30
Dec
Droid-4-Front

What do you get when you take a Droid Bionic, slap a keyboard on it, and give it the bloat (physically - not bloatware) treatment? The Droid 4! This phone was originally said to be like the "Droid RAZR with a keyboard," but we see nothing RAZR about this behemoth. We'll start off gently - but brace yourself, it gets pretty ugly.

Update: Just realized that this is a dummy unit (not sure how I overlooked that the first time around), so that means it may not the exact size of the actual Droid 4. We'll just have to wait and find out.

Droid-4-Front Droid-4-Keyboard Droid-4-4G-LTE

Droid-4-Bottom Droid-4-Left Droid-4-Right

Those first ones aren't so bad... but let's put it into perspective now. This is where it really starts to get gruesome - those of you with weak stomachs may want to excuse yourself. We understand.

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Yeah. It's nearly twice the thickness of an iPhone 4 - definitely nothing RAZR going on here. A couple more shots of the cameras will round out this leak:

Droid-4-Front-Camera Droid-4-Rear-Camera

To sum this up in one word, it's disappointing. All the talk of a keyboarded-RAZR really got the hopes up for a great, thin Droid with a keyboard; instead, all we're left with is a Sidekick on horse steroids (David gets the credit for that insult). It hurts my heart to see so much failed potential.

If you just can't live without the keyboard and are still interested in this little (big) guy, here are the rumored specs:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 16GB of built-in storage
  • microSD expansion
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording capabilities
  • HD Front-facing camera for high quality video calls
  • HDMI-out
  • 1785 mAh battery

The latest word on the street is that we can expect to see the D4 hit shelves in February - let's hope it goes on a diet before then (but I wouldn't count on it).

[TechnoBuffalo]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    dude, that thing is gonna be heavy. its thicker than the iPhone and it doesnt even have the signature hump. prolly cuz the thickeness goes right up to the normal hump so they didnt hadd it haha.

    • Luke

      I have a Droid 3. Based on the specs of the Droid 4, I am exited. Phones with physical keyboards are becoming very important as we increasingly will use them to document medications and monitor patient care. But, 1785 mAh is not enough. My 3-G Droid 3 has a 1900 mAh extended battery. My wife has the Droid Razr with a 2695 mAh battery. My daughter has a 4-G Thunderbolt with a 2400 mAh extended battery. 4-G phones need a lot of battery power. Droid 4 needs to offer an extended battery with awesome firepower, especially since the battery is not removeable.

      • xbeam

        I don't know where you are getting your numbers from but the droid razr has 1780 mAh battery and the droid 4 has 1785 mAh. So, get your facts straight before posting

  • djembeman

    I'd get it if i was due for an upgrade. I just got a Bionic a month ago.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Keyboard phones are ALWAYS thick. How thick is it compared to a DROID 3? That's the useful comparison.

    Cameron, comparing a keyboard phone to the iPhone is like... comparing a Ferrari and a van. Sure, you could compare most of the specs, but it'd be dumb to, because their purposes are different, so they're specs are always going to be different.

    • Thomas Nord

      Exactly. As long as it isn't bigger than it's predecessors then I don't think it's a bad thing. If they added a bunch of weight or size, then we can start railing against it.

  • Thomas Nord

    How does it compare size-wise to the Droid 2 Global? I'm ok with its size. I know it's big for a phone, but it doesn't bother me. What I am more curious about is how long it will take them to make updates to the OS available.

  • theineffablebob

    I don't see what the problem is. If a smartphone is gonna have a keyboard, it's gonna be relatively thick.

  • Tkun

    That phone does not look even close to twice the thickness of the iPhone 4, although it admittedly still is thick. But it does seem to be fairly thin for a keyboard phone, at least.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I haven't seen anyone describe the D4 as Razr-thin - only Razr/Bionic-resembling on the surface, so I think the article mood is set overly negative. However, it does look like it's going to be thicker and larger than the D3, but without having it in my hand, I can't make the call yet.

    • Smileyguy

      Exactly, I think the author is moody or just wanted to rant without much evidence.

      • Cameron Summerson

        I think pictures with comparison to another phone qualifies as "evidence."

    • John

      I agree, the author is obviously bias. I never thought for a second it was going to be as thin as the Razr, but instead designed from the specs of the Razr. I like my Droid 3 for it's thickness and size, it never bothers me. For that matter, I'm quite proud of the weight of the phone. I do believe though on these phones they do need to make the battery 2700 mAh minimum.

  • Mark

    Until Moto becomes more dev friendly (hopefully they will after the acquisition), who cares about any of their terrible devices?

    • Thomas Nord

      Users who don't know/care about Motorola's relationship with devs.

  • http://twitter.com/Sxeptomaniac Sxeptomaniac

    Large phones don't bother me that much. Keyboards and sliders do take up a bit of space, so I'm not surprised it's big, either. While I'm not sure I'd want to wait until February, I wouldn't mind owning one of those.

    My main problem is Verizon's oversized price tags lately. $300 is way too much on a contract renewal.

  • drjohn

    What we really should complain about is why do keybaord user ALWAYS get old (left over?) Technalogy? Why downgrade the screen? If it's on a Razor platform, put the Razor screen on it too! This should be common sense - oops, forgot I was talking about Motorola, good phones NO common sense. Those who agree with me should let them know, might change future releases - yes, I sent a complaint to them.
    Dj

    • xbeam

      Think about battery life, with a super AMOLED screen and lit keys would take a toll on battery life but I could be wrong

  • tom

    I don't see the problem with thick phones as long as they fit in my pocket. The thicker they are the more possibilities.

