Motorola's Droid 4 is the greatest Android keyboard slider yet

The Motorola Droid 4 combines a superb physical keyboard with a sharp qHD screen, Android, and swift 4G LTE.

LAS VEGAS--The first Motorola Droid was perhaps the greatest Android handset the world has ever seen, that is until the new Droid 4 came along. This keyboard slider is what the Droid 3 should have been, an LTE-equipped dual-core monster of a smartphone.

When it became clear the Motorola Droid 3 wasn't going to flaunt a speedy 4G LTE connection, the collective groan uttered by die-hard Droid owners was likely heard from orbit. The Droid 4 finally combines the golden trifecta of Android, keyboard, and Verizon 4G LTE into one mobile device.

Even better, when I placed the Motorola Droid 4 into my hands for the first time and touched the keyboard I instantly knew this phone is going to make old-school Droid fans very happy. The five-row, rubberized keys felt very comfortable indeed and its backlit square-style layout looks simply stunning. The Droid 4's 1.2GHz dual-core processor also flipped through the handset's Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with buttery smoothness. Of course I can't wait until I can taste Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Droid 4.

To be fair, the Motorola Droid 4 is no ultraslim fashion plate and will challenge tight pockets. Even so, this device fills a huge gap in Verizon's lineup, and the U.S. Android market, that passionate keyboard fans were aching for. Check back soon for a full review.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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