Looking for a stylish smartphone which allows you to slide a full-sized keyboard to key-in text? If you are planning to buy one such gizmo, here is one from Motorola. The Motorola DROID 4 XT894 allows the owner to enjoy a multimedia session or socialize on the net – easily. One can change home page designs and widget applications. It is simply made just for the common man. Let’s check whether it really appeals to the common man.
A little big and boxy smartphone looks robust and manly with its black texture and beveled edges. However, this isn’t a problem as the gizmo is not very heavy. It weighs 178 grams and has (5.0 x 2.65 x 0.5) inch dimension. A special mention on the QWERTY keyboard is a must. The slider phone allows a keyboard to slide out for typing – just like a mini computer.
The operating system of the gizmo is none other than Android OS (2.3 Gingerbread). This utility will allow seamless interaction with the web, such as integrating the system with social media networks – Facebook and Twitter. The OS can be further upgraded to Android 4.0, (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Motorola Droid has a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that allows multi-touch facility. So users can swipe, tap, pinch, or press the display to instruct the smartphone to function as per the touch commands. The screen offers a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and supports 16M colors. The pixel density is fair amount – 275 ppi. The images are sharp, crisper due to the resolution of the screen.
Motorola Droid 4 is powered by a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor – a mobile computing processor which is highly efficient. The processor is made up of TI OMAP 4430 chipset. Together, they help to do highly efficient job. The processing speed of the gizmo is 1.2GHz. The Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) is composed of a dedicated graphics card – PowerVR SGX540. There is Java MIDP emulator in the system.
The robust computing technology is powered by 1GB internal memory and 16GB storage capacity. There is an option to place in microSD in the memory card slot to increase the storage capacity to 32GB. There is an A-GPS GPS utility that performs many tasks based on Earth’s geographical and gravitational properties.
There is a non-removable rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1785mAh. The talk time offered by the battery is 12 hours and 30 minutes. During standby mode it can go on for up to 204 hours. The web browsing capacity is at nearly 4 hours. For playback video, the battery runs out even more quickly. In short, it is not a very efficient battery.
There is an HD 8MP camera that offers sharp and crisp images and videos. The camera resolution is at an impressive 3264 x 2448 pixels and has an aperture size of F2.4. There is an LED flash added to it. The camera is able to auto-focus with its sensitive sensor. It is compatible to geo-tagging, image stabilization, and face detection feature. The video can be taken at 30 frames per second (fps) at a video resolution of 1080p. While this is a camcorder, there is a front-view camera as well. It is 1.3MP that provides a video resolution of 720p.
The Motorola Droid 4 is compatible to Verizon signals. The call quality on Verizon wireless connection is quite remarkable. It supports Verizon 4G at a bandwidth of LTE 700 MHz Class 13. There is a micro-SIM included in it. The mobile is receptive to wireless signals (Wi-Fi hotspots). It picks up Wi-Fi signal at 802.11 b/g/n bandwidths, and Bluetooth at v4.0, EDR, LE bandwidths. The mobile is equipped with an USB and microUSB2.
There are sensors which work as an accelerometer, compass, and proximity. The browser files supported by the smartphone are HTML and Adobe Flash. There is provision to execute SMS, viewing of a threaded mail, Emails, IM, MMS, and Push Email. There is a free fingerprint scanner available with the gizmo that ensures that only the user’s finger can help to open the system. Although the Droid 4 model is water resistant, it is not exactly waterproof. There is no option for Gryscope either.
At a price of $549, the product is not everybody’s cup of tea. Spiced up with 4G utilities, the mobile is tad costly.
|Summary: The useful smartphone with a handy keyboard slider is ergonomically well designed. It is surprising to note the battery performance (not that efficient compared to the category that this phone is targeting). So, Droid 4 is a good purchase only if you can ignore the short battery life – especially during web browsing.|