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Monday Poll: DROID Bionic with LTE or Galaxy S II without?

The battle of the summer phones on Verizon appears to have been narrowed down to just two as of today:  the DROID Bionic by Motorola and the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Both have out of this world specs like dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM and the latest version of Android, but there still could be a thing or two that would make you choose one over the other.

The Bionic has been the most anticipated and talked about Verizon phone that we’ve seen in a while, but we can almost guarantee (unless something wild happens) that it will have a locked bootloader, not-so-hot PenTile screen, and MotoBlur.  The Galaxy S II on the other hand will have a slightly smaller yet much more vibrant screen along with an unlocked bootloader, but may not come with a 4G LTE radio.  We’re just wondering if LTE in this case would be a killer to you?  Is an unlocked device with an amazing screen worth passing up on just because it won’t run on Verizon’s LTE network?

*Note – Most of the specs and bootloader/LTE talk in this poll are our guesses and opinions on what these phones will likely ship with.  There have been no official announcements as to whether or not these phones will be locked down or if the Galaxy S II will have LTE.

DROID Bionic with LTE or Galaxy S II without?

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  • Noway

    Y not just wait 2 more months after and get the nexus 3 which is sauppose to have the nvidia kal-el processor?

  • Anonymous

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  • Guy68965

    Samsung might have played their cards right on the sgs2.  If i can get that beast of a phone and on day one root it, throw cm7 on it, that would be the ideal for me.  not sure that will happen, but hopefully some devs will have something going soon with Sammy’s kind gift to the cm team

  • Anonymous

    I want the Bionic the most, though both these phones are amazing. In the end though, I’ll probably skip both. I’ll wait till November/December for my upgrade and pick a 4G device to fit my needs then. Hopefully Motorola has something even better by the end of the year.

  • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

    I know I’m probably in the minority, but LTE is something I’m looking for in a phone (even with the network issues), especially since I’m not willing to lock myself into a 2 year contract with older technology. If LTE wasn’t available in my area, it’d be a different matter. Motorola and their locking of bootloaders/skimping RAM just makes me not interested and I’m still not sure I trust Samsung to keep their phones up-to-date. 

    My OG Droid is in the “takes a licking, keeps on ticking” deal and I can use my Transformer if I want to play anything that the Droid can’t handle.

  • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

    Droid Bionic ftw.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    TouchWiz is awful, but nothing a little LPP can’t fix.
    The screen difference doesn’t mean all that much to me, besides that it signifies Moto continuing to cut corners, thus I vote S2

    • Dean2359

      I thought they were both 4.3`s?

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

        I wasn’t talking about size….everyone has been making a big deal about qHD and Pentile today.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

        I wasn’t talking about size….everyone has been making a big deal about qHD and Pentile today.

  • Anonymous

    Lots of misinformation being spread here.

  • Anonymous

    Between a nearly wide open device (Samsung even sent the CM team a free device) with more power vs a slightly weaker locked down device?  Samsung please.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

    If the GS2 has LTE its a done deal to me, i will finally not upgrade to another Moto device. But I live in a highly populated area where all but one of the cities within a couple hours time has LTE. I’m confident it’s coming and if Verizon and Samsung don’t put an LTE radio in the GS2 then im sticking with Moto and getting the Bionic.

  • http://twitter.com/dougdunfee Doug Dunfee

    Order of importance.
    1. Unlocked bootloader
    2. Good 4.3″+ screen
    3. LTE
    4. Lots of internal storage and RAM

    Voted for the S2, see #1 (I know, not confirmed yet)

  • Nathan Patel

    This is a very good poll. SGS2 should win hands down. Android users should not stoop down to Motorola’s phones. That pentile screen is disheartening and who the hell wants a 4.5 inch phone? It will barely fit in a pocket and is no longer usable with one hand… Even if the SGS2 does not have 4G it is still the superior phone and the battery should last longer than 4 hours.

