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“Official” DROID Bionic Twitter Calls Out @MDB228, Assures You That The Wait Will Be Worth It

Following the drama of @MDB228 and @DroidBionic on Twitter over the last weeks has been entertaining to say the least.  As of today though, it was taken to a whole new level when one called the other out as being a fake.  Hah, Droid Bionic Twitter drama at its best…OK, moving on to what’s important.

In the latest tweet of what we’re assuming is the “official” DB account, we are told that the wait will be well worth it even though the device was supposed to have been out back in May.  After seeing semi-official specs earlier this week, we (and possibly this Twitter account) get the feeling that many of you are disappointed, and are instead looking past the Bionic and onto phones like the HTC Vigor or Samsung Stratosphere.

I will just say that we really won’t know the verdict on this phone until we all have it in hand.  Some of you were expecting more, but truthfully, even if those leaked specs come true, this is still one of the most powerful devices on the planet.  You can’t argue that it’s “old tech” or that it’s not “top tier” because it is.  There are no dual-core phones with 4G LTE currently; the Bionic is aiming to be the first.  Could the HTC Vigor blow our minds a month after its release?  Of course.  But we could be saying that for every device for the next 10 years.  Tech is changing so quickly that almost every device will feel old in just a couple of months, sort of like the computer industry was back in the 90s.

So what do you guys think, will it be worth the wait or have you completely moved on?

Cheers @legoturtle92!

  • Obi5683

    Moved on.  Stratosphere, if it’s the SGSII, or Vigor.  I really like the Sense 3.0 lockscreen.

  • Realmoxies

    Too long of a wait!!!
    IMHO I think we should slap Moto/Verizon and skip it entirely.  How long has it been… 6 months now?

  • I’m looking forward to the Bionic. However, I’m not making any decisions until I see the Vigor as well.

  • I just paid $22.85 for an iPhone 4-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

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  • Sporttster

    If the Bootloader is locked,it’s DOA. Or at least it’ll sell far fewer than they wanted….

  • Anonymous

    Your timing is all wrong Moto.  The Bionic could’ve been king if had come out when it was originally supposed to.  Now the Vigor just looks too beastly for me to care about the Bionic.  Not to mention the SGS2 is coming soon.

  • Steve

    More hype bullshit launch it !  We will decide if its worth it.  If the bootloader is locked its and epic failure !

  • iPhone 5

    iPhone 5..enough said

  • Anonymous

    I see very few commenters these days saying “oh yea it’s totally going to be worth the wait!”. People either want the SGSII or the Vigor instead, or even phones that are further out like the next Nexus phone. No one is excited for this device anymore, and I think that Motorola is not going to have the “hit” they are hoping for (and that they need).

    That said, I’m getting SO sick of my original Droid that I will certainly try the Bionic if it’s indeed the first dual core LTE device out and see if I like it. I’d prefer a SGSII but honestly don’t want to wait for another month+ for the Vigor.

    Bottom line: Verizon has been taking FAR to long to get this dual core LTE ball rolling!

  • Anonymous

    I just paid $23.86 for an iPad2-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37.75 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $665 which only cost me $61.79 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  • in your hands huh? So the droid bionic is ridiculously heavy and oddly shaped that it needs both hands to hold it. 

  • Dominick DeVito

    All this hype yet news comes out yesterday that Ice Cream Sandwich will needrequire the OMAP 4460 and 4470 as the standard – sadly the Great Majestic Bionic will only have an OMAP 4430.

    Sad

    • Please link where the Android OS will “need/require” a TI OMAP 4460/70? Because if you’re talking about that article that says google chooses TI OMAP for their ice cream OS and nexus device then that doesn’t mean they require it, 4430 can easily handle it, or did you think the newly released Bionic would be stuck on gingerbread forever?

  • Androider4life

    I was holding out for the bionic. Buy as i read the unofficial Vigor specs, if they stand true then I’ll just have to wait till October to use my upgrade. Hopefully my droid x screen makes it. Pixels die more and more each day and the sd card keeps becoming unwriteable and i have unmount and mount to get the phone to be able to save to it.

    I’ve stuck to Motorola phones, but what’s the point with the vigor coming a month after the Bionic release. Better phone and just have to wait till October.

  • Beranimus

    Moved on a long time ago. Pretty much as soon as that Pentile display was a 99% chance it was all over for me. Sad Moto, I expected a lot more from the Bionic.

  • Scott

    15 seconds for my home screen to redraw on the Droid 1.  No thanks, I’m moving onto something other than Motorola. 

  • Anonymous

    GS 2 or Vigor for me.  Crap screen, ugly design and that less-than-stellar Moto UI are enough for me to not even consider it. 

  • Dominick DeVito

    The Bionic was originally an Atrix in Verizon’s clothing.

    Now it’s a Photon in Verizon’s clothing.

    VZW had a short-lived career as the innovative cell carrier.

  • Jim Dandy

    Come release day, I think we need some “early adopters” to step up to the plate and take one for the team 😛

    • Jeffwoolf95

      that will be me…yup. I am the sucker

  • I can’t jump ship until I get REAL specs, not something that was on Motorola’s page for 13 seconds. Truth is none of us really know what the revamped Bionic is at all, except for the processor. Dual core & 4G is worth the wait for me. Maybe the delay was due to an agreement with Verizon so that 4G could saturate the market? Nobody really knows. Obviously we are all still talking about it, so lets just wait and see… Maybe we are all in for a big surprise?!

