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DROID Bionic Hits Verizon MAP at $299 Starting September 8 (Updated)

 

The DROID Bionic just hit Verizon’s MAP (minimum advertised price) list and is looking poised for a $299 on 2-year contract price along with a second confirmation that September 8 should be the day that it finally lands in stores.  We’re not surprised at all by this number after seeing the Charge launch with just a single-core processor at the same price point, but are still wondering if anything over $249 is too high?  It should still sell like hot cakes even at that number as one of the most anticipated devices in quite some time.

Update: We just got word that the full retail will likely be $589.99.  Definitely not $587.00 as was rumored somewhere yesterday.  Unless of course Verizon planned on changing the $XX9.99 pricing scheme that they have followed for their entire existence just for this phone.

Let us know your thoughts!

Cheers BJK!

  • I am most likely going to buy it no matter what it costs, due for an upgrade and would be silly to not tget the best phone on the market when it comes out.

  • Guest

    300.00 Bionic? Who has that kind of cash? Will keep trudging forward with my Droid 1 with Bugless Beast Gingerbread 2.3.5 Rom + 1.2gHz 0.3 kernel. Can watch Netflix perfectly on this beast. FTP. Stock trade. Photos are decent. Screen is small but great. Why change? 

  • Higher prices, same restrictive, long contracts. Ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    OK that looks like its gonna be really cool! Wow.

    http://www.total-anon.at.tc

  • xarmitage

    Sadly with newer more powerful phones starting to show up on Droid Life many of which are claiming they maybe ready buy the end of the year my desire for this phone has cooled quite a bit.

  • ehmm…

    $300 bucks?!  Man Verizon knows how to rape their customers without lube >_<

  • Charles Robinson

    Not going to pay that price for the greedy V I’ll take the epic touch 4g or whatever sprint going to call the gs2

  • Kyle

    OK you girlie men out there! Go to the store and buy you wife a box of Tampons in the middle of the Saturday shopping spree, and she might tell you “We will see, if you can get you a Bionic”. Get your BALLS out of your wifes purse, and MAN up!

  • DroidUser00110001

    For those of you wanting to wait to see what happens with the Nexus Prime then I suggest to wait.  I have been a long time droid user. Had and used all the Moto Droids besides the X2. I recently switched to a Nexus S. Could never go back to a locked down blug (blur+bug) infested device again. For those that have the Original Droid, you guys will love the freedom of the Nexus phones. All you have to do is type fastboot oem unlock after you have adb installed and you are done…Pure vanilla android as the original droid.

    Moto needs to do these 3 things to have the go to phone again.
    1. Unlock bootloaders
    2. Use better screens
    3. Take blur behind the barn and put a bullet in it.

  • Anonymous

    $299 with two year contract? No thanks!.. Looks like Motorola/Verizon wants to cash in all the hype they’ve created so far about this phone. How many of you suckers are gonna dish out about $350 after taxes for this phone?

  • OG Droid

    Like anyone of here didnt think this thing would be $299, like all the other LTE verizon phones. I mean I would think all these tech people would know better.. jesus. This site has turned into a fanboy bitchfest….

    • Anonymous

       what other LTE verizon phone is $299??
      You are a hundred dollars off in your math.

      • OG Droid

        Name me one LTE phone that didnt come out at $299?? Ive have this og droid since it came out, nothing that verizon has put out since has been worth the upgrade. Not that i want to pay $299, but this phone isnt going to make it any longer. And guess what if something comes out thats better in a few months or so I’ll sell this and buy that off contract. As Im sure it will be a LTE phone and guess what dumbass it will be $299 on contract, so I’ll prolly have to pay $589 to get it off, but Im sure I can get the bionic sold on ebay or craigs list.

        • Anonymous

          the thunderbolt actually was 249 at launch. but anyway.. that is besides the point.

  • Anonymous

    What happened to VZW doing away with the Mail-In Rebates and charging $100 less for phones?  Is $299 the REDUCED price?  Would that phone ordinarily have been $399 with a $100 MIR?  I guess I don’t see what the point is of “subsidizing a phone” less than 50%?

    http://www.droid-life.com/2011/02/02/verizon-rebate-policy-changes-go-into-effect-no-need-to-worry/

  • thetwostep

    I think with this high of a price I will be waiting longer for my next upgrade. See what comes along the way before Xmas.

  • BountyHunter

    I love my Driod 3. Too bad you’re stuck with the OG. I have been waiting for the Bionic for 7 months. I had a piece of $%^&*( Storm 1. I’ve been in pergatory since that phone was released! It finally died about 2 weeks ago (the lousy thing couldn’t even have the decency to last until the Bionic came out)! I got the Driod 3 just to hold me over until the Bionic is available, but I’ll tell you, every day I grow to love the D3 more and more. It’s very fast and has great battery life (I do have a 2nd battery just for those very heavy use days). The only thing I can’t figure out is how to delete all my prior emails without checking every one of them one at a time. Now, while I’m still anxiously awaiting the Bionic, I don’t feel like I have to buy it on day one, or day 7. I made that mistake with the Storm and won’t do that again. I can afford to take my time and read the reviews that will come out before making a decision.

  • Anonymous

    The thunderbolt is still being sold from verizon for 249.99, so if anyone thinks the bionic will be the same they are out of their minds…

  • Anonymous

    The good news is before this device is released both Samsung and possibly HTC will have done their events to hopefully announce their imminent devices.  This should hopefully make the decision quite a bit easier assuming there are solid release dates attached to those announcements.

  • Anonymous

    How come it says motorola bionic, and not motorola droid bionic??

