Motorola DROID 4 Review by

  • February 17, 2012
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Motorola DROID 4 Review by

It’s almost like every single week brings us a new Android phone, and companies are constantly clamoring the latest release on their network. But this month a fairly interesting device arrived at Verizon stores, and that’s the Motorola DROID 4. This is an interesting release because it’s both LTE and has a QWERTY keyboard, which makes it unique in two different ways. Will Android fans like the new design, or the features of this new phone? Let’s find out in this Motorola DROID 4 review.

The first thing you can notice about the exterior of the Motorola DROID 4 is the shape. It’s similar to other Motorola smartphones, but unlike previous ones, the DROID 4 has rounded corners, making it look more modern and less of a square phone. While the size is fairly comparable to other Android phones, the thickness is not, and that’s because of the sliding keyboard you can find on this model. There’s no question that this is a phone for those who like to have access to a QWERTY keyboard, and while you do give up on the thickness of the device, what you get is a wonderful addition. The keyboard itself has large, very nice back lit keys that are easy to use, and is one of the more well done phone keyboards out there. If you text a lot or use the keyboard a lot then this will be a definite plus. Other hardware features you can find on this device includes a dual core processor which means interacting with the phone feels quick and snappy, an 8 MPx camera which takes decent pictures and full HD videos, along with a micro SD slot and HDMI connector.

The phone supports LTE along with typical Verizon frequencies, however it’s not a world phone and does not support GSM. Also on the negatives, the screen is QHD, not Super AMOLED, and you do see a difference in clarity with phones who do have the superior display. Finally, the back cover can be hard to remove, which can be a concern if you like to carry multiple batteries. However, when it comes to the software side, it’s mostly good news. The Moto Blur interface is fairly unobtrusive, and some of the included apps like Quick Office can be useful to open Word documents and such. The OS version is Gingerbread, but Verizon says they will upgrade it to the latest Android version. Finally, the battery life on this device is fairly good, usually lasting you a day with moderate usage, which is typical of Android devices.

Overall, if you’re on Verzion, then this is definitively a device to consider. The keyboard alone makes this a must have for anyone who really likes having a physical keyboard over the onscreen one, although if this isn’t important for you, then sacrificing the size or the screen quality may not be something you want to do. The Motorola DROID 4 is a decent release and available at Verizon stores now.

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