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Motorola DROID 4 Review

Motorola DROID 4 8.5

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Since it’s running the same customized MOTOBLUR experience as its siblings, the layout of the camera interface isn’t particularly new. Dominating most of the interface, we get a good view on what we’re shooting with the viewfinder, but we find the usual suspect of icons littered on its side – like the on-screen shutter key, digital zoom controls, and video mode toggle. Furthermore, there’s an accessible sliding bar that holds additional icons that allow us to change shooting modes, choose different effects, and get into its settings. Compared to others, it’s lacking on some manual controls that are near and dear to photo enthusiast out there.

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Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID 4 Review

Camera interface


Reminded about the abysmal photos produced by the DROID 3, we’re glad to see that Motorola has focused on improving it this time around. Yet, its overall quality still pales in comparison to the stellar photo-centric devices on the market, but at least it’s tolerable enough to accept. Details are never a strong point with this one, as they appear soft in tone in sunny conditions – with more speckling occurring in cloudy shots. As for color production, its visibly is on the cooler side of things, thus, casting a noticeable bluish hue to all shots. With low lighting conditions, they’re undoubtedly noisy and fuzzy in appearance, but colors tend to bleed and appear dramatically washed out. Although the LED flash barely sharpens things, it’s useless in complete darkness as it fails to focus properly, which can be remedied with the flash going off beforehand (but it doesn’t).

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Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
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Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola DROID 4


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Ehh…they’re not stellar in quality, but its 1080p video recording is nonetheless better than its predecessor. Again, details are almost non-existent, but at least it moves swimmingly at 29 frames per second and captures mostly clear audio. As for the rest, we do notice some light artifacting when panning, with more digital noise evident with videos recorded in low lighting environments. For us, it’s not much of an issue, but it’s worth noting that the handset offer touch-focus.

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Multimedia:

Utilizing the same music player interface featured on other recent Motorola smartphones, it has a conventional approach with its presentation as songs are being played – displaying such things as the album cover and on-screen controls. However, we do like the nifty looking 3D carousel gallery available when we’re browsing through songs in landscape. Rounding things out, we definitely appreciate the usefulness of lyrics being displayed as a song is being played, which transforms the phone into a mini karaoke machine of some sort. Audio-wise, we’re pleased by the strong volume output and robust tones emitted by the handset’s speaker. Cranking it up, there’s no evidence of crackling whatsoever, but to fine tune things, there are a host of equalizer settings to choose from.

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Music player - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID 4 Review

Music player


Using our test video encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, the handset dishes up that usual top-notch performance, as it has no trouble whatsoever in playing it. As much as we enjoy it all, we still can’t get over the poor quality display it’s packing along – simply, it’s lacking that luster to reel our eyes.

Sharing multimedia content is as easy as pie, since we gain a mirrored experience by connecting it to a high-def television via its microHDMI port. Additionally, Motorola’s Webtop experience is available by using any of the enabled accessories for it – like the Lapdock or HD Station. Naturally, the beauty about Webtop is that it extends the handset’s functionality by offering a full web browsing experience thanks to Mozilla Firefox, while still having access to all the functions of the handset.


Software:

Business and enterprise users will especially fall in love with the Motorola DROID 4 seeing it’s preloaded with apps that include GoToMeeting, MOTOPRINT, Quickoffice. Not surprising in the very least, we find Verizon’s presence clearly establish with apps such as My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Apps, V CAST Tones, Verizon Video, and VZ Navigator. Rounding things out, its included third party apps consists of Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, Let’s Golf 2, Madden NFL 2012, MOG Music, Netflix, NFL Mobile, Slacker, Slingbox, and VideoSurf.

Motorola’s workings are absolutely in full force on the Motorola DROID 4 as it features MotoCast for streaming content from your internet connected computer, MOTOACTV for those fitness junkies relying on the workout oriented accessory, and Smart Actions that deliver complete control with many of the smartphone’s aspects. Not only does Smart Actions allow for better organization with its functionality, but it essentially becomes invaluable in optimizing the battery life of the handset.

Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4 - Motorola DROID 4 Review

Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID 4



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posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:37 8

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Such a small battery for non removable and the screen display is horrible. Wait until the Droid 5 :(

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 01:27 1

26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I think the 2 greatest failures of the D4 are the limited battery capacity and the junk (LCD - come on, WTF) display. Camera could be better too.

Maybe the D5 fixes these fails.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 07:42

53. ZombiesAlso (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


the greatest failure is denying customers custom kernel capabilities

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 14:03 1

57. Mark_Washington (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Pros: Awesome keyboard - If you're a keyboard fan, this can't be beat.

Size - For me, it's the perfect size. I like that it's not as big as other Verizon phones, yet still has a very impressive display.

Battery life - I don't live in a 4G environment, but I have everything else constantly running - GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. Today was a fairly normal usage day for me (a little web-surfing, some texts and phone calls, streaming radio to and from work, even downloaded a couple of apps). Right now I'm sitting at 40% charge after 15h 38m 53s (per the phone) on battery power. I can't think of many reasons why I would need more.

Smart Actions App - Great app! Makes it very easy to seamlessly move from my home (wifi network) to my car (bluetooth on, Pandora opens automatically, wifi off) to the office (silent phone) without ever having to touch the phone.

