(eWEEK Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) eWEEK News: The Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”-based Motorola Droid Bionic is a good smartphone for accessing applications for work and play. If we favourite a Motorola Droid X, you’ll adore a Bionic.
Google Android smartphone OEMs have pumped out so many handsets formed on a open-source handling complement – some-more than 300 varietals worldwide – that many of a latest handsets offer incremental improvements over their predecessors.
Since Verizon Wireless launched a Motorola Droid in Nov 2009, it has expelled twin Droid updates – any time charity incremental improvements over a initial smash-hit Motorola Android phone. Verizon‘s renouned Motorola Droid X begat a Droid X 2 progressing this year.
It’s not a Droid X, yet Verizon‘s Android 2.3.4 “Gingerbread” -based Motorola Droid Bionic could positively pass for one. It possesses a identical hardware design, despite with an softened aesthetic.
The Droid X and Bionic both have 4.3-inch screens for large multimedia consumption. Both import about 5.5 ounces and, during 0.43 inches, are thicker than a normal smartphone.
The sides of a inclination have identical features, including a winding neck to concede for a 8-MP bezel, and micro-USB and HDMI outlay ports. Well, a Bionic has some-more of a curve, while a Droid X has an ungainly bump.
It’s what’s underneath a hood that blows a doors off any comparison. With a IGHz, single-core processor on Verizon‘s 3G network, a Droid X is not a bad handset. That is, until we collect adult a Bionic, energy it on and start accessing applications.
Powered by a IGHz dual-core processor on Verizon‘s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, a Bionic valid twice as discerning for downloading and accessing applications as a Droid X. we simply saw 10M-bps to 12M-bps download speeds and 5M-bps upload speeds with a Bionic, that has a strong IGB of RAM.
On a Bionic, we downloaded, commissioned and non-stop Google+ for Android in 22 seconds, compared with a 44 seconds it took to get a app adult and regulating on my Droid X.
YouTube videos installed discerning and looked great, interjection to a Bionic’s Quarter High Definition (qHD) 960-by-540-resolution display, that was vastly higher to a Droid X’s possess WVGA screen, with a fortitude of 854 by 450.
While a Droid X seemed like a good multimedia handset to me final summer, a Bionic puts it to contrition – and not only for a app download speed. This device sheds a stuttering emanate a Droid X’s camera had early on, that caused hapless latency between imitation snaps. The Bionic device takes pleasing pictures.
The video camera boasts 108Op HD and audio stage selection, compared with only 72Op video constraint with a Droid X. The front-facing camera capably enables video discuss over 4G LTE, 3G or even WiFi. Voice calls were clear, interjection to a twin speakers positioned during a tip and bottom of a handset.
Business- Oriented Apps
The Bionic also comes preinstalled with a few cold businessoriented apps, including a Citrix GoToMeeting Web conferencing app and Citrix Receiver remote desktop app for Android, as good as Motorprint for vouchsafing users imitation from a phone to any WiFienabled printer. These apps worked as advertised, yet Web conferencing was never dictated for smartphones.
On a consumer front, there is ZumoCast, a cold new Motorola app that lets consumers tide their music, photos and videos from their mechanism to a Bionic. Yes – ifs finished over a cloud, that is one of a fortes of Android handsets.
The handset also follows a Motorola Atrix 4G and Photon 4G by including a Webtop app with a full Mozilla Firefox 4 Web browser to peep phone files, dialer and other apps on a special Motorola Lapdock or HD Station.
I did not exam a Lapdock on a Bionic, yet we have on a Atrix 4G. The problem with a Lapdock is that it costs $299.97, yet consumers can get a $100 remission if they buy a phone and Lapdock during a same time and pointer adult for a smallest $50, 5GB a month information plan.
What won’t we like about a Bionic? Like a Droid X, a rectangular, boxy figure of a Bionic resembles a tiny inscription some-more than a smartphone for many people.
If we like that, great. If not, go for something some-more rounded, such as a Samsung Droid Charge or even a HTC ThunderBolt – both robust 4G LTE phones from Verizon.
Also, yet we consider a Bionic’s 1,735-mAh battery would infer a absolute energy provider for a 3 G phone, it browns out quick interjection to a multiple of Verizon‘s 4G LTE network and a dual-core chip. It takes a lot of energy to fuel focus opening this good. we got maybe 3.5 to 4 hours of hard-core multimedia use. Try examination a Netflix app for Android: You can watch one 2 -hour film before requiring a recharge.
And a Bionic, that does offer 32GB of memory, is not cheap. At $299.99 on contract, ifs as costly a subsidized phone as you’re going to find on a U.S. marketplace today, fasten a Droid Charge when it was launched progressing this open during a same price. Have no fear yet – if a Bionic doesn’t sell quick, design Verizon to clout a cost by $50, $100 or even more.
If energy and speed are a many critical things for we in a smartphone, a cost expected won’t matter. Again, this is a fastest smartphone I’ve ever gifted on Verizon‘s charged 4G LTE network,
The Bionic, unboxed. The robust handset weighs 5.57 ounces, yet does so some-more absolutely than a Droid X, that weighs in during 5.47 ounces.
What users unequivocally wish to know is how discerning a Bionic is on Verizon‘s 4G LTE network, compared with a carrier’s 3G network. We brought behind a Droid X to exam it, regulating a new Google+ for Android app (1 2.1 4MB) as a test.
We told we how most a Bionic resembles a Droid X. Now we’re display you! The Bionic is on a left. One outrageous disproportion is that Motorola has done a submit buttons of a Bionic touch-only, a postpone from a earthy buttons of a X.
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eWEEK Senior Writer Clint Boulton can be reached during firstname.lastname@example.org.
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