Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
Motorola's Droid 4 seems to have it all: a fast dual-core processor, Verizon LTE, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard
14 February 2012
Summary: There's no two ways about it: the Droid 4 is flawed. If you buy one, you'll be settling for a device without the best screen, the best battery, the best camera, or the best software on the market. I'd even argue that it doesn't have the best keyboard, as the Droid 3's layout made more sense. And yet, despite all that, this phone is still pretty attractive to the right buyer.
Pros: Great keyboard, Fast LTE connection, Solid, sleek build
Cons: Iffy battery life, No removable battery, Sub-par display, Loads of software bloat
Excerpt: Do you remember the Droid 3? It came out last July, bringing a fine update to the Droid line in almost every way. It had a dual-core processor, a slick new design, new software, and a new five-row keyboard. Unfortunately, Motorola underestimated the importance of one essential feature: 4G LTE. Without it, the Droid 3 quickly slid to the back shelf of Verizon’s sales efforts, replaced by devices like the Droid Bionic , HTC Rezound , Droid Razr , and Galaxy Nexus .
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. If the Droid 4's modest battery life and relatively hefty design give you pause, consider the sleeker and longer-lasting $299 Droid RAZR Maxx .