Motorola Droid 4

The worst-kept secret of the season has got to be the Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon. And here it is in our hot little hands. The Big Deal here is that the keyboard once again has been redesigned. The keys are now laser cut (as opposed to whatever medieval method was used previously), and they're backlit. And they're pretty nice. Maybe a tad slick, but they're also pretty new. The backlight's definitely a nice touch.

Android Central @ CES The other surprising feature on the Droid 4 is its weight. Or, lack thereof. Whereas the previous members of the Droid line were, more or less, known for their heft, the Droid 4 is surprisingly light. You're not going to mistake it for a RAZR anytime soon, but it's not going to cause you to list to one side while you're walking.

One odd feature: The battery door is removable so you can get to the SIM card. But the battery itself is not removable.

The slider mechanism is decent enough, and Motorola's implementation of Gingerbread is speedy and full of features like MOTOCAST and Smart Actions, and all the business-type software Moto can muster. The suits are going to love it. The IT department is going to love it. And even after brief use, we're pretty sure we're going to be pretty pleased with it.

The only question we have is this: How long until the Droid 5?

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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Very nice looking phone for those shrinking number of consumers who still require a qwerty keyboard over a touch screen.

hoosiercub says:

I love the haters who assume nobody uses or wants a QWERTY anymore.

Kmcferrin says:

I know. It's pretty typical of the kind of idiots who assume that everyone is just like them and "If I don't need it, nobody needs it, how dare you waste your time catering to a market that I'm not a part of." Typical selfish BS that's becoming the norm in America these days, I'm afraid.

Personally I'm excited. It looks like it's everything that the Droid 3 should have been. Now I just need to see if VSW is going to be doing the double data plan when this phone is finally released.

pseudoelf says:

It seems like part of the trend away from the physical keyboard is that they seem to be lagging behind the non keyboard phones. (the larger and larger screens are also helping). It's annoying that the keyboard ed phone always release well after the equivalent (spec wise) non keyboard units. I don't need a outboard but i know many that want it and i don't think they should sooooo often give up the cutting edge to have it.

This. I'm going back to a dumbphone and a mobile hotspot until something peaks my curiosity in the next couple months. The Droid 4 does not because of its battery.

I can not understand how people deal with inaccuracies of softkeyboards. there is a reason why this site: http://damnyouautocorrect.com/ exists.

I was all set to pass on this one because of all the other goodies coming this spring but the more I learn about this phone the more I like it ... even with no removable battery ...

afazel says:

Do want. They need to hurry and discontinue the Droid 3 so it disappears from our list of phones to order from work. Then they need to replace it with this. Or the RAZR

YoungChrisG says:

I loved my OG and would seriously consider buying this when I'm eligible for my upgrade but I would have to pass if it comes with a locked bootloader.

hoosiercub says:

Then go ahead and pass.. I'd put a months worth of pay on the line for that one.

CeluGeek says:

"How long until the Droid 5?" Sadly, 2012 is shaping like the end of the [smartphone] world for keyboard users. I think Droid 4 users will have plenty of time to enjoy what will probably be the last high-end smartphone with a hardware keyboard in a LONG time.
:-(

bigcatman says:

The Droid 5 will be out July 16th, 2012. You heard it from me first.

RoninX says:

I'd be perfectly happy to have Moto release a flagship QWERTY Droid every six months. Then I'll buy the D4 now, and the D6 with a 2 GHz quad-core CPU, 1080p HyperAMOLED++ screen, and 4 GB of RAM in February 2013...

rappleby91 says:

So you think the jump in a year will be from 1.2ghz dual cores to 2.0 ghz quad cores? LOL.

I cant stand the fact that they are just making everything non-removable.

Samsung sunk a bomb with their versions of Nexus by not having a removable SD card, and Motorola with them making the batteries non-removable.

So, if the battery malfunctions, we have to send it in to be repaired as opposed to just getting a new battery? That makes no sense!

I am hoping this is not a trend we should be getting used to. I would hate to have my Android that is as interchangeable as my iPhone 4S.

At least my HTC Vivid has 16GB internal memory built-in, plus an SD card slot for easy data transfer (music, pictures, videos, ringtones etc.). I hate the whole using a cable to transfer those things from my laptop to my phone.

Non-removable batteries & SD Cards should not be the direction we head in next.

IceDree says:

I agree with you regarding the SD cards

personally , I can live with a Non-removable battery (I only remove when I swap the SIM card , probably 4 times a year) , But NOT without a removable SD , It makes me feel trapped in a box

my Atrix also have a 16GB internal memory + SD card (I've 8GB in it , Took it from my old OG MileStone)

How much of that 16GB you have access to ?
I've 9 for media & 2 for apps (after 111 apps & 394 songs , I've 7.8 left) , the reason im asking is because I was interested in getting the Sensation XL which have a Non-Removable SD , I checked it a store once & it only have access to 8GB of the 16GB ... deaL breaker :(

You can thank the cancer that is Apple for this. They started this trend and everyone else was more then happy to jump on the bandwagon. Next up is glass backs that are easy to shatter. HP is all over this with their new laptop model that has a glass face plate. That will NEVER end in tears.
Apple is the worst thing to hit the tech industry since Microsoft from the 90's-2008. Lately they have been putting out good stuff.

ulnek says:

droid 5: coming feb 2012... >_<

ba_hamilton says:

lol. "So you can type in a movie theatre." Don't be that guy.

tailsthecat3 says:

Technically the keys are side lit. Ugh, y'all make more daily errors than meteorologists.

codiusprime says:

Actually back lit refers to where the light source is, not where the light comes out. They are back lit keys.

Any word yet if the D4 is global?

*sits back with a bag of popcorn and waits for the first people to get this phone and bitch about battery life on LTE.*

Seriously its like people don't even think anymore before they whip out their wallets. This thing is going to suck butt because of LTE and a battery that can't be removed. Mark my words on this one.

Payne78 says:

Oh I want! I've got the D3, which is great except for the keyboard. I have problems with a couple of the keys not working sometimes, and Verizon is giving me shit about replacing it, again! Wonder if they'll let me switch to this before my two year mark, since I still have a year and a half left on this contract.