Cons: Plastic construction already has some scratches from putting it into and out of my zippered pocket. They're very small (I only noticed them because I was looking very closely for "cons") and only on the plastic around the screen. The screen itself is Gorilla Glass and is not scratching at all. Not a big deal to me, but some people really want their phones to remain in pristine condition.

Bottom line, this is a great 4G LTE phone by any standard. The fact that it has that great keyboard literally puts it in a class by itself.

*Note: for best deal of the Droid 4 if you're will buy it, I suggest you have to check before you decide at -> http://androidphonesdeals.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/motorola-droid-4/

Hope this review helpful

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:38 4

2. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Seems they really messed up on the screen, huh? D:

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:45 1

3. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Moto's best screens were the OG Droid and DX. Its interesting that Motorola hit a peak with their original Razr and stopped innovating. Now their Razr/Maxx/D4 marks another halt in innovation.

Bigger and heavier does not make a better phone.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:53 8

4. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


D.R.O.I.D.- Dwindling Relaunch Of Innsignificant Device

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:18 7

6. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


You realise that android wouldnt be what it is today without the Droid line right? So before you say something stupid like you just did know what you're talking about first idiot!!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:18 3

8. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I love you

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 14:36 2

13. cthunder (Posts: 112; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Insignificant devices? Like the above poster stated, the OG Droid startered it all. Sure the display may or may not be bad. But it's an above average device with a QWERTY KYBD and LTE. Something a lot of physical kybd users (myself included) had been waiting for.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:40

18. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


This incarnation of the device is hardly improved. I'm just having a little fun on a Friday with my first post, didn't realize it'd be taken so personally. Sure, the original was great. So was the first flip phone, carphone, bagphone, telegraph... Now it's just milking the franchise every few quarters and the sales are diminishing every time a new version hits. You can't honestly say this newest generation phone is still a significant device in the oversaturated VZ market. I'd think VZ would agree by way of thier instant price drop.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:09 4

5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Epic Fail. im all for android but this is just sad

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:44 6

7. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, not a worthy successor. But, if taken on it's own, the D4 is a still a better QWERTY device than anything else out there right now. Certainly a better option than Blackberries, way more powerful with a top notch keyboard than any other phone on Big Red, and what are you going to do: drop down to the Captivate Slide on AT&T and it's slower network?

I am very, very disappointed that Moto did not view the Droid line as an elite device. It deserves better. But, if you want a real keyboard, there still is no better option.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 20:09

32. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Kind of how I felt when HTC relased the HTC EVO Shift (which btw does not have a decent keyboard imo) which was kind of disappointing. Wish they viewed the EVO line as an elite device as well.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:54 2

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I might even go as far as to say to buy the droid 3 over this unless you must have LTE.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:31 2

17. cthunder (Posts: 112; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Really?
Let's Droid 3 1Ghz, 512 mb vs 1.2, 1GB, a backlit keys and better overall kybd. and LTE. Yeah, those numbers make we want to get the 3 instead.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 18:54

21. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


numbers always dont mean everything

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 20:42 1

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Having used the D3 the keyboard is also really good and you wont notice any difference between the two devices as far as performance. I cant get over how poor the screen quality is on this one.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 20:58 4

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Droid 4 is actually going to be a good bit faster than the Droid 3 if the difference between the Droid Bionic and the Droid Razr is any indication. i think it has to do with tweaking Motorola may have done with the drivers for the OMAP4 in 2.3.5+ as even the benchmarks behave differently.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 07:49

55. ZombiesAlso (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


And longer battery after removing all the google connectivity crap

android calendar/contacts are easily powered by a hotmail account... since microsoft licenses activesync to google

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 12:10

10. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Glad I pulled the trigger on a D3 back in December.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 12:21 2

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, at least it's a lot better than the DROID 3.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 13:57 1

30. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Which isn't saying much. ZING!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 14:32

12. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


Is the screen worse than the Droid 3? Everyone on here complained about the Droid 3's display even though I didn't have a problem with it. Just trying to figure out if the complaints have merit.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 14:37 3

14. cthunder (Posts: 112; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


I didn't think the Droid 3's display was all that bad. It just seems everyone wants super amoled or they aren't happy with the phone.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 11:59

28. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


no the screen is exactly the same as on droid 3 lol both have 4.00 inch lcd display with a resolution of 540x960 and pixel density of 275 ppi

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:22 3

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I checked one out today and it doesn't feel as bad as you guys make it sound. it's about like the Droid 3 with a textured back. I am however disappointed about the lack of a removable battery. now really the only trade offs for the Droid 4 over the Razr are it's fantastic Keyboard and it's compact size along with a higher pixel density display.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:29

16. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Did anyone notice that the Droid 3 is .51" and 12.9mm but the Droid 4 is .5" and 13mm
that makes no sence and needs correction phonearena

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 18:51 1

20. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


yep, screen sucked, i saw it in the store today activating my nexus. it was very dull and dark and didnt have any pop. such another disappointment, 2, maybe 3 in a row for the droid line

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 20:56 2

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


maybe the brightness was turned down. bet you didn't think about that. :P

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Motorola DROID 4

Motorola DROID 4

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4 2.3.5
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Display4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.00 x 2.65 x 0.50 inches
(127 x 67 x 13 mm)
6.31 oz  (179 g)
Battery1785 mAh, 12.5 hours talk time

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