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Sprint Announces the Photon Q, This Should Have Been the DROID 4

Sprint and Motorola announced the Photon Q this morning, a device with a 5-row slideout keyboard, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (probably the Snapdragon S4), on-screen navigation keys, Ice Cream Sandwich, NFC, 1785 mAh battery, 4.3″ qHD display, an 8MP camera, and 4G LTE. Sounds decent, right? Then why wasn’t this the DROID 4?

The DROID brand, which once stood for top-of-the-line and best-of-the-best is now nothing more than a marketing gimmick on its last leg. Sure, the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are decent phones, but the two DROID releases since those have been embarrassments. Yes, I’m talking about the DROID 4 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Neither are even close to being leaders with their sub-par specs, poor screens, and cheap build qualities. There is a chance that Motorola will attempt to do us all right later this summer, and set this brand straight again. Does anyone care, though? 

It’s sort of sad to see this happen to the brand that started the Android craze, but most of us realized long ago that it wasn’t going to carry us to the promised land forever. Phone manufacturers seem to want to stand on their own these days rather than be roped into Verizon’s marketing program. In fact, I’d much prefer it if phones were good enough to stand on their own like the HTC One X and Galaxy S3. It’s time for OEMs to give us their best at all times, rather than relying on the term “DROID” to do the work.

  • Man…I wish Samsung would make a device with a nice Galaxy sliding keyboard. I do miss my physical keyboard for gaming and emulators. Which is what I use my device for when not using as a phone.

  • GazaIan

    First off, I really don’t get how you can call the Droid 4 an embarrassment, but what REALLY bugged me is that you called the Incredible 4G LTE an embarrassment. Seriously? Wow.

    Secondly, does this come in a GSM flavor? I’d take one.

  • DWJ

    Have you used the Droid Incredible 4G who’s screen/specs you slam? qHd is much sharper on the DINC4G’s 4″ screen than it will be on the Photon’s 4.3″. Have you used the DINC4G in sunlight? It’s AWESOME. No need to shade it or anything, very bright and sharp…close to iPhone pixel density at a very manageable size. Sub-par specs…really? The DINC4G has Android 4.03, 1GB RAM with an S4 processor and a 1700mAh battery…which translates to very fast performance and good battery life. How in the world is this sub-par? The ONLY negative about the DINC4G specs is the storage space…it comes with 8GB built-in. If this affects you then stick a 32GB SD-Card in the thing…they’re $17.29 on amazon with free shipping.

    This is a terrible, misleading artice. I just started reading this site recently and after garbage like this, I’ll gladly move on.

  • Madea

    Samsung eats you! I love this piece of plastic and its so puuurrrrrrrttttyyy!

  • David Parrella

    But it’s not as drastic of a difference as was between the D3 and D4, so I’m not disappointed.
    -D3 and D4 owner ;D

  • Daniel Rowen

    I’m not sure why you bash on the Droid 4 all of a sudden, other than it not shipping with ICS, the Droid 4 is identical to this phone in basically every way. Even the dimensions are the same. I think Motorola is including the on-screen navigation keys as part of that 4.3″ number, but then only quoting the usable space when they list the identical resolution and ratio for the screen as on the Droid 4. I absolutely love the keyboard on my Droid 4 and cannot wait for ICS or eventually JB, but the hardware is lovely and I would not give up a physical keyboard, especially after spending so much time typing on my awesome Droid 4’s

  • etg9

    I agree with what was said above. I went from an OG Droid to a Droid 3. A phone with awesome community and open development to a phone with nothing. I would have gone to a droid 4/5 if it was a razermaxx HD with a keyboard but that phone is 2 years off. The keyboard phones have become mid-tier devices and Moto is behind the curve in display/graphics/processing on their flagship device. I now have an SGSIII and the radio is just as good, the GPS is far better and the display/graphics/processing is an unbelievable step up. I hope that Moto steps up and makes something that we love like the OG droid again.

  • KewlDawg

    While the Photo Q has a 4.3″ screen, compared to the Droid 4’s 4.0″ screen, remember that the Photo Q looses that 0.3″ to the Android function keys which are now part of the display.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I fully expect this to be released as the Droid 5 =P

  • I don’t get how the Razr is so good but the droid 4 isn’t since they are basically the same phone save for the keyboard. Yes the pentile display is not the best, but the Q is merely a small bump in tech compared to the D4; A slightly better processor, a better and bigger screen and NFC.

