Motorola's New Droid 4 Is the Phone to Get for People Who Still Love Physical Keyboards

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Verizon just made the long expected Motorola Droid 4 official today, announcing the slider phone with a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4G LTE, 8-megapixel camera, 5-row keyboard and 16GB of memory in its half-inch thick shell.

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No price or released date yet, though.

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WillRogers2000
WillRogers2000

Having a physical keyboard was always my one staunch stipulation with each new, more advanced phone I got for the past 8 years.

From my flip phone with it's numerical pad which I mastered, to my LG Voyager, which had an external touch screen and an internal landscape screen with a full qwerty keypad. Moving forward, the voyager line was sort of discontinued but a spiritual successor arrived in the form of the EnV Touch. Boom. Got it. Awesome.

From there I moved on to the Droid 2, which was great for a while.

With each phone I wrote notes to myself, drafted concepts, wrote emails, etc, all the while loving the keyboard on my phone and turning my nose up at the iPhone.

Then my girlfriend got me an iPod Touch for our anniversary. I found myself incredibly surprised by how well the keyboard worked in landscape, and even though I always thought it would be too small for my hands, it worked smoothly and quickly, I enjoyed the autocorrect, and of course the ui was almost flawless.

I just got an iPhone 4S, and it's my first phone without physical keys, and I don't miss them one little bit. I'm writing full on blog posts on that thing. Awesome. And again, I don't have buggy software issues with my iPod, which is a year or more old, and I don't expect to have many with the 4S in a year. But that Droid 2...man...it shit the bed.

I would have been chomping at the bit for this phone a year ago, but now. I just see it as a ticking time bomb with a feature I now feel is outdated.

I can't believe I think that.