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First Real DROID Bionic Pictures Make Appearance?

Yesterday’s news was all about the DROID3 and those 3 tutorial videos that it popped up in – today, it might become DROID Bionic leak day.  Are these the first real (non-render) pictures of the phone?  It sure appears that way.

You’ve all heard of this device by now after cancellation rumors which were followed up by a confirmation of delay from Motorola.  The phone itself has been the most anticipated phone on Verizon or really any carrier that I can remember over the last year and rightfully so.  What we do know is that it’ll sport a dual-core processor (likely an OMAP now), 4G LTE, front camera and qHD screen, but since it has been pushed back to undergo “enhancements” we don’t know much else.  Unless of course these pictures are of a real Bionic and then we can gather at least a couple of additional specs.

We’re seeing a definite front facing camera, new version of Blur (new icons and contact widget), an 8MP camera on the back (1080p recording), web-top capabilities, two separate speakers on the back, and a 4G LTE radio that should make everyone happy.  If this is indeed the Bionic, sign me up now.

There are two odd things here that we were expecting to see and wanted to toss them out while we dig for further confirmation on whether or not this really is the new Bionic.  We had heard a month or two back that it would include a hump as seen on the DROIDX, but with sleeker styling – this phone doesn’t appear to have a hump.  We were also told that it would sport a 12MP camera and this only has an 8MP.  It’s a sexy device, but we’re not ready to bet the world on this being it.   

The backside of the device:

A comparison to the previously leaked render of the device:

Webtop-ready:

Closer look at that new 8MP shooter that can record 1080p video:

Via:  IT168MobileGearz

  • The hump is actually there the whole time! It was just hard to see =p

  • Droiddoes

    yep thats her

  • Anonymous

    When will it launch?  More details and more fact than fiction: The Droid Bionic it’s about time http://exm.nr/iIYLgl

  • Diamond Perry11

    It looks juss like the droid 2 butt w/a front facin camera on the left….nice stylong :(. A little disappointing.

  • Looks like they changed it from the almost Samsung-esque original design to a Droid X with capacitive buttons.

  • Djstar2k2

    the crazy thing is its a simple way to figure this all out.  take the droid 3 release half your u.s. shipment blurred and have vanilla.  then see which sells the most,which customers respond to,which r returned more and go from there.  im sure which software u put on it aint costly.  but im sure mr moto feels there too big to fail

  • Tyler Vallely

    Obviously it’s not the Droid 3.  If you look at the newer pictures it clearly shows there is no physical keybaord.  I will bet you all $100 the phone pictured above is not the Droid 3.  I think this could be the Bionic or the Targa. Like if you agree.

  • Tyler Vallely

    I’d bet this is the Targa. The Bionic would have to be more amazing than this. 🙂

    • AFAIK, the Bionic was having issues and went back to the shop for a do-over.  Targa is the code name for “Droid Bionic, take two.”

  • Anonymous

    Blur is starting to look really nice. Too bad my droid x will never get updated ever again.

  • Collin

    Does it have an unlocked/unlockable bootloader?

  • More High-Res pics on a chinese language site:

    http://board.phonehk.com/viewthread.php?tid=296511&extra=page%3D1

  • Mysterion

    That is gonna be my next phone

  • droid 3

  • Anonymous

    GIVE THIS TOOO MEEE

  • Anonymous

    GIVE THIS TOOO MEEE

  • Anonymous

    yeah, Idk if I will get it, it’s just so late that it’s lost alot of appeal

  • The camera hump is still there, I can see the subtle gradient in the pics. front looks just like a DX without hard keys, and it has that qHD screen…. this isnt going to be my next phone either. damnit I really want a Nexus S LTE on Verizon with no bloatware and a 1280×720 4.5 inch screen PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

  • Coriolis

    It seems a bit small, is that still a 4.3″ screen?

  • Ccav913

    it reminds me of my old lg dare

  • Mgpickup

    Is this going to be a world phone? If not then Verizon forces us to make tradeoffs between global capability and 4g capability …if so forced then how can Verizon claim to have a flagship phone? Stupid mistake.

    • Coriolis

      I want to know if it is going to be a world phone as well.

  • Am I the only one that actually kind of likes the fact that it looks a bit like the OG Droid? If I wanted something that looks like the iphone, well, I would buy a Samsung because I would never sell my soul to Steve Jobs. But, I for one, Like the Moto industrial “ugly” design.

  • Is it me or do the front images kinda show a hump like the droid 3?

