Excerpt: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) of 2011 showed a plethora of new smartphones, each with slightly different selling points. The Motorola Droid Bionic was no exception, boasting a 1 GHz dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor as well as the capability...
Motorola DROID BIONIC: Verizon's best LTE effort yet
25 September 2011
Summary: The Motorola DROID BIONIC has had a storied past, despite just being released to the market a few days ago. It was originally announced way back at the CES trade show in January, though it was a very different looking smartphone back then. Motorola went back to the drawing board and redesigned the BIONIC to what we have today: a 4G LTE phone that could very well be a doppelganger for the already-released DROID X2.
Pros: Speedy processor, fast data performance, great call quality
Cons: Mediocre battery life, weak camera performance, PenTile display
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a 4G LTE phone that isn’t already outdated, the Droid Bionic is the phone for you. Like all recent Motorolas, this phone has some issues with screen quality and its camera, but it more than makes up for it with a dual-core processor and quick 4G LTE speeds.
Pros: First dual-core 4G LTE phone, Motorola's widgets rock, 32GB storage out of the box, Large 4.3-inch screen, Blazing fast Verizon 4G LTE
Cons: Short battery life due to 4G, Poor screen quality, Camera does not impress, Bland NinjaBlur user interface, Poorly placed power, volume buttons
Conclusion: No doubt, the Droid Bionic by Motorola is Verizon's fastest phone with its dual core processor and LTE 4G combo. Despite 9 months of marketing and excitement, it's not a world-changing phone, but we put it at the top of Verizon's lineup of Android smartphones. The Bionic is especially appealing to those who like to accessorize and find the idea of turning a 4.3" phone into a laptop substitute using the $300 Lapdock exciting.
Pros: Fast phone with 4G LTE, large display, lots of optional peripherals.
Cons: Will set you back $100 more than non-LTE Verizon smartphones, battery life so-so, some bugs.
Summary: The Droid Bionic is definitely the fastest 4G LTE phone yet, and it's our new top smartphone pick for Verizon Wireless. The $299 price is steep, but you get dual-core power and blazing data speeds, plus a bevy of useful apps. We also like the qHD screen and loud speakers. The Samsung Droid Charge has a better AMOLED display for watching video and sleeker design, but the Bionic has a faster dual-core processor and offers longer battery life.
Pros: Great 4G LTE performance, Speedy dual-core processor, ZumoCast app for streaming PC content, Sharp and bright display, Loud speakers
Cons: Sluggish camera, Expensive, Adding app shortcuts to homescreen a pain
Conclusion: The DROID Bionic is hands down Verizon’s best Android handset to date. And now that it’s become common knowledge that VZW is passing on the upcoming Galaxy S II, the Bionic looks like it’s your best bet for at least another month or two (or three). On that note, we have heard rumors of an even better phone than the Galaxy S II launching on Verizon later this year in time for the holiday season.
Summary: The Motorola Droid Bionic is everything you want from a high-end smartphone--it's sleek, fast, and powerful, with features that will please both consumers and business users--if you're willing to pay the high price.
Cons: The Motorola Droid Bionic is saddled with Motorola's custom UI, which might not be for everyone. It's also quite expensive, and the Webtop accessories aren't cheap.
Excerpt: It would be cool if the Droid Bionic followed the same storyline as Steve Austin’s cybernetic TV show. Motorola, a company barely alive. A Google voiceover saying we have the technology, we can rebuild it. Then a better, stronger, faster Android phone exploding out to restore American pride and fight off foreign rivals.