    • Anonymous

      Yeh, thats what I posted too but I think my comment was removed?

  • Act of God

    I’m kinda over the Bionic, I can see myself keeping my Dinc. until the Vigor or SG2 (or nexus prime? please!) come out.

  • Anonymous

    So “subsidized” means half off retail now. Great.

  • Idiopos

    After all this waiting now I have to pay $300 for it, great! I think it’s kinda too much to pay, I will still pay it but I will NOT go over $300 for ANY phone.

  • Ams1650

    Good Luck with the $299.00.

    I’ll keep my Droid X…

    • Anonymous

      Yes, any temptation went out the door with that price tag. It’s a good phone, but not worth $300 to replace a DX just for LTE and a speed bump IMO.

    • Anonymous

      I am starting to agree with you. But I did think about buying this and selling it on ebay a couple of months later and getting the Nexus Prime if it comes to Verizon for full retail price.

    • Anonymous

      The only good part is the charge will probly see a 50$ price drop, its almost better to go with that, it 4g
      And has a better screen, the only disadvantage is a single core processor

  • Earleepa

    Anything over $199 is too high.

  • So Verizon has great profits, tries to cut out the benefits and such of their most important employees so their bigwigs can have larger salaries, and then delays the Bionic about 7-8 months after the initial then-dubbed ‘Terminator’ was supposed to be released sometime in February.  Now they want us to pay $300 after contract for it?

    Yeah, I love how fast Verizon’s LTE is, but I think I’ll be jumping ship over to Sprint.

  • Anonymous

    That says “Droid Charge”, “Droid Incredible 2”, “and Droid X 2”. Why doesn’t the Bionic have the “Droid” branding attached to it also? Maybe this is a fake?

  • Dominick

    Too freaking much money… should be $250 at MOST! :/

  • Anonymous

    SG2 or Nexus Prime for me…

  • Anonymous

    I was going to buy this phone at full retail. I figured since I have $587 to spare, that I could do that without too much pain. Now you’re telling me its gonna be $589.99? Well there’s no way in hell I’m doing that! Talk about a deal breaker! Whoever reported that blatantly false and misleading $587 price needs to have their interwebs taken away.

    • Anonymous

      You are gripping over $2?  It’s less than .1%  I hope you are just being sarcastic. 

  • Amazon has the Droid Charge for $49. I doubt this will be that expensive. $199 max

  • Chris Pike

    My $50 Tbolt with CM7 seems like a better deal.

  • I just paíd $22.85 for an íPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.78 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 $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, Centb.côm

  • Motorola should rename this phone and change the marketing slogan…

    DROID DELAYED – CONTROL IT AND YOU WILL BE DELAYED FOR EVERYTHING

  • Anonymous

    If im gonna pay 300$ ill wait for a gs2, its thinner and a better phone

    • DBK

      250 with upgrade (200 with NE2 if you have one).

      The GS2 won’t be on Verizon anytime soon and may even not be 4G when it finally does. Have fun waiting.

      • Anonymous

        I cant upgrade til nov anyways if the gs2 isent out by the the DROID HD should be

        • DBK

          Fair enough, although I still wouldn’t hold my breath for the GS2.

  • I’m going to buy this phone 14 days before the SG2 comes out and if Samsung steps up and has a price of 250 or lower I’m going to return my phone within the 14 day return window and get the SG2

    • DBK

      You realize that the SGS2 coming out that soon after the Bionic on Verizon is highly unlikely, right?

    • Sdk_1052

      Plus you will have to pay the Verizon $35 restocking fee!

  • Anonymous

    300$ for 4.3 inch pentile display isent very attractive, if the gs2 comes out with 4g, dual core, and thinner for 300$ it will most likely out sell the bionic

    • DBK

      250 with upgrade discount, 200 with the NE2 (if you still have it).

  • George

    I’m definitely not going to make a day 1 purchase.  I want to see what Samsung is going to come up with in regards to the US Galaxy S2 release.  The Bionic would need to completely blow my mind to pay that much right now.  I’m guessing that the software is going to be very similar to the Droid 3 which was not that impressive.  The HTC Vigor also catches my eye with rumored specs.  I have a day 1 Droid Incredible (with the AMOLED screen before the downgraded).  I’m definitely ready to upgrade.  I’ve been waiting for the right phone for a long time so another month or two at this point doesn’t matter. 

    • DBK

      The software will be more advanced then the D3 (as will the hardware).

      • James_Ever

        The D3 is a great phone regardless. And advanced as it may be you’ll have to see about battery life first, just saying… I hope its a great device for those that have been waiting so long for it.

  • Poopymagoo

    Lol I’m not paying 300 bucks for this. Somehow I think a lot of other people will jump ship too. That’s just a huge middle finger to verizon customers “thanks for waiting like chumps with your thumbs up your ass for 9 months, NOW you can give us all your cash.” That’s just pushing our faces in shit. Nexus prime here I come!

    • DBK

      250 with upgrade, 200 with NE2 (if you still have one).

  • did you see the DOW today? Hell with this market.. I rather invest in a bike to save on gas..not minding a damn over rated phone.

    • DBK

      lol You think the the Bionic, the most advanced phone available (once it releases), is overrated? Smh…..

  • I heard it will be $249 most likely, this is just the MAP.

    • gregba

      maybe outside of VZW, MAP= minimum advertised price.  That’s why places like costco mobile say things like “click here to see special pricing”.  they cant advertise it less than the MAP

    • DBK

      249 with upgrade discount.

  • Anonymous

    Well you can bet that you can pre order it on 9/1 then.  