  • Oscar De La Rosa

    This phone’s a monster!!!

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I’ve figured out why its better than the D4. Besides the obvious: Screen, quality, etc.


    Thats clearly why…

  • seth

    I really enjoy my droid 4. Obviously it isn’t comparable to other phones stat wise.. but you buy this thing for one purpose and one purpose only, keyboard.

  • It really disappoints me how this article shows the D-L character of late. It’s not a Nexus or a Galaxy phone? Oh it MUST be crap then. Really Kellen? REALLY? You’ve praised both of these phones, and now, they are failures? Look at the specs you JUST listed? Other than a slightly faster processor, NFC and ICS, this IS the D4. And not to mention, it’s been almost a MONTH since the Inc 4g came out, and you STILL haven’t posted a review. What gives, man? You should really choose you’re wording more carefully when writing an article or just change the name of the site. You claim to be all about everything Android, but this article easily offends a number of your loyal readers. If you want to be all about the Nexus and Galaxy lines now, make it Samsung-Life. You really burnt the candle on both ends in this article’s comments, guys. Not cool

  • Does anyone even care about the “Droid” brand? To me Droid = Locked down full of bloat and covered in a garbage OEM skin.

  • The Droid 4 is a fine phone. It’s six months old, so comparing it to the most recent phones is like comparing apples to oranges.

  • RoadsterHD1

    My wife has a D2 and that thing is rock solid. She is still on froyo because she loves it. My dog chewed on that phone and the toddlers use it and its been dropped hundreds of times and still that thing just workssss……Solid phone phone man…

  • RoadsterHD1

    SAme same, the D4 will have ICS soon. Both phones are sliders….. NO BIGGIE… Lets hear from the D4 owners

  • kixofmyg0t

    So Twitter and G talk go down…..and this is what happens when you’re forced to use Google+?

    You need a hug man? 😛

  • Wow, chill Kellex.

  • James Hill

    Actually, my Galaxy Nexus came out in December and it has only been bested by the the SGS III. I bought a droid 3 as well last September, I feel like I should be due a return because it’s such a bad phone. The Droid 4 is not much better. The droid name means nothing and it’s too late for Moto and VZW. The Galaxy line of phones are and will continue to be the best of the best. Remember Kellex started this Droid-life site a long time ago, when it was profitable to be droid only. Droid is dead, for Droid-life not to move on form that would be silly.

    Plus isn’t this a site about An(droid)?

  • BlueLetter

    Yet another questionable post. Like someone else already asked, why is it that every Moto phone should’ve been the last in your opinion? How could that have even happened since the S4 and the new LCD displays weren’t even ready back then? If they released this on Verizon with an OMAP4 and then this came out with the S4 you’d probably be asking the same question wouldn’t you? I’m 95% sure you would.
    And what was sub par about the Droid4’s specs? What exactly are you comparing it to that was a contemporary device? Certainly not any other QWERTY slider, or any android phone with a keyboard of any kind.
    Look I get it, you don’t like the RGBW pentile screen, but that’s no reason to make crap up about the phone.

    • Steve Mellen

      I prefer the screen. I actually like the color balance better for everything plus it’s so much better in the sun…but opinion is fact so…

  • Akashshr

    This Kellex guy is wrong by far, this article really blows!!

