Comparing it to the touch-screen text input on today’s iOS and Android devices, I would still stay that I can type more accurately and faster on a hardware smartphone keyboard. The physical feel of the keys has a lot to do with it. But after using (mainly) the iPhone fore the last couple of years, I’m keen to test this theory again, especially with advancements in touch-screen text input like predictive text.
In all honesty, the Motorola Droid 4 has similar specs to most of the new Android smartphones that are coming out this time of the year. The only thing that really differentiates it from the rest is the built in keyboard. I think Motorola could have made it an even attractive smartphone by slotting in a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and F2.2, 28mm wide-angle lens 8 Megapixel camera – both
components found in the
new HTC Velocity 4G. Those are my personal preferences though, being the pro-sumer that I am. I’m sure that there are many who will absolutely love the Motorola Droid 4 as it is, as evidenced by awards it’s already picked up this year.
Will have to see if this the keyboard is worth the additional bulk and weight. Need a review unit!
Check out the features yourself and let me know if you’re impressed:
Features of the Motorola Droid 4:
- Built-in five row QWERTY slide-out keyboard
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
- TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 540 x 960 pixels, 4.0 inches (~275 ppi pixel density) display size
- 4G LTE mobile network capability
- 127 x 67.3 x 12.7 mm
- 178.9 grams
- microSD expansion slot
- 16GB storage, 1GB RAM
- 8 Megapixel camera with LED flash
- 1.3 Megapixel Front-facing camera
- Android OS Gingerbread 2.3
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS, with A-GPS support
So what are your thoughts? Is the physical keyboard enough to compensate for the additional weight you’ll be carrying around?
Press Release for the Motorola Droid 4:
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – The award winning DROID 4 by Motorola will be available to handle even the most demanding lifestyles starting Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. Introduced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the DROID 4 is the thinnest and most powerful 4G QWERTY smartphone measuring at less than half an inch thin. DROID 4 not only features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark. Powered by America’s fastest, most reliable 4G network, DROID 4 customers will have access to 4G LTE coverage in 195 markets covering more than 200 million people.
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE – Customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass
Government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access
8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture
Front-facing camera for video chat
4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
DROID 4 is designed to help customers get more done. Business professionals can impress their audience by presenting to a conference room full of potential customers in a snap by plugging the DROID 4 into an HDTV and presenting directly from the phone. Professionals can also combine the DROID 4 with the Lapdock 500 and its 14-inch display to create a full-featured mobile office. They can download documents, make edits using Lapdock’s full keyboard and email the updated documents to colleagues or customers. The Lapdock even features a built-in webcam so customers can attend virtual meetings and manage their business face-to-face.
The Smart Actions app on the DROID 4 helps automate everyday tasks and optimizes battery efficiency by letting customers create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level.
Business professionals can leave their laptops behind and use the MotoCast™ app to remotely stream documents, videos, music and pictures from their work or home computers to their handset. The remote access of MotoCast eliminates the need to store documents on the handset as everything is stored on their office laptop.
Pricing and availability
· DROID 4 by Motorola will be available on Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
· The Lapdock 500 is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $299.97.
· Customers that purchase a DROID 4 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.