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Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

0. phoneArena 10 Sep 2011, 04:40 posted on

It seems that Motorola has been doing some tweaking and tinkering during the long journey as the Motorola DROID BIONIC attempts to shed those associations seeing that it’s the thinnest and lightest of the bunch – while offering the highest capacity battery as well. Possessing a combination of impressive advanced functionality and wicked hardware under the hood, there’s no kidding that the handset is future proof.

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:09

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

i used to be a TW hater but after seeing the fourth iteration of it i became converted. it's actually really nice. my second choice behind the Motorola Application's Platform on the Droid 3 and Droid Bionic.
there's more to it than that.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 07:36 2

11. bucky (Posts: 2448; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

this phone is no different than the atrix or the photon...dont understand what the hype is about.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:38 2

24. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

An actually Fast 4G network to take full advantage of what the phone has to offer...

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:02

13. i3izkit311 (unregistered)

I still sit here and think if this phone is worth trading the Thunderbolt in for. I have a feeling 6 months ago the answer was yes - but now there will be (shortly) a phone that really is worth trading in... rather than maybe trading in. Thoughts?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:05 3

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

*sigh* For one, I had trouble getting through the review due to the atrocious abuse of the English language I witnessed. For another, the Bionic is priced the same as a Charge, while offering a lot more. Third, other review sites found the exact opposite to be true about its viewing angles-they reported clear output even from almost 180 degrees.

Seems you did the best you could to find anything that could possibly be misconstrued as a negative on the phone.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:17 1

17. bucky (Posts: 2448; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

if anything i think the reviewer was overly generous to a phone that is demanding top dollar for services that are the norm if not, subpar.

I was honestly shocked to see this phone get a 9 in the first place! I had the atrix and it was a 9-7 months ago! This phone is no different. The viewing angles are in fact, terrible on these pentile screens.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:08

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

No, the viewing angles are not terrible. I'm typing on an Atrix right now. I'm not arguing against the score, just arguing against how terribly written the article is. There is nothing normal or subpar about 4G service. It actually is crazy fast. That's the main reason they're asking for 300 for the Bionic. Granted, it's a bit pricey for me, but if I had the money (and if the phone hadn't come out so late) I'd rock it in a heartbeat over the Atrix.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:31

23. bucky (Posts: 2448; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I get what your saying about the 4g but viewing angles are terrible on those screens. Tilt the screen ever so slightly and it fades as if you have a crappy screen cover! Good phone but the screen and camera need alot of work. I loved the webtop feature but it was to slow to even stream a movie on wifi

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:32

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

It's a bit hard for me to judge, because I do have a screen cover on my phone. However, I judge viewing angles by the screen's clarity. By that standard I have excellent viewing angles, as I can still clearly see everything on the screen from almost 180 degrees.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:21 1

53. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

You own an Atrix? That is a horrible phone - I examined it when it first came out and I knew instantly that Motorola did a horrible job designing it. For example, what the hell were the designers smoking when they considered biometrics on the Atrix??

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:51

81. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Maybe they considered the fact that the biometrics on the Atrix work, and provide something a bit more secure than a 4 digit code or a pattern (which can be figured out by paying attention to fingerprint smears)?

I use the fingerprint scanner all the time, it only doesn't work if my finger is wet or has some kind of residue on it. A quick wipe off and it works flawlessly. It's also quicker than putting in a pattern or code.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:13

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

did you get anybody else to try to unlock it while the biometric sensor was engaged?

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 12:23

113. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yes, a couple of different people. They couldn't do it. It takes a direct image of each of your pointer finger prints. You have to make sure your finger is at the right angle, but that's not a major bother.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 12:35

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

that's awesome. i wish the Bionic had that...

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:12

21. Johnny1134 (unregistered)

What's atrocious is your sentence structure and punctuation.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:29

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I can still do a damn sight better while half awake and in a hurry than the guy who wrote this article managed to do.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:10

49. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

It will be better if Sniggley was completely asleep than half awake and save everyone his silly drivel.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:55 1

83. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Says the troll who never gives a specific reason why he hates Android.

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 17:19

152. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:44

55. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Here is an example of Sniggly putting his foot in his mouth:

Sniggly wrties: "...you've just committed a critical error. Apple has made exactly one patent payment in the mobile industry in the past several years, which was to Nokia, and only after a dragged out lawsuit. They have flatly refused to pay anyone else who has brought patents to bear against them, the biggest offense being their refusal to pay anything to Motorola. Hence the lawsuits against them. "

Sniggly, do you have a brain? If so, could you use it for a second. Haven't you heard the case about Personal Audio suing Apple for the second time after Personal Audio won a $8 million patent judgement against Apple. I guess the $8 million paid by Apple doesn't count. BTW, the court threw out the Personal Audio's second lawsuit since the $8 million award grants Apple a license for ALL future products, respectively.

