Motorola Droid 4 Review

Posted: March 13, 2012
Motorola Droid 4 Review

The Droid 4 by Motorola comes with a laser cut slide out keyboard, LED edge lit keys, a 1.2 GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira discuss the pros and cons of this smartphone that retails for $199 with a Verizon contract.

What You Need To Know

  • The Droid 4 has the same familiar angular body as the Droid RAZR.
  • The design measure 0.5" thick and the heavy weight makes the phone feel solid, unlike the Galaxy SII.
  • On the side are volume rockers.
  • You can slide the display forward to reveal the keyboard.
  • The keyboard has been re-tooled to have full five rows with an independent number row.
  • This was the best QWERTY keyboard we've used on a phone.
  • The space is good, even for our thumbs.
  • The LED backlight has the perfect amount of brightness.
  • The only thing we didn't like was how loud the keyboard was.
  • There is a lot of tactile feedback but that comes at the price of quietness.
  • The 4" QHD display has a resolution of 940x540, which didn't stack up great in a world of super AMOLED Android phones.
  • We found the display to be a little murky and the resolution is obviously below other devices, especially compared with the Galaxy Nexus (which has a super AMOLED screen and a much higher resolution).
  • The touch screen was fairly responsive but there was quite a bit of Android lag.
  • There is a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera that shoots 720P was a welcome addition to the Droid and good for video chatting.
  • There's also a rear facing 8 megapixel camera.
  • The colors seem dull and not particularly vibrant, and photos often came out blurry.
  • With some patience and a steady hand, you can get some decent shots on this.
  • However, photos taken in bright light had a lot more noise that we expected.
  • The 1.2 GHz dual core processor was a performance boost with 4G LTE speeds.
  • The Droid 4 runs on Android's Gingerbread OS and the overall performance was good.
  • There was a bit of a UI on the Droid 4 which wasn't really MotoBlur or pure Android.
  • We ran the Droid 4 next to the Nexus which runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, and noticed that with the process here, it could potentially be a much faster phone.


  • $199 with a 2 year contract from Verizon.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The phone is bulky.
  • The software is slower than it needs to be.
  • The camera is subpar.
  • The keyboard is the best physical keyboard we've seen on a smartphone.

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Comments are Closed

  • OutlawFirebird

    Still hanging on the my droid 2 for a while, no need to upgrade just yet, as far as the os, remember google has the make it work on several different phones so it takes more time, im sure than if it was just one type of phone.

    Posted: April 2, 2012 7:18 PM
  • incredibilistic

    It has to be tough to be an Android fan. Dozens if not hundreds of devices on the market and more coming to market that aren't sporting an almost year old OS.

    ICS was first shown in May of 2011, wasn't released until October of that same year and yet there's only like 2 or 3 devices that have it. That drives me insane just thinking about it and I own an iPhone.

    Much respect to Android users for putting up with the consistent fragmentation and crappy update schedule (which is to say, if you want the new OS buy a new phone and get rid that phone you bought 7 months ago).

    Posted: March 17, 2012 8:27 AM
  • Spybreak

    Nice, yeah I'm just picking up the Droid 3, got a great deal on it. It'll be my first smartphone too so I prob will not be so picky about it haha.

    Posted: March 15, 2012 9:06 AM
  • Vashoom

    +1 to matt mira!

    Posted: March 15, 2012 5:39 AM
  • DarkKirby2500

    I too am wondering why it takes so long to get the new Android OSs on new phones. Seems like it takes months for new phones to start having the newest Android OS, and even longer to update phones with old Android OSs. I feel like it's not so much a programming issue as it is a "not caring" issue.

    Keyboard sound is legitimate concern. For a lot of people the the point of texting is it's quiet. If it's loud anyway it defeats that. While you may think phone thickness is a plus, many people don't, and there is nothing wrong with mentioning the phones weight and thickness. And Matt Mira is the person who actually uses and reviews the products, I think him presenting his own review is better then him writing a script for someone else to do it, I think he has the humor for the part too, but you are entitled to your opinion.

    Posted: March 13, 2012 10:32 PM
  • Griever2112

    wait a second... you say it's the best keyboard... but you bitch about the key clicks??? And I''l give you the Screen Resolution and Gingerbread O/S is faults.... but your not going to fit a keyboard into something the thickness of a Razr. And that's another thing... you make it sound like this is a Zack Morris phone from Saved By The Bell... I personally hate the super thin phone cause if it's in my pocket I fear of breaking the damn thing. I have a Droid Charge, I got a hardcover slip case for it and love it, when I use the charging dock I need to take the case off, and when I hold the phone it feels like a toy... it's so thin and smooth, I keep envisioning it slipping and pulling a cartoon character trying to catch the wet bar of soap.

    And what happened to Chris Hardwick... I miss him....

    Posted: March 13, 2012 12:07 PM
  • 3aaa

    Matt Mira! You belong on television. These segments have been brilliant since you started!

    Posted: March 13, 2012 10:45 AM