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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.

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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: 2704; 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: 2704; 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: 2704; 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)


Ouch!?

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:

MAKING A PAYMENT AFTER BEING FORCED TO BY THE COURTS DOES NOT DENOTE A RESPECT FOR OTHERS' PATENTS.

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: 6015; 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: 4332; 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: 2704; 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: 4332; 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?

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