Droid Bionic – Review Round-Up
The Droid Bionic is a 1 GHz dual-core processor having, 4G phone with a 4.3″ qHD screen (960×540). It boasts a gigabyte of RAM, 16 GB on-board storage, and comes with a 16 GB SD card. It’s running on the latest version of Android, which is 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), and has an 8MP camera that can shoot video in 1080P. But, is it worth the $300 price tag?
Check out the reviews below.
If you’re on Verizon and are dying for a new phone, this is easily the fastest and best Android on Verizon. If you can get over the pixilation of the screen, and don’t mind constantly toggling between 3G/4G modes to make it through the day without constant recharging, at any rate. If you’re not squarely in the Android camp though, you should probably hold out a little bit longer to see what iPhone 5 and the next crop of Windows Phones are gonna deliver. And then there’s a longer term consideration: Now that Google owns Motorola, is this still what the future of Android—and Motorola—is going to look like?
- This is, hands down, the fastest phone on Verizon. It’s not as fast as Samsung’s Galaxy S II—but that’s not coming to Verizon, so this is your best option. The screen is crazy bright. Download speeds of 13Mbps and upload speeds of 3Mbps in NYC—faster than my Time Warner cable internet. Like most of Moto’s high end phones, it actually feels like somebody cared when they put it together.
- Oh, and it’s a phone, so I should mention that call quality is excellent. You can get some serious talk time out of this bad boy—made it past 10 hours when LTE was off, which is among the best CDMA devices ever. Also, Google Talk video chat is awesome-I was able to video chat over 4G with my buddy on a computer (logged into his Gmail) and it was nice and smooth. 32GB of storage right out of the box (expandable to 48GB).
- The PenTile screen, bright as it may be, hurts my eyes, with grainy, grainy pixels everywhere. The new Moto skin is unwieldy and messes with things that weren’t broken-I shouldn’t have to install a launcher replacement to make my phone’s software functional and attractive.
- The Webtop Laptop. This thing really just shouldn’t exist. The hardware on the outside is nice and ultrabook-like, but as soon as you open it up things fall apart. The keyboard is cheap and awful and the track pad (with its buttons that constantly stick) is unusable. It was actually easier to compose documents on the phone. It’s extremely slow and buggy on top of all that-it runs Firefox 4-with weird anomalies all around (like the on screen keyboard popping up for no reason).
In short, the handset itself is speedy, powerful and — battery life aside — has all the stuff you want in a high-end smartphone. But so do four or five other Android options currently on the market. Unfortunately, the extra products that were supposed to tip the scales in the Bionic’s favor end up falling far short of their potential.
WIRED 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!
TIRED 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.
The good: The Motorola Droid Bionic has a nice slim and sleek design, with a 4.3-inch qHD display and the double whammy of a dual-core processor and Verizon 4G LTE support. Multimedia features are plentiful, and business users will be pleased with its enterprise abilities like the Webtop application and solid security. We were also pleased with its long battery life.
The bad: The Motorola Droid Bionic is saddled with Motorola’s custom UI, which might not be for everyone. The camera has a slight shutter lag, the display is not as sharp as we would like, and it’s also quite expensive. The Webtop accessories aren’t cheap.
The bottom line: 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.
The Droid Bionic is exactly what we wanted the Droid X2 to be: that phone plus Gingerbread and LTE. So, happy day, right? Well, not quite. The X2 dropped over three months ago, and while that seems like just yesterday, given how quickly things are moving these days that’s absolutely ages ago in the world of the smartphone. Since then we’ve been teased by the GSII and, with the Note, seen a glimpse of just how fast the next generation of phones is going to be.
The Bionic is a great choice for right now, the best combination of wireless and device speed that we’ve yet seen on Verizon. For that reason alone it’s a smart purchase — particularly if you’ve been hanging on to that OG Droid for months and months waiting for a phone like this to come along. But you should know that this isn’t a world-conquering device, the kind of thing that will leave you walking tall and proud for months and months to come. If you’re okay with that, then buy with confidence.
My Opinion: While the features of the phone sound cool, like the 1GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM (a laptop I still own but rarely use has that), I can’t fully get behind the Bionic because it’s not blowing me away. I was expecting to be completely blown away by this phone, but I think ultimately the delays hurt it and this tech is no longer as advanced as originally intended. If I had an upgrade ready I would wait until the next “killer phone”, especially since the Bionic would set you back $300.
When is that “world-conquering” phone Engadget referred to coming out?