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

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.

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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

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

    Nice, but not quite as good as the keyboard on my HTC TP2.
    lgpOnTheMove
  • God's own wireless keyboard

    Once upon a time there was a keyboard technology that was the envy of everybody who didn't have it. It was called "buckling spring" and it was the keyboard of the original IBM PC. Words cannot describe the improvement on the typing experience. It turns out that the factory that made this keyboard survives to this day, though ownership has changed several times they still use the same molds, the same springs and designs they ever did - but have updated to USB. They're called Unicomp, and do business at pckeyboard.com. This is the keyboard of the Gods. I have one of their USB keyboards for my PC, and cannot recommend them highly enough. I contacted them about acquiring a Bluetooth keyboard to use with my Android tablet, but alas, they've fallen on hard times and cannot dedicate engineering resources to this task.

    If you're handy though, a friendly geek has come up with a design that works to convert one of these keyboards to a tablet-friendly Bluetooth version. The design is here: hackaday.com/2011/08/09/gods-own-keyboard-now-with-bluetooth/
    symbolset