The Motorola Droid line of phones has arguably been one of the most successful to carry Google's Android OS. But the standard Droids are members of an increasingly rare breed—phones that give users the option of a physical keyboard. While the Droid 3 packs some decent internal hardware, most of the commendations belong to its OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Since Gingerbread is available on many other phones that offer a better feature package, the primary reason you'd opt for the Droid 3 is that keyboard. Unfortunately, we found it a bit of a hassle to use, and the phone's lack of 4G and other small problems don't help.
The Droid 3's body is a minor revision of the Droid 2, and the basic form factor—slide the screen up to get at the physical keyboard—is the same. A sleep switch is centered at the top of the phone, as is a headphone jack. A volume rocker is on the right hand side, micro-USB and mini-HDMI ports on the left, and an 8MP camera with flash on the back is capable of taking 1080p video (we found the detail in shots to be good, but the color was lacking a bit). A front facing VGA camera sits next to a blinking indicator light on the front.