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Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

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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.

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Camera interface - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

Camera interface

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Camcorder - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camcorder - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Camcorder - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

Camcorder


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.

Outdoor samples - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

Outdoor samples


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Medium light

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Indoor pictures


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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



Multimedia:

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.

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Music player - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Music player - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

Music player


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.

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Video playback


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.

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Internet browser - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Internet browser - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
Internet browser - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

Internet browser



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.


Software:

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Google Maps

Market

Granted that it’s a consumer end device, enterprise users will especially take a liking for the handset since it features apps that are more attuned to their needs – such as Citrix, GoToMeeting, MOTOPRINT, and Quickoffice. As expected, Verizon’s presence is felt with apps like My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Media Manager, V CAST Music, V CAST Tones, Verizon Video, and VZ Navigator. Adding to its extensive list already, other third party apps preloaded include Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, City ID, DLNA, Lets Golf 2, NFL Mobile, Slacker, VideoSurf, and ZumoCast. With the latter, it’s especially more important since it offers the functionality of retrieving files stored on your home computer. Essentially, ZumoCast is a remote file sharing service that allows you to access things like music, photos, videos, and other productivity files that are on your internet connected PC.

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posted on 10 Sep 2011, 04:54 21

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


This got to be one of the ugliest phones i've ever seen.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 05:08 11

2. nuadar (unregistered)


yeah true...its really ugly looking device

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 05:30 12

4. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


but powerful

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:52 7

63. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


And bloaty.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:07 4

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


oh you didn't hear? it was rooted as of like a week ago. no bloat if you don't want it. xD

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 01:42 5

135. Mark_Washington (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


A long time smart phone buyer (anyone remember the Samsung i730?), I am still waiting for the perfect phone. I upgraded from the HTC Incredible but I also have an AT&T iPhone 4 (employer-provided), so I have the best of both worlds. The phone is upstairs on the charger as I write this, but here are my impressions after a day of use:

- handset feels lightweight and wide compared to my other phones. It seems to be of good quality, but not as solid as the iPhone. I tend to prefer metal phones and don't mind the added weight, so I'm probably in the minority here. Nice soft-touch back makes the grip feel solid.

- Very responsive, smooth interface. Few lags even when jumping between applications while downloading and updating marketplace apps. No cons here.

- Screen is a mixed bag. I can see it in the daylight which is better than any smart phone that I've used. The downside is that it has a very digital feel to it - almost like you're viewing it through a window screen, if you can picture that. It's not natural looking like the iPhone 4 and it isn't even as nice as my HTC Incredible, but it didn't bother me after the initial impression wore off. This will definitely be an issue for some people, so make sure you try before you buy.

- ZumoCast is AWESOME! I don't know if I *need* the ability to open files on my phone that are residing on my Windows laptop, but it sure was fun to play an mp4 on my phone that I didn't have to transfer first. Audio and video weren't a perfect match, but they were close enough. I have more trouble trying to do the same thing with my iPad and iTunes (using this same laptop), so this is nothing short of amazing in my opinion.

- Photo quality is not good - no better than my nearly 2 year old HTC Incredible. I wasn't expecting a high-end, point-and-shoot quality camera, but this was still a disappointment. The iPhone camera is significantly better. Video is pretty decent, though. I haven't transferred one to a PC yet, but on the phone it looks great. I'll take good quality videos over pictures in this instance, but I wish I didn't have to.

That about sums it up. The Bionic is a good quality phone, a definite step up from the HTC Incredible, and it does a great job of running my favorite mobile OS. I suspect there will be better phones on the market in the next couple of months (rumor of a Verizon Nexus phone), but if you are in the market now, you want an Android phone, and you are a Verizon customer, then I think this is your best bet.

And lastly, if you will buy this Droid Bionic I suggest for best buy at -->www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005IQOFW0/phonearena.com-offer-20

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:18 1

145. Soulmanager11 (Posts: 26; Member since: 04 May 2011)


Thanks for your info.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:19

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


all that time writing and three thumbs up.... if your looking for a job on phone arena, I wouldn't hold your breath.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 07:05 7

8. thtank (unregistered)


I've used this phone. It does look kind of odd in pictures. but when I used it myself it was the opposite. Very nice phone actually. there are definitely more ugly phones out there though

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:42 6

18. Derick (unregistered)


I have this phone. It is far from ugly.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 13:07 3

43. KMS0694 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I've seen and held it at the Verizon store. IT's actually a very slick phone it feels really nice and aside from the thing at the bottom looks very nice. Does look weird in pictures though I'll agree with thtank on that.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 13:27 6

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


I agree Motorola makes very ugly phones. This one is just the norm for them.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 18:59 2

74. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


fits right in with the rest of the android lineup.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 14:03 5

126. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


This would come from someone that owns a style-less phone. O' look the dimensions change by a fraction of a centimeter. Let me go buy the iPhone 4 1/2

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 18:18 2

149. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)


Go ahead if you want to waste your money on a phone that hasnt changed with the time.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 20:44 1

130. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Aaww...look at the 3 Stooges....always good for a laugh.

