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DROID 4 vs. DROID RAZR – The Evolution of DROID, Specs, and Official Pictures

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The DROID 4 has come from out of no where to having us within just a couple of weeks away from launch. The current target date that we have seen from Verizon is December 8, the same day that we could potentially see the Galaxy Nexus (hard to bet on that though). This phone is what the DROID 3 should have been. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, but most importantly, can connect to Big Red’s 4G LTE network. It’s like a RAZR, only with a smaller screen and a 5-row slideout keyboard that has side-lit keys.

To see how we got from the DROID 2 all the way up to this point in about a year, we have an evolution graphic for you below. This is the perfect example of how fast the mobile landscape is changing. 

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And one more official device shot with the keyboard out:

    

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  • rrosotho

    I dont know what to do. Nexus is what i want, until i saw Droid 4 being released this early… If Nexus had a keyboard Droid 4 wouldnt matter to me at all !!!

    • Anonymous

      Man, I feel somewhat the same way…but I still think I’m going with the Nexus. Even with my droidx I still find myself using the keyboard in portrait, not landscape mode…

      • rrosotho

         So true and the Nexus screen is larger than Droid X that is something to think about as well. With the OG Droid im used to the physical keyboard it will take some time to adjust to the on screen keyboard if i go with the Nexus.

  • rrosotho

    I dont know what to do. Nexus is what i want, until i saw Droid 4 being released this early… If Nexus had a keyboard Droid 4 wouldnt matter to me at all !!!

  • Anonymous

    I will buy this phone if:

    1. It has Super Amoled (even pentile) or at least regular RGB LCD screen (not pentile)

    2. If I can buy larger battery with cover that will eliminate that stupid hump (the cover is removable so it should be possible).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KXHAR7EH2B4FJE5PJX332GI5F4 Zero Barrier

    I was excited for the D4, but now I see I’ll be getting a nexus. I HATE the stupid humps on all the new moto phones…

  • Pete

    Imo the droid phone with keyboard always came out with new android version! Og droid with eclair,droid2 with froyo, and droid3 with gingerbread! I wonder why motorola is breaking the chain and releasing D4 with gingerbread instead Of ICS. They should wait little bit and release this phone with ICS.

    • dreedy android

      Maybe because this phone has been in development longer than the source code for ICS has been released.  The source code for ICS was released bout 2 weeks ago, I’m pretty sure that the D4 wasn’t thought of, drafted, drawn up, manufactured, tested, tweeked, retested, sent to Verizon, sent back to Motorola, retweeked, retested, sent to Verizon, ok’d, mass produced and leaked out all in two weeks.

      • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

        Then I guess I’m waiting for Droid 5. {{-_-}}

      • Anonymous

        Well they should have delayed it until ICS got certified on Droid 4 before releasing it. It’s not like they didn’t know ICS was coming.

        • dreedy android

          I agree with you 100%.  I think they should stick with the rotation that they have in releasing a new version of the DROID around June, just as they have been doing.  That will give them time to do what they wanna do with ICS, rather if it have Blur included or not, and add in some new features (i.e. NFC, possibly quad core, 2nd gen LTE chip) with a 720hp HD Super Amoled Advanced screen and most definitely refine and fine tweek their camera software.  It would be better for them to wait but it isn’t gonna happen.  Personally, if they are going to rush out the D4, then they should add a “G” at the end, the Droid 4G.  That separates the Droid 3 as still the global Droid that people know, but the Droid 4G is upper end Droid, not global but 4G LTE capable.  Plus, to the everyday normal buyer (someone who doesn’t read these sites), the Droid 4G mentally separates from the Droid, D2 and D3, almost like its a total new beginning to the DROID branding and “ending” the original Droid lines.

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

    It is 100% razr with a keyboard…  But still a really nice phone, if the Nexus wasn’t in my sights!

  • ol1bit

    qHD=fail for me.

  • STiK

    I’m not sure what everyone is upset about. I paid full price for my D3 knowing darn well that a 4G variant would show up within the next 6 months. If you wanted a 4G phone, you should have waited untill one was available instead of blowing an upgrade on a 3G phone.

    • Andrew

      Seeing what happened with the D2 and D2G, I skipped the D3 hoping the same thing would happen again. I’m glad I did but with technology there’s always going to be buyer’s remorse no matter when buy.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.  I purchased a D2 on the first day, and I was mildly annoyed when the D2G came out a month later, but not that upset.  That’s the way progress works, especially in the Android world.

        I waited on the D3, because I knew I wanted a phone with LTE, and the D4 fits the bill.

        Of course, there will be quad-core ICS phones in 2012, and six-core Jellybean phones in 2013, but if you’re always waiting for the next big thing, you’ll never buy anything…

        • Barlog

          Well said sir :-)

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NNLDAGM3JVAXSOAPDFVZ4Z7AEE Anonymous

          “If you’re always waiting for the next big thing, you’ll never buy anything.” This sums up technology purchases very well. Maybe romantic relationships, too!

        • Techno_teen

          Well, said. I myself want to upgrade and the Droid 3 seem to have fitted all that I wanted in a smartphone. However, I noticed that the D4 supposedly will be coming out on the 8th of this month. Looking forward to that purchase. Technology is evolutionary and humanity appears to be naturally greedy so the marriage of the two doesn’t make for a civil society, ever!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

      I totally agree with you.  My friend had a broken phone and NEEDED something, that’s the only reason he went with a Droid 3.  I didn’t get the Stratosphere because of the specs.  This looks like a good phone and it’s obvious Motorola was going to come out with a QWERTY in a short time.