  • Ubi2447

    Well I’ve never owned the Droid 3-4 but I have owned a Droid 2, Droid X, and a Droid Razr Maxx and I have to say that I loved the build quality of my Droid 2 and Droid X ALOT.
    One of the newer issues that I’m seeing with the Droid series lies in the rumored (Droid) Razr HD. It looks like a great handset. Good build quality (from what I can see in leaks) and a great looking screen (from what I’ve experienced with the Atrix HD’s display). My issue is that this new Razr HD is supposed to be a flagship device but so far it’s not doing much that something like the One X and the GSIII hasn’t. It has a S4 Dual, 4.0.4, 720p display, 1 gig of ram, ect. the only difference is in the camera with a 13mp shooter and some Kevlar bits and bobs. Now I love the Kevlar bodies. I personally find them attractive… But besides those points and maybe Motos stocky new UI, there isn’t anything new. I think Moto has done a disservice to the HD by releasing it so late. Even if it came out this week I don’t think I would grab one because the new Nexus devices and some pretty sweet sounding htc beast is around the corning. It’s been released in the middle-end of an era that sports those same specs. I was very excited for this device but that was months ago and I’ve always been a big fan of Moto for many reasons for years. But these marketing strategies with the Razr to Razr Maxx, Locked bootloaders from Verizon, and shottier build quality from Moto (even the Razr wasn’t as good as many of the older phones), and in my opinion, lame new flagship release date has started to make me think that the new Nexus are the way to go. If Moto builds one of the Nexus I’d be interested, but these droids are getting on my nerves. That whole Razr and then Razr Maxx thing has made for cheap punches by the community, making every phone since an instant joke *Insert Trollface* “oh yeah, I’ll hold off for the Droid Razr HD Maxx…lolol” or “Na I’ll see if they make an Atrix HD Maxx. derp derp” Frankly it’s a joke that’s a bit dated and makes my eyes roll every time I read it, but that’s not the point. It’s actions like these that have made the OEM look like they don’t take the prospect of making a high quality product for customers first and foremost very seriously. Anyhoo sorry to rant but I’m glad to see Kellen call this out. I’ve had the same thoughts too.

  • I care. Not about the brand, per se, but about proving that Moto can still put out a top-notch device that can compete with HTC and Samsung. If using the DROID moniker is how they choose to move forward, then so be it.

  • RedPandaAlex

    This just in, phones released later often have better specs than phones released earlier.

  • sylent101

    I always thought the Droid brand was corny lol glad I’m not the only one anymore.

  • Hmm….

    Bitter much, Kell? What’s with the whining that the medium line 6 months ago isn’t today’s cutting edge? How is it that every single new Moto phone should have been the last one? It’s just a phone, dude. Stop being embarrassed.

  • So if theres a Droid 5 will it be better then this? Maybe it’ll have Jelly Bean and a bigger screen? Maybe when the Razr HD comes out they can make a Droid HD.

  • hkklife

    The Droid 3 was what the Droid 2 should’ve been and the Droid 4 was what the Droid 3 should’ve been, so this is nothing new.

    Now, I have to say that 4.3″ and a physical keyboard is AWESOME (FINALLY the 4″ barrier is broken). I also like the sem-ruggedized appearance. That looks like it could be a nice road warrior device However, this device is totally let down by its qHD screen, pitiful 8Gb of internal storage (meaning no Webtop is likely), and, worst of all, weak RAZR-size battery capacity.

    Give this thing a bump to Jelly Bean, a 720p 4.3″ screen, a MAXX (or at least Droid HD) size battery and 16Gb internal storage + Webtop (which really does rock under Android 4.x) and put it on VZW this fall to be the proper release to mark the 3rd anniversary of the OG’s arrival. Until then, this is nothing more than a mediocre midrange release (like the Atrix HD) that’s going to do nothing to improve Moto’s fortunes against Samsung, HTC and Apple.

    • AFAIK, noone has a 4.3″ 720p screen. The 341 ppi is certainly doable, but it has yet to show up anywhere.
      It will almost certainly get JB, Webtop looks like a failed experiment by Moto, and since it has an SD slot, the internal memory isn’t that big of a deal. As for the battery, with the S4 processor and some Smart Actions, battery life should at least be acceptable.

      • BlueLetter

        the Rezound and Xperia S have 4.3″ 720p screens. Neither of them are that great though

  • patmw123

    Does anyone care? Sadly, I stopped caring about Motorola after they changed up their bootloader policy after the OG Droid. I am 100% a nexus user now.

  • SaulTKnutts

    I really don’t get all the disparaging comments directed toward the DROID 4. It’s a good phone. The best in the world? No. Is it perfect? Hardly. But it does what I need a smart device to do. I need a portable computer (yes, with a freakin’ keyboard!), not a portable movie theatre.

    I should be thankful, though, to see at least some mention of the DROID 4 here. Looks like the last time it was tagged was in May. Anyone know where I can get news about DROID 4 development, ROMs, accessories, etc.?

    Love you guys at DROID Life. Mean it. But how’s about at least a little DROID 4 tidbit every now and again?

    • bakdroid

      Because it is not a Nexus, there for, it does not exist.

