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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.

    Options…

    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)

  • Anonymous

    OMAP 4 and LTE… ’nuff said.

  • orion11

    only if sgs2 does not have lte and the next nexus is not on vtown and the bionic is unlocked and doesnt have pentile… boy thats a lot of ifs.. sry bionic. 

    • Anonymous

      Have fun waiting.

  • KC

    For those current month-to-month customers thinking about upgrading to Bionic when it comes out:

    Having just had a pretty long conversation with a seemingly
    knowledgeable Verizon rep, here is what they told me:  If you have a
    month-to-month “unlimited” plan now (regular or blackberry) you can
    upgrade to one of the current 4G phones after the 7th and remain on an
    unlimited plan.  HOWEVER, upgrading is based on the current selection of
    phones they have now.  If you are month-to-month and wish to renew your
    contract when a new phone comes out, there will be no guarantee that
    you can upgrade to that new phone and remain on an unlimited plan.  It
    was stressed to me that the Droid Charge will probably still be the best bet (unless you
    buy a newer phone for full price after renewing). 

    Hope this helps!

    • Wrong

    • Anonymous

      We’ll see.  I’m jumping ship if they try to force me onto their tiered garbage.

  • WormDoes

    So the SGS2 is officially coming to VZW? When did this happen?

  • Dylans764

    The next phone to have is the DX with CM7

    • Anonymous

      i bought a near new DX off CL for $160, sold my D1 for $100. the dx with cm7 oc’d or not isint a bad of a phone at all actually. ive been spoiled by a large screen.

      • Dylans764

        Its the best. And still only a nightly

        • An NO PENTILE!  Makes it better than X2 in my book.

          • Dylans764

            Same here. Got it over clocked to 1.3 and increased the vm heap and it flys like no other phone I’ve used. Its seriously surreal.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe ill hold onto my DX for much longer. The perfect phone Nexus 3.

  • Anonymous

    After the travesty that is the DroidX Gingerbread update and the unfulfilled promises on my Xoom – Moto isn’t getting any more of my money.  Period.

  • RW-1

    Meh …

    Until it is in my hand at a store, to be seen, to be played with, to confirm what is on it and what it’s capabilities really are, it is all speculation.

    I can wait.

  • EC8CH

    Would have been a great phone IF it was released back when AT&T got the Atrix.

    Now it’s kinda meh comparing it the competition.

  • Anonymous

    HTC Thunderbolt > Droid Bionic 

    • Immolate

      Dude… I have a Thunderbolt and I love it, but lol.

    • Immolate

      Dude… I have a Thunderbolt and I love it, but lol.

    • I have a Thunderbolt too and I like it…but really?

      • Anonymous

        lol, well it’s come to market on time vs being delayed for forever and a day…

        • Anonymous

          Umm…I am pretty certain I remember the Thunderbolt being delayed at least 4 months before it launched. Numerous launch dates it failed to meet..Sound familiar?

  • Anonymous

    I have the dx2. While I trust droid life (I have been reading it since its launch with the ogdroid), I cannot see dots on my screen. There is a difference between screens on moto phones and galaxy s phones…no doubt. But I cannot see dots on my dx2 screen. Most average users will not notice alot of the things people pick on moto phones about. The dx2 is smoking fast. Its largest draw back is no 4g…not the screen. The camera and hd video is amazing…no screen issues…no ram issues….battery lasts forever…locked bootloader stinks…but many of the other “issues” people down it for really are not deal breakers. People are either talking about things they have not experienced or just don’t have anything to do but gripe about things all the time.

    • Immolate

      You’re not getting it man. It doesn’t matter if you can see them or not. They are THERE! Get it? Geez you’re acting like you’re over 30.

      • Anonymous

        lol

    • I agree Scott but some people have a woody for Motorola have no idea why

  • Anonymous

    Would get it, if it wasn’t for the pentile screen. Like I said why ruin the phone by cheaping out on the screen!? Bad move.

    The screen is what you use the most and look at, why Jack it up!? Bad move!

