Motorola DROID BIONIC ReviewMotorola DROID BIONIC 9
Since it’s running the same customized MOTOBLUR experience found on the DROID 3, the layout of the camera interface isn’t particularly new . Dominating most of the interface, we get a good view on what we’re shooting with the viewfinder, but we find the usual suspect of icons littered on its side – like the on-screen shutter key, digital zoom controls, and video mode toggle. Furthermore, there’s an accessible sliding bar that holds additional icons that allow us to change shooting modes, choose different effects, and get into its settings. Compared to others, it’s lacking on some manual controls that are near and dear to photo enthusiast out there.
Thankfully, image quality with its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera is significantly better than what we saw with the DROID 3, but it’s still lagging behind the DROID X2. As a whole, images are average looking at best as it’s able to capture so-so details and natural colors – albeit, images sometimes appear over-exposed in tone, which results in the production of washed out colors. In contrast, images captured indoors with minimal lighting are less pleasing due to their grainy looking details and bland colors. Using the LED flash, it’s more than equipped to light up the scenery, but we run into the frustrating issue of it being totally useless in complete darkness due to its inability to focus correctly prior to taking the shot. All in all, the results aren’t great, but they’re more than sufficient to capture the moment.
Conversely, we’re very impressed with the DROID BIONIC’s 1080p high-definition video recording quality as it’s able to provide some better than average visuals. In fact, details are marginally improved and they’re supplemented by the handset’s smooth capture of 29 frames per second and clear audio recording. Additionally, it’s worth noting that it offers continuous auto-focus to keep whatever you’re shooting in front of the camera sharp looking at all times – plus, you get that neat blurring effect with the background while recording things up-close and personal.
Motorola DROID BIONIC Sample Video
Motorola DROID BIONIC Indoor Sample Video
Utilizing the same music player interface featured on other recent Motorola smartphones, it has a conventional approach with its presentation as songs are being played – displaying such things as the album cover and on-screen controls. However, we do like the nifty looking 3D carousel gallery available when we’re browsing through songs in landscape. Capping things off, audio quality is extremely prominent with its powerful and rich tones – and it doesn’t crackle at the loudest volume setting. Additionally, there are a variety of equalizer settings to choose from for both the internal speaker and 3.5mm headset to adapt properly to specific genres of music.
When it comes to watching videos, there’s nothing that the DROID BIONIC can’t tackle thanks to its brilliant display and mighty dual-core processor. Playing a movie trailer encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, the handset doesn’t skip a beat with its playback as we’re presented with smooth visuals, rich details, and a sizable screen to enjoy the entire experience.
As we mentioned already, we truly adore the fact that we’re easily able to get a mirrored experience by connecting the handset to an HDTV via its microHDMI port. However, even better is the fact that it supports Motorola’s unique Webtop experience that’s enabled by using the optional lapdock, HD Station dock, or attachable adapter. Of course, you’ll need to shell out additional moolah to experience them, but it’s nice that it emulates the PC experience with its full Mozilla Firefox web browser. Without question, we would’ve been blown away by all of this if it weren’t for the fact that the Motorola ATRIX 4G introduced us to it way back earlier in the year.
In terms of storage, the Motorola DROID BIONIC packs 16GB of onboard memory, which is broken down to 8GB for apps and the other 8GB for storage. On top of that, the handset is preloaded with a 16GB microSD card as well – making it more than plentiful. Nonetheless, you can replace it with cards up to 32GB in capacity if you truly need more room.
Internet and Connectivity:
We’ve seen an arsenal of venerable hardware so far on board with the DROID BIONIC, but it’s none other than its 4G LTE connectivity that’s able to differentiate it from most things. Not surprisingly, data speeds are wickedly fast with this one as we’re able to achieve speeds of 22.11Mbits/s down and 10.54Mbits/s up. Solidifying the entire show, the actual web browsing experience is downright awesome as it’s able to quickly load complex web pages and offer tight navigational controls – albeit, there’s just a tiny bit of stall with pinch zooming. So yeah, this handset is meant to deliver a resounding web browsing experience that’s faithful to what we find with most desktop browsers.
Considering that Motorola threw in nearly everything except for the kitchen sink with the handset, it would’ve been astounding if it were a global device. Alas, this CDMA/EVDO only device will work domestically on Big Red’s network, but it’s obviously great to find 4G LTE connectivity in on the ride as well. Also, it features other connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Rounding things out, the handset is mobile hotspot-capable to share its fast 4G speeds with other Wi-Fi devices. In our testing however, we notice that its output is rather on the weak side.
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