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Motorola's official DROID 4 pics and comparison chart leak

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Motorola's official DROID 4 pics and comparison chart leak
Yesterday, we saw the first listing of the official specs that we can expect in the DROID 4, but now we have the first official pics and a comparison chart showing the differences between the DROID 4, DROID 3, DROID 2 and DROID RAZR.

Motorola's official DROID 4 pics and comparison chart leak
We said yesterday that the DROID 4 looks to be very similar to the RAZR as far as specs, and this comparison chart definitely strengthens that point. All of the specs between the two phones match aside from the screen size and physical keyboard (obviously). We still can't comment on how close the two phones are in built quality, but this new chart does show that the DROID 4 does have Gorilla Glass, although it doesn't have the Kevlar fiber of the RAZR. It does have "laser-cut LED edge lighting", though we're not 100% sure what that is, we'd assume it's the backlighting on the keyboard. As you can see in the pics, there is a border on each key for backlighting, so the fact that it's laser-cut seems to just be some fancy marketing. 

Still, the DROID 4 is looking good. We have a bit of a mission to wean people off of physical keyboards and to the speedy shores of gesture keyboards on slim and light phones, but we won't fault you your choices if you prefer the QWERTY. 

source: Droid Life
Motorola's official DROID 4 pics and comparison chart leak
Motorola's official DROID 4 pics and comparison chart leak
Motorola's official DROID 4 pics and comparison chart leak

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posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:16 3

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"so the fact that it's laser-cut seems to just be some fancy marketing". PA, when was the last time you said the same thing about apple ?

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 12:14 2

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2668; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Said the same thing about FaceTime, possibly Siri too, but I'm not 100% on that one. We do mention Apple's marketing hyperbole quite a bit tho.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:37 1

2. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The RAZR is an awesome phone. Just waiting for some ROMs to flash as I would like to theme the phone as it is too white in some places. Battery life is superb on this baby. Even on Verizon 3G, the phone is better than my previous 3G phone with AT&T, at least in my area, and, I get free NFL MOBILE.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 13:55 1

7. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Gonna be waiting on those ROMs for a long time...

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:59 1

3. davin8r (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)


No Super Amoled screen??????????????

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 14:18 1

9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Yeah that'd be one of the biggest points to me right after LTE.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 06:31

21. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I might've waited for this phone if it were SAMOLED qHD, but a keen look at leaked screen pics showed it to be the same muddy PenTile LCD. Pity.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 12:15 5

5. roscuthiii (Posts: 1787; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"We have a bit of a mission to wean people off of physical keyboards and to the speedy shores of gesture keyboards on slim and light phones..."

I haven't found gestures to be all that speedy really. The speed of keyboards like Swype is mitigated when you have stop to choose the correct word. Gestures can still even be included anyhow as far as editing text goes so it's not like you have to forego one just because you have the other.

Even with gesture browsing I haven't found any significant speed difference from a 2-to-3 finger swipe or drawing a "+", "T", "N", etc. to just clicking a + icon or hitting the Back button. But, people are often sold on novelties and gimmicks alone.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 14:47

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2668; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I've found that everyone I've personally gotten to try gesture keyboards like Swype or FlexT9 have seen greatly improved typing speed. Especially once you start sending proper messages. Because of the limitations of touch typing on phones, we have all gotten into the habit of using short words or abbreviations. For short words, you may not see much difference in speed with gesture keyboards. Once you transition back to using normal language, most find that you can express thoughts more completely without a loss of speed in text input, because it's much easier to use longer words.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 15:06 2

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i get the same result from physical keyboards. i always use proper grammar when i text, email or even when i post on here from my phone. using virtual keyboards still feels quite limited in terms of swift input in comparison to what i can do on a physical QWERTY where the only limits comes from the user especially on a keyboard as fine as the one on the Droid 3.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 15:13 3

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 1787; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I rarely ever use "text talk" and abbreviations only sparingly; if anything my girlfriend takes me to task for being long-winded and using big words she has to pull out a dictionary for. (But hey, opposites attract right?)

I do use Swype ( I admit I like the novelty of tracing my words and I think it looks nicer then a plain stock keyboard.) and converse with someone who uses an iPhone (3GS) with the provided software keyboard.
My friend can easily keep pace texting with me, sometimes even outpacing me.

So I'd say it's not so much the fact of a gesture-based keyboard being in use that makes for a smoother typing experience, but how well the software was written, the hardware specifications, and how well the two interact with each other.

But again, why be limited on options? One of the things this site touts the Android operating system for is user options and customization ability. Why question the consumer being given more choices?

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 12:40 2

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it seems that the Droid 4 also has a removable battery as well which is a big deal.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 15:17 1

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5718; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the keyboard on the D4 is the same (or better) as the D3, with LTE (if you have LTE coverage), the D4 should be one hot phone. Some people just need the physical keyboard. Now the BB owners on VZW will have even more of a reason to switch to Android.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 15:33 1

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the layout isn't that much different from the Droid 3 but it looks like Moto trimmed the fat with the layout and now it looks more efficient. i'm definitely going to try to figure out a way to get one for myself. i'll probably sell my Droid 3 and this free iPod i'm about to receive to get one.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 18:33

16. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The keyboard is in landscape mode for the droid and portrait mode for the BB. Also, the BB can be used with one thumb while the droid is geared for two thumbs. People are creatures of habit.

I always preferred portait mode myself (on either my Triumph or itouch 4) since there is more real estate remaining for viewing the message.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 22:32

18. roscuthiii (Posts: 1787; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Looks like it may be a bit better... Not sure if the D3 keyboard is back-lit but the D4 appears to be.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 23:15

19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Droid 3's is back lit but here on the Droid 4 the outer edges of the keys are clear so light can pass through the edges. it must be a real sight.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 13:57

8. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Nooo, not again with Android. RIP, Motorola...

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 16:02 1

15. evanskylerrr (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


is it me or does the keyboard now resemble one of a computer? :0

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 06:26

20. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I thought the Droid 3 looked very PC-ish too. Moto had gone from a flat, weak keyboard on the OG Droid to a near-perfect QWERTY... just in time for the abandonment of physical keyboards on high-end phones.

Incidentally, that should've been a thumbs-up, not down. Dang touchscreen!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 19:43

17. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


i never had a chance to aclimate to the qwerty keyboard myself, i jumped right onto full touchscreen. i don't think i regret the decision because i think i type pretty well on my gingerbread/ics keyboard. BUT i would like to know how it is to type on a full qwerty because i know so many people who will absolutley not part with it and i cant understand it..

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 10:53 1

22. antmiu2 (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


im glad they kept the 4 inch display, anything over that is just too big imo.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 14:59

23. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Yeah me too. I personally think 4.3 or higher display are a bit much. But 4 inch displays are perfect and still can easily fit in our pockets. I can't wait for this phone.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 16:11 1

24. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I love physical keyboards. However, I wont be upgrading to a phone to a new phone any time soon. Maybe when the D5 or D6 is out I'll see. Hopefully by then it will be quad core, LTE, Thin, HD screen, and NFC :).

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 16:57 1

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


knowing me i\'ll probably be getting 4, 5 & 6. xD

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