The Motorola Droid 4 is the latest and greatest from the Droid series through Verizon. It’s interesting to note that the Droid 4 may be the longest running series name, as most usually die out after the 3rd iteration. The Droid 4, unfortunately, doesn’t carry the weight that its name once had. It’s amazing how fast the power of the Droid name has fallen.
The Droid 4 pushes away the designs of the previous Droid smartphones, removing the lip that hinted at the keyboard underneath. In its place is a smooth display and rounded corners taken from the recently released Droid RAZR. The keyboard still hides underneath the 4-inch display. The display itself is vibrant and bright but it does have a bit of fuzziness across the top. The keyboard underneath the display is, as usual, well built and easy to handle.
The Droid 4 runs on Android 2.3, which is extremely unfortunate. In this day and age where Android is fast evolving, version 2.3 seems old and outdated. The operating system is fast and smooth with very little lag between applications and screens. However, one thing to note is that only five home screens were available, with no ability to add or remove. In addition, there was the usual bloatware that comes with a Verizon branded smartphone.
The 8 megapixel camera on the Droid 4 is fairly impressive, with colors shining through and pictures coming out sharp. However, under darker conditions, the images did turn out slightly blurry or not as sharp. The front facing camera is an impressive 1.3 megapixels, allowing for some quality face-to-face time for video chatting. The 4G speeds on the Droid 4 are hit or miss depending on location and Verizon’s network has been down occasionally. The battery performance was also hit or miss depending on 4G data usage as there were times where the phone ran out of juice rather sooner than expected.
Design – 3/5
Performance – 3/5
User Interface – 4/5
Overall Score – 14/20 – Wait Until the Price Drops