"Good, solid smartphone, but very far from great."3.5 starson by ArynRavenlocke
Pros: Physical keyboard
Cons: No 4G
Excessive unremovable bloatware
Social Network preventing modification of contacts
BATTERY LIFE IS HORRIBLE!!!
Summary: This phone has mist everything a casual user of a smartphone could want. The camera is average, but not great. Front and rear facing (no flash on the front though) is a nice touch that allows for better picture taking opportunities for social network users. The amount of bloatware that comes preinstalled on the phone is nuts, but can be hidden away with a little bit of menu customization. Call clarity is average, as is the quality of the speakerphone.There's nothing at all wrong with the clarity, but even a marginally noisy environment can make it hard to hear without an earbud. The wireless (WiFi) receiver seems a bit touchy. The biggest drawback of this phone is the battery life. As a smartphone, the battery life is not expected to be great, but in this case, the battery life comes stacks up as well below average. Keeping the phone plugged in as often as possible (including charging in the car betweeen stops) is almost a necessity in order to get through an entire day. I use the Droid 3 for text messaging and very light Internet use (sometimes no use). I can't speak on talk timme as I don't make enough voice calls to fairly rate it. However, with my useage, a good battery stretch for me is 8-10 hours. If something comes up and I find myself making excessive use of the Internet, that number drops precipitously to around 5 hours. Thankfully I learned from my brother's example that syncing with Facebook can be problematic. Once a contact is imported from Facebook, the system does not allow editing of the contact details. This is exceptionally irksome. Any contact information on the phone should be editable on the phone.
In short, this smartphone will do just about anything the casual user would expect to be able to do with a smartphone. Those who expect more out of a smartphone for professional reasons, or those who are tech savvy early adopters are likely to be let down a bit. Other than the battery issue, I have not found any horrific short-comings, but for a new phone that is supposed to sit towards the top of the line, it is missing certain features or lacking performance in other features, making it a slightly above average smartphone and not a great one.