  • Emeraldjun

    If this has an unlocked bootloader, then it will be worth the wait.

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  • Anonymous

    If the Bionic came in June I would have jumped. But the Vigor is to much of a fantasy phone to pass up given the one month difference. Sorry Moto!

  • Anonymous

    Price will matter big time for this phone.  This phone at $300 is like going to a car dealer right now and paying a premium for a 2011 model when you know the 2012 will be out next month with better features for the same price.  I would never make that purchase, not without a discounted price.

  • JT

    I’ll likely pass on it due to:

    (1) Quality of the display
    (2) Locked Bootloader
    (3) Promise of other vastly superior phones in a few weeks.

  • SGSII or Nexus Prime for me! I would have considered Bionic earlier this year…  Too late to get my money… I have gone from OG Droid to Incredible and am now awaiting my LTE SGSII (PLEASE!)

    • I think you will be waiting a long time for the sgs2 4g

  • JDRyan

    It looks like the Bionic will be a pretty good phone, especially given that it will be the only LTE phone that will have the laptop docking feature. Regardless, I am beyond frustrated with all the delays and constant stringing along about this device! Because of this I am moving on to either the Stratosphere or the Vigor which will both be amazing phones. The final delay to September was my breaking point!

  • Booboolala2000

    #epicfail sorry to be a hater but this is a no go for me.

  • JD

    Have to upgrade by Sept 10th. or lose $50 bucks….. Either Bionic, Samsung Strat, or Droid 3. Droid 3 is a cost saving move so I can sell it and by a Nexus phone outright once ICS hits.  

  • Dominick DeVito

    It’s just insane how quickly new phones are announced. Two months ago we all salivated over this phone, a month ago we saw some pics and continued to be excited. Yet, now look – we’re all disappointed and looking forward to the Vigor.

    Heck, I’ve had the OG Droid since November ’09 and never upgraded. Two weeks ago I signed up with AT&T via Amazon and picked up an Atrix for me and the wife – for FREE. And you know what? It’s a great value. The phone has everything (in a nutshell) that I wanted in my next phone – Dual Core, 1GB RAM, front facing camera (and a current Android OS – 2.3.4). You can’t beat free. I’m not getting LTE in my area for at least 18 months (According to Verizon) so the choice was obvious.

    I’ve played with a Samsung Charge in an LTE area and damn it’s fast – but you know what? Is it worth spending $300 for a phone that closely (or nearly matches) the Atrix, that I got for FREE?!!

    The point I’m getting at is that a few months after I bought the Droid it was already obslete. At first I was disappointed, but instead looked forward to seeing tons of phones come out weeks apart – thinking that perhaps competition would work in our favor and we would see massive price drops. Unfortunately the norm is still $200 for a new phone, and now $300 for LTE phones! That’s absurd. And we’re the idiots drooling over these things and doing nothing more but padding the bottom lines of companies that are taking advantage of trying to redeem themselves from nearly going belly-up. Yes Moto I’m talking about you.

    Wake up people! Don’t be enslaved by these things. By all means if it’s worth it to you, then buy it. Take it home and abuse it. But if it doesn’t live up to the rediculous hype that everyone has placed on the Bionic THEN RETURN IT and throw it back in Verizon’s and Moto’s face.

  • Davros

    I think they should have called it the Moto Snipe.

  • Anonymous

    I love how everyone says they hate the bionic because of the delay, and a phone that is complete vaporware at this point will be their next. How do you know the Vigor couldn’t suffer the same fate as the bionic? I’m pretty sure HTCs track record isn’t flawless either.

    • Anonymous

       people didn’t start hating bionic when it was first announced.. in fact they loved it… it was only after all the hype and delays that people lost interest. Sure enough if any other phone does the same.. people will get sick of it.

      • Anonymous

        and when you say people you mean less than 1% of the market share (geeks like us) 

        • Anonymous

          Other 99% doesn’t know the phone even exists, majority would buy it regardless.

  • Anonymous

    Droid Bionic will be Droid X2.1, just wait and see.

  • Scribbles395

    Unfortunately the Bionic does not compare nicely to SGSII. They over-hyped the phone. The camera although 8mp doesn’t compare to SII, the screen is ok at best and it should be at least 1.2 GHz. I was a Moto fan for a while but I’ll pass on the Bionic.

    • Anonymous

      you can’t compare a phone that has already been released to a phone that hasn’t. try doing that in science “hey let me compare this proton to a sub atomic particle that hasn’t been discovered yet”

    • Anonymous

      So you’ve used it right?  Please post pics or stfu.

  • Bryan Williams

    I’ve never been a Touchwiz fan but it seems like they’ve definitely improved it on the tablets so let’s hope it’s improved on the phones as well.  If it is, I may just have to abandon the Motorola ship and jump onto Samsung’s.  HTC’s battery life is what keeps me from considering their phones.

  • Anonymous

     droid bionic this.. droid bionic that.. droid bionic will be out on this date.. droid bionic delayed.. droid bionic spotted.. droid bionic changed…

    I swear.. I’m never buying this phone.. I’m sick of it already!

    • Anonymous

      I’m sick of people whining about it.