  • Mcrutchf

    I was definitely feeling the old design and shape a lot better. This looks a little like og droid mixed with samsung

  • OH LOOK THE NEW BIONIC!!! or is it the Droid 3 or is it the Droid X.. or is it the Droid X2… come on Motorola!!! If you wanted to make the same phone over and over again like apple, at least name it the same thing. This phone looks like the same old shit we’ve been getting. How am i supposed to get excited when I’ve already had a phone that looks just like this for almost 2 years? Can someone please give me some styling effort into their phones? The original Bionic was nice. I mean come on.. can i at least get it in white? Silver? Something at least to make me feel like i’m carrying a new phone? I’m beyond disappointed by this.

  • Jim Dandy

    No pressure Motorola :p

  • i want…Motorola has a year and a half to make a kickass phone if not i see myself going HTC or Sony.
    i love my R2D2 but there are SOOOO much better stuff now.

  • Anonymous

    Yup, it has everything the spec junkies are waiting for. I will still wait to see if the SG2 carries an LTE radio before making this jump. God knows VZW will sell this for $400.

  • Mr. Joe

    IS THAT A SINGLE FLASH?  NO DUAL?

    CABBAGE!!!!   CABBAGE!!!!

  • We got a Droid 2 Global just after Droid 2 last year.  Maybe this year we get Droid 3 4G just after Droid 3??

  • Anonymous

    this makes me very happy about my thunderbolt purchase 

  • Anonymous

    oh god Blur is hideous 

  • Carmen Diva

    I actually like the original Bionic i saw earlier this year

  • Anonymous

    When?

  • Anonymous

    I really want the Bionic, but right now I’m sportin Chevy’s new SS5.4GB ROM and well lets just say I can wait till the end of 3rd quarter with no problem….. ChevyNo1 Rocks!!!

    • nastysquar3d

      I 100% agree with this. SS 5.4GB is fantastic so far. Hands down the best GB I’ve used so far, and I’ve used a couple. It will certainly hold me over until the Bionic or the SGS2 is released.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like everythang I want on a phone, only thing I am hoping for is a nfc chip but with those sd cards they are currently making , I wouldn’t mind if it doesn’t have it

  • Anonymous

    All these moto android phones look the same. The people who design these phones must be the same morons who invented that shit blur.

  • dual core + 4g + ffc = still people crying

    how annoying….

    • Mr. Joe

      THANK YOU!

      This goes to prove my point over in another DL article.  IT doesn’t matter what they come out with people are still gonna bitch.

      It could have an unlocked Boot up your Butt loader and people would complain cause it has blur.

  • Anonymous

    In the inimitable words of former President Bush:
    Fool me once, Motorola, shame on you. Fool me twice . . . uh, you’re not gonna fool me a second time.

  • Amenemhat1

    Not too crazy about the DX hump. This is more of what I like.29 more days till upgrade time….. tic toc…. come’on Bionic! 

  • EC8CH

    I like it.

    Except for that stupid vz logo on the bottom right of the front.

  • Anonymous

    The Droid Bionic would be the my next phone also, except for that qHD screen everyone is complaining about.  My original Droid’s screen looked every bit as good as my buddies’s iPhone 4 retina whatever, except for the tiniest print. And if the content could be zoomed, then even that wasn’t a problem.   After my original Droid met with an unfortunate accident involving the front tire of my car, Assurion replaced it with a Droid X.   Pretty damn nice screen as well.   Maybe not quite my original Droid, but still pretty close.  So I don’t want to go backwards in that respect.

  • looks like a droid x2 but 4g, not bad. Nothing new though.

  • Corymcnutt

    Are we all that gullible?  “Looks thinner;” you can’t tell the thickness from these photos? It was confirmed it would have a bold, new look; this is “bold & new,” it looks like Moto’s other phones.  There is nothing in these photos that would make this the new Bionic…hey, I want this phone as much as the next guy (although, I am not happy about Webtop) but come on…this can’t possibly what all the hipe is about?

    • Tha’ts definitely the new Bionic. No questions about it. What more proof do you  need?

      • Picture of the Box and the words “Bionic”

      • Picture of the box with the words “Bionic” on it

        • Corymcnutt

          What picture, what box, with Droid Bionic on it?

  • I like the new look !!! soo sexy and slick not like the first 1 bulky cheap plastic

  • Seriously, can they just release this thing already.  I need a new phone now!

