Motorola DROID BIONIC Unboxing
Eight months exactly to the day, we’re finally just coming around to getting settled with the long time coming Motorola DROID BIONIC as it’s set to arrive on September 8th. During the span, the tale of the Motorola DROID BIONIC went through some rigorous edits, but ultimately, it’s here in the flesh as Verizon’s fourth 4G LTE equipped smartphone. Considering that Motorola has some deep ties with Big Red, there’s no arguing that the DROID BIONIC is going to be one of those flagship devices that should stand above the impending onslaught of competition.
Part of the beloved DROID family, the DROID BIONIC is treated with the utmost respect as it’s blessed with that all too distinctive gun metalish packaging that’s been synonymous with past DROID branded devices. Besides the greyish hue to the box, the only other standout is the prominent DROID eye placed squarely in the center – watching us as we uncover its secrets underneath. However, there isn’t anything out of the ordinary with the included accessories since it packs the typical set of items – like the microUSB cable, wall charger, and documentation. In all fairness, we would’ve love to see something just a tad bit more for a handset sporting a $299.99 on-contract price, but then again, it’s one beast of a phone already.
Cosmetically, the handset sports a different look to the one we first set our eyes on back at CES 2011 – albeit, they’re subtle modifications. On a positive note, one of the first things to catch our attention holding the handset is its significantly lighter feel, which can be attributed to plastic shell. Moreover, it’s touted as being the thinnest out of the 4G LTE bunch as it measures up at 0.43” (10.99 mm). However, it doesn’t quite feel as awe-inspiring in the design front when pitted against other memorable devices like the DROID X.
Not messing around with its laundry list of dreamy specs, it features a 4.3” qHD display with Gorilla Glass, dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, front-facing camera, 1080p HD video recording, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, aGPS, 16GB onboard memory, 16GB microSD card preloaded, HDMI-out, and one beefy 1,735 mAh battery. Supplementing its bountiful hardware, we can’t forget that this is a 4G LTE enabled device that’s able to deliver lightning fast data speeds. Also, it’s packing Android 2.3.4 with the same version of that customized MOTOBLUR interface used by the DROID 3. Not ending there, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is treated to added functionality in the form of Motorola’s Webtop experience by using the various optional accessories for it.
Indeed a long time in the making, we’re going to be checking out the Motorola DROID BIONIC extensively to see what this handset is all about. So expect to see our in-depth review very soon!
1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Not bad. With no Galaxy s II coming this really looks great. And it's really thin for a 4g phone. Bout the same thickness as many HTCs.
27. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
First heard about this phone back in January i believe when the tbolt had alot of shine its sad it takes Verizon 9 months to release a phone that is not better than a phone relased 4 months before it (SGS2) The photon pretty much the same phone just not as fast processor was announced and ealeased with 2 months and amonth later this phone comes out not even makin a big impact, For verizon its a good phone cuase there phone are all not so top of theline anymore but if you put it in Sprint Or tmobile line up it wouldnt sell as much, Dan Hesse is right At&T and Verizon do not innovate, They have the worse line up but becuase of popularity and coverage people that know little about phone flock to them, If At&T were to buy tmobile it would be a sad day. TMobile and sprint have the best devicesand release them Quick, The EVO is the first front facing camera 4g big screen 1ghz justa monster phone when it came out, a year later and Bionic barely ups it,
41. corymcnutt (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)
What??? SGS2 released 4 months before it? Where could you get it in the US 4 months ago? Even now...it's not 4G LTE. T-Mobil & Sprint may have nice phones, but what about coverage over the entire US? A lot of people need great cell phone coverage...not just to play games and look pretty. Read the reviews...Fastest downloads, Beautiful Screen, Smooth and Fast response, etc., etc.
2. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
well looks like the inductive(?) charging was just rumor. That would have been a forward thinking feature, niche I know but cool.
Gorilla glass... I swear I am not getting a phone without it. My OG DROID is completely banged up EVERYWHERE but the glass... Amazing product.
3. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
seriously, what's up with this phone being hyped so much when it can't even beat the LG optimus 2X? And it's specs? Every phone of motorola's is the same. Don't understand what all the hype is about. From all that excitement over the last few months, i expected this to have something mind blowing. very very disappointing.
9. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
You realize you're comparing a LG to a Moto right? Just about any LG Smartphone that has hit stateside has had some major issue or another. Their UI is about the worst as far as the major UI's go.The LG phones that hit outside of the US are great but for one reason or another about the only LG phone I'll trust inside the borders would be a feature phone at this point.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a crazy moto fanboy or LG hater, I really hope they can deliver some great products in the future, to make all the other companies step up and give us greater devices..
19. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
really? the Optimus 2X? the Bionic beats it in every way.
4. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
Looks ok but I have never owned any motorola cell phone not even the razr which I heard was a good one back then.
14. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I've owned four Motorola phones now: the V195s, the Motorola Cliq, the Motorola Droid X, and now the Atrix. All have given me excellent treatment, none have died on me yet. The worst issue plaguing any of my phones is a burst battery cell on the X, which is just a battery replacement away from being fixed. I mean, they've all had their minor bugs, tiny annoyances, but that all pales in comparison to the overall performance I've gotten out of them. Even the V195s, which is four years old now, could run perfectly should I choose to start it up and use it. And when I flirted with T-Mobile again a few weeks ago, I activated the Cliq again and it ran like clockwork for my nephew.
So yeah, I've had great luck with Motorola so far, which is why the only non Motorola phone I ever purchased was a Sony Ericcson TM506-okay phone, but I went right back to Moto the minute I could. :)
5. firstname.lastname@example.org (unregistered)
Well you have to give credit that when this device was originally introduced it was one of the first dual core phones with its qHD screen. But to consumers, Galaxy SII and Optimus 2X beat motorola to it so right now it seems not so mind blowing. Oh well,,,
6. Droider (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
lmao seriously? If droidx2 was dressed in draq itll look like the bionic. Im disappointed they should have at least threw in the case and screen protector for making ppl wait that long
7. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I don't get it. Isn't this just an Atrix/Photon with LTE thrown on and released way later? Why was everyone so excited about this?
8. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
because it was shown like 6 months ago when LTE was something cool and this was supposed to be the first 4G LTE dual core device with capability of docking and turning into a computer, plus it was supposed to be the DX successor. it shows the DX2 wasn't such a good idea
11. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
6 months ago this would have been a totally different animal. The Bionic would have been the Moto Etna. With problems to that device this "Bionic" was born from a device Moto planned for a Christmas release. They scaled back some of the planned features like a 13MP camera for one. I have the X and would liked to have something with a different look and feel in my hand and have been waiting since June 3rd. It will have to totally knock my socks tomorrow for it to find it's way into my pocket
15. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Because it's an LTE dual core phone (first of its kind) which just may have battery life which doesn't suck.
30. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
No the battery still sucks. Enjoy.
44. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Choice of another phone?
What ever happened to Android....choice....
10. WowGoGS2 (unregistered)
BlaH! the phone is hideous and the performance wise is beaten already. How can the ad say that it's "one phone to rule them all" that title as of right now goes to the gs2.
21. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that marketing campaign flies in the states because there's no LTE Galaxy S II here, having LTE connectivity in exchange for a little bit of processing performance is definitely conceivable. for now this is King for being a well rounded and powerful device.
12. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
i'd rather wait a month and get the vigor or prime
13. aar0983 (unregistered)
Hmmm a lot of people bragging about the sgsII has this phone beat? I'm not a moto fan but comparing them side by side the only thing that's noticeable is the 1.2 ghz vs 1ghz which I dont really think it would make a difference. The bionic keeps up with it just fine plus it has better resolution and more internal memory. Stop hating and appreciate the fact that this phone will raise the bar in order for consumers to get better products
16. whataMoron (unregistered)
wow you are serious misinformed: the gs2 is not merely just 1.2 vs 1 ghz the soc itself is superior giving it not only speed but a much more smoother more fluid motion. Just check out the D3 which is very similar to the bionic except for the amount of ram and you will see just how much better the gs2 is. While your at it just look at any youtube video where the GS2 vs ? and you will see that the gs2 running exynos is that much better. As for your screen it's really not better, it runs on qhd so it has better ppi but the super amoled plus has better colors, contrast, and a refresh rate that makes the slcd look last year. Oh and how is it that the bionic have better internal memories? Please do a "little" research before posting up something dumb, i know you have an extremely busy life (sarcasm) that's why you were only was able to make it here and post some nonsense up but try to make it at least somewhat true.
20. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
we all realize that the Galaxy S II has a slightly better processor than the Bionic but it's not completely behind it's higher clock speed. it's the only thing available comparable to the Galaxy S II in performance that's all he's saying.
17. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
GS2 GS2! That's we hear about on this site. It is an incredible device dont get me wrong. It is probably the best phone in the world right now. However, do any of the US carriers have one available for purchase yet? Nope. This is literally the best phone in verizons lineup right now and one of the best devices a person could buy right now. There will always be something better that's coming out after it. It's called technology.
