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We Still Aren’t Sure if @MDB228 is Real, But He Says August 4 for DROID Bionic

We have no idea if this @MDB228 account is real or not, but he’s provided a ton of entertainment over the last week or so.  After creating the most epic of forum posts, he went ahead and created a Twitter account to help his cause for either the biggest DROID troll in history or what some believe to be Verizon’s next viral campaign.  We’re not ready to buy into it being official just yet, but what has become clear, is his insistence that the DROID Bionic will launch on August 4.  This latest tweet is a good example.

Not following?  Looks to me like a countdown in seconds.  There are 86,400 seconds in a day, so if you multiply that out to August 4 from right now, it equals his number.  Clever, right?  I think he can do better.

And by the way, we still wouldn’t be shocked to see this phone come out on 9/1 and are not 100% into 8/4 at all.

What do you guys think – are we buying into MDB228?

  • CPatterson2547

    Hopefully it’s now T-Minus 126,000 =)

  • So where is this guy now lol?  

  • Logangot

    It was posted by one guy as a joke on the forum then the admin of the forum booted him for the post (his first one) and I think the admin from that forum made the twitter account. The twitter account is boring and is making dumb comments.. The original forum post was entertaining but not intended to go so viral so fast…. I know the guy that wrote it because he’s my brother. They won’t even let him back on the forum to say it was for fun…

  • tbolter

    Yeah I just left meijer and they already have the cases for the Droid bionic on the shelf. Now I wounder when is the real release date for that phone…

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  • Thebrandonrussell

    Have you bothered to think about his user name for a minute? Seems to me it spells-out “Motorola Droid Bionic 22nd of August”. I dont know; its just a thought.

    • Anonymous

      Could be February 28…I think there was a lot of Moto news (about the Bionic and other stuff) on that date…maybe that’s the date they opened the Twitter account?

    • Anonymous

      or “Motorola Droid Bionic (2+2) 8 so 4th of Aug” 🙂 I just want the phone to be released on the 4th cause its my bday lol

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  • Adgtd

    Noob question here but can you talk and use the web with the bionic at the same time?

    • Peter Bartholomul

      u can do that with the OG Droid and most if not all other android phones. i do that all the time on my thunderbolt. i put the call on speaker and play games or browse the internet. just because i can.

    • Yes, the below poster is not correct for OG Droid over 3G. It can be done using WiFi however.

  • droidlvr

    OMG my droid screen broke too. I cant believe this happened. ok maybe i purposefully did it.

  • Silksmooth12

    Here’s my take of the Droid Bionic, and the reason I decided on the Droid 3.

    The Droid Bionic is rumored to have 1gb of RAM.  BUT, it is also rumored to have webtop.  If Webtop works the same as it does on the Atrix, that means that the other 512mb of RAM will not be available for anything other than webtop.  This means that for the most part, the Bionic is going to have the exact same specs as the Droid 3, and should operate nearly the same.  Here will be the primary differences:

    Droid 3: keyboard, 4″ screen
    Bionic: webtop, LTE, 4.3″ screen

    Otherwise everything should be the same.  All things considered, the D3 should have better battery, unless there has been a major LTE breakthrough.  With the same pentile screen, it will look worse than the D3’s 4 “er.  

    Of course I am only speculating…MUAAHAHAHA!!!!  😉  But I doubt seriously that I am too far off.  So would you rather have faster internet and worse battery?  Get Bionic.  Better (if only due to size) screen?  Droid 3.  Keyboard?  Obvious answer.  Webtop?  Bionic.  

    Nice to have options…eh?

    • Anonymous

      I will respectfully have to disagree. I value your opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own. However, with the webtop, that aspect is not true. It has been proven that webtop does not actively take 512 mb of ram even when not in use. Hell, in the xda forums, people have removed it all together. Also, the battery on the bionic will be larger, a 1750 compared to the D3’s 1540. In addition to that, Motorola has been developing their own silicon for the LTE chip. I’m not a fan of physical keyboards so the D3 isn’t an optimal choice for me.

      Motorola has had a long time to get this device right. I hope they nail it this time.

    • Chris125

      But the atrix got an update so it had around 800mb free and the other 200 was for webtop so it will still have more ram than the droid 3. Check out what I’m talking about with the atrix and you will see you are wrong.

  • Joos519

    My OG screen just shattered! WTF,  Now I really need an upgrade.  I want to know if the Bionic will def. have 512 mb of ram or if Motorolla will pull a surprise out of their arse!  And claim it at least 1 gig.  If not, what’s the point of having a dual core chip with no ram to back it up.  The freak’n thunderbolt has more ram than this.   August 4th!!! You motha f###’r please be the date you cack suckaaas!!!!

