Upgrading my phone: I'm debating a Droid 4, but I'm a bit nervous about the mediocre reviews of the camera. Will a third-party camera app improve the photo quality?
I love my physical keyboard. I strongly dislike typing on iPhones & touchscreens, which is making it tough to find a new phone. I've had a super-old original Droid for years, and it's been time to upgrade for a very long time. The features I love about my decrepit outdated android phone: the high quality of the GPS navigation and the physical keyboard.
But...I'm jealous of the great photos my boyfriend takes on his iPhone. I just hate the lousy reception he gets, and when using it, it's annoying to not being able to hammer out a ton of text messages or emails without constantly needing to correct what I type.
My job duties include social media, and a fair amount of both indoor rehearsal and low light performance photography. It would be nice to be able to rely a bit more on my phone's camera for those moments during rehearsal or backstage that need to be quickly captured even if my DSLR isn't available. I'm not necessarily looking for something super hi-res, but I simply want a phone with which I can take pictures that don't scream "crappy cell phone pix." I am primarily interested in having realistic (vibrant, even!) color, some semblance of low-light capability, and an acceptable lack of blur amongst movement in photos. For the sake of this question, I don't care about various stylized filters.
Other misc. info: I'm on Verizon. I own an iPod touch already, so I've got many of the iPhone features I like already available.
Does anyone have experience with the Droid 4's camera quality? Forgive my technological ignorance, but will a third-party app such as Camera Advance or Camera360 Ultimate improve the photo quality in both general use and the specific criteria I list above? Is there another phone you'd recommend altogether?