Mobile and Wireless: Motorola Droid 4 Offers Killer QWERTY Slider Keyboard
Motorola Mobility continues to improve its flagship Droid QWERTY slider smartphone, and the latest Droid 4 doesn't disappoint. On sale now for $199.99 on contract from Verizon Wireless, this Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread handset pairs the carrier's 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. That adds up to the fastest QWERTY slider Android phone on the market. Those who remember the inaugural Droid from November 2009 will remember how tough it was using that seminal phone's keyboard, thanks to flat keys that made it challenging to accurately distinguish one key from another for easy typing. It's safe to say Motorola has spent the last two-and-a-half years radically improving the QWERTY keyboard's design, even from the July launch of the Droid 3, which added a fifth row of keys dedicated to numbers, to now. The Droid 4 mimics the keyboard of a Microsoft Windows PC, featuring a caps-lock button and several other perks. The keyboard is also edge-lit, which means that after a couple of keystrokes, the letters and numbers will become illuminated. Here, eWEEK runs Motorola Droid 4 through a series of tests.