|For consumers, the Motorola Droid 3 is a solid phone, maybe even a great one. For workers, though, it doesn't make the cut.|
Civilians will have no issue whatsoever with the Droid 3. The 4-inch screen is bright. The 1 Ghz processor is fast. The Google ( GOOG) Android-powered apps such as Gmail, Docs and all the rest zip along. Motorola has qwerty-ed up the model nicely. The keyboard is large for a mobile -- spacious even. Battery life is also (shockingly) reasonable: I got a full day with average usage, maybe a half-day when I hammered it. But these niceties turned out to be distractions from the mobile task at hand -- entering data. In this core work function all the Droid 3's speed, power and features cannot compete with a small device with weekendlong battery life and a keyboard you can really, really type on. In other words, a BlackBerry.