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Benchmarking the Motorola DROID BIONIC

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Benchmarking the Motorola DROID BIONIC
After witnessing three 4G LTE smartphones coming out with Verizon, there might not be as much fanfare with the addition of the Motorola DROID BIONIC as being the carrier’s fourth offering, but it manages to raise some eyebrows seeing that it’s the very first 4G LTE smartphone to pack a dual-core processor. Specifically, its 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor with 1GB of RAM should keep it in good company with some of its rivals. In order to see what it’s capable of bringing to the table, we decided to run a couple of benchmark tests to see what it’s all about.

Before getting started, it's worth noting that we’re so far content with the handset’s level of operation as it exhibits responsive tendencies with most tasks – like navigating around its homescreen and running apps. Testing it out further, it’s able to move at a good rate too when activating a graphically intensive live wallpaper. And honestly, it seems to move at the same pace that we saw with the Motorola DROID 3.

Benchmarking the Motorola DROID BIONIC
AnTutu Benchmark test
Benchmarking the Motorola DROID BIONIC
Quadrant benchmark test
 

AnTutu Benchmark test

 

Quadrant benchmark test



Running the Quadrant benchmark app, we’re able to get reasonable scores between 2,098 and 2,389, which are obviously great and expected, but nothing mind bending compared to the heavy hitters out there. In fact, it’s putting up results similar to what we saw with the Motorola DROID X2 and 3 – so yeah, there’s nothing too advantageous with it. Conversely, the AnTutu benchmark app is able to dish up a total score of 4,993 with the handset – though, it’s still behind some other notable devices like the LG Optimus 2x and Samsung Galaxy S II. Admirable to say the least, the results might not impress people that much, but the real life operation of the handset appears to be tight and responsive thus far.

Ookala Speed Test
Ookala Speed Test
Ookala Speed Test
Ookala Speed Test

Ookala Speed Test



Besides those two benchmarking apps, we ran a Ookala’s Speed Test app as well with the handset to see what kind of data speeds it’s able to achieve – and honestly, the results are typical. At first, the Motorola DROID BIONIC manages to put up average download and upload speeds of 8.5Mbit/s and 2.0Mbits/s respectively. But later on in the day, it's able to push the threshold by maxing things out with speeds up to 22Mbits/s download and 10.54Mbits/s upload, which are insanely fast!

Motorola DROID BIONIC benchmark tests:



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posted on 07 Sep 2011, 07:44 7

1. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Being such a hyped up phone I would expect numbers comparable to the GSII.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 07:58 5

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the only thing comparable to an SGS2 is an SGS2. The exynos core is the strongest dual core on the market. At least in the antutu benchmark it was able to keep up with it though.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:27 4

6. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Looks like it might take a quad-core non Samsung processor to keep up with the Exynos. Or clocked super high.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:35 6

7. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


The Exynos is the best processor out at the moment, no doubt about it.
(The following might be a little of topic) Now Samsung has not said anything about which procesor the Wave 3 has, they haven't even said anything about being single or dual core, but my guess is that the Wave 3 has a newer version of the Exynos processor.

Back to the motorola bionic, those data speeds are impressing, but still i think the bionic is a little dated, since the Galaxy S2 that is already out, has much better performance.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:46 4

9. Derp (unregistered)


This is pretty pathetic don't you think. Inserting BAD-a in every article here in phonearena you are on the same level as those iSHEEPs. For pete's sake lay off the weed bro, people here don't care about your BAD-a. And I for one owns one and I can say it's not near to what Android is.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:40 2

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Peter,
If they didnt say "wave 3 filled with exynos!!" i would assume its a clocked up Hummingbird processor. Bada's featurephone OS has no use for the exynos processor.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:37

37. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


got to give it to you lol dont think anyone has supported an OS more than you...on bada never used it but have seen videos on the wave 3 and it looks like a clone touchwiz on android but without the customizabilty of android and the apps...design of the wave 3 is superb and wish samsung make a android with similar design/material.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 15:16

46. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the wave 3 is last years Captivate on ATT with brushed aluminum instead of plastic. From the sounds of it, its identical hardware, just with the hummingbird clocked up to 1.4ghz instead of 1.0 ghz.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:58 2

35. KingK (unregistered)


Atrix at the same clock speed beats Exynos.