  • Droid Dizzy

    IMHO It really looks like the Droid 3 we saw in the videos yesterday it is a sexy device but maybe not the Droid BIONIC we’re looking for.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely not the Droid 3, its bigger and too thin to be a slider (look at the laptop dock pic. Also doesn’t havve the rounded lip for the slider. Does look like an Atrix cousin

  • T Hall

    Wow, now I have to convince myself to just be patient and wait for it 🙂

  • if i want a daily dose of whining, i love to read the comments on this blog…just relax guys really haha

  • This will be mine, OH YES, this will be mine

  • Anonymous

    Although, this device and the device shown in the D3 videos look similar, there are obvious differences in appearance.

    re:  The D3 videos…did anyone else find it interesting that the person holding the device, on the first video, seemed to be blatantly hiding the text on the center lower part of the back of the device?  Look at the 0:37 mark of the video.

    I know that everyone has been saying that the D3 absolutely “IS NOT LTE”…and I’m not saying that it will be.  But….. #stilldreaming.

  • ironick

    Looks like an OG without a keyboard. The boxey style.

  • GianniOD

    I wish this phone would come out already… its the only phone I deem worthy to replace my OG

  • Sparkimu5

    It doesn’t have a lip like the D3, it has a lip like the DX that is flush with the screen. Looks pretty sweet, but the D3 is my next upgrade. Keyboard > 4G I can’t use.

  • Anonymous

    A very, very nice looking phone.  Is Moto going to laptop docs for all of their dual core devices?  Will there be a standard docking port?

  • whats the differene between this and the Dx2? seems like the same phone to me :/

    • RonsterWVU

      Front camera, bump out, records in 1080p, 4g, web-top ready, capacitive button….

      This is just from looking at the pictures….

  • I for one am much happier with the angles on this device than the weird bubbled look of the original Bionic. Let’s just hope it is released soon enough to still be relevant. I’ve been waiting for this device for too long.

  • Roberto Taylor

    You guys need to learn how to rotate the pics before you post them. I hate having to tilt my head…lol

  • Anonymous

    This or the galaxy s ii??? I really can’t make up my mind…

  • Booboolala2000

    II’ll stick with my Charge. Works great, have a Motorola Xoom, but with their debacle with the sd card and lte update, will pass on Motorola from here on. Plus my Charge is easy hackabke. RIP Motorola, qhd display is a joke.

  • OMAP!! Please NO!!!

  • 4gshmoreg

    Is there any way we could get a side by side photo comparison of some Droid 3 screenshots vs. these recent pics of the mystery phone? I really think this a the D3.

  • 4gshmoreg

    Is there any way we could get a side by side photo comparison of some Droid 3 screenshots vs. these recent pics of the mystery phone? I really think this a the D3.

  • looks real stealthy.

  • Anonymous

    I wish someone would leak a release date already; I’m willing to wait a little longer for a phone, but I don’t want to wait so long that I lose my last NE2. 

  • Dean2359

    I also have been waiting for this phone. I’ve had the OG Droid,INC,the X and now the T-Bolt. But my friend just got the Charge,which by no means do I want ,but that super Am screen, WOW! it’s gonna be tough but I think now im going to wait for the Sam Galaxy S 2. Any thoughts?

  • How disappointing. Another black slab. I was hoping it was going to have some silver accents to at least make it look a little different from all other phones. I still may end up getting this but it doesn’t look much like the Targa designs at all which I liked. I almost like the old body of the Bionic better than this new one.

  • Not to mention it’ll be $500 for the webtop dock. 

  • I’m sorry but Motorola has run out of goodwill as far as i’m concerned.  I don’t think this phone could have any feature or specs that would convince me to buy it.  They have repeatedly showed that they don’t care about what their customers want.  My next phone will be an official Google “developer” phone running stock only.   Even if the specs are a little behind the curve.

  • If this is the Bionic then X2 here I come.

    …and thanks VZW and Moto for not showing up with top flight handsets once again. Specs can only get you so far. For a handset that was supposed to rival the iPhone 5 – it’s not even impressing us ‘Doid geeks.

    • Anonymous

      I fail to see in what way the X2 is better than this?

  • slappynutz

    bootloader locked check.. i will pass.

    im losing faith in motorola.

  • Rain_king46

    Moto, if that QHD screen is the same one that you are using on the DX2, keep it. I for one would rather deal with the crappy battery life but awesome look of an amoled screen. other than that, bring on that bionic!  Already looking for the 6 million dollar man sound for the notifications on mine…

    • Kierra

      Seriously, you’d take the crappy battery life??? Hmm ok

  • I’ve been waiting for this phone forever! Wish it has the look of the original Bionic especially the back of the original.

  • Oh My

    Here’s a real downer….could the Droid 3 and the Bionic be one and the same?

  • Oh My

    Here’s a real downer….could the Droid 3 and the Bionic be one and the same?

    • Anonymous

      Nope.

  • Ckochinsky0125

    Looks very similar to Droid 3 I like it though lets hope for aa July release that’s when I’m due for an upgrade.