  • Don

    The SGS2 will be the phone to get. After 4 months of waiting I will wait another month if needed to get a sleek light phone.  The Bionic is too big, too heavy and too near being behind technology to be bought.  Even the horror of keeping my I*hone for another month is worth passing up the Bionic.   

    • DBK

      You’ll be waiting a looong time for the SGS2 to release on Verizon. The Bionic will be the most advanced phone available. The other phones coming after it are either the same or slightly inferior. The Bionic won’t be behind till at least beginning of next year.

      • Tim242

        Pentile display is far from most advanced. The Thunderbolt’s screen beats pentile.

  • Anonymous

    Wow seriously.. $300 and tax not included.. well if im gonna pay that much for that phone i might as well see how far the droid hd is.. its bad enough my bill is about 100.00 so.. 12 x 24.. well you know the rest.. getting these superphones is like a investment now.. whats next.. financing available.

    • DBK

      249 with upgrade discount (and 200 with NE2 if you have one left).

  • Brian Fernald

    That really sucks… I was hoping for at least the 249 mark and use my last new every two discount to bring it down to sub 200. Guess I might have to wait a little longer then.

    • DBK

      You are forgetting the upgrade discount. That “should” get you to 200 (I would check though).

  • Toltair

    The Vigor, Prime, and SGII (if it’s 4glte) will all be as expensive.

  • Ok, what is with Verizon and these ridiculous prices. 4G is not worth $100 extra to me.

  • Q

    Everyone crying about 300 on-contract and 600 off contrract apparently havnt been following how much new phones cost.. especially LTE phones.  My Thunderbolt was 250 on contract and the Droid Charge was 300.  When I got my Droid X off contract, it was 600.

    These prices are completely unsuprising and par for the course for a new 4G LTE phone.  Im a little dissapointed that Ill have to come out of pocket for more than I planned because Verizon has dropped the trade in price of the Thunderbolt to $150 .. I was hoping they would have kept it at 200..

    • Poopymagoo

      Lmao look at the thunderbolt now dumbass either $50 or free with 2 yr contract so don’t preach about how this is normal.

      • Poopymagoo

        P.s. you bought a thunderbolt. That instantly makes you a dumbass. Seriosuly though? Go look at the tbolt on amazon and compare prices.

      • DBK

        Lol you’re the dumbass, The Thunderbolt sold for 250 when released and it is inferior to the Bionic so it is foolish to think that the Bionic would be cheaper at it’s release.

        • Tim242

          Thunderbolt inferior to the delayed bionic? Pentile sucks. Cheap plastic sucks. Thunderbolt processor outperforms dual core.

    • Guest

      i know what you mean but i talked with one of the verizon representative and they told me once they are out of the box it is consider an old device i might get 125 for my droidx2, which is better than nothing 🙂 for the cry babies my droid was 600 off contract same as bionic what are you crying about.

  • droidlvr

    I just cant wait for the bionic.

  • Droid1118

    It just cannot come fast enough.

  • Booboolala2000

    Enjoy those that get this phone. I only have one ne2 upgrade left. Well wait til christmas time our my birthday in november and see what us available at that time. Not holding my breath for a nexus. Although I would pay $$350 on cotract to have an lte nexus on vzw.

  • Anonymous

    if you wait until your NE2 date you will get $50 off….  you can early upgrade w/ new 2 year contract price.

  • Jasper

    “Update: We just got word that the full retail will likely be $589.99.  Definitely not $587.00 as was rumored somewhere yesterday.”
    Whew… Thank gawd you pointed that out and cleared that up, I was really considering buying it at $587, but $589.99 is waaay  too much!

  • Anonymous

    i blame motobloat. after the orig droid, their phones didn’t seem to have the performance boost i expected, despite having better hardware. playing w/d3, charge, and inc2 side-by-side, i was still hard-pressed to notice a significant difference in the d3’s performance.

    • DBK

      To be honest, I felt that the D3 performed better than the other 2 (played with them side by side as well, although the Charge came in at a close second). Which is why I got the D3.

  • faber

    No way. Locked up and overpriced junk.

    • DBK

      Same price as original Droid line, and it’s far more advanced than them. Definitely not over priced. Plus it’s more like 250 after the upgrade discount.

  • Kfath1978

    Yet another flaw w/ this phone….  That price is way to high!  You can get a new Chromebook at that price.  I still will prob get it….  Torn…

  • Anonymous

    The no contract price is fine but $299 on a 2 year contract!   Not when Samsung (insert their superphone here) and HTC Vigor is about to unleash.  I see a price drop in less than 2 months after release and that would piss me off if I buy on day 1.  I’m waiting until all the cards are on the table.  

    • DBK

      250 after upgrade. And the Vigor will probably be priced the same. And the Samsung phone they will announce will probably not be on Verizon.

      • Tim242

        Shut up.

  • Hiphopapotamus

    Might as well drop a few hundred more if you want this phone and not lose your upgrade……just saying.

  • Way too much! That comes out to like $360 after tax in California! Every new development about this phone is driving me further and further away from it.

    • DBK

      250 with upgrade price (275-80 after tax)

      • droidlvr

        what if some of us have the new any 2 deal?

        • DBK

          If you still have a NE2 available (lucky), then you are looking at 200 (after upgrade discount) plus tax give or take.

        • Anonymous

          you only get $50.00 off the phone….i have already talked to verizon about my new every 2 which is in december..so i will get the new contract early upgrade price…

          • DBK

            50 from the NE2 (give or take) and 50 from the upgrade discount. That adds up.

