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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, 23:44 1

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


Thank You Sniggly.....yes I did take the plunge and bought one....then upgraded my sons to one also.

there is a lot to like about the phone though the inability to really separate the email account annoys me some.

The other thing I am curious about is how people talk about there use to the phone...claiming they use it a lot during the day and have 40% battery left and such

leaves me with three theories

1) I have a bad battery
2) I am WAY past being a power user
3) they are actually full of shyte

I went out today with a full charge......was down to 20% by 3PM and had to recharge again and used another 50% by 10PM

I see the extended battery in my very near future...but that is no big deal because I bought the clam shell case for it and it is designed to take the extended battery already

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 00:04

89. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's gotta be the LTE then. My Atrix is virtually the same phone (just with a smaller screen) and even with moderate use I get through the day just fine. Maybe only turn on the LTE when you need the speed boost?

How does the phone work otherwise?

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 06:46

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


will look into that....

the phone is fast as hell....I haven't seen a moments lag with anything.

the camera is better than I expected....was scared I was going to get that blue hue

the camcorder is extremely good

I have no issues with the screen at all and I just came from a droid charge for a week (dropped the OGD off the top of the bleachers at my sons pep rally....oooppss)

overall just a great phone and I can see it lasting me till next year when I get the itch again and quad core phones are out there

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 13:45

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


stillstuck I see a lot of people making these wild claims about battery life. I've seen people posting that they're power users and get two days of battery life which I don't believe. I have the iPhone and with moderate use I can get a full day and have some juice left at the end of the day, but if I"m using my phone heavy it barely makes it a full 24 hours or I may even need to recharge. Android usually has worse battery life and I don't see how anyone can get that much battery life if they're really a heavy user. I think a lot of people are just full of s**t on these forums.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 21:33

77. RajaG (unregistered)


Bought the Bionic on Friday. Today with zero phone calls, the battery drained to near zero in about 5-6 hours. This was on 4G. Indeed, I turned it back to 3G, then wanted to download Pandora and a couple of apps, turned it back to 4G, and I could actually see the battery dropping. Tomorrow I'll leave it on 3G all day and see how the battery does. Today I did drive around for an hour with Bing maps on, and it was syncing two email accounts. Wish I know how to stop the awful battery drain on 4G. It's not something a user can live with. Phone sound quality is average; my Samsung Omnia 2 sound was better. But when it comes to the browser, and just about everything else, the phone is great. I'm not likely to go back to the Omnia 2 with its awful Opera browser.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 00:08 1

90. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I'm at 13 hours right now with light usage (a few phones calls, texts etc.) and my battery is at 80%. I have had 4G and Wifi up the whole time. I don't think there are many bad batteries out there. I suspect it's far more likely to be something in configuration.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 06:48

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


looking at my usuage yesterday I saw that Bluetooth was a big dragger.....I keep my Jawbone Era hooked up and in my ear at all times (can not "arm it" anymore)

that was almost as much as the cell standy

do you use a bluetooth?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 21:51

78. chefjag70 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


I previewed the Motorola Bionic and Ido not like this phone at all. It is not any better than my Motoroal Droid X 2. I prefer my Motorola Droid X 2 hands down over the Droid Bionic.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:20 2

79. rock9900 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Atrix is the best all around phone on planet earth. Lightning fast, great sound, not too big, all features, gorilla glass. Defy plus will be soon if and when it comes to AT&T and gets a front camera.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 00:34 4

92. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


The Atrix has a nice battery (1930 MaH) and is 16 grams lighter than the Bionic. It also has a biometric fingerprint reader which is pretty cool. It is also significantly less expensive to buy on-contract.

The Atrix has a smaller screen, 4" vs 4.3".
The Atrix uses a 1Ghz dual core Tegra 2. Bionics processor is considered to be superior.
The Atrix has a 5mp camera and records 720p video, compared to 8mp and 1080p.
The Atrix ships with no sdcard. The bionic ships with 16GB.
The Atrix is on AT&T and does not have 4G LTE. Bionic is on Verizon and does.

So I think that, though the Atrix was the best phone around when it launched in April, the Bionic clearly outclasses it today.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:56 1

98. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I still like my fingerprint scanner.

AT&T's "4G" is actually plenty speedy for me. Also, here in Missouri Ma Bell gets comparable if not better coverage than Verizon anyway.

The processor is still plenty speedy, and the phone plays games and completes tasks with virtually no issues.