  • Ckochinsky0125

    Looks very similar to Droid 3 I like it though lets hope for aa July release that’s when I’m due for an upgrade.

  • Joe

    Someone please tell me that phone icon isn’t real. It doesn’t go with any of the other icons!

    MOTOROLA

    Y U NO DESIGN GOOD

  • Joe12304

    Pictures of Bionic?! I came bukkets!!

  • Yes it makes a difference. Love me the 1GB  of DDR2 RAM.

    mmmmmmmmmmm

  • Yeah but these pics can’t be d3 due to 4G

  • Fd2blk78

    Droid 3 with 4g! I’m all in!

    • Ckochinsky0125

      Agree if the d3 had lte it would be a HUGE seller.

  • Looks like an Atrix almost…..

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or does it look like it has a slide out keyboard? Based off of the first picture and the lapdock one, it looks similar to the D1 and D2. If it does have a keyboard, I think this may be my next phone.

  • Flipsiiide686

    I wish they would give release dates so I could plan my budget accordingly

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute – a new VZW phone that actually has everything for which we’ve been clamoring? Mark my word, this phone’s release will conveniently coincide with VZW’s new tiered/capped/limited data plans.

    • Anonymous

      Was thinking just that as I was reading it.

  • Anonymous

    I want to see more specs about this device first.  Moto’s track record so far has been a little suspect.  And, I would like to compare this to the Tbolt.  If the Bionic can out perform the Tbolt in specs and preformance, also I would like to see what HTC is coming out with next as well. 

    I am sure with the new Motoblur there will be a locked bootloader too.  What are the issues with this device??  and it’s performance on 4gLTE?? 

    Those are the concerns for me. Ahh Moto you use to be so good, now, we’ll just wait and see.

    • Are you serious?  What performance are you speaking of? Tbolt has no specs and no performance except for LTE.

      • Anonymous

        The question is are you serious?? Moto had to retool this device because of
        it’s issues. C’mon stop being a Moto fan boy and put down the kool aid.
        Look, I love my OG but Moto hasn’t been the raising star of devices, lately
        and their track record hasn’t been that good IMHO especially after the OG
        and the DX. (Please, spare me the “What about the Atrix” Several friends
        returned the device because of the problems and the network)

        Like I’ve said before HTC and the other OEM’s are catching, we’ll have
        caught up with Moto and HTC has said No Locked Bootloaders on their
        devices. What has Moto said ???

        The Bionic needs to knock it out of the park much like the OG did it’s first
        time out. I guess you settle for anything right?? Wake up and look around,
        and let’s see how good the Bionic is before jumping on the bandwagon again,
        then falling off complaining about Moto short changed you.

  • James Kernicky

    I just went from 6 to midnight because I know there’s still chance I can have this.

  • Ok this might be a dumb question, but is there a speaker above the cam and one on the bottom left? or is the part by the cam something else, like mic for the cam or something? or just part of the design?

  • OG Droid

    IT’S ALIVE!!!!

  • LivinFree

    Looks decent but only time will tell. Lets hope they just work with us and give us a bootloader option like the Xoom got.

    Btw someone is going to have a bad day today over at Moto tho if the bosses see these pics. Whoevers device this is could get fired now seeing as the moron gave pics out with his ID number marked on the front of the device. Unreal and  @  DL do these guys a favor and block the numbers out before posting pics. this is how these guys get tracked.  

  • This is the Droid 3 everyone, not the BIONIC.

    • D3 isn’t 4G LTE

      • Anonymous

        But it does have a physical keyboard.

        • It looks like it has a physical keyboard

        • Anonymous

          I agree, but it’s not the Droid3 from yesterdays videos. The lower lip is smaller on this one and the back plate/camera is completely different.

          • John Hall

            They tease like it has a physical keyboard. All of the previous stuff I’d heard about this phone was that it wouldn’t have a physical keyboard. I, too, am a bit put-out with Motorola over their recent garbage but, if this, in fact, has a physical keyboard, I may have to just upgrade to it.

        • Dfhhi

          definitely has a physical keyboard.

      • Bobby Sweethearts

        You can see in the pic that it is the Droid 3 and it will be 4G LTE, it clearly shows that on the back!

        • Anonymous

          It’s not the Droid 3.  Go watch the training videos that came out this weekend.  The lip on this is smaller, the position of the camera flash is different, and this has 4G.  Yes it looks a lot like the Droid 3, but there are physical differences that make this a different phone.

          • Cmorty72

            Nothing is set in stone until the product hits the sales floor. After looking at the training video (vigilantly) and examining the “latest” pics of the Bionic, I’d have to say there’s a strong resemblance to the D3.
            And if per chance this IS the D3…. SWEET!!
            If not, oh well.
            Also, keep in mind that the Bionic is also supposed to be sporting a 12mp camera, not 8.

