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Tuesday Poll: Is the DROID Bionic Still the Device to Have?

The DROID Bionic could be here in just a matter of weeks (potentially August 4), which has us wondering if it is still the device of your dreams?  There are rumors of it having an unlocked bootloader, but we likely won’t know for sure until it finally arrives and gets in the hands of some developers.  It could also end up with one of those not-so-hot PenTile screens that we’ve seen on the DROIDX2 and Atrix, which could turn a number of you off.  It is Moto hardware though (which is usually a good thing), but the chances of it having Blur are high enough to make us all cringe.  And let’s not forget that we still don’t know the fate of 4G LTE with the Galaxy S II.  So, is this still your next phone or have you moved on from this phone that we first saw 7 months ago?

Is the DROID Bionic Still the Device to Have?

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  • Red10056

    Droid HQ Pentile screen is a letdown. Original Droid has a better screen. Can overclock OD to 1.2gHz+. Pete Alfanso / GPA Roms with custom kernels are WTG.

  • Scipio

    should have put another one: 

    only if the display is not the horrible pentile display 
    huge deal breaker

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  • WProcter

    Original DX users…contracts are coming up for discounts just next week.


    1) upgrade to DX2 – no.
    2) upgrade to D3 – no. (don’t want the keyboard)
    3) wait for Bionic? maybe
    4) wait for SGII? maybe, but a long way away
    5) wait for something not on the radar

    I’m just not too excited about the Bionic for some reason.

    other options, suggestions I’m missing?

  • Raven

    No physical keyboard, no chance for me.

  • Interstellarmind

    only a quarter of about 7,000 people will get this device, unequivocally. moto, are you listening? you did this to yourself.

  • Guest

    Played with bionic for a second. Screen is larger than atrix by a little. Feels solid in hands and blur is a little better than past iterations.

  • Anonymous

    Between locked bootkoaders and crappy quality screens (yes I own a xoom and its screen is disappointing) I think I’m done with Motorola.

    • Formulanerd

      yes, the XOOM screen is terrible…and i absolutely hated the pentile screen in the X2 after seeing pictures, but my brother in law has the X2, and in person the screen is amazing… the only better screen is retina on iphone 4, period.

  • Sp4rxx

    It’s not a fair assessment to put Galaxy S II as an option since it will be offered on a different carrier than that of the Bionic, and vice versa.
    The weak battery argument is exactly that – weak.  None of my moto phones, nor any of the phones my friends own (OG, DX, DX2, Charge, etc, etc, etc.) have had any battery issues.
    Anyone who drains their battery THAT fast on ALL moto phones seriously needs to buy a laptop or tablet – you’re using the phone for more than originally intended.

    • GSII has not been confirmed but rumored very widely that it will be on Verizon. Verizon would be silly to not have one of the most desired phones up for grabs.

  • Form factor is just plain ugly.

  • Anonymous

    I can guarantee this will have Blur, and I can almost guarantee it will come with a locked bootloader.  

    Sorry Moto, too many chances.  Maybe they’ll pleasantly surprise me, but I’m no longer hyped for this phone or even following much news about.  Motorola has proven that unless Google forces them to make an excellent device (DROID, Xoom) they will make a mediocre device at best (DROID X/X2, DROID 2 and 3).

  • Anonymous

    The real question is not GS2…it is the ever looming Nexus Prime and icecream sandwich. With thoughts that this may hit all four carriers at once, it has the potential to trump all other phones currently out, in just 6 months time.

  • vernon

    does it really matter? probably not. it’s all about optimization.

  • vernon

    you can’t base everything off of benchmark tests, go look at a video of a sgs2 hands on

  • Pnicuh

    i dont care what ppl say this will be my next smartphone, my first android phone cause i still have the BB Storm 2 -_- geez… and my new 2 years is up, hope i still get grandfathered that unlimited data plan.

    • Anonymous

      Mine also

    • Tylerzimmick

      you have to shin up again

  • Anonymous

    http://phandroid.com/2011/07/05/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-passes-through-the-fcc-with-nvidia-tegra-2/ Looks like they may have a different version for when it comes stateside if it ever does

  • Anonymous

    Its funny how quick the tides change and Samsung seems like they are becoming the top dog. Just a few months ago, nobody really wanted anything to do with them because of the whole updating fiasco. Now they brought it with some kick ass hardware, and seems like they are trying their best to address the updating situation and also releasing new handsets with the latest os minus my infuse of course. My hats off to them and I hope they can come through with a 4g lte GS2(with good battery life) for all of big reds loyal Android users out there. If they do all of the above that phone will be a beast. 

  • Chris Jones

    Sorry, the Motorola “Droid” designs are just starting to look a bit dated.

  • Chris Jones

    The Droid designs from Motorola are starting to look a bit dated.

    • challenger

      You don’t seem to look at other brands. They all keep the same design for a long time. That is not a valid complaint.

      • haha, that’s not a valid complaint? What a comment! It does look dated. When a brand has a “dated design” they change it. Good grief.

        • Legoturte92

          I personally like the Droid brand. But I also love robots and the color red.

  • What’s better about it?


  • And to rap up the day the sgs2 will have a tegra 2

  • It’s just an evo with 4g.  yawn. 

  •  yet the competition has not even caught up.

    What do you think a SGS2 would do with an atrix like cpu/gpu combo?

    You’ll be surprised.

  • I’m done with MotoBlur or whatever they’ll call it next.  Nexus for me next, even it if it means bye bye VZ.

  • Interstellarmind

    my next device will be HTC’s dual-core offering.

    • Interstellarmind

      …with LTE, of course.

  • Anonymous

    The GS2 and Bionic will BOTH BE GREAT PHONES.
    Both will have good displays. (Pentile doesn’t matter, nobody looks at there phone that closely)
    Both will have dual core.
    Both will have 4G LTE (maybe on the SG2)

    Both look amazing.

    Both will probably have/get an unlocked bootloader.

    They are both good in there own ways. 

    • Pentile isn’t as hard to notice a flaw as you are assuming here to many of us.  I noticed it immediately and was not liking it one bit.

      • You act like your a normal person

      • You act like your a normal person

  • ThunderTech

    I couldn’t wait any longer for the Bionic. Held out for as long as I could past my contract renewal date, and rumors of Verizon’s unlimited dataplan going away forced my hand and I got the HTC Thunderbolt which has been a great smartphone. (Just have to manage the battery, and use apps to tame it)

  • ThunderTech

    I couldn’t wait any longer for the Bionic. Held out for as long as I could past my contract renewal date, and rumors of Verizon’s unlimited dataplan going away forced my hand and I got the HTC Thunderbolt which has been a great smartphone. (Just have to manage the battery, and use apps to tame it)