Motorola Droid 4: Best keyboard on any phone (video)

Summary:The Droid 4 by Motorola has an outstanding physical keyboard and works on the Verizon 4G LTE network. This short video shows the keyboard up close and personal.

Verizon and Motorola have just released the next phone in the Droid line, the Droid 4. The Droid 4 is one of the few Android phones with a physical keyboard, and a great one it is. The Droid 4 is not the thinnest, lightest, or fastest Android phone, but it is a solid addition to the crowded Android field.

Hardware specs:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 16GB internal RAM,  microSD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Display: 4.0-inch (540×960)
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8MP rear, 720p HD video capture
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G LTE
  • Battery: 1785 mAh
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dimensions: 4.98 x 2.75 x 0.50 inches, 6.31 ounces

A look at the hardware specs show a smartphone with typical solid Motorola construction, with average components. The phone is actually thin for a keyboard phone, and is a little heavier than the thin phones common to today's market.

The story of the Droid 4 is the keyboard, easily the best keyboard I have used on any phone. The nicely rounded keys make thumb typing very easy with very few mistypes. There is a dedicated number key row and a set of arrow keys. Check out the video above to see the keyboard up close and personal.

The Droid 4 is available from Verizon for $199 with a 2-year contract. It works on the 4G LTE network and is not a world phone for international travelers.

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Topics: Telcos, Hardware, Mobility


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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