      • LionStone

        Yep…and sick of people whining about battery life…for ‘any’ phone. whiny little bitches lol…

        • Anonymous

          People can be such mindless twits.

  • Anonymous

    Moving on whats the point of waiting for a delay?  I think its called crying wolf….

    • So if your moving on why are you here

  • Droidtot

    I’ve moved on.  The 720p reso of the Vigor won me over.  Plus, their delays just deflate any happy thoughts.

    • Thanks for telling us you moved on…we were all waiting to see what droidtot would do first

  • Edge

    Moved on. Samsung Nexus Prime or HTC… waiting for more details.

  • My OG Droid is on its last leg, I have so much stuff loaded on it that the phone cant keep up. Plus my screen is cracked so I can’t wait another month for another phone. I’ll be picking up the Bionic because I don’t want to get stuck waiting for a phone that may be delayed like the Bionic.

  • Moved on. Nexus Prime.

  • Anonymous

    A few of my friends have HTC phones and they are filled with bugs and issues. and some of me friends have DX’s and they are running great. A friend of mine has the D3 and it’s very impressive, in fact I believe it’s just a glimpse of what the Bionic is going to be. I’m sticking to the “Droid” name by Motorola. Moto makes great hardware and is built to last like the D1 that started it all. Any other Droid by any other manufacturer is not an OG…. IMO  I truly believe the Bionic is going to surprise us all and allot of people are going to regret not waiting….

    • Agree people are just mad cause they have to wait don’t let anyone tell you this phone sucks because it won’t and maybe they will even have a surprise for us

      • Anonymous

        whining about waiting is the american way

  • muscularbanana

    my blunderbolt will just have to do until we get a nexus phone with respectable tech specs. Or the vigor depending if I think I can ever trust HTC again…

  • Itsover

    They both are fake bottom lime! 

  • al

    well, you know what motorola can do to make up the wait? and make you buy thiers instead of vigor? 
    unlock the damn thing and ship it unlocked.. but wishful thinking doesn’t get you anywhere. hopefully vigor doesn’t get pushed back alot. 

  • MDB228 is fighting back now. Both are fake…

  • 72leprechaun

    I’ll wait on the Bionic, I’m a die hard turkey hunter and the one thing any good person of that sport learns early is to have patience

    • Interstellarmind

      then why wouldn;t you wait a month and get the htc vigor that, as of now, has 2x the power?

      moto doesn’t give a crap about its customers (blur, delays, locked bootloader), dont’ encourage their awful business practices, or don’t let them dupe you, with misguided brand loyalty.

      fyi: i owned the og droid, droid x, xoom 3g, and now the thunderbolt.

      • Anonymous

        I wasn’t aware the vigor had a 2ghz + processor can you link that for me. Thanks

        • Its not 1.5 maybe single maybe dual core no one knows that’s the problem but you got people like inter that never seen, or heard anything about it and they are already crowning it the best phone

          • Anonymous

            I know, I was being facetious towards that guy. It’s rumored to have 1.5ghz and he said it’s double the bionic (a phone we still don’t have concrete specs on) so his accusation was a bit overstated

          • Ahh I see now my bad bro

      • Anonymous

        Two times the power?  lolol.

    • Yea agreed plus I cs is going to be built on the omap which will probably mean the bionic will be updated pretty quick

    • LionStone

      yep…and bow hunters! gobba gobba 🙂

    • LionStone

      yep…and bow hunters! gobba gobba 🙂

  • Djenks24

    Thunderbolt was released on time but the software was unfinished.  Now we are all left begging for an update.  Evo 4G Gingerbread was released on time and now they are begging for an update to fix it.  Maybe Moto is just holding the Bionic until its right.  This would be refreshing.  I’m just glad my upgrade is in March, all the smoke will be settled by then.

    • Anonymous

      I agree completely, I’d rather have a phone that works when i get it and not have to wait months for upgrades to fix bugs and issues. I think Moto delayed it to make it right and not disappoint the user like the Tbolt did. HTC rushed it and screwed allot of people. The new blur looks good and is very polished, the 3D effects look incredible. The phone with more features covers more peoples preferences. HDMI out is a feature worth having. 4G LTE by VW is a feature worth having etc…. 

    • the thunderbolt wasn’t released on time trust me I know..you don’t remember the wars people were having I got banned from a site for that POS phone

  • Anonymous

    you’re last paragraph says it all. Thanks for the rational thought Kellex. 

    • Yea I know I’ve been saying this too people don’t like. To wait and when you make them wait longer their brains get all crazy…its called wearing their emotions on their sleeves

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. I’ve had my OG droid the whole time and while it’s not as fast as all these other phones I’ve made the best of it. People have become too impatient and fickle. I’ve seen a couple people (not necessarily on here) say they buy a new phone every time something awesome comes out. That seems like a waste of time and money to me. If they have money to blow like that good for them but not everyone has that ability. Appreciate what you have not what may be around the corner. It’s a very spoiled mentality.

  • NSBJJ

    Since Moto made me wait 5 months for the Bionic, I can wait 1 more for the Vigor.

    • Djenks24

      It won’t be right on release day, random reboots, freezing are all plaguing Thunderbolts and Evo’s.  This may be the reason its taking Moto so long to release.

