Leaked: Droid 3 Coming Q2?

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Oooh. That beautiful slab of black you see above is most likely the next in the heralded line of Droids from Motorola. Glossy black wrapped in chrome and sporting a great looking new 5 row keyboard, this beast of a phone has already been leaked. Yeah, I know my post about it is a little late and most certainly not exclusive, but I make up for it in original commentary. And my dashing good looks. Find out all my impressions, predictions, and fantastic wizardry with just a single click!

And speaking of good looks, check this leak out! Bam and da bam! With original Droid 1 owners reaching the end of their contracts in June, it seems a likely time for a true sequel to the phone that changed the Android landscape forever. As you know I have a Droid 2 and yes its a sequel phone, but the Droid 3 is different. To be a true sequel the Droid 3 must exponentially increase the performance and attractiveness of any Android phone before it. Could it do just that? It might seem like a big boast from a fanboy, but I really think it could. Yes the Galaxy S II is coming out and it’s guaranteed to be the default comparison device to the iPhone (whatever gen it’s on now…). But the point of the first Droid was being different. It was a huge gamble and a device Motorola more or less staked the future of their company on. And it paid off big time. The Droid 3 must be a repeat of this success for Motorola to stay relevant. There’s a lot of Android fish in the sea, Motorola is no longer the biggest or best. Sure the Droid x and Droid 2 were great, but they were hardly game changers, merely smart moves to get customers. While that helped them in the long run, you can’t just keep repeating the same design mantra over and over. Even HTC changes their phones’ designs more, and that’s saying something.

Motorola has a chance to really change things again. Make something stunning. The Droid X2 is lame and a repeat of hashed together hardware. It shouldn’t exist, not with the Droid Bionic coming later this year. Anyone buying a Droid X2 is gonna wish they’d waited. I feel like Motorola planned this. Releasing new phones each year isn’t fair when buying them at (barely) subsidized prices locks you into a 2 year contract. But what do they care when they just get more green lining their wallets. The original had a keyboard, a d-pad, a high res camera, expandable memory, user swappable battery, and a 3.7″ screen. These specs sound bland (but still remarkably “normal”) now, but they were astronomical. It was a geek’s techno wet dream and changed how the world looked at Android. The Droid 3 should be that kind of phone, not just an evolution, but a revolution. The Evo 3D is that kind of phone, but the 3D still seems like a gimmick to me. The enhancements are real, its “future proof”. Much like the original Evo 4G before it, this isn’t something people would be afraid to buy. I only bought my Droid 2 because it was the R2D2 edition. I should’ve stuck it out  and waited for the Droid 3.

Specs above average aren’t good enough. This phone could have both form and function. As per the supposed leaked specs it’s also revolutionary inside. The only thing to wait on is battery life:

  • 4″ qHD (960×540) Display
  • Dual Core (Most likely TI OMAP 5th Gen Cortex A9) at 1.0ghz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB ROM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • Front camera (of unknown mpx count)
  • HDMI port

The display is sure to be gorgeous and a dual core phone is sure to be good for quite a while. Including 1GB of RAM is great and upping the camera feels right. I always felt like Motorola gimped the Droid 2 just to boost sales of the Droid X. This seems to have all those features plus the lack of 4G. Wait, that’s a good thing? Let’s be honest. Verizon has the best 3G coverage, but their 4G won’t be anywhere near that anytime soon. It might take close to 2 years for it to be totally rolled out to a majority of Americans. As much as I hate to admit it, it’s probably going to be a lot better for a majority of consumers if Motorola avoids the battery sucking, phone killing 4G radio issues currently plaguing generation 1 devices. 

And speaking of consumers, this phone seems to be “that phone” simply because of how the consumer will view it. It has a nice clean design (awfully reminiscent of the Motorola Atrix IMHO) and that 5 row keyboard will surely draw keyboard addicts like myself and convince anyone on the fence that this phone is great for texting. All those good looks, stunning specs, and a significantly improved keyboard really set this phone apart from any competitors. It feels like the late great Droid 1, like a real DROID phone. That being said, there are some key “features”, if you will, that should be included if this phone is to be successful with developers/nerds. First: unlocked bootloaders. Or at least the option. As per Motorola’s statement earlier this year, this could be the first to have that option. Of course, being up to the carrier means Verizon isn’t going to let you do with your hardware as you please. It’s ridiculous, but we all know its going to happen. However, if it does happen that it’s unlocked I will be selling my first born to get this glorious embodiment of pure awesomesauce. 4G would be another feature helping to provide futureproofness (?) but it’s not really necessary for most people. Another key factor is the OS it ships with. I don’t give an ass’s rat what they “promise” to be “coming soon”. What really matters is what’s going to be on the device from day one. They’ve had more than enough time to mess up stock 2.3 with their custom Blur skin. If this thing ships with anything less than 2.3, Motorola should be ashamed. Hell, they could wait a little bit and put Ice Cream Sandwich on it. And it should be pure. Get back to you roots. Why did people/do people still like the Droid 1? Because it ran Android. No, not Blur, not Sense or TouchWiz. It ran freaking Android. I hope to God manufacturers at least give us the option of buying devices unlocked and running stock Android. If one guy in his basement can get a pure 2.3 build perfectly stable for the Droid 1 finished in like 3 months how can a team of engineers not dedicate half that time to giving us the options? Maybe I’m dreaming, but oh what a beautiful dream it is… Please Motorola, don’t mess this phone up. You have such a great chance here! Let’s finish the fruity demon off!!!

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

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