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Motorola Droid 4 (photos)

With dual-core processing and 4G LTE, the long-awaited Motorola Droid 4 could be the answer to the prayers of Android keyboard addicts on Verizon.

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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

The 4-inch screen on the Motorola Droid 4 is not a high-contrast AMOLED display. Still, it does offer a high qHD resolution (940x540 pixels).
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

The Motorola Droid 4's app tray holds a typical selection of Motorola software. Interesting applications include Netflix, Slingbox, Slacker, and Motorola's Motoactv to connect to the company's fitness products.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

With the addition of swift 4G LTE data courtesy of Verizon, the Droid 4 is at last a worthy successor in the venerable Droid line.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

The Motorola Droid 4's keyboard is excellent, providing five rows including one just for numbers, satisfying tactile feedback, firm rubber keys, and LED backlighting.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

On the Motorola Droid 4's left side is a Micro-USB port for charging or a PC connection, plus there's an HDMI port for outputting video to TVs.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

On the back of the Motorola Droid 4 is the phone's main 8-megapixel camera with LED flash that can also capture video in 1080p resolution. You do have to use a special key to remove the battery cover, which is a drag.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

The Slingbox app comes preloaded on the Motorola Droid 4, allowing you to stream live TV straight to the phone. You have to purchase additional Slingbox hardware, however, for the solution to work.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

The Motorola Droid 4 feels solid in the hand but may be a tight fit in small pockets.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

Besides the great physical keyboard, the Droid 4 also offers the stock Gingerbread virtual keyboard plus the Swype text input method.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

It's hard to beat the Motorola Droid 4's well-designed keyboard, with its five rows, number keys, and even arrow buttons.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

At a portly half-an-inch thick, the Motorola Droid 4 can never be called a svelte mobile machine.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

The Motorola Droid 4's top edge houses a power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

Slide the Motorola Droid 4 open to reveal a rarity in today's smartphone world: a full QWERTY keyboard.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

Here's an up-close look at the Motorola Droid 4's lovely keyboard. Its rectangular, squat keys are trimmed by slick-looking LED illumination.
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Above the Motorola Droid 4's screen sits a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera that can shoot 720p HD video as well.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

Sadly, the back battery cover of the Motorola Droid 4 lacks the tough Kevlar coating that protects the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx.
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Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)

Tucked into the Motorola Droid 4's back left corner is a large speaker, which pumps out phone audio and doubles as a speakerphone.

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