Excerpt: Like Optimus Prime or Al Gore, the Droid Bionic is a robot in disguise. Sure, the Bionic looks like it’s just a massive, industrial-styled phone, just like our favorite Transformer looked like nothing other than a badass eighteen-wheeler.
Pros: Power, speed and connectivity options are damn near unrivaled in the mobile space. Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is current, and well-skinned. HDMI, expandable microSD, DLNA, oh my!
Cons: Unless you’re a baller, dropping this much coin on the Bionic and its accessories might leave you eating ramen noodles for a month. Battery life suuuuuucks. Peripherals don’t live up to their potential.
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.
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.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a 4G LTE phone that isn’t already outdated, the Droid Bionic is the phone for you.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.
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.
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).
Summary: 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 to use Verizon's 4G LTE network.
Conclusion: Google is paying around $12.5 billion for Motorola – roughly the price of 2083 Bionic Men. It’s buying a company that has regained some, if not quite all, of its mobile mojo, cranking out macho, well-built Droid handsets with manic enthusiasm.