          • Don’t kid yourself. For one, you contradicted your original, “nothing is set in stone until the product hits the sales floor” statement at the end. D3 doesn’t have 4G. End of story. 

        • Ckochinsky0125

          Droid 3 isn’t lte look at the videos up of it.

        • LivinFree

          D3 looks nothing like Bionic and the D3 WILL NOT have or get LTE. Do some research before you comment

      • Cmonnats23

        It should be… 🙁

    • MFG

      Are you blind?

      • MFG – maybe, but you WANT to agree with me, admit it.

        We’ve all been waiting for this phone for over a year and THIS is what we get??

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, this is awesome. I don’t know what you are bitching about. The hardware looks slick. It looks like it’s going to be thinner than the D3 from the pictures. 

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, this is awesome. I don’t know what you are bitching about. The hardware looks slick. It looks like it’s going to be thinner than the D3 from the pictures. 

    • Anonymous

      Besides being 4G, the positioning of the flash is different, along with the lip being smaller.  This is a different phone than what we’ve seen for the Droid 3.

    • YoMomma

      How dumb do YOU feel?

    • I was gonna say this looks like the Droid 3

    • Anonymous

      Was about to agree with you but its not. The cameras are way different between these two. D3’s is elongated and this small.

      • I’m bummed. BUMMED.

        • Anonymous

          Why so bummed?  This is better than that original tank Bionic we saw at CES.  It’ll probably have 1GB of RAM, awesome camera, and LTE…what else are you looking for?

          • I agree. Only problem at all that I can see is the whole webtop dock deal. While its a cool feature, I won’t use it and thus don’t want potential issues with the phone due to the software.

          • I agree. Only problem at all that I can see is the whole webtop dock deal. While its a cool feature, I won’t use it and thus don’t want potential issues with the phone due to the software.

          • Anonymous

            A physical keyboard and a great battery life= MY DREAM DEVICE! 

          • EC8CH

            an unlocked bootloader :p

        • Anonymous

          Why so bummed?  This is better than that original tank Bionic we saw at CES.  It’ll probably have 1GB of RAM, awesome camera, and LTE…what else are you looking for?

    • Anonymous

      This is absolutely not the Droid 3. The D3 won’t have WebTop or LTE.

      • Ckochinsky0125

        It has webtop I’m pretty sure. But no lte(the Droid 3)

    • Anonymous

      This is absolutely not the Droid 3. The D3 won’t have WebTop or LTE.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t about d3 but it definitely looks like it might be a slider but the back shots also give it the look like its got a cover on, so I dont know but i am pretty sure its not a 4g d3

    • Husaberg37

      how can it be the d3 its says its 4g right on it dufus

  • This is the Droid 3 everyone, not the BIONIC.

  • Rick

    Looks like the Bionic and D3 are coming with Gingerbread, pre-installed.

  • Rick

    Looks like the Bionic and D3 are coming with Gingerbread, pre-installed.

  • Anonymous

    So maybe we’ll finally get an LTE phone with current high end specs.  Any guess for price?  If the charge is $300 on contract, why not $400 for this.  I think I may wait for the SGS2 anyway.

  • Anonymous

    So maybe we’ll finally get an LTE phone with current high end specs.  Any guess for price?  If the charge is $300 on contract, why not $400 for this.  I think I may wait for the SGS2 anyway.

    • If this is $400 then SGS2 will be $600 😉

      I will 100% guarantee you it will be $299 or less on Contract.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I don’t see how they can possibly justify charging more than $300 for any phone on contract, but somehow they priced the Charge there when it is a variant of a year old phone (OG Galaxy S).  There seems to be an LTE premium.

        I’m on the fence about this one.  Really not feeling Moto, as blur seems to bog down all their phones, even the atrix, and likely locked bootloader assures it wont be easy to remove.

        If this is in fact the new dual core OMAP, it’ll be interesting to see how it performs versus the other dual core procs.  Seems like the Tegra2 is actually the weakest of the bunch, so maybe a blessing in disguise that Moto scrapped it.

      • Ckochinsky0125

        299 because IT will be Droid branded

    • LivinFree

      $300 min is my guess. And as for getting this my guess is it won’t hit til after VZW goes to tiered pricing on data. Personally I think the current LTE devices were a game/ploy by VZW and the MFGs. IE they didn’t want high end devices released before tiered data. That is why the current lineup of LTE device is pretty much the same from all the mfgs spec wise. little here little there but nothing earth shatter. All last yrs hardware if you think about it and there is no word of any newer LTE devices hitting anytime soon.

