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Motorola Droid 4 Review: Do You Love Keyboards?

The strange Motorola Droid was a initial Android phone value removing (sorry G1, we desired you, yet it was). A small over dual years and 3 reincarnations later, that familiar—or is it tired?—form-factor is back. Has a Droid 4 developed adequate to keep adult with today’s superphones?

Why It Matters

Because it’s a Droid. Not a Droid Charge or Droid RAZR, yet usually a true adult Droid. The strange Droid fundamentally single-handedly pulled Motorola Mobility out of a tailspin. It was a flagship. Its pullout keyboard was prosaic and flattering lousy, yet a whole thing felt like troops hardware. And it was, like, cool. But that was Nov 2009. 2010 saw a Droid 2, that had a slight strike in specs, yet was flattering forgettable. 2011 saw a Droid 3, that was bigger and had a improved keyboard, yet it unsuccessful to enthuse people to indeed wish one. The Droid 4 is Motorola’s answer to 2012.

Using It

The Droid 4 is a anti-Galaxy Nexus or Razr—a heavy, thick brick. At 12.7 millimeters thick, it’s usually somewhat thinner than a three-years-ago Droid, and with a 4-inch shade it’s longer and wider, too.

However, keyboard-lovers will immediately pardon it for being a small big-boned when they slip out a 5-row qwerty keyboard. The keys are off-set, well-defined, and they have usually a ideal volume of click. The dedicated series quarrel is unequivocally nice, too. The Droid contingency have gotten ill of all a large chin jokes, since it’s been chopped off and a shade is now totally flush with a slip out keyboard. No some-more Droid Leno jokes.

The D4 is using Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread), with a betrothed ascent to Ice Cream Sandwich. It has Motorola’s unnamed tradition skin on top, that isn’t as bad as other 3rd-party skins, yet it isn’t flattering and it hinders some-more than it helps. Moto unequivocally has business users precisely in a sights, with low Citrix formation and extended confidence of craving users. Oh yeah, and a whole thing is dash resistant, so it’ll substantially tarry if (read: when) we incidentally dump it in a toilet for a sec.


Surprise, a battery on this thing is a champ! we hadn’t killed it once by normal use over a initial few days, so one day we set out to abuse a ruin out of it. 4G LTE on a whole time, 20 mins of streamed video from Netflix, 80 mins of streamed tunes from Google Music, about an hour of complete gaming, a few phone calls, and a common consistent pulling and checking of emails, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. we finally gathering it down to 5-percent battery… after 13 friggin’ hours. Very impressive. It won’t go as prolonged as a Droid RAZR MAXX with it 3300mAh battery, yet it unequivocally comes in second. The camera is flattering good for still pictures, and it has an glorious macro mode, yet reds drain a lot, and it has some difficulty with splendid colors consistent together. (click a print next for full-res exam photos and video)

They keyboard took some adjusting to, since it’s usually a small bit off core and some of a keys are incomparable than you’d expect. After a integrate days, though, I’ll go forward and call this a best keyboard we can find on any Android device. The keys have a gratifying snap and need usually a right volume of pressure. The backlighting is unequivocally appealing and it creates all intensely easy to see. we got consistently glorious reception, in fact, it seemed to close onto towers and GPS faster than any phone I’ve used. The 4G LTE speeds were what you’d design from Verizon, trimming between 12 to 21 Mbps down and 3 to 6 Mbps up. Call peculiarity was excellent, and a phone’s earpiece was super loud. The outmost orator is one of a loudest/clearest on any device I’ve used.

No Like

Ugh, a screen. Why, Moto, why!? While it is a slight incremental alleviation over a shade on a Droid 3, that unequivocally doesn’t contend much. It usually can’t come anywhere nearby a 720p shade on a Galaxy Nexus or any of a other high-end phones this year. Colors are cleared out, graphics aren’t crisp, and it doesn’t furnish adequate light to be entertaining in splendid daylight. It’s simply approach behind a bend for 2012.

The phone’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor should make a phone fast, yet here’s a thing, it doesn’t feel fast. That’s mostly due to a “animations” in Moto’s 3rd celebration skin, and it doesn’t launch things unequivocally quick either. Installing a 3rd celebration home deputy like Launcher Pro will go assistance compose that pain, yet we shouldn’t have to do that. Hopefully Moto will go most closer to batch Android when it upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich. Within apps, a phone is copiousness fast, and it streamed 1080p video over a mini HDMI-out though a problem.

If we capacitate a close shade (which we unequivocally should) we have to go by TWO lock-screens to get to a desktop: a one for confidence we usually enabled and a standard appropriate to a side to unlock. It’s untimely and baffling. Also, Motorola isn’t unequivocally pulling a pouch in camera peculiarity like we see in high-end Samsung, HTC, and Apple devices. Low-light is flattering terrible, and video is usually okay. Lastly, there is no NFC chip in this phone, that means we will be left out of a mobile payments revolution, should it indeed manifest this year.

Should we Buy It?

If we unequivocally wish a keyboard, afterwards yes, a keyboard is great. If we unequivocally wish clever battery life, afterwards yes, this will roughly positively get we by a day. A good, arguable work-horse? Absolutely. If we essentially use your phone for work, afterwards it’s maybe tough to do better. However, if we wish a device with a beautiful, eye-popping shade that’s right during a cutting-edge in terms of opening and features, afterwards no. This is a unequivocally good phone, yet it feels usually a bit behind a curve.

Motorola Droid 4 Specs
OS: Android 2.3.6
Carrier: Verizon
Screen: 4-inch 540 x 960 pixels
Processor and RAM: 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor / 1GB RAM
Storage: 16GB inner + adult to 32GB microSD
Camera: Back: 8MP/1080p HD, Front: 1.3MP
Weight: 6.3 ounces
Battery: 1785 mAh
Price: $200 w/ contract
Giz Rank: 3.5 Stars

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