The fourth iteration of Motorola's signature Droid smartphone is hitting the shelves for Verizon customers this Friday.
The Droid 4 will feature the same basic design as the other Droid models with a four-inch screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and will also feature government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption, an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video capture, and Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"), which will soon be upgraded to Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich"). The device will cost users $200 along with a two-year service contract with Verizon.
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Like most Motorola Android devices, the Droid 4 also comes with the Webtop application that integrates your device into your laptop dock and makes the phone essentially serve as a mini PC. Motorola is also selling a smartphone dock to go with the device, called the Lapdock 500, for an additional $300.
Motorola showcased the Droid 4 earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In our hands-on experience with the device, we noted that the latest Droid featured a vastly improved physical keyboard with more distinctly embossed keys. The original Droid was the first Android-based smartphone to run on Verizon's network and was one of the first major smartphones to put Android on the map as a popular mobile operating system.
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