Summary: Just three months after Verizon launched the Droid 3 last July, buyer's remorse set in: the Droid 4 would add a speedy Verizon LTE connection, a edge-lit keyboard and a slick RAZR-like design, it seemed, long before owners of the existing handset would see their two-year contract end.
Pros: Great keyboard, Fast LTE connection, Solid, sleek build
Cons: Iffy battery life, No removable battery, Sub-par display, Loads of software bloat
Summary: While T-Mobile might have fired the first Android salvo with the G1, it was Verizon and Motorola's DROID that really got the notice of the U.S. market. It featured a rock-solid build, a large (for the time) display, and a hardware keyboard. It was, and remains today, a great device.
Pros: Best keyboard ever, fast LTE data speeds, solid build, respectable camera
Cons: Non-replaceable battery, unimpressive LCD display, previous DROIDs didn't use plastic, global roaming not yet active
Conclusion: There are two good reasons to consider the Droid 4: A solid keyboard and 4G LTE. If you want a phone that can tap into Verizon’s 4G LTE network (trust us, it’s like going from 3G to your home Wi-Fi) and you prefer a physical keyboard, then you can’t go wrong here. Motorola’s typical weaknesses, the screen and the camera, are still problems, but both can probably be overlooked for those who really want a keyboard and LTE.
Pros: Amazing slide-out keyboard with number row, 4G LTE connectivity, Solid battery life, Did we mention the keyboard?
Cons: Poor screen quality, Camera takes washed-out pictures, NinjaBlur UI is ugly, Power and volume buttons are awkward to press
Conclusion: Some will argue that the midas touch and allure of the DROID family has faded, as it seems as though the torch has been handed over to other more prominent devices like the DROID RAZR . However, when you think about it more, the original DROID family was never known for bringing killer spec’d hardware, but rather, it balanced things out with its quality performance and unyielding presence.
Pros: Fantastic keyboard, Acceptable $199.99 on-contract price, Great calling quality
Cons: Poor quality display, Non-removable battery, Below average battery life
Conclusion: If you're in need of a high quality QWERTY Android smartphone, the fourth, but probably not final entry in the Droid line is a strong choice. The Droid 4 is a solid evolution of the original Droid line, with LTE 4G, a fast dual core modern CPU, excellent voice quality and the best keyboard in the business. It's not super-stylin', but it's reasonably slim at 0.5" and has excellent build quality other than the cheesy battery door that's already falling apart on our unit.
Summary: If you crave the tactile feel of a real physical keyboard on a 4G LTE phone, look no further. With its bright screen, speedy processor, blazing-fast LTE speeds and innovative software, the Droid 4 is currently the best slider money can buy.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, Smooth performance, Fast 4G Speeds, Loud speaker, Innovative software, Smooth video calling
Cons: A bit hefty, Mediocre battery life, Non-removable battery, Screen not HD