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DROID Bionic Makes Its Way Into Verizon Store, Lucky Chap Snaps Pics

This might be the week to finally head into a Verizon store to ask about the DROID Bionic, if the story behind these pictures is true.  Word on the street has it that a Motorola rep walked into one of Big Red’s retail outlets yesterday with DB in hand and was more than willing to allow folks in the area to snap pictures of it and send them off to friends.

We get a nice look at the device in a real hand, along with a semi-side look and the Moto dock.  I must say, that the device definitely does not look too thick by any means.  It looks enormous in this young lady’s hands, but…well whatever I was about to say could only sound dirty, so I’ll stop there.

Moto and Verizon may want to think about crankin’ this bad boy out a little earlier than September 8 though, because Samsung announced their Galaxy S II event for August 29 and rumors are swirling today that Apple may announce the iPhone 5 on September 7.

Time may be running out for Moto on this one…  

Backside of the device:

Moto dock:

Via:  Howard Forums

Cheers to everyone who sent these in!

  • J Dub

    If this was released like the D1 was, you know, latest clean version of Android and an unlocked boot loader then it would sell like mad. It would be one of the highest spec’d “dev” phones out there. However, Moto forgot how many D1’s they sold and now this will have crappy Blur on it and be locked tight.

    • KevinC

      LOL, the Motorola Droid didn’t sell a lot because it had an unlocked bootloader or stock Android…it sold a lot because of the huge marketing campaign behind it.

      Duh.

      • Anonymous

        that’s true, It really makes a huge difference. 

      • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

        And guess who is the marketing campaign behind this beast? WE ARE :) I’ve told so many people about this and they are just clueless.

    • Pennywise

      OG’s bootloader was locked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Sullivan/707444702 Dennis Sullivan

    There was a time when I would get exited about every Bionic update,  but after a year of waiting and seeing phones being released shortly after that are spec wise better I will pass on the Bionic.  It looks nice and all,  but it does not impress me at all anymore.

  • Anonymous

    As long as it heads to Costco prior to my 90 day return policy ending.  But with the iphone 5 looming even sooner than expected it would be a tough spot for Moto to be in.  If the phone is already in warehouses maybe they should move to a 8/25 pre-order date and a 9/1 in-store.  This phone won’t be able to compete with the marketing power behind the new iphone 5.

  • Realmoxie

    Pentile screen… meh

    • digsoreos

      Gives new meaning to the term “Blur”, eh? Or is it, meh? ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’m soooo ready for this phone.  It will be my first smart phone (my LG Fathom running Window Mobile doesn’t count).  4.3″ screen, dual core and LTE is enough for me.  Don’t need anything more than that.

  • Brian

    Photoshop…

  • Realmoxie

    Moto missed the boat on this one.  The Bionic should go unpurchased and ignored at this point.  Day late and a dollar short comes to mind.

  • Zach

    *Yawn*

  • Mr Pierre Alexis

    what size screen?

  • Stelv81

    Just remember hardware isn’t the solution to all the problems in a device, it needs optimized software too. Blur on the d3 is laggy choppy and poorly coded. Hopefully things will be different for the people that buy this device. Good luck.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Are you kidding? Blur is still choppy on the D3? Man, Moto will never get anything right.

      • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

        Fail post. Go home, troll.

    • Anonymous

      boy you must have looked at a defective phone cause a friend of mine has one and it’s really smooth and very polish. The new Blur is really nice. They could have put another 512megs of RAM in it but oh well. Maybe you need to set up the “task Manager” in the phone to control the running of bloat-ware apps. I configured it for him and the memory efficiency is tons better. 

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        Yeah same with my brothers and I played with that thing for a while (1 hr)…..The only lag I seen was the camera when going in and out of it…I dont know why but it seems all moto devices have that problem with the camera even my droid x so maybe they can fix it through a software update but at the same time not a big deal

        • Anonymous

          yeah the camera takes to long to load. Good video and pictures but the time it takes to load, you might miss JR. taking his first steps, you know what i mean?  Maybe since the Bionic has 1Gig of RAM this can change, cause the camera seems very memory intensive, you can tell cause the screen redraws after you close the camera, so the phone must be killing background apps before it actually loads the camera.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        Yeah same with my brothers and I played with that thing for a while (1 hr)…..The only lag I seen was the camera when going in and out of it…I dont know why but it seems all moto devices have that problem with the camera even my droid x so maybe they can fix it through a software update but at the same time not a big deal

      • digsoreos

        What did you change in the “task manager” to control the running of bloat-ware apps?

