October 27th 2011 12:32 pm


One of the best physical keyboards on a phone -- make that the best if you're on Android


Tailored less for trend-seeking consumers and more for power users, Moto's QWERTY flagship hits a handful of high marks, offering up one of the best physical keyboards on the market, access to Verizon's 4G LTE speeds, a responsive touchscreen and suitable battery life -- all for $200 on a two-year contract. As it stands, the Droid 4 marries two concentrated markets: consumers clamoring for physical keyboards, and the enterprise set. It may seem like only yesterday that IT departments across the globe depended solely upon RIM's server encryption for mobile enterprise solutions and portrait QWERTYs were all the rage. But the business times, they have undoubtedly changed. Sparked by this "bring your own device" revolution, companies likes Motorola have adapted their strategies, repurposing existing product lines for more pragmatic, niche demos. Which is precisely how the Droid brand has been reduced to such unassuming status. Whether or not your own personal mobile savvy has outgrown it remains to be seen.

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Engadget Feb 10, 2012

Moto's QWERTY flagship hits a handful of high marks, offering up one of the best physical keyboards on the market, ... 4G LTE speeds, a responsive touchscreen and suitable battery life to accompany the demands of on-the-go productivity.

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PC World Feb 15, 2012

The Droid 4 is the phone to buy if you are looking for a physical keyboard, though the blurry display leaves some room for improvement.

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Gizmodo Feb 14, 2012

The keyboard is great. If you really want strong battery life, ... this will almost certainly get you through the day. ... If you want a device with a beautiful, eye-popping screen that's right at the cutting-edge ... then no. This is a very good phone, but it feels just a bit behind the curve.

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TechCrunch Feb 17, 2012

The Droid 4 doesn’t look much like its other Droid siblings, but it does promise the same stellar keyboard and a solid construction. If thin and light is important to you, the Droid 4 probably isn’t what you’re looking for, but keyboard purists should start getting excited right now.

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TechRadar Feb 23, 2012

The keyboard rocks, ... Add in the blazing-fast speeds of Verizon's 4G LTE network, and you have a winner. ... Both the screen and the camera feel a bit dull, and the non-removable battery is a misstep on Motorola's part, ... if you can look past its weaknesses, you'll have an incredible phone.

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Android Central Feb 15, 2012

Just as we noted in our first meeting at CES, the Motorola Droid 4 is a capable Android smartphone, and it's easily the best in the Droid line. It's a worthy cousin of the Droid RAZR MAXX, with probably the finest keyboard we've used. But the keyboard doesn't make up for the underwhelming display....

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PocketNow Feb 25, 2012

It's sized right for a phone that includes a keyboard and feels very durable, has acceptable battery life, a fast processor, and a nice display. While the Gingerbread OS is disappointing, the device still functions well and provides all the features that the typical user needs.

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foreverloved foreverloved

I had this phone for about a month and bought it off the Verizon Wireless website. It was a little bigger than the phones I'd been used to, seeing as I'm used to using bar style phones. The touchscreen would glitch out sometimes if I slid out the keyboard - and I'd find it difficult to use...

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EHarvison EHarvison

I had it for a little over a year of my 2 year Verizon contract. It was trouble free until the charger port broke on a family trip to Europe. Luckily, I had insurance on it which meant that a replacement phone (Droid Razr) was waiting for me when we got back.

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jwkles jwkles

This is a great phone and I do recommend it. The only problem i have found with it is the battery life is very short which isn't the best thing you want if you are going to be using your phone for a while without charging it. It needs to be charged every night and sometimes during the day if you...

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GarThor GarThor

I have had this phone for two years, and had the droid 2 before that. I love the full querty sliding keyboard, but the feature tends to break on me (the last phone broke because the sliding keyboard wore out, and so did this one, though it was replaced under warantee for a refurbished model)....

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wanorris wanorris

I love this phone. It's the best there is at what it does, which is give you a physical keyboard. If you don't need or want a physical keyboard, don't buy this phone, because the keyboard inherently adds bulk. I'd recommend a Razr Maxx, with the massive battery life. Or possibly a Rezound or...

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