  • More info on Vigor first pleasee 🙂

  • reyalP

    The Bionic was coming out at a time where it had no real competition. Now there are more options to choose from and other devices that sound much better. I was going to get the Bionic for sure but now its only a consideration.  Like the sound of the vigor and samsung. Motorola seems to have a lot of problems these days and that leaves me with little consumer confidence in their products.

  • reyalP

    The Bionic was coming out at a time where it had no real competition. Now there are more options to choose from and other devices that sound much better. I was going to get the Bionic for sure but now its only a consideration.  Like the sound of the vigor and samsung. Motorola seems to have a lot of problems these days and that leaves me with little consumer confidence in their products.

    • Djenks24

      Are they having any more problems than HTC?  It’s just that HTC seems to release anyway.  I have a thunderbolt and miss my droidx

      • Yea people seem to forget how bad other companies…moto has been doing good in my book…all companies have their problems even ios

      • Scribbles395

        Are you serious? You can keep 3G and the washed out screen. Yeah battery sucks but that’s about it.

        • OK you can keep the reboots, 4 hours of battery life, light leakage around the scree, promised updates that remain to be seen, the constant lagginess of sense…oh yeah I had a thunderbolt for about a week returned that Garbo phone

          • LionStone

            wow…you really got a lemon…

        • Anonymous

          Washed out screen?  You’re an idiot.

    • JDRyan

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Hopefully Motorola will learn from this one.

  • reyalP

    The Bionic was coming out at a time where it had no real competition. Now there are more options to choose from and other devices that sound much better. I was going to get the Bionic for sure but now its only a consideration.  Like the sound of the vigor and samsung. Motorola seems to have a lot of problems these days and that leaves me with little consumer confidence in their products.

  • Anonymous

    Wanted it untill I heard about the crappy screen. How hard is it to just put all the latest phone tech into a phone. This is where I can give Apple a +1. They take the tech at the time, put it in the phone, announce it and in two weeks its in your hand. Not 7 months.  How hard is it to follow that plan.

    • Blind

      • Anonymous

         ?

    • LionStone

      yep…until you drop that sucker (ip)…then that pretty thing just shatters…like my buddies did yesterday. My gurls D2 is still intact and thats saying a lot because for a hairdresser she is hard on her cell phones lol. I’m sure the Bionic will be a sturdy build too…

    • LionStone

      yep…until you drop that sucker (ip)…then that pretty thing just shatters…like my buddies did yesterday. My gurls D2 is still intact and thats saying a lot because for a hairdresser she is hard on her cell phones lol. I’m sure the Bionic will be a sturdy build too…

      • Anonymous

        I was talking about spec wise and announcement to release. Not if it breaks if you drop it. lol. Good on that D2. I dropped my voyager countless times still works. Same w/ my D1

  • Hellovigor

    It will be “top tier” for a few weeks…maybe a month at best. It had a chance to establish itself as THE phone of the year. That time is past.

    Will it be a good phone? Sure. Will it be a great phone? Probably. Will it live up to all the hype that has been surrounding it for the last few months? I highly doubt it.

    Bring on the Vigor.

    • I don’t think any phone will live up to droid life readers…people are expecting phones to have quad core 10 cameras 30 gb ram….people just need to relax this phone will be a beast…every phone is overhypd

      • Hellovigor

        No, people are expecting a phone delayed five months to tout tech that won’t be second tier just weeks after being released. Yes, the specs are pretty impressive, BUT when the Bionic was announced it was rivled by none. Now there are many new contenders that will have better screens, better design, better frills (better image sensor on the camera, better FFC, maybe even some NFC) arriving WEEKS after it’s release. This phone has been hyped to hell and back and quite frankly it’s sounding like it will be DOA.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get how people can say that they would “write off” a phone they’ve never seen and never held in their hands.

    What’s also funny is how people are jumping on the Samsung bandwagon in droves; when not long ago, Samsung was considered to be a failure by many in the Android community.  Aren’t we a fickle bunch?

    …and, regarding the Vigor replacing the Thunderbolt…people are already saying this is the device they will get…SIGHT UNSEEN.  I sure hope that HTC has figured out battery life for their upcoming LTE phones.

    One more thing…if the Stratosphere ends up being a 4G slider (like some people are forecasting), I’m going to have to laugh a little.  When the D3 was being discussed, many were commenting that a 4G radio would never fit in a device with a physical keyboard. 

    • Anonymous

      I would actually welcome a 4g slider. Not everyone likes a keyboard but it is nice to have at times I know i get tired of all touch screen at times and wished I had a physical keyboard. Also I dont’t really care how thick it is because I dont wear skin tight clothes so it will fit in my pocket. Also yeah samsung sucks with updates but they unlock their phones so it doesnt matter because the dev community can work to get updates where as with moto and being locked down you can’t get all the benefits since you have to use the stock kernel and it is much more difficult to root. I will be looking at all of these phones and then decide what to upgrade to.

      • Anonymous

        Re: your comment….”I will be looking at all of these phones and then decide what to upgrade to.”
        That is exactly what I’m going to do.

        Also, because I use my phone for business and personal, I prefer a physical keyboard.  I have to respond to a large # of emails each day, so having a slider makes it so much easier.  

        • DROID 3

          • Anonymous

            I bought one, for my Fiance, the day they started selling them online.  It’s a pretty nice phone.  I decided to wait it out to see what phones August and September would bring.