        • Anonymous

          The way the task manager works is that it turns off the apps you select. The time it does this is 2 minutes after you lock your screen. This frees up memory and the next time you use your phone you will more fresh memory than you had before you locked it. The apps restart once called upon by you. Don’t check any apps you use often. I checked all bloat-ware not normally used. 

          • Stelv81

            The things is that Android phones don’t need task managers. If you need a task manager then there is something wrong with the software coding on your phone. My fascinate was like that. Google makes the OS to open and close apps on its own. Their OS works perfectly in conjuction with sense and the amount of ram on my Inc2. The d3 could be good if it had enough ram to support its blur overlay. Hopefully bionics ram will not be half in reserve for the lapdock like the atrix is.

    • Anonymous

      Pure FUD.

    • Thenew3

      You must be looking at a different D3.  According to Anandtech’s review of the D3, blur is now very smooth on it.
      According to my own experience playing with 2 D3’s in the verizon store (took them 2 hours to activate my thunderbolt on 4G, so I took the 2 hours playing with the D3’s they have on display), the blur on D3 was very smooth.  much better than my DX and D2G.

      • James_Ever

        Have to agree, I own a Droid3 and this blur is so much smoother than the droid2global with no lag whatsoever.

  • Mrcheese24

    This better come out before i*hone 5

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    So, someone from vzw just strolled into a store with the phone in tout?
    Sounds like a story from the Mike Walker game.

    • http://twitter.com/il_Sole_Leone Stephen Box

      no, it was a moto rep that walked into a vzw store. 

      • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

        Then a angry mob of Droid X owners beat the living daylights out of him when he could not produce a date for the Gingerbread fix.

  • Anonymous

    “not too thick”..i can’t imagine carrying that thing around, especially if you put a case on it.

    cue the lame jokes..

    • Anonymous

      It’s about as thick as the OG Droid.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Confirmed august 25 

    • Droiiid

      source?

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        My bad no source just thinking its a thursday and right before the samsung event if they want to get it out that would be the day I would think

        • Droiiid

          oh i see. its so sad because moto makes such great products, but their timing/pr department is horrible.  if they were smart, they wouldve gotten it out before the samsung event was announced because now, even if they do bump it up to the 25th, people are gonna wait 4 days just to see what samsung has in store so they can compare 

          • TomHolmes

            Is it possible that the Samsung event was planned to preempt the Bionic release?

          • Droiiid

            definitely. and the iphone 5 for sure.  But, on the other hand, some samsung executive promised an August release for the SGSII in the us….but i find that unlikely unless they pull an apple and launch it like the day after the announcement

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            I find unlikely we will see the sgs2 for verizon in october

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            No the galaxy s2 isnt just for verizon its for all carriers and verizon probably wont get the galaxy s2 till late october early november

          • Anonymous

            I don’t expect we’ll be seeing a GS2 on Verizon anytime soon.  They’re launching the Stratosphere the same time as the Bionic which is an Epic 4G with LTE.  I could be wrong though.

            Your point is dead on, Moto has the worst marketing department ever, if they even have one.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Confirmed-you are a douche.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        Haha ok Rocko….Man I think I made you cry before? Butthurt a little?? Its all good keep talking over the internet fat ass

        • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

          Do you try to make people butt hurt? So your confirming everyone’s thoughts, you are gay. How did your mom take it? Bad I bet, poor mommy.

  • VZW dude

    I have played with one at a VZW event, I work in the industry, its insanely fast. Not as much metal in these as other motorola droid models, so its somewhat lighter. 4.3 inch qHD display, suprisingly with barely any ghosting . (much improved over the DX2 and D3 imo) Its about the same thickness as my OG Droid, only the camera part sticks out an extra mm or two. I got to play with a Samsung Stratosphere as well, its a 4inch QWERTY slider. It is NOT the superphone everyone is expecting, it IS 4G LTE and will pe priced “aggressively”, these are words from the Samsung big wig that let me check out his phone he’s been testing… I had experience with this at another VZW/Samsung event. 

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      anymore details/?? or just fast?? was their a newer blur verisioon??

    • Droiiid

      was it easy to use one handed?

    • Anonymous

      All what I expected.  How’s the screen compared to the DX2’s?  Pentile still?

  • RW-1

    It will sell because the majority of the population are lemmings and don’t know any better.

