Droid Bionic Review Roundup & Specs
Motorola Droid Bionic Reviews Are In
Reviews for Motorola Droid Bionic are trickling in, and users seem happy with the Android-based phone overall. The Droid Bionic is marketed as a dual-core 4G Android phone, but it isn't true 4G.
After a long wait, the Droid Bionic hits shelves on September 8 with Verizon, but let's get to some reviews now.
Gawker network's Gizmodo says that the Droid Bionic is fast, but not as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S II, and its screen is harsh and grainy. Also, Gizmodo though that the Lapdock interface was sheer crapola.
Techcrunch preferred the Bionic's display to that of the Galaxy II S, and loved the phone's performance.
CNET's Crave blog dug the Droid Bionic's design and speed, but lamented the bloatware and price (about $100 more than its competitors).
Engadget, in holding off from delivering a full review, said that the phone was drab-looking, as well as a bit of a lint-trap in your pocket.
A primary problem with the Droid Bionic is the sheer amount of bloatware. Most Android smartphones aren't generally famous for having lots of onboard memory, so less carrier-centric crud is better. (Droid Bionic boasts 16GB on onboard memory, which isn't bad.)
The presence of third-party add-ons is what makes iPhone fanboys point their fingers and go "hah!", but the "hah!" is legitimate. While Android is easier to customise (I'm running a hacked version of 2.2 now), relatively few smartphone customers will ever engage their handsets this way.
Those on the fence between Android and iOS will probably just wait a few weeks until the iPhone 5 drops, and see how its reviews measure up. The two mobile operating systems are converging in terms of feature sets, after all.
Motorola Droid Bionic Specs
The Droid Bionic specs are impressive, and include:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Scratch-resistant 4.3-inch qHD scree
- 8MP camera, VGA P2P Video, Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED flash
- 1GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory, 16 GB microSD
- Verizon "4G LTE network" (though LTE is not true 4G)
... Or Just Get the Simplest Mobile Phone Ever
As a Motorola XT720 owner, I frankly would prefer John's Phone to the Droid Bionic. Sorry, but that's just how I feel. I'm not cool with how Motorola abandons its phones in terms of OS upgrades. (I'm not affiliated with John's Phone in any way, but come on: that thing is cool.)