      • BigRed4X15

        Lame. There are so many great devices that are not a Nexus. Compare the impact that the OG Droid made vs the Nexus One. now lets compare the Nexus S to the Galaxy SII… yeah so pretty much until the galaxy nexus came along, no one cared about the nexus, and it still isn’t even close to being the best selling or simply the best phone available.

        • Dain Laguna

          the nexus one wasnt released on a carrier like verizon. and the original droid ALSO ran stock android. the nexus s was a great device…but again not on vzw. there are plenty of people who have been nexus fans for awhile. that may not apply to you, but that doesnt mean much.

      • Dave Dean

        Ah, but will the Droid 5 be a Nexus? Then we can all be happy

      • Dain Laguna

        not true. there has been alot of ‘nexus fanfare’ because alot of googles android powered devices released as of late are BRANDED as nexi. and this is an android enthusiast site…you’re gonna find people who think plain jane android cant be beat.

    • Best place for D4 development is DROIDHive, but unfortunately someone hacked it pretty bad and its down for the moment.

  • sonicyoof

    Too bad it’s a Motorola. Nexus is the new Droid.

    • RoadsterHD1

      LOL…. NO 🙂

      • sonicyoof

        How is it not? Unlocked phone with top specs on Verizon.

  • BigRed4X15

    So the only difference between this phone an the Droid 4 is a slightly faster processor and NFC chip. Yeah its running ICS, but by the end of the 2nd quarter so will the Droid 4. So considering this phone is six months newer, the few upgrades it has over the droid 4 seems warranted. I mean the new phone doesn’t even seem to have an upgraded screen over the D4, which i think is a little silly since the Atrix HD has that really nice screen.

    • hkklife

      This has a 4.3″ Colorboost qHD screen. The Droid 4 has a horrible 4″ pentile qHD screen. That alone is a HUGE improvement. Also, 1.5Ghz (likely S4) dual-core CPU on this one vs the 1.2Ghz TI OMAP in the D4–not just better performance but a lot better efficiency in the Photon Q.

      • BigRed4X15

        missing the point. The D4 is six months older, and the S4 wasn’t available, so how can this phone be what the D4 should have been? Also where did you get the info on the screen? Its not listed above that this device wont be a pentile display. It just says qHD.

        • hkklife

          Colorboost is clearly mentioned in the text of the full official Photon Q press release from Motorola.

        • Dain Laguna

          screw the processor. the omap works fine. its the screen thats awful. and since the razr predated the droid 4 and does come with a somewhat better screen (same reso, no ghosting, no obvious pixels), they COULD have included it.

          or you know, moto/verizon could have had some respect for the og droid and waited to release a good slider until the specs were up to par with other flaghships…the og droid set that standard did it not? its not like there werent other motorola phones to choose from at the verizon store if you wanted a moto device THAT bad.

  • Droid 4 is basically the same phone as the Razr, at least in terms of processor, performance, camera. Its a snappy phone and I enjoy it a lot. The screen can’t compare to many others out there, the ghosting is pretty bad, and the pentile is crappy. But unless you use your phone 4 inches from your face you’re not going to notice it. The display is excellent in bright sunlight, which is a huge plus. It could use a bit more battery capacity, but in my normal daily use it lasts the entire day. Build quality is good, despite being plastic. Its certainly no worse than a GNex in this department. The keyboard is awesome.

    All that said, I’m drooling over this phone. 4.3″ screen and on-screen nav keys would be awesome. But once VZW manages to get ICS to the D4, I will be a happy camper again. For now, Holo Launcher will have to suffice.

    • Dave Dean

      I agree. The Droid 4 could have been designed with more top of the line stats, certainly could have used a better screen but overall is pretty great. I am a qwerty guy so I preferred the D4 over the Galaxy Nexus and Razr which I had for a couple weeks each. I had the Razr before the ICS upgrade and about a week after and now I’m psyched for the eventual ICS upgrade on the Droid 4. Still, I could be tempted to upgrade to a Droid 5 in the future if there is a noticeable screen upgrade

    • Steve Mellen

      Thank you Jeff. Well said.

    • Dain Laguna

      ics will go a long ways to making the d4 awesome…honestly the only thing that kept me away was that it didnt ‘feel’ as nice in hand as the d3 and d1 did (metal/rubberized backing) and the screen i felt was a major letdown. i wasnt expecting an hd SAMOLED like on the nexus, but the screen they included on the razr would have been more than sufficient. (it itself isnt anything to write home about, but it would have been worlds better than slapping the old droid 3 screen on there.)

