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: $164.88
- 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.
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
by ashley4jimmy on February 4, 2013
Pros: I like the slide-out keyboard. The interface is great.
Cons: I got the DROID4 in early Dec, 16 days later it went on sale $150 cheaper then I paid. They wouldn't credit me. 2 weeks later the ear speaker blew. Got a new phone. Less than a week later the ear speaker and the voice speaker blew.
Summary: I had three DROID4 phones in less than 3 months! Cheapest, crappiest phones I've ever had. Hopefully the RAZOR that they are sending me will work better. I do ...
Summary: I had three DROID4 phones in less than 3 months! Cheapest, crappiest phones I've ever had. Hopefully the RAZOR that they are sending me will work better. I do know that when my 2-yr contract is up, I will be closing down my $400/month account and switching providers.
This phone is horrible! Worst I've ever had.
by aliceann407 on January 26, 2013
Pros: slide out lit keyboard.
Cons: overheats and looses charge too rapidly even when not in use.
Great Qwerty Phone
by whitecollarworker on July 25, 2012
Pros: Fabulous Keyboard, Great Sound Quality. Very fast web browsing.
Cons: Mediocre video quality. Slightly heavier than some other phones.
Summary: For anybody who texts or sends emails often as well as talks on the phone for work or pleasure this is a great phone. The screen is good enough so ...
Summary: For anybody who texts or sends emails often as well as talks on the phone for work or pleasure this is a great phone. The screen is good enough so that everything is clear.
Extremely Poor Screen Quality
by dj928 on June 28, 2012
Pros: Fast, that's about it.
Cons: Numerous (see review)
Summary: I have to admit I am disappointed in the phone. I am stunned at how bad the screen image is. I had no idea that the criticism of this issue ...
Summary: I have to admit I am disappointed in the phone. I am stunned at how bad the screen image is. I had no idea that the criticism of this issue was totally valid. I thought it was perfectionist talk. The screen clarity is bad enough that I would recommend people wait for an improved model to come out before buying this phone. I can't imagine Motorola will do this again with all the justified criticism coming out about this. If I had just upgraded from my Droid2 with no extenuating factors, I would return the Droid4 and wait for the next model. However, my wife broke her Droid2 and it didn't make sense to pay $100 dollars to replace it (insurance costs) when I could upgrade my Droid2 for $150. So that's the only reason I ended up with the 4. Even so, I've been agonizing about keeping it, because every time I look at the screen I get annoyed. I think over time I will get used to it, especially if I avoid looking at higher quality phones. But Motorola really blew it on the screen.
The speed of the phone in 4G is very good, coming from the Droid2. There's no comparison and it's awesome to use. However, we still have unlimited data plan and without that I'm not sure I would want this blazing speed, as I feel I would easily go over the allotted minimal amount of data they are limiting people to these days.
It is much larger and bulkier than the Droid, but with that comes a nice large screen. If it was a crisp clear screen to look at, this would be a huge improvement. With the quality of this screen, I'd prefer the size of the Droid2. As with the Droid2, this phone is slippery and I have already ordered a rubber skin to keep it from slipping out of my hands.
They keyboard is very nice, but it's not so much better than the Droid2 to justify the screen issue. I don't have pudgy fingers, but someone who does would probably greatly appreciate this screen. However, it is backlit way too brightly for night time use and cannot be adjusted. I've already submitted a request (among others) to Motorola to address this in the next update.
The camera I have not noticed to be significantly better or worse than the Droid2. Outdoor pics are just fine for my needs, and that's where I take most of my pics. I don't expect phone cameras to perform great inside. I haven't tested the HD video quality on a screen other than the droid. On the phone it looks good.
Some minor annoyances that I don't understand is the changing of the location and direction of the power charging input. It's reversed position in the lower left corner of the phone is a pain. It's right in the way of where you would hold it if you are right handed, holding it in your left hand to use. I always have to reverse my plug before putting it in. I could see former Droid users accidentally damaging the input port by trying to put the plug in as they're used to. Why make these changes?