  • Tommy Az7

    Motorola didn’t waste all this time to come out with an average phone. I would like to see how many votes change when everyone sees what this phone can do

    • Tarsis Brito

      people are stupid in here no phones can even compare to motorolla after all moto invented the cell phones lol. Droid 1 was great droid 2 as well droid 3 will be great droid x2 another good one and the droid bionic will be the best phone ever made period. Do you feel moto makes us wait for this long to come out with a bad phone i am expecting a lot from them and i have faith as well Moto forever count me in bionic

      • droidbot

        They forget that the motorola Droid started it all. Without motorola who knows what the smartphone world would be today. That bionic is gonna be sic. Im not elegible for an upgrade till next year but that doesn’t matter because I will be the first person in line to pay full price for the bionic.

      • droidbot

        They forget that the motorola Droid started it all. Without motorola who knows what the smartphone world would be today. That bionic is gonna be sic. Im not elegible for an upgrade till next year but that doesn’t matter because I will be the first person in line to pay full price for the bionic.

  • All these comments about 4G, LTE, speed to the millionth power really make me laugh.  How can super sonic speeds be so needed?  Anything above 3MB down is way overkill.  IMO.  I guess I just don’t need to download something in a quarter blink of an eye.  Color me silly, but waiting 30 seconds for a video to download is more than acceptable to me.  Plus it’s a waste of battery, and a minus for watching data caps.  Carriers should just limit speeds to 3MB down / 2MB up, and make it unlimited data usage.  Oh well my rant is over.  Carry on all you speed freaks.

    • 3mbs down would be fine by me too, the problem is I don’t get anywhere near that with 3g. I get ~.5mbs. That’s why 4g is important to me, because my 3g sucks.

    • Anonymous

      I kinda felt the same way until I got my Thunderbolt. Pulling in download speeds faster than my at home Comcast makes a HUGE difference over my OG Droid. I can download any app off the market in less than 3 seconds, I can pull in a 300mb file off my Dropbox in about a minute, where before it took a minute to download an app and an hour to download a file lol. Loading times for websites are also waaaaay faster than on 3G. 

      I did end up getting an extended battery for my phone as well. Best $50 I’ve ever spent. Now, instead of charging my phone once every 3-5 hours, I have pulled in well over 15 hours and still had 30%+ of my battery left. 4G isn’t a huge drain imo, it’s the MASSIVE screens they’re putting on the phones anymore. Any time I look at my battery usage, my display eats up more than 70% of it.

      • LionStone

        Yep that’s right its the display that eats the most battery…and I’m ok with that because its a sweet screen and the tons of pics and video I take look great on it.

  • even if the GS2 is not 4G ill buy it over the bionic

  • I think Motorola smartened up when they decided to Update it, seeing that what else was coming out this year.. Now I think its going to be alot more Beefed up, and a Bigger Beast than the original! 

  • Wsumba

    You should really change the picture of Droid X3 to represent Bionic. This picture is not the bionic picture.

  • Markopolo1022

    too late moto .. I all ready went for HTC thunderbolt … Un less u come out with bionic now. illl maybe trade my thunderbolt .. that’s a maybe . U mess up….I was income with my. Droid 1 .. than I gotthe dx . N no Rom no root Wtf … Oh well… I guess…just have to move on …. See you..

  • I would love to get a Galaxy S2 but my upgrade is ready on July 17th and my wife wants my curent phone meaning the Bionic will be the only thing out.  If it has a locked bootloader I might have to wait though as I have to have custom roms.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t care what phone comes out. Once my xoom gets the lte upgrade, I’m going to sew my two pants pockets in the back together and make it one big pocket for my xoom to slide into because that’s all I need to make phone calls and surf.

    I can even cut my bagel on it while I’m sitting at the beach calling in sick to work.

    4.3″? 4.5″? Forget about it.

    And my boots already unlocked so what’s up.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t care what phone comes out. Once my xoom gets the lte upgrade, I’m going to sew my two pants pockets in the back together and make it one big pocket for my xoom to slide into because that’s all I need to make phone calls and surf.

    I can even cut my bagel on it while I’m sitting at the beach calling in sick to work.

    4.3″? 4.5″? Forget about it.

    And my boots already unlocked so what’s up.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the “Nope, but still waiting on that Bionic System Dump!” option?

    🙂

  • Jim Dandy

    I rather wait and get “hands on” time before any purchase.