Sniggly's comment of "my statements here are grounded in truth..." is just a sorry ass example of hubris. I can't believe Sniggly is such a f**k'n moron!!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:45

69. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Ardent facts don't matter to sniggly. Anytime any news comes out about Apple he automatically assumes the worst without any facts or research. He's a fanboy hater who's an intellectual in his mind only.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:55 3

82. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

You're the moron who thinks that respecting patent law is only making token payments after being forced to by court decisions. 8 million is a pittance for Apple to pay out to anyone. And it wasn't a lawsuit that involved anything with cell phones; it was over the iPod.

When I talk about the mobile industry, I am not referring to MP3 players or anything like that. I'm talking about phones and smartphones. And let me reiterate:


posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:47 3

70. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

I thought it was a fair review and the phone got a good score.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:09 6

15. jroc74 (Posts: 5980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

"So you ask, what’s great about the Motorola DROID BIONIC? Well, it’s the one handset that’s actually able to combine everything perfectly into one device"

And if thats the case...whats wrong with a 9 score?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:24 4

30. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Yeah, really. They haven't given a Verizon handset a score higher than 9 since the original Droid X, and that actually was a pretty groundbreaking device. The Pentile screen alone merits at least a one point deduction.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:15 2

16. SG (unregistered)

Or, you can get the phone from Costco and return it within 90 days if the iphone 5/GSII impresses you more.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:30 3

22. arandomblogger (unregistered)

Really, PhoneArean? Taking away points for a long development time? Would you rather have a half-baked and buggy as hell premature launch like the Thunderbolt was when it came out? Seriously, I'd rather wait the extra couple months and have a phone that actually works well right from the start. I wonder if you'll take away points from the iPhone 5 when it comes out whenever the hell that'll be for having a "delayed" launch....or are you too busy polishing and spit shining apple's shiny casing and logo?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:07

26. bucky (Posts: 2448; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

being slightly delayed is one thing...taking a year to come out while others surpass you before its even released, is another.

Why must someone always mention the iphone?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:35

34. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

And two of the phones that scooped the Bionic were Motorolas! The Droid X2 was Verizon's first dual core and first qHD screen. The Droid 3 was the second. The Bionic may be more capable than either of those phones, but it's not breaking any new ground.

Motorola probably saved themselves a lot of hassle by cancelling the buggy Etna Bionic and pushing out the superior Targa, but they still lost the PR game. And unfortunately, it only has a month or so in the limelight before Verizon shifts its attention to the iPhone 5 and HTC Vigor.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:13 2

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

it has a Dual-Core Processor and LTE, what else did it need to be the device it was hyped up to be?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:42 4

35. jroc74 (Posts: 5980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Surpassed in terms of what? Its on par with other phones. Cuz the other phones wins benchmarks, its surpassed?

Check reviews of the Bionic vs. other LTE phones in weak, bad reception areas....and you will probably see why it was good for Moto to make their own LTE chip.

Check battery life reviews. For the most part....it seems better than other LTE phones on Verizon.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 13:11 2

44. bucky (Posts: 2448; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

the top dogs (sensation, sgs2, evo 3d)

It has a good battery and probably very sturdy as all motorola's are for the most part. LTE support but i have that on my sgs2 with fido in Canada.

It doesnt have a screen better than those mentioned, processor, looks (eye of the beholder ofcourse), xda support, camera and software (moto blur)

It is however, the best phone on Verizon, I agree with you there. I just think they took too long to come out with it.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:15 3

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

*snorts* the EVO 3D and the Sensation. top dogs. with the Bionic out. that's funny. xD

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:22 3

29. getalife2203 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)

GSII best phone for now.....but probably Nexus Prime wont make such a difference would it? And likely Nexus Prime's gonna cost a bomb like Galaxy Note.. And Nexus Prime is a Google flagship phone....when its released probably GSII is still Samsung's flagship phone..

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:16 2

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

I liked the review. None the less, the cons were unrelated to the specs; kinda weak cons IMHO.