  • DarthSnuggie

    lol, this has gotta be one of the most boring looking phones I’ve seen.  At least the specs are great.

  • DarthSnuggie

    lol, this has gotta be one of the most boring looking phones I’ve seen.  At least the specs are great.

    • sob157

      what would constitute a non-boring phone? it has all the great looks of what I want in a phone.. a front, a back, 4 corners was a great touch. = )

  • Arthur Boddie

    This phone looks great can’t wait for this one to drop

  • Need. Want. Now.

  • I’m going to punch a baby dolphin. I JUST got the LG Revolution last night, and I have never been so sure I made a purchasing mistake so quickly. To rub salt into that wound, this goes up this morning. Seriously, I put up at least 20 tweets about the flaws of the Revolution. And now this. GRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!

  • I’m going to punch a baby dolphin. I JUST got the LG Revolution last night, and I have never been so sure I made a purchasing mistake so quickly. To rub salt into that wound, this goes up this morning. Seriously, I put up at least 20 tweets about the flaws of the Revolution. And now this. GRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!

    • Anonymous

      You have 14 days to return. Don’t live with your mistake for the next 2 years 🙂

      • I plan to. But will they let me upgrade later for the bionic?

        • Anonymous

          If you return it, its like you never upgraded. Make sure you double check
          with the CSR.

          • Ckochinsky0125

            You can return it but the next phone you upgrade to you are stuck with and cant return it.

          • Well that’s good. Thank you for your help!

            What pains me is that LG seems to have done everything else well! The phone’s design is great, the materials are good, the screen is very bright. The colors can be a little washed out, but I have a screen protector on it so that doesn’t help. The camera seems to be good at its job, and the sound quality both in and out of calls is very good. I have one problem with the case: it doesn’t have “with Google” present. And that’s where the problems start.

            Reading reviews, they all say it comes with Bing preinstalled, it can’t be removed, and it’s tied to the hard search key. They mention that it comes with some VZW bloatware. I figured I could deal with that. But what They don’t mention that it has ZERO google apps other than youtube and gmail. Nothing. Not even Music. Everything that google has, LG has done their own version of. And they all suck. Facebook for LG and Twitter for LG (both unremovable bloatware) are particularly heinous. They extremely similar to their official counterparts, but it’s like twin sisters. One may be really pretty, but the other has no teeth. The thing is, the contact sync functions for these “for LG” apps DO NOT WORK. To continue the metaphor, the pretty sister has an education, can cook a delicious meal, and is tech savvy. The toothless one failed out of 4th grade, burns down the neighborhood, and thinks a PlayBook is made by The Hef.  LG’s “DeskHome” app is an extremely poor rip of the media dock/ clock app in Android (which also isn’t included, by the way.) The app tray is a joke. Instead of just showing me my apps, it sorts them all into predesignated categories such as “communication”, “news”, “downloaded”, and “applications”. Yes, there is an app category called “applications”. But contrary to LOGIC, there are no apps in this category. Not even the apps you download go here. You have to MANUALLY MOVE what you want into this general, catch-all category. They even screwed up the keyboard. Its overzealous autocorrect ensures that what you want to say will not be said. It corrects things that are ALREADY CORRECT. 

            But the biggest problem is that even the Bing is broken. Bing Maps refused to recognize the phone’s GPS signal. Bing Voice Search won’t accurately interpret what is said. Bing search returns faulty results and not nearly as many as Google.

            As for the bloatware… Endless. I never thought I would buy a smartphone that came with a Let’s Golf 2 or Rock Band demo… that are permanently locked to the phone.  You can’t remove them.  Nor can you remove VZ Navigator, 4G Mobile Hotspot, Backup Assistant, Bitbop, Blockbuster (more on that in a minute), Finance, Guided Tours (an unremovable tutorial for the phone), Mobile IM, My Verizon Mobile, Rhapsody, Setup Wizard, Tunewiki, Slacker, Vcast apps/ media, or the knockoff News/ Weather apps.  It’s a living nightmare.  Also, why would you put blockbuster bloatware on a phone whose biggest selling point is its inclusion of Netflix?

            Don’t get caught by the trap of this phone. It’s like those twins I mentioned earlier. This phone looks exactly like its sister on the outside. It has a great design, it says “Android” on the tag, and at first blush it seems pretty great. But then that sister opens her gaping, toothless maw and reveals the ravaged gums that her face hides, and you want to run screaming in the other direction.

    • If you just got it then it can be returned right?

  • Anyone else see that the source website called it “pretty cute”??? That actually made me want this phone a lot less. Thanks.

