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Motorola Droid Bionic Review – Verizon Wireless

Ever given it was announced behind during CES 2011, a Motorola Droid Bionic has been a phone that many people have been watchful for. After countless delays, rumors of cancellation, and finally a outing behind to a sketch house to make it some-more competitive, a Motorola Droid Bionic is finally permitted for anyone to purchase. Was it value a wait? Will all of a changes that Motorola done to a phone be adequate to make it contest with a other absolute phones that are out there? Let’s find out in a examination of a Motorola Droid Bionic.

  • Speed: The Motorola Droid Bionic is fast. Depending on that phone you’re entrance from, we will unequivocally know what I’m articulate about. Applications launch quickly, a phone doesn’t throttle when mixed apps are open, switching between apps is a breeze. The multiple of a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM unequivocally creates this phone rapid and powerful.
  • Design/Build: The Bionic feels like it’s done out of peculiarity material. It isn’t too light, and it’s not too complicated either. Holding it in your palm feels customarily right. If you’re a fan of a “hump” that Motorola started with a Droid X, afterwards you’re also going to like a mound on a Bionic.
  • Hardware: 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4G LTE, 4.3-inch qHD display, front camera for video chat, behind camera that does 1080P HD video and 8-megapixel photos, HDMI mirroring, 16GB of inner storage. It’s a customarily dual-core 4G LTE phone on a market.
  • 4G LTE: The Droid Bionic is a initial dual-core 4G LTE phone on Verizon. Things download and upload faster. There’s no need to switch to Wi-Fi to do things that need a lot of data. Simply use a high speeds supposing by 4G LTE.
  • HDMI: Full HDMI counterpart mode is a plus. Simply bond your Droid Bionic to an HDMI pier on your TV and BAM, a essence of your phone is displayed on your TV.
  • 1080P Video Recording: The video peculiarity on a Bionic is great, generally if we record in 1080P mode. we can’t contend a same about imitation quality.
  • Micro SD Card Access: The microSD label is no longer tucked underneath a battery, that means that we no longer have to energy down a phone customarily to mislay a card.
  • Screen: Yes, a arrangement on a Bionic is inferior. It’s not a understanding breaker, though during a same time, it’s no Super AMOLED Plus display. If we demeanour tighten enough, we can see that things aren’t as well-spoken as they should be.
  • Battery: Although a phone packs a 1735mAh battery, it still struggles to get by a day on a singular charge. This isn’t unequivocally a Bionic issue; it’s some-more of a 4G LTE phone issue.
  • Camera: While a video peculiarity is great, holding cinema with a Bionic can be a frustrating experience. The camera simply takes too prolonged to focus! If a theme you’re holding a pattern of moves, we could unequivocally many finish adult blank a impulse or removing a unequivocally becloud picture.
  • Connectivity issues: There were a few cases during my contrariety where we would remove vigilance and not be means to reconnect. The customarily choice was to shutdown and restart..

You substantially know by now that this is not a same Motorola Droid Bionic that was denounced during CES 2011. Motorola motionless to go behind to a sketch house to make a Bionic a improved device, and we cruise it paid off, given what we have now is unequivocally improved and stronger than what was denounced during CES.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is a initial dual-core 4G LTE device on Verizon’s network. It facilities a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of inner storage (with an additional 16GB microSD card), a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that’s also means of recording videos during 1080P, a 1735mAh battery., HDMI and microUSB ports, and many more. The phone weighs 158 grams and measures 66.9 x 127.5 x 10.99 mm (height x breadth x depth).

On a front of a device we have a 4.3-inch qHD arrangement with a good lead bezel surrounding it that gives it a good contrariety compared to a dim screen. The tip of a arrangement contains a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that is used for holding self portraits or video chatting. Laid out towards a bottom of a arrangement are a 4 capacitive hold buttons (menu, home, back, and search) and a microphone

On a left side, towards a bottom, we have a customary microUSB and HDMI ports that’s flattering many customary on any Motorola Phone. The HDMI tie does support full counterpart mode, definition that we can bond your phone to your TV and see all that we see on your phone on your TV. This is good for personification games on a large shade and arrangement everybody cinema and cinema that we took on your device.

The right side of a device has zero though volume rockers that are rightly placed; they aren’t too high or too low. we can’t contend a same about a energy symbol on a top.

