- 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)
Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)
This is definitely the best version of the DROID yet
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
The Droid 4 functions well and provides all features typical users need
Best keyboard phone on Verizon, incredibly solid and sturdy, average camera quality
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
Great keyboard, comfortable design, non-removable battery
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
Verizon's top QWERTY phone, minus few imperfections
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
It's simply not good enough unless your insistence on a keyboard is worth more than having a solid smartphone
A solid phone with mostly high-end specs, a great edge-lit keyboard, and a 4G LTE radio
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
Great keyboard, fast LTE connection, solid, sleek build
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
Best keyboard ever, fast LTE data speeds, solid build, respectable camera
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
Best keyboard ever, fast LTE data speeds, solid build, respectable camera
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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