- Jordan Crook , TechCrunch
If you absolutely, 100 percent, beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt must have a physical keyboard on your phone, then yes, the Droid 4 is probably the best phone you’ll find.
Want to enjoy the goodness of Android with a full QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE? Take a look at Verizon’s Motorola Droid 4. It is currently one of the best QWERTY keyboard-equipped Android handsets on the market, and it features a 4-inch qHD color touchscreen display. It comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage space. In other words, it’s fairly well-equipped. However, some of the items on its lengthy spec sheet aren’t as good as the others.
As most reviewers note, its display could be a little brighter, partly to make up for its non-HD native screen resolution. Also, it’s been said that it deserves to have a higher capacity battery since it comes with so many advanced wireless features such as support for dual-band CDMA, EV-DO Rev. A data, and 4G LTE. Still, it’s a pretty capable smartphone overall, especially since the OS can be upgraded from version 2.3 Gingerbread to a later flavor of Android.
Speaking of the OS upgrade, a lot of users have posted complaints across the Internet, saying that going from Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich somehow ruins the whole user experience. Apparently, it messes with the keyboard and spurs a number of other software problems. Fortunately, any and all related issues can be easily avoided by simply not updating the phone’s OS.
Despite a handful of small problems with the software, the Droid 4 is still one of the most useful Android phones available through Verizon.
Need to Know: Motorola Droid 4
1. Lets users type long messages comfortably on a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. (The Good)
2. Default operating system can be upgrade to later versions of Android. (The Good)
3. Comes with a non-removable battery. (The Bad)
4. Upgrading to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich seems to break certain things and cause a number of software problems. (The Bad)