At a unequivocally tip of a device, we have your energy symbol on your left palm side and your your headphone jack on a right palm side. we suspicion that a chain of a energy symbol was uncanny during first, though with time, it grew on me. Maybe we didn’t like it during initial given we was so used to carrying a energy symbol on a right side with my strange Droid and in a core with my Droid X.

In regards to a headphone jack, some people have complained about a gloomy high-pitched sound when interlude and starting music. In a time that I’ve had a phone, we haven’t gifted this issue.

On a behind of a device, we have an 8-megapixel camera with twin LED peep that is means of capturing video during 1080P, a orator griddle on a bottom, and a noise-cancelling microphone adult top. If we demeanour closely during a camera, there appears to be a second speaker, though that’s not a case; it’s customarily for pattern purposes. There’s customarily one orator on a back.


Like any other Motorola device, a Droid Bionic is done out of high-quality material, and we can tell simply by holding it. The phone isn’t super heavy, and it’s not light either. It’s somewhere right in between. It’s a ideal change between light and heavy.

In terms of design, a Bionic has a “hump” pattern in a behind that is also partial of a Droid X and Droid X2. Although a mound isn’t as tangible as that of a Droid X and X2, it’s still there, and it’s still visible.

I privately like a mound on a behind of a phone. we cruise it creates it demeanour some-more sophisticated. For those of we who don’t like it, customarily know that it isn’t as apparent as in a Droid X and X2.


The Bionic’s 4.3-inch qHD pentile arrangement has been a theme of many discussions. Yes, it’s no Super AMOLED Plus display, though during a same time, it’s no square of rubbish either. Yes, if we are a form of chairman that positively pays pleasantness to any singular detail, we will notice that some colors, such as immature have a tough time being displayed. In addition, if we demeanour unequivocally close, we can indeed see a particular pixels with a exposed eye.

I privately didn’t hatred a display. we know that with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display, all a other forms of displays are going to customarily feel inferior. If something like this has a intensity to perpetually hatred your device, we advise we play around with a phone for a small bit before to creation a purchase.

The Motorola Droid Bionic runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. On tip of Gingerbread is Motorola’s tradition UI, that used to be called MotoBlur, though has given left nameless. In further to all of a customary Google apps we are used to saying such as GMail, Google Maps, Market, etc, a phone also comes preloaded with some Verizon bloatware and tradition Motorola apps.

Verizon Apps

The Verizon apps that come preloaded with a Droid Bionic embody backup assistant, V Cast Media Manager, VZ Navigator, V Cast Music, V Cast Tones, and NFL Mobile. As always with Verizon, these apps are not removable unless we base your device. It’s unequivocally not that large of a deal, we will eventually omit them and continue on with your day. It would be good if Verizon during slightest done it probable to uninstall neglected bloatware.

Pre-installed Verizon Apps

If you’re a football fan, afterwards you’re going to like a fact that NFL Mobile is enclosed in a Droid Bionic. The app lets we keep adult with all a NFL action, all deteriorate long. From a NFL Mobile app, we can get diversion scores, news on your favorite teams, alerts, watch videos, listen to games live, and many more.

If we adore Football, afterwards you’ll adore a NFL Mobile app

Other Apps

In further to a Verizon bloatware that comes with a Bionic, there are some other applications that also come pre-installed, pleasantness of Motorola and other companies. Pre-loaded on a Bionic, we will find a Blockbuster app, City ID, Citrix Receiver, Go To Meeting, MotoPrint, Quick Office, Slacker Radio, Video Surf, and ZumoCast. Let’s take a discerning demeanour during any of these apps.

