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Motorola DROID 4 Review

Motorola DROID 4

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Camera:

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.

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 - Motorola DROID 4 Review

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).

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 - 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

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Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Motorola DROID 4 Review
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5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Motorola DROID 4 Review
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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.

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 - Motorola DROID 4 Review

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


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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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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
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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