Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: Droid 4
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- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $8.99 - $350.99
- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Reviewed on: 02/09/2012
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.
by Jeremiah-Stpierre on March 22, 2012
Pros: See bottom in summary
Cons: See bottom in summary
Summary: I have had the droid 4 for two months now. My first smartphone was a Blackberry Curve; the phone after that, my last phone was a first-generation Droid Incredible. I ...
Summary: I have had the droid 4 for two months now. My first smartphone was a Blackberry Curve; the phone after that, my last phone was a first-generation Droid Incredible. I have been around iPhones and other smartphones but the Blackberry and Incredible are really my only basis for comparison.
Size- My first impression of the phone is that is was a brick. It felt thick and heavy in my hand. I am very comfortable with the size and weight now.
Keyboard- my first impression was that it was too wide. I felt like my fingers had to stretch to reach the center keys. A week or two into using it I felt comfortable. The individual keys have a really nice feel. I don't know why but I get some weird pleasure out of typing on this thing and then slapping the keyboard shut like I used to get from closing my flip-phones to hang up.
Screen- I saw that a couple of people mentioned "wash out" from looking at it in the sun, for me this phone's screen is an improvement in that aspect (over the Incredible). Maybe my old Incredible was really bad though. The resolution is 20% better but the screen is 20% larger in dimension so it doesn't really look any sharper (I.e same "pixel density"). I recommend researching pixel density if you are looking for a phone that looks sharper than an iPhone. There are very few phones with equal or greater pixel densities to that one.
Battery life- again I see a lot of complaints about this but I see an improvement. This phone holds like 40% more charge (based on mAh) than my Incredible did and it seems to last almost twice as long with similar use. It has a cool battery management program that you can use to "teach" the phone how to shut down functions you don't use under certain conditions (I.e. dim the screen and turn off wifi/gps when battery gets to >25%). I pay for the ability to use the phone as a 4g wifi hotspot and this seems to kill 10-15% more battery per hour, just FYI. Unless I turn on the 4g hotspot the phone has no problem being unplugged in the morning and re-charged at night (for me).
Verizon 4g- this is my first 4g phone and I am never going back. The slowest download speed I have tested so far was 3.5Mbps in the middle of the Atlanta airport. I have seen 27Mbps where I live. I put my wifi-only iPad on the 4g hotspot and it works great. FaceTime is flawless and seems to use about 6-7 megabytes of data per minute or 200Mb for a thirty minute video chat (again, just FYI so you can guess at your data plan needs). I pay for 6Gb/ month and I am burning about 4 up. I use the 4g hotspot in lieu of hotel Internet 3 nights a week (I travel a lot). Oh, and I have been pretty impressed with the 4g coverage too. I was getting 17Mbps down in Davenport, IL the other day. Like an idiot I didn't look up 4g coverage maps before buying the phone. I recommend doing that. I have had a handful of times that I had to re-name the hotspot and turn it off/on for the iPad to detect it.
Miscellaneous- it has a multi-color LED above the screen. I set different colors for different notifications and get a lot of use out of the function when it's on silent (red light for texts, green for emails, etc.) The power button is a little annoying. It seems almost recessed into the phone. I guess the designers wanted to prevent accidental bumping while using the keyboard. I don't bump it much when I am typing but it has happened.
Overall impression- it's a 4g smartphone with a good slide-out keyboard. The network and the keyboard are the only things that stand out for me. I hated typing on a touch screen. This phone is what I was looking for and I am happy with the purchase.
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12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Perfect phone for work and internet
by jhildner1 on April 17, 2012
Big Pretty Screen
Ease of Use
Cons: Battery life isn't "Maxx," but good enough
Flimsy-feeling power button, but, honestly, big deal
Summary: I've been in smartphone hell for years. When my firm issued my first Blackberry about ten years ago, I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. It had ...
Summary: I've been in smartphone hell for years. When my firm issued my first Blackberry about ten years ago, I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. It had a Pong-like internet experience, sure, but, back then, we were just amazed you could send e-mail from a phone. When I played with a friend's early iPhone some years later, I was blown away -- a real, honest-to-goodness, usable internet, right there in your pocket. But my firm's security requirements meant that the iPhone and, later, the Android phones, were verboten. So I was stuck with Blackberries, up to my most recent -- a Blackberry Bold. The internet experience wasn't Pong-like anymore, but it still stunk -- slow, glitchy, barely usable for anything but the most simple things on mobile sites. Then, the manufacturers and software designers figured out how to make the fancy phones in a way that would satisfy my firm's IT department, and I had my pick of all the amazing products that had since come onto the market.p.s. Just between us, the phone fell into a (clean) toilet once, and being dunked amazingly had no effect. The water beaded and rolled off every surface, including the rubber keyboard. Some drops lingered in the crevice between the sliding halves of the phone, but a paper towel fixed that easily. The touch screen also appears to be tough -- no scratches or dings without the use of any sort of cover.
