There’s no denying the fact that the Motorola DROID BIONIC leads the pack in overall speed, such as opening and running apps or even moving between the home screens. This is because it’s currently the only Verizon 4G LTE smartphone with a dual-core 1GHz processor. Using the Quadrant benchmark app we got a score of 2465, which clearly beats the LG Revolution with a score of 2122, HTC ThunderBolt with 1703, and Samsung Droid Charge with 939. Equally impressive was the DROID BONIC’s results when using the AnTuTu benchmark app, which got an amazing mark of 5000, while the remaining three devices got marks between 2700-3000.

Call quality and signal reception is important on any phone, and once again the DROID BIONIC produced the most pleasing and best sounding voices on both ends of the conversation, with no background noise or static. The Samsung Droid Charge also did well with the voice quality, though it didn’t sound quite as good as on the Motorola. Meanwhile, the HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution did relatively poor here, as both had voices sounding flat and thin, and there was also a noticeable background “hiss” sound while using the ThunderBolt.

While using these four phones, we didn’t have any issues with their signal reception while placing or receiving calls, and none of the calls were dropped, but as we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Droid Charge was the only device in the group that would continually drop its data connection from 4G to 3G and stay there. The only work around being to turn the Airplane Mode on and off, which would get it back to 4G for a while.

Battery life is also a concern, as you don’t want to feel required to carry around a wall charger with you. The Motorola DROID BIONIC comes with the largest battery at 1735mAh, which was able to provide us up to 10.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 16 hours of mixed usage, which includes some talk, standby, web and app usage. The Samsung Droid Charge with its 1600mAh battery also did well and was able to provide up to 10 hours of talk time or 12 hours of mixed usage. The HTC ThunderBolt comes with the smallest battery at 1400mAh and can only provide up to 6.5 hours of talk time, but it is still longer than the LG Revolution’s 1500mAh battery that has a limited talk time of only 5 hours.


After using these smartphones for several days, we believe that the overall best device out of the group is the Motorola DROID BONIC. Not only does it have the slimmest design and has great build quality, it is also the fastest with the best benchmark scores and download speeds, which makes running apps and view web pages more enjoyable. Call quality and signal reception are also excellent, with voices sounding clear and natural, and the battery can provide almost 10.5 hours of talk time. But the camera quality was only average, and outside pictures were not amazing (though inside and flash images are good), but it does provide some nice looking videos at 1080p resolution. Unfortunately for some, PenTile Matrix qHD display can cause a “screen door” effect when viewing certain content, but the display is the brightest and most viewable in direct sunlight, as long as you are looking at it head-on.

Up next is the HTC ThunderBolt with its solid construction, though it can feel a bit heavy at times. We love the Sense UI interface on the ThunderBolt, which makes it the easiest and most customizable deice in the group. Data speeds and benchmark tests were also good, as were the outside pictures, but the display can be a bit dark when used outside, and the call quality isn’t the best we’ve heard.

The Samsung Droid Charge comes in next, as it has good voice quality and its Super AMOLED Plus display produces saturated colors and has the best viewing angles. Unfortunately, we don’t care much for the cheap slipper feel of the phone, and having the data connection continually drop from 4G to 3G more than the other devices almost ruins it for us.

Coming in at the rear is the LG Revolution, which isn’t surprising. It looks and feels like a big brick in your hand, and isn’t very comfortable to hold. And to make things worse, the call quality and display are also quite lacking, as is its abysmal battery life. With three other “better” 4G LTE phones out by Verizon, we can’t see why anyone would purchase this one.

Motorola DROID BIONIC vs HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge vs LG Revolution:



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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