Interface:

Even though all four of these smartphones are running Android (Gingerbread on the DROID BIONIC and Froyo on the rest), the user interface varies between them. By far the easiest and most customizable is the HTC ThunderBolt with its Sense UI. Not only does it provide a large selection of widgets, it allows for different scenes and skins, which the other devices do not.

The Motorola DROID BONIC is our second favorite with its updated MOTOBLUR interface that has some eye pleasing 3D effects and nice selection of widgets, though we wish that it came with 7 homescreens instead of only 5. The Samsung Droid Charge with its TouchWiz 3.0 interface is close, again with some very nice widgets. Not far behind is the LG Revolution with its Optimus UI 2.0, but its user interface isn’t as polished as the rest, and it doesn’t offer as many widgets.

[img full [[97205:"Lock screen",97206,97208:"Homescreen",97212:"Applications list"]:"The MOTOBLUR interface of the DROID BIONIC"] /]
[img full [[87323,87326,87329,87334]:"The Sense UI running on the HTC ThunderBolt"] /]
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge


The Optimus UI 2.0 of the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
The Optimus UI 2.0 of the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
The Optimus UI 2.0 of the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
The Optimus UI 2.0 of the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

The Optimus UI 2.0 of the LG Revolution



Internet and Data:

Since the WebKit browser is used by all of these smartphones, they display web pages nearly identical to one another and have similar features, such as pinch-to-zoom and Adobe Flash support. What we were most interested in finding out was if there were any differences in their web page load times and data speeds, as all four of these smartphones are using Verizon’s 4G LTE network, but have different processors and amounts of RAM.

Both the Motorola DROID BIONIC and HTC ThunderBolt were equally fast at loading our PhoneArena.com web site in 25 seconds on the first attempt and 20 seconds on the reload. The LG Revolution was only slightly behind, taking 27 to load on the first attempt and 20 seconds on the reload, while the Samsung Droid Charge took a little longer at 30 seconds on the first attempt and also 30 seconds on the reload. All of these are faster than a Verizon 3G device, such as the Motorola DROID X, which would take nearly a minute to load the web site.

Internet browser of the Motorola DROID BIONIC - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Internet browser of the Motorola DROID BIONIC - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Internet browser of the Motorola DROID BIONIC - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Internet browser of the Motorola DROID BIONIC - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

Internet browser of the Motorola DROID BIONIC


Android browser on the HTC ThunderBolt - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Android browser on the HTC ThunderBolt - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Android browser on the HTC ThunderBolt - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Android browser on the HTC ThunderBolt - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

Surfing the web with the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Surfing the web with the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Surfing the web with the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Surfing the web with the Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

Surfing the web with the Samsung Droid Charge


Web browsing with the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Web browsing with the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Web browsing with the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution
Web browsing with the LG Revolution - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

Web browsing with the LG Revolution


We also ran the SpeedTest.net app on each device and had it connect to two local servers. The Motorola DROID BIONIC was the fastest with download speeds of 9-10 Mbps (but did hit as high as 12 Mbps), and uploads speeds were 5-6 Mbps. The HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge were not far behind, as both had download speeds of 7-8 Mbps, but uploads were only 2-3 Mbps. The LG Revolution showed download speeds between 5-6 Mbps, but uploads were an amazing 10 Mbps (which makes us think there might be a bug with the testing app and the Revolution).

SpeedTest.net appleft to right - Motorola DROID BIONIC, HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Droid Charge - Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution

SpeedTest.net app
left to right - Motorola DROID BIONIC, HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Droid Charge


We should also point out all four of these smartphones from time-to-time would occasionally drop from 4G to 3G (but we made sure it didn’t happen during our testing). What was interesting is that it would only last for a few minutes (at the most) and would return back to 4G, except that the Samsung Droid Charge would stay fixed on 3G and required us to turn the Airplane mode on and off so that it would go back to 4G.

Based upon our usage, we believe that the Motorola DROID BIONIC is the leader here, as it had the fastest downloads in the SpeedTest app, and was also very quick at loading web pages. Close behind is the HTC ThunderBolt, as it loaded web sites in the same amount of time as the DROID BIONIC, but its SpeedTest results were slightly slower. The LG Revolution comes in next with a slower SpeedTest results and web page loads, leaving the Samsung Droid Charge in last place, as it took the longest at loading our web page, and also seems to get stuck in 3G mode at times.

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62 Comments

1. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The COLD facts! But I'm not surprised at the results. The Bionic is the BEST phone out to date on any carrier BY FAR---Lightweight, qhd display with Gorilla glass, LTE, Dual core, 32gb internal/external storage, 1gb ram, 1735 mah battery--what else can you ask for...

3. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Luls. This phone doesn't come close to the sgs2. Its on par maybe, with sensation which id still take over the bionic.

9. ducky unregistered

bucky, I'd like to see the load times for an SGS2. While the processor is faster it can't compare to Verizon LTE network. I get between 17Mbps - 20mbps download. I'm sorry but the SGS2 is not in the same league. If you live in an LTE area you would be a fool not to take advantage of the technology. If SGS2 came out on verizon LTE network then it would be a different tale.

27. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

My father has a droid charge and we get roughly 14mbps on our area on LTE. My Girlfriend has an Incredible S on bell in canada and she can easily get 10mbps+ It may not be faster but i much rather have a great phone with pretty good internet than a brick. That being said hopefully by the time vigor and prime come out they will have improved on the 3 hour battery life.