  • Anyone else see that the source website called it “pretty cute”??? That actually made me want this phone a lot less. Thanks.

  • Jeff

    there seems to be a number in the first picture on the left, looks like “04GT-9000” possible model number maybe??

  • Jeff

    there seems to be a number in the first picture on the left, looks like “04GT-9000” possible model number maybe??

    • Jeff

      on the right side of the picture i mean

    • Jeff

      on the right side of the picture i mean

  • NFC PLEASE!

  • NFC PLEASE!

  • Rick Cosentino58

    Looks like the Droid 3 again, right???

    • mtbhk44

      It does – not a good look for this phone

    • mtbhk44

      It does – not a good look for this phone

    • Kev

      I think it is the D3 especially that first pic.

    • Anonymous

      It’s similar, but there are several subtle differences – smaller lip, flash positioning, 4G…

  • william conn

    Specs sound good….locked = FAIL….ole for factor was definitely better….

  • Djenks24

    Bad timing Motorola, went and got a thunderbolt!!!  I miss you!!!

    • Twofourturbo

      You and me both.. I think the TB will keep me contained for now.. ill just wait for the bionic 2 . It’ll be identical to this but a quad core.. Haha judging from Motorola’s lack of creativity .

      • Not to start anything but HTC phones all look very similar as well. Aside from some different back designs and sizes HTC phones are nearly indistinguishable from one another.

        • Anonymous

          True but HTC’s front and back design are a lot sexier than Moto’s that’s for sure
           

          • Twofourturbo

            All I’m referring to is its sad that Motorola can take a year old phone and slap a new processor in it and modify the casing by removing a camera key or smooth out the DROID 1 and call it a brand new phone with a brand new outrageous price..

          • Anonymous

            I totally agree, and HTC has pretty much done the same, I just think HTC has
            a better design than Moto. maybe that’s an industry standard lol I hope the
            Bionic lives upo to the hype. We will see.

          • Twofourturbo

            We can only hope. Haha.. now if they would push a unlocked bootloader for it. Id feel like the OG DROID all over again. Haha..

          • Anonymous

            @TwofourturboI, would definetly consider the Bionic then 🙂

      • LivinFree

        Quad core will be around sooner then you think. IE long before a Bionic 2

    • just did the same lol

  • Anonymous

    Very nice – maybe they filled the hump with a bigger battery…hard to tell how thick it is from these pix

  • Not sure I’m digging the lip on the bottom there.  Would like to see how it looks from a side view.

  • JK

    Not bad. Not bad at all. Too bad when I have my upgrade, this phone will be antiquated. Nevertheless, it is looking good.

  • Anonymous

    Great to finally see something. Maybe I won’t give away my upgrade to another family member to wait out for something else…

  • Illegitimi non Carborundum

    Can’t get here soon enough. 

  • Anonymous

    So long as it’s unlockable per Jha’s earlier comments, I’m in. Blur sucks, but AOSP will be around if it’s unlockable and popular (and with Tegra 3 and LTE, it should be).

  • So will this basically end up being a DX2 with LTE and FFC?

  • So will this basically end up being a DX2 with LTE and FFC?

    • Anonymous

      As someone who hates the look of the DX2 I can dig this

    • I guess I forgot 1080p capture, OMAP, and capacitive buttons.

      • Anonymous

        Should have more RAM too.  Probably double at 1GB.

        • Rick

          I really hope the RAM is DDR2

        • Rick

          I really hope the RAM is DDR2

        • Nice. I was thinking I had reaed 768. 1GB would be much appreciated.

          • Anonymous

            You will never notice the difference, 1GB is total overkill.

          • LivinFree

            WOW….someone else who has a head on there shoulders. To this day I’ve never thought one of these devices needs that much RAM. No point and like you said overkill and just wasting more battery. Give mee higher speed RAM over the amount and I’ll be a happy camper.

          • LivinFree

            WOW….someone else who has a head on there shoulders. To this day I’ve never thought one of these devices needs that much RAM. No point and like you said overkill and just wasting more battery. Give mee higher speed RAM over the amount and I’ll be a happy camper.

          • Anonymous

            You will never notice the difference, 1GB is total overkill.

      • and the front facing camera, and the capability to work on a laptop dock 

        • I had FFC (front facing camera) in there, but good call on the dock.

          • Anonymous

            Larger battery, dual speakers.

        • I had FFC (front facing camera) in there, but good call on the dock.