  • Mardukslayeroftiamat

    Im sticking with the thunderbolt, despite its probs it’s still one badass piece of machinery. 4g is amazing

    • This made me laugh thanks

  • Mardukslayeroftiamat

    Im sticking with the thunderbolt, despite its probs it’s still one badass piece of machinery. 4g is amazing

  • Buckgrad

    Galaxy S2 whether it’s 4G or not, which is why I chose “will not be my next phone. “

  • Anonymous

    Everyone that says the gs2 is so much better think about this. The international version is no doubt one of the best if not the best smartphone. Now the original galaxy s was also a beast but look at what happened when it came to verizon. Less memory, bing’d, etc. Now who is saying verizon wont do the same thing again to the gs2??? Until something leaks showing the verizon gs2(function) You cant really compare it based on a gsm model.

  • Anonymous

    and current rumors say it has an unlockable bootloader so maybe the devs can use the same method as on the atrix to unlock the bootloader again.

  • Urmomlikesit11

    If its locked down then i wont even glance at it.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung needs to go through a complete product cycle before I will come anywhere near trusting them enough for my dollars.  Not to mention, it’s unlikely that SGII will come out for verizon until the holiday season at the earliest which means that its hot hardware will end up looking run of the mill by then next to the pending release of all the quad core phones with 720p screens.

    The Bionic will still be the best phone on Verizon when it launches by a huge margin and there won’t be anything close to touching it for months.  That’s good enough for me.

    • Anonymous

      After the lack of updates for the fascinate samsung has a lot of proving to do. And they are still lagging behind even though they updated it to froyo 8 months after it was released is unacceptable.

      • Agree with both just don’t trust Samsung and don’t think this phone is anywhere near launching on verizon I say Oct..I believe that’s when the fascinate was releasd

      • Agree with both just don’t trust Samsung and don’t think this phone is anywhere near launching on verizon I say Oct..I believe that’s when the fascinate was releasd

        • Anonymous

          Fascinate was released in Sept. I cant believe I waited up to preorder it with such high hopes than Samsung and vzw disappointed

  • I am not torn with Samsung being the maker of sgs2 I would rather not have it…they have left me with a bad taste in my mouth…and I think the bionic will be better performance wise plus 4g. Sgs2 will not have 4g…it just won’t fit in the design. Secondly it won’t be out until at least Sept if not later…if the sgs2 would of came out right away would of been a hit but now its just losing ground

  • Achraf

    Why are there 126 votes for only if the samsung galaxy s II is not 4g lte,cuz if you have seen how good the browser is on the galaxy s2 there is no doubt that this is the best browser experience in smartphone history

    • Anonymous

      because some people wont upgrade and be stuck for 2 years with a 3g only phone.

    • And browsing is only as good as your connection remember that

    • My city is 4G as is just about every other major city in my state(NC).  There is no way I can get a 3G only phone right now.  A buddy of mine has a TB and gets 20 MB down.  He can pull stuff faster on his mobile than on his cbl modem lol.  No way I can be stuck for 2 years with a 3G only phone when 4G performance is that good.  None of us know what the Bionics performance will be like but no way the gs2 out performs it so bad to the point where 4G won’t mater given available in your area.

  • Anonymous

    I voted “Yes, …no matter what” because I am getting this phone. But, if the SGS2 is 4G, I’m also getting that phone. Then I plan to keep the more developer-friendly of the two and my wife will use the other one.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and the potential pentile issue isn’t a deal-breaker for me.

      • Anonymous

        me either

      • Same here. I can’t notice that big of a difference to make me switch phones. Also i’m on a feature phone and have been waiting long enough. I’m not waiting any longer for a smartphone. If the gs2 is THAT great on verizon and has 4g, maybe i’ll sell the bionic and get it through ebay or something.

  • Staticx57

    With or without LTE the SGS II is a better phone.

    • Anonymous

      I’m going to respectfully disagree with this statement. No way a 3G device will be better than a 4G device, regardless of the skin or bootloader issues the Bionic might have.

    • 800×480 is not big enough.  SGS 2 does better in benchmarks partially because it has less pixels to push to the screen.

      • JD28

        You’re wrong the GS2 does better because it has a faster GPU. I wouldn’t say it’s a good GPU, but it is the faster out there. Just look at the Bionic, it’ll have the TI OMAP 4 with an SGX540, the same GPU that Samung used on their phones last year, the only difference is that it’s clocked at a higher speed.