My first thought was that I would obviously just get an iPhone. But that would have meant doing a lot of typing on a screen. I might have been able to get used to it in time, but when I tried it with a friend's phone, I just hated it. For someone used to Blackberries, I really missed the tactile feedback. And I do a lot of typing on the go, including formal things for work that demand using all the letters in a word, and punctuation, and capital letters on occasion. Besides, 4G isn't yet available on the iPhone. Then, right about when I was shopping for a new phone, this one came onto the market. Awesome speed, awesome keyboard, bigger screen. Perfect!
And it's turned out that way. I've been using it on a daily basis for work (and everything else) for a few months, and I have no real complaints. When I first got it, I played with it constantly. It got a little warm, and the battery drained quicker than I thought it would. I was worried at first. (I had heard that both issues were the downside to 4G.) But then I started using it normally, not constantly, and it continues to last the whole day with moderate use and battery to spare -- about like my Bold, maybe better. Your results may vary, of course -- it all depends on your definition of "moderate." I guess if you're an intensive user, you would want the Maxx instead. But, if you're a keyboard person, as I am, there's nothing better than this phone, and it does everything else very well too.
Updated on Apr 17, 2012
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good phone to make the jump from blackberry..
by Rassilon26 on March 8, 2012
Pros: Great keyboard, big screen, not as heavy as it looks, solid build, great 4G connection, nice internet browsing, and very good as an actual phone..
Cons: Battery is okay but it will drain under heavy use.. Not a deal breaker but keep an eye on it.. For this type of phone the battery is pretty good.. Don't compare it's battery to the Razar Maxx.. You'll you cry.
Camera is nothing to write home about.
Summary: I've been on blackberry's since 2006.. This is my first touch screen phone.. I so badly wanted to get into virtual keyboarding but I can't do it.. ...
Summary: I've been on blackberry's since 2006.. This is my first touch screen phone.. I so badly wanted to get into virtual keyboarding but I can't do it.. I need a physical keyboard for the heavy typing I do on the go.. So comparing the Droid 4 to my recently given up Blackberry bold was my first step.. Droid 4 easily out does the Bold. The keyboard is actually better than the bold which I couldn't believe.. I didn't think I needed a bigger screen until I had one, but wow does it make a difference especially when editing and reading documents on the move..
Internet wise there is not contest between my old Bold (2011 version) and the Droid 4. The connection is so much better, the pages load so much faster, it is a wonderful step up.. The speed for downloading is great and the coverage is great also.
The Blackberry isn't as big, so at times it was a little easier to dial and switch to speaker phone but the difference hasn't been much to overcome..
I've seen a lot of reviewers complain about the Droid 4's screen.. I'm sure the screen is probably not as good as a higher end phone, but you know what I don't really notice.. I came from a blackberry so everything seems to look fine on the Droid 4. I've put the phone through its paces downloading apps, watching movie trailers, hitting various websites, even was able to look at a nice power point presentation.. I use my phone for business and as long as the phone delivers there I am fine. The other entertainment features are there if I'm standing in line, stuck at the airport or whatever.. The screen is just fine for somebody using the phone for business and casual entertainment use..
If you are a keyboard person like I am, you really have two choices.. Blackberry or a phone like this and I would go for a phone like this.. I've had the thing for about a week now so we'll see how things go in a month..
About the battery.. Yeah it is not removable and when the thing is flying on 4G it can start to drain.. I would have given this thing 5 stars if it had a Maxx battery. The screen, the music player, the navigator, and basically anything will ultimately attack the battery.. Then again I had similar battery issues with my Bold and that was smaller and had 3G.. While the battery on the Droid 4 is not bad, keep a car charger handy.. I think I have made it through the day without battery anxiety 50% of the time.
Software wise it is loaded with a bunch of garbage you don't need. Most of it can be uninstalled or hidden so it is not a problem.. The thing really wants you on Google Plus but Facebook connects easily enough.. Although the Smart Actions function is a good idea, so far I find that it only offers a limited range of potential smart actions.. For example, I would love a smart action that doesn't require me to input my security pin to unlock my phone once I am listening to music via headphones, but I can't seem to get that phone to agree to such an action.. (But the music will pause when I remove the headphones, so that isn't bad..)