My first jump to the Smartphone world
by SirCynic on April 4, 2012
-Good call quality
Cons: -Short battery life
-Bulky(but thats to be expected of a slide-out)
-Crappy included charger (the cord is like 3 feet long)
Summary: I have always had a simple phone, and finally made the move to smart. This phone has not had me regretting my choice. I feel much more organized, and its ...
Summary: I have always had a simple phone, and finally made the move to smart. This phone has not had me regretting my choice. I feel much more organized, and its like having a computer with you at all times.
I chose it for the full slide out keyboard, and I am glad I did, as I don't really like using the touch keyboard for texting. I keep making mistakes. I can't really think of anything more I could ask of the phone, that another phone does better.
I guess it sometimes freezes and stutters while playing fruit ninja, which was included on the phone. Seems odd to me, why include a game thats too taxing on the phone to run smoothly? But I have always been able to simply press the home button to come back from any freeze. So the phone never froze, just the application. I haven't had any problems with the core functions of the phone though (texting, calling, calendar, calculator) so thats good.
Overall a good phone.
by aholsing on March 1, 2012
Pros: Front and back camera is nice to be able to skype. I love the keyboard and it is super quick. I would like to be able to get an extended battery, but so far the battery life has sufficed for me.
Cons: No removable battery. I have had the phone for 3 days,and right now i am staring at a frozen screen which i or verizon tech supp. can not fix. I have to wait to go back to store and get replaced. Needs a reset button to avoid this.
Summary: I still like the phone given the problem, but if it happens again where i have to go with out a phone until I can get to a store, i ...
Summary: I still like the phone given the problem, but if it happens again where i have to go with out a phone until I can get to a store, i will be trading out.
Great phone, don't listen to the whiners
by jkohley on February 27, 2012
Pros: - Fast Dual Core
- 4G LTE
- Very usable physical keyboard
- Well built
Cons: - Non-replaceable battery
- Display (minor issue)
Summary: I have had numerous Motorola phones and other crappy brands (LG and HTC to name a few) and this phone is a winner. It is lightning fast and the display ...
Summary: I have had numerous Motorola phones and other crappy brands (LG and HTC to name a few) and this phone is a winner. It is lightning fast and the display is good enough for most users. While the display can be a little grainy if you are too close, it is still a great display. I love how smooth the OS and apps feel when you use the phone. Battery life is great, better than my previous Droid X, and it is running on 4G. I have had no issue going all day on a single charge. However, I am a little worried about the battery not being removable/replaceable. All of you bootloader whiners, stop dragging down good phones. If you want to root the phone buy a different brand. While there is some extra preloaded software on the phone, this is not an issue given the on phone memory and available SIM slot. Finally, the only brand that truly hold up to a beating is Motorola, and this phone appears to be true to that philosophy. Overall, I high recommend this phone if you want a physical keyboard.
Super fast, awesome physical keyboard, ~15 hour battery
by mrhayes3 on February 27, 2012
Pros: Very Fast. This is my first android based smartphone (coming from a blackberry curve), and I'm impressed with all the customization features and the speed. Internet works great as well, even with your regular 3g network. Great video and pictures.
Cons: The only problem I've had with this phone is it does have kind of a weak battery, and it's non-replaceable. That's a real bummer. I get through my day (7am-11pm) at a moderate usage and it needs its charger by 11pm.
Summary: Overall, I love this phone. All the great apps, awesome features, fluid movement between menus and great picture and video, plus the physical keyboard (pretty back light too) make up ...
Summary: Overall, I love this phone. All the great apps, awesome features, fluid movement between menus and great picture and video, plus the physical keyboard (pretty back light too) make up for the somewhat lacking battery. Also on the topic of batteries, what's with the ridiculously short charging cable? Maybe they have a longer after market one, but I wish Motorola had their cable a little longer stock. Anyway if at least it had only had a changeable battery i'd be giving it a 5 star rating.
Best Slider at Verizon
by imilesm on February 22, 2012
Pros: Physical Keyboard
Cons: Motorola does a solid job on the hardware, the Motorola software is lacking.
Summary: The best option if you want a physical keyboard from verizon.
Summary: The best option if you want a physical keyboard from verizon.
- 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