        You can blame it on custom UI’s, or pixels, but the thruth is that no other phone performs faster and smoother than the Galaxy S II. The browser is second to none. Hell it makes phones like the EVO 3D seem slow. The Galalxy S II is the only phone that actually performs like a Dual Core!

        • Anonymous

          Does the SGS2 have dual channel DDR2 like the OMAP 4?

        • Anonymous

          The GS2 scores about 38 fps in GLBenchmark, the Optimus 3D (same 800×480 resolution as the GS2 and same OMAP4 as the Bionic) scores about 31 fps.  It’s not that much faster, if at all (synthetic benchmarks aren’t indicative of real world performance).  Besides, it can do everything the GS2 can, 1080p playback and recording, display mirroring, etc.

    • Stelv81

      I use to think the same thing but after owning a fascinate I seriously do not trust samsung anymore . My d1 was more dependable.

      • Staticx57

        well I have an Incredible so I don’t have any experience with either past a sammy TV. But I hear horror stories from both sides. Although I am a fan of moto’s metal phones over the plastic, the GSII seems to have better hardware all around. And after having an OG AMOLED screen I cant stand LCDs

  • The Dave

    Hard to say without any definite specs to go off of……

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the bionic. I would have the sII or nothing if it had 4g. Otherwise I will wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still planning on the Bionic as my next device; however, it’s gotta fit well in my hand/pocket, have a good high-res display (better than my Incredible’s AMOLED), and decent battery life and h/w power.

    Since we’re pretty sure this device is on revision 3, I have high hopes that they’ve learned from their past mistakes, but who knows? They’ve gotta realize that the iPhone 4S/5 is on the horizon and Bionic needs to be competitive with that. Samsung is also cranking out awesome experiences and HTC isn’t far behind. The Thunderbolt is not attractive because of it’s shortcomings (esp. in the area of batt. life).

    I have to have LTE on my next phone, and I’d rather not wait an eternity for it either. So I guess here’s to hoping the Bionic is great. And if not…I’ll hold out hoping the SGS II cleans its clock…

  • Not just the GS2 but the upcoming Nexus device which purports to be multi carrier.

  • Too late, too late.

    • sog805

      agree…already bought the droid charge and love it

    • Anonymous

      Is it really too late if it comes out before the GSII does on Verizon?  I will be laughing hard if you Moto haters wait another month or more after the Bionic for the GSII and it ends up being worse like the Fascinate did and with no LTE.

  • I’m honestly torn.  I love the Droid series and my OG is a beast.  But I like the GS2. 

  • Frosted Butts

    You know, back when it was looking ready to launch, it would have been my dream device.  Thankfully, Moto screwing the pooch with its launch saved me months of regret.  Even if the SGS II is not LTE, it still looks to be a much better device overall, and that is what matters.  Better CPU, better GPU, thinner… count me in.

    • How can u tell no one has even had time with the bionic…your assuming and u know what that means

    • Anonymous

      I’m confused, the original Bionic would have been your dream device but an updated even better device with better specs is magically much worse simply because it has been delayed?  You have a crystal ball that shows you the specs and performance of both phones?

  • Anonymous

    Was it ever?

  • Arthur2142

    With a 4.5″ screen and that UGLY bottom area (where 04GT-9000 is etched), this phone is just too big for me. If the GSII doesn’t have LTE, I guess it will be a long time before I consider abandoning my DX.

    • Anonymous

      4.5 is a rumor.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah at this point, nothing not out right now will be my next anything until ICS. Maybe a CDMA Nexus Prime?

  • Anonymous

    DROID 3 for me!

  • Jcorf

    I just want a DROID3, I have no need for 4G. and really I don’t like a 4.5″ screen. it’s too large.

  • Anonymous

    If the Galaxy S II has 4G it’s just not a contest…period.  I’m assuming the Bionic will come with a Pentile display, low RAM, and a weak battery.  Motorola just doesn’t seem to understand how to make a decent smartphone.  