  • Rob

    I would love this phone if it had a removable battery and no MotoBlur…..because of those 2 features on the Droid 4, the Galaxy Nexus is a serious consideration. I would rather have a phone with a physical keyboard, but a phone with a pure Android OS is very tempting…especially ICS.

    • Anonymous

      There’s roms available for the Bionic, I’m sure the there will be for the Droid 4 as well.  Moto’s new software is actually pretty nice anyways and they’re going to be getting updated to ICS at any rate.

  • devx

    In regards to the Razr, I wonder whether Verizon and Motorola will use it as a “main” phone–like the Droid slide-out keyboard phones have been–instead of releasing a new flagship phone ever year or so.
    The name “Razr” is popular enough that it could be a go-to phone–again, as the “Droid” phones are.

  • http://profiles.google.com/spc.hicks09 Gary Hicks

    Who is ready to say, “Who gives a shit?” 

    “I’ll go to T-Mobile…….do you hear me Verizon? T-FUCKING-MOBILE!!!!”

    “T-Mobile doesn’t even have service here.”

    • ol1bit

      umm ok. do it

  • http://tristanleawesome.tumblr.com Tristan the Marine

    This is just strengthens the argument that phone makers need to rein it in.  Every manufacturer has released so many phones this year, most of them unfinished or underpowered by the time they’re released.  They need to step back and maybe release 2 or 3 *quality* phones a year.  This year should have been maybe the RAZR, the Droid 4 (but under the name “Droid 3″ since they should have skipped that one), and the X2.  HTC could have just done the Thunderbolt, the Incredible 2, and that Beats phone.  If each manufacturer would limit themselves, they could release higher quality phones and not flood the market and confuse customers.

  • jake creed

    did vzw give disgruntled droid 2 users any discount really early upgrade to the d2global when it came out? i ask just to know if they’ll do the same 4 droid 3 owners…

  • Anonymous

    lol gingerbread, what a load of crap

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  • Anonymous

    This device is another beauty :) Moto keep giving us good products.

    • Guest

      ….

  • http://twitter.com/WadeWilson_duh Wade Wilson

    I was planning on switching to Verizon and getting a D3 this week. So glad I hadn’t yet. The last 2 phones I’ve had both had slide out keyboards and the physical keyboard is a must for me. Bought the living social deall today so I’m hoping to be able to get a D4 on release day. Let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out like the nexus…

    • Anonymous

      Even if you got it this week, you’d still have a month to exchange it should it not be satisfactory/a phone you would rather have is released.

      I did this before the Touch Pro2 was released on Verizon- I didn’t expect the Touch Pro2 at all, so I purchased an Omnia. Less than a month later, the Touch Pro2 came out, and I returned my Omnia to the store in mint condition and received a Touch Pro2 in exchange.

      • Persiandeity

        P.S. 14 day return/exchange period now…

        • Anonymous

          Damnit Verizon, first you took away my one year contracts and now you take away half of my return period?! 

          I am totally not signing a contract for my next phone.

          • J Dub

            Actually he’s wrong. Due to people buying phones for the holidays VZW has extended the return period to sometime in January. So that people getting phones on Christmas can actually return them for a different phone if they want.

          • Uofhcougar09

            get the phone at best buy and u have 30 days to exchange

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Giles/24615546 Justin Giles

      You were gonna switch and get a 3G phone when the Razor, Rezound, and almost Nexus are out….

      crazy

      • Balls

        He said the physical keyboard is a must, read what people say you moron

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

        No he said he WASN’T getting a D3, and getting a D4 instead, which is 4G.  You did read that comment a tad fast…

  • Ibob337

    I sure hope that graphic is wrong about the qHD.  If it’s the same screen on the D3, I’m not buying it.  I had a D3 for a couple days before returning it mostly for that reason.  Otherwise, this is the phone I’ve been waiting for.

  • http://profiles.google.com/soapinmouth Eric Steinberger

    so its a droid 3 with more ram and 4g, but with the same exact soc…

  • STiK

    You silly tards… Droid 10 will be out before the Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/ajou89 allen jou

    I noticed it said qHD instead of Super AMOLED which is disappointing but it looks like an amazing phone none the less… still rocking the OG :)

    • Anonymous

      qHD is the resolution (960×540), but since it’s a TFT panel, can be either AMOLED or LCD based. Not sure but I think it should be AMOLED since it’s 4″ (smaller AMOLED panels at high resolutions are still cost prohibitive).

      • Ibob337

        Hope you’re right.  I can’t buy it if it’s the same screen as the D3. 

        • Anonymous

          Most likely is AMOLED, to help reduce the thickness and match RAZR’s deep blacks. And to get rid of the screen door effect of the D3, Bionic, X2, Photon, and Atrix (1).

        • STiK

          Nothing wrong with the D3 screen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4NH3SS5BT44HRIX3XCOAB7UXUI Sam

    Damn! Kellen is on fire with these exclusive leaks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4NH3SS5BT44HRIX3XCOAB7UXUI Sam

    As an OG Droid owner, when the RAZR released I thought “this looks like a great device” but my gut said it wasn’t the device I was waiting for.

    I’m so glad I waited…because the Droid 4 is DEFINITELY the phone I’ve been waiting for.

    • TC Infantino

      Your gut told you “This isn’t the Droid you are looking for”.  Ha, had to throw that one out there, and I agree.  The Droid 4 looks great.  I jumped the gun and got the Rezound, and it is an awesome phone…but I might be taking advantage of the extended return VZW is offering to switch to the D4 once I check it out.  It all depends just how good the screen looks and if it feels like a good solid built phone, like Moto is known for.

