The Motorola Droid 3 is not one of the phone makers’ greatest masterpieces; the reason for this is due to the fact that they have devoted most of their attention to the upcoming Bionic, which has problems of its own. This is the third outing for the Droid, so you would have thought that this would have been something special. Well it is not, and the worst thing of all is its battery.
The failings of the battery become apparent the moment that you begin to demand some of the main features of the phone. If you were a heavy phone user, then we would advise you to choose something different. If your aim is to only use the Droid 3 moderately then you cannot go wrong, as it will last you the day and into the next.
However, if you want more than just making calls and using the web then things go downhill fast. Using apps, and playing music and videos will drain your battery faster than a 6-liter V8 drains its tank when the taps are open. You would have thought that it would have faired better against the X2, but in terms of lasting power the other Motorola handset had it beat.
It is hard to pin down why the battery is so bad when you demand more from it, and even the suggested 9 hours of talk time from Motorola is a little optimistic. However, there are a few tools that can be used to get more from the battery. The first setting that you should consider is Nighttime, this makes the device run a little leaner when not being used.
The Droid 3 would have benefited from the Gingerbread battery use graph, as you would be able to tell what is draining all that power. Real world test are a little worrying, as we have been getting reports that the battery is only good for 4-6 hours of moderate usage. This would not be an issue if you were near a power outlet, as well as the fact that it will take an age to charge in the first place. Some have even said that they are not even getting those kinds of figures.
One owner has taken to Yahoo Answers, and said that these so called “Battery saver apps” drain more power than they save – how can that be? You know when you have a bad phone, because you will have to start turning off key features, such as 3G and Wi-Fi if not needed. We can understand turning Bluetooth off, but not the other two, as they are in use much more.
What are your battery experiences with the Droid 3?