  • Akashshr

    Its actually not at all that bad! Its good, droid 4 was 6 months ago, forget move on man!
    Instead of talking abt this phone, dudes gone all over the place! Moto really starting to do well, Thanks to google or whoever!

  • FO’REALZ?!

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    their Motorola Mobility device while keeping the networks secure and
    satisfying carriers’ requirements. And we’ve finally found a solution.

    Starting with the MOTOROLA PHOTON Q, users will be able to unlock the bootloader. Other products will have this option too in the future.

    MOTOROLA PHOTON Q will be available on Sprint in August. Specific details on unlocking PHOTON Q’s bootloader will be available then.



    • kixofmyg0t

      I hinted, but im glad you posted it. 😉

    • calculatorwatch

      This alone justifies Kellex’s statement that this is what the DROID 4 should have been. Even if this was the only difference between the two.

  • Hmmm

    Kellex, you described the Incredible 4G as “one heck of a mid range device” a few weeks back and now its an embarrassment? Anything to add a little spice to the article huh?

    • jahsoul

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

      The comment about the Inc 4G is the total opposite of every review that I’ve read.

      • LionStone

        yea well, if he ever put down his Samsung and actually used it for a little while and did a FUll review, he would also know the Dinc4 is a great device!

    • mustbepbs

      I’m glad I’m not the only one noticing some bad feelings in this article. Something must have pissed him off.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      one heck of a mid range device is not a top of the line, like they used to be when they came out.

      • jaymonster

        Droid has always had a midrange in the lineup… the Eris, the original Incredible, etc.

        • OhAaron

          When the RAZR came out, I would not have called it midrange. Especially the RM.

  • bakdroid

    Wah!! Someone has a phone that is better than mine….wah! The Droid 4 is 5 months old. What do you want, the same phone released on Sprint? Then everyone would be bitching about old tech. What is next, that the GNex should have released with JB?!? Give me a break. This site is just a bunch of whiny little kids on the playground complaining that someone else has a newer, better toy then them.

    • blackmagick20

      Bingo! You hit the nail right on the head there!

    • Dain Laguna

      oh dont be silly. as far as motorola goes, on verizon at least, there hasnt been a huge upgrade for the razr line with the exception of the bigger battery on the maxx…and no other carrier offers a phone similar to it, except for the new atrix, which came out substantially later than the razr. the droid 4 was new enough to where they could have included at least the screen on this new photon q…or at the very least one that wasnt as crappy as on the dx2/d3

  • adam

    How did the d4 go from “the best 4G LTE slider ever
    made” to “an embarrassment” in less than 6 months?

    From Droid 4 review
    “The DROID 4 is a solid phone. In fact, it’s the best 4G LTE slider ever
    made (for now). To those that follow Android, that’s not the most
    difficult title to obtain, knowing that there is only 1 other LTE slider
    available. But let’s not allow titles to get in the way here. With
    mostly high-end specs, a great edge-lit keyboard, and a 4G LTE radio,
    this is the phone for those that can’t live without a keyboard.”

    Size, Feel and Build: “The D4 actually feels pretty good
    though. It’s not heavy or overly thick for having a keyboard attached,
    and one could still make the argument that a 4″ screen is optimal. It
    feels great in hand with the keyboard slid out or closed and held up to
    your ear during a call. It’s a classic Motorola build job, which is a
    good thing

    From this post
    “The DROID brand, which once stood for top-of-the-line and
    best-of-the-best is now nothing more than a marketing gimmick on its
    last leg. Sure, the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are decent phones, but the
    two DROID releases since those have been embarrassments. Yes, I’m
    talking about the DROID 4 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Neither are even close to being leaders with their sub-par specs, poor screens, and cheap build qualities.”

    • bakdroid

      Because this has turned into an iNexus site.

      • fixxmyhead

        yup 100% percent definitely got that right thats why i rarely visit here cuz i dont have a nexus im not with the “it” crowd

        • Dain Laguna

          lol. you rarely visit, but felt the need to post that?