That's with a higher resolution too.

Nothing special about Exynos.

Benchmarks are not very accurate either.

Can rig off 5000 + quadrants @1.3 and Exynos needs 1.5ghz

These sites suck at benchmarking too.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:40 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


kingK

clock an atrix to 1.2 and show us some benchmarks.

because it aint happening. A 15% boost in speed isnt going to give you the extra 40-50% boost in power u need to match an exynos bench marks. Infact in my own experience it only gets about a 5%+ boost from 1.0ghz to 1.2ghz for most chipsets.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:42 4

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes you are right, the Exynos dual-core is the MOST powerful on the planet right now. The Droid Bionic's benchmarks are on par or slightly higher with a stock HTC Evo 3D. Before I overclocked my HTC Evo 3D I was getting those similar types of benchmark scores so the Bionic certainly can't compare to a Samsung Galaxy S II. Man what would it be like to modestly overclock the Galaxy S II to just 1.6 GHz from its 1.2 GHz? MAN I can't imagine! Exynos is just BEASTLY scary! lol

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:01 2

12. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


What have you overklocked you Evo 3D to ?
Overklocking the exynos to 1.6 ghz would give it give it the same power as a computer : P
Let's see if the processor in the Wave 3 is a dual core 1.4 ghz exynos, it actually might be that since all Samsung has said is "1.4 ghz processor" we konw nothing if it is a dual or single core yet...

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:37 3

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes Peter my HTC Evo 3D is overclocked at 1.6 GHz for everyday use. It’s extremely fast & very stable. It works great, NO lag what so ever & it’s very good on the battery. Very minimal is difference in battery usage which is very good. I got it as high as 2.0 GHz but it got warm & it made my phone freeze up a couple of times plus it ate my battery like Fat Bastard eats babies. lol The Exynos is so powerful that my HTC Evo 3D @ 2.0 GHz was just barely getting Exynos 1.2 GHz benchmarks. That tells you the power of the most powerful mobile dual-core in the planet. I can't even fathom how powerful the Exynos will be overclocked at 1.6 GHz much less 2.0 GHz. Simply incredible!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:42 2

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I can't wait to retest my phone at 2.0 GHz while running CM7 or MIUI. HTC's Sense 3.0 is kinda a hog & we will see the true numbers once I have those ROM's installed. The ROM's make a HUGE difference. Peter when you get your new Wave 3, overclock that beast to see how much better Bada will run.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:17

30. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Well i'm not sure if i want to overclock my wave 3, on the videos i have seen of the Wave 3, it runs bada really smooth and fast so i don't really think that will be neccesary.
I'll see, if there is a easy way to do it, then maybe.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:38 6

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


peter,
overclocking isnt about NEED.. its about SPEED. :)


Do you need a ferrari enzo? heck no. But its damn fun to have one i bet. :)

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 20:40 1

55. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


ohhhh! nice burn! xD

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:40 2

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it didnt say 1.4ghz dual core, its not dual core. dont hold your breath peter

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:15

29. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I't doesnt say anything except 1.4 ghz processor. It can be single core, and it can be dual core as well. We simply don't know yet.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:42 1

41. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i am sure if it was dual core samsung would have hyped about...also every review of the phone have said its a single core...for every dual core phone samsung have always said its dual core so why would they not say the wave is not dual core lol i think its wishful thinking if you think otherwise

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 15:17

48. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


my point exactly taz.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:38 2

32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Phone Arena didn't do a good job with the benchmarks here. i can get my Droid 3 as high as 2700 in Quadrant non-modified and as for AnTutu it could've easily surpassed the Optimus 2X with another test like what they did with Quadrant. this is one of the most powerful handsets you can get. second only to the Galaxy S II but there's LTE here so it's definitely a contender for the best here.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 09:16

57. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


what the hell is the difference?!?! 90% of people dont even need a dualcore processor, why would it matter if it gets a higher benchmark, but for the sake of pessimism... good for you guys.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 07:57 1

2. Kjayhawk (Posts: 282; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


OMG i think John V. is Asian!!! you can see his reflection on 1:16!!!!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:10 1

4. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


holy crap he is!!!!!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:17

56. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


so what ?
I'm swedish !