The camera and video quality are just fine for me.

The SD card is no issue for me; I'm just rocking my X's card in the Atrix instead.

The Bionic is a fantastic device, I lust after it, but I can see people being perfectly happy with the Atrix. ;)

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 02:11 1

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


oh yeah! definitely not saying the Atrix isn't a nice phone and it does have some form of 4G which is more than i can say for my Droid 3 but i made that choice and i'm still happy with it. it did waver when i was using my dad's Bionic today but it's new and exciting and when that's over my decision will still stand because i still love my keyboard for situations like this where i just type and type and won't shut up like a lot of you probably wish i would and later if i decide i really want to i could probably pull off a warranty replacement but i digress, the Atrix is a very good phone, i actually recommended it to my ex's dad and he got it, i haven't heard about how he likes it yet but he wants me to come over and root it and everything for him so i'll find out then. it's pretty much AT&T's Bionic. the Bionic is a little better but it's on Verizon not AT&T. i say get the best you can get without going wild and switching carriers all the time. WAY too pricey. (:

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 14:46

147. tkong (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


I went from the Thunderbolt on VZ to the Atrix on AT&T, and I couldn't be happier. VZ charged me a $35 restock fee for returning a defective equipment they deemed "DOA" and their own tech support told me to return! I'm not one to just return a device because I don't like it or something better comes during my trial period (which is only 14 days at VZ but 30 days at AT&T). I spent at least two hours on the phone with 1st and 2nd tier tech support at vz and they weren't able to do anything with the phone. Finally they said to take it back to a corp store and tell them it is "DOA". Fine vz, nickel and dime me to death. I'll take my business elsewhere. And, AT&T gave me a $100 credit for switching from vz.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:59 4

85. Android fan (unregistered)


I think this can't beat Samsung Galaxy S II...

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:11

134. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It's a matter of preference. Bionic has the advantage of LTE, higher resolution display, and possibly better build quality. SII has the advantage of better screen technology and Exynos processor. I'd personally go for the SII for these reasons, but the Bionic does have significant advantages.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:22

138. bucky (Posts: 1558; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


the bionic honestly doesnt have one advantage. PLEASE dont say screen resolution as it still isnt better.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 00:50

93. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


well PA that's what happens when you have a gazillion variations of virtually the same phone. at the rate of new Android devices hitting the market how could you expect a drastic difference? that's the downside of oversaturation...1000 different models, very little variation in experience.

...and people thought only the iPhone was guilty of this. crumbs...

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 07:54 1

107. Lala (unregistered)


i dont get it. . .what is so special about this phone ? i mean Samsung S2 and many devices are better :)

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:23

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


many devices?

name them please

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:18 1

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


Galaxy S2, Sensation, Wave 3, Galaxy Note.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 17:24 1

121. Chakra (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


So definitive. So here's what I look for in a phone, by priority. Please explain to me how those phones are better.

1. Making Phone calls
2. internet connectivity
3. text messaging
4. Social networking.

So please educate me how that phones you mentioned would be a better choice.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 22:17 1

124. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


There are other priorities in a phone:
- legible text - Moto qHD displays are poor and pixelated
- flexibility - locked bootloaders on Moto phones result in lack of flexibility
- reliability - Moto has been poor with GB on the DX and DX2 (random reboot, signal loss, not waking from sleep, etc)
- future-proof - with ICS coming out in a month a flagship phone should have the latest OS, not just a hope.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 22:38 1

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


freaking laughable comment

so tired of the pixelated tardishness.....not legible huh. Well I am reading your stupidity ON my phone with that "horrible pixelation" and wow....I can read it just fine.

Flexability......I dont have a problem with the phone just as it is....so who freaking cares

reliabilty....havent had it reboot= or loss signal nor a call yet so quit just pulling shyte out of your arse

they released the "flagship phone" BEFORE ICS was released......what part of that dont you understand?

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:36 1

110. Leskid (unregistered)


I got the Bionic on Friday with the plan of "kicking the tires" around for 2 weeks and then returning it. I was than going to wait to get official information on the Vigor, Droid Prime and Iphone 5 to make my final decisio. At this point it is going to be hard to give the Bionic up in 2 weeks. It's super fast, no lags, and no bugs the I've noticed yet. It's battery life is on par with my OG Droid. Now I'm glad that Moto took thier time to get it right upon release. Oh yeah, since call quality is still most important to me :-) - I have no land line - the Bionic is the best I've owned so far. Decisions, decisions...