    • Anonymous

      Sure, keep pulling shit out of your ass.  The comparison picture with the Bionic next to the Defy looks a lot more like 4.3″, not 4.5″.  You have no idea what battery life will be, Motorola is typically pretty decent in that regard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BenBGriffiths Ben Griffiths

        Give me the next perfect 5″ screen please.  Bluetooth for phone calls, and HDTV for games and movies.  What’s not to love?

        • Anonymous

          Dell Streak?

  • http://twitter.com/lpklemmer Larry Klemmer

    The bionic is way to freakin’ huge for me. My thunderbolt is serving me well so far, I honestly could not possibly think of a reason I would need all this dual core madness at the current time without an OS that supports it.

    I didn’t even buy a dual-core computer processor until programs that took advantage of it started to roll around, along with AMD’s dual core optimizing program which made it worth it. I jumped into that and was amazed at the performance of a AMD Athlon 64 4800 X2 and ramping up 200+ FPS is CS:S. There it had a purpose, there it had the opportunity to perform as intended.

    But on my phone? Why? Simply put I use my phone for some Angry birds and Plants vs zombies occasionally, loads faster than my girlfriends 4th Gen Ipod Touch along with playing smoother. Other than that my phone is used as a phone, a lot of texting, RSS reading, e-mail, some amazon/newegg use and to remote maintain wifi/security networks. If you are some crazy gamer or need to do tons of processor intensive things on your phone…I think you need to look into getting this crazy new thing called a computer.

    I’ve never even seen my phone start to lag or slow down, and if anything; further iterations of Android will be faster with less resource intensive tasks creating better performance as they optimize for the current generation of processors, besides the phone manufacturers bloated skin.

    More power is nice and all, but just not necessary at the time.

    • http://twitter.com/jsummersphd Jonathan Summers

      Android natively supports multi-core processors. As I understand it, this is an aspect of Linux that Android continues to enjoy.

  • http://twitter.com/StuntinX StuntinX

    I am a Motorola Fan but the Galaxy S II will win this battle. The amazing screen, unlocked bootloader, and how thin this device is enough to pull me away from Moto. I got a tasted of an unlocked bootloader with my GF’s Droid Inc. and it leaves me craving that for my next device. If the Bionic will be unlocked then not having that super amoled plus screen won’t matter as much…

  • http://twitter.com/StuntinX StuntinX

    I am a Motorola Fan but I’m gonna have to go with the Galaxy S2 in this case. The better screen, unlocked bootloader, and how thin the device is will be enough for me. The bootloader wasn’t really a problem for me on my Droid X untill I got a taste of what all is out there with my girlfriends Droid Inc. Unlocked bootloader on the Bionic and not having that super amoled plus screen won’t matter as much…

  • Anonymous

    I wish there was the evo 3d on verizon….

    • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

      why??

      • Anonymous

        why not? if it had lte, it would rape everything on VZW.

  • Amenemhat1

    The no 4g is a killer for me. VZW announced that it will stop supporting 3g phones by the end of 2012. Don/t quote me, I think I read that here somewhere. But other than that  the Super AMOLED Plus is  a bonus. CM7 is calling already…

  • Booboolala2000

    Happy with my Droid Charge. Once it gets gingerbread. Should be soon enough.

  • Sparhawk2k

    Also depends on when they actually come out…

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I’m getting both. Assuming the Bionic comes out in mid-to-late summer, I’m getting one. But I’m sitting on four available upgrades at this time – two of which are currently smartphones. So I’ll probably replace my wife’s D1 with the SGS2 and then after a little time to compare, I’ll keep the one I like best (my wife won’t care either way).

  • Anonymous

    The Samsung is good but still expecting more, TouchWiz is not the ideal skin if i had to choose.  The Moto Bionic well, “Let’s just say will take a look when this thing ever comes out” Moto’s been hit or miss with me and it’s mostly been MISSING!!!

    Nice devices but nothing to really make me say “WOW, I have to have that device”

  • Anonymous

    The Samsung is good but still expecting more, TouchWiz is not the ideal skin if i had to choose.  The Moto Bionic well, “Let’s just say will take a look when this thing ever comes out” Moto’s been hit or miss with me and it’s mostly been MISSING!!!