  • Anonymous

    They should have called it the RAZR S or something. I think the nomenclature for the Droid * is running out. They can’t seriously make a Droid 5 can they? Droid 12? Droid 15? The numbers are getting a little silly.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4NH3SS5BT44HRIX3XCOAB7UXUI Sam

      Agreed. I’m not a fan of the American style of phone branding. Just give us model #s. Droid 1 = A855, Droid 4 = XT894, etc.

      I mean come on…Bionic, Charge, Incredible, RAZR, Rezound, Thunderbolt, Revolution, Fascinate, Ally, Enlighten…there are only so many cheesy names to go around.

      Eventually they’ll have to start doing just model numbers. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

    I am so happy that slider phones aren’t dead yet! I’m looking forward to replacing my Charge with this! I also like the Rezound because of its 720P display but I think qHD is still nice and a hardware keyboard is a huge draw for me!

    Let’s hope the non-removable battery isn’t too bad!!!

    • Anonymous

      Are you sure it’s non removable? The back comes off, it just takes a key to do it.

      • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

        Previous leaks have said its non-removable and I’m guessing that you only take off the cover to change the micro-sd card and sim card. I’m holding out hope the battery is removable!

        • Anonymous

          Hope so too, it wouldn’t make sense to remove the whole cover just for those two things. Could have made slots on the side for that.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly. 

          • Guessing

            To make sure they don’t accidentally fall out? No space on the side of the PCB so they have to put it more towards the center and hence the back panel access?

      • Anonymous

        More than likely it is just a contact point screw similar to the droid razr…. removable just not tool less… with that said if motorola is smart the removal “key” will have a phillips head screw driver..

    • Andrew

      I really hope the battery life is decent since I always slap on an extended battery on my phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonismod Joni Esmod

    Cool Beans!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Damn_ItsMike Michael C.™

    No Droid Bionic in the comparison #LMAO

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a blackberry from behind

  • Anonymous

    I bought the droid 3 thinking Moto wouldn’t do what they did with the droid 2…guess i got screwed.

    • Anonymous

      Why are you screwed? If you like the phone, it’s not suddenly going to perform worse when the 4 is released.

      • Anonymous

        I understand that, i’m just saying this is the exact same thing that happened to people who purchased the droid 2. They waited a few months and upgraded the specs on the phone, thats all i’m saying.

        • Nick

          Did there phone stop working? No. Should others have to get a 6 month old phone because their upgrade wasn’ untill now? No. Moto is still the fastest manufacturer at updating their phones. The only reason it would be a problem is if you just have to have thebest thing out there.

  • Alexander Garcia

    I tried to not get excited over this one, but it’s been all up in my face for the past few days and I can’t help but feel a little bit excited now. I’m so weak… I’m such a sad DROID fanboy…

    • Anonymous

      A friend of mine was going to order a D3 last night. I told him to wait two weeks for the D4, I think it will be totally worth it.

      At the same time, my mom was looking for a phone today.. I told her to get a D3 because it will work great for what shes going to do.

    • Anonymous

      I am too, and also a moto fanboy.

      • Guest

        you’re also a fan of slurping cum!!

      • Guest

        you’re also a cum fan!

      • Dominick DeVito

        you? Nah.  :p

        • Anonymous

          Are you still waiting for the nexus after kellex did the nice review of the razor?
          Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Phone

          —–Original message—–

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Timmy

    Did anyone else notice under the DROID4 toward the bottom of the chart it says 8MP with 1060p HD Video Capture :P

    • Calculatorwatch

      And you said “Okay, when are we getting hitched?” and it replied “Hmm, I’m gonna have to get back to you on that one.”

  • http://profiles.google.com/flamesbladeflcl Flame Blade

    I want it. but I want the nexus more. why? unlocked ics

  • Anonymous

    I’d be curious to see how we all react if they manage to get a phone out that catches all of us by surprise.  It almost happened with the Droid 4, as we see – but what would happen if it actually happened?

    • Anonymous

      Nothing, people will still be bickering as long as it’s locked and has anything less than ICS.

      • Manton08

        People complain about ICS too much, like Google is gonna let other phones get it before the Nexus gets its feet wet. I give it a few months after DEC.

        • Anonymous

          Indeed, Google just finished ICS yet people think HTC and Motorola should magically have it running on their phones now.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or does the front of the Droid 4 remind you of the enV Touch?

    • Anonymous

      It’s just you. I had the EnV Touch until today and the D4 does not look “familiar”. LOL. I followed advice from guys here and got a razr. I am retarded with the virtual keyboard! Makes me feel old!

  • Anonymous

    Dear, Verizon.

    I know that ‘Droid’ is your exclusive series of phones, and you want to sell as many as you can, but no matter how many you release, most of us really just want the Galaxy Nexus. Stop stalling.

    Thank you,
    OG Droid owner.

    • Anonymous

      Charge? Incredible? 

      • Xfloggingkylex

        Could have sworn those phones were on Verizon.

        • jason6g

          what hes getting at is that they have alot of “droid” phones, and he just wants the nexus.

          i think i will actually be impressed by the droid 4. unless it comes with some annoying bug, im sure it has alot of potential to be a nice everyday phone :D

          once its rooted to remove all the bloatware i feel id be very happy.

          • devx

            There’s already a bug, MotoBlur. Thanks God that rooting and custom roms can take care of that 8-)

          • Anonymous

            The UI is actually nice.

          • Manton08

             Not since 4.0 can do it better and smoother.

          • Anonymous

            What exactly does ics have anything to do with whether the Razr’s ui is nice or not?

    • Anonymous

      How many people lol maybe 200 geeks altogether. There are thousands of regulars users that love their droids :)

      • Guest

        ….

      • Guest

        ….