Which one is Curly?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:11 11

86. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


YOUZE need to clean up your ENGLISH...lol....wow, Steve Jobs must pay this clown to bash any ANDROID phone.....

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:08 7

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


It is ugly, but being rude is not nice Miz. Here is a advise. You can talk about the iphone being better than Android, but don't be rude about it. That way people will like you better.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:49 9

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


What was that about you never coming onto Android articles and talking smack, because you're not interested in them...?

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 13:39 3

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


I'm not saying anything bad about android and I'm not talking smack. I think Motorola makes ugly looking phones. I think HTC and Samsung makes good looking android phones.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 15:19 3

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


You talked plenty of smack about me on the other pages though. You're a lying sack of s**t.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 15:56 1

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


I tell the truth about you which is that you're a pompous hypocrite and an androne.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 17:27 3

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


You tell people your opinion of me, even though I routinely smack you down with facts. You've been caught red handed as a liar, Taco. You're not worming your way out of this.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 18:25 2

150. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)


The may make nice looking phones , however HTC is notorius for having poor battery life especially the thunderbolt, and the samsungs extended batteries which with a 4g phone is an absolute must are as big as bricks. Which to me ruins the look of the phone. So what good is a nice looking phone that you need to spend so much time charging, and or cant buy a case for because its so darn thick.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 22:56 2

132. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


No idea why you have so many thumbs down, you're just voicing your opinion. I also believe Motorola makes unattractive phones, no offense to anyone who thinks otherwise. I personally think the original Palm Pre, the Nexus One and the iPhone 5 are the three most attractive phone models to this day.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 14:19 2

165. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)


IPHONE 5? DO U KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT? THIS PHONE IN MY OPINION IS NOT UGLY AT ALL. IT LOOKS LIKE A POWER HOUSE. ITS ALL THE BEST PHONE THERE IS TO DATE. DONT KNOW WHAY PA TRIED GIVING IT A BAD REP. I MEAN PUTTING THAT IT LOOKS UGLY AND LATE LAUNCH AS CONS IS RIDICULOUS. THERE ARE ALSO NO PROBLEMS WITH THE VIEWING ANGLES. THIS SITE IS BOGUS. ALL THE PICTURES OF THE BIONIC ON THIS REVIEW LOOK NOTHING LIKE THE PHONE.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 19:41 3

76. GH (unregistered)


Certainly it's not the most appealing phone out there but isn't ugly. It looks tough, it was thought for guys.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 00:28 6

91. Mark_Washington (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Well to start it off i went to verizon the morning of phone release about 10 min. before they opened and to my surprise there was only one other car waiting. They unlocked the doors and i was the first in followed by only 2 other people. Got the phone and ran home to charge and play with my new investment. My first impression was a nice solid built phone with nothing special on the outside but little did i know the wow inside.

The phone is FAST! Pulls up apps quick and of course 4g LTE is no joke. Very very fast. The screen resolution doesnt look any different than the past droids and the camera only has a single light for flash but honestly i don't care. All i want is a solid well built phone and thats exactly what i have. A true winner in quality and reliability. One thing that sux is the "bloat ware" on this thing. Way too much without the option to erase is stupid.

You'll have to root it and that voids the warranty. I do though like a few apps that come with it. Like the Motoprint is awesome. Does a great job of syncing with my wireless printer. Havent printed yet but looks like it will be good. Also like the files app, Task app(which helps me keep up with all my daily running around), Video surf(which i really like. just point it at the tv and it uploads, recognizes the show. you can pick a picture from the clip and post a comment about it on twitter or facebook. I like it), slacker radio(just like pandora), voice command and zumocast. Since we're on apps PDAnet and fildo i recommend.

Google fildo and download from the internet. All in all a great under rated long over due phone that im glad i have. Im sure that in the coming months there will be pretty flashy phones with one or two main selling points but will be crap in the overall picture. I think its solid and will last through til my next contract. Almost forgot to comment on battery life. It is great. After i charged it i played with it all day and was only at 60% when i went to bed.

Thats awesome compared to the HTC turdbolt and the Samsung discharge. Heck its almost better than any smartphone that i've ever had. Oh and i love how it conjoins all the social network sites into one messaging center. Very smooth merger. Just buy it!

P.S. I bought this Droid Bionic at amazon it's best deal for now, then if you will buy this smartphone I suggest at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005IQOFW0/phonearena.com-offer-20

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 06:52 2

103. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You can root and unroot your phone and still do a warranty on it....

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 06:54

104. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I just read your P.S. section - it makes me think you are lying when I read the phrase 'I bought this Droid Bionic at Amazon....."

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Motorola DROID BIONIC

Motorola DROID BIONIC

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4 2.3.4
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size5.02 x 2.63 x 0.43 inches
(127.5 x 66.9 x 10.9 mm)
5.60 oz  (159 g)
Battery1735 mAh, 10.83 hours talk time

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