Droid Bionic by Motorola Review

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Droid Bionic by Motorola ReviewThe 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 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 device that's sure to please. But was it worth the wait?

Droid Bionic by Motorola Review

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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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BNelsen replied on Wed, Oct 26 2011 2:05 PM

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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AKwyn replied on Wed, Oct 26 2011 2:40 PM

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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omegadraco replied on Wed, Oct 26 2011 10:56 PM

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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JLopez2 replied on Fri, Nov 11 2011 11:15 AM

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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MGrey replied on Thu, May 24 2012 7:48 PM

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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