    • guest

      “most?” I’m pretty sure “most” don’t even know what a bootloader is…

      • guest

        or a nexus for that matter

        • Bytexbyte

          You are a fool. Of course everyone knows what a Nexus is….everyone that is literate as to what phone technology offers that is. That is a lot of people. Don’t be surprised if this “nexus” is the most sold phone of the year.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

            I seriously doubt it.  Unless you hang out with phone geeks like us then very few people have heard what a Nexus is.  No one model of Android will ever outsell any iPhone model.  As much as I hate Apple and iPhones, it just isn’t going to happen.

      • Guest

        It’s amazing how even a posting that has nothing to do with Nexus brings around another dumb ass comment about the Nexus. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marshall-Taylor/100001783101324 Marshall Taylor

          No offense but the reason we, consumers get stuck with bloated phones is because of people who fail to do there research. Sure the unlocked boot loader would be cool but the fact is I just want stock OS. Is that too much too ask? It would be cool if people sent a clear message to Verizon and just buy the nexus .

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

            But I want a physical keyboard and not a full touchscreen phone, so I can’t just buy the Nexus.  I have no interest.  If Google came out with a 4G QWERTY keyboard phone with no bloatware, I’d probably buy that one.  As a matter of fact I’m almost sure I would.

        • Guest

          ….

        • Manton08

           LEAVE NEXUS ALONE! JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!

      • Manton08

         Hmm, not too sure about that. All my friends have rooted phones. And then theres that one friend with and iPhone whose like “whats a ROM?” lol

    • Moto_Fail

      No HD screen and no new 12 mp camera is very disappointing on the D4.  This will not be able to compete with the Nexus nor even the Rezound. 

      http://www.droid-life.com/2011/11/15/droid-razr-with-4-5-720p-hd-screen-and-13mp-camera-appear-in-china/ 

      I am surprised they at least did not give it the RAZR SuperAMOLED screen- at least a little better then the terrible screen on the D3 and Bionic.

      • STiK

        Not sure what world you are on..

        • Moto_Fail_2

          Earth- which has phones with HD screens and cameras that actually work.  Why release something in China with better specs then the US. 
          If the technology is there, give it to us.  Obviously there is something wrong with the current screen and camera if they are being upgraded by Moto. 
          This is an inferior device that will be outdated before it is released.  What are the two main uses of a phone- looking at the screen and using the camera- both need to be i proved on the D4.

          • STiK

            Ummm Ok… Your logic is very flawed but you are entitled to believe what you want to believe.

          • Andrew

            Look for a poll Droid Life did a week or so ago. 10,000 out of 14,000 people wanted the nexus…… numbers don’t lie…..,,pwned

          • Anonymous

            this is droid life…a site full of tech nerds :P ….if the NY times or someone like that ran a poll it would have much different results

          • STiK

            Most android users don’t  hang out on android forums doing polls. “Pwned” really? Is that even a word? If you want a Nexus device, then buy one. Nexus devices are what they are and nothing more. Fact is, if the nexus didn’t have ICS, a good portion of you all wouldn’t even touch the thing. The average consumer don’t even know what ICS is. They look at the phone and if they like it they buy it. 

          • FortitudineVincimus

            I am still not even convinced that this is all that kick ass of a phone. The hardware is medicore.. it is all about ICS and yet every good phone is going to get ICS weeks after the Nexus. So really, I am a phone guy, a tech guy, I root and mod my phones… and I am not al that pumped by this phone. The problem is the masses are sheep. Guys here tell them it is awesome, other tech sites say it is awesome, this release date hype makes it desirable.. people buy into it.

          • Anonymous

            ” it is all about ICS and yet every good phone is going to get ICS weeks after the Nexus.”

            I doubt any phone other the the Nexus brand will be seeing ICS weeks after the release, more like months. The Nexus doesn’t have the best specs but I want it simply because it’ll be a major upgrade from my D1 and it has a stock experience.

          • Bytexbyte

            The earliest is said to be between 3-6 months after Nexus comes out.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

            The guy said he roots his phone.  It’s possible then he will will ICS in weeks with custom ROM

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

            The guy said he roots his phone.  It’s possible then he will will ICS in weeks with custom ROM

          • Anonymous

            People are total lemmings, they want whatever is hyped and hate whatever they’re told to.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly

          • Anonymous

            10,000 out of the MILLIONS of Verizon customers. Yeah really “pwned” there. 

            I honestly think maybe 40,000 people total even know about the phone. 20,000 know what “bootloader” means. 

            Ive never tried to steer people away from the Galaxy Nexus but not one single person I know is getting it. 

          • Bytexbyte

            I believe it was 10k out of 14k, who took the poll.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, because 10,000 is the exact number of smartphone consumers in America….pwned

          • facepalm

            im pretty sure one of the main uses of a phone is to make phone calls, not take pictures

          • Alex

            Not anymore.

      • John Walker

        Even if you gave the D4 a 12MP camera it still would not compete with the Rezound because Motorola’s camera sensors are not anywhere near as good as what is in an HTC. Motorola needs some improvements in the sensor before they try to up the megapixel count, which doesn’t matter anyway. 

        • Anonymous

          The Galaxy Nexus camera is worse, that doesn’t seem to be deterring anyone from buying that phone.  Who buys a phone for its camera anyways?

          • Bytexbyte

            Worse? How? And don’t tell me the MP vs. MP crap. Anyone who knows anything about cameras knows MP does not matter. MP does not make a phone. Now, Look at the shutter on the Nexus..k, thx.

