Motorola Droid 4 Review


Key Specifications

  • 4in qHD (540 x 960) screen
  • Android 2.3.5 (with upgrade coming to Android 4.0)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor w/ 1GB RAM
  • Slide-out QWERTY laser-etched keyboard

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Motorola’s Droid range of smartphones normally don’t make it across the Atlantic to Europe and there’s no reason to think it will be any different with the latest model, the Droid 4 – especially given that it is a 4G-equiped model and in the UK, we’re still a few years away from having a working 4G network.

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The phone itself features a 4in qHD (540 x 960) screen which, like the rest of the phone, has been coated in a special nano-coating to help make it water repellant and save it from scratches.

While the screen had excellent viewing angles  the screen itsefl appeared dull or washed out and not very sharp – and that was with brightness set all the way up.

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Despite the presence of a QWERTY keyboard and the 4G radio, the phone is surprisingly slim measuring only 12.7mm thick. In use it felt even less than this thanks to beveled sides which help make it easier to hold.

The action of the slideout keyboard was a little stiff but felt very solid. The keyboard itself sits in the middle of the bottom panel with quite a bit of space on either side which we felt could have been used more practically by Motorola.

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That said, the typing experience on the Droid 4 is among the best we’ve experienced on a physical smartphone keyboard. The chiclet-style keys have been individually laser-etched making them sharp and precise. The keyboard is also LED-backlit making typing in the dark a breeze. The keys have a domed, pillow shape making it very easy to type on and also very responsive.

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