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:18 1

5. dudemanrod (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


so that's what this website looks like with ads...

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:55

10. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


SGII is the best for now andddd... The Prime will be the best in the future

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:41

40. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


right up until the SGS2 gets ice cream sandwich.. lol

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 15:16

47. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it'll still have the advantage of being stock Android. i'd take the ridiculously snappy experience with stock Android on a phone with a slightly inferior processor than pretty snappy experience with TW4 on a phone with a slightly better performing processor. it all depends on what will change with ICS though. it's possible everything i said won't even be a factor but i tell you what if i'm not impressed with ICS i might jump to a nice Windows Phone.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 08:59 5

11. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 379; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Probably the most overhyped android phone this year.. It's great still, but just not as much as it was hyped.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:03 2

13. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


There is no GS2 on Verizon, so why are we comparing the two? Neither the Droid 3 (which I like a lot) nor the X2 are LTE, so why compare the three? No other LTE device (charge, T-Bolt, Revolution) is dual core. So don't go there, either.

Simply put, the Bionic is the only game in Verizon's Town with the full package. You will get THE fastest 4G network and the advantage of Dual core. Any kind of battery life and a real life performance close to the well reviewed Photon on Sprint and this is well worth the purchase and the wait. If the Droid Prime shows up soon, it will then (most likely) be the top dawg in the pound. But until then, the Bionic should have it's moment, however brief, in the sun.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:18

15. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i think you're right, BUT the wait was too long. people are still going to be holding out for either the iphone announcement or more deetz on the prime. the bionic's moment in the sun will be about a month, maybe two. why would anyone not wait???

AND the build quality on this thing looks questionable. that flimsy plastic backing looks like what you might expect on something far cheaper.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:16 3

14. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Not impressed at all! F!@# YOU verizon for not getting the SGS2!!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 09:47

20. WowGoGS2 (unregistered)


the gs2 overclock to 1.6ghz on youtube gave a quadrant score of 4500+ I wonder is the nexus prime ti omap 4460 could beat that?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:43

33. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i don't know. it seems like for some reason Samsung devices do much better in Quadrant scores than other phones with the same processors. i'm dying to see an OMAP get tested in a Galaxy S II or something no doubt similar like the Prime.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:44

42. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


surprisingly thumper,
samsung devices actually do worse in those competitions than they should. tests like quadrant and andtutu put a huge weight on I/O scores which is an insignificant test for real world usage and something that snapdragons excel on and exynos/hummingbirds dont. But the exynos/hummingbirds smash every other category creating that nice wide benchmark margin we are used to. If the I/O scores were taken out it would be an even greater spread between chipsets.. especially the lagging behind Snapdragon S3 which is heavily propped up by I/O scores.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:45

43. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The original humingbird on EXT4 scores the same as the DC snapdragon S3 on just about every category but I/O scores... that should tell ya something.. lol. It takes Qualcom 2 cores to do what samsung does in 1. :)

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 15:24

49. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


oh yeah, i agree Qualcomm has always been playing catch up to Samsung in this space. the thought behind my comment was that i saw a Tegra II Galaxy S II Quadrant benchmark somewhere and it scored pretty high in a Galaxy S II, like in the 3000 range.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:13

21. Azm50 (unregistered)


These dual core smartphones are really getting old and boring.
I'm seriously waiting for some news on upcoming quad core tablet and smartphones.
Like this comment if u too r waiting for quad core gadgets.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:54

23. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


What do you want to do that dual core cant handle.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 11:29

24. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


seriously Amz50...want the highest SETI@Home scores from your phone?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:48

44. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


kinda wondering the same thing Bio.. what game/app/ whatever right now seriously challenges the dual cores? The quad cores can add some extremely realistic lighting effects and of course more polygon pushing power.. but nothing thats out right now even pushes the dual cores.



