Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
We’ve heard the good old saying that timing makes all of the difference with things, but in the case of the Motorola DROID BIONIC, its journey has transcended most others namely due to the constant uncertainty surrounding it. Come to think about it, we managed to grasp the handset way back in January during CES 2011 – and now it has taken nearly 8 months to materialize in the flesh. On top of that, it’s now the fourth 4G LTE smartphone with Big Red, which might not seem as profound as if it were launched much sooner, but it’s able to differentiate itself for being the first 4G LTE smartphone to pack a dual-core processor.
Already, the stigma attached to Verizon’s 4G LTE smartphones is that they’re chunky, unwieldy, and pack vociferous appetites for battery life. Well folks, 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. But at $299.99, it’s still one pricey investment that will make some people reconsider – let’s see if it’s worth it!
Motorola DROID BIONIC
Getting Started Guide
Product Safety & Warranty Information
Having received a significant redesign from the one we first saw at CES, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is still a nice looking phone – and that’s all we can say about the device. It’s not great nor overly compelling like the original Motorola DROID X, but rather, it stands out amongst the 4G LTE pack for its lightweight (5.6 oz) feel and attempt to be streamlined at (0.43” thick) its thinnest point. However, as much as Motorola wants to tout its thinner design, it actually bulges towards the top where the camera’s sensors are placed – much like what we see on the DROID X. Nevertheless, it feels solid all-around thanks to its tough plastic exterior, beveled contours, soft touch rear cover, and metallic looking paint job.
By now, it might not have the same effect as before, but that doesn’t stop the DROID BIONIC’s 4.3” qHD (540 x 960) display with Gorilla Glass to be one of its standouts. Again, it’s not something new to the table since we’ve seen it done by the DROID X2. Obviously, we’re mesmerized by its brilliant and detailed output, which is further supplemented by its radiant color production. However, it suffers from the same poor viewing angle issue plaguing the DROID 3. Specifically, tilting the phone just a bit away from a straight 90-degree angle results in colors fading tremendously.
Sitting beneath the display are the usual cast of capacitive Android buttons that are less prone to accidental pressing since they’re positioned far enough from the edge of the handset. Meanwhile, a front-facing VGA camera sits directly above the display, which makes good use of Google Talk’s video chat feature since it’s an Android 2.3.4 device.
Unfortunately, we’re not fans of the handset’s volume rocker and dedicated power button since they’re narrow and difficult to make out with our finger. Even worse, the straight edge that the power button is sitting on makes it even more frustratingly difficult to activate the button.
In addition to its microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack, the microHDMI port of the DROID BIONIC offers deep Webtop integration with some of Motorola’s optional accessories for the handset. Still, connecting it to an HD television will get you the usual mirrored experience that we find ever so useful.
Besides all of the brandings plastered on its back, we find its speakerphone notch, directional microphones, and 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash. Removing the all soft touch back cover, we are greeted to its beefy 1,735 mAh battery, which is the largest one to grace an LTE smartphone thus far. Moreover, we find the 4G LTE SIM card and microSD card slots tucked on top of one another.