        • Anonymous

          Agree a keyboard is always a nice addition. Hopefully they have some nice specs.

        • Anonymous

          I’m absolutely not trying to hate on your choice of a keybaord however have you tried swype/flext9 out? I can swype almost as fast as I can type without much of a hit to accuracy.  I admit it took a while to trust it so I was no longer verifying the word before starting the next, but it can be quite fast and accurate for moderate use so it also depends on what a “large” number is.  However as far as RDP and Citrix access, for those purposes I do secretly wish I had a keyboard occasionally.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, I used swype for a while (a few months).  I’m just faster and more confident with a physical keyboard.

            My corporate email volume is approx 75~100 in and approx 40~50 out per day.  When I’m travelling, all of my outgoing is mobile.  I can do that on a virtual keyboard, but the former Blackberry guy in me has me more comfortable with physical keys.

      • Yea but I would rather not root to get updates….and I owned the og droid and rooted, rommed, oc so I know but i don’t understand what is with this “just root it”attitude why can I not just depend on the company to update their phones…

        • Anonymous

          Because carriers slow down updates samsung phones are all updated overseas it is the carriers adding their garbage is why in the us if it’s not a nexus you will be waiting. Don’t put all the Blaine on the companies when they are releasing updates and the carriers won’t push it out.

          • Yea but at some point Samsung should of stuck up for their customers and forced verizon to push it….every other phone was updated and the fascinate just got froyo like 2 months ago

        • Anonymous

          if it wasn’t for root/project elite i’d still be on froyo with my og droid. now i’m on 2.3.4. Never had to wait for verizon updates because developers update faster. Got the new market before others, my gtalk video works on my outdated phone, I don’t have verizon bloat on my phone. It’s super fast now to the point I could wait another 6 months to upgrade if I wanted to.

    • Anonymous

      fanboys will be fanboys.  people bitch about apple customers blindly following mr. jobs and buying whatever he craps out…well that seems to happen with some android fans as well.  all i ask is that you do your research before purchasing!  this ensures you get the device that best fits you and keeps companies from getting paid for crap devices.

    • Anonymous

      I think its quite simple to just write it off, if you were going to buy a car and the sales guy said ya come pick it up next week and it will be the best car on the block and then next week comes and he says well i need to fix a couple things under the hood and says come back next week. You come back again and this time he says you going to like this we redid your car new body and some new specs but you are going to have to wait another week or two to get it.  All this time you are thinking is this even the car i went to go buy in the first place?  Whats so wrong with the car that it kept having to get fixed before you even got it, i mean it was brand new right? 
      As for the Samsung i was actually lucky enough to be in Europe when it was launched and this phone is amazing the screen is clear and vibrant and the phone feels good in you hand as well much better than the fascinate.  I only got to play with it in the store so no real world testing but i have not played with a phone like it yet, and i go into the vz store and play with all the new phones.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure I understand your analogy…

        Were there salespeople saying “come pick it up next week and it will be the best …” about the Bionic?  I don’t recall an official release date was ever announced.

        Personally, I don’t care if my next phone is a Moto, Samsung, or HTC…I’m going to look at them all and make a decision.  But, in Moto’s defense, at least they didn’t release a phone that wasn’t ready to be released.  From what I’ve read about the Thunderbolt, HTC did release a phone that wasn’t ready.

        I am looking forward to seeing the Samsung, though.  It might be a tough decision, cuz not just any phone is going to replace my OG Droid.  🙂

      • Its not a car…not a good comparison

    • Anonymous

      That’s because you aren’t getting checks from these OEM’s for blind brand loyalty like they are.

      /s

    • GotSka81

      I think what you’re seeing is the android community responding to a historic trend.  Motorola has always locked and encrypted their bootloaders so that the user cannot use it as they wish.  Admittedly, Samsung’s history for updates is not very good, but they have shown that they’ve addressed that situation and have been changing for the better.  Regular updates, supporting the dev community, solid phone hardware…all things we’ve wished for as a community.  Moto has locked and encrypted every bootloader since the droid x…so I think it’s safe to say they will continue this trend.

      • Anonymous

        I understand what you’re saying, but what % of Moto smartphones are not capable of running custom ROMs?  Only a couple of the newer ones right?

        Honestly, I’ve loved every Moto phone that I’ve owned.  I’ve owned Nokia, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, RIM, Palm…but, my Moto phones have been my favorites and most durable.  Also, my Droid 1 has been a frickin tank.  I got it on release day, have dropped it several time since, never had a screen protector or case, and it’s still as sexy as ever.

        If I decide to buy the Bionic, I’m not going to worry too much about the bootloader thing.  I have confidence that CyanogenMOD will be on it eventually.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to move on when you’ve given up 😉

  • Noble Four

    I had an EVO 3D for a few weeks before I dropped Sprint because of coverage. But that phone was amazing. The screen was insane. Crisp, clear, beautiful. If the Bionic could get close to that screen level, I’d be sold. But pentile. Pentile! I may sound like a screen snob. But pentile is just awful! Most WVGA screens look better than that. The Bionic can have all the cores in the world, and all the G’s, but if the screen is crap, I’m passing. My Thunderbolt can hold me over until October. If the Bionic screen isn’t that bad, I’ll get it and sell it in October for the Vigor anyway.