    • TomHolmes

      The Bionic by all accounts will have 1GB of RAM. The debate is whether 512 is reserved for Webtop. According to the Atrix folks, Webtop only takes all that RAM if it’s in use. When not in use, the phone itself uses most of the 1GB.

      • Joos519

        Thank you for clarifying, now all I need is the August date confirmed.  My OG is too ugly to look at now, my poor old boy, we’ve had our ups and down, but is time to say goodbye.

        • Peter Bartholomul

          make sure you give it a good burial. the OG Droid is what started it all for many people.

          • Joos519

            Yes, my OG is what got me hooked on the Android platform, my first ever smartphone too.  Sad to say but I’ll be selling it or trading it in at Best buy for a gift card.  Even with a cracked screen, it still worth something.  Wow, even in the end, my OG is still helping out and giving back.

  • ..by the fact that everyone keeps commenting on it, doesn’t that imply that we are buying some stock into it..?

  • whaaaaaaaaaaa, i want it now!!! =(

  • Dasboot1

    No, really it’s true.
    I read about it on the internet.

    • Bigsike

      Is that like the “world wide web” or something? 😮

      • EC8CH

        No the internet is a series of tubes that information passes through.
        The world wide web is made by spider robots to keep mutant alien insects from destroying the earth.

  • 1166400 sec / 60 = 19440 min
    19440 min / 60 = 324 hrs
    324 hrs / 24 = 13.5 days
    13.5 days / 7 ~= 1.9 weeks

    2 weeks from today? 8/4/2011

  • Anonymous

    Moto and VZW have postponed the Bionic and built up all this hype so that people will be foaming at the mouth and when it’s released they’ll buy it day 1 without waiting for the reviews.  All too late they’ll realize it has the same crappy PenTile display as the X2, poor battery life, and crappy software that destroys the experience.

    I’ll wait to see the reviews and how it stacks up to the SGS II before I get excited. 

    • Paulding

      So glad to know you have one already and have identified the problems for us.

    • Droid

      Wow Mr know it all. You must work for motorola or you have the power to see into the future because truthfully you don’t have a clue how it will perform. I guarantee that.

    • Peter Bartholomul

      I totally agree. because thats how it was with the thunderbolt. the thunderbolt was considered the best and one of the most popular verizon phones for a few months before it was even released. then when it was released it was still the best verizon phone. but a month after it was released it was slowly forgotten with updates, apps, and accessories. i gurantee that will be what happens to the bionic. it already is with all these rumors about the bionic being the best and fastest.

  • motorola hasn’t denied these reports….

  • RW-1

    Pathetic if they really are wasting time and $$$ on this.

    The phone will live up to only one thing:

    Moto failing to heed the needs of its customers.

  • Sean Rancier

    I want this phone!

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  • Anonymous

    MDB228 = Motorola Device Build #228

    add that to the countless rumors…

    • lol NO 

      MDB = Motorola Droid Bionic
      228 = Verizon Activations

      • Anonymous

        228 is only for 3g activations not 4g activations

  • Anonymous

    I don’t buy it.. Sounds like an amateur pretending to be “in the know”.
    The first few tweets of his were the same, nothing new. 
    I’ll be paying attention to @DroidLanding when they drop a tweet, those are more entertaining, and gives me a chance to find and win one!! 

  • Anonymous

    I want to believe…

  • Redbmaster

    This reminds me a lot if the M$ marketing campaign for Halo 2! I just hope the phone isn’t as big of a letdown as the game was!

  • I mentioned this on twitter, but I [email protected] a scam, no marketing company would purposely mention a locked bootloader given the negative press it [email protected]: “@p3droid don’t worry I will be along soon to save you…but you may not like my bootloader…”

    • Chris125

      He said “may not like my bootloader” that doesnt necessarily mean it is locked all it points at is what was said about it being locked you never know until the phone is out.

    • I hope it is not real because it is terrible marketing that only appeals to males between 15-22(give or take a year depending on if they lost their virginity yet). However, Motorola is known for the worst marketing of any tech company in recent memory. I mean did you guys see the SuperBowl add? That was the worst piece of garbage i’ve ever seen. 

  • uhhh… simple math fail?  13.5 days makes it ~midnight thursday night AKA friday morning…?  or can i not do add?

    • Ryan

      You’re right: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1%2C166%2C400%20seconds&t=crmtb01

  • If we all clap our hands and say “I BELIEVE!” together  Tinkerbell (er… the Bionic) may come alive!

