GPS off and on rarely works. We got my girlfriend's to work after waiting until we were almost where we needed to find our location, despite the little blue thing being spot on the entire ride it was unable to find us.

    I'll never use Handcent. I wish I could find the old original Android Messaging app my OG Droid had. Never a problem with that app.

    Done all the call quality things the first day I got it. I haven't installed any unnecessary applications. If I could uninstall all this bloatware crap, I would. Only reason I haven't rooted and gotten rid of everything is because I lack the know-how on that end. My brother, whom I no longer live in the same state with, rooted my first, and did a piss poor job teaching me how to do it myself.

    In the meantime, got any good alternatives to Google and Motorola apps?
     
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    Just look it up.theres plenty of write ups here and on other sites like rootzwiki. Are you on 5.6.890? If not update to it. Then look for the d3 oneclick and run it. Let me get you a link... [ROOT/UNROOT] Droid 3 root instructions (One Click added for Windows/ Linux/ OSX)
    Theres a good starting point. After root, you have plenty of options. You could run debloat scripts, install titanium back up, flash roms, mods.... just google it up. Look on here, rootzwiki and xda. Good luck
     
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    Did you clear the system cache partition and update Maps? That could resolve GPS issues. Then toggling GPS on/off might work too.

    There are other apps besides Handcent. I hate texting though.

    Update PRLs monthly for phone quality.

    You might be a factory reset candidate.
     
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    Make sure you have all location services enabled. I remember when I first got my phone, one of them was disabled. I turned it on right away and i've never had any GPS issues. And I use GPS all the time.
     
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    I had the exact opposite experience with the GPS categories. I leave the first two checked, and un-check the VZW location services box, and all is well with my GPS.
     
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    Exactly, no way am I using VZW location services.
     
  10. Lizx3

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    I think you got bad phones. My D3 is absolutely amazing and I could not be happier with it..However, my dad got the same phone on the same dad and his was crap. It was doing so many weird things it really wasn't even useable. I rooted it and flashed a camera mod but didn't flash any ROMs, themes etc. Then yesterday the phone got really, really hot and just died. He thinks the CPU failed. It also destroyed his battery.
    So really I think there is just a greater ratio of "bad" D3's out there.
     
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    I have to agree with the bad phones thought. I have had zero problems and have been pleased with with everything except the camera. I haven't rooted yet because I have been pleased with it as is and even more so after the recent update. The rooting bug will hit me eventually I'm sure:biggrin::biggrin:.
     
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    Regarding GPS problems, this is interesting: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-3/174535-gps-not-searching-signal.html#post1766404
    If you're rooted you can change the server setting and it will apparently make GPS function like a champ. Perhaps in some areas, this mod is really needed.

    Also, remember that GPS isn't instantaneous and functions best in an open area. It can take several minutes for GPS to triangulate so patience is required. Obstructions will make GPS take longer, lose position, or not work at all.
     
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