The Motorola Droid Bionic is the phone destined to become Verizon’s de facto flagship LTE device. And why not, after all the leaks and what not which have been tossed around not to mention the impressive specs we have heard so far, it all backs up the high expectations Verizon customers have for this new smartphone.
That being said, specs are nothing without real world specifications to back up said specifications. Thankfully we have a conclusion for you, so continue reading.
Motorola Droid Bionic
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Specifications of the Motorola Droid Bionic:
- Super fast 4G LTE service on the Verizon 4G Network
- Powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System
- 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor
- 16 GB internal memory, 16 GB preloaded microSD memory card with support for optional 32 GB
- Compatible with Motorola Smart Accessories
- 4.3 inch qHD touchscreen display
- 960 x 540 pixel resolution
- 24 bit color depth
- Accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors
- Screen made of scratch and glare resistant Gorilla Glass
- Compatible with Multimedia HD Dock for sharing multimedia on an external HD monitor
- Rear facing 8 megapixel camera
- 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chats
- Captures full HD 1080p video
- Micro USB port
- HDMI port for sharing photos and videos
- Communications and Internet:
- includes full HTML browser support as well as full Flash support
- Includes Google Mobile services
- Onboard GPS for navigation
- Wireless-N WiFi and 4G Mobile Hotspot capable
- Easy to use Bluetooth connectivity
Design & Features
Starting from the top, the DROID Bionic is a CDMA/LTE device. The DROID Bionic comes in a 158g package with dimensions of 125.9mm x 66.9mm x 13.3mm. Viewed from the front, the DROID Bionic has a 4.3 inch screen which seems to be becoming standard on most high end phones. Above the screen are your proximity sensors as well as a VGA camera for video conferencing. Underneath the phone are your standard menu, home, back and search Android buttons. Not much differs from the face of the DROID Bionic and your average Android phone. You do get rounded corners however.
When the phone is turned over you will notice an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and support for geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. As for video shooting, 1080p at 30fps is the highest resolution supported.
Under the hood of the DROID Bionic you will find a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor sourced from NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform. Just in case you are wondering, each core is running at 1GHz making this a 2GHz phone. 1 GB of RAM is available with ROM being upped to a full 2GB and 16GB of internal storage. If that is still too little, you are welcome to expand via a microSD slow that supports cards up to 32GB.
The Droid Bionic also comes with an impressive ecosystem of accessories, the same ones in fact that earned the Motorola Atrix 4G from AT&T so much praise. The Motorola Smart Accessories include the Motorola Laptop Dock which transforms the Bionic into a laptop computing device, and the Motorola HD Multimedia Station that turns your new Droid into a home entertainment theater.
Other features include Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP +EDR, microUSB 2.0 port, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11n, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot.
We were able to score brief tryout sessions with the DROID Bionic and from our short encounters, we were impressed. The DROID Bionic is not as thin as the DROID X, in fact it would feel more like a DROID 3 minus the keyboard. However you look at it, the phone is a slightly bigger footprint than that of the DROID X. Not bad in our estimations seeing the phone is running at a full 2GHz.
Performance was silky smooth. 2GHz in a phone is insane and there is no doubt that whoever buys this phone will have a hard time maxing out the CPU. In fact, it is easier to max out the RAM, evan at 1 full GB, than the CPU. In most of our tests on Android phones, we were able to max out the RAM easier than the CPU, especially if such things like live wallpapers and messaging apps are running in the background.
The qHD screen is beautiful. In fact, this is the identical screen found in the ATRIX 4G and if you recall, in our ATRIX 4G review, we were thoroughly impressed with the screen of the ATRIX 4G.
Talking on the DROID Bionic is great as well. People on the other hand were able to hear us clearly with almost no background noise disturbance. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to check out battery life so that is left to be determined although Motorola is claiming over 6 hours of talk time.
Based on our time with the DROID Bionic we would be crazy to recommend few phones above this one. The DROID Bionic does have competition though especially with the ATRIX 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II. However, the DROID Bionic is able to pull its own and this is one device you will not be disappointed with if you decide to take the plunge.