  • digsoreos

    Wish they would spend more time perfecting their GB build and less time on these shenanigans. 😛

  • i*hone hated

    I like how someone posted that Aug 13th was the release date, which is completely inconsistent with the “Verizon Phones launch on Thursday” thing.

  • Stelv81

    Viral Marketing takes seconds of my life

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to get the phone on day 1 so I can live with the buggy firmware and hope and wait for the patches (like every other phone release by Verizon this year).

  • Tmax224

    i called #228 when the forum came out thinking i would win a bionic or something crazy like that but ive been experiencing terrible service problems ever since…could be a coincidence, could be verizon being beat. anyway i want to believe this so bad so im jus gonna say its real. hopefully well see some sort of commercial in the next 2 weeks to solidify this claim

  • Fred R

    Just dug around a bit and the twitter avatar file name is named:

    which has a very similar filename as this:.

    You would think that moto would not swipe a picture from a phone blog site for its twitter account.

    I want it to be real though.

    • Anonymous

      Hah good catch.

      • Fred R

        I hope I didn’t make it angry. 🙂

        • The avatar’s filename and location has convinced me that this is fake. But God I hope the Aug 4th date is real.

  • Anonymous

    If you look at his tweets, he tweeted to @P3droid and said that he was going to save P3, but wasn’t going to like his bootloader. Meaning its locked down.

  • Obviously the whole artificial intelligence thing isn’t real, but I think there’s a chance this is a real marketing thing that Verizon’s doing

    • Jake Bailey

      The Droid Bionic is intelligent, what are you talking about?

    • digsoreos

      I’m not afraid of artificial intelligence. It’s natural stupidity that worries me.

  • Andrew Jandik

    been waiting for a long while to have anything substantial…dont care if its fake im in! if it gets bumped back again im getting the thunderbolt and protesting motorola the rest of my life

  • Chris Cuffie

    the droid bionic is coming out the 1st of sept. i work for an indirect location of verizon and they sent out emails saying that its coming out the 1st.

    • pics or it didn’t happen!

      • Chris Cuffie

        i edited my original comment and added the link

    • MFG

      Lol, yet other Verizon retailers are saying August 13th. Boo hoo for you.

      • Common_Sense

        I like how you’re commenting on a date that has no consistency to it. Verizon phones have launched on Thursdays (HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible 2, Droid X2). August 13th happens to be a Saturday, which essentially confirms the false statement of Aug. 13th being the release date.

        August 4th or September 1st works. If its August 4th, I say people hold out because that means the GS2’s will have LTE/WiMax for sprint users.

        If its September 1st, then GS2 only has 3G and they aren’t afraid of it stealing sales.

  • Bionic is getting my upgrade from my DX

  • Bionic is getting my upgrade from my DX

  • Ray


  • Its real and the bionic will b here august 4….

  • MFG

    On the forum thread where it originally posted, it said the Twitter account was a fake lol

  • @p3droid don’t worry I will be along soon to save you…but you may not like my bootloader…
    I don’t like that tweet at all.

  • The Dave

    He hasn’t told us anything he couldn’t guess or find out from someone on the blogs.

    Got to give him credit, though

  • Fallsgable

    in 2 weeks when this great nation’s leaders send the economy belly up, let’s see who’s gonna be throwing around $300 for a PENTILE screen!

    • FastLane1000

      I will

    • I’m tired of the Pentile trolls. Don’t like it you don’t have to buy it.

      • Anonymous

        You’re tired of people saying they don’t like things? Are you sick of people saying they like things as well?
        If someone says they like something do you tell them to shut up and buy it?

    • Anonymous

      I really don’t like the PenTile Matrix screen, I’m seriously hoping for a brand new innovate screen technology by Motorola.. something similar the quality and color of Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus displays and Apple’s IPS LCD displays.

  • Im a believer

  • Jim Dandy

    I hope he keeps tweeting after the release. My question is who is toting him around?

  • Anonymous


  • Rp780

    [email protected]’t real Motorola would have done something by now, no?

  • Nick

    Probably fake, but I’ll give the guy points for creativity. Gotta pass the time somehow!

  • Anonymous

    Well given the fact that Verizon tried squeezing in a @DroidLanding secret message in a commercial.. what’s not to say they squeezed in a viral marketing campaign on Twitter for all those who are really keeping a close eye on this.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Moto’s marketing team if they are indeed behind this.

  • Sean

    Right now I want to believe anything and everything that points toward the soonest release.

    • Sorry its fake, the OP from the forum post already said this account was fake, please do some research before posting stuff like this DL… you guys have had a few posts lately that are way too easily debunked.

  • Fallsgable

    First…but not real either, so there you go!

  • I just did the math myself too.  Started getting excited when I saw that tweet.