The Motorola DROID 4 is the latest iteration of the "original DROID" line - that is, the line that arguably started the Android revolution in the United States.  While it offers some similar features to the now-old DROID 3 like a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 4-inch qHD display (with 540x960 pixels), an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, and Android 2.3, DROID 4 adds 4G LTE connectivity and a non-removable 1,785 mAh battery.  Perhaps best of all, it joins the LG Spectrum and Motorola DROID RAZR at the $199.99 price point, which is $100 cheaper than the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, HTC Rezound, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

I've had the phone for a couple of days now, and while the changes are minor, it's a nice evolution from the DROID 3.  My thoughts:

  • The aesthetics of the DROID 4 have been brought into line with the other Motorola devices.  The edges are just a bit more brash, and the back has the curves of the RAZR line.  There is a removable door on the back that's incredibly hard to take off and reveals the microSIM and microSD trays.  The microUSB charging and HDMI ports are on the left spine, while the volume rocker is on the right spine.  The 3.5mm headphone jack and the power button can be found on the top.

  • It's packing a 4-inch display with 540x960 pixels instead of the 4.3-inch screen that's found on the RAZR and RAZR MAXX.  Having used both extensively, I noticed the size difference immediately while typing on the onscreen QWERTY, though users shouldn't have too much of a problem.  4-inches seems to be a nice sweet spot between the display size choices on the market.

  • Like the other DROID devices, the 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor performs well on the DROID 4.  I've yet to see any lag while browsing the web, surfing through apps, or using the keyboard.  On that note, it has a five row QWERTY keyboard with a dedicated D-pad and row for numbers and commonly used symbols.  The island keys are nice, tactile, and offer excellent viewability thanks to backlighting.
  • I've put the 1080p HD camcorder to the test, and have been impressed with audio and video quality.  Both have performed well, and I can see this phone being an excellent point-and-shoot replacement for the everyday video.

  • With a non-removable 1,785 mAh battery, the DROID 4 isn't going to win awards in the battery life department.  Moderate use like calling, text messaging, downloading some apps, and working on the web gave me about 10 hours before it powered down.  Fortunately, the phone charges relatively quickly, so those that thrive off of the quick charges during the day should have no problem making it.
  • This DROID comes with 4G LTE capabilities, which makes for some fast data speeds if you're in one of Verizon's LTE markets.  In tests so far, I've averaged speeds between 5 and 18 Mbps, with upload speeds between 2 and 8 Mbps.  Verizon also claims that the DROID 4 (along with the LG Spectrum) will offer global roaming capabilities later in the year via a software update.  This has been a point of contention for many international travelers that use Verizon (myself included at one point), as those that frequently leave the US have to resort to one of the global-capable 3G devices.

Outside of 4G LTE and a revamped design, there's not a whole lot that's new over the DROID 3.  It retains the same processor, camera configuration, and Android OS build.  But for those that need a physical QWERTY keyboard, this is a great option.  And better yet, it's available for $199.99.