    As to our group here on DL, it’s a fail for numerous reasons, not the least of which is a failed rollout.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      what?? how is this phone a fail?? Come on dont start this stupidity again

  • TomHolmes

    In my mind, the lady with the phone then begins some “Oh mighty Isis” chant, followed by zephyr winds that blow on high. If you don’t understand my references, then maybe you should watch more 70’s shows and less “That 70’s Show”.

  • Anonymous

    No competition to the upcoming Samsung devices. Poor Moto strikes out again with a thick brick.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you should wait and see what those Samsung devices will actually be before opening your mouth and inserting foot.

      • Anonymous

        Well said

      • Anonymous

        No need to wait since I have seen them already.  We have a game here at the office and if we post crap to the humps and get 10 gritty comments back in 5 minutes or less the bet is won.

        I am a partner at the Law offices of Such,Mey,Dich  

        all in good fun

        • Anonymous

          A lawyer, that explains everything.

        • Anonymous

          You must be the “Dich” in the office…

  • Peter Bartholomul

    Is that a Droid Bionic in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      boo 

  • Peter Bartholomul

    That pic of a Moto dock looks alot like a laptop. or am i missing something?

    • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

      It’s webtop, like the atrix laptop dock

  • Anonymous

    Too bad one of those contact widgets isn’t for the doc from back to the future so they could fix their launch schedule.  I think the device may start disappearing before out eyes…

    Now if they release a follow up in Q4 that’s running ICS with a 720p screen I may be all over it.

  • Anonymous

    Is it wrong to use your own upgrade as a test and then use your spouses upgrade to seal the deal? My wife might be getting a NEW(to her) thunderbolt soon.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      nope perfectly fine…your gf just needs a phone that works and she will be satisfied

  • Anonymous

    What piss poor timing on Moto/Verizon’s part.  You have HTC and Samsung about to drop hits and even the 2nd gen LG revolution specs sound bad ass. Why even announce the Bionic back in January if your going to release it 8-9 months later.  
    At least we will see the price drop really fast on this one.  

    • Jjjjj

      Sooooooo, you think it was their intentions all along to release 8 to 9 months later?

      • Anonymous

        No. They are just incompetent.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          no problems arise with any new tech (LTE) it happens so get over it 

          • Sammy Guyana

            and LG and samsung were miraculously able to avoid those problems with “new tech LTE”??  MOTO BLEW IT.  Get real.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

            yeah because from what I see they are waiting in the background while everything plays out…they are not on the edge, they are 40 ft away with some ice cream and women

          • Anonymous

            Is that why they already launched their dual core ICS compatible LTE devices so quickly?  

            Oh no you’re right, some single core battery hogging cheap sh_t I-need-a-case -or-it-will-die junk is all they’ve released. 

            Unlike Moto, dropping no jacket required dual cores left and right…hmm, maybe theres a strategy there – produce stuff that won’t be obsolete or busted before your contract is up, what a concept!  

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

            where are these lg/samsung dual core lte devices?

            I don’t see them.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung event Aug 29th… No matter what, I would not buy a Bionic now until I see that event…

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t matter since Samsung’s announcement is before the Bionic will be available.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        lol

  • Abc123

    The same thing happened right before Droid X came out.  About a couple weeks before the sale began, a Motorola sales rep walked into the Bestbuy I was shopping for a new bluetooth with a brand spanking new Droid X.  At that time I had a BB Storm2, and I was blown away after fondling the DX for about 5 minutes.

  • nimajneb

    looks huge.  I got a good look at a qhd screen in the Dx2 last night, now I’m not even sure I’m going to buy this phone now.  I’m thinking about taking anything without this type of screen.  I will have to see/hold this phone in the store before buying at this point at least.  My D1 screen looks much more colorful and doesn’t have the ghosting, poor gradients, cross hatched look.  We’ll see….  Not many are worried about the GSII screen, so we’ll see.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve had a DX2 for 3 weeks. The screen is terrible. It just gets worse as you notice more and more pixelation and realize it makes red and green text illegible. The Bionic is reported to have the same horrible screen.

  • Anonymous

    Is that the same Dock the Atrix uses? I saw the exact same one sitting at Best Buy last night..

  • Bert336

    it looks as thick as the current LG Revolution! if thats the case…ill be pass on it.

  • Bigsike

    Just had a girl in my office mimic this holding my DX to try and compare sizes it’s hard to tell I would have to say they are the same size.

    • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

      All girls have the same hands!

      • Bigsike

        lol ok now that was a good one haha!

    • Bert336

      bleh, looks to be the same size…the bionic is nothing but  a fancied up DX2 with a 4G chip :(

      • Anonymous

        not even close

        • Anonymous

          Actually, very close.

  • Anonymous

    The pic of it flat doesn’t look so thick but when she turns it sideways it looks pretty big, maybe its just the blur. 

    • OreoMan

      I like what you did there with the “blur” part of your statement.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe she prefers a girthy device with a battery that lasts for 15 hours.

      • Anonymous

        Hah, girthy.

      • Anonymous

        well that still remains to be seen, they said the TBolt batt. issues were good but look at that 5 hr machine.

        • NordicNinja

          My TBolt lasts all day, even with LTE on.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Yeah I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Anonymous

      It’s T-Bolt thick. The back is somewhat curved/slanted in a way with both T-Bolt and Bionic so that if you look at it at the same angle as in the first pic it seems relatively thin (the dark blacks help with this effect) but when you turn it around you see the junk in the trunk.

      • Anonymous

        Spoken so matter of factly but so 100% wrong.  

        • Anonymous

          That’s a great counter point. I agree with you wholeheartedly. The proof you provided is undeniable.

    • Travisjshepherd

      The black makes it look bigger!

  • Chaz2400

    Time ran out… sorry Moto, you missed the bus. SGII with LTE all the way!

  • Anonymous

    Very blurry, but that kind of looks like a Task Killer on the top left…I really hope that isn’t pre-loaded or won’t let you remove.  As much of a fan as I am of my rooted OG Droid, I’m not quite sure if I’ll root this when I get it (assuming it will have an easy root process at some point).  I haven’t rooted my Xoom and don’t know if I will.  Nonetheless, I can’t wait for this phone!!

    • James_Ever

      It will have blur as the xperts and managers of the Motorola support forums have indicated, it will be just as bloated and locked as my Droid3. But the blur is better with the latest OS than froyo. Still think this will be a great device for those that want it.

  • Mario Lo

    Size DO matter?

    Just give it to me already! (the phone)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      I think you mean does, not do.

  • Legoturte92

    I guess it the standard wallpaper will be the one we saw a while ago. The circuit board one I mean.

    • Legoturte92

      I guess it has*

  • Scott Willenborg

    It’s nice to see that Cleopatra is interested in buying a Droid Bionic too… I smell a promotion-a-brewing…

    • EC8CH

      ^ this heres my kinda funny

  • Anonymous

    Wow! A dual core phone. Wow!

    Oh wait, I already have the DX2 and its mediocre with a poor screen. I suppose the LTE turns a mediocre DX2 into an awesome Bionic? Not.

    • Mwclaunch

      ^^ Get a load of this guy! (in Joe Pesci voice) ^^

      • Anonymous

        and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumiix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.41 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 $ 635 which only cost me $ 61.74 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it al from,
        http://EgoWin.com

        • Yes

          bidding costs only 99.00!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ab-Gar/538974072 Ab Gar

          i hate that you have to hear this from me. but your gf and boss are sleeping together..

    • Drgcream

      And the omap 4430 and twice as much ram

    • Anonymous

      It’s amazing that one can tell that display looks like crap even from a blurry snapshot. Manufacturers really need to pay the extra money and buy samsung displays. So happy to have gotten my DINC before the AMOLED shortage and the switch.

      • Anonymous

        Remember that what manufacturers have to pay you have to pay from 20% more to up to double. If a manufacturer actually built the dream phones all of us seek, they would cost $1500 full retail or $600 on a 2 year contract. Then you’ll have people complain about the price and how overhyped a device is or whatever like they did when the T-Bolt and Charge prices were first revealed.

        If you really want a Super AMOLED go for a Samsung. It’s the safest bet. Some people actually prefer the Pentile-driven (as opposed to RGB striped) LCDs Motorola uses for better batter consumption and better outside performance compared to most Super LCDs and AMOLEDs competitors use.

    • geedee82

      You are one hell of an ignorant retard if you really think the Bionic is just a DX2 with LTE.  I’m not super impressed with it either but it’s obvious the bionic’s specs and features BLOW AWAY the crappy-months-old-dead-before-it-launched-with-last-years-tech DX2 in every single category dumba$$

      • Anonymous

        Well I agree with your first line, but DX2 last years tech…how many Teg2 phones were out last year where you live? 