      • Remember, they charge tax on the full retail price, so in California it will be about $45 in tax (I think… what the hell is our tax rate now?)  😛

        • DBK

          Oh yeah. Then you are still going to pay around 300 (that sucks).  :/

          • I’m hoping that my 15% discount applies (that would negate the tax), plus the upgrade discount, all told will get me to a reasonable out the door price.

            DBK, I’m getting exhausted for you… watching you post the same sensible answers to people’s questions and concerns.  I wish folks would read before commenting. You’re a trooper!  😉

          • DBK

            Just trying to keep the facts straight. People need to really do research before determining which phone will be better. If you don’t want it, fine, but to justify that decision with false claims or personal opinions that you try to push as fact is a no no.  🙂

          • I totally agree with you.  And, I hate that every Bionic article has become a gripe-fest…  I don’t really care what other phones are out in the ether, the Bionic is about to land and I’ve waited for it, and I’ve researched it,  and I want it.  😉

          • Also, it sucks that the reality is that ANY phone that is released in these times will be outdated shortly and replaced by something else.  We all dislike that… but it is… reality.  No sense in crying about it. 😛

          • DBK

            In reality, the Bionic wont’ be outdated till early next year (the phones coming afterwords this year are real improvements over the DB (some are actually a step backward)). But yeah that is pretty much the case now a days.

          • True… and coming from a DX with single core, 3G, no front camera (which I have been VERY happy with, and still am today), the Bionic is going to be a beast of an upgrade!  I will no doubt be happy with it for at least a year like I have with the DX.  🙂

          • Guest

            I loved my droid X i felt it was the best droid device till i got my droidx2, which it is very similar but the dual core and the task manager if u know how to use it it makes a big difference comparing the two phone. I could imagine droidx2 with front facing camara 1 g of ram and lte 🙂

          • I was really bummed that the X2 didn’t have 4G LTE when it was released… I would have bought one without a doubt.  I love the form factor of the DX and would have been able to reuse all of my accessories (docks, etc).  I just hope the Bionic is similar in size to the DX… the pictures I’ve seen make it look kind of fat.  😛

          • DBK

            So have I. That’s why this will be my phone when my upgrade comes up (have a NE2 available as well -my last one). I have a D3 but bought it full price (saved up for it, so no upgrade used), so I can do that.  🙂

          • Nice.  I added another line to get an early upgrade to the DX from my OG Droid August of 2010, so my main line is now ready for upgrade with the unused NE2.  Now I just need to get this additional line to go away.  heheh

          • DBK

            Lol I yes it does.  😛

          • Guest

            i never had og droid but i heard so many hypes about that phone low specs 250 of ram 550 of ghz people need to come into reality and keep in mind that a lot of people do not care about rooting 🙂 Bring me the best phone out of the box and i can say that phone its a beast Welcome Droid Bionic 🙂

          • Guest

            i do agree with both of you many people hate the bionic and when there is a post about it 250 and 300 comments pop up lol. The bionic will be the best android phone for a long time including droid hd nevertheless the bionic will be the first with lte

      • How is it 250?

      • Ignore my other post below. It is still too high and no need to be so critical when you didn’t even do the math correctly. $300 is too much to charge for every new phone Verizon comes out with just because it is LTE.

        • DBK

          How did I not do the math correctly? 299 with 2 yr contract – 50 for upgrade discount = 249.

          People said the same when the orginal Droid line came out at that price. Your saying we should pay less than the original Droid line for a far more advanced phone? That makes no sense.

          • Guest

            like i been saying all along the og droid was just a revolutionary phone other than that the specs cant match any of the droid line up phone and i am including droid incredible as well

  • Anonymous

    I’m torn. Risk waiting for the Nexus Prime that may never come to verizon? or finally replace my dying droid with the Bionic? 

    • droidlvr

      my droid is dying to. what do we do?

  • 589.99 retail? Hmm.. Will have to see some benchmarks first. I’m not going 2 years ever again

  • I’m getting this day 1 if my dad will buy it for me!

    • I’m getting this day 1 if ANYONE will buy it for me. ^_^

  • ya im not paying $300 for a cell phone…  i’ll be getting iphone 4 for 199 or incredible or something… but that’s insane…

    • DBK

      250 with upgrade. You are willing to get an inferior phone for a little less? Yeah that makes sense.

      • a little less? in this day and age i’m saving every bit i can…  that’s a car payment.  a mini vacation.  half a rent check.  lol     thats too much to spend on something that will be replaced in a year

        • DBK

          Understandable. But all phones coming out the rest of this year will be replaced by next summer, latest (and not by a lot).

      • AboutTime

        Where the hell are you getting your information from man. Its not 250 with upgrade. I called Verizon and told if I had a discount to upgrade and they said yes which is only 30.00 not 50.00 off.

        • DBK

          You don’t have to be a douche. Some still have 50, genius. I was generalizing. And if some still have an NE2 left, that’s another 50.

          Think before you speak.

  • Blattrell

    It ALWAYS takes 3 times longer then you think for a phone to be released. So, good luck waiting for the next super-phone. I have waited long enough, I am a buyer!

    • Anonymous

      I think December is the time frame. If you aren’t comfortable waiting till then, then you should get the Bionic. I would at least plan to hear what Samsung announces at their upcoming GS2 presser.

  • Powpowgirly

    I just talked with a Verizon call center manager and was able to pre-order the Bionic!   Seems since I have not upgraded in 28 months, and threatened to go to AT & T for their i phone.  I should receive an email with my delivery date. 

    • Cool story, bro.

    • Proof or it didn’t happen

    • future phone.

      Really now?

    • future phone.

      I just called Verizon and they don’t even know what it is and its not vent in thier system..

      • The employees never know anything. Unless of course they read the rumors on here. 

