Friday, February 10, 2012

First keyboarded LTE handset, the Droid 4 arrives; priced at $99.99 with new activation

The Motorola Droid 4, the first full QWERTY Android phone with LTE support, has gone on sale. Verizon is selling the device for $199.99 on contract, but has the device for a mere $99.99 (new account) or $149.99 for an upgrade.

The Motorola Droid 4 is the latest iteration of Verizon's flagship Android phone series. It sports a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear-facing (1080p video capability) and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, and a microSD slot for up to 32GB of optional added storage.

We've been using a pre-production Droid 4 for some time, and the QWERTY keyboard --- which the iPhone will never have --- is the best keyboard we've seen on a Droid yet, and that's saying a lot, as the Droid 3's keyboard was superb.

Like the RAZR, which the design of the Droid 4 shares some obvious similarities to, the device has a fixed battery. It's 1785mAH, but it's always nice to be able to swap out batteries. Don't expect a Droid 4 MAXX with a 3300mAH battery or thereabouts, either. It's been revealed that the Droid RAZR MAXX was a fluke, and we should expect MAXX devices like that.

To us, that's the one big negative of the Droid 4. Oh, and we'd love to see it with Ice Cream Sandwich. That, at least, is a done deal: Motorola has said that ICS WILL be coming to the Droid 4. Naturally, they didn't say when, though.

One thing of note: despite this being the first LTE QWERTY smartphone, there wasn't a huge line outside the East San Francisco Bay Area Verizon store we visited. In fact, there were four people there, including us, but we were the only one who wanted a Droid 4.

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