    Nice devices but nothing to really make me say “WOW, I have to have that device”

  • Anonymous

    How about I stay with my Thunderbolt? :D rooted with 4G and lovin it.

  • Anonymous

    How about I stay with my Thunderbolt? :D rooted with 4G and lovin it.

  • JT

    Waiting for an unlocked phone with 4G LTE.  Until then, I’ll stick with my OG Droid.

    • WormDoes

      Ummmm, the Thunderbolt has had both for months. Feel free to keep waiting, though

      • JT

        I presumed it was understood that a dual core processor is essential, guess I need to add that decent battery life is also a must.

        • Anonymous

          exactly what I am waiting on

    • WormDoes

      Ummmm, the Thunderbolt has had both for months. Feel free to keep waiting, though

  • Anonymous

    @Kellex the poll should have SGS2 w/ LTE and SGS2 w/o LTE =) bc I am sure people will go for SGS2 over the Bionic if that phones has LTE as the Bionic w/ the qHD screen is going to be bad cheap screen from moto

  • WormDoes

    Not a troll and not looking to get flamed. Just curious why anyone would want the Bionic if it’s going to be locked down?

  • Rizzidy

    4G or nothing.

  • Rizzidy

    4G or nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

    jeez man, more and more disappointing news. Looks like I might be waiting even longer to upgrade from my Motorola Droid as I still have not seen a suitable replacement come along….sigh.

  • Anonymous

    Ok. First of all you guys are acting like the Bionic wont be rootable. All Motorola stated was that it wont be unlocked. There are different levels of locked bootloaders. They can lock it and leave it unsigned. They can lock it but make it easily crackable. (original droid had a ‘locked’ bootloader too).

    They can easily “lock” it, to appease carrier requirements and then make it easy to get around it. With the recent love of the manufacturers to the developer community, im going with it being locked, but easily hacked option. So for the love of god, stop blindly assuming crap cause you see it ‘insta’ reported on some blogs.

    Two, have any of you SEEN the droidx2 screen…in person?? I bet a good 95% of the people bitching in the comments havent. Yet they bitch. Go look at the screen on the atrix. Its pretty good.  A friend has one and it is def better then my evo4g ‘regular’ screen. Im sure super omled+ is even better but its its all variying degrees of GOOD. One is more good then the other but they are still both on the GOOD side of the line. Stop acting like its crappy.

    In the end, What its going to come down to is tangable REAL stuff that determines which phone people choose. When the phones are released. LTE. Internal eMMC room. Screen size. Those are what people will base it off.

    Im kinda leaning in the Bionic side of the camp cause of its 4.5 inch screen and large eMMC. The lte is not an issue as i live in an area with no LTE or Wimax. The only thing that would prevent me from getting the bionic is if they used the Tegra2 after all and not the OMAP. Im sorry but the tegra2s video decode engine sucks. Cant play high def video well unless its using a base profile.

  • http://twitter.com/bigmattown matt

    As of right now, if the S2 is LTE capable. That will be my upgrade.

    But you never know what surprises could come in the near future. 

    Lets hope that Motorola can see the threat that Samsung is, considering most of the OG owners are inching for an upgrade. 

    And from the lack luster selection we have seen lately, its not hard to tell who the two major contenders are here. 

    Heres hoping the both come out swinging!

    • Rizzidy

      *itching

  • Anonymous

    No 4G in my ‘hood yet, and don’t know when it will hit, so the Bionic is out.  The D3 is looking like a 1/2-assed refresh, so that’s out.  Looks like my dream of a kickass phone w/ phys. kb on VZW is over.

    Samsung here I come!

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    Let me also say – if the VZW version of the Galaxy SII ships with LTE out of the box (or a promised upgrade), I’ll buy it on day one (if it’s a promised future update, I will wait until it’s actually updated before buying). Regardless, if it gets 4G LTE on Verizon, I’ll be grabbing it!

