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Motorola Droid 3 (Verizon Wireless)

It's been less than a year since the Droid 2 hit the streets, but the Motorola Droid 3 is already out. Available now from Verizon Wireless for $199.99 with a two-year contract, the smartphone offers a number of improvements, as well as some disappointments.

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Features

Some of the new features include a 4-inch qHD display, a dual-core processor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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Design

Overall, the Droid 3 resembles previous models, but it's thinner at 0.5 inch thick. The smartphone is solidly built and has a soft-touch finish on back. Unfortunately, the 4-inch qHD (960x540 pixels) display isn't as sharp as the competition because of Motorola's arrangement of subpixels.

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Keyboard

Though the display is disappointing, the Droid 3's QWERTY keyboard is excellent. There's now a dedicated number row, and the layout is roomy. The buttons are a good size and have a slight bump to them, making them easy to press.

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Left side

On the phone's left spine, you'll find an HDMI port and a Micro-USB port.

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Top view

On top of the device, you'll find a power/lock button and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Camera

The Droid 3 features an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, which is a bump up from the Droid 2's 5-megapixel camera. The camera is also capable of 1080p HD video capture, thanks to the dual-core processor.

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Picture quality

Picture quality wasn't bad, but the camera struggled a bit in low-light conditions.

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