March 31, 2012 by admin
Motorola DROID, the smartphone that was first released just two years ago and well known for being the phone that had a hand in making Anrdoid the big hit it is today has now had 3 successors, the latest being the Motorola DROID 4. The successors haven’t had such a big impact on the market as the first one for various reasons. For instance, Motorola DROID 3 was released without support for 4G LTE connectivity. So Motorola has corrected that issue with the Motorola DROID 4 and there are of course hardware improvements as well. So let’s see if this phone will be able to win back the crowd.
On the front of the smartphone sits a 4 inch qHD display that we will elaborate further later. A little further down the screen – in an effort to rid off accidental presses – are the trademark Android capacitive buttons. Also on the front is a 1.3MP camera which records videos at 720p too. The QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola DROID 4 trumps its predecessor’s already great keyboard somehow. It’s extremely easy to use and the keyboard is also very spacious. Motorola has maintained the same layout but has also given a slight dome to the buttons and some impressive backlighting too. If that’s not enough, then be amazed when we tell you it glows in the dark too. So we can actually say this is by far the best QWERTY keyboard we have seen on a smartphone. The power button and volume rocker were a disappointment as they were flush to the chassis. You will find both the microUSB and microHDMI ports next to each other as the phone has support for Webtop. Finally on the back, there is an 8MP auto-focus camera which has LED flash too.
The 4 inch qHD TFT LCD screen turned out to be a downer for the Motorola DROID 4. This is because, the screen gives a much washed out appearance and the contrast levels were bad. To exacerbate things, the viewing angles were pretty bad too. You won’t have a problem making out tiny letters though as you get a good pixel density of 275 ppi. However there was nothing to like about everything else.
Next up is the 8MP camera that comes with the Motorola DROID 4. There’s nothing new with the interface when compared to the camera interface found on Motorola DROID 3. So let’s not dwell on that too much. Moving on to the photos taken, we sincerely hoped it would be much better than the terrible performance of the camera on the Motorola DROID 3, and we are glad there were some improvements. Color production has improved but details are still lacking in the pictures. The LED doesn’t help too much when taking photos indoors either. All we can say is that, it performs better than its predecessor. Video recording is done at 1080p but still the recordings somehow lack details. At least the good 29 fps recording rate makes up for that loss.
Internet connectivity is another area where the Motorola DROID 4 has gotten a significant improvement, as it now comes with 4G LTE connectivity. It just had to be done or Motorola would just lag behind its competitors. To complement the great internet speeds, we also get a very good browser that tackles all the complex pages and also provides smooth navigation controls. Loading Flash content was also not an issue with the Motorola DROID 4. Meanwhile, in terms of connection options, we get the usual suspects like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as mobile hotspot functionality to go with its ability to connect to Wi-Fi.
Motorola DROID 4 also deals with calling quality superbly. Voices on both sides were amazingly clear and the absence of background noise just made things a lot better. The speakerphone was also loud. This phone packs a 1785 mAh battery that sadly cannot cope with the demands of a 4G LTE phone. So keeping your charger within reach at all times is a good idea.
Pros and Cons
The screen should have been much better. We would like to see a much better battery for a 4G LTE capable phone in the future.
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