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Erick F. Macri
Erick F. Macri So.. what are the chances the Droid 4 MAXX is coming out in a month? :P
Eli Thegreat Parker
Eli Thegreat Parker I believe that Motorola makes some of the most reliable (not as fun) Android phones out there. The Droid 2 may have been a let down, but this phone is definitely a great phone. The biggest problem for most people who have experienced the iOS reliability, is to go to something that may give them all types of problems. This phone is a great phone, but may will probably give more problems than the iPhone.
Manoj Gs
Manoj Gs Hi folks try out the new galaxy tab 7.7. It is the best thing that happened to the mobile world
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Android phones have to many problems there is a reason why millions of people get iphones cause they are made right
Jimmy Pop
Jimmy Pop 3 too many.
Cory Wilson
Cory Wilson Garbage
Rick Sievers
Rick Sievers razr maxx #1
Jesse Snider
Jesse Snider Samsung Galaxy Nexus w/ ICS!! Nothing better now. :)
Rick Sievers
Rick Sievers iphones suck and htc makes cheapfeeling-poor reception phones. Motorola makes the best phones. If anyone had an android that was not perfect, you either had a defect or you did not know how to use it.
David DiPilla
David DiPilla joshua you are correct with a iphone you cant lose you wont have any problems if you have an android phone you will get nothing but problems once you have an iphone its hard to get a piece of crap os lol
Joshua Becker
Joshua Becker I just say this: I have the iPhone 4 and I love it. What better phone is out there that doesn't force-close every fucking app like Android?
Kevin Dalton
Kevin Dalton I want it
Dennis Heggenstaller
Dennis Heggenstaller Droid 5 screenshots leaked...feel like an idiot for buying the Droid 4 yet?
Sairus Soliman
Sairus Soliman i dont like much the design of the droid , however i do likevery much the Motorola BACKFLIP . its much more stylish and functional . so if they could upgrade it . it would be much better .
David DiPilla
David DiPilla But this makes me sick and im guessing alot of people the droid 3 comes out last year 6 months later here is droid 4 and we can't upgade its not right at all really messed up
Steve Johns
Steve Johns I love my htc rezound wouldn't trade it for a droid no way. Had to get ics the hard way not an easy update. Hehe but all phone companies are kinda sucking I'm sticking with Verizon I love the service in 99 percent of the places I go and that on 3g if I don't get put on that 4g and make that call or text.
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Well I have the droid 3 its a. Terrible phone they should let me upgrade to droid 4 I mean come on 6 months after the droid 3 comes out this thing comes out it don't even have that much better specs then the droid 3 is this a joke lol but I hate my droid 3. If I want to do things right ill wait for the iphone 5 androids are junk
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski Not interested. The razr maxx is my next device.
Riley Shepherd
Riley Shepherd Whatever... I dont anyone who uses original droids anymore
Rodney Willis
Rodney Willis i rather get the iphone 4s
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??? ???? ?? ?????? I think that when the phone is touch screen has external keyboard this is not very good -sometime the external keyboard slow the system phone - Motorola creating 2 best phones - droid x2 and droid razr . Thanks phone Dog
Linda Sotelo
Linda Sotelo Could care less.. Nothing lately has come out that's worth while for one to buy. Everything has become repetative.. Ugh.
Ryan Mueller
Ryan Mueller It the most amazing piece of technology ever created. Razor with a physical keyboard. CAN'T FUCKING WAIT.
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos Meh
Tyler Chamberlain
Tyler Chamberlain I hate it, it's so ridiculous that manufacturers are still refusing to just use vanilla android.
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Blaaaah
Naga Appani
Naga Appani F**k all these phones eat my brain with weekly launches.. Bored of hearing.. GOD, need some change... Duhhhh
Sam Rick
Sam Rick it sucks donkey balls!
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago I agree with Fred. Unless they start coming out with new technology,they are all just another phone.
Fred Cargill
Fred Cargill Tired of new phones every 2 weeks. Nothing really innovative has come out in a while
Aaron Dean
Aaron Dean Just another phone
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago Motorola blah!!
Geo Foreal
Geo Foreal Not another one! Lol
Homasyde Mcclam
Homasyde Mcclam I dont!!!!!
Kevin Zhang
Kevin Zhang no amoled screen :(
Cordell Roberson
Cordell Roberson Don't like the quality of the screen
Adan James Salinas
Adan James Salinas The rezound is still a much better value.
Adan James Salinas
Adan James Salinas Htc rezound is not $300. It is $200.
Quinn Tenfelde
Quinn Tenfelde i like island keys thats more of a black berry keybord on its side not my thing
Arvydas Gr
Arvydas Gr First Droid was something that I wanted. And all other versions are just meh... Although, I don't like Android anymore
Ali Wright
Ali Wright I like anything with shiny buttons :)
Jaime Espinoza
Jaime Espinoza Meh...
Eric Dunn
Eric Dunn Looks like crap to me.
Rob Lombardo
Rob Lombardo Its a razor with a smaller creen and a slide out keyboard. Dumb.

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