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Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

0. phoneArena posted on 10 Sep 2011, 04:40

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.

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posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:21

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

didn't you already write a similar report just the other day... I wish I had your spare time...

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:15 4

140. BillyO (unregistered)

Do you know what happens when you make a pretty phone.

Apple sues you.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 05:26 11

3. bionic (unregistered)

Who cares if its ugly. As long as the phone can perform well and have a powerfully battery,then that's all it matters.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 07:50 5

12. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

or you could have both with an iPhone

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:19 10

28. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

You mean the dual-core one that doesn't exist yet?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:44 3

36. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

It performs well without one.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:11 8

38. CostcoHotDogs (unregistered)

with low standards... sure

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:12 1

59. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

There is zero lag on my iphone and it can perform every task i want it to. There cant be an improvment over that. Specs will only get you so far software is way more important.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 22:12

123. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

There is zero lag because the iphone does not do true multitask. Task swapping is slooow because it always has to restart each app. A feature-poor phone like the iphone or a BB Curve will always appear fast - and sow will a Razr.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:22 1

67. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no he means bloated and ugly i think

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 06:03 3

5. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

This is a Droid X2 with the software of the Droid 3 and the features and battery of the Atrix 4G. It's funny how everyone's been waiting for this one yet totally ignoring the Photon 4G with a superior screen, superior processor and better looks. If it weren't for LTE I'd get the Photon. It's not a bad phone but it ain't exactly revolutionary either. It is still the best on Verizon so if your on verizon there's no reason not to pick it up. If your on Sprint get the Photon or EVO 3D, if you're on AT&T get the Thrill 4G. You could all of course wait for the GalaxySll. I've used it and its screen totally makes up for all its shortcomings, even Touchwiz. So there you have it, the Bionic, its a great phone, nothing revolutionary but still a great all-rounder. Used one today and it was very snappy with few downsides.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:05 2

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

the Droid Bionic is in every way superior to the Photon. what makes you say it's not? if you look at it that way the Thunderbolt is an EVO 4G with the software of a Desire HD, didn't make it any less popular. i think you guys are so disappointed that after all this time of waiting this phone didn't come and deliver you all to Heaven like you wanted it to but in reality a lot of phones have delays like the Bionic had but we hardly ever know about them. the only thing that went wrong here is that we were teased with the phone and it's capabilities back at CES but this phone is different than the inferior (although arguably better looking) Etna version that was at CES in nearly every way. it's a new phone and if this phone was just rumored like 3-4 months ago you'd all be more excited about it because the excitement about it wouldn't have lingered on your tongues for so long and eventually wear off. this is the most powerful phone in the nation until the Galaxy S II comes out but it's the only one for like a month or maybe longer that will be and even they still won't have LTE so what? is that really just not good enough or are your feelings just all hurt?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 15:16 3

60. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Amazing post your are so right. The gs2 doesnt have lte and the bionic proccessor is still plenty fast. Plus motoblur>touchwiz.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:03 2

133. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Superior in every way to the Photon?
*Cough* KICKSTAND *Cough*... =)

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 02:06

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

a kickstand? that's for cheap, lazy people, just get a damn dock for the phone and that'll be that besides i noticed on most people's review units that the chrome on it is easily scratched. cheap, chrome accents = BAD!

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 06:22

137. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

I'm sorry but it appears that your beloved Quadrant and Smartbench 2011 disagree that the Bionic is more powerful than the Photon 4G. They have slightly different UI's and both are solidly built. After using both I just think the Photon looks better and its screen is a little more vivid with slightly better viewing angles

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:43

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

what are you talking about? after doing three tests like you're supposed to in sequence i get 2800 Quadrant scores on my Bionic. the UI is better on the Bionic, the Bionic is a sturdier phone and they both have the exact same screen smart one.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:31 1

68. Atrix 4g (unregistered)

Hmm The Atrix has a way better battery life, in fact this phone should have had a battery life just like the Atrix 4g ( i have one and the battery life is beyond any other phone out there) even better, noting that its an LTe phone which likes to suck on battery like a sugary treat. Its true its not revolutionary, that it might not be a mountain slide better than the atrix or photon since it has been delayed for so long, but its a beast none the less.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:11

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

LTE is a good 2 to 3 times faster than HSPA+ on AT&T so it does kill the Atrix pretty gruesomely but luckily for AT&T they really got on the ball with their LTE network making that their second "4G" network. that's quite commendable.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 06:16 3

6. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)

This review oozes off biased scents! So many cons and you gave it a 9 PA? You have gotta be kidding me!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:44 3

19. Derick (unregistered)

The phone is a 9. This is a solid phone. If it gets an update to ice cream sandwich even better.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:06 1

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

it'll be one of the first ones being that it has the OMAP4 processor that ICS comes out of the gate supporting.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 06:52 6

7. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

GSII best phone of 2011

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 07:10 3

9. lemenade (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

I am waiting for the nexus prime before i make that claim.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 07:18 4

10. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

um no.....

Galaxy PRIME


HTC Vigor

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:46 3

25. gtrxman (unregistered)

How can you say the GSII is the best phone of 2011? Reviewers like it because of the nice screen and fast processor. But it still has the God awful Samsung Touch Wiz crap. So what if it has a 1.2ghz processor. The only thing that's worth is bragging rights on Quadrant scores. Put two similar phones together with equal RAM, one a 1 ghz and one at 1.2 ghz and you'd be hard pressed to notice any difference. GS II fails at the most basic of functions - it doesn't have a notification LED! Why can't a smartphone tell me when I've missed a call, text or email?

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:12

27. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

The simplest thing you could do about that is push the lock button. The Galaxy SII might not seem too valuable now, but once software comes to utilize its potential, other dual cores will be left in the dust

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 19:55

129. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

So I should constantly press a button on my phone to check for em, calls, texts.....

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:14 1

39. CostcoHotDogs (unregistered)

umm sprints version has it... anything else

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 19:54

128. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Noted that Sprint has it, but all the rest don't and why must I go to a second tier carrier (not knocking Sprint, but they simply do not have the coverage of VZW or ATT) just to get an LED?

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