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Motorola Droid 3  (Source: Motorola)
Droid 3 is the thinnest QWERTY keyboard phone around

Verizon Wireless has the latest smartphone in the Droid range up for pre-order. The device is called the Motorola Droid 3 and it is billed as the world's thinnest QWERTY keyboard smartphone. Thankfully, the Droid 3 runs the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system, Android 2.3.

The Droid 3 is also a global capable smartphone allowing the user to make called and access 3G data networks in over 200 countries around the world. The smartphone has a 4-inch qHD resolution screen (960 x 540) and a QWERTY keyboard slides out and has five rows of keys. 

The phone will operate on 800/1900 EVDO rev A networks and GSM networks. The smartphone measures in at 2.5-inches W x 4.9-inches H x 0.5-inches D and weighs 5.9 ounces. The Droid 3 uses a 1540 mAh Li-Ion battery that promises 550 minutes in use and up to 300 hours on standby.

Motorola gives the Droid 3 16GB of internal storage and it uses a dual-core 1GHz processor. The smartphone also has Bluetooth onboard and supports Skype Mobile and has aGPS. The rear camera on the device is an 8-megapixel camera and has autofocus. The smartphone has a front facing camera as well. It can also shoot HD resolution video out to your TV or other screen via HDMI output. 

The phone also has Wi-Fi and supports encryption and enterprise security for use in the business world. Naturally, users can turn the Droid 3 into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The phone is up for pre-order on Verizon now for $199.99 with a new contract and will hit stores on July 14. 

Those that purchase the Droid 3 without transferring an existing unlimited data plan will be subject to Verizon’s new metered plans for smartphones

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By Myrandex on 7/7/2011 1:38:01 PM , Rating: 1
Hopefully there is a global edition of this and Verizon doesn't lock the SIM card slot like they did on the Droid 2 Global. I would have bought the phone out right from them, but Verizon was up to their $hit with locking features out of phones...another reason I wouldn't support them on my personal phone.


By Sazabi19 on 7/7/2011 2:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
The phone is global capable, do they need a global edition?

By Lifted on 7/7/2011 3:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon "locks" all of their global phones - lock in the sense that they can only use Vodafone SIMs.

Not sure what the issue is anyway since it's not difficult to find a GSM capable Android phone, and the Droid 3 is not such a great phone that one would complain that they can't find a similar GSM model.

By Omega215D on 7/7/2011 5:10:31 PM , Rating: 2
You can request that it unlocked. The requirements are: in good standing credit, and been a customer for a certain time period.

The Droid 3 has a good hardware keyboard that isn't available on many Android phones so it does have a purpose.

By Johnmcl7 on 7/7/2011 5:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure what the issue is anyway since it's not difficult to find a GSM capable Android phone, and the Droid 3 is not such a great phone that one would complain that they can't find a similar GSM model.

I'm in the UK and interested in one of these as it's the only qwerty Android smartphone with current hardware. HTC's Desire Z is a single core Snapdragon and there's still no sign of their Doubleshot slider and while Samsung seem keen on Android and had a few qwerty sliders previously, they don't have any with dual A9's.

My N900 is starting to show its age particularly as Nokia have abandoned it but I don't want to lose the keyboard as the Gingerbread keyboard I use on the Tab is incredibly frustrating.


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