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Sams's review of the Motorola Droid 4

original version, submitted Apr 2, 2012, 5:15 PM:

Good, but not perfect

Using this phone for about 6 weeks, here are my results:

As my first smartphone, upgrading from a LG enV touch (with a physical keyboard as well) it took me some time getting used to it, but eventually, I found my way around pretty well.

Pros:

The physical keyboard. Excellent! The 2 minor gripes are: The keys are not separated enough from each other. My old LG had more space between keys. Second, the symbol keys, shift/caps are not properly placed. But typing is a delight, feedback and backlighting excellent.

The video camera is very good for a phone. Even better than my P&S! Just watch out while panning it could get distorted. Also colors lacks saturation, it’s rather bland, but still good, and very sharp.

Call quality is very good, with good speaker.

Blazing fast 4G speeds. I clocked 18 mbps download, 15 upload. WOW!

A lot of good, useful apps pre-installed.

Cons:

The PenTile screen is not the best, and very blurry when moves (like sliding from 1 home page to another).

Battery life is terrible! Full usage will drain the battery in less than 4 hours!

Add to that: the battery is non-removable!

Can’t open back door to access the SD card, only with special tool! SD card should be accessible from the outside anyway!

Camera sucks! So bad! My old LG was better than that. Everything comes out blurry and grainy. No dedicated camera button is also a minus.

Although I love the keyboard, it lacks a spring-assist slider. I really miss it.

Phone charger is on the side, not at the bottom. Annoying!

The good speaker is not always good. For music, it’s not stereo and sound is muffled & tinny. Same is with Visual voice mail, very muffled. Listening to your messages via *86 is excellent though. Go figure.

Some video files can’t be played back, even
simple AVI files. But others do work.

Overall, it’s a pretty good phone, with the main problem the poor battery! Where is the Razr Maxx’ battery?

Still, recommended. Nothing is better for now with a real keyboard.

edited May 5, 2013, 10:51 AM to the current version:

Good, but not perfect

Using this phone for about 6 weeks, here are my results:

As my first smartphone, upgrading from a LG enV touch (with a physical keyboard as well) it took me some time getting used to it, but eventually, I found my way around pretty well.

Pros:

Excellent physical keyboard. 2 minor gripes are: The keys are not separated enough from each other. My old LG had more space between keys. Second, the symbol keys, shift/caps are not properly placed. But typing is a delight, feedback & backlighting excellent.

The video camera is very good for a phone. Even better than my P&S! Just watch out while panning it could get distorted. Also colors lacks saturation, it’s rather bland, but still good & very sharp.

Call quality is very good, w/ good speaker.

Blazing fast 4G speeds. I clocked 18 mbps download, 15 upload. WOW!

A lot of good, useful apps pre-installed.

Cons:

The PenTile screen is not the best, and very blurry when moves (like sliding from 1 home page to another).

Battery life is terrible! Full usage will drain the battery in less than 4 hours!

Add to that: the battery is non-removable!

Can’t open back door to access the SD card, only with special tool! SD card should be accessible from the outside anyway!

Camera sucks. My old LG was better than that. Everything comes out blurry and grainy. No dedicated camera button is also a minus.

Although I love the keyboard, it lacks a spring-assist slider. I really miss it.

Phone charger is on the side, not at the bottom. Annoying.

The good speaker is not always good. For music, it’s not stereo and sound is muffled & tinny. Same is with Visual voice mail, very muffled. Listening to your messages via *86 is excellent though. Go figure.

Some video files can’t be played back, even
simple AVI files. But others do work.

Overall, it’s a pretty good phone, with the main problem the poor battery! Where is the Razr Maxx’ battery?

Still, best phone w/ a physical keyboard.

 

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