Summary: I got this phone for myself just a Verizon was selling out the last of their stock. When I first got it, the battery would last far longer than expected, but when it updated to ICS and Jelly Bean, the battery life started getting shorter and shorter. I understand this is because each subsequent update made better use of the powerful engine this phone has, so I bought an extended battery, which fixed that problem.
Summary: My only gripe is the phone locking up occasionally when being loaded down by a browser or more than one app. I should expect that because the phone has a 1gb of ram. The dual core processor is plenty to keep it moving fast and has not slowed down because of that. The update to 4.1.2 jelly bean was a significant improvement of the 4.0.4 ice creaam sandwich it was shipped to me with. It also doesn't lock up as much when using the stock browser.
Summary: I bought this phone in August as insurance for the other phones in the family. So, I only updated the operating system, rooted it, cleaned up the software, and put it back in the box for emergencies. Of course, since there is no SIM card in the phone, I didn't take any phone calls on it. So, today (9-28-2013, my spouse broke her Galaxy SII. I transferred her SIM card to this phone and everything seemed to be working OK until we tried a phone call.
Summary: but it has had its little quirks. Now, part of that is my service provider, Verizon, forcing software updates that are not always welcome. As to the phone itself, is has had a few freeze problems, and the ringer mysteriously goes out of commission, from time to time. But, if you don't want to go all the way w/ the Razr, then this Bionic is quite a good phone. Recommend.
Relatively inexpensive 4G upgrade. Could benefit from an extended battery
29 August 2013
Summary: This phone is great for the money. My biggest issue is battery life. I have to charge the phone about 3 times a day and if I'm using the gps nav it has to be plugged in in the car and I'm still lucky if it charges faster than it discharges! I ordered an extended battery for the phone so we'll see how it goes.
Summary: I love the Droid Bionic! It came with the phone, the battery, the back cover, wall-to-usb charger and cable. It DID NOT however, come with the REQUIRED Verizon 4G card. So, all in all, this phone cost me ~$80.00(phone) + $34.50(4G simcard) I understand it wasn't listed as an included item, but it is inferred that it is "part of the phone" as put by a Verizon technician. I would buy the phone again, but not unless the card was included.