  • http://twitter.com/DryZebra Ezra Byrd

    I see a lot of people pulling for the LTE. I understand the excitement, “OH MAN! 10MB DL!!!!” But what are you doing with your phone? Downloading torrents? Netflix streams in high quality over 3g, and so does YouTube, with no interruption. Plus, the LTE network is tiny right now. Look at this map FROM verizon (So it’s probably making it larger than it should be.) http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage See those tiny yellow dots? That’s 4g coverage. It’s going to be AT LEAST another contract cycle before 4g becomes standard, as is with 3g. 

    I choose the Galaxy S because of this. I live in NC, nowhere near the 4g areas, and nowhere near the “expected” 4g areas. I do, however, live near a 3g tower. So I get perfect signal.

    Plus: Cyanogenmod! :D

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    I have a Thunderbolt, and I am also sitting on two upgrades right now. Beyond that, I have 3 more upgrades on my account coming up in January 2012. I think that despite all this awesome dual-core goodness, these two phones just aren’t impressing me.

    The Bionic and all the Motorola drama of the past few months has me really hating Motorola in a deep way. So Motorola is not being considered (for me at least – many still haven’t taken enough punishment from Moto to give them up… I have no idea why they are still hanging on!)

    As for the Galaxy SII, it’s a damn attractive phone. Very thin, very awesome. However, the 4″ screen is a tad too small, and the lack of 4G IS a dealbreaker (for me).

    So, I am waiting for the next next big thing. I’m thinking Christmas time or later. Motorola is very unlikely to surpass the Bionic this year by releasing another mega-phone. I am honestly hoping the HTC successor to the Thunderbolt uses a quad-core processor, has 1-1.5GB of RAM (HTC is known for having beefy amounts of RAM in their phones lately), a 4.3″ or larger screen with TRUE qHD resolution (none of that pentile crap). Or, maybe Samsung’s Galaxy SIII will be around next year early on (I’m hoping for February-April timeline). And I’m hoping it’s out around Christmas time or a little later (January-March of 2012 would be ok by me). 

    Until then, I’m hanging on to my Thunderbolt. There’s nothing on the near-distant horizon that I can see that would be enough to draw me away from my 100% unlocked, CM7-loaded, 4G-enabled Thunderbolt. Say what you want about the battery life (it’s getting so much better these days – with the RC04 update and Imoseyon’s 3.1 kernel update on June 12th, I am getting 16-20 hours of battery life per charge – easily DOUBLE what I was getting on RC03 + dreamKernel), but the Thunderbolt really was way underestimated by so many.

  • Dash Speeds

    Probably the GSII. I live in Maine and go to school in upstate New York, the chances of us getting LTE within the next two years is pretty low and I’m fed up with Moto’s crap.

  • Mr. Joe

    Bionic Baby!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mpaa.hasta.love.me I Pirate Movies

    At this point I’m thinking it’s going to come down to which one comes out first.  My OG Droid screen is dieing.  I hope it lasts long enough so I don’t have to “settle” for a T-Bolt.

  • Anonymous

    Droid Bionic unless HTC announces a 1.2ghz dual core, LTE unlocked bootloader beast on or before release date.  

  • Rob Meyer

    How can anyone not justify trying to lock in unlimited 4g for the same price as 3g for the next two years. Even if you dont have the service around you just yet, you still have the option to wait and see what the next two years brings and calculate whether its worse to lock in a tiered plan or pay retail for your next super phone.

  • Rob Meyer

    How can anyone not justify trying to lock in unlimited 4g for the same price as 3g for the next two years. Even if you dont have the service around you just yet, you still have the option to wait and see what the next two years brings and calculate whether its worse to lock in a tiered plan or pay retail for your next super phone.

  • Azndan3

    I will never buy a phone with a locked bootloader.  I don’t care how “good” the new blur is, its about the principle of having the freedom to do whatever you want.  Also, I hate arrogant companies like motorola that think they can do whatever they want without regard to what their customers want.  