          • fixxmyhead

            I only come on here when the other news sites are having a slow news day cuz I know what the crowd is like on here

          • Dain Laguna

            and what are ‘we’ like? pro nexus, anti-everything else android phanbois? i’m a razr user personally. i’m just find the whole ‘this site sucks, i only visit when its slow’ is oxymoronic compared to the effort it takes to post on a website.

            and before you say that takes no effort at all, it STILL takes MORE effort to post than to just keep on reading.

          • fixxmyhead

            I never said it sucked I just don’t like the crowd here which consists of nexus type elitist people and Verizon droid type customers. Verizon and Motorola phones 2 things I hate with a passion. Well I guess I should expect that since it is droid life. The other sites are more open to all types of devices as opposed to here.

          • Jerivicious

            No crap…this is a “DROID” branded site…it started with the OG Droid and has been committed to following the DROID brand but has recently branched to cover any/all Verizon elite devices. Kellen is by far my favorite Android blogger and I feel he has done a great job supporting and contributing to this awesome Android community.

          • LionStone

            This article, unfortunately, only drives a rift through the community.

    • Saying it’s the best slider out there doesn’t make it necessarily “good” in comparison to every other phone out there. They still could have done so much more with it, obviously.

    • BigRed4X15

      Thank you! I am tired of people saying every time a new phone comes out why wasn’t my six month old phone this good? I mean I have a MAXX, and the fact the HD is coming out in a couple months does not degrade my phone any. Its still the great device that in this sites review Kellex said “The DROID RAZR MAXX is my favorite Motorola phone to date. Actually, it’s pushing the Galaxy Nexus as my favorite Android phone period.”

      • Mykel

        Oh, no no, remember, the MAXX is only “decent,” as stated above. I guess that whole actually being able to go an entire day without having to charge my phone at work, in the car, and off one of those jump chargers while I am out at lunch isn’t worth anything, no?

        I need my phone to function, first and foremost, like a phone – not an HDTV. My phone should not be in a constant state of almost dead, which is the case with the Nexus, SGS3, etc. – that’s why I don’t have one. If I have to tolerate a slightly-less-than-perfect screen and a little un-obtrusive Blur in order to achieve that, then so be it.

      • And that was before the Nexus got Jelly Bean. This operating system makes the Nexus feel like a whole new phone.

    • Borya

      Sure makes kellex sound pretty stupid.

      All I know, next year I’ll be buying whatever the current best slider phone that’s out. Hopefully, if it’s a Motorola (read as: large bezels) it has a 4″ screen. The Photon Q might be larger in all 3 dimensions than the Droid 4 which is larger than my old 4.3″ screened Thunderbolt.

      • michael arazan

        I love my og droid slider still, the keys are falling off of it which is why I don’t use it plus when google voice to text was working I just started using that for convenience

    • tyguy829

      Uhhh….when the droid4 came out, it was the only 4G LTE slider except for the stratosphere which doesnt even count as a phone. So what he said was accurate at the time; but that doesnt mean the droid4 wasnt a joke too. Its one of those lesser of two evils thing.

    • jjrudey

      Technology moves too fast.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Remember now, Moto releases “too many phones” according to some people here.

        Cue obligatory “wait until the Photon HD MAXX Q” post.

        • hector

          I haven’t been here in a while but people still post that? Geez. I bet many of those iNexus fans are now sporting an S3. You know, what the Galaxy Nexus “should have been”, haha.

          • john kennedy

            Shut up queer

          • Mick


    • kixofmyg0t

      Because Twitter and G Talk went down and it put him in a bad mood.

      I for one, am awaiting the Atrix HD review…..AFTER he gets laid or something lol.

    • Steve Mellen

      I’m not trying to be a crybaby but this post is pretty much pushing me to removing DL off my chrome bookmark bar that I run through every day. We’ll see ya if you get linked to from another blog.

    • Dain Laguna

      i agree that him calling the incredible 4g’s screen and specs ‘sub par and poor’ is silly…since benchmarks on the incredible are really up there, and the screen is great.

      however, compared to THIS phone, the droid 4’s screen (and to alesser extent its specs) are inferior. and again, to be fair, he did state in the original review that it was the best slider ‘for now’.

      honestly, this isnt a huge website with tons of editors who go through posts to edit out bias or personal frustration. and this post smells of frustration. and i dont blame him. He’s absolutely correct that the ‘DROID’ brand used to stand for the best android devices any carrier had to offer…and now look.