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 12:07

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


if you like it then just keep it. nobody will think any less of you. (:

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 02:10

125. Al (unregistered)


Great review.

The signal issue -- dropping from 4G to 3G spontaneously -- can be seen on all of Verizon's 4G LTE phones including the Bionic according to reviews I have read which implies a network issue.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 18:37

127. RE (unregistered)


The battery life is still a factor with the bionic.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:24

139. bucky (Posts: 1558; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


everyone seems to be forgetting the wifi drop issue! It doesnt sound serious but honestly it is BY FAR the most annoying thing to happen on a phone!

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:05

142. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


a phone with "Signal strength issues" should never be getting a 9 out of 10. Im sorry but you guys were showing your verizon bias on this one.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:47

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


the iPhone 4 has the worst signal issues of them all and it got a 9. ;P

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 14:36

146. tkong (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


GottaBeMobile: "Motorola Dinara is rumored to be the successor to the recently released Motorola Droid Bionic."

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 20:20 2

148. Obankai (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


Motorola makes such ugly phones that they put ANDROID on the MAP. Come on guys... Lets be for real. The phone is dope and actually looks like something you can have for a business.

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 07:13

151. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)


anybody know if u can manually turn off 4g?

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 01:13

154. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


After saying I wouldn't buy it I did... hump in the back isn't so bad, but the phone has a cheap feeling to it with the all the plastic, the back cover has popped off 3 times so far, it has frozen once or twice, I can kill the battery in 6 hours, camera isn't all that much better than the droid x, so tomorrow is day 13 so back to the store we go and I will pay the 35 dollar re-stocking/ rental fee. No way is the phone worth 295.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:15

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


i just used my dad's Bionic for Hulu Plus and i had a "Mmmmm!" moment. best video playback experience you can get on a phone. ;)

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 22:37

169. 1seikor (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


Ugly is the last thing you want to call this phone when you have nothing else to say. Comments like those are very unhelpful and shallow to people looking for any meaningful feedback. Besides, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
On the issue of the battery I solved the problem by buying the Extended Battery which is on sale at Verizon for $25.00. It can easily take you through 12hrs and more with moderate and intermittent heavy use, including internet and photpgraphy. The camera is a disappointment but usable if you avoid the use of indoors flash where you have good ambient light. The flash changes the color of the your subject to greenish. The default setting of the camera overexposes pictures but you can cange this under camera settings. Pixelation of screen pictures do not translate to the real pictures when printed or uploaded on computer screen.The phone is not the best from the camera point of view (for people like me who love photography) but the rest of operation is among the best. My advice to Motorola is to take the camera part of their phones very seriously. People want their handset which is both a mini computer as well a descent camera. It saves them money and extra load for an added point and shoot as well as justfifying the incressing cost of smart phones. Apple and Samsung have understood this; why can't you do so Motorola!!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 16:33

173. hockeybud (unregistered)


Does anybody know how to send a text to multiple contacts without having to first group contacts?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:35

174. nothanks (unregistered)


I had this phone for 3 weeks and ended up returning it. It was great for about a week and half then the problems began.

Let me start by acknowledging that I may have had a lemon.

The very first trouble I had was when the phone did not get any data connection or send texts without any indication one day. The status bar up top showed the 4G icon so it took me until the afternoon to realize this. A reboot fixed this issue. Since then, on at least 2-3 occasions, the touch-screen would not respond or not turn on. I've had to pull the battery out twice. Then let me talk about the back button which annoyed me on several occasions, it just takes you back to whatever was on the screen before. For example, if I'm on the browser, then switch over to maps for a sec to find directions or a store, then switch back over to the browser, hitting the back button should go to the previous page. No, it'll take you back to your map (and there is no back on the orig browser). You'll eventually run into situations where this causes you to restart an app and lose progress.

Lemon or not, I'm not taking any chances when I can be stuck with it for the next 2 years. Also, DON'T BUY VERIZON AT RADIOSHACK!!! THEY GET HORRIBLE TRAINING, TAKES FOREVER, MISINFORMS YOU, THEN TRIES TO PUT IT ON YOU.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 22:04

175. apin77 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2008)


I bought the Bionic & returned it less than 24hrs. Granted that it was fast but the battery life lasted less 3/4 of a day.

I'm waiting for the Galaxy Nexus and will hope that it can hold a full days worth of charge.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:30

177. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


does anyone know what phones phoneareana rated a 10?

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