    • I don’t think you sound like a snob. I think you sound like you want your phones interface to look nice, instead of annoying you every time you look at it.

      • Anonymous

        i concur. The screen is one of the most important components. No use putting all super awesome specs in a phone when the screen looks like mario bros.

        • Noble Four

          Yeah, I am not writing it off until I actually see it. But in all honesty, what are the odds that they chose a screen for the Bionic that is any different from the other three qHD phones they have recently released? I will reserve judgment until I see it. But I have seen the pentile screens, and I am not impressed.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve seen pentile screens too. The best we can hope is they used a different screen for this phone. On 4.3inch it looks like a mario game (hyperbole i know) on the Droid 3 it’s not all that bad. Not as good as a Samsung screen of course. I’m waiting until it comes out so I can have it in my hands before I pass too much judgement

          • Jonny Blings

            I’ve been on the droid x since release.  My buddy just got a droid 3 and it was nice but that screen was fugly.  The delay not killing bionic for me but if the screen looks like the droid 3 that will make me wait.

          • Jonny Blings

            I’ve been on the droid x since release.  My buddy just got a droid 3 and it was nice but that screen was fugly.  The delay not killing bionic for me but if the screen looks like the droid 3 that will make me wait.

          • Jonny Blings

            I’ve been on the droid x since release.  My buddy just got a droid 3 and it was nice but that screen was fugly.  The delay not killing bionic for me but if the screen looks like the droid 3 that will make me wait.

        • Finally man of reason…agree

          • Anonymous

            *bows* thank you thank you haha

    • Anonymous

      I agree my tb is doing fine but if something comes out since i am due for an upgrade that is worthy then I will upgrade otherwise I will wait and see the vigor if they fixed the battery issues.

    • LionStone

      “Crisp, clear, beautiful.” You just described the TB’s screen too! Everyone I show my pics too say, “wow”. The native photo editing on TB is awesome and makes pics look even better! I’ve seen my pics and video sent to my buddy’s ip4 and they look great, but his sent to me look mediocre.
       
      off topic:Btw, why can I send him video in either mms or email and he can see them fine, but he can only send video mms to me? And it looks horrid.

  • Bert336

    booorrriinnggg…… @DroidBionic:disqus  quit trying to make it sound like you will have the device of the year….you are obviously wayyy too late and better things have arisen at the horizon….
    I will give you props on becoming the top failure of this year though! =]

    • Your name is Bert nuff said

  • jbegs

    [email protected]:twitter is official can’t one of these “official” twitter accounts get that same official status from the folks at twitter?  That would clear things up fast.

  • Ihoncen

    Galaxy SII has got my attention now

  • Murphy

    Kellex has no choice but to defend the Bionic….this is Droid-Life after all. As cliche as this sounds, MOTO has dropped the ball. Just saying this phone was supposed to be OUT in May makes me angry. I waited and waited, but nothing so I jumped the gun too quickly (thinking I wouldn’t be able to keep unlimited data) and got the Thunderbolt. While it is a step up from my OG Droid (I still heart you!) I am disappointed with the battery life, lack of stagnant updates (Netflix, Skype w/Video, Gingerbread, random reboots etc….) and overall the run-around HTC is giving us. Everyone screams “root!” (which I have) but this phone SUCKS ass without rooting it. Out of the box, the Thunderbolt should have been the best phone to beat, yet it has been left behind and may now be replaced (already!!??). I’m scared that if I switch back to Moto, I’ll be in the same boat once again. I can’t wait to ditch my Thunderbolt when something new comes this Fall. I think my next device may be a Nexus, hoping it in fact lands on Big Red.

    • No one has ever used the device so why make a judgment call before even using the device…kellex doesn’t have to defend it but as a good writer/tech enthusiast you must actually have hands on time in order to see if you think it is a great, good, or terrible phone…this is common sense

  • Me

    Good chance I’ll be going with Vigor….  will depend on specs(Bionic vs Vigor)

  • Droid

    I’ll just wait another year and keep rocking my OG Droid.

  • Sid6871

    First Dual-core 4G phone?  I’m still excited and planning to take a closer look. Most likely purchasing.

  • moved on to the stratoshpear.

  • Anonymous

    So 1 fake calling out another fake. Looks like this could get interesting.

  • If I can find a DX in good condition to get me through to Oct, I’ll hold out for the Vigor.  If you have a DX and want to work something out, let me [email protected]:twitter 

    • Jeffwoolf95

      jefffwoolf95 AT gmailcom  email me.

      • I got that bounced back to me.  Maybe only one “f”?  Trying again!

  • Interstellarmind

    totally moved on. also, moto should probably be spending their payroll on engineers/ developers instead of twitter feeds.

  • Jason Purp

    Am I the only one who thinks this entire thing is stupid as f***?

    • Anonymous

      I do but now that there is 2 of them it will be funny just to watch them each call the other fake lol. Will pass the time until sept/oct when newer phones come out lol

  • The Observer

    Vigor or Nexus Prime. That’s where my focus is at. The Bionic is yesterday’s news to me.

  • Anonymous

    @MDB228:disqus  is fighting back:MDB228 MDB228 I am the real deal, and I will be here [email protected] nothing of what he speaks.

  • 4djincredible

    Sounds like the community is waiting for the Vigor????