          • Anonymous

            ROFL, it’s called a sensor numbnuts and the GN’s camera sensor is not good.  It takes pictures no better and possibly worse than Motorola’s.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Hultmark/678644192 Rick Hultmark

            The fact is…when I whip out my phone to take a pic, I’m capturing a moment…I don’t care if the flower petals are more clear, or if the setting sun doesn’t cast as much of a glare.  I want the picture NOW.  If they can port zero shutter lag to other handsets, fine.  But I’m still kickin the OG (thank you Cyanogen…..call me Vanilla), and I’ll pretty much take any handset that gets updates from G over the garbage Big Red sends out!  (But still love yer network Big R!)

          • Anonymous

            The Razr’s camera takes pictures a few milliseconds slower, whoopdeefreakindoo!!

        • Ghddan

          Completely agree. I work for Verizon and get a new android phone about once a month. Moto phones take forever to take pictures and then still the pic comes out blurry.

      • Anonymous

        12MP camera? Have you seen the reviews of the Galaxy Nexus? Yeah THAT camera turned out to be absolute crap. 

      • http://www.releasedates.co www.releasedates.co

        Super AMOLED is not so “super”… anything less than Super AMOLED Plus is weak these days. That “Plus” makes a huge difference and often leads people to believe that Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED Plus displays are pretty similar in quality, but they’re not.

      • Dork

        Wah.  Buy a TV.

      • Manton08

        12MP camera!? Whoa now buddy I don’t wanna have to spend more money for that! I buy phones at full price. I’m fine with an 8MP camera…wouldn’t mind a 5MP actually, I think they were better. Somewhere between 5 and 8 we went wrong. Anywho this phone will do fine, its geared toward people who want a RAZR but need a keyboard. The only thing they should have done was make it Vanilla Gingerbread. But I have a theory that OEM’s will bend to Google, they would have to lose a LOT of good features to “skin” them. VANILLA ICE CREAM SANDWICH FOR EVERYONE! Viva no contract!

        • Manton08

          I meant “skin” ICS…damn you A-D-D…….SHINY!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

        Dude, the Nexus has a FIVE mp camera…*FIVE*.  Why are you complaining about 8mp?  Also I’d rather have the qHD.  I’ve seen them with brightness turned up and they are not bad.  Sure not as crisp as a SAMOLED phone can be, but easier to see in sunlight and people with the Nexus so far are disappointed with the screen.

    • Anonymous

      the OG droid is iconic…the nexus is not…the average big red customer has no idea what the hell a nexus is…i  personally think the rezound..droid 4 and RAZR will outsell the G-nex…

      • Anonymous

        wait, are you saying the Nexus One/S were barely noticed? that nobody cared for the Google Phone? and if a verizon customer didn’t know the Nexus One/S/Prime, its probably because those devices weren’t available on that carrier.

  • MexicanDroid

    Looks cool…

  • Interiorposterior

    It upsets me that they’re using the same processor as the Droid 3. This is simply a RAZR pro. I love MOTO and I’m never one to quickly bash them mindlessly, but I’m quite dissatisfied with this. They should have waited for until OMAP5 or maybe Tegra 3, and by then it would come with ICS, the second gen LTE chips and NFC.

    But you know, I blame this on Verizon as they’re the ones making Motorola churn out so many devices, with all of them supposed to be flagship devices. You don’t see Moto do this for any other carrier.

    • Interiorposterior

      And a 720p screen res would be lovely as well as the PPI would be about 400.

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe at least the 4460 which is in the nexus.

      • Anonymous

        4470 is the better one i think, though not in the Nexus. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4NH3SS5BT44HRIX3XCOAB7UXUI Sam

      In 6 months when the DROID5 with OMAP5/ICS/NFC is released, you will be dissatisfied that it doesn’t have OMAP6/Android 4.5/etc.

      This is not the fault of Motorola or Verizon but rather basically a result of Moore’s Law. Frankly I am thankful that consumer technology is still evolving at such a breakneck pace that a 6 month old device is obsolete.

      • Manton08

        Your absolutely right.  I will be honest, I’m on the other side of this argument but you make an extremely valid point. Once something is released we want the next best thing instead of enjoying what we have achieved for now and for this reason Motorola is pumping out phones faster than a -insert funny/controversial comment- and we are still not happy with that. Honestly we need to be able to physically upgrade the phones we have to the latest and greatest instead of OEM’s making new phones all the time. It would be nice if I could take my phone to Moto and have them put a “OMAP6″ processor in it and i could just OTA 4.5, cameras could be assembled at home(complex I know) :) Now that’s a topic worth discussing.

    • Anonymous

      So don’t buy it.  What’s the problem?

  • Anonymous

    If there is a new iteration of the same brand; ie the Droid li;pne,it needs to be released 1 a year.

    • Anonymous

      This isn’t apple….

      • Anonymous

        I’m not saying be like Apple, but when was the Droid 3 released? Not too long ago.

        • Anonymous

          July. Hey this is android nothing new here, new phones come out pretty much every week.

          • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

            New phones coming out every week, but not from the same manufacturer on the same product line. Releasing a new phone for the same phone in less than 6 months? That’s as close as “Greed” as one could be. It just shows that they don’t have the confidence that people will wait for their phones.

          • Anonymous

            Well according to the moto fanboys moto makes the best phones. It is funny though if they made the best phones they wouldn’t need a new one every other week.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4NH3SS5BT44HRIX3XCOAB7UXUI Sam

            You don’t get it. This rapid innovation is a good thing. It’d be one thing if Motorola was rapidly releasing a new but defective/buggy device every few months. But I think very few people would argue that the D3 was not a quality phone.

            The fact that just 6 months later the D3 is already obsolete is a testament to the rapid rate of technological advancement and Motorola’s ability to keep up. I don’t know who made the rule that a manufacturer can only release one new smartphone a year.

          • Anonymous

            That’s cool, I love Android and all the phones that comes out, all I am saying is that the original Droid was so great and each iteration of it needs to be spaced out further, just my opinion is all.

