Share this Story

Video: DROID 4 Hands-on at CES 2012

We just finished up a solid 3 hour session at some of the various booths here at CES and have a barrage of videos to show off. The first up is the DROID 4, also known as the world’s thinnest 4G LTE slider. We know that many of you have been waiting patiently for a slideout device like this, so hopefully this video helps you decide if it is indeed for you.

This is our second time with it in hand and will admit that it feels nice. One of the drawbacks to most devices with a physical keyboard is the weight and thickness, but this phone is light and thin. We aren’t a fan of the screen, as Moto appears to have gone back to the same PenTile matrix that they used in the Bionic and DROID3. Other than that though, it comes off as another solid release from Big Red and Motorola.  


  • Jim McClain

    always hated that slide out keyboard on my original droid, added so much weight it felt like a brick in  my pocket

  • Cristhianmontiel007

    would have jumped on it if it was the droid 4 maxx developer edition 

  • PENTILE. Maybe next time, Moto. {{v_v}}

  • Daniel Hall

    Are the buttons on the screen physical or touch sensitive? I love the physical buttons on my DX, makes easier to count when not looking for Home or Menu buttons. The touch sensitive I’ve played with on other phones are usually “too” sensitive and with a heavy thumb, accidentally home visits or search bar openings are no fun.

  • Taglogical

    I have heard that the 4 HAS GLOBAL RADIO INSIDE.  Also, same screen as the Bionic is a WIN. If they had put say the Razr screen on it (read:OLED), then this would be fail.

  • Foxtrot21alpha

    Ill just wait for the droid4 MAXX to be released

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see why I’d buy this when you just know that the Droid 5 is going to be out in June or July.

  • Maqsr1122

    I returned my DROID RAZR because it was a disapointment. Specifically the 4G service in my area. As I mentioned before my D2 out performed the RAZR when It came down to connectivety. I sure hope the D4 is alot better.

  • Anonymous

    Same display as in D3?? Epic fail!

    • neat

      You are a virgin

  • Maqsr1122

    The guy in the video said that it does not have a sim card. So no LTE. Wth

    • Frank

      The specific one he was holding did not have a sim card installed.

  • Sporttster

    Unlock bootloader……

  • Jjmka09

    My Dream Phone: Quad-core ICS Slider phone w/ HD screen, LTE, and Global. Is that so much to ask for?

    • DeathfireD

      I’d be happy with just a dual core 1.2GHz, stock ICS, 8mp, 32GB, non-pentile screen Motorola phone.

  • Jak_341

    Motofail strikes again!

    • Anonymous

      Go suck on the Sammy teat!

  • Azndan4

    When is the last time that Motorola released something that wasn’t a disappointment? Nothing good has come from them since the droid 1. Hahaha.

    • Neil

      Yeah well that’s just like, your opinion man.
      Been waiting to say that all week.

  • Phonearena seems to think it’s just a normal LCD display. Personally I don’t care eitherway, though I definitely would’ve preferred an AMOLED display

  • Anonymous

    i would get it if it werent for the screen

  • Nerdy Desi

    Lets hope the Droid 5 will have a 720P quality screen and removable battery!

    • Noah Flowers

      It does, and they’re releasing it next week!

      Sincerely, ecstatic  Droid 3 Owner

    • Anonymous

      4 has a removable battery.

      • Yeah but unlike my Droid 3, does this one’s space bar on the keyboard actually work as it should? Nothing like the added weight of a physical keyboard who’s buttons don’t all work properly.

    • Tom

      Naw… they know if they want to be popular they need to release the Droid 4S first and piss off their fanbase. Same phone with only slightly upgraded specs. 

  • Why would you go back to putting the power button in the middle top of the phone?! 

    Biggest pet peeve I had with the Droid 3. 

  • J Trayer

    Why the pentile screen?  This is a fail out of the box!

  • Well this phone is turning into a disappointment

  • Anonymous


  • C-Law

    Damn. What was going to be a great phone is ruined(in my mind anyway) by the older bionic style screen. I was really hoping the screen would be better. PASS

  • John

    wow…seeing GB after being with ICS for this long makes me want to stab myself in the eyes

  • “An intense Android news community…”

    I like it.

  • Jason Purp

    I would never get this phone just because the new Motoblur renamed the music app to “My Music.”

    • non

      Kewl storie br0

  • Benjamin Landwehr

    Damn. Was hoping it would be the same screen as the Razr at least but alas.. tis a dream. Dammit Moto.

    • seems like every phone these days is missing that one feature that is keeping it from perfect.. :/

  • OG Droid

    Whats up with that shirt man??

  • Dragontail

    Is the phone world-capable with a GSM radio in it?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks as always for the info, Kellex.  That keyboard looks awesome!
      A few more Q’s if you happened to have any info:

      -Is it world-capable?
      -Presumably the same SoC as the RAZR? 
      -Any changes to Blur that you noticed since the RAZR?
      -How much onboard storage?
      -Does the camera appear to be any better or faster than the RAZR or Bionic?
      -Any sign of that the battery being user-replacable with a “tool” for opening the back cover as rumored a few months ago?  Or is it totally fixed like the RAZR?  Any idea on the battery stats?

      • Anonymous

        it is NOT global.  16 gb on board.  that is all i know.

    • James

       Were there no Moto reps to ask questions? Why release a non-global Droid slider? Do browser and text field keyboard shortcuts still exist despite the lack of the ALT and menu keys? I’m not concerned about what kind of screen it has.

      • Lodo

        Ask some questions Kellex. The screen is minor unless you’re comparing them to others side by side.

        • Tlt443

          Looking at all the videos, he doesn’t  have the balls to ask anything serious.

      • My

        They are too busy prepping for Droid 5.

    • Me

      Phonedog video says it is not world capable..

      • Coaster

        Yet this link from Motorola says does have GSM: http://developer.motorola.com/products/droid-4-xt894/

        Perhaps Verizon is gimping it, or perhaps the Motorola CES booth dude in the Phonedog video doesn’t know what he’s talking about?

        • Plinko

           The FCC docs specifically say it has GSM capabilities but disabled for US carriers. Apparrently VZW disabled GSM all together since the FCC filing.