The Good Motorola's Droid 4 shows that a dual-core, 4G LTE Android slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard is possible. With fast data speeds and a great typing experience, the phone also serves up pleasing call quality over Verizon's network.
The Bad By bartering its powerful components and swift data radio for a chassis of considerable size and heft, the Droid 4 proves that life is all about making trade-offs. It lacks the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and its LCD screen lacks the oomph of AMOLED.
The Bottom Line Melding an excellent keyboard, swift LTE data, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor into one Android device, the Motorola Droid 4 is long overdue. Fans of the first Motorola Droid will find plenty to smile about here, but those who aren't married to a QWERTY keyboard may not enjoy carrying around such a massive phone.
Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)
The original Motorola Droid was a truly phenomenal smartphone hit. It pushed the envelope by offering Android to the masses, complete with a rock-solid Verizon network connection and decent if not stellar physical keyboard. Since then, though, the venerable Droid QWERTY line has lost its luster and hit a serious low point with the . That phone lacked 4G to complement its dual-core processing, a serious disappointment to Android keyboard fans. Motorola hopes to makes amends with its latest mobile gadget, the Droid 4, which possesses the long-yearned-for combination of Android, dual-core CPU, high-quality keyboard, and finally Verizon 4G LTE. Read on to find out if it's a winning recipe.
Inspired by its current 2012 lineup that includes the Droid Razr and , Motorola clearly uses the same design aesthetic to craft the Droid 4. The phone sports an identical black obelisk motif, complete with slightly rounded corners and beveled edges. The result is rather elegant but definitely not daring. It's a look sure to fit in equally in the workplace or enjoying a bit of nightlife. There's no getting around, however, the large size of the Motorola Droid 4. This massive handset measures 5 inches tall by 2.65 inches wide with a full thickness of half an inch. Weighing 6.31 ounces, the Droid 4 is also on the heavy side. Compared with the wafer-thin trend modern smartphones are taking, this phone stands out.
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