    • Anonymous

      1gb ram for the bionic. Also the galaxy s2 if it has lte will be much thicker than it is now and also most likely wont come out until november or later

      • Anonymous

        I’ll wait and see what happens when the devices are official.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah well you will be waiting awhile for the gs2. Not to mention verizon will probably cripple it like they did with the original galaxy s(fascinate)

          • I really hope not.  I’ve been waiting for something to come out that is ‘better’ than the Thunderbolt before upgrading from DInc (simply because it’s been out for a while), and the [theoretical] SGSII4G is about the only thing I’ve seen so far that tempts me.

          • Stelv81

            You all ate going to be waiting ages for the vzw gs2. Att will prolly be the first to get it. And yes vzw ruined the fassy. I own one. I know.

          • vernon

            i don’t care whatever the hell verizon decides to do to it, i’m putting cm7 on day 1

          • Anonymous

            You will care when they put minimal amount of ram on it like they did with the fascinate and charge, and use the old garbage file system like in the fascinate and charge. Just saying when verizon is done with it the phone will be a lot different than what is out now. They will load it up with bloatware and probably bing it sadly.

      • Csnype

         Have you seen the infuse 4G? It is pretty damn thin.

        • Anonymous

          Is it lte? Exactly hspa is different than lte for thickness look at the charge.

    • Your kidding right….

    • Current rumors say 1gb of DDR2 Ram (I think the gs2 has just DDR) and the battery people are saying around 1750 ( gs2 has 1650)

      • I love peer review.  Really gets the truth out there.

        • Ryan

          yes, Rumor = truth on the interwebs

          • Mekanism1200

            I don’t get why everyone likes the GSII. Does it even have mirror mode? plus in my experience samsung makes junk hardware. The only products I will ever buy from samsung again would be their displays and tv’s. Bionic will rule!

    • Rob Meyer

      would anyone really know the difference regarding pentile vs amoled vs super amoled if they all werent side by side. They are all great displays visually considering the device fits in the palm of your hand. This isnt a 60″ flat panel. If your scrapping the bionic because its “just a crappy pentile” you deserve to wait the next 6 months for the SG2 to drop.

      • Anonymous

        Have you actually played with a Droid X2? You can actually see little dots on the screen! It looks like something from the 80s!

        • Rob Meyer

          ZOMG!!! when I bring the screen right up to my face I can see jagged edges and my colors dont match up to the phone next to me. Go to best buy and look at all the different screens side by side all up in your face…and you couldnt pick one from the other sitting in your living room. Its a big deal all for nothing. I look at the leak photos of the DB with the red lines on the wallpaper…and although its not a macro raw file it doesnt look to be bad at all.

          • The pentile really does have very obvious flaws in person even when not compared side by side.  It is obviously not as nice as my OG Droid without any extensive or close observation.  Flat colors just look horribly hatched, color gradients exhibit a very annoying flickering trait(maybe related to lighting, but my work environment has similar lighting), and small text is just harder to read compared to my OG Droid.  Obvious downgrade on about everything but size really.  The Droid X1 screen would have been a more reasonable choice even if not qHD.

          • DroidzFX

            Pentile screen looks the original Mario brothers put the icons together.

          • John

            You can see them from normal viewing distance, and they are a distraction.  If you can’t see the pixels, get your eyes checked.  

      • JD28

        I’m sorry but for me and  many others, qhd displays are nothing comapred to Super Amoled Plus. It’s hard to walk away from it, specially if you compare it to a pentile screen.
        The Bionic will be fast, but not nearly as fast as the Galaxy S II and there’s no doubt about it.
        I’m also guessing that the Bionic will be pretty thick and heavy, however it will have that nice Motorola build.

        • Anonymous

          The Galaxy S II is fast but not nearly as fast as the Bionic and there’s no doubt about it.  I’m also guessing that the Bionic will have a 3000 mAh battery and be thinner than the SGSII which will most likely not have LTE.

          That’s my guess, since we’re evidently pulling info out of our ass.

        • FragDroidX

          Yes but lets not forget that TI OMAP has been shown to be faster than Exynos in early testing  and is the reason why Samsung had to bump clock speed on the Exynos to 1.2 Ghz to stay competative.
          Lets also not forget that Samsung may be using Tegra 2 in the USA as they stated they would be using Tegra 2 to help meet demand. Would you be singing the same tune if the SGS2 has Tegra?

