Motorola DROID BIONIC ReviewMotorola DROID BIONIC 9
Taking the cake for being the very first 4G LTE smartphone to be equipped with a dual-core processor, the Motorola DROID BIONIC operates at a fanatical pace – though, dual-core processors are nothing new nowadays. Nonetheless, the 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM, enables the DROID BIONIC to accomplish most takes with minimum effort. From navigating across its homescreen to running apps, there’s very little pause or instances of detrimental lag for this peppy handset. And even though its scores are not off the charts with some benchmarking apps, we’re glad to see the handset running effectively with relatively smooth movement in execution.
Needless to say, it would’ve been one thing if the DROID BIONIC were the first to flaunt the latest customized MOTOBLUR (or whatever they want to call it) skin, but the DROID 3 managed to beat it to the punch – thus, it lacks that profound impact. Yet, it’s one beautiful interface running on top of Android 2.3.4 since it’s filled to the brim with some fancy looking 3D effects and transitions to keep your eyes content. Additionally, most of the Motorola inspired widgets available on the handset are resizable to any size – and their layouts automatically change to accommodate the new arrangement. Getting some love as well, the app panel might retain the usual grid-like layout with apps, but the 3D effect as you’re moving between panels shows the kind of attention to detail that Motorola places with the entire experience.
If you’re big on the social networking stuff, you’ll take pleasure with the deep integration that the interface has to offer. In fact, the Social Networking app manages to aggregate social networking content in a single place – and it offers these nice looking 3D window panels as you’re looking through posts. But instead of running the app, you can still get your quick fix by using the available social networking widgets on the homescreen.
Essentially, the contacts app retains the fundamental elements we come to expect – like synchronization with our Google account. Besides that, we also find social networking integration that allows us to check out profiles, ‘poke’ friends, and view their most recent tweets. Of course, the listing can become somewhat disorganized looking after adding all of your accounts, but it’s nice to see some filters in place to make it easier to view. And oh yeah, you can always resort to clicking the magnifier icon to search for specific contacts – as opposed to scrolling through a never-ending list.
Not surprisingly, there’s nothing new with any of the core organizer apps since they provide all the logical and traditional set of features we come to expect out of any Android smartphone. So whether you’re using the calculator, calendar, alarm, or timer, there’s absolutely nothing different about them in any way. Still, it’s nice being able to sync calendars from multiple accounts as well – plus, they’re color coded for better organization.
With so much real estate to play around with, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is one handset that’s adept to dishing out a quick text message of some sort. Using either the multi-touch or Swype keyboards, we’re able to compose lengthy messages effortlessly with little mess-ups thanks to its spacious layout and lightning fast response. However, we’re careful with our rate of input when using the portrait option since buttons are placed closer to one another.
Aside from the fact that scrolling is kept at a minimum with the Gmail experience on the handset, there’s nothing else beneficial that we can find about it. Luckily, the setup process is unchanged with its user-friendly approach by requiring only our email addresses and passwords for automatic setup with most generic accounts. In some instances though, it might ask for additional pieces of information, like server addresses and ports, to set up properly.