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Motorola DROID BIONIC - was it worth the wait

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Sep 2011, 07:23

The Motorola DROID BIONIC, announced on January 5, seemed like a smartphone that was too good to be true, with its ubiquitous spec sheet, which almost magically combined all that was considered trendy and cool at the time...

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posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:23 1

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I got tired of waiting. The EVO 3D caught my attention, and it was time to move to Sprint. LTE and WiMax are kind of a hit-or-miss proposition where I find myself traveling, so 3G coverage is more important at the moment. If the Bionic had been available as late as July, I would have remained on VZW. But delay after delay occurred and with other good options available elsewhere, it was time to move on.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:42 2

24. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

What is all the complaining out there about the phone not being released on time. Did you expect Motorola to do like HTC and release a failure of a phone like the Thunderbolt?...phone is already 5 months old and the Vigor is replacing it...The Bionic is an excellent phone.....beats The Charge, Revolution and Thunderbolt by far....I want even say iphone 5 because that phone is competing with feature phones in my book...if it's not graced with LTE, keep your iphone4--and wait another year..Let's see dual core, 1gb ram, LTE, front and rear camera, hdmi, 1080p recording, 32gb of memory, 4.3 qhd screen...What else can you put in a phone? I don't see quad core anytime soon---so these will be the specs for the coming months if not year with maybe a 4.5 screen as potential upgrades...Until LTE is blanketing America like 3G we will all suffer sub par battery life and with the phones packing high end specs like dual core and LTE and 4.3 and higher hd screens--don't expect much life from even a 1900 mah battery...DROID DOES

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:08 1

30. superguy (Posts: 299; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Sorry, that screen absolutely sucks. I've seen better screens on 2 year old phones than on this thing.

It's a good phone outside of that and the locked bootloader. I liked it a lot. i just can't get over the feeling that I'm looking thru a screen door on it.

Mine's going back today. Shame. I could have dealt with a locked bootloader (I'd still grumble about it) since it's rooted but I can't deal with that screen. Back it goes and I wait for either the Vigor or the Prime.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:30 2

32. Mother (unregistered)

The screen is a compromise, but to say it "sucks" is to not look at the benefits.

It hardly uses any battery at all, especially compared to my Droid X that I always kept at the lowest brightness to try and conserve battery. Also, I can view it in direct sunlight without messing with it at all, something I would struggle with on my X even on the highest brightness level.

The "screen door" effect seems to be noticeable sometimes, but really only when you're moving it or adjusting your view. Once you're refocused (at a reasonable distance, not 6" away) it disappears.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:34

33. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Did you see the screen before you bought it? This is why I wouldn't buy any phone without thoroughly toying with it in a VZW store first. PenTile LCD definitely detracts from the experience on the Bionic, X2 and D3. Especially if you're used to a crisp screen like the OG Droid, DInc, etc.

The Vigor looks to be VZW's take on the EVO 3D. After looking at its screen (and overall build quality), I say it'll be worth the wait. (If HTC can tackle the battery life that is.)

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:56 1

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

i went from a Droid 2 to a Droid 3 and the Pentile Matrix effect was just annoying for a day before i got used to it. if you decide on a certain trade off it may take more than a few minutes of play time with a demo to decide if it's worth what you decided to give up.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 15:03

54. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

It's definitely less noticeable on the D3 than the Bionic, but it still annoyed me. To my eyes, Pentile negates any advantages of qHD. And per PA, the RGBW display also affects viewing angles. So all that's left is the power consumption argument.

I keep harping on this point because I like Motorola and I wish they were above this kind of marketing ploy, claiming qHD when in their case it imparts no visible improvement.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 16:30

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

i have a Droid Bionic too and it is a little more noticable but you're just being rigid and inflexable. it's really just fine after a few days. i don't even get the point of viewing angles. seems like a review filler to me. chances are when i use my phone i'm going to be looking straight towards my face.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:00

68. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I agree on the viewing angles. That's something that's more relevant for a TV than a phone.

I'm sticking to my guns on the screen issue though, because unlike many posters here, I only buy one phone every 20 months. If I had the option to buy every few months, I wouldn't be so picky, but if I'm going to be stuck for that long, I want a phone that's powerful, future-proof, easy to use and easy on the eyes. I can't afford to compromise.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:47 1

26. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

So what are all peope saying about the SGS2? Are you still going to get it? It's been out forever now...So is is DOA?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:49 3

27. Mike V (unregistered)

The Galaxy S2 was announced BEFORE the Bionic, and STILL not released!

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:51 2

28. Mike V (unregistered)

Released In the US that is.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:06

29. David Lee (unregistered)

This phone is not perfect. This is a major problem with a nasty squeal coming when listening to audio over headphones / 3.5mm jack.


posted on 13 Sep 2011, 17:08

62. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:24 3

31. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

David Lee, nothing is perfect.....That's why a OTA fix (just like the Droid 3) is getting will be forthcoming...What has came out perfect...If I remember correctly the iphone4 was not perfect either--antennae in wrong place--needed that fancy sleeve around it. Thunderbolt--numerous OTA's because of reboots-not staying on 4G, etc. Samsung, LG, HTC, Apple, Motorola--all of them are not perfect...No one is....and to complain about a squeal coming from the headphone jacks in which most of us have not even used yet is miniscule with the problems the phones face in today's environment...Good job Motorola in doing your homework on this one!

