Motorola’s phones may not be the hottest slabs of silicon out and about nowadays and when you add slide-out QWERTY keyboards (and thus bulkiness), plus dated, a la early 2012 hardware in the equation, you get devices that most tech-savvy folks out there wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.
Yet I’m here to tell you the Droid 4 is worth a shot despite its age and retro looks. Why? Because Verizon has just dropped it from its previous $50 price tag to… zero with two-year contracts. That’s right, Big Red is practically handing these bad boys to you for free, though obviously in the long run you will be paying quite a few Benjamins.
In the long run, you’ll also be left behind software-wise, as there’s only a slim chance Motorola will roll out KitKat or future Android updates to the Droid 4. But for the time being, the 4-incher runs 4.1 Jelly Bean, so it’s on-par or very close to all of Samsung, LG, HTC or Sony’s top dogs.
As for the QWERTY keyboard, I know it brings back memories that many don’t like reminisced, but think about it for a second. Is it so bad to rely on physical controls from time to time? Texting, gaming, browsing, they can all benefit from it.
And besides, the Droid 4 is quite the well-built, sturdy fellow, so all in all even with a Droid 5 likely looming on the horizon, you’d be fools not to give Verizon’s deal a second thought.