Galaxy Nexus Vs Motorola Droid 4: Surprise US release date ultimatum

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Just when you thought Verizon couldn’t possibly cram any more smartphones into their Holiday lineup this year, we have some news which will be met with considerable surprise. The Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound are already out on Verizon of course, but we’re now hearing that the Galaxy Nexus could be joined with another notable smartphone release on the exact same day.

That phone we’re talking about is the elusive Motorola Droid 4, which appears to have come out of nowhere after all the hype and speculation on the US Galaxy Nexus release. The latest news, is that the Droid 4 could be releasing on December 8th, the very same day that Verizon are rumored to be dropping the Galaxy Nexus in the US.

Slide-out keyboard smartphones are still very popular with consumers, so we have a feeling that many of you are now going to be having second thoughts on whether or not to pick up the Galaxy Nexus as your next phone. Droid-Life has acquired a collection of known specs for the Droid 4 so far, courtesy of their sources inside Verizon.

There’s no word on what processor will be powering the Droid 4, but it will include a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5-row QWERTY keyboard which is illuminated, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 2.3.5. That makes the Droid 4 the first 4G LTE slider on Verizon’s books and we’re guessing that the device will definitely be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

For the more business orientated user, the Droid 4 may well be the more attractive offer compared to the dazzling Galaxy Nexus, so it will be interesting to see what consumers opt for when Verizon finally announce official details for both. If you had to choose between the Droid 4 and Galaxy Nexus on December 8th, what would you choose and why? We’ll inform you when we find out more details.

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  • Kahala74

    Droid4 — for business folks that often type long (and detailed) emails, nothing beats the accuracy of a physical keyboard.  I switched from an Android HTC Sensation to a Blackberry Bold because I was making too many typos with the Sensation. Auto-correct can only do so much when you are working with technical terms, uncommon words, etc. The physical keyboard on the Blackberry still rules, but the data speed and limited apps make it less useful when I’m not working.  I enjoyed the Sensation’s 4.3 in screen for browsing the web and reading Kindle books.  The Droid4 looks very promising as it addresses both business use and non-business entertainment.

    • Kahala74

      Notwithstanding the above, I have yet to try the Galaxy Nexus with its bigger (and hopefully wider) 4.65 in screen.  Perhaps the extra width on the virtual keyboard would help to minimize typos for two-thumb typists.

  • Senthilkumar Peelikkampatti Mu

    Galaxy Nexus makes typing easy by using “voice typing” it really works well and you no longer needs keyboard for typing. 

  • LIAR

    nexus and annoyed it isnt out yet. 

  • Rclafa

    First LTE slider on Verizon= Samsung Stratosphere, not Droid 4.

  • Misterburns81

    I be surprised of the DROID 5 will be a 4.6 720p display. I have high hopes for the DROID 5. Physical keyboards and large displays are very popular for us consumers!! The display should at least be a 4.3 or bigger for the DROID 4. Ugh its close to a DROID Ive been waiting for but not close enough. Just bump up the screen size and resoulution and its a winner. Come on Motorola give the consumers what they want.