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
- 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.