    • Anonymous

      Did they let you choose between that and the Google iPhone running Windows Phone?

  • Anonymous

    $299 for the Bionic + $350 ETF = $650 total, but full retail is only $590.  If they are going to charge $300 for phones, they need to lower the ETF to reflect this new reality.  Even though the Bionic will probably be 32GB, it will be at a competitive disadvantage being $100 more for the cheapest Bionic vs. cheapest Iphone 5 next month.  I’m currently happy with my X2 and holding out for Nexus Prime.  If it’s not on Verizon, I might have to bite the bullet and change carriers.

    • CHRIS42060

      In that case Verizon will miss you.  You are about as likely to see the Nexus Prime on Verizon as you are to see Optimus Prime on your front yard lol

    • DBK

      249 with upgrade.

      i*hone 5 won’t be on Verizon till end of the year, earliest. Plus, it is vastly inferior to the Bionic.

      Don’t hold your breath for the Prime on Verizon.

  • StopURcryin

    I’ve been waiting for this phone for a long time… I’m using “the first choice is usually the right choice” method. I’m an A+ certified technician and have the, sometimes expensive, habit of needing the latest and greatest technology. Long story short… if I don’t like it, or feel I want a new phone “just around the corner”… I’ll buy that too!

  • $587 sounds like a Wal-Mart price, $589 seems more mainstream pricing.  Still too expensive for what its offering.  Had it included a dock or a better screen or that so called rumored “4.5” screen, I would say yeah, jump on it.  but we all know there are better devices coming and there not far off.  The choice is yours but look at your wallets and think “will this device be worth 2 years of use when I already know that there more up to date devices coming out with better specs”

    • DBK

      The phones coming out afterwords will be the same spec-wise as the Bionic (no real improvements other than possibly being stock).

      • Anonymous

        Better screen, better processor, and NOT LOCKED DOWN is enough for some people to hold out a month or two. Perfectly understandable to me.

        • DBK

          It won’t have a better processor, and the screen difference is minimal at best. Locked down till end of the year anyways. Can still root and ROM, so not a big deal.

          • DroidUser00110001

            Like how a D3 can be rooted? It’s funny you tell people to to wait and see but you assume the bootloader will be unlocked and you can root a Bionic.

      • you call Super AMOLED HD, 1.5GHZ Dual core, LTE and NFC not real improvements? Wake up, the Bionic had its chance a few months ago but its too late to the party,  even the Dinara aka DROID HD has better specs.

        Your entitled to your opinion as I am with mine but I am more interested in devices without Blur and the name Motorola on them, I have had my fair share of Motorola products and each and every one of them was junk, I had a DROID Incredible for a few months after launch, then I got the DROID X when it came out, it was a huge let down for me since I very much preferred the screen on my Incredible even though it was a smaller screen.  The sound was horrible, the UI was ugly, camera quality sucked for quick pics, and the build quality was terrible, the battery door had better quality than the entire phone.  After that I got my Incredible back which I sold to my friend and he has experienced the same problems and is waiting to upgrade to the latest and greatest so the 2 years wait to upgrade again is worth it.  He was thinking about getting the Bionic but with all the leaks of upcoming devices and Samsung having there launch even on August 29th, he’s waiting to see what they bring to the table.
        also, after just a little over a year, his USB port has gone faulty and doesn’t always charge the device, when he puts it into a dock to charge he wakes up in the morning to the dead battery and then when it tries to load (thanks to lovely locked bootloader) he’s stuck on the bootloader screen for the ROM he’s using.

        needless to say I gave Motorola a couple chances to prove itself for my wallet, and each time they have failed, I even had an original Motorola RAZR, the build of that device was exceptional but the device itself sucked, and not to mention the network it was on.

        • DBK

          Less advanced CPU, regardless. The speed means nothing (in actuality the 1.5 of teh later phones equals about the 1 on the Bionic, the no real improvement.

          I’ll give you the screen, since that is personal preference, but spec wise it is not much better.

          Bionic has LTE, so that’s a non issue.

          I’ll give you NFC, but spec wise that is still not that much improved.

          Please educate yourself on the tech behind these phones before you bash somebody over it, cause you’ll end up looking stupid every time.

          • Guest

            vigor might have hd display so droid hd that is the phone that will compete with vigor it will come out on the same date

        • Anonymous

          I call super AMOLED HD, Super Oversaturated, the 1.5 GHz will be interesting depending on battery life, and NFC a novelty at this point.

          You can say a lot about poor software quality from Moro, they rarely get things right the first time (cases in point the Razor and the original Blur), but I have yet to see a Motorola phone with poor build quality.

          Sounds to me like your issues are more with Blur and the locked bootloader. But that is fair enough, as you say you are entitled to your opinion, but just remember that so are the people that don’t think that GS2 or the Vigor are going to be “worlds better”

          • Guest

            He said bad sound from moto speakers and build quality that guy most be crazy. Lets compare sensation with droid x right now and lets see who have the best sound quality. software moto was bad with first blur with the new blur they are competing with vanilla and sense and once it is all said and done moto and vaninall will join forces to make the best blur experience ever
            thank you

        • Corymcnutt

          Then why are you even here?  Just to tell us how much you hate Motorola?  Take your hate and soap box somewhere else; you’ve already made up your mind.

          • Tarsis Brito

            yea what is he doing here this is a bionic post not a vigor nor sg2 lol

      • Anonymous

        I have to disagree.  A true HD display and 1.5ghz dual core proc’s are next gen.  Hell, if I had the Bionic for a year and the HTC Vigor came out I would upgrade.  I would even pay $50 over the Bionic to get the Vigor.  