      How does sprint of all carriers get a better slider than freaking verizon? how does at&t and tmobile get the one x and one s series of htc phones, and we are left with a verizon hack-job of a phone like the incredible 4g, as good as some aspects of it are?

      the real issue isnt that the droid brand is crap…but it certainly isnt what it used to be.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Looks like Moto is putting on screen keys for everything. Glad to see that.

    I agree with you though, now that Sanjihad or however you say it is gone they seem to be takikg steps in the right direction.

    Now about this unlock tool……

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    I think we all are past the DROID line and ready for ALL THINGS NEXUS!!!

  • Leeroy Waddermelon

    Motorola is dead to me.

  • Greg Morgan

    check Moto’s twitter, just stated bootloader will be unlockable!!

  • Tenaj

    What is with moto and these damn bezels???

    • chaosrv

      More real estate is needed for the keyboard which means the slider/screen needs to be bigger ..but that too needs space for the physical sliding mechanism & connection hardware.

      • jose

        Doesn’t explain the bezels on the RAZRs

        • Dain Laguna

          haha exactly!

    • gokusimpson

      I guess that they needed to spread all the hardware out to make the phone as thin as possible. I never liked how the RAZR felt in my hand. Way too thin and wide.

    • jaymonster

      Apple has a patent on “four equal rounded corners”. Samsung countered with non symmetrical corners, and Motorola went with this as their signature design.

  • infernox51

    if its not a Nexus I don’t want it. The end.

  • Moving on to Sammie

  • Andrew

    I have the Droid 4, and while it’s a nice phone, this one looks much better, especially with native ICS. I hope a nexus slider is released this fall on CDMA so i can replace this one

    • BigRed4X15

      If the ICS update for the D4 is like what I have on my MAXX, then you will be pleased. If this has the same ICS as the Atrix HD, you will prefer the D4 ICS.

  • mike

    the droid razr hd will save the brand(i hope(crossing fingers))

  • r0lct

    Droid Inc 4G is the Droid Eris all over again. HTC has been getting shafted by Verizon with Android phones from the start.

    • jahsoul

      I understand you got likes for this comment but I don’t follow. How does this compare in anyway to the Droid Eris?

      • r0lct

        Every time Verizon finally releases a HTC droid phone they have a better Motorola droid release about the same time.

        • jahsoul

          OK…I gotcha. I hate that HTC got wrapped up in that whole Droid marketing thing in the first place. I honestly don’t get Verizon. Even Virgin Mobile has an HTC One… (even if it is a low tier version)

          • Dain Laguna

            at least its still an ‘s’ series phone. i dunno why htc is ok with being verizons b. hopefully the next htc phone to come out is left alone like the s3 was

  • Motorola put the Droid name on the map, and I can’t speak for everyone, but they are the reason why I visit droid-life on an hourly basis. But like Kellex said Motorola has been ok with releasing mediocre-at-best devices, which is exactly why Samsung is getting all the money!

    • BigRed4X15

      Samsung has a ton of mediocre devices. According to their website, they currently have 58 Android devices. Trust me when I say they are not all GSIII.

      • jahsoul

        Exactly! Oh how we forget about the DROID Charge…lol

  • paul_cus

    DROID name is becoming washed out, for sure. Hope Motorola still has some tricks up their sleeves.

    • niteperson

      And how many “Galaxy” phones and tablets are there now? About a bazillion? Talk about overdone and washed out…

      • paul_cus

        Um, I’m a fan of Motorola. Just making a comment. And I don’t like Samsung in the slightest. Good point, though.

  • mustbepbs

    Why should this have been the DROID 4? This phone will be out a full 6 months after the DROID 4, and this isn’t even on the same network.

    And what’s with the INC4G jab? It’s a really nice mid range device. Having a bad day, Kellen?

  • Definitely should have been the Droid 4. Still, qHD screens still..? Give it 720p and Verizon and I buy this as secondary phone over my Nexus.

    • Dain Laguna

      qhd isnt terrible as long as the pixels arent the size of ants.

  • I still laugh when i hear someone with the “Droid” ringtone.

    • DDHawkeye

      I love my “DROID” ringtone… every time it goes off I say “That was me” 🙂

    • tomn1ce

      I’m trying to get that ring tone on my G-Nexus….I liked when my OG Droid went off “drooooooooid” and people would look around to see who’s phone was it that rang….