          • Anonymous

            I agree. Moto seems to have gone backwards from the original droid. No blur and not locked down. Yes these newer phones have nicer specs but not for those who like to mess with their phones.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SNOLUJPJNLFYPC2PDI2NC3LXUE point.blank

            Only the 1% care about messing with their phones. The 99% couldn’t care less.

          • Anonymous

            Never said they do…

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SNOLUJPJNLFYPC2PDI2NC3LXUE point.blank

            Motorola serves the 99%. Why should they care what the 1% thinks? The 1% knows how to get around the system and get what they want in the end.

          • Anonymous

            Because the 1% is usually the ones who recommend phones to other. If you want a moto buy a moto I do not care what phone you have. I have no allegiance, the phone that best fits my needs is what i get.

          • Anonymous

            yeah i have to agree with you, a ton of people ask what i think about such and such phone cause they know i lurk on sites like dl and monkey with my phone, the 1% in my experience have a bit of influence over the 99%

            you are always going to have the uneducated buying whatever, so you could crap in a box and sell it as the next big thing and people are going to buy it without knowing better, but the oem’s should consider what the educated consumers want because then their business would increase by that percentage as well, just my thoughts, but what do i know i’m just a consumer…

          • Granted

            That is the most retarded thing I’ve read here in a long time. Motorola is the so-called “1%”. Damn hippy socialist, relativist garbage. You’re a fan of a Droid, Google, any smartphone company, well hate to break it to you but that’s pure capitalism, which just so happens to be the Be-A-Whiny-Dumbass-Hypocrite-Occupy Wall Street-Hippy’s worst enemy. Well that and showering….and cleaning up after yourself….and holding down a job…and getting your point across without chanting.

          • Anonymous

            I think if there were more slideout options I’d agree with you more. I think releasing a new (slideout)Droid when new technology is available is great.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Slide out keyboard… bwaaaa haa haa that is so 2009!

    • dreedy android

      This may come as a shock to you but not everyone who buys a smartphone now days uses it strictly to Facebook, Twitter and play Anger Birds and Fruit Ninja.  Some people actually do use their device for business use, with a ton of text messaging and emails.  If you did have an actual business related job, where email on the go in a major fashion, was an important part in your life, then you would understand that a touchscreen only device is NOT the most desirable phone to have.  Physical keyboards still have a very valid place in todays world of smartphones and I, for one, am glad to see Motorola continue to support that side of the business.  If you don’t want a physical keyboard but want the same specs, then go get yourself the Droid RAZR or Galaxy Nexus.  These are what we normal people call options and if you haven’t noticed yet, the same shoe doesn’t fit every person.

      • JohnPA2006

        I clicked on “Like” for your comment and 
        YES, your right on the money with that comment.

        • dreedy android

          Then I applaud you! 

      • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

        Thank you!!!

      • Anonymous

        +100 my good Sir

      • Anonymous

        I’m not invalidating your opinion at all, but I send tons of emails and texts from my Thunderbolt and I get along perfectly fine with plenty of speed. You are totally welcome to have reasons why you like a keyboard, but that doesn’t make it a universal truth. I find that I type much slower with a hardware keyboard. 

        • Anonymous

          It may not be the same for you, but I have more mistakes on a virtual keyboard even with SwiftKey X. It’s mainly that you can’t have muscle memory. The keys are in the same place sure, but they all are glass and feel the exact same. On hardware keyboards, the F and J have a bump like computer keyboards usually.

          • Anonymous

            I suppose the “take some time to get used to it” argument could be used on both sides of this fence. I have considered getting a keyboard phone at some point just to try it out, but as I’m sure all of you guys know, there haven’t been a lot of high end options for the last couple years. Maybe if I have to get a phone for work I’ll try it out, but until then I’m comfortable with my touchscreen.

          • Anonymous

            I have had this phone for about 6 months and have gotten used to it as much as possible. I still make mistakes. It’s not bad enough for me to drool over the Droid 4′s keyboard, but it’s noticeable and annoying  enough for me to keep mentioning.

        • dreedy android

          I didn’t say it was “universal truth” (hence the “same shoe doesn’t fit every person” line) but if you were to poll the majority of people who have business oriented job (i.e. Sales Rep, Manager, Marketing, Owner) rather if they preferred a physical keyboard or virtual keyboard on their devices, I “THINK” that physical would win.  I had a Thunderbolt too and went to the D3 for 2 reasons, poor battery life from LTE chip and a physical keyboard.  I have mistakes on a virtual keyboard, I have mistakes on a physical keyboard.  Fact is, I feel like a physical keyboard for some business users is a better feel and better way to go.  The comment of a physical keyboard being so 2009 implies that it is outdated and has not place in the market.  By the 2 likes on his comment, and the 43 on mine, apparently several others feel the same way I do.

    • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

      Sorry for being a crazy person that likes physical keyboards. Would you like using a virtual keyboard on your laptop or desktop?

      • Anonymous

        If it worked well I wouldn’t mind!

      • Granted

        If it had Swype or Shapewriter hell yes! I’m about ten times faster on a slide keyboard than I was on my Droid. I am about positive the people that don’t like slide keyboards are the same people that didn’t actually give it a fair amount of time to familiarize themselves and get better with extended use. Every person I know who tried one used it for like 5 to 10 minutes. That is an idiots amount of time to truly test something like this. And I’d be wiling to bet the full profit from my next game release, that I could blow anyone using a physical keyboard out of the water on speed and accuracy.

        • Granted

          *out of the water

          Ahahahah! But I’ll stick by my first comment if they really want a badass blow-job.