22. OriginalSIM (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)
just got do a test drive of the bionic at corporate headquarters for verizon in bellvue. I have to say that the QHD looks pretty sick. As far as the argument for the gs2. verizon does not get one so there is no compariso. If you want to get a gs2 stateside go to canada and get one from rogers. They have an LTE GS2 that is supposed to be pretty bomb. I am a mot fan but not a fanboy so get it strait. It is a great phone and has an accessory lineup that makes it truly legit. It also has some unique features that the gs2 does not. The only thing that I am waiting for from samsung will be the verizon nexus phone.
23. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Bionic LTE > GS2 HSPA+ WiMAX
Thats the deal breaker for me.
24. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
@whatamoron, while I have been drooling over the GS2 coming to America (Verizon), I haven't seen it happen and the chance of BIg Red getting it seems bleek.
How can I debate on which device is faster or smoother if I can't hold it and try it?
26. AJ (unregistered)
NO WORLD PHONE?!? What happened to the GSM radios?
28. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Gs2 in my opinion is the best phone and if you were planning to get an gs2 or have one already....the bionic is unlikely make your head turn...undoubtedly bionic is the best phone on Verizon
29. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
they'll see the blazing fast data speeds. don't have a Galaxy S II loading a web page while you're sitting next to somebody with a Bionic doing the same thing, it might make your Galaxy S II look pretty slow. ;)
33. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)
lte data is impressive sadly am from the uk so lte dont mean anything to me although i hope we get asap....h+ is the fastest i get which at&t-mobile call 4g lol...for US customers the gs2 is $150 on sprint and $300 for bionic so just for lte you are paying $150 more which i think its a rip off...in the uk we get very good deals and i feel that in the US customers are getting ripped off which is sad
34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well it'll turn the only heads that matter really and that's the people that can take advantage of these LTE pipelines. you can get it for $150 on Sprint through third party sources which isn't too surprising. for $100 more you're getting the best 3G & 4G service in the nation. it's sad but they can do it and besides i'm getting my Bionic at Costco for $280 + $150 worth of accessories for free.
36. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)
i guess people that really want LTE the bionic will be there dream phone, always thought the thunderbolt was a letdown(same as desireHD without LTE)..the costco deal is great hopefully everyone planning to get the phone uses alternate stores instead of verizon..even though its not me being ripped off it still annoys me that carriers such as verizon can get away it...example the gs2 is through 3rd party you have to pay 150 upfront and than pay monthy i think $50+ with data calls txt ect...in the uk i got the gs2 free on contract for £25 a month which includes unlimited data etc....this goes for almost everyone icluding the ip4...hopefully things change for you and hopefully the carriers are forced to change there ways and also i hope we get LTE soon cause those speeds look pretty damn impressive.
31. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
This is really not that nice of a phone. the specs are weak. Plus the phone is ugly as s**t.
32. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
you really like sharing your a$$hole..... oops... I mean opinion, dont you ikingTrust?
37. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
why you have to sat it like that? :(
38. droidthefirst (unregistered)
Anyone know what the model number is on this? I know that is changed at some point, but I can't figure out what it is now...
39. Atrix 4g (unregistered)
I hope there is an update for the atrix with the latest version of mototoblur, really like it.
But (cant believe i am saying this) the phone isnt a blowout, you might think vzw delayed it this long only to really bring a droid3 with LTE.
Also the specs arent all that outstanding, The Atrix 4g And the Photon 4g are very similar to this in terms of spec or better.
Cant say about the photon, but the Atrix does have a Dual core processor with Nvidia Tegra 2, not the most powerful out there but it really makes that 1ghz processor feel faster, specially in games (3D games too), I also think that the battery should have been bigger, at least in par with the 1930 amp battery like the atrix, specially since this phone has LTE.
42. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, it totally bogged my mind why the Atrix and the Photon didn't get the version of the Application's Platform that's on the Droid 3 and Droid Bionic. it's much nicer.
the Bionic is in every way better than it's older brothers but i do wonder why it got a 1700mAh battery while the Atrix got a 1900mAh. it doesn't really make sense.
40. C. Johnson (unregistered)
I think I'll just get this since the Galaxy S2 is still in the making and besides it's (SGS2) a slider and I hate sliders with a passion. Since I'm eligible for upgrade every year, I'll wait on the Nexus Prime to be my second 4G smartphone.
45. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Why are folks acting like the performance is like an Eris vs the GS2 in benchmarks?. Even the Droid 3 with 512MB ram hangs with the GS2.
Anyone knows that the UI on Touchwiz is gpu accelerated? Its not just the Exynos that makes the UI look so good. There's a good channce the UI on the Bionic is accelerated too. Anandtech already mentioned the launcher on the Droid 3 was.
And the GS2 uses acceleration in the browser. Its not all about the cpu....its what Samsung did with it and the software too.
49. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Im glad i am not the only one that thinks this phone is not all that.