46. @kellogg unregistered

well if you're gonna compare phones that are available in Canada you might as well jump over the pond and refer to phones overseas that kill most of the phones we have now. You can't compare apples to oranges. Oh crap, I hope I don't get sued now for using the term apple in my rant.

62. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

Whats the point of even 5Mbps when the phones right now aren't fast enough for that to really matter besides downloading large files. I highly doubt you would be downloading too many large files for it to even matter, besides its not like you could with the data caps on VZW.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I would say the best phone on Verizon. Not any carrier. The GS2 is nice...

2. bionic bests out irrelevant ph unregistered

A GS2.

4. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

The Charge should come in second. The Charge has a better screen, longer battery life, and better call quality is more important than the UI preference and backing preference.

73. juicy unregistered

The Charge battery life is horrible if you receive notifications and are on it regularly. My Charge barely lasts 4hrs without needing to charge. Everything else is outstanding, but disappointed with battery life. My VZW store manager is outstanding and is going to work with me on some alternative options if not switch out to the a different phone.

5. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Y all are all talking about the GS2 and it's not even available yet.. always putting the cart before the horse....GS2 want even have a notification LED as ALL of Sammy's products.....will be made out of that cheap plastic---Droid Charge to include the whole Galaxy S series--Fascinate--already discontinued on VW--in which they opt not to even sell the GS2..

31. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I think they are scrapping the release of their GS2 model as a temporary fix to the Apple v, Sammy lawsuits.

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Sorry--even after 6 Thunderbolts---The Charge still does not come in second to me....2nd place is right for the Thunderbolt--after numerous OTA and Gingerbread on the horizon--its justified in 2nd place--3rd place is the right fitting for the Charge out of 4...

23. afasfsafas unregistered

the Charge is going to receive GB soon. We received the final GB leak(EP1W) a week or two ago which means the official OTA is(at most) a month or so away.

7. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm not surprised the Thunderbolt could hold it's own against the Bionic in the Browser test despite being so out-classed in terms of power, the HTC browser still performs better than the stock browser the Bionic uses however i am surprised the Revolution was coaxed out of a 2100 Quadrant score, not bad, not bad at all, however that's still just one core.

32. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

It was my understanding that the Bionic uses a Firefox browser not the stock browser, am I mistaken?

34. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you CAN download the Firefox browser from the market but it comes out of the box stock.

8. B unregistered

Great review! Comparing the four top phones on VZW, one of which being 6 months old and still comes in second?! I love my tbolt, would obviously like a Bionic since it's dual core and all that, but glad it can still compare to the bionic in more ways than one. Charge is in it's rightful place of third... always drops calls when I call it.

10. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

i work for verizon and i have to say that all these phones are awesome (aside from the LG) and the charge feels really cheap without having an otterbox or something over it but the Bionic is the true king of them for the next month or so til the Prime comes out (cant wait to hold the dummy model lol)

71. Mike unregistered

The Prime? No card slot? Only 800x300 display? Only 3.7 Screen? Only 720p Video? Gah, sounds like a major downgrade from the bionic. It looks like it does have a radio though, for people who dont know how to stream.

76. drewdroid74

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Mike - you must not be apprised of the Prime specs, or thinking of another phone? The "Droid Prime" or "Samsung Prime" or "Nexus Prime" is expected to have a 1280×720 HD resolution and 4.6-inch display size, 32o dpi. It also has a 8mp camera and and a 2/3 mp front facing camera. Toss in the 1.5 dual core processor, and Ice Cream Sandwich and there is no phone on the planet that has the same specs.

11. t bolt unregistered

Would like to.see another battle between the bionic and the t bolt when it gets gingerbread

12. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The Thunderbolt can get Icecream and still want beat the Bionic--hence 1gb ram versus 768 mb of ram, 1 ghz single core, versus 1ghz dual core....

13. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Not shocked at the results. But this is like the xbox 360 coming out before the PS3. Right now it's tops, but in a few months It will likely fall behind the Droid Prime. and maybe the other devices coming out. I haven't gotten the device yet just cause of the Prime and others being about 2 months out, rather hold out right now.

14. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I enjoyed the review. You guys cover pretty much everything about the phones. The only other thing I would suggest is testing their gps and hdmi capabilities. I've sold cell phones for 4 years now, and have always told everyone that Moto is not about pictures, music, and video. They're about having a top quality phone. Meaning excellent call quality, signal strength for calls and internet. If you want pic, music and videos get an Iphone or a My Touch.

24. djpashka

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

If Moto is not about the pictures, music, and video, then why is it that they are the only ones that have 1080p video recording?

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

What he's saying is that not on of their strong points. Never has been. It has been for HTC and Samsung tho dating back to the old Win Mo days. One of the pros for Motorola phones is signal strength.

52. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Because it's the only one with a dual-core processor?

15. bob unregistered

Yeah and the Miami heat looked like champs on paper too but we know what happened.I tried out the bionic at my local verizon store and unless verizon doesn't care to sell it the demo was horrible my tb is loaded with apps and running widgets and it blew it away i. was there to upgrade to the bionic.FORGET IT!!!

16. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

wow. you actually based the bionic quality on a over used, under charged, overly apped, totally screwed demo? hahahaha No offense bud but all the demos on VZW suck in comparison to one out of the box. If you were serious about getting it you should have asked them to open one out of the box turned it on and then start using it. A demo will not do justice to any phone unless its the first day its was put on display. Or if you know what your doing and do a hard rest on the demo to clear it off of all the junk people left while they were playing with it. Then theres still batterie level. If it bearly has any juice it wont work very well either. Still the best option is to get one out of the box.

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