9 seems very appropriate for a perfected 4g experience.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:55

37. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)

The back of that phone is FUGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:39 1

54. TU_Buckeye29 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

Yeah, I choose my phones based on how attractive the BACK is, too -_-

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:17

40. nwright94 (unregistered)

Forget the phone, i want the motorized bug thing on the indoor test video

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:20

41. CostcoHotDogs (unregistered)

Prime will not have the superior exynos chip but the same clocked up chip from the one found inside the bionic which score a low ~2100 quadrant score vs the exynos ~3300. Can a clock up chip of .3ghz and clocked up gpu give that different of performance?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:49

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

How do you know the prime is just going to have a overclocked TI chip? Do work for samsung? Do already have the device? If not, do you have any links to prove your claim? Because as far as I know almost everything about the prime are still rumors.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:17

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

that's what it's rumored to have. that's all we're going by on everything about this phone. that fact is as plausible as the phone even existing as we know it.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:48

56. driodwhat (unregistered)

photon anyone?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:59 3

57. TU_Buckeye29 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

How many of the folks bashing this phone have actually played with it extensively? I got to work with a Bionic earlier in the week & was genuinely impressed. It's lightweight, snappy as can be, this version of Blur is actually not bad, the speakers are pretty darned good, phone's thin (minus that top inch where the camera flash is, but how many phone users hold their phone by pinching the top of it?), the battery does offer enough juice for moderate use w/o charging - and that's before getting to LTE. Yeah, I had my reservations about the delayed launch (I almost switched to Sprint to get a Photon), but think about it: all the extra time results in a phone that's NOT buggy (you hear that, Thunderbolt?). Yeah, it's unfortunate that us VZW supporters had to wait so long for a phone that ultimately wasn't groundbreaking in terms of the technology being offered. But, bottom line from a Bionic OWNER: this is an excellent phone (and PA did make ONE legit point in their lackluster review: this phone does blend the different techs extremely well). It's pricey, yes; but if you have an upgrade available & have the $ then it's worth it (Amazon). If you have a Thunderbolt already (one that isn't from the 1st dozen buggy shipments), you're not missing TOO MUCH by skipping out on trading up for the Bionic - the 4G experience is similar enough between the two, the Tbolt is passable in terms of function speed... I won't compare the display quality between the two - let's just say that the displays on both phones are good enough for every day use :-p So Bionic bashers, either handle the phone a bit in depth so you can offer comments based on ACTUAL knowledge & experience; or save your dough for something else & keep quiet in the meantime ;-)

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 20:50

131. jroc74 (Posts: 5980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Dont worry...its like what the Cnet reviewer actually said:

"I really didnt want to like this phone, I was prepared to be disappointed"

It is what it is...lol In the end she actually liked it and after additional testing it was given Editors Choice.

I think she speaks for alot of the Bionic haters.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:12

58. xmrrushx (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

I have the phone for a day now. Battery life is eh.... heavy usage with LTE i can get about 5hrs before i get down to %40. Some bugs here and there i got that home screen glitch and had to reset the phone once because it was really laggy. Camera operation is terrible when turning off and on it locks for a split second while you hear the camera itself click. For some reason the audio from Netflix or Pandora has a loud click when playing audio, zumocast does not the click tho.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:16

61. KYLE (unregistered)

I got the Bionic as soon as it was released. Yes indeed the phone is fantastic. But you have to remember how long you have to wait until your next upgrade. Next month or two the Droid HD and the Droid Prime is coming out and it has all the specs as the Bionic but better and way THINNER. The only down side of the Bionic is the battery life. I don't care if its a 1700 bat. it still only lasts 5-6 hours. If you get the Bionic plan on spending a whopping 50.00 more for the extended if you want a full day use. I am taking the Bionic back and going to wait for the Droid HD or the Droid Prime. remember the Bionic is an ugly brick and you can wait one or two months for a way better product....like SAMSUNG!!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:46

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

There is no indication that the Droid HD will be LTE.

Droid Prime may be a better phone. Will have to wait and see...

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 18:09

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

if the newer phones are thinner with LTE, a higher clocked processor and HD resolution screens they're probably not going to have battery life as good as what's on the Bionic.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:53 9

65. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

I have a serious question to ask here

WTF is wrong with a lot of you people????

seriously .....tell me......what the FLYING f**k is wrong with some of you??

ESPECIALLY to the iPhone people

are you so threatened by another phone that you insist on coming into threads to bash a phone you most likely have never even seen in person? Does this phone in some way threaten your manhood? ITS A f**kING PHONE for christ sakes

this thread was filled with such vitriol and bad blood it was hard to get through.....you dont like Android (check)....you don't like Motorola (check)....you dont like the Bionic (check)

we get it....move the hell on

this is a site for finding out about cell phones......and you turn it into a personal battle.....are your lives so empty and unfulfilled that this is how you find happiness?

seriously....some of you really need to go volunteer in soup kitchens......Boys and Girls Clubs.....Food Banks....Big Brothers....something....find out what really matters in this world before you waste the gift of life you were given.

