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I've been a happy Android user for about two years now, and it's that time again when my carrier, Verizon, offers a small upgrade discount for a new phone. I bought the OG Droid back then, and have been amazingly happy with the little thing. While it aged out of the spec race quite some time ago, due to the diligence and drive of the community, I've managed to keep it going strong with custom ROMs and an overclock to 1.2Ghz. Suffice to say, for basic phone/email/web/gps work it runs smooth as any other phone out there and I could continue using the phone for awhile if necessary. Aside from the minuscule amount of RAM (256MB) and the lack of a second PCU core, it's in no position to really be retired yet. I'll admit that it has become more temperamental the further I stretch it, but it's far from finished.
But there's the discount, and in addition my father is finally ready to upgrade from his 3-4 year old blackberry. Basically, we've been exchanging a bunch of emails and talking about what we both require and desire in a phone. The short list is that we'd both need: a physical keyboard (that's a hard limit), dual-core PCU, more than 256MB RAM and a large-ish screen. My father is concerned with battery life, as he travels a lot for his business and can't always be in a position to easily give an afternoon charge.
Que Verizon to be offering a BOGO on the Droid 3 right now, and we're 95% certain we're going to jump on it tomorrow and upgrade both of our devices.
I'm just wondering if I've missed anything, as I know that the D3 has a few specs to be desired. The lack of 4G is somewhat troubling (mostly for my father) but I hardly use anything data-stream heavy and the 3G connection or Wireless has been more than acceptable for me. Add to that the horror stories of battery life and the inability of many phones to switch between 3G/4G and I don't feel like I'm missing anything too huge. I'm also concerned that the RAM is on the lower side at 512MB, and that I'll hit the same sort of ceiling with apps, etc., that I did on my OG Droid.
The need for a physical keyboard is the most limiting factor. Did I miss anything? Are there any phones on the horizon for Verizon that may be worth the wait (Bionic looks great, but no keyboard)?