        • DBK

          Like I said below, because the other phones will use a slightly less advanced CPU chip, that 1.5 equates to the Bionic’s 1.  The Bionic will have the best processor out of all the phones coming out after it (with the possible exception of the Droid HD). The display is debatable, but spec wise, it won’t be that much of an improvement over the Bionic’s.

          • Saying that the Bionic has the best processor out of all phones coming out after it is a fairly naive statement.  So you’re saying that mobile technology won’t advance beyond the omap processor currently in the Bionic?  So newer, omap or tegra processors will cease to exist just because the Bionic is coming out?  You sir are full of it.  Technology WILL ALWAYS advance.  There are gonna be plenty of phones coming out after the bionic within the next 6 months alone that will be more advanced have better processors.  I understand you want the Bionic, but to build it up in such a fashion just makes you full of it.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know what best buy pre-order will be?

  • John Doe

    It will be 179 at costco. And i can return it in 3 months for a nexus prime

    • DBK

      Once you go to AT&T. Don’t hold your breath for a Verizon release.

    • CHRIS42060

      Switching carriers?  The day Verizon brings a vanilla android phone to their lineup without all of the extra VZW crap will be the day I think my heart may stop.

  • Creediddy

    Guys guys!!! Who cares about the 2 year pricing if you can buy the phone for $589. If You currently have a Thunderbolt like myself and I can still get at least $250-$300 for my phone and come out pocket $300 and i won’t have my contract altered. Eventually the trend is to keep the 2 year pricing near half the phone retail price. Increases the likelihood of buying it for retail, but provides customers like us freedom.

  • Glencox

    This is bull*hit when the photon (which is a better phone [international, tegra, etc]) is only $199!

    • DBK

      OMAP better than Tegra. The Bionic is more advanced. The Photon is definitely not a better phone.

    • Anonymous

      OMAP better than the Tegra 2, LTE is better than Wi-Max, VZW coverage better than Sprints.

      Game, set and match.

    • Guest

      photon its not better thank you it is the same as the atrix but a bigger display and better camara

  • CHRIS42060

    I really wish Verizon wouldn’t overcharge for their devices.  How does the Bionic cost $299.99 with a full retail price of $589.99, but you can get the Photon at Sprint for $199.99 and the full retail is $549.99?  Not that I am buying this device anymore anyway.  I will not waste my final 1 year upgrade on something that is pretty much out-dated before it is even release.  Hello Vigor…… Hello Celox…….. Heck Hello Revolution 2 if LG throws a dual core processor in it lol.  

    • DBK

      Bionic is more advanced than the Photon. The other phones coming out after the Bionic are not any better than the Bionic. Plus the price is around what the original Droid line up went for, so you are paying for a next gen phone at the price of a first gen. Not that bad a deal when you think about it (especially once you factor in upgrade discount).

      • Anonymous

        Hmm lets see how would they be better.  A faster processor would make one better (Vigor, GSII, Celox).  720p High Def display would would also (Vigor, Revolution 2).  No Blur would certainly help as well (All of the above lol).  The Bionic has been a fiasco since day 1.  Moto would have been better off to scrap it completely and build another phone that can compete instead of rushing to release the “First Dual Core 4G LTE Phone.”  Being first doesn’t always mean you’re the best….. Motorola obviously learned nothing from the Xoom.  

        • DBK

          The faster speeds mean nothing since the CPUs will be slightly less advanced. Therefore the “impressive” 1.5 ghz of the other phones will equate to the Bionic’s 1 ghz.

          Display is debatable.

          The new Blur is awesome. Haters gonna hate. Besides a simple root and ROM fixes that.

          Better to take their time making a quality device than rush out a half assed product.

          • Anonymous

            Well you enjoy the amazing Bionic and I will enjoy the first true 4G LTE super phone that VZW has to offer.

          • Guest

            then moto fans will enjoy the next beast moto has to offer simple as that lol

  • Zebra

    $300 for spring’s technology? Sorry, I’ll wait a month or two longer and get an HD phone.

    • DBK

      300 (249 with upgrade) for the latest technology. Nothing that is out so far has what the Bionic has and the phones coming out after are the same as the Bionic (just different form factors and skins).

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, just look how many dual core, LTE devices are available already! Oh…

    • Corymcnutt

      A month or two…or 3 or 4?

      • Guest

        we are talking about now

  • Titot4u

    Desperate people will be crazed to purchase that phone when it first releases. I will wait until the phone gets rooted and by then the price should have dropped half the price.

    • Jim Dandy

      Exactly, wait for root. I want to see how many devs are going to jump on this phone.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, because look at how fast VZW dropped their price on a loser phone like the Charge.. oh wait.

  • Paul

    I’ll wait for it to be $200. And if the Prime, Vigor, GS2 are $200 before the Bionic, even better!

    • DBK

      Don’t hold your breath for the Prime or the SGS2, and the Vigor will probably be priced the same.

      • Paul

        True, but I’m talking about buying through Amazon/3rd party, never know with them.

        • DBK

          True enough.

  • I think its $100 too much.  Wirefly will prolly have it a lot cheaper within a few weeks.   

    • DBK

      249 with upgrade

  • OG Droid

    Pre-ordering this on September 1st then. HELLS YEAH!!!

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone surprised? This is the first dual core, LTE phone on the network and it will be their flagship phone. I think both Moto and Verizon expect this to sell no matter what they price it at, and sadly, they are right. I am personally skipping this one and waiting until the end of Sept. I hope I’m wrong, but I expect this thing to be just “ok” compared to what’s going to follow shortly after its release

    • DBK

      Unfortunately, this will be pretty much the same as those coming after, just different form factors and skins.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know – 720p dislays, Super AMOLED HD, thinner profiles, no BLUR – that’s different enough for me. I personally want to see what this “Celox” turns out to be.

