Motorola Droid 4 Offers Killer QWERTY Slider Keyboard

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2012-02-13
 
 
 

Meet the Droid 4

The Droid 4 begins like the other Droids in physical appearance. This device has a 4-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD display with a 540 x 960 resolution.

Meet the Droid 4

Bringing Up the Rear

The device has an 8-megapixel camera on back, paired with a 1.3MP shutter in the front for video chat. The video camera records and plays back in HD 1080p.

Bringing Up the Rear

Side View

In a time of thin Samsung Galaxy devices, and the super-thin Droid Razr, the Droid at 0.51 inches might be a little thick for some users' tastes. But it is a slider after all, so it's bound to be thicker. It also weighs 6.3 ounces, which could be more of a deal-breaker for some folks.

Side View

Powering Up

Powering up the Droid 4 reveals the Motoblur UI, and you can get a good look at the redesigned QWERTY keyboard.

Powering Up

Droid 3 Keys

You can see the older QWERTY keyboard from the Droid 3 in this picture. Note no caps lock or tab button, which the Droid 4 has.

Droid 3 Keys

Droid 4 Keys Lit

We mentioned the Droid 4's keys lit up when accessed. Check it out here.

Droid 4 Keys Lit

Get Smart

The Droid 4 is preloaded with several applications, including Motorola's helpful Smart Actions smartphone-management tool, which lets users prescribe several rules for the Droid lineup.

Get Smart

MOG

The MOG music service comes preloaded on the Droid 4.

MOG

Slingbox

So does Slingbox, the remote television-management service.

Slingbox

VideoSurf

The Droid 4 includes VideoSurf, a video search engine that helps people search, discover and watch online videos. This seems a little like overkill for a phone that already has a YouTube app optimized for Android, but extra choice is a good thing right?

VideoSurf

Netflix

Of course, what would an Android phone be these days without Netflix?

Netflix

Et tu, Droid 3?

Some users who looked at the Droid 3 when it launched last July may wonder what the differences between the 3 and Droid 4 might be. The Droid 3 was 3G-only and had a slightly slower processor-1GHz dual-core. Also, while both phones' rear cameras are 8 megapixels, Motorola vastly improved the front-facing shutter for the Droid 4.

Et tu, Droid 3?

Physical

Both phones have 4-inch screens that use quarter-high-definition (qHD) technology, but the Droid 4 is a little crisper, as you can see from the physical specs. Also, the new phone is 5 grams lighter.

Physical

Battery

The Droid 4's battery is also more powerful than its predecessor's power supply. The Droid 3 has more standby time.

Battery

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