      • Anonymous

        I bought the OG Droid because of the physical keyboard. I tried the onscreen keyboard on a couple of friends phones and I didn’t like it. When I got the OG Droid I used both keyboards and I ended up using the digital keyboard over the physical one. I only used the physical keyboard to play games. I type faster on the digital keybaord.

        • Manton08

          Well the OG Droid keyboard sucked! Lol

  • Anonymous

    So no super amoled screen since it just says qhd?

    • Interiorposterior

      When will you people understand – qHD is a resolution, pentile is a type of screen. They’re not the same thing.

      • Anonymous

        who said anything about pentile? if you look the droid razr says super amoled, the droid 4 only says qhd. Didn’t mention anything about pentile. smh

  • Anonymous

    If the back is plastic(which it looks like it is) where is the troll angelface saying moto this and moto that since they don’t use plastic and the other OEM’s who do are junk, does that make this junk? Probably not because he sucks so hard on JHA’s slong.

    • Anonymous

      It’s probably kevlar like the Razr. Whatever it is, it’s rubberized.

      • Anonymous

        Doubt it. Looks nothing like the back on the razr.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think it’s plastic though, It’s just got the rubberized coating like the other Droids.

    • Anonymous

      He’s probably off stroking his E-peen to some “educated” comment he just posted on a Nexus thread.

    • Guest

      he’s probably slurping up some cum of some other moto nut hugger like mc_clane!

      • Anonymous

        Is that what you did to your father last night?

        • Guest

          there’s ole fagg boy.  ass still sore from last night??  now go slurp some more moto cum up butt pirate!

          • Anonymous

            Keep dreaming about what you’d like to do to your father, it’s amusing.  You must have been abused as a child. LOL at liking your own posts.

          • Guest

            stealing my lines now huh faggo??  damn what a loser!! can’t even come up with your own stuff.  all that cum swallowing must be affecting what little bit of brain you have left.  keep try gayy boy!!!

          • Anonymous

            U real mad bro?

          • Guest

            no bro, i happy!  i love fuckking with you and getting under your skin you get so bent out of shape so easy.  it is fun!!!  angelfaggit77 your gay lover isn’t any fun.  man it’s cool to be gay these days you don’t have to hide it.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve seen some stupid people people in my life but you take the cake. You make Jeff Bernard look like a genius, congratulations. You deserve a Darwin award.

            Obligatory gay inference incoming from a closeted homo in 3…2…

          • Guest

            why thank you fagg boy!! jeff passed the torch off to me!!  time to go spew your moto nut hugging bullshitt all over DL now.  run along so i can go light your ass up in some other thread for being a moto nut hugging troll.  they have a new nexus article come on over there and spew you shitt so i can have some fun with you over there faggo!

          • Guest

            u a nexus fanboy troll brah?

  • Tesseract 3

    That is one sexy keyboard. 

  • Anonymous

    Tomorrow’s leak: Droid Biorazr-5! Release Date: 1/01/12

    • JohnPA2006

      Pfft, your behind, they already came out with the Droid BioRAZR6, you gotta keep up dude.

  • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony Mai

    Droid 4 would have so much more meaning if they waited maybe 5 months, slapped an NFC chip in, ICS, and a true HD display, maybe even a quadcore. But instead they nerfed the RAZR and added a keyboard . Kinda like how the bionic looks like a D3 without a keyboard.

    • http://twitter.com/bitz_dv sean futach

      You just described the Droid 5, coming June 2012

      • Anonymous

        June 2012, no way man, its coming easily first or second week of January. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/djnapieralski DJ Napieralski

      Thats so they can release the droid RAZR 2 the first week of January, and the Droid 5 the first week of February. 

      • Xfloggingkylex

        No moto phones are getting ICS, they are just remaking the phone one number up.  Incoming droid 5, incredible 3, bionic 2, x3, charge 2 (LOL) and razr 2.

    • Anonymous

      No.  Name one other phone with a dual-core CPU, LTE, and a physical keyboard.  We’ve waited long enough…

  • Anonymous

    The Droid 4 is the perfect phone for me except for two things, the locked boot loader and ICS. I think Motorola is pushing out phones too fast. They are competing with themselves. Customers will be thinking whether or not to get the new Bionic, the new RAZR, or the new phone Motorola will release in a month.

    • Anonymous

      Plus most likely will effect updates if they have so many phones that they need to try and keep updated.

      • Pmcdeed

        but if the phones all have the same software and specs (i.e. razr and d4) it wont be that daunting of a task

        • Anonymous

          Look at droid 2/d2g that are very similar specs and how much longer it takes to get an update to one when you would think both would get them very close together.

          • Pmcdeed

            touche

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

            This is absolute truth.  I had a warranty repair D2 and ended up getting a D2G.  I was SHOCKED when it took over a month longer to get GB. 

    • KevinC

      and this is a problem how?  it’s called options, and motorola is essentially giving people more choices so a consumer chooses one of their phones instead of one from another manufacturer.

      • Anonymous

        As long as they can push out timely updates with minimal bugs it’s not much of a problem. I think they might be overstretching their development department though.

        Of course they could shave some time off by leaving Android stock.

        • Xfloggingkylex

          This, Timoh is the issue.  Everyone is so “lul so glad we got choices” but the fact is, if moto made 1 slider and 1 touchscreen, and maybe one skinny/smaller phone and upgraded them every year we would all be getting updates much more quickly.  Instead they need to release ICS for 9 devices when most of them are basically the same. 

          Granted, 4G’s release date helped make this mess since no phone could be dual core and 4g until after the bionic.  I just don’t see a need to make every 200mhz change in processor a new phone.  single to dual core, 3g to 4g, adding NFC… these deserve new phones.