    • Anonymous

      until the bionic is in their hands

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like the community are a bunch of fickle little girls.

  • Anonymous

    Well said Kellen on the technology part. I for one can’t wait to try this out, and hopefully buy it. Although a 720P screen will be nice, but realistically sounds like a quick way to drain your battery. I for one love Motorola hardware over HTC. I was somewhat disappointed in the hardware of the Thunderbolt. The kick stands peeling, there are little knicks for being dropped on the carpet. My D1 still looks just as good as the day I bought it. 

    • LionStone

      OMG your kick stand is peeling! lol… knicks from being dropped on the carpet?! I’ve dropped my TB three times on hardwood and sustained 0 damage! Once on edge, once flat on the screen and once on its back…

  • Dhuff44

    I don’t really care anymore, I just want a good 4g phone to come out that is worth upgrading to so I can replace my OG Droid

  • Paris Sorrell

    If the leaked XT865 specs are true then I may have to pass. If the Stratosphere is the sgs2 4G then Moto Has made Sammy a lot of money.

  • Naergoth

    Droid phones are coming out too quick. Would be nice to see 1 or 2 phones from each company that are worthy of an upgrade, instead of 10 new phones a month that will be replaced by 10 more next month.

  • Honestly, I am just waiting to see what Kellex recommends everyone to upgrade their OG Droid to…

    • Anonymous

      I’m betting he says to take the Vigor is we can’t wait for Prime. Unless Strat/Function is somehow buffed but kept slim, I don’t see him pushing it.

      • omar little

        How much credence can we give HTC after they’ve scorned us on the tbolt???

        Fool me once..shame on you….

        • Agreed after the thunderbolt I know now that HTC is not for me

    • Anonymous

      He already has….The unlocked international SGS2 that you can use on AT&T’s network right no. :]

  • brandon brower

    Ive waited four months for it.. There are no other phones at verizon that i would want to waste my money on.. might as well wait another month unless stratosphere is 4G and is a SGS2 that is not qwerty then i will try them out and see which one i want

  • garrett sullivan

    I don’t know about you guys, but the DroidBionic account is a lot more boring than MDB228.

  • Anonymous

    I think the Bionic will be a great Moto phone. I have 9/8 marked on my calendar.

  • MFG

    Bring on the GSII. 

  • Anonymous

    Still interested in the Bionic, but if the Stratosphere turns out to be an SGS2 4G, I’m gonna be all over that. Still, I’m a bit skeptical to see two high-end phones released on the same day. Time will (obviously) tell.

  • The qHD screen has me kinda bummed, so I’m leaning towards SGS2 if it’s LTE, otherwise I think the Vigor is the place to be – especially if HTC will let you unlock it

  • 4djincredible

    The buzz is crazy now for this device’ I am an authorized retailer for Verizon and customer can’t wait. I’ve been looking forward to it since May and now the hype will finally be matched with the device. I want to see how the dual core processor works on the new 4G LTE!!! I believe that Moto pushed it back to build the buzz, kind of reminds me of the iPhone 4 or should I say iPhone 5.

  • Sounds like you know this is an overrated device that will dissapoint and you’re already trying to make excuses. Unless this comes out with something surprisingly mind blowing, I’ll be on board for the Vigor. What’s another month at this point?

    • Scribbles395

      Same here, all this hype over a phone that already is behind in technology.

      • How? Your an idiot

        • Anonymous

          There are few phrases more hilarious than, “Your an idiot”.

          • GotSka81

            Thanks you…literally LOL!

      • But you’ll buy the Vigor thinking it’s ahead of technology with A8 cortex based cpu. LOL So 2009.

        Samsung, you still waiting for that?  dual core, 1gb ram, ho hum, had that long time ago.

        Nothing amazing is coming for a while, even the Nexus Prime is starting to feel weaker and weaker the more they talk about it, 2ghz quad core, 2gb ram, or else it’s not really much better than what we have.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you’re trying to make excuses for your preferred brand.

  • GotSka81

    It may be a decent phone, but it’s not a top-tier phone anymore.  Back when the device was announced with phones like the thunderbolt, charge, and revolution it was clearly a step above the competition.  This phone has shortcomings (pentile screen, locked bootloader) and advantages (LTE with dual core)…but the fact remains that this is almost 4 months late and other phones have been released that can (allegedly) stand up to it.  You said it yourself, devices move so fast that month to month phones outpace each other.  This phone has been outpaced for 4 months now.  Verizon is behind with their hardware as a whole and this is just a prime example.

    And really…do we expect (if this is a legit twitter account) that they would say “Yeah, so the phone was delayed and now it’s irrelevant…so what?”

    • Anonymous

      Among readers of sites like this Bionic is in trouble.  However the fact does remain the majority of smartphone buyers won’t know the spec difference between these phones or know there’s something better around the corner.  If Moto/Verizon market the hell out of it it’ll likely be a success, even if not a resounding long term one.  There’s just too many people coming out of contract every month wanting a smartphone that will buy the best of what’s available and have no interesting in waiting.  Spend a couple hours in a Verizon store on a busy day, you’ll see it.  However I say that with one caveat, the selling price. A $300 price tag will not go well.  The long term success of the phone will likely not fare well, but I bet Moto already has its replacement slated to come xooming out before the end of the year. 