  • Blockbuster: Use it to lease movies, if you’re a fan of Blockbuster. With services like Netflix and a Movie let use in a Android Market, Verizon unequivocally needs to stop pulling this nonessential app on a phones.
  • City ID : Find out that city a series of job from formed on a area code. Comes as a giveaway trial, though will set we behind $1.99 per month if we confirm to keep it. Is it unequivocally that critical to for we to know that city a call is from?
  • Citrix Receiver: Citrix Receiver allows we to entrance craving data, applications, and desktop directly from your Droid Bionic (or any other Android device). we privately didn’t try out this app, though I’m certain that it could be unequivocally useful for craving folks. Make certain speak to your IT systems director to find out if it’s upheld on your work network.
  • Go To Meeting : The Go To Meeting app allows we to entrance Go To Meetings directly from your Droid Bionic. Simply enter your assembly ID, name, and email, and you’re good to go. You no longer need to be during your bureau or in front of your mechanism to entrance to meetings.
  • MotoPrint : MotoPrint allows we to imitation papers from your phone to a printer on your home network. In sequence to print, we need to be connected to a wireless network that a printer is located on. The routine includes installing a horde concentration on your mechanism that accepts a imitation jobs sent to it from a phone.
  • QuickOffice : Create and revise save documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. In further to formulating these forms of documents, QuickOffice also allows we to perspective PDFs. The app lets we entrance your information from a cloud from services such as Google Docs, Dropbox ,Box, SugarSync, and more.
  • Slacker Radio : Listen to customized radio stations. If we like Pandora, you’ll substantially like Slacker, too.
  • Video Surf : Video Surf lets we brand videos. Think of it as a Shazam or Soundhound of videos. Simply indicate your phone during a video, and Video Surf identifies a video in customarily a few seconds.
  • ZumoCast : ZumoCast allows we to entrance a information on your home PC from your Motorola Droid Bionic. Whether it’s Music, Videos, Pictures, or documents, all is permitted right from your phone. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a use to connect; we kept receiving a use blunder any time.

Google Talk with Video

The good advantage of carrying a front-facing camera and Android 2.3.4 is a video chat. we am already a large fan of Google Talk, and now that video discuss is available, a use customarily becomes better.


Video chatting on a Droid Bionic is simple. Simply hold a camera idol subsequent to one of your contacts that have video enabled on their device and you’re good to go. The call peculiarity was unequivocally good, interjection to a 1.3-megapixel camera and 4G LTE connectivity.

The Motorola Droid Bionic facilities an 8-megapixel camera with twin LED peep in a behind that is means of sharpened video during 1080P. In a front, it contains a 1.3-megapixel camera that is good for video chat.

The camera is good for holding pictures, when it works properly. Other times, we will customarily finish adult removing frustrated. When holding pictures, it customarily takes approach too prolonged for a camera to concentration on a subject. More often, we will finish adult with becloud cinema given your theme moved, or given a camera had a tough time focusing on a subject. It’s unequivocally unhappy that they motionless to recover this phone with this form of camera. There is unequivocally room for alleviation here.

If we do conduct to get your theme focused on properly, a cinema come out flattering good. Getting good cinema with your Bionic will need calm on your partial and still presumably a few tries before we get a right picture.

Recording videos on a Droid Bionic wasn’t as unpleasant as holding pictures. we found that recording 1080P videos was easy and a peculiarity was great. The auto-focusing problem that occurred when holding cinema was not as bad when recording video. To unequivocally conclude a video and see a good quality, try observation it on an HDTV around a phone’s HDMI connection.

Rear Camera Photo Samples



Front Camera Photo Samples


1080P Video Sample

Mobile observation link

The Droid Bionic has a series of discretionary accessories that are available. Although we didn’t get to exam any of them out, we figured that I’d during slightest give we a outline of what’s available.

HD Station

The HD Station for a Bionic turns your phone into a multimedia station. Once plugged into a HD station, we can entrance your phone on a large screen, block in outmost speakers and listen to music, use a Webtop and get entrance to a Firefox browser. The HD Station facilities USB ports so we can block in your rodent or keyboard. It comes with a remote control and HDMI cable.

Price: $99.99


The lapdock for your Droid Bionic transforms your Bionic into a laptop. Simply bond your Droid Bionic to a lapdock and a Webtop app automatically launches. From there, we have your Firefox web browser that puts a web during your fingertips on a bigger screen.

Unlike a lapdock that was permitted with a Atrix 4G on ATT Wireless, we will not be compulsory to squeeze a tethering devise if we confirm to buy a lapdock; your information devise is sufficient. This is a good pierce by Verizon Wireless. The lapdock on ATT wasn’t a outrageous strike given a network motionless to assign users additional to use it.

