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.

Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett Former Senior writer
Brian Bennett is a former senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET.

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.

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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.