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Motorola Droid Bionic – Everything you Need to Know

Article by Thomas Thompson

The Motorola Droid Bionic is an Android-based smartphone with 4G LTE capabilities, first announced in January 2011 and released in September. Distribution rights in the US are held exclusively by Verizon, and it is their first smartphone to combine a dual-core processor with 4G connectivity; it has also gathered some attention because it can be turned into a laptop, albeit with the help of accessories. This may all sound like a very nice package, and it is, but is it worth the price?

Droid Bionic Specifications and features

Moving from the outside to its electric insides, the first thing that catches your attention is its size and sleek appearance, encased in a dark metallic frame. Although not as thin as other devices currently on the market, the Droid Bionic is still slim at 0.42 inches and sports an ever impressive 4.3 inch display.

The device features two cameras: a VGA camera on the front and an 8 mega pixel camera with 1080p recording capability on the back. The number of ports and buttons is kept at a minimum: power button and 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top, volume control on the right, mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports on the left, and finally four touch buttons just below the screen.

Lastly, the phone has incorporated a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory extendable by up to 32GB through a Micro SD card, and a 1735 mAh battery. It comes installed with Android Gingerbread (version 2.3.4 to be exact) and a bundle of Motorola apps; naturally, it supports a variety of multimedia formats, including the coveted Flash format. As is fitting for such an array of capabilities, the phone also supports 4G LTE connections.

Motorola Droid BionicOther than its impressive components, what sets it aside from other smartphones is the fact that it can be used as a mini-laptop (or webtop) via certain accessories. It can be connected to a laptop station, or to a screen by using a special accessory that takes up both mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports. The price of the fore mentioned attachments match the dimensions of this innovation, as the station alone can cost just as much as the phone itself.

A closer look at Mortorola’s Droid Bionic

True to its futuristic name and powerful processor, the Droid Bionic is indeed fast and everything runs smoothly, but unfortunately speed is not the most only thing to look for.

The display is the first thing that is notably different than what you would expect; it has a somewhat grainy feel to it which may take some getting used to, but on the bright side it is very, well, bright (pardon the pun) and performs excellently outside. As an added bonus, the viewing angle is just a bit less than 180 degrees, which is more than is needed.

The phone uses a slightly modified version of Android, and may not be what previous Android users expect, so this is worth knowing. It comes with various pre-installed apps, along with the usual assortment of Google apps, such as Google Talk; you can start video chatting right out of the box. Some of the apps can be provide some nifty features, like an office suite for quick editing of documents or printing over the network.

Regarding the camera, it tends to fall behind its competitors. The picture is indeed clear and takes full advantage of the camera’s 8 megapixels, however it is a bit slow when focusing, and this can be troublesome especially when filming. The colors also tend to be washed out, so unfortunately, in this area, the Droid Bionic pales (again, pardon the pun) in comparison to other devices.

As mentioned, the phone has 4G LTE capabilities, but it can also be used as a wireless modem; however, this bites quite a large chunk out of the battery’s life. On this topic, its lifespan can vary greatly, depending on how much you use a phone. With medium usage, it can last around ten hours, while heavy usage (browsing, apps, games, music, etc.) can deplete it in just under three hours.

Droid Bionic vs. iPhone 4

It doesn’t seem right to compare two smartphones from different generations, especially the components, but even one year after its release, the iPhone 4 stands tall. What it has over the Droid Bionic is better screen and camera quality, and it is more bug-free than Android OS. On the other hand, the Motorola alternative has the much desired Flash support (and it loads it in an instant as well) and the ability to connect to 4G networks.

The question still remains: is the Motorola Droid Bionic worth it? Truthfully, it really depends on what you want to get out of it. It also has some shortcomings and bugs that have only recently been noticed by users, so the real answer would be “wait and see”.

Choosing a new Smarpthone is a difficult decision. Especially considering you will be stuck with that phone for at least two years. It’s more important than ever to do a thorough Smartphone Comparison to make sure you are getting the right phone for you.

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