Motorola Droid 3 packs in the features, lacks 4G support

by Kristen Nicole

The Droid 3 has been revealed, with a thin profile, a dual-core 1GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera that supports 1080p HD video capture. Motorola’s latest Droid is feature-packed, with a sleek design for a full QWERTY smartphone, as the handset maker looks to create a full keyboard phone that doesn’t compromise in other areas. The Droid 3 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and comes with hotspot capabilities for Wi-Fi connections, making it a well-rounded smartphone. Where the Droid 3 falls flat is its missing 4G support, tarnishing the other great features that have been included in Motorola’s latest device.

It’s difficult to get the full range of top-notch features in a single Android device, leaving consumers with comparison charts for determining the phone that’s right for them. But the Droid 3 does have an appeal to international travelers and users, with support for over 200 countries. There’s also integrated enterprise-level security options including SD card encryption, remote wipe and complex password support. Verizon customers get first pick, pricing the Droid 3 at $199.99 with a two-year contract. The device is up for pre-order on Verizon’s site, and will hit stores on July 14th, also the first day of Verizon’s new tiered data plans. A shame, as you’re probably going to want unlimited data with this power-packed phone.

Vizio takes a break from TVs with first Android tablet: VTAB1008

Also up for pre-order is Vizio’s latest Android tablet, scheduled to ship mid-July. Known for its televisions, Vizio is diving into the tablet market with its first tablet, an 8-inch device called the VTAB1008. The tablet comes with two different packages: tablet-only pre-orders cost $380 and come with just the device, and the upgraded bundle includes a custom case and a 16GB microSD card for $400. The multi-touch tablet has good resolution at 1,024x768, but runs on a single-core 1GHz processor. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Vizio may upgrade the VTAB1008 to support Honeycomb in the future. There’s a few drawbacks to Vizio’s inaugural tablet, but it’s hoping its low price and custom interface options will get consumers’ attention.

Samsung Gravity Smart is better for the budget-conscious

Samsung, the top Android device maker in the market right now, is expanding its budget-friendly Gravity line to include an Android phone. The Gravity Smart has a comfortable design and a useful QWERTY keyboard, but its slower processor keeps the smartphone from competing with high-end devices. It offers a 3-megapixel camera, SWYPE compatability, and the screen comes in at a mere 3.2 inches. The Gravity Smart runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, with no indication of a Gingerbread update yet. It, too, has custom interface options, and may be a good choice for those looking for a straightforward unit in a compact form factor. The Gravity Smart is available for T-Mobile customers in berry red, sapphire blue or lunar grey.