Droid Bionic by Motorola Review - HotHardware

Droid Bionic by Motorola Review

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The Droid Bionic by Motorola made one of its first public appearances at CES in January. Months have passed, and though there were rumors of a summer release, the phone didn't become available through Verizon Wireless until fall. The Droid Bionic is the first smartphone from Verizon Wireless to offer 4G LTE connectivity paired with a powerful dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. This smartphone is currently the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless at 10.99mm as well, though other phones in the pipeline will steal this title soon.

With its dual-core processor, plenty of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a preinstalled 16 GB microSD card, and a 4.3-inch qHD screen, this smartphone certainly has the specifications of a high-end phone that's sure to please. The phone also features an 8MP camera and the ability to capture 1080p HD video.

Verizon Wireless continues to expand its 4G LTE network too. When you're in a 4G coverage area, Verizon Wireless says you should expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps. Of course, when a 4G connection is unavailable, you'll still be connected through Verizon Wireless' 3G network. You can also use the Droid Bionic to share the LTE connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices provided you're willing to pay for the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot feature.

The Droid Bionic also supports a few accessories and comes with software that enables secure remote file access. Like the Motorola Atrix, you can dock the Droid Bionic in a laptop-like dock (sold separately) and use the phone as a portable PC with an 11.6-inch screen and full keyboard. Other accessories for the Droid Bionic include a HD station, vehicle dock, and many others. With the preloaded ZumoCast software, you can use the phone to access files on your PC without first needing to upload or sync files.

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DROID BIONIC by Motorola
Specifications & Features

Network
Verizon Wireless
Bands/Modes
CDMA800, CDMA1900, LTE B13 700
Processor
Dual-Core TI OMAP4430 @ 1GHz
OS
Android™ 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
Display
4.3-inch qHD screen using scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a dual-layer anti-reflective coating
Memory
1GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory and 16 GB microSD card preinstalled
Talk and Standby Time
Talk time: 650 minutes
Standby time: 200 hrs

Dimensions
66.9 x 127.5 x 10.99 mm (2.63” x 5” x 0.43”)
Weight
158 g (5.6 oz)
Battery
1735 mAh battery
Connectivity
3.5mm + EMU, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, DLNA, FOTA
WLAN
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Camera
8MP camera, VGA P2P Video, Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED flash
Bluetooth
Stereo Bluetooth Class 2, Version 2.1 +EDR (Supported profiles: a2dp, avrcp , gavdp , hfp, hid, hsp, map, opp, pan , pbap , DUN, AVDTP, AVCTP)
Audio
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, MP3, 8-bit Linear PCM, 16-bit Linear PCM, 8-bit A-law PCM, 8-bit mu-law PCM, WMA (v2, v7, v8, v9+, v10++, L1-L3), QCELP, EVRC and OGG
Video
1080p HD Video Capture/Playback/Streaming and Mirror Mode with HDMI out (cable required)
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, Xvid and VP8/WebM
Messaging/Web/Apps
MMS, SMS, Email (Corporate Synch); Full suite of Google applications and services: Google Maps™ , Google Talk™, GMail™, YouTube™; preloaded with Adobe® Flash® Player 10, MOTOPRINT for Wi-Fi printing and Citrix® Receiver® and GoToMeeting®
Location Services
aGPS (assisted), E-compass, sGPS (simultaneous)

At the time of this publication, the Droid Bionic is available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

Many Verizon Wireless customers have been eagerly waiting for this phone. But was it worth the wait? Read on as we take an in-depth, hands-on look at the phone to find out...
 

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"Great complete review. I like what this phone has to offer, its has what I need. But, The GS II and the 4s are still more fitting for me. I'm also awaiting for the RAZR as well, after that, it's upgrade time. I'll keep the Droid in mind though."

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I have this phone and it’s a great phone… However given the choice and what I know now I would have waited for the Nexus instead. The Bionic for being pushed back over 6 months has a number of bugs in it that need to be addressed. The biggest one is the data drop. If you are not in a 4G coverage area your 3G/Data will constantly drop out on you and you have to toggle Airplane mode/reboot to get it back again, VERY annoying. The camera application also REALLY sucks as they stated, you almost have to get a 3rd party app off the market to make it usable. Had VZW not got it in their mind that every phone should be locked and we could load CM7 or similar on it, it would be one of the best phones out there. Unfortunately they locked the BL so we are stuck waiting for Moto to 'fix' the issues. Also its riddled with VZW bloat ware that you cannot install (as stated), If you root and freeze those apps the phone becomes a lot better, quicker and more responsive. Great phone, Horrible software thanks for Motorola/VZW.

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Good review; I see that it does well in performance applications but not in network applications; I would of liked to see what you thought of the user interface though and I would of liked to see it face down with the iPhone 4S (which I'm guessing has been released by now.) I mean the iPhone 4S is the hottest phone in town, surely something like this would be a good contender for the iPhone 4S...

Still, good review.

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I still have a bit less than a year on my contract for my EVO so I am not really in the market for a new phone. But I think this was a very honest review. This makes me excited that I will probably be able to get a quad core phone with a delay free camera etc... when my time is up.

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I gotta get a new phone by the end of the year. I got my "new phone @ new contract pricing" through the end of the year with Sprint and my EVO 4G is starting to show a little age. Oh well, I can always just give it to my wife.

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The Bionic is definitely a phone made for performance, I love that it comes android 2.3 and it has a dual core processor. Plus with Verizon’s 4G network, with thing will be blazing fast for streaming music and video. This phone will go great with my employee Sling adapter from DISH Network. With it, I can stream live and recorded TV to my Android device everywhere I have 3G coverage or WiFi. DISH is actually offering Sling adapters for free; this is a really great device if your busy schedule conflicts with your favorite show times.

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I have now spent nearly one year with the Droid Bionic. It has now been replaced 2 times, due to poor functionality.

I have a replacement coming from Verizon but opted to call Motorola to see about getting a different model. I was told that I could not get a different model from the Bionic. The representative acknowledged that the Bionic has had many problems with functionality but still would not offer a different model, only offering to repair the one I have. I have a new replacement coming!

I offered to take an older model, just not a Bionic. The answer was no.

I will now be posting on EVERY website I can find that Motorola does not stand behind their poor models and does not offer customers service.

All I asked for was for the company to stand behind it's product and make amends when it is inferior...even if that meant I got an older model. I paid $250, with a contract, for my phone and it is poorer quality than my work flip phone.

Next time, I will return to the Iphone.

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