Price: $299.99

Travel Adapter

If a lapdock appendage is too pricey, afterwards a Travel Adapter competence be a good choice for you. Simply bond a Travel Adapter to your Bionic and afterwards bond to presumably to a guard or HDTV. The Webtop app now launches and your phone is permitted on a bigger screen.

Price: $N/A

The Motorola Droid Bionic comes packaged with a absolute 1735mAh battery, a many absolute battery on any 4G LTE phone on Verizon Wireless. You won’t be conference all a battery issues that you’ve been conference about from other 4G LTE phones.

During my testing, we was means to go many of a day but a recharge. we don’t cruise myself a light user. we have 4 email accounts that sync, Facebook, Google +, Twitter, and I’m constantly on a phone. Whether it’s streaming song around Google Music Beta, throwing adult on a latest stories on Reddit, checking my Google Reader feed, or one of a many other things we find myself doing on my phone via a day, we contingency contend that I’m tender with a Bionic’s battery life.

It’s loyal that we never went an whole day, from a impulse we arise adult (5:30-6AM) until a impulse we go to bed (11PM-12AM), on a singular charge. But to be means to go a whole day with customarily an additional assign is good for a dual-core, 4G LTE device.

The Droid Bionic is a discerning phone. The 1GB of RAM joined with a 1GHz dual-core processor creates regulating a phone fun. Applications bucket quickly, web pages bucket fast, and things customarily run smoothly. we have no problems multi-tasking on this thing. Everything we need is quick permitted and we don’t spend time watchful for a information that we need.

About Benchmarks

I’m during a theatre where I’m severely deliberation ignoring a whole Quadrant benchmarking system. The complement is injured and could simply be gamed, nevertheless, we motionless to embody it in this examination given we know that it’s something that many people demeanour brazen to seeing.

After regulating a few Quadrant Standard benchmarks, my Droid Bionic scored anywhere between 2100 to 2400. Although these numbers are low compared to a Galaxy S II, we have to know that Quadrant scores do not indeed paint a device’s loyal performance. As a matter of fact, Quadrant scores can be simply manipulated to make even low-end complement seem to be powerful.

Motorola Droid Bionic Quadrant Standard benchmark results

In a end, what unequivocally matters is how a phone feels and performs according to you, and to me, a Droid Bionic is a unequivocally absolute phone.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is Verizon’s initial dual-core 4G LTE phone. If you’re in one of a 150+ markets with 4G LTE service, we will unequivocally suffer a faster upload and download speeds. we ran a series of Speed Tests regulating Ookla’s Speed Test app and a formula were flattering consistent. we averaged around 7Mbps download and 5Mbps upload speeds during my testing.

Droid Bionic Speedtest results

I will have to contend that there were some times when my phone mislaid finish information access, and a customarily approach to revive a use was to perform a reboot. Not even a aeroplane mode on/off pretence could help.

This customarily occurred when a phone was switching from presumably 4G to 3G or clamp versa. Verizon and Motorola are wakeful of a emanate and are operative on solution it in a subsequent update.

When it comes to tangible call quality, a Droid Bionic did unequivocally well. The phone and network never caused any problems when creation calls. we could always clearly here a other celebration on a phone and they could always hear me, too. During my testing, we didn’t knowledge any forsaken calls during all.

Overall, we cruise that a Motorola Droid Bionic is a good phone. we also cruise that it was a good preference by Motorola to go behind to a sketch house to give us a Droid Bionic that we know today. we cruise that a Droid Bionic could be Motorola’s best phone to date. It’s 4.3-inch display, dual-core processor, and glorious build peculiarity creates it a good device for anyone looking for a new phone.

While it’s loyal that it’s not as powerful, thin, light as a renouned Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s still a good phone. Paired with Verizon’s 4G LTE network, a Droid Bionic is a no-brainer when determining on a 4G LTE device on Verizon Wireless.

So, should we get a Droid Bionic? With so many new high-end phones on a setting for Verizon Wireless, it’s tough to tell if we should take a thrust and get a Droid Bionic. After all, there are a garland of new phones streamer to Big Red before a finish of a year. If we like a phone and have been watchful for it for a prolonged time, yes, go forward and get it. You won’t bewail your decision. If you’ve been on a fence, we would advise that we wait and see what Verizon is going to recover in a subsequent few weeks.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is now permitted online during and other online retailers, such as Amazon Wireless.

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