"Good phone to make the jump from blackberry.."4.0 starson by Rassilon26
Pros: Great keyboard, big screen, not as heavy as it looks, solid build, great 4G connection, nice internet browsing, and very good as an actual phone..
Cons: Battery is okay but it will drain under heavy use.. Not a deal breaker but keep an eye on it.. For this type of phone the battery is pretty good.. Don't compare it's battery to the Razar Maxx.. You'll you cry.
Camera is nothing to write home about.
Summary: I've been on blackberry's since 2006.. This is my first touch screen phone.. I so badly wanted to get into virtual keyboarding but I can't do it.. I need a physical keyboard for the heavy typing I do on the go.. So comparing the Droid 4 to my recently given up Blackberry bold was my first step.. Droid 4 easily out does the Bold. The keyboard is actually better than the bold which I couldn't believe.. I didn't think I needed a bigger screen until I had one, but wow does it make a difference especially when editing and reading documents on the move..
Internet wise there is not contest between my old Bold (2011 version) and the Droid 4. The connection is so much better, the pages load so much faster, it is a wonderful step up.. The speed for downloading is great and the coverage is great also.
The Blackberry isn't as big, so at times it was a little easier to dial and switch to speaker phone but the difference hasn't been much to overcome..
I've seen a lot of reviewers complain about the Droid 4's screen.. I'm sure the screen is probably not as good as a higher end phone, but you know what I don't really notice.. I came from a blackberry so everything seems to look fine on the Droid 4. I've put the phone through its paces downloading apps, watching movie trailers, hitting various websites, even was able to look at a nice power point presentation.. I use my phone for business and as long as the phone delivers there I am fine. The other entertainment features are there if I'm standing in line, stuck at the airport or whatever.. The screen is just fine for somebody using the phone for business and casual entertainment use..
If you are a keyboard person like I am, you really have two choices.. Blackberry or a phone like this and I would go for a phone like this.. I've had the thing for about a week now so we'll see how things go in a month..
About the battery.. Yeah it is not removable and when the thing is flying on 4G it can start to drain.. I would have given this thing 5 stars if it had a Maxx battery. The screen, the music player, the navigator, and basically anything will ultimately attack the battery.. Then again I had similar battery issues with my Bold and that was smaller and had 3G.. While the battery on the Droid 4 is not bad, keep a car charger handy.. I think I have made it through the day without battery anxiety 50% of the time.
Software wise it is loaded with a bunch of garbage you don't need. Most of it can be uninstalled or hidden so it is not a problem.. The thing really wants you on Google Plus but Facebook connects easily enough.. Although the Smart Actions function is a good idea, so far I find that it only offers a limited range of potential smart actions.. For example, I would love a smart action that doesn't require me to input my security pin to unlock my phone once I am listening to music via headphones, but I can't seem to get that phone to agree to such an action.. (But the music will pause when I remove the headphones, so that isn't bad..)
Wrapping it all up.. Very solid phone, very good for business while providing nice entertainment, internet, and other distractions. Huge improvement over a blackberry, and the keyboard and 4G are actually quite awesome.. If this thing had a maxx battery it could rule the world.. Oh well, maybe that can be handled by the sequel, Droid 5: The Quest for More Money. The battery is not a deal breaker, but it is a concern.