Mobile Phones, Tablets, and Other Mobile Devices Including Android and Apple Devices
Thursday, February 23, 2012
[Review Roundup] Droid 4 by Motorola.
Last year when the Droid 3 launched everyone nearly blew a gasket with its lack of 4G LTE. The phone was great, but without the newest network to back it up many keyboard lovers held off. Now here we are a few months later and Motorola has delivered the Qwerty packing Droid 4 with Verizon 4G LTE, everything the Droid 3 should have been. For those that want a physical keyboard the Droid 4 is the go to phone. Here are some reviews I've gathered up on the Droid 4.
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 1.2 GHz 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 may not enjoy carrying around such a massive phone.
The Verge 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 backlit keyboard and a slick RAZR-like design, it seemed, long before owners of the existing handset would see their two-year contract end.
Well, the Droid 4 took its sweet time getting here, but the phone is on sale this week, and as of today it's the only dual-core LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard you'll find in the United States. If you need to touch-type on your cellular handset, churn through multithreaded apps, and browse the web at LTE speeds, the Droid 4 is the only game in town. But is it a good handset, period? Read on to find out.