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:14

38. David Lee (unregistered)

Mr. Droid, what if this is a hardware problem that can't be fixed with an OTA update? How will someone know within 14 days? What if you spend a lot of time using your headset? Would it be reasonable for that person to regard this problem as "miniscule"?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:04

47. Goku (unregistered)

go flog yourself!

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 17:10

63. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Agree 100%. No phone is perfect out the gate. Not the iPhone 4 and the GS2. The GS2 had a maintenance update to address battery life and a camera bug right after launch.

Look at the T Bolt. With all the issues it was having....after a few updates it seems to be a lil better.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:36 3

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

So... we'll see an article like this about the iPhone 5 when it comes out as just a minor upgrade over the 4, over three months past its usual launch date, right?

Yeah no.

I prefer Motorola discover a major problem with the phone, stop its release, fix the problem and make sure it's fixed, and THEN release it. Moto will be better served in the long run by the massive delay in the Bionic's release than by releasing a device with embarrassing battery life and other bugs. If I hadn't been forced into a last minute change in carriers, and if I could afford a 300 buck price tag, I would've gone with the Bionic. And even though I didn't, I still bought Motorola.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 17:47 3

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

I wonder if the PA fanboys will hold their precious Apple products feet to the same fire they did the Bionic?
Really very little innovation?
3G????? in a 4G world....nice
same old look.....basically haven't changed it much since the original iPhone?

you know these tards from PA will all get together in a circle for the unboxing and just sit there and stare at it quietly for an hour before even speaking.....

I got Ten bucks says that Roy S. (the article writer) owns an iPhone for a personal phone.......and he wrote this because he is angry that this phone is already well past the POS that he is waiting for (nice release date bungle there Apple)

come on Roy......everyone knows you are probably an egomaniac and read all the comments about you agenda driven article......reply to this and admit you are an Apple Fanboy and that had a lot to do with this article.....you have zero professional integrity if you don't

mad that this phone is already better than the iPhone 6 and maybe even 7.....when does Apple plan on putting 4G in?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:05 2

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

sure i was ANNOYED by the delays but was it worth waiting for a phone that even after 9 months of delays STILL came out as the best phone available on a U.S. carrier? ohhh noooo! i'm far too upset with Motorola for robbing me of my bragging rights for a few extra, precious months to get anything like that from them. i may never buy anything from those patient bastards Motorola again! lol jk, fan up or stfu. the Droid Bionic is a future-proof beast.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:15 3

39. droiderrific dude (unregistered)

lovin' this phone to the max..

though i aint gonna lie about the "improved" yet s**tty battery life..

this phone's overall performance and output is friggin awesome..

anyone wanting a dual core powerhouse along with LTE connectivity..
i recommend this phone to you..
wait, its the ONLY phone with such specs.

BOOM, go bionic, get one today.

Own the machines to rule all machines including apple iphones

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:22

40. davidg (unregistered)

I don't think the $300 price tag is worth it. I ordered an X2 which has the same display, it also has a dual core 1ghz and the same size camera. What's best is it only cost $59.99 from amazon. I just couldn't justify paying that much more just to have the latest and greatest.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:32 2

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

The Bionic does also have almost twice the RAM that the X2 does, which is a major plus. Also more internal memory and a bigger included memory card. As in, twice as many of both.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:31 1

51. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Hence his statement about the price tag. He chose to buy a lesser phone because he couldn't justify the cost of The Best. He's not saying the X2 is just as good, rather it was good enough for him.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:33

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

Fair enough. I was just pointing out that there was more value for the higher price than he was letting on.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:42 1

42. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

davidg--The same goes for EVERYTHING IN LIFE--not just phones...Can I justify paying $236K for a 2012 Ferrari? Probably not, since a $19K Honda Civic will get me there also....Its all in what you want to do and can afford with your money....

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:50 3

44. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

So many rookies in this forum who don't know the facts--who want to talk about a $300 phone...and ridicule about not worth the wait..OK the iphone4 for example, no lte, 32gb storage, RAM--not mentioned, no flash, single core, 3.7 inch screen, 1.5 year's old, 5 mp camera, and is still costing $299.00...

Bionic-Gorilla Glass, LTE, dual core, 1gb ram, front-rear camera, 8 mp camera-rear, 1735 mah battery, 32 gb storage internal and sd card, lightweight, 4.3 qhd screen...and $299.00

Do the math---unless you are completely biased or just want to complain about something....

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:17

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

A couple of points: the iPhone also has Gorilla Glass-the problem is that almost the entire outer shell of it is made of the stuff. I don't care how strong glass is, you can't make an entire phone out of it and expect it to be as durable. Also, the screen is 3.5 inches, and if you dig you can find its RAM-which is 512 mb.

Your overall point still stands strong though. I approve this message. :)

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 16:01 1

58. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Those are all just numbers.

I've used both and still prefer an iPhone 4. The numbers (specs) for the iPhone aren't the best, but everything is optimized for it. The OS is optimized for it. The screen, although it's smaller, Retina Display is incredible. Pixel density > Screen Size. The pictures on the 5MP camera look better anyways.

Ugh, not too mention all that bloatware.... And don't say "Oh I can just root it." Because, I could say, "Oh I could just jailbreak it."

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