Motorola Droid 4 Review
By Fred Salva
- March 2, 2012
Pros: The Motorola Droid 4 is powered by a dual-core processor and is a 4G Android slider phone. It comes with a QWERTY keyboard that offers fast data speeds since it rides the Verizonís fast 4G Network.
Cons: The Motorola Droid 4 has nice feature set which is why its chassis has become huge and hefty. It also lacks the latest Android version, the Ice Cream Sandwich. Its screen is not AMOLED also.
The Motorola Droid 4 is the brandís latest smart phone that offers a handful of features. It comes with an excellent keyboard, blazing fast LTE data, and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It is yet another powerful Android device that will surely bring smiles to all the brandís followers. It has a QWERTY keyboard but I donít think minimalist will like this since it such a massive smart phone. It is said to be inspired by the brandís previous releases such as the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx. It looks like the brand uses the same design cues and aesthetics to craft this new Droid 4. The Motorola Droid 4 features the same black obelisk motif, and comes complete with rounded corners and edges. The end result is an elegant smart phone but not daring. For me the design is somewhere in between fun and work. The Motorola Droid 4 is a massive handset that has measurements of 5 inches tall by 2.65 inches wide with a full thickness of half an inch. It is lightweight, weighing just 6.31 ounces. When you slide the phone to the right it will reveeal a gloriously engineered keyboard. Its keyboard keys are packed together, with a deep downward push and a rubberized surface. The keyboard has 5 rows, and has a dedicated number row on top. Thereís also a space bar that goes on for what feels like miles and is easy to tap without a need to actually looking for it. The Motorola Droid 4's d-pad is a new addition and is something that we don't see often. For me, there are things on its keyboard that do not thrill me. Thereís no special key for ".com" or emoticon button in the first place. Yes, these are just minor stuff especially since there are keys for comma, equal sign, period, backslash. Most of the keys serve as secondary symbols, too. Overall, I can say that it has a well-designed keyboard, with five rows, number keys, along with directional buttons. If you donít like to use its physical keyboard, you can always use the Gingerbread virtual keyboard or the Swype text input solution. Both of these are easy to use and allows for quick messages. The Motorola Droid 4 sports a 4.3 inch qHD display that can render up to 940x540 pixels of resolution. It is said that its screen was the pinnacle of display perfection. Yes, it hass a good battery life but the Droid 4's battery compartment is not removable like the Droid Razrís. I guess the biggest deal breaker with this phone is that it runs Gingerbread 2.3.5, which is not the Google's newest flavor of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. But then again, I still like the way how Motorola modernized the smart phone's interface with its own User Interface on top of Android. It is not really a bad move, with 5 home screens, a view of all at once, support for social networking sites. Thereís also this Favorites contacts widget that pulls in photos from your Twitter account. I canít figure out to grab my friends photos on Facebook using the My Gallery widget. I was not able to save them to my Droid 4's local storage which can easily done on most Windows Phone devices. There are also 4 capacitive buttons that sit below the phone's screen (Menu, Home, Back, and Search). The Motorola Droid 4 is an Android smart phone that gives you free access to Android Market where you can access up to 300,000 apps. There are lots of free apps, and utilities there, so for sure you will enjoy this more than you enjoy the iOS App Store. I found out that it comes with the Slingbox app pre-installed. This app will allow you to stream live content from your local home cable directly to your phone. Thereís also Netflix onboard, a Motoactv software Ė an application that enables Motorola devices to connect to the brand's line of fitness gadgets. Cool huh? Thereís also this Mobile Hotspot app that you can use to transform your device into a modem and share your WiFIi to nearby WiFi devices. Of course, this requires an extra subscription, which is at around $20 per month. Whatís more is that it can be used as a communicator for your work. It also has MotoCast, Webtop, and Smart Actions. The MotoCast app allows users to share their documents and files with computers. The MotoCast is used to link the Gallery app to access photos, while the Music app is used to link music files. It also supports Webtop app but it requires you to have accessories like the Lapdock 100 (10-inch screen), or tht Lapdock 500 Pro (14-inch screen), or the HD Station. These accessories will transform your handset into a pseudo mobile PC. I did test the Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon's network in our area and just like the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, the call call quality was OK. The speakerphone works great too, and thereís no distorted audio and the volume was not cranked up. I did run a speed test via Ookla's Speed Test app, and it is at 14.3Mbps- 20Mbps. Thanks to Verizonís 4G LTE connection for the Motorola Droid 4 really offers impressive data speeds. I also like the quality of the photos taken using the phoneís 8-megapixel camera. I have not tested its video playback though, but will update this review once I am done with it. We all know that the Moto's Droid Razr Maxx offers an impressive battery life using its 3,300mAh battery, It can last 19 hours and 47 minutes of non stop HD video. This Motorola Droid 4 just have a 1,785mAh battery and the brand claims that it can last 12.5 hours of talk time and 8.5 days of stand by time, which is not on par with the Maxxís battery power (21.5 hours/15.83 days). The Motorola Droid 4 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPUs and 16GB of internal memory, which provides optimum performance Ė without the lags and jitters. For me, this phone deserves a 4/5 rating. It is an awesome device that has all the features that you need in a phone. Itís all about design, power, and performance. I highly recommend this new Motorola Droid 4!