          • Anonymous

            I like twice a year at the very least rather than one a year. This technology is moving way too fast for one-a-year hardware updates.

      • Anonymous

        There’s a difference between choices and overdoing it. This is Motorola’s 3rd phone in two months on just Verizon. It’s ok when the phones are similarly spec’d (ie RAZR and Droid 4), but when you’re outdoing yourself every couple months (Bionic -> RAZR), you don’t really give your potential customers a reason to buy your phone instead of waiting or getting the competition.

        • babadush

          This will be their 4th phone in 5 months. All basically the same phone except the lack of 4g on the droid 3. Like you said that’s not choices that’s over doing it

        • Anonymous

          Well the Bionic/Razr release was clearly just the blowback from the Bionic being delayed FOREVER. The Razr was set to be released then and they weren’t going to push back the phone because their other one was delayed. I’m not saying its a good thing, I’m just saying. 

          • Anonymous

            They had an obligation to release the bionic. The only reason they made the bionic again was because people were complaining that why at&t has a better device aka atrix 1 etc. Once the bionic gets ICS it still be a beast with a bad display and bad shutter speed.

          • Guest

            ….

        • sakinah1

          I disagree. The jump from the Bionic to the RAZR was incremental, not monumental. The Droid RAZR is basically Bionic on a diet; the only technical spec upgrade is the 0.2 GHz processor speed.

          • Darat532

            I don’t know if you have used both phones but the RAZR is a huge improvement over the Bionic. It has a much better screen, it is as fast and smooth as a Galaxy S2 and there have not been any major bugs reported with the RAZR. The Bionic never should have been released.

          • Anonymous

            better software, display, camera, build quality. Learn a little more before you type garbage. I have both devices and i know their cons and pros.

          • http://profiles.google.com/spc.hicks09 Gary Hicks

            You sure do “supposedly” have a lot of devices. I’m pretty sure you’re full of shit.

          • Anonymous

            Not a lot just 2.

            Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Phone

            —–Original message—–

          • Guest

            ….

          • Guest

            he probably doesn’t even own a phone.  not old enough yet.

          • Guest

            ….

          • Anonymous

            lawl

          • Guest

            ….

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.  Funny how many people were saying “No LTE – Fail!” when the D3 came out, and now they’re saying that the D4 is coming out too soon…

    • Ian Wilson

      Thank you. Apparently not everyone agrees, but let’s say you were a less informed customer who bought the Bionic right when it came out, only for the RAZR to be released literally right when your trial period was over. You probably wouldn’t be too happy, now would ya? And from that point on, you’d probably be far more hesitant to pull the trigger on a Moto phone knowing that two weeks could make a whole lot of difference.

  • http://twitter.com/jackrupps Jack Ruppel

    inb4 locked bootloader

  • http://twitter.com/muffnman Muffnman

    This would have me drooling if not for ICS and the fact that I know every single one of the cameras on Motorola’s phones is absolute crap.

    • Anonymous

      naaah

    • Ian Wilson

      Muffnman, have you read a review of the GNex? The camera looks to be pretty underwhelming. Yes, the camera is slow on the Bionic, but they fixed that problem on the Razr – image quality from both phones is pretty damn good. Untouched ICS is a damn good reason to want that phone but camera argument = invalid. Motorola no longer has mediocre cameras.

    • Anonymous

      If the razr is getting ICS this would probably too.

    • Anonymous

      http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/24/galaxy-nexus-hspa-review/

      Look under cons.  Did your world just come crashing down?

  • Anonymous

    Motorola, I have a nice spot for you in my gas shower if you do not stop pushing out phones at the rate of mexican anchor babies 

    • Hasbrobot

      87 different Hitlers before you huh?

      • Redneckben22

        8 8 are two letters in the alphabet

        • Anonymous

          Actually 8 is a number not a letter.

          • Anonymous

            you’re an idiot, written as a series they represent letters

            flunk first grade?

          • Trevor

            U mad bro?

          • Anonymous

            I’m not your bro faggot.

          • http://twitter.com/evulhotdog evulhotdog

            trolled.

          • Anonymous

            you’re the idiot the person he replied to didnt say that..

      • Anonymous

        Really guys who flagged that? not cool

        • Anonymous

          Some people just don’t have a sense of humor. Ann Frankly that’s a terrible way to live your life.

          • Anonymous

            I see what you did there.

          • Theandyplan

            i didn’t get to see what he did there, ann frankly that bothers me.

          • Anonymous

            You did see what I did there.

          • Manton08

            LMFAO!

          • Ryan Harrington11

            Ha ha good one! I did Nazi that coming!

          • Anonymous

            Oh come on, seriously? Someone flagged an Ann Frank pun? Weak sauce.

          • Manton08

            ROTFL!

    • Tesseract 3

      Hysterical. 

  • http://twitter.com/Ac3FlyKiD 0_o

    Next!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josue-Aristy/540455542 Josue Aristy

      What about releasing these phones on AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile?

      • Manton08

        The original Droid series is exclusive to Verizon. Just like the iPhone used to be with AT&T but their service sucked so Apple threw that bad boy at Verizon. Since Verizon doesn’t suck the chances of Motorola changing their exclusivity are VERY slim. In other words…enjoy the Atrix 2, Backflip, and Cliq 2 non-sense lol.

        • Lesley

          It isbt just Motorola phones with droid in their name, I believe it has to do with verizon having a license to use the name from Lucas films.

          • Anonymous

            You are correct: Verizon paid for licensing rights to call their line of phones “Droid (insert name)”. The phones do exist in international markets by other names with similar or identical specs. Within the states, the Droid brand is sole property of Verizon. And it appears Motorola is happy with that partnership so they don’t have a reason ($$$) to give other carriers the same preferential treatment.