Wrapping it all up.. Very solid phone, very good for business while providing nice entertainment, internet, and other distractions. Huge improvement over a blackberry, and the keyboard and 4G are actually quite awesome.. If this thing had a maxx battery it could rule the world.. Oh well, maybe that can be handled by the sequel, Droid 5: The Quest for More Money. The battery is not a deal breaker, but it is a concern.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best phone I've ever owned
by ashobe83 on February 13, 2012
Pros: 4GLTE, Fast, Solid, Slide out keyboard with backlit, Display dwarphs iPhone and just as clear, camera quick key from front screen (upgradable to ICS - hopefully)
Cons: Keyboard has a caps lock,
Summary: The phone is a great device and I was blown away by the speed. The display, although smaller than a RAZR, has the same resolution so the icons are crisper. ...
Summary: The phone is a great device and I was blown away by the speed. The display, although smaller than a RAZR, has the same resolution so the icons are crisper. Keyboard slider is very smooth.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Moved from longtime Iphone user to Droid 4!
by jrubyaz on July 15, 2012
Pros: 1. 4G LTE speed. Compared to my iphone 4, the speed is blazing fast..my phones with apple always took forever to buffer
2. TWO Keyboards, one physical,touch.
3. SIZE of phone. Not huge like Maxx. Fits comfortably.
4. Voice Quality. Excellent
Cons: Screen RES: Not quite as crisp as Apple, but certainly good.
Battery: Buy a battery saver app, mine went from draining by 5 or 6pm and needing a charge to lasting all day..not a problem with right apps.
Summary: In summation,
I rarely give a phone five stars, but am doing so here. Some people grump about battery life, but reality is on any smartphone it is going to ...
Summary: In summation,
I rarely give a phone five stars, but am doing so here. Some people grump about battery life, but reality is on any smartphone it is going to suck up the battery. If this bothers you, get the Maxx but be aware if you upgrade to ICE CREAM SANDWICH upgrade you may lose that edge-I researched this and after ICS update many Maxx users not getting great battery life. The apps for battery savers do the trick.
If you like a huge phone and bigger screen get the Maxx..this screen is plenty big for me.
I DO NOT have a problem while texting like some state on these reviews with hitting the power button.....it is really not an issue.
The 4G LTE makes it a super fast phone...check coverage in your area, of course, works on regular network for Verizon as well.
This phone is fast, fluid, and has two keyboards with lightning fast speed. A Winner!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by saralskeen on September 30, 2013
Pros: The only pro is the keyboard!
Connectivity issues!!! Like hardly never!
Battery lasts 2 hours tops!
Drops calls, texts come back unsent, can't surf the net, no GPS signal!
Camera is horrible!
Summary: WHY DO WE GET SHAFTED FOR PAYING HARD EARNED MONEY FOR THIS!
Summary: WHY DO WE GET SHAFTED FOR PAYING HARD EARNED MONEY FOR THIS!
Worst phone ever
by phamus8 on June 14, 2013
Pros: None that i can think of, this replaced a Droid 3 which I liked and worked well for the most part.
Cons: Phone constantly locks up and nothing works can't even turn off. Every time I hit the "a" key it erases the whole text. Phone calls the previous number on its own when I set it down. The back cover doesn't close properly poor design
Summary: I have had nothing but a headache with this phone since I got it and no relief from my carrier Verizon after numerous complaints,and this is from a customer ...
Summary: I have had nothing but a headache with this phone since I got it and no relief from my carrier Verizon after numerous complaints,and this is from a customer who spends $200 a month and been with them for 17 years.That's 40,000 dollars folks and they basically told me to try another carrier if I didn't like their service.
Nice phone if you DON'T use it. Awful battery life.
by PMBauer on April 26, 2013
Pros: Wide screen, real keyboard.
Cons: Battery life is truly awful. Using any feature other than phone calls or texts drains the battery like crazy. SmartActions app hasn't helped. This phone has non-removable battery, so you can't carry a spare.
Summary: I really looked forward to this phone: real kbd, wide screen, G4, dual processor. However, it's of little use if the battery is dead, which doesn't take long....
Summary: I really looked forward to this phone: real kbd, wide screen, G4, dual processor. However, it's of little use if the battery is dead, which doesn't take long.
Unfortunately, I am on Verizon's 2-year plan, so probably won't replace it soon. Sorry to say, but I miss the battery life and removable battery I had with my Blackberry. }:-(
Worst experience while trying to improve my business.
by DagoPrincess2009 on March 22, 2013
Pros: It has a nice browser for the internet.
Cons: freezes up
buttons don't always work right
applications don't always work right
screen doesn't accept my finger
my verizon data button failed
setting it up was a nightmare
Summary: I purchased this phone because real estate has started moving lightening speed and I needed to be on top of things all the time. This phone has hindered my progress, ...
