Motorola DROID BIONIC - was it worth the wait
0. phoneArena 13 Sep 2011, 07:23 posted on
The Motorola DROID BIONIC, announced on January 5, seemed like a smartphone that was too good to be true, with its ubiquitous spec sheet, which almost magically combined all that was considered trendy and cool at the time...
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46. rockeye (unregistered)
I'm really trying to not give in and run out and buy this phone. I made my initial jump to the smartphone with a BlackBerry Tour. She treated me well, but left me with feelings that it was overhyped, undercooked, and I got burned for being an early adopter. So here I sit two years later counting the days when I can chuck the Tour out the window. I feel like I'll be in the same situation if I jump on the Bionic now. Too much hype on this phone. I think I'll sit tight for a month and see what October brings. One more month until our divorce Tour, at least you taught me not to get another BB!
48. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Its a great phone. It has everything you could possibly need and want on a phone at this day and age. However it took a long time to be released. Does that make it less of a phone? No. Just means that its not going to be the best of the best for 6 months. Even so, its not like and evolutionary gap is eminent anyways. And as always no matter what phone you get a "killer" of that phone will inevitably come into play shortly after.
55. ap89 (unregistered)
For $300 No it's not worth it I would rather wait for the HTC Vigor/Tbolt 2 or Droid Prime.
It would be if they dropped the price to $150
56. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
Crappy battery life, rolling out updates "in about a month" to fix bugs, grainy display.... PASS.
60. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 307; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Definitely will be seeing updates within the next month or two for a phone that Moto decided to take an extra 3 or 4 months to iron out and they will most likely still have their fair share of them.
57. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 307; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Wow, it has 4G/LTE as well as a dual-core processor built into one phone. I'm so excited about this phone, but what's it called again Sure the 4G/LTE and dual-core makes it standout just a bit, but every last one of their major competitors for U.S. destined products are right behind them. True differentiation exist in the simultaneous voice and data capabilites from the Thunderbolt over 3G. I'd be shocked to see any major competitor add this feature for 3G network compatibility like HTC has done, but it's not going to happen because 4G/LTE capable phones can accomplish this task just as the Thunderbolt can accomplish over both 3G and 4G/LTE.
65. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Sadly no. I was really pumped up about this phone 8 months ago but in the tech world, 8 months can make something high end to low end in no time. By all means, this is not low end but it is not going to be able to complete with the SGS2, Nexus Prime, Vigor, and anything else that is coming in just a month or two. If this phone came out 5-6 months ago, that would be a completely different story but now it's too late.
66. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
It's too little too late. It's an LTE enabled Droid 3 without a keyboard as I see it. Not worth $300 on contract. They kind of pipped themselves to the post with the Droid 3 in many ways. I hope this wasn't why they skipped out on the GS2.
69. Dr Rock (unregistered)
Great article great phone. I hope googorola is listening. Timing is EVERYTHING from telling a joke to trading stoxs to dating. The phone would have been the best in q1 now it is just ok. Although this phone looks great I am thinking like most I bet that I should probably wait a month or two for the xmas phones.
70. Alantef (Posts: 287; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
to answer the question in the title.....NO...dont get me wrong its an really nice phone...awesome phone in fact...but take it this way...if this was the FIRST LTE phone and would have took the place of the Thunderbolt...the Bionic would have taken over the market and would have killed any iphone 4 hopes...period...but its really late in the year where the specs of this phone is LOW or better yet highly anticipated nothing wow's me here nothing new...awesome phone...i like it...but when i know that 2 phones that MIGHT be better are coming (Prime and maybe the Samsung note)..why buy now?...back in march it wouldn't have been a question
71. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the Bionic's specs are far from low. it's the most powerful phone available on a U.S. carrier.
73. Neli (unregistered)
Where's the kick stand? Isn't that standard issue these days? Google/Motorola let's start paying attention to the details.
74. Ripped4rce (unregistered)
To the Editors,
People get mad at Apple for being so secretive and scour internet for any kind of gossip. Moto has the obvious opposite problem. Get over it. Stop whining and complaining about a freaking phone being delayed a few months. What are you ten? Just rate and review the phone and let it be. Geez.