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Motorola Droid 4 review

The best physical QWERTY phone in the world?

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Our Verdict

If you're looking for a phone with a physical keyboard and LTE capabilities, this is the phone for you.

For

  • The excellent keyboard
  • Smart actions
  • 20+ Mbps downloads
  • Sturdy build quality
  • the price is right

Against

  • Gingerbread is getting stale
  • underwhelming display
  • non-removable battery
  • poor battery life
  • a bit clunky

Calling

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It's a funny thing. People are still very concerned with call quality, but it seems like for most smartphone users, making phone calls is one of the least used features on their phone. Aside from your grandma, you're probably far more likely to communicate textually, via Facebook, Twitter, or SMS messaging.

Still, for those times when only an old-school voice call will do, the Droid 4 does exactly what it's supposed to. We placed calls throughout San Francisco with no problems, and callers reported that they could hear me loud and clear.

Even in downtown San Francisco, where cell networks are notoriously spotty and overworked, we had no trouble placing or receiving clear calls on Verizon's network.

Contacts

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Contacts features on the Droid 4 will be familiar to anyone who has flipped through Android's virtual Rolodex before.

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Contact information is consolidated across all your various accounts, so that information stored in Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and any of your other signed-in accounts gets mashed up into one gargantuan contact command center.

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It's handy, but if you're active on social media networks, it can lead to huge contact lists.

Search worked phenomenally, and Android offers plenty of options for combining duplicates, and hiding or displaying particular contacts.

We also especially liked the stylish dial pad, which retrieved applicable contacts as we were dialing them.