        • DBK

          The difference in displays is minor at best, thinner isn’t always better, and the new Blur is actually amazing (and closer to a stock skin than any of the other ones).

          • 00110001

            The differences are more than minor. Go use a real display for a few days and then see if the differences are minor.

        • Its all speculation and no solid release information who knows when that tech will be ready to roll out

        • 11 more days until we see whats coming to Verizon, it’ll definitely have LTE, but we don’t know what model we’ll get.  I was very much hoping for the actual SII or even the Celox design that was leaked in Korea with the touch pad, but it looks like the CELOX for the US looks similar to the T-Mobile Hercules, very much rounded like the NEXUS S, but larger screen, 4.5″ Super AMOLED HD, 1.5ghz dual core, 1GB of RAM etc.

  • $299? RIP BIONIC

    I’ll just keep my DX cm7, and buy a nice tablet like the transformer.
    Kthnxbye

    • DBK

      249 with upgrade

  • DBK

    You guys realize that it will be more like 249 once your upgrade discount kicks in, right? So can we stop with the bitching now? Kthnx.

    • DBK

      Not to mention that the original set of Droids were around this price when they first released. So to get a vastly superior phone (compared to the originals) for the price of the originals is actually not that bad.

      • Plus inflation from past years.

      • Guest

        i agree these people need to stop crying kellex should banned this crying babies in here

    • Anonymous

      So if I am up for a upgrade my cost on the phone will be 249.00? I thought Verizon stopped that? I plan on getting mine online pre-order and getting sooner than store plus I wanna set it up with my 32gig micro sd already installed when I power it up and log into my Google account. 

      • DBK

        They stopped the NE2, not the upgrade discount.

        • Anonymous

          OH Hell yeah!!! I was confused. Excellent, thanks man you just made my day…..

          • DBK

            lol Your welcome

          • Droiiid

            Is that only for the primary line? Or do added lines on a family plan get that too?

          • Anonymous

            Unfortunately just the primary line.

        • gregba

          what is an upgrade discount?  my 20 months was Aug 8th, so would I pay 299 for this then?  OR less?

          • DBK

            Between 30 – 50 bucks off. You’d have to check that to see what it would be for you.

        • James_Ever

          Actually if you had the NE2 before the end of last year, you can still use it as it was a part of your original contract, they cant deny that. That’s how I got my Droid3 after the NE2 was axed because they never formally informed me about it. In fact it was still showing up on my myverizon account. They couldn’t dispute that and had to sell me the phone at a discounted price.

          • DBK

            Yeah I forgot about that.  🙂

      • Guest

        congrats bro let me know more about it once you get it

  • Since the rooted .602 is running so well on my DX, I might hold off for 30 days on the Bionic to see what others think of it first.

  • Anonymous

    249.00 is better but F#$%K it I’m still getting it…..

  • Just another device going to Verizon by Moto and hence won’t get an unlocked bootloader.

  • chuck

    Too High and Too late, Nexus Prime anyone?

    • Anonymous

      Yep, too late! Instead I’m gonna get the phone that won’t be out for another few months if ever…

    • Anonymous

      Yep, too late! Instead I’m gonna get the phone that won’t be out for another few months if ever…

  • Yeah its too high for sure but I’m tired of waiting and will choke it down anyways.  This OG Droid is starting to feel like a dinosaur!

  • All I can think to say is MEEHHH!!!

  • Turkey Fart

    this would have been a $300 phone had it come out when we first heard about it back in 2007 or whenever the hell it was…

    • Anonymous

      2011.  Also, it’s completely upgraded.  Targa, not Etna.

  • Anonymous

    Lets all try not to buy it the first day… then they’ll realize the huge mistake they’ve made and lower the price! YEAAAAAAAH!

  • Nine

    Psssh this pretty much ruin the bionics chances.

  • DroidUser0001

    Is this a fake? All other Droid models have Droid in front of Droid name besides the bionic. Is it not a Droid or just a fake?

  • Anonymous

    good thing about the release date is that its after both Samsung and Apple’s media event. time to sit back and see what gets thrown out there.

  • Heck, at 3 bills I might just get a new tablet and keep the OG Droid.  I don’t actually call anybody anyway…  

    • Guest

      that is so funny u dont call anybody lol

  • Zevelking

    Way to high. you can get the Atrix for free or the Photon for around $100
    Why pay more when you know the Droid HD is just around to corner?
    VERIZON, WANT TO KEEP YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS? KEEP THE EQUIPMENT AT A COMPETITIVE PRICE!

    • Every 4g phone has been 300 you act like you weren’t expecting this price point

      • ThunderBolt was $249 when it launched

        • Ya but with the 50 dollar discount it is 250

          • DBK

            Plus the Thunderbolt was single core and had below average build quality (so definitely not worth the price). The Bionic will be dual core and built like a tank (so definitely worth it).

          • Guest

            it could it be 350 for the bionic and still be good dual core lte the first one build quality come on cheap people if u want the best you need to pay for the best

          • Both LG Revolution and Samsung Charge are also single core yet priced higher and the build quality of the Thunderbolt is not below average. I think people just didnt like the weight, but i didn’t mind it. Atleast I always knew it was in my pocket lol.

  • $299 hahaha. This phone is dead before it’s even released. 

