Motorola DROID 4 

Released February, 2012
  • Android 4.1.2
  • 4G
  • 4"
  • Dual core 1.2 GHz
And while we found the four-inch qHD screen was plenty big and the qHD resolution was favorable, it's hard to see in sunlight, and not as sharp as we'd like.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)
Those minor annoyances aside, however, the keyboard is rock solid and should fit the bill for anyone looking for the best physical keyboard they can get in an Android phone.
by Android Police (Feb, 2012)
6.4 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Motorola DROID 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

DROID 4
7.8
Galaxy S4
9.9
BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

DROID 4
5.5
Galaxy S4
8.9
GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

DROID 4
5.2
Galaxy S4
n.d.
Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

DROID 4
7.6
Galaxy S4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and 1 more

6.4

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

DROID 4
6.4
Galaxy S4
9.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Motorola DROID 4

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

DROID 4
2,131 ms
DROID 3
4,144 ms
Galaxy S4
804 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

DROID 4
2,093
iPhone 5s
3,621
Moto X
3,109

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

DROID 4
5.8 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps
Galaxy S4
41.3 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Motorola DROID 4


8.0
It's reasonably sharp and clear but it has just average color saturation and contrast.

8.5
Well, at least its resolution is enough to enjoy wholeheartedly thanks to its pixel density of 275 ppi, which produces sharp visuals that’s easy on the eyes.

8.0
At four inches, the screen is large, and at qHD 960x540 resolution, it's ¼ the size of a full 1080p HD frame.

Overall

7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Keyboard

If you're in need of a high quality QWERTY Android smartphone, the fourth, but probably not final entry in the Droid line is a strong choice.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
The sliding keyboard necessitates a thicker design, and the Droid 4 is nearly twice as thick as the keyboard-less Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
The argument against physical keyboards often comes down to size - but to some, no price is to great for a keyboard.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)

Screen

Even with the Brightness cranked all the way up, the screen was hard to read in direct sunlight.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)
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.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2012)
Outdoors in bright light, images are clean and contrasty (in a good way).
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)

Carrier

Verizon's usual boatload of bundled software is here too: their data counter widget, VZ Navigator, Verizon Video (a pay-for streaming video service), V Cast Tones, VideoSurf, Slacker, Slingbox, MOG Music, Let's Golf 2, Madden NFL 12 (demo), Blockbuster and Amazon Kindle.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
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.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2012)
There are five home screens worth of real estate, for shortcuts and widgets, and Verizon pre-loads the device with tons of third-party bloatware (or useful apps, depending on how you feel about each of the additions).
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)

Battery

In A Sentence: The Droid 4 packs a fast processor, good battery life, and an excellent keyboard; unfortunately, it also has the worst display that I've ever seen on a smartphone.
by Android Police (Feb, 2012)
The beefy 1785 mAh battery has excellent stamina on Verizon's 3G network, and decent battery life on 4G.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
And as we mentioned earlier, using features like the wi-fi hotspot and power-hungry apps can easily chew through your battery in only a couple of hours.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)

Layout

Aside from the size and layout, the Droid 4's keyboard also incorporates other niceties.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2012)
We've always had a soft spot for the Droid line with its good performance, impressive build and good QWERTY keyboard.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
Getting down right to it, we have to admit that we’re smitten by its functionality, ease of use, and spacious nature to make it probably the best QWERTY-based smartphone on the market.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Size 4"
Resolution 960 x 540
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 275 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 16 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  3. EV-DO Rev.A
  4. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 750 min
Standby time 12,240 min
Capacity 1,785 mA·h

form factor

Weight 179 g
Thickness 13 mm
Size 67 x 127 x 13 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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