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No Spring-assist slider

Sams

Feb 11, 2012, 7:51 PM
This phone looks very nice. I've been in a Verizon store and reviewed this phone in person. I am not a big fan of the curvy design, and it is too plain looking (the LG Spectrum looks much better in comparison), and it is a bit thick - which is expected for a phone with a full keyboard, hope it will help for longer battery life as well - but otherwise it looks very good.

Especially the keyboard has a great feel when typing, although there should be more space between the keys.

But what bothers me very much is the slider mechanism. There is no "spring assist" - unlike every other slider phone on the market - which makes the Droid 4 sliding up and down cumbersome, and does not provide the quality feel that I tend to expect from such a hig...
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greggmh123

Feb 13, 2012, 1:57 AM
I have seen several forums where people complain about the lack of spring assist, but I just don't get it.

My Touch Pro2 had a spring-assisted slider, and my new Droid 4 does not, but it is super-easy to slide open and closed, and I do it with one hand.

I don't see what is such a big deal.
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Sams

Feb 13, 2012, 4:15 PM
Here is a copy & paste from PhoneScoop's review:

"...The slider mechanism for the Droid 4 is not spring-assisted, which means you have to do all the work yourself. I found it hard to open by pressing my thumbs along the edges. The Droid 4 was prone to jumping out of my grasp that way. Instead, the best way is to put your thumbs on the display and push up. Not ideal, but it’d the safer way to open the device..."
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greggmh123

Feb 13, 2012, 11:14 PM
Yes, that was one of the reviews I read. As I said, what is the big deal?

I can open the slider with one hand: I hold it in my left hand with my middle two fingers supporting the right edge, then easily push it open with my left thumb.

It just seems such an odd comlaint given how easy it is to slide open.

Gregg
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johnnj2003

Mar 11, 2012, 7:51 PM
This is a general opinion of mine to this whole thread.

The original Droid didnt have a spring assisted keyboard slider either.
If you cant get the keyboard open on a Droid 4,
either you left the plastic on it that is on that back of the upper frame from when purchased new, or you have the weakest hands ever.

If you slide open the keyboard about 20 or 30 times will loosen it up a little bit.

Perhaps you would like nice pink iphone3gs and glass of warm milk.

(I apologize to anyone with parkinsons or degenerative muscle diseases, that posted here about the keyboard.)
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RiceBonito

Feb 27, 2012, 8:49 PM
I recently upgraded from a Droid 2 to a Droid 4. The lack of spring assist is for a reason. Spring assited sliders have one major flaw, and that is no long lasting durability. Over time, through excessive use, any spring will eventually lose it's "spring". With the type of keyboard Motorola has decided to continue using on it's Droid line of keyboard smartphones, they have been able to better promise a longer lasting phone.

Not only that, but springs take up space too. One thing you'll notice on any spring assisted slider, is that they are always more bulky. Go ahead and compare, you'll see it. Granted, the Droid 4 is bulky to begin with, but imagine how fat it would be if they added a spring to it. The goal in the cell phone industry is...
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