Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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.

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