          • JD28

            That test was done with a unfished product, the GSII was running 2.3.1. It wasn’t ready and it also said that the Exinos was slower than the Tegra 2. Ask any of the developers from XDA which of the 2 chips is the fastest, they’ll all say Exinos. I doubt Samsung will use Tegra 2 in the US, they seem to be saving that for the cheaper little brother, the “Galaxy Z”. It would be a huge let down if they released the phone w/o LTE. I might even consider leaving Verizon for other another carrier w/ 4g.

            I’m not just “pulling info out of my ass”, there’s no need for you guys to get pissed at me. I was expressing what I thought based on what I’ve seen and read.  If the Bionic is released w/ the same chip as the D3 (OMAP 4430) then I’m almost certain that I’ll be slower than the GSII. Again this is only based on what I’ve seen/read  on the architecture of each SOC. However I could be wrong, and we’ll only know once the phone is released.

          • Anonymous

            well most likely it wont have lte and will be crippled like the fascinate

          • Jules Snyder63

            I want a screen that you can see while standing outside.  Does one exist….my OG Droid is awful outdoors.

          • Didn’t DL release somethings saying the specs were just about even (the bionic being 1 or 1.2 and the GSII 1.2)

            The Bionic with qhd screen at 960x540The GSII with a Super AMOLED screen at 800×480

            And other rumors like the bionic being 4.5 inchSo i think there is a lot of doubt when it comes to the “bionic being fast but not nearly as fast as the GSII” Sounds like they will be neck and neck, flagships from two separate companies.

            I’m hitting the bionic (if i like it in person) because Samsung’s past of updates- – – I agree with many other posters saying lets see if Samsung makes good on the promise to do better.

          • John

            Tegra2 will not be used in the GSII for the US.  It will be used for smaller markets, and emerging markets. 

          • John

            Tegra2 will not be used in the GSII for the US.  It will be used for smaller markets, and emerging markets. 

    • Anonymous

      I am finished with Motorola phones unless they are guaranteed unlocked. None of this maybe in the future nonsense. And that’s that.

    • My D1 has more pixels then the SGS2. No super phone is going to be 800×480. I have a hard enough time with browsing on an 854 wide screen.

      • Would rather have 854×480 OG Droid screen in this 4.3″ size than this pentile junk from what I saw on the smaller 4.0″ Atrix compared to something like the Droid X1 with 4.3″. 

        • NA droid x 2 looks way better than my original one….I’m starting to doubt a lot of readers here

          • Docgoo11

            Your right I have an X2. It’s a very good phone. Dots and jagged edges is a bunch dumb geeky propaganda or this plain hogwash. I am sure droid bionic will be a nice addition to the Motorola droid family. Another thing if do not have 4g in your area there is no big deal. Jan 2013 is when I can upgrade. By then 4g will be every where. And all phones will be 4g.

          • Docgoo11

            wow

          • Edges and such don’t lack sharpness as far as I could tell.  The primary issue I had with it is that medium grays and other colors that were supposed to be flat smooth colors looked flat instead.  Pictures and video and such looked great.  But normal graphics on web pages looks hatched out like a really low res/older display and really tiny text l found harder to read.  And the flicker in shaded gradients was also annoying.  I suppose if you aren’t familiar with how a flat color is supposed to look you may interpret the issue I am seeing as a stylistic thing maybe, but I expect the grayish android menus and such to look a certain way and the difference in look is obviously an issue with the display tech and now how those flat colored menus and such are actually supposed to look and it just seems low rent for such a high grade device when I notice this.

        • Anonymous

          I went and looked at an atrix today and couldnt see what everyone is complaining about, idk maybe it is just me but i did not see any issues with it nor the pixels that everyone is saying.

    • It will have the same ram and a bigger battery.

      Samsung just does not understand how to make a decent smartphone.

      No led notification, weak wifi, weak gps, crappy battery life, screen defects all over the place, could go on forever.

    • tjhrulz

      However if its RAM is a gig, Has a super AMOLED screen, a battery to get me through the day, unlocked bootloader (Could care less then if it has blur), a NFC chip, and a 1.2 ghz dual core processor, Sign me up 

      Wow that is a long list of things this device will never see.

  • Mr.Joe

    Gotta see the specs.

    Based on what we had back in Jan.

    Dual Core
    LTE
    4.3″

    I’m saying cool!  But if we see 4.5″, 1GB DDR2, upgraded FFC then I’m getting a ring!