I own a Bionic....I think it is real nice....but I would never fight someone about it....that's f**king silly

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:15

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

I would give you ten thumbs up but I cant lol. Thats what I'm saying man. People need to fill their available time with constructive things to do. Instead they choose to sit in front of a computer to have livid arguments about meaningless things.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:00 2

71. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

Save your "holier than thou" RANT.

This is an internet forum in 2011. You cannot control the masses. You are not in charge of what is said nor the manner of expression. Not to mention that NO ONE FORCED YOU TO READ IT.

Do you yell at clouds too? Wake up.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:27 1

72. xmrrushx (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

I yell at clouds.... so mean blocking out the sun.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:37 3

87. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Ladies and Gentleman.....welcome to what is wrong with the world in 2011.

because it is 2011, that means there is no use for any sense of civility right.....anything goes?

no one is trying to "control the masses here" junior.... I am just trying to understand why people need to be so uptight about a Cell Phone....enough that they feel the need to constantly go on the attack against a brand/platform that they don't like.

and yes skippy I wasn't forced to read it, but I wanted to read responses to the actual material in the article. I was however forced to sift through comment after comment from those that obviously have some anger issues/insecurities and have a deep need to get back to what really is important in this world.....you know....people like yourself

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:26

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

don't be here if you don't like it because like it or not heated debates will be had here. you can't just come in and say what's being done on a site that it's pretty much for is wrong. at least there's a place for people that are critical about the device they use to bring a degree of order to their way of life to commune and get their opinions out instead of there being no place at all and we all just scream at each other right in the streets and the cell phone stores for having or not having an Android, iPhone, Blackberry. Bada, what have you.. i know i would without my occasional troll comments every now and then. xD

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 06:40 2

100. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

heated debates are fine......what this is amounts to is childish sticking your tongues out at people. I don't hear debate....I hear people saying "your phone sucks.....I have no reason why it does but I own a different phone and your intimidates me"

that isn't debate....and if you think it is, that is just sad

I guess I just grew up in a different time (pre Internet) when there was a certain level of decorum that was observed.....the younger generation mostly (not all of course) acts like a bunch of childish idiots online because they think its ok.......they have been programmed that it is ok by stupid phrase like "its the 2011 internet" ..."occasional troll comments"

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 07:18 1

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

oh i see, you're just fed up with trolls. xD
well if you can't deal with them then you just don't belong here. like it or not it's just harmless fun except to people like you i can see having a brain anurisim from it. the equivalent to you i guess would be lighting a bag of s**t on fire then putting it on your neighbor's doorstep and you know the rest, point is sometimes it's a little fun to get people stirred up about something you say, it can be a little annoying sometimes but that's what trolls do and to them irritable people like you are the jackpot. just don't be so uptight about the Internet man. if it really stresses you out so much just keep it to Facebook with the people you know and when you read articles here skip the comments, go to another site to talk about s**t. don't rage post to everybody when they didn't do anything wrong and feed the damn trolls.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 07:33

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

you should look at your post. reading you rage at trolls was in a way as annoying as the trolls themselves. it's like...
troll attack!
legit comment
long ass debate
legit comment
legit comment
troll rage
long ass debate about troll rage
legit comment

anybody that feels just like you now has to read through all your senseless troll rage to find those legit comments that you still have to dig through the trolls to find. in a way you're as bad as they are. that's right, i find you as annoying as a troll with your annoying intolerance guy.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:30

109. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

you realize that very little of what you posted makes any sense at all right?

so You promote trolling....I wonder why

and sorry if I try to bring a little sanity into a conversation...... sorry if I think that you should try and conduct yourself online like you do in the real world and be at least somewhat civil. I just don't get the concept that trying to intentionally irritate people is "just having a little fun"

guess I was just brought up differently/better

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:58

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

I probably could've explained that better but I was tired at the time so sorry. what i'm saying is your complaining doesn't bring sanity, it's just annoying. I don't promote trolls but it's not going to make any difference rage posting to em. trolls will be trolls.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:58 2

84. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Ah! You got the Bionic finally! Good for you, keep me updated on how it works out for you. :)

And I agree, it's supremely stupid that these assholes are on here, especially when people like Taco claim they don't bash around on these articles because they have no interest in Android.


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