  • Azndan3

    I will never buy a phone with a locked bootloader.  I don’t care how “good” the new blur is, its about the principle of having the freedom to do whatever you want.  Also, I hate arrogant companies like motorola that think they can do whatever they want without regard to what their customers want.  

  • DroidX_Owner

    Well my upgrade is in November and 4G should be arriving in Tucson, AZ sometime this year so I belive I have to wait for a 4G phone.  Just not sure if Bionic is going to fit the bill though.

  • Spikepark

    HTC Sensation 4G on Verizon would top these both.  In case you forgot the specs on the Sensation:
    Processor- 1.2 GHz, dual coreScreen- 4.3″ qHD- 540 X 960HTC Sense- 3.0Video- 1080pAndroid GingerbreadBattery- 1520 mAhHDMI out portBluetooth- 3.0
    Let’s hope HTC decides to release a real phone on Verizon and not that Thunderbolt paperweight a few people bought.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Problem is watch Verizon release their version of the Sensation a year later with outdated specs just like the Thunderbolt.

      • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

        I can see why you’d say that (because history repeats itself often, and because that’s what we’ve come to expect from VZW + HTC). However, I honestly, honestly believe the Thunderbolt shipped with outdated specs because of the 4G network. I think Verizon wanted to launch it earlier, but it just took too long to develop, so as newer dual-core phones started popping up on the horizon, the Thunderbolt began to look worse and worse, despite it actually being a good phone.

        But HTC isn’t the only one seeing problems getting 4G to work. It’s new technology for everyone. Proof of this point is the fact that Motorola has pushed back the Bionic until ??? – we still don’t have a release date, and we seem to have no real indication as to why (other than Motorola swapping out processors, trading the Tegra 2 for the OMAP4). Regardless, Motorola has had their bumps, and who is to say that when the phone is released that there won’t be battery life or signal problems with the Bionic that’ll need fixing with a maintenance release?

        If anyone is a hero here, it’s Samsung. Despite it’s kinda crappy specs, the Droid Charge is pretty much completely unlocked, and seems to get pretty decent battery life. It’s newly released compared to the Thunderbolt and though it doesn’t seem to be super-successful, I haven’t heard massive battery life complaints like we did with the Thunderbolt.HTC has hopefully learned what is necessary in terms of code and getting 4G to work on its phones while retaining good battery life. The MR2 update (mostly the new radio) for the Thunderbolt that was leaked has MASSIVE improvements for battery life and signal strength, so it looks like HTC is starting to get this figured out. We should assume that subsequent 4G phone releases from HTC on Verizon should be done more swiftly, meaning we should get a properly spec’d phone on-time (for once, lol).

        Still, I remain skeptical until I am proven right.

        • Accentpaintingvt

          Don’t forget that updates eat space and slow things down. I had the thunder bolt and thought it was junk. Battery was awefull even with two of them I had a hard time. I dropped it very lightly and the screen cracked ….what a joke. I open beer bottles with my x and think it is overall solid. The bionic seems to look like a gold phone and think the delays will help the entire build due to the extra time spent but will just have to see. I also get phones every six or so. I also think that paying all this money for service entitles me to new stuff.
          with my account I have five lines so I work it and don’t pay anything for them. I currently have five lines and zero contracts. I have worked it and will be getting the bionic for free baby!

    • Anonymous

      No.  These blow the Sensation away in specs.  The dual core snapdragon is slower than the OMAP4 and Exynos.  Both have more ram, a ton more memory, bigger batteries, NFC, 1080p recording, HDMI out, etc.

  • Sibuna

    GS2

    I live in an area that wont see LTE for a few more years, i dont need it now

  • Anonymous

    If the 4.5″ screen on the BIONIC is true, I think I would go with the samsung. 4.5″ seems a little too big for a phone. I would prefer 4-4.3″.

  • Anonymous

    If the 4.5″ screen on the BIONIC is true, I think I would go with the samsung. 4.5″ seems a little too big for a phone. I would prefer 4-4.3″.

  • Anonymous

    I am so tempted by both, I might just pass on them all together and wait for something even better