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com Dei

    It's a shame to see powerful hardware go to waste. BrB, enjoying my Nexus

  • jbonics

    Looks like a flop. As a droid 2 owner I would go with any phone in the lineup except that piece, hi nexus, he he, stop it.... a single core oc'd cm7 rockin phone is better than any, anyyy stock dual core phone. Yes that one too. ICS is yawn compared to cm9...

  • Alex

    I like they exaggerated so much. "So much potential Failed! " geezus. Keyboard phones are thick. Fact of life. Is it really going to matter in practical use? No.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Yep, keyboard phones are thick. But that phone looks thicker than most others in its class, which is just not acceptable by modern day standards.

  • FlyBMXer4130

    I hope it's bigger and heavier by February. If I wanted a tiny flimsy easily breakable bullshit phone, I'd have an iPhone

    • Steve

      Exactly!

      This is why my Stratosphere has the extended battery on the back... my phone may be over 3/4 of an inch thick, but I can hold it better than I could when it was thinner.

  • MichaelZarathustra

    I've had the Droid 2 since August 2010, and the thickness has never bothered me. I like it, in fact. To me very thin phones are just easier to drop. I like a phone my man-sized hands can get a decent grip on. So, in April, when my plan allows me to upgrade, the Droid 4 will be my new phone.... Every facet of it is an upgrade over the Droid 2. Larger screen, duel core processor, & 4G LTE! with, more than likely, the same or nearly the same weight that i'm already used to. I use my keyboard constantly, that's the reason I bought the phone for originally. So, a more effective, 5 line keyboard, will be more than welcome. It might even fit into my old holster.... I can't hardly wait.............

  • Mario

    That phone looks terribly unattractive in every single way!~

  • Nathan B

    Total lack of professionalism with some of these articles and reviews. It would be nice if you had more writers that didn't sound like they have a grudge or a physical hard on about their subject.

    • Cameron Summerson

      So... you want completely opinion-less writing? You mentioned reviews in your comment -- it's nearly impossible to write a review without presenting an opinion, so "lack of professionalism" is hardly justified there.

      As far as my opinions on the D4 are concerned, would you consider it "unprofessional" if I raved about how sexy it is? I feel like everything I said is completely objective; I have no grudge against anything form the Droid series. In fact, the OG Droid is still one of my favorite Android phones to date. However, my first reaction after seeing these images was "wow, that thing is huge!," and I stand by that. Thin is in, and, judging by these pictures, this phone just doesn't fit the bill.

      • J Rush

        Okay okay, I see a lot of hate going towards the Author. Not cool. So he clearly doesn't like the way it looks -- big woop. He's entitled to his own opinion, considering it's HIM writing the article and not YOU.
        Personally, I like the article because it pointed out the unattractive obvious: it's fat. I'm a fan of thin phones myself, but be glad he even wrote about it. I was wondering about the D4, and, lo and behold, he wrote an article about it.

        Personally, I actually like the DROID line, even though I'm a Galaxy fanatic. But that's besides the point. I usually always take an Author's opinion with a grain of salt, as anyone should. Just because he doesn't like it personally, doesn't mean I won't either. I always prefer real world reviews myself, e.g. going to a store, testing it, and giving my own review.

        All in all, great article, looking forward to more news about this interesting device.

        • Flyboyron

          Usually always? Which is it? ;-) (One of my sister's favorite expressions.)

          Seriously, I agree with you. Reviews are supposed to present opinions. Folks should relax.

      • John

        You are entitled to your opinion of course. I think what upset people is they way you attack the size of the phone. You don't just mention it is think, that would of been objective. You say "here goes the gruesome part" and go on to talk about how think it is.
        Maybe thin is in for some. But not in for all, obviously, by reading the posts. I enjoy thick phones as well. I like my phone to feel heavy and sturdy. I think a keyboard phone especially is acceptable to be think, I expect it. I wish they would of made it thinker and put a larger battery in it.

  • Eric

    Personally, I'd rather have the objective facts...not a reviewers "opinion". The views of this particular reviewer simply showed me that he's out of touch with the keyboard-inclined community. We (I'm taking some liberties here saying "we") acknowledge that even the current high-end state of technology results in keyboard phones being a little thicker. Duly noted and accepted. Additionally, some of us even prefer our phones a little thicker than the standard credit card (a la RAZR, Nexus, etc)...so we can get our big meaty hands around them without fumbling a thin little wafer phone. And, so we can more easily pinch the phone between our ear and shoulder for those awkward moments...with less worry of our high tech device slipping and skipping off the pavement. In the end, a review is a professional review...provide the objective, comparative (apples to apples) specs and facts...period. Just my two cents...

    • Cameron Summerson

      First off, I didn't take these pictures. If I had, then I'm sure the leak would have been more 'apples to apples' (i.e. D3 vs D4). As it stands, the comparison was between an iPhone 4 and a D4, and I never strayed away from the unbiased fact that this phone is nearly twice the size of the iPhone 4.

      I'm willing to admit that there are a number of variables that could skew the way the phones looks in these pictures - the fact that this is a dummy unit and the not-so-flattering camera angle may both cause the phone to look thicker than it will be in reality.

  • Eric

    Oh, and lest I totally forget to reflect on what we know of the D4 at this point...I'm very encouraged...but will wait to see what Moto actually sets on the table (eventually). So far, I would have preferred to see at least a 4.3 inch screen, and the res/quality of the RAZR, but...it's still looking like a serious contender to end up on my belt in Feb!

  • http://androidpandora.blogspot.com/ Myself

    motorola does some mother fucking hugly phones

  • Phil

    Waste of a review. Hire a more professional writer, would ya?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      And this is a review how?