Summary: I purchased this phone because real estate has started moving lightening speed and I needed to be on top of things all the time. This phone has hindered my progress, caused me to miss calls, lose calls, miss photos. When a photo is texted to me I cannot save it to my phone like my simple little LG phone. The data button that is to show me my usage does not work. I clicked on it and instead of showing me my usage, it insisted I had to download something first and when I did, it used up more than my month's worth of data and then told me how much I used and guess what?? The My Verizon Data icon still doesn't work. Whenever I click on it, it asks me to download again.
Whenever I call tech support regarding the issues, they have an emulator that shows something completely different from my phone. When I click something to delete or add, it ignores me. I have hit the home button several times to no avail and tried to hang up on clients and found they were still on the phone but I was not able to get back to the phone screen to hang up on them.
I cannot save pictures to my phone that are sent to me via text message.
The phone goes dark WHILE I am keying numbers and prompts so I lose the entire call.
I am still within my 14 days to return it and I am going to do so promptly.
Great phone overall but big email bug
by BillSamuel on February 24, 2013
Pros: Great keyboard
Cons: Emails do not clear out when you have downloaded them and they are no longer on the server. Since there is no batch delete capability, you have to delete each and every email by bringing it up and hitting the delete button. Poor design.
Summary: Generally this has been reviewed as the best smart phone with a physical keyboard. It has a major defect in processing emails, but in pretty much all other respects is ...
Summary: Generally this has been reviewed as the best smart phone with a physical keyboard. It has a major defect in processing emails, but in pretty much all other respects is great.UPDATE: CNET does not allow you to update rating, but I would change it to 3 stars if allowed. There is a second problem with the phone. The built-in applications were not designed to fit the way a keyboard phone is used. They are designed so some key application controls only are available in portrait mode. However, you can really only use the physical keyboard in landscape mode. So you have to flip back and forth between the two modes, which is particularly awkward when using the keyboard. This is a real design flaw.
Updated on Feb 25, 2013
Also, on the email not properly refreshing from the server, I talked with technical support at Motorola, Verizon Wireless and Verizon FIOS, and none could figure out a solution, altho all of them asserted that it should work.
Updated on Mar 29, 20133/29/13 UPDATE: They have now upgraded the Droid 4 to Jellybean, and replaced the entire interface. The key thing about the new interface is that they removed the option to set the phone to vibrate only (I confirmed with Motorola Technical Support that the feature has been removed). I consider this an essential feature. When in a setting where a phone ringing would be inappropriate, but you may want to use other applications, now you can not do that but have to turn the phone off completely to prevent ringing. Verizon does not allow you to update the rating, but there is no way I would give the current version that high a rating. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: Droid 4
- Description: Type with technical precision on the laser-cut QWERTY keypad so similar to a PC your fingers instantly know where to land. And with LED edge-lit keys, it's like having night vision when you send digital messages in the dark. What makes a phone strong? Well, DROID 4 has a display designed to resist scrapes and scratches and a force field of water-repellent nanoparticles shielding the phone against water attacks - even the electrical boards inside. This is DROID strong. Unleash the fierce power of DROID 4's dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. Blast your music, check the score and load email - at the same time, without delay. Then jump from app to app and back again before the laws of physics even notice you were gone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Slider - Full keyboard,
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.8 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 5 in
- Weight 6.31 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Application Software GoToMeeting,
Adobe Flash Player 10,
- Installed Games Let's Golf 2,
Madden NFL 12
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard , Capacitive,
Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger),
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs LinkedIn,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
Adobe Flash support
- Downloadable Content Wallpapers
- Mobile Services YouTube,
Google Search by Voice,
Google Quick Search Box,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface LTE,
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Object Push Profile (OPP),
Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Low Energy Attribute Protocol (ATT),
Generic Attribute Profile (GATT),
Generic Access Profile (GAP),
Heart Rate Monitor (HRM),
Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP),
Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP),
General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP),
Human Interface Device Profile (HID),
Message Access Profile (MAP),
Device Identification Profile (DID),
Low Energy Security Manager Protocol (SMP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Ring Tone Formats AAC,
- Sensors Digital compass,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features DLNA Certified,
Software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air),
Sharing media via DLNA,
Intelligent typing (SWYPE)
- Personal Information Management Alarm clock,
Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MIDI,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Clock Speed 1.2 GHz
- RAM 1 GB
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 8
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Geo-tagging,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver - Simultaneous GPS (S-GPS)
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps,
Google Maps Navigation
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 4 in
- Display Resolution 960 x 540 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Features Wallpaper
- Connector Type HDMI,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1780 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk ( CDMA ) - up to 750 min,
Standby ( CDMA ) - up to 205 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards FIPS 140-2,
HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter