Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Motorola DROID 4's screen is 4 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1785mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1785 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 8.5 days standby time, 750 minutes (2G).



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.

- Jordan Crook , TechCrunch 

Reviews summary

7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

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.

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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)


Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


Android and Me

This is definitely the best version of the DROID yet

from Android and Me

Each new release of the DROID line seems to be greeted with less excitement than the last despite the fact that the device does seem to at least subtly improve with each release. This is definitely the best version of the DROID yet, but I haven’t exactly heard anyone clamoring for it. Now in part that could be because it was released only about 7 months after its predecessor, however Android users are somewhat accustomed to turnabouts like that by now so I doubt that is a significant factor.

Most of us have just grown accustomed to Sywpe or some other onscreen keyboard and if... Full review

Pocketnow

The Droid 4 functions well and provides all features typical users need

from Pocketnow
The Droid 4 has gotten almost everything right: it's sized right for a phone that includes a keyboard and feels very durable, has acceptable battery life, a fast processor, and a nice display. While the Gingerbread OS is disappointing, the device still functions well and provides all the features that the typical user needs... Full review
Pocketables

Best keyboard phone on Verizon, incredibly solid and sturdy, average camera quality

from Pocketables

The Droid 4 is the decidedly the best keyboard phone on Verizon, and almost certainly the best keyboard slider phone for sale in the US at this time. Doing what it's designed for, the Droid 4 excels with great tactile feedback, key spacing, and keyboard layout. Even the slider mechanism feels solid and reliable.

Apart from that, however, the Droid 4 is merely an average smartphone, in the truest sense. Performance isn't bad, it's simply average. The camera isn't bad, it's just okay. Gingerbread with Blur isn't bad, but Ice Cream Sandwich would be better. The display is good for norma... Full review

Brighthand

Great keyboard, comfortable design, non-removable battery

from Brighthand

The Motorola Droid 4 has somewhat of a captive audience: being one of the few QWERTY smartphones on Verizon, it's really your only choice if you want a keyboard, a dual-core processor, and 4G. If that doesn't sound like an endorsement, it would be because it's not. That one design advantage aside, the D4 is lackluster.

It has decent specs, including 4G LTE, but there are other devices just as good in that department, and the Droid 4 offers nothing else particularly special to the user. I'm sure that it'll find a useful niche for some people, but if you can wait, I'd suggest holding ou... Full review

Complex

Verizon's top QWERTY phone, minus few imperfections

from Complex

The Droid 4 is a notable step up from its predecessor thanks to exceptional voice calling and an incredible QWERTY keyboard. Unlike the Droid 3's short run, the addition of LTE will serve as the phone's most vital attribute—assuring a longer shelf life. Besides those three attributes, the Droid 4 dishes the same specs and performance as the RAZR smartphones. The dual-core is zippy, all of Motorola’s corporate features are intact, and it’s compatible with all the company’s accessories. And at $100 cheaper than the RAZR Maxx, we find it to be the better purchase for en... Full review

TechCrunch

It's simply not good enough unless your insistence on a keyboard is worth more than having a solid smartphone

from TechCrunch
The Droid 4 doesn’t look much like its other Droid siblings, but it does promise the same stellar keyboard and a solid construction. At $199 it won’t break your wallet, but it will offer most of the same specs we’re seeing go for $300, including a 4G LTE radio. If thin and light is important to you, the Droid 4 probably isn’t what you’re looking for, but keyboard purists should start getting excited… right… now... Full review
Droid Life

A solid phone with mostly high-end specs, a great edge-lit keyboard, and a 4G LTE radio

from Droid Life

The DROID 4 is a solid phone. In fact, it’s the best 4G LTE slider ever made (for now). To those that follow Android, that’s not the most difficult title to obtain, knowing that there is only 1 other LTE slider available. But let’s not allow titles to get in the way here. With mostly high-end specs, a great edge-lit keyboard, and a 4G LTE radio, this is the phone for those that can’t live without a keyboard. For those that would go either way on a new smartphone purchase, this phone isn’t at the level of the Rezound, Galaxy Nexus or DROID RAZR. It’s a nic... Full review

The Verge

Great keyboard, fast LTE connection, solid, sleek build

from The Verge

There's no two ways about it: the Droid 4 is flawed. If you buy one, you'll be settling for a device without the best screen, the best battery, the best camera, or the best software on the market. I'd even argue that it doesn't have the best keyboard, as the Droid 3's layout made more sense. And yet, despite all that, this phone is still pretty attractive to the right buyer. I wish Motorola had put a little more effort into making the Droid 4 the best phone it could possibly be: a truly top-tier handset instead of the second-class citizen that phones with physical keyboards have become. Sti... Full review

MobileBurn

Best keyboard ever, fast LTE data speeds, solid build, respectable camera

from MobileBurn

The Motorola DROID 4 for Verizon has the best keyboard ever put on a horizontal slider. Nothing else comes close. If you are all about entering and editing text, it gets no better than Motorola's DROID 4. The thing is, people want more than that today, and the uninspiring 4-inch display on the D4 doesn't show off photos, videos, and web pages as well as higher end touchscreens do. For a business class phone like the DROID 4, we'd also have hoped for the inclusion of the same world roaming capabilities that were found in the DROID 3 and DROID 2 Global. But even still, the DROID 4 is a great... Full review

MobileBurn

Best keyboard ever, fast LTE data speeds, solid build, respectable camera

from MobileBurn

The Motorola DROID 4 for Verizon has the best keyboard ever put on a horizontal slider. Nothing else comes close. If you are all about entering and editing text, it gets no better than Motorola's DROID 4. The thing is, people want more than that today, and the uninspiring 4-inch display on the D4 doesn't show off photos, videos, and web pages as well as higher end touchscreens do. For a business class phone like the DROID 4, we'd also have hoped for the inclusion of the same world roaming capabilities that were found in the DROID 3 and DROID 2 Global right off the bat. Instead, Verizon has... Full review


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 10, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread

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Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Yes
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.7 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1785 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
750 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 7.1 x 1.3 cm
(5 x 2.8 x 0.5 in)
Weight 179 grams
(6.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Multi-touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info 1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PDF, PPT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Maserati, Motorola DROID 4G, Motorola XT894

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