    • Anonymous

      There are no other phones out nor coming out soon that are better speced than this, that makes it a top tier phone delayed or not.  You can argue for the GS2 all you want but the fact of the matter is it has its own shortcomings as well and we don’t yet know much of anything about Verizon’s version of it.  The Vigor is just a rumor at this point but I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume it’ll be similar to the Sensation and Evo 3D with a couple improvements.

      • GotSka81

        There are no other phones out that are better spec than this phone…on Verizon.  If you go to a carrier like Tmobile, they have phones well beyond anything we have on Verizon.  You can’t look at just the hardware specs, either…you have to look at things like the bootloader and software.  I understand the argument that once a phone has root the software is essentially irrelevant (and I’m an advocate for this), but if the phone has a locked and encrypted bootloader (like the bionic surely will) then the software is very important.  To that end, if I had to choose between two phones that are exact equals…but one with a locked and encrypted bootloader and one that is either just locked or simply open…then I’m going unlocked all day.  You can say that motorola has stated they will unlock the bootloaders, but what have they done to show they’re working on that?  Nothing.  The Atrix bootloader was decrypted only because of a leak.  Companies like HTC and Samsung and even Sony have shown that they’re working on it…while Moto makes empty promises (Xoom anyone?)  The Bionic is nice, yes…but past due.

  • If I can find a DX to get me through to Oct, I’ll hold out for the Vigor.  Anyone with a good condition DX want to work something [email protected]:twitter 

  • tn

    DB, Vigor, GSII, what matters to me most among these is battery life.

  • Nick10201989

    I see punctuation errors and it makes me question it.  “your hands,you”    where it should be “your hands, you”

    maybe this means nothing considering some of the misspellings in the past, but just pointing it out

  • Anonymous

    I’m not 100% sure this account is real at all either. The English is kind of poor, and the other 3 accounts it follows are actually verified. 

  • Anonymous

    Sourceless sources have confirmed that there are NO bionics in store today. Sourceless sources are now questioning the source of 8/4. Yeah. That was a shot.

    • Anonymous

      Haha +1.

  • T Hall

    I am not writing off the Bionic by any means.  Sure I was disappointed when September became true, but the bottom line is that it will probably be a very good phone.  

  • I think both Twitter accounts are fake.  I’m also hoping the Bionic still has a few surprises up its sleeves.  If not, thanks to the great development community, I may be able to hold on to my OG droid just a bit longer until the Vigor comes out.

    • Gee

      The first surprise LOCKED boot loader (fort nox style). OOo and it will be all blurry…. Enjoy 

      • Djenks24

        I’ll take the new blur over Sense, but its just a personal opinion.  Old Blur sucked.

        • And they will still root it just like the d3 dx etc

  • Jgoss1000

    Moved on. Vigor…

    • Anonymous

      I’m hoping Verizon wll run out of Thunderbolts at some point and be forced to give us the Vigor as a replacement.

      • Anonymous

        You’d probably get a Revolution (same internals) or a Charge first, but one can hope, haha.

        • Anonymous

          Oh God no. I’d refuse. But I doubt it — they usually stay in the same manufacturer with their replacements.

          • Anonymous

            First it depends Asurion (insurance) vs Verizon (warranty) replacement. You’d have better luck backing into a pseudo-upgrade through VZ. And manufacturer doesn’t always matter, a co worker got an X as a replacement for his DInc and others ended up with an incredible from the OG before D2 was released. Personally I just prefer my phones to work 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Jody?

    • Anonymous

      No kidding, of course they’ll say it’s worth the wait. Does anyone think they’d say something like:

      “Once the Motorola Droid Bionic is in your hands, your anticipation will turn to disappointment.”
      or
      “Once the Motorola Droid Bionic is in your hands, you’ll be overwhelmed with mediocrity.”

      • Anonymous

        Ha! “Once the Motorola Droid Bionic is in your hands, your anticipation will turn to whatever other phone we haven’t released yet, but we’ll tell you is far superior to what you and your friends are using now”

    • Anonymous

      I just paid $ 21.87 for an iPaad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aSiD

  • tbaybe

    untill it comes out… idk 

  • I know you’ll prolly hear this a lot, but seriously I will be interested in the phone when the bootloader is unlocked.  I really want a moto phone but the encrypted bootloader is stopping me from getting one. 

  • Cizzlen

    And not a single ____ was given 

    • funny, all these people saying they’ve moved on from the Bionic, then when the release date gets announced and some killer spec is shown they’ll be like “OMFG BIONIC MUST GET HOLY SHIT”

      • Anonymous

        lol truer words have never been spoken

        • JDRyan

          You are probably right about some, but I think there are enough people that will stick to their guns and not buy one just to spite Motorola. Look at the rumored Vigor specs….you really think people won’t hold out just ONE month longer for a clearly better phone? I know I will.

          • Anonymous

            that’s assuming that verizon road map was real. 

          • I doubt the vigor will be out in Oct..

          • Anonymous

            Vigor isnt even confirmed officially as a device. No pics yet either. Supposed to be HTC and LTE. Remember TBolt’s delays? One month might mean next Feb. 2012 by the time it actually makes it to market. Also don’t get what else out there has dual core LTE and 1gb of RAM.

      • Scribbles395

        Exactly, if its a mind blowing. But if it’s the specs we heard about then who cares.