      • Anonymous

        Well I agree with your first line, but DX2 last years tech…how many Teg2 phones were out last year where you live? 

        • geedee82

          I figured someone would say that ;)  Basically tegra 2 is just old news, It was announced last year and manufacturers were working with it back then but I guess it didn’t start showing up in any consumer devices until early 2011.  The SoC in the DX2 is not near as good as these newer gens though

          • Anonymous

            So based on you logic, the Tegra 3 was announced months ago, Sony the time you actually get one of these quad cores (some time next year), they will already be old news… guess I had better wait for that 8 core beast that must be “just around the corner”

    • Anonymous

      By the way, I just paîd $21.87 for an îPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx 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://BidsFirst.com

  • http://twitter.com/myermenson Michael Yermenson

    Looks thick 

  • Anonymous

    fu*ka is beeeeeeeeg!

  • MikeyBotz

    Please, always use two hands when handling my Bionic ;)

  • OG Droid

    That woman is G’ed out with her gold necklace, watch, and snake ring lol.

    • Legoturte92

      Is it funny that more people are commenting about the lady instead of the phone

  • EC8CH

    This phone was delayed so much it will be made obsolete by a followup from Moto in short order. 

    • Peter Bartholomul

      I’ve been saying that for the past month

    • Anonymous

      Meh, still a beast.  The only reason I would get something else would be for a better screen, like an AMOLED+.

      • Peter Bartholomul

        Yea I remember when the Thunderbolt was a beast. I even remember when the Thunderbolt was the best and fastest phone. That was only a few months ago.

        • Anonymous

          These things will always be outdated shortly after you buy them.  There is always something new and better around the corner.

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

          It was never the best or fastest. Not even close.

          It’s just an old EVO with LTE.  obsolete before it was even released.

      • Pennywise

        AMOLED is a dealbreaker.

        • Anonymous

          Not if I have to wait months more for it, I’m tired of waiting.

  • fartbubbler

    first not first. 

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    +1 in recognition of the hand comment. 

  • Mwclaunch

    That phone looks massive…or that lady has really small hands.

  • pezjono

    “It looks enormous in this young lady’s hands, but…well whatever I was about to say could only sound dirty, so I’ll stop there.”
    Thanks for the chuckle! I needed that this morning!

    • palomosan

      That’s a huge b****…the phone I mean.

  • TurbineTech

    Cannot effin wait. Good thing I have two upgrades available just in case this phone blows. Hopefully not though! Super excited for 9/8!!!!

    • Mwclaunch

      I’m with you, my next upgrade is first of next year. Just in time for a quad-core monster, amirite??

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

    Hopefully they’ll move it up to September 1st with preorders on August 25th.

  • Legoturte92

    Every day that draws closer to all these phone releases makes it ever so difficult to pick when I upgrade my phone. It’s now between the Bionic, SGSII, iPhone 5, and the Vigor. I don’t know which to pick anymore.

    • EC8CH

      One of these things is not like the other…

      • Anonymous

        Sticks out like a sore thumb.

      • TheAndroid1

        One of them will get updates when the new IS is released and not have to wait possibly months for them.

        If you’re deciding between android and iOS at LEAST wait for the nexus Prime

      • Anonymous

        One of these things just doesn’t belong.

        • EC8CH

          Now it’s time to play our game!

          • http://profiles.google.com/truemobius Jeremiah Bengtson

            “Can you tell which thing is not like the others by the time I finish this song”

        • EC8CH

          Now it’s time to play our game!

    • TomHolmes

      iPhone? We don’t need no steenkin’ iPhone. *spit*

  • Anonymous

    I’m much more interested in the Vigor than I am in this.

    • Peter Bartholomul

      Then why even click on the article if you are not interested? the post doesn’t say much more then what everyone already knows about the phone.

      • OG Droid

        Cause everytime they post an article about the bionic this jackass comes along and posts negative comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/COOOOOOOOOOOOOOP Brad W. Cooper

    First

    The Evo my friend in work has look just has huge as that beast so. So it’s not like the Bionic is to big as the Evo is just as big. To check it out in stores and enjoy it. Lets stop over analyzing this thing

    • Scott Willenborg

      Sounds like someone has “size envy…”

    • I’m Kick-Ass!

      He has “carrier envy”.

      Phone looks large. I’m thinking she’s a “little person”. She only comes up to the rep’s waist and that ladies watch on her wrist looks huge too.