We can't wait for  the Droid 4. In the world of smartphones, the QWERTY sliders are a rare and exotic breed these days. Catching a glimpse of a machine with powerful specs and a keyboard-shaped secret gets our mouths watering. So a thirteen minute video will naturally trigger some flood warnings. Wirefly goes hands-on with the Droid 4 in the first video review overview of the latest in the Droid series.

Here's a rundown of Wirefly lays out in the video:

    • 4" 540x960 LCD display
    • 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
    • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • LTE
    • 8GB internal storage (expandable with microSD card)
    • 8MP rear camera w/ 1080p HD video recording
    • 1.3MP front camera
    • 1785mAh battery
    • Android 2.3.5
    • Micro HDMI port
    • Ships with Android 2.3.5

The phone also gets put through some benchmark tests. We won't steal all Wirefly's thunder, but suffice to say the 4th Droid holds up as well as you'd expect a modern dual-core phone to perform. The one big downside is that the Droid 4 is set to ship with Android 2.3.5. Wirefly seems confident that it will receive an ICS update, and we really have no reason to doubt it, but the wait is that much harder when the phone next door already has the latest tasty treat.

Stale gingerbread aside, the Droid 4 looks like a fantastic phone for anyone in the market for a slider, especially one with LTE speeds. It might not single-handedly beat out a device like the Galaxy Nexus, but if you want a keyboard your options are limited already.

Source: Wirefly

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • ins0mn1a

    Months ago when I first heard about Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, my first reaction was to dream of a kick-ass Nexus slider. Yeah, I know, not likely to happen, somehow the entire world bought into Steve J. vision of a screen also serving as a keyboard. The fact that this practically leaves you without a screen and completely cripples some of the most useful activities you can perform with a smartphone doesn't seem to worry anyone. And then you see that the hottest slider these days comes with motoblur and gingerbread and locked to one single carrier, and you want to weep.

  • http://mobilegamebuzz.com/ Nick Moore

    "One advantage of the Droid4 is the voice command button right on the keyboard"

    Funny, I have the same thing right here on my Droid3.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

      I upgraded from a OG Droid to a Galaxy Nexus and I still long-pressing the search button would bring up the voice command anywhere throughout the OS -- there's a place for physical button.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri

    Does it have a removable battery?

  • Greg

    According to the user manual the battery is not removable.

    • Yurdle

      So really its a RAZR with a keyboard...
      Why call it the droid 4 when it should be something like the RAZR Slide
      That would fit right along with what they're currently doing (releasing a bunch of RAZR variants). Then again, they probably decided it wasn't thin enough to hold the RAZR name or something.

      • Ian Stephenson

        Because there's been enough RAZR Variants already. RAZR, RAZR Maxx, RAZR DE..

  • Huh

    According to MOTO its 16GB memory, maybe a 8Gb sd is included?

  • Gordon

    i hate moving parts and i hate sliders. but the beauty of Android is that there is a size and a form factor for everyone.

  • Tim

    Looking forward to seeing this one, will probably be my next purchase. Droid 3 didn't come with a MicroSD card in the box so somehow I doubt this one will either, especially at the $199 price point.
    Anyone know if this uses a fill sized SIM or a MicroSIM? Haven't had the chance to look up the user manual yet.