  • mtbhk44

    Is that a bezel on the bottom?  WTF could that design possibly be for?  And are those the fakish buttons like on the Droid?  I absolutely LOVE the real buttons on the X – I don’t mistakenly pop in and out of apps like I used to.  I just became very unhappy since this was my next planned device 🙁  

    • Anonymous

      The X is pretty much the only high end phone out with actual physical buttons. And soon there will be no buttons at all.

      • mtbhk44

        No buttons would be perfect.  The fake buttons are hit way too easily

        • Anonymous

          Well EVERY other high end android phone has them so you better get used to them until ICS comes out.

    • Anonymous

      The X is pretty much the only high end phone out with actual physical buttons. And soon there will be no buttons at all.

    • Anonymous

      The original Bionic had capacitive buttons as well so not sure what made you think the final version would be any different.

  • Saa

    bonerrific

  • I’ll take one!

  • Anonymous

    I like the old design more than this one.

    • Anonymous

      You like fat phones with gaudy metal trim?

      • Mr. Joe

        Curves?

    • Anonymous

      The old one was ugly, this is far nicer.

  • Have been waiting for this for far too long!!!!

  • PLEASE!

  • Afox1208

    Bootloader???

    • Anonymous

      Most likely locked down. This is Motorola we’re talking about here.

  • come to me, my precious.

  • tbaybe

    my upgrade is waiting…. ON THIS 

    • Ckochinsky0125

      Mine too.

  • Only 5 home screens?

    • yeah i think 5 is too few…but at the same time i think 7 is a bit too much. maybe they’ll take a hint from some of the more popular home screen replacements and allow us to change that number? i suppose i can dream…

      • Touchwiz lets you change it

        • Touchwiz is awesome if you want to be running FroYo while everyone else is on Gingerbread and beyond. . . . . stupid Fascinate. 🙁

          • Anonymous

            The new touchwiz 3.0 gingerbread on the Galaxy S II is pretty awesome.

    • yeah i think 5 is too few…but at the same time i think 7 is a bit too much. maybe they’ll take a hint from some of the more popular home screen replacements and allow us to change that number? i suppose i can dream…

    • Anonymous

      I only use 1 primarily…sometimes 2.

    • Anonymous

      With the new Blur launcher and using icon groups as home screen shortcuts I only use 3 now and stopped even using LP.

  • Mrcheese24

    E3 and DROID bionic news?? this day couldn’t get any better

  • Finally i get to see a picture of my next phone

    • Anonymous

      Boycott Motorola.

      • Anonymous

        I hear you on that one brother.  Moto is starting to become like Apple!!!  Forcing us to use that Blur junk

        • Mr. Joe

          WTF?

          UH what company doesn’t force you to use their stuff?  HTC Sence, Samsung Touchwiz, LG TouchWiz wannabe, Sprint ID, etc. etc. etc.

          Don’t even start comparing Moto to Apple.  Blood may be flowing from my nose, but Moto does not equal apple.

          • Anonymous

             HTC reversed their bootloader policy due to customer demand. I’m all for a company that listens to the consumer.

          • Anonymous

            Thats why my next phone is HTC and not Moto, even if moto has superior hardware

        • asdf

          It’s a new version, so you have absolutely no idea if it will be good or bad. And have you used the newest version on the Droid X2? It’s actually pretty decent. People just like to complain about what other people complain about.

          • Anonymous

            @ Joe, Man you’ve seen me on here long enough to know that I am not a Apple
            fan boy but Moto is PISSING me off with thier stunts lately!!! Atleast HTC
            is giving up their locked Bootloaders, and desinging devices that have so
            far beat Moto.

            And you of all people have written about VANILLA Android and how Blur is
            junk. Maybe I am being too hard on Moto but it’s deserved, with thier lack
            of commitment to their customers. Atleast HTC is listening, the Bionic
            better be a beast to I think Moto has lost a lot of respect from the Android
            coomunity with thier reluntance to give the consumers what they want.
            Again, HTC is listening.

          • Anonymous

            @asdf, No I am not the type of person that is a follower so I will correct
            you on that subject right there. Yes, I’ve played around with the new blur
            and it’s still BLUR!! I;ll take Vanilla Stock Android.over your Blur any
            day. Your thoughts!!!

            . But On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM, Disqus <

      • Inkster09

        Please please don’t tell me its dunning froyo please?

        • Tyler Vallely

          No it’s 2.3.4

      • Ioannis Stasinopoulos

        How can you be sure that they will lock the bootloader? They had indicated a shift. I’m with you if they do, but let’s wait and see?

    • Inkster09

      Such great phones. Absolute BEAST!

    • Anonymous

      Looks like the new Blur is tweaked a lil. The dock area looks different. If thats contact widgets that looks different.

      And does this phone have 2 speakers?

    • ha ha ha and did you get it… 🙂