Aaron unboxes and does an early review of Verizon's Motorola DROID 4 smartphone.  Announced at CES 2012, the DROID 4 is the newest iteration of the original DROID line and offers a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 4-inch qHD display (540x960 pixels), 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, a non-removable 1,785 mAh battery, and Android 2.3.5 with Motorola's custom UI.  It's the first QWERTY DROID to have 4G LTE capabilities, and it's available on February 10th for $199.99.

It's nice to see the original DROID brand get upgraded with a new design and 4G LTE support, but it goes up against the LG Spectrum, HTC's Rezound, the Motorola DROID RAZR, and the RAZR MAXX.  Does the QWERTY keyboard and future global roaming capabilities (once Verizon enables the feature) make it worth a look?

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"Do you still need a physical QWERTY keyboard?"

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justin52ww the most ugly driod
Taisha Sanders Absolutely! A full qwerty slider is always my deciding factor when choosing a phone.
Clayton Johnson It really depends. It would have to be an amazing keyboard. Ex: Evo shift. Not a good keyboard. But I'm fine without
wojtas25 nope 'coz im on SGS2 which does'nt have BBM :p
ComputerChris2 yes, it gives a lot more display room.
eys1234 yes because i could type and walk and still know where i am going
Edward Gonse It's a 50/50 with me. I've owned phones with all touchscreen and phones with a physical qwerty. I guess it depends on the mood I'm in for what style of phone I'm uprading to.
Zulfan Efendi Ofcourse not. Less energy to push the touchscreen key than the physical qwerty.
Patrick Aiken IDK i like the keyboard but i also like a roomy touchscreen too. Id keep the keyboard
Russell Allred Nope, graduated from training wheels a long time ago
Jose Angel Santiago I personally dont like the slide out QWERTY keyboard on phones. It feels so uncomfortable in the hand when it slides out. QWERTYS should stay on phones like the blackberries.
Greg Phifer I really can't stand it when they ask the question are physical keyboards are worth it, me personally I don't like them but to most people a physical keyboard is the difference between getting a messaging phone and a smartphone
Aaron Couts Yes I do, still not comfortable with the all touch screen.
Grant Butler why not?? if you dont need it just keep the phone closed. why not have an extra option. thats like say you dont need a rear facing camera if the front facing camera is big enough(pixel wise)
José J. Landrau Not at all makes the phone bullky.
Huey Liggins When screens were small but now? Nah
Kirk Ngo Not at all but the keyboard on that phone looks really cool
Dwayne Cook I don't need one but some people personally prefer one.
Mickey Knezevic Not really impressed,i'd definitely prefer Razor MAXX...or iPhone 5 :-)
Jose Angel Santiago Aaron have you heard anything about a possible galaxy s plus being released before the galaxy s 3??
Anonymous I thought I did, but the galaxy nexus has proved me wrong!
Daniel Kallini @David Dipilla it's not bad if you root the droid 3 and install a custom rom on it. It's so much more responsive and faster i'm in love with my droid 3 with a rom on it
Daniel Kallini Why do you care Aaron people prefer it. I prefer it on my droid 3 it's when you make these posts that company's stop makinng them you don't realize how much of an affect you have on manufacturing
Ashley McCain I'm not a teenage girl either, but I personally prefer the keyboard ....Touch screen can be annoying as all get out sometimes, no matter how many different free keyboard button apps are out there!
Drew Page hehe funny. no I don't. I actually enjoy the on screen keyboard on my iPhone 4.
Mark Gittens Yes aaron I do but on TMOBILE!
David Tambascio YES!!!!!!
Don Lynn I am not a teenage girl so no.
Myo Thet Oo Want that
Martin Hodgson depends on the person
Cesario Brito Jr. Nope.....never needed physical keyboards. It just adds more bulk.
Mark Hersman I thought I needed one with my big "bass guitar playin fingers... But Im glad I got the Iphone.
Ryan Rampersad It depends on if the phone is responsive enough to handle rapid virtual keyboard typing. I don't really think anyone needs a keyboard anymore.
Michael Burnham When I had my Droid 2 I quit using the physical keyboard when I found how great swype is
David DiPilla Droid 3 sucks period thats why they are release the droid 4 6 months later i have it and hate it its terrible
Ikee Barrs Yes i love qwerty keyboards!
Richard Ameen Eat a sandwhich? He looks really good I think hes made good progress on his health.
Eduardo Ordaz yes we do. so to give us options.
Zach Cline No it isn't
Ashley Roycraft I love this, next phone. u
Roman Calabaza Martinez Absolutely not but to each their own
BigStanley Christian Yes.Its just something about that dang keypad on a phone thats comforting to me.Even tho i can type either way. Its just easier for me to use.
Ntxhw Lor The keyboard is necessary still
Danu Carrión Perales dont buy it droid 5 will probably arrive around august lol!
Jose Angel Santiago 1.8 gigahertz on the galaxy s3
Yau Quasar It's smother and faster to type without having to press a physical button, when it comes to smartphones.
Ian Slade Lol S3 will have android 5.0...??... You mad bro?
Phong Trinh nope, physical QWERTY keyboard is not needed.
Brian M McCoy I still use a hardware keyboard. I have the Samsung Epic. I don't like software keyboards, but I know one day I will have to make the switch.
Joe Czo I had the droid 3 and the keyboard was awful!!
Diane Tsavdar Esposito I hate touch screens so......yes!
CeeGii Borels no one needs KBs anymore, cept for grampa and grama
Flako Ramirez Nah not really
Kris K. Blomgren God damn Aaron ear a sandwich and stop trying so hard to be kike Noah.
Jaymus HoneyWheat Mania who uses these anymore? I mean they are like the razor of smart phones....and now that the razr is here they should just stop making them
Ray Munoz No keyboard for me
Carlos Nava GALAXY S3 OFFICIAL! 5.0 inch 1080p super amoled Plus HD 12 Megapixel Camera with 1080p video/5 Mega pixel HD front cam 2.0 Gigahertz Dual core Exynos 2 Gigs of ram,4G LTE,Android 5.0, 3000 mAh Battery,FaceLock/Eyelock ,Android T.V (2012)

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