    • Anonymous

      it has 1gb ram

  • Anonymous

    i bet it’ll have blur
    i bet it’ll have a pentile display
    i bet i won’t buy it

    • Asdf

      People STILL ragging on blur, which is a new version that they have never used before. Honestly from the looks of it, I would rather have the new blur over Sense 3.0. I love the new dock and how you can change shortcuts and such (dock is the weakest part of Sense). And you can resize widgets; it’s basically LaucherPro as a manufacturers skin.

      • Anonymous

        Sense 3.0 is a beast on steroids.  I never thought I would hear someone say they like Blur better.  Actually I never thought I would hear someone say they like Blur better than any UI.

        • Kierra

          i like new blur better….

          • Larry

            I have it on my Droid X (2.3.3), and can not stand it. It’s soooo laggy!!!

          • Weird mine isn’t….I tried the thunderbolt it was OK but I don’t like sense it reminds me of a little kids phone…

          • Anonymous

            Then your phone has a problem. I suggest you SBF from your laptop. 2.3.3 is faster than 2.2. Plus NinjaBLUR is faster than the old BLUR as it is much leaner code.

        • Larry

          Both Sense and Blur suck balls. I hate HTC for starting the trend toward creating their own UI customization. Once they did with Sense, it was inevitable everyone else would follow. If they had not done it, we would all have stock android phones.

          Besides Sense 3.0 is weak sauce and laggy as hell, so is MotoBlur, there’s not much different other than Sense has better eye candy. I’d rather have Stock Android.

          • Anonymous

            HTC knows how to make a sexy UI.  They also incorporate a lot of cool features.  I’m using CM7 with Launcher Pro + personally, but I still think Sense 3.0 is nice.  I’ll admit it does bog down performance though.

          • Mr.Joe

            Sense UI is very ugly. 

      • Would you buy a 2013 Kia? I sure wouldn’t even though I’ve never seen one. 😉

        • Anonymous

          Stupid analogy is stupid.

      • Anonymous

        everyone hates everything moto anymore. I mean they just unlocked bootloaders on the atrix. And people haven’t even seen the new blur yet so how can you hate it? I will wait and make my judgement after the bionic is launched and I see how the new blur is. Not to mention you can root and get rid of it if people dont like it. I dont understand why people get so worked up over a phone. I mean after all it is just that…a phone.

      • PowersUSA

        Unlocked boot loader = I don’t care about the stock software (and yes of course you can change your launcher without root or unlocked boot loader but full freedom is much desired)

    • Anonymous

      Is PenTile really that big a deal?

      • Anonymous

        for some it is others can live with it

      • No unless your geeked out. Droid x2 sitting next to my droid x and the x2 looks a lot better…people are just nerdy and need to bitch about something 🙂

        • Rob Meyer

          I wish I could like this comment over and over again ; )

        • I gotta agree, I looked at that screen, and yes, if you look very close you can see the dots, but how much are you really gonna stare at it 2 inches away from your face?  Its bright, and crisp, IMO

        • SugaShane

          I disagree. I recently switched from the X to the X2, and I think the screen quality was much better on the X. 

        • PowersUSA

          I strongly disagree… I picked up a DX2 and was excited to see the qHD resolution … man was I disappointed. Just look at your battery indicator in the status bar. Holy craptastic 45 degree banding batman. Please Motorola no more pentile displays. The EVO 3D and HTC Sensation displays are the other qHD displays I’ve had the chance to see in person and they are MUCH BETTER than the DX2 display.

      • Anonymous

        Nerds just like to stare at it with their magnifying glasses and say “See!  You can see the pixels!”

      • guest

        can you view screen in sunlight??

    • Anonymous

      Whiners gonna whine.

  • If it’s a 4.5inch screen, no.

    • It is most certainly a 4.5″ screen. That’s been confirmed by some hands-on time.

      • Anonymous

        No it hasnt been confirmed seeing how nobody had a hands on yet.

        • Ummm, CamDroid had a few minutes with one. Was a few weeks back: http://twitter.com/#!/CamDroid/status/78517191028383744

          • Anonymous

            That doesn’t mean shit.

          • Nothing verified at all.  Revision 3 of the Bionic is a mystery.