On a side note, since the Quad core Kal-El chip is supposed to be out not too long after the iphone5 and its dual core chip come out.. I highly believe that 2012 will be the year that android games surpass iOS games permanently in graphical quality.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 20:12

54. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I doubt most things can even take advantage of quad core as they are written for single core.
The iphone has alot of dev support and it will be very powerful with the a5 chip inside. I wouldnt be so fast to dismiss the iphone. Anyway it will get a a6 in the ip6 with lte and i plan on buying that as of now. Which should be quad core!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:42

22. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Dang my stock laptop only gets 10500 this phone can really fly at 2000. And my computer data speeds are 5 mb per second and my phone 1.2mb/s. This can do 22 wow. Those data speeds can crush any phone in america. My computer is on wifi fyi. What can we expect on battery it says 200 hours which is worse then the thunderbolt. It also says ten hours talk so what is normal usage can you get a day?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 11:46

25. Mastertwiz (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


Just wait until the developers optimize the Bionic. Right now my Droid X2 is putting up quadrant scores of 2800 + running the Eclipse 0.5 ROM found over at XDA. I'm sure the Bionic will sail past 3000 without breaking a sweat.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 11:54 1

26. gemini6991 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)


Been waiting so long my Original Droid(never exchanged and bought day 1) is flipping out and is doing its own thing without me even touching it. Touch screen moves on its own, calls, hangs up, and puts people on mute without me even looking at it....truly entertaining. Yes the phone has been talked about and delayed so long, I could see how people could want to wait. But there is always going to be something better and the Bionic is, at least at the moment, the best phone Verizon has. So Im getting it..Can't Wait!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 11:57

27. Jordaneer (unregistered)


The back is not flimsy plastic. It is the same as the Droid 3.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:53

45. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


so its not flimsy plastic when moto do it but when samsung do it is lol not saying thats what you think but am sure many do...those ''flimsy'' plastic are very very hard to break and just cause it bend does not make it cheap...anything that is thin will bend lol

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:15

28. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I'm very pleased with the data speeds. I'm also sure that when overclocked with a ROM the bionic will be at a diffrent level.

However, I now have to wait at least another month to see if the Prime will indeed be coming out this year. If so I will have to pass on the bionic. If not this is my next phone for sure.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:22

31. Mike V (unregistered)


Why is everyone digging on the "wait" on the Bionic? It beat the SG2 and iPhone 5 to the U.S.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 12:54 1

34. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


and people were saying that with 1gb of ram this could compare to the sgs2

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 15:31

50. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it does. this was a bad benchmark. clock it as high as a Galaxy S II and it'll be well into the 3000 range on Quadrant. my Droid 3 is capable of the same now with V6 Supercharger but since the Droid Bionic probably has two 512mb sticks of RAM it'll load things much quicker. even insiders with the Bionic are saying it's a little snappier than a stock Droid 3 and has less redraw.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:10

36. Mobile Junkie (unregistered)


This is a bad business move by Motorola, with the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Nexus Prime and the IPhone 5 coming out, this phone is already outdated. This phone should have been released 4 months go. The only ones that will by this phone will be those that don't take the time to see what phones will be available in the next couple of months.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 18:52

52. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And what about the phones that will be available the next couple of months after the Prime and iPhone 5?

Its a never ending cycle. I for one am glad they didnt relese it earlier this year. That paid attention to what happened with the T Bolt...

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:37 1

51. jordanx (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


galaxy s 2 sucks

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 07:51

58. siegfriedsoul (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


my Samsung GS II scored a beast of 3,638 Quadrant Benchmark....

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