Motorola DROID 4

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Motorola Droid 4 review

Summary

As the latest addition to Verizon's red-eyed family, the Droid 4 improves upon its predecessors' keyboards, offering physical QWERTY fans one of the most refined experiences on the market.

Pros
  • Top-notch QWERTY keyboardResponsive 4-inch qHD displayHealthy battery lifeFast LTE speeds
Cons
  • Non-removable 1,785mAh batteryClumsy backplate
Motorola Droid 4 review

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. For a phone that single-handedly resuscitated the business prospects of its parent company, gave a much-needed boost to Google's fledgling Android and finally added a compelling product to Verizon's lineup, the Droid can't get no respect. Initially billed as the anti-iPhone, the OG flagship embodied an aggressively tech for tech's sake design ethos, with its masculine, hard-edged build, geeky OS and Lucasfilm licensed moniker.

That was all once upon a time. Now, two years later and sucked of its disruptive significance, the only legacy remaining for the red-eyed Droid franchise is its brand equity and QWERTY slider appeal. Aside from BlackBerry addicts, most consumers appear none too chuffed to see those slide-out keypads become the stuff of mobile lore, and instead prefer those increasingly ubiquitous slabs (namely, of the 4.3-inch-and-up persuasion). So, where did it all go wrong? Why is the Droid 4, now imbued with LTE, getting the B-list treatment? Does a $200 price tag and a host of minor spec bumps (a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1.3 megapixel front-facer and beefier 1,785mAh battery) merit another spin around the two-year contract pole? Head on past the break to see whether this former trailblazer can still do what its namesake robot supposedly does.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.7
Display
4.9
Battery life
7.0
Camera
6.0
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

DROID

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

DROID

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
View Full Specs
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