  • Tapsumbong

    Still sitting here with my OG, waited all year for the Bionic.  I’m up for a renew but now I’m holding off.  The bionic being a $300 huge tank is keeping me from buying it.  With even a slim hope of a nice SG2 or Nexus or Droid HD coming to VZ in the coming months, what is a couple months when I waited 9…..

    • Anonymous

      I am with you brother, I thought Moto would’ve taken the OG to new heights and passed on the great technology to it’s other devices.  What happened??  The D2 & D3 are both average and below at best and Moto has been throwing out phones with half of what we expect since the OG Days. 

      I will wait and see about the HTC and Samsung devices in the upcoming month, they seemed to have moved on from the 2011 technology and on to 2012 😛

      • KansasJayhawker

        I just don’t get the hate on the D3. Average at best? Can you please name me the phones out for Verizon right now that are better than the D3? Or how bout the phones that you classify as above average. Are any of these above average phones available to buy right now?

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.  The only things that anyone could say “hold back” the Droid 3 are the lack of LTE (which some people may not value over increased battery life and thinness, so that’s not a con for everyone) and 512 mb of RAM (although the phone doesn’t seem to be hindered by it in the slightest, because the thing flies).  With every other aspect of the phone, it’s as up to date as pretty much anything out there right now.  Does it bring anything new to the table?  No, but it’s certainly no slouch, and it’s definitely above average.

          • Tarsis Brito

            YEA I AGREE THE LACK OF LTE AND MAYBE AT LEAST 768 OF RAM OF 10000 TO COMPETE WITH ATRIX PHOTON AND BIONIC

          • Anonymous

            I loved my OG and now that the digitizer has gone bad (I have been dealing with wirelesspartsinc.com who has sent me two DOA digitizers in a row) I have been waiting for the Bionic. I have actually busted out my old Pocket PC XV6700 because I need a keyboard. I passed up the D3 which I would have been instantly sold on if they just included LTE and a full gig of RAM. In the era where data is king, why would you sign a 2yr contract for anything less than LTE? Its just plain foolish and anyone who buys a non LTE device should be smacked. The Bionic is the only thing in the near future that will get me off of the dinosaur that im using. I’m willing to sacrifice the keyboard for LTE as much as it pains me. Maybe the D4 will get it right because they def missed the mark with the D2 (basically a worthless filler device). Unfortunately for me it looks more like I wont be out of contract until a D5 time frame if that ever happens. So Bionic it shall be unless GSII drops an LTE bomb on us. They also need to throw in some HDMI out on the GSII because unless I’m mistaken it was left off. I will say this though, 299 is too much when the device only costs 589.99. I could understand the 375 ETA fee when they were only charging 200 for a device but add that on the 299 and thats more than the device cost before they subsidize the price. RIDICULOUS!

          • Anonymous

            Well they have to pay for the LTE system somehow..

          • Asdasd

            Its been bought and paid for by the current txting plans.

          • Well I guess you should smack me then.  We won’t have 4G in my area til 2013 and even then I’d probably keep my phone on 3G for the battery life.

            People act like they can’t live without 4G service when in reality it’s not doing anything more than speeding up your browsing and downloading apps faster.  Oh and killing your battery.

          • Anonymous

            Its understandable if you dont have 4G service. They claim to cover 50% of the US now and the rest by 2013. What makes you so sure that you are the last on the list? They might roll out coverage in your in 2012 for all you know. Even if you dont have 4G coverage though you can still get a 4G device because in the event that it goes live during your 2yr contract then you are covered. It will more than likely hold more value on trade/resale than a 3G device in 2013.

            You also have to remember that you can turn the 4G OFF and save your battery. Just think about it like WiFi, do you run it all day when you are not using it? If you did it would kill your battery faster as well. With the claims that the Bionic is gettting 15hrs of battery life (probably not on 4G though as im very skeptical about itt) then to me thats a good days charge. I’m the type that has always carried a spare battery because tend to eat through them with my usage any device I get my hands on. I will def have a spare for the Bionic. 

            Speed tests that are showing up for 4G are significantly faster than my home internet connection so it is something im dying to live with. When you use the device as a mobile hot spot then it becomes more than a means to get your newest edition of angry birds downloaded faster.

          • I have thought about it like wifi and I never turn my wifi on because I always either forget or if I do turn it on, I forget to turn it off til 1/2 way through the next day when my battery starts dying prematurely.

            So to me it really has no value.  Even my friend who lives in Pittsburgh and has had 4G for quite a while now, never uses his 4G on his tbolt unless he’s doing some major download of something.  And even then, I’m sure I could wait until I get home to connect to my wifi to download it.  I’ve actually considered the Inc2 but I want to wait and see what’s released in the next couple months.  My OG Droid is doing just fine oc’d at 1.05ghz with a nice cool kernel that lasts me almost 2 days of moderate usage.

          • Carl Weathers

            I don’t know how anyone can live with Verizon’s 3G service.  It is KILLING me that browsing on it is so slow.  I am lucky if I get 300 kbps.  I just tested with the Speedtest app and have 536ms ping times, 212 kbps down, and 230 kbps up.  When I test a 4G LTE device from the same exact spot I get over 18 Mbps down and 6 Mbps up and under 60ms ping times.  I don’t even bother to browse from the phone unless I’m on WiFi at home.

          • There’s a problem with your 3G service in your area then.  I run consistently 1 Mb/s down and about the same up.  That’s plenty of speed to do mobile computing.

          • LT Burruss

            Once you get 4G, see if you can live without it.

          • RW-1

            Seconded, you give good points, essentially though the D3 is a grewat phone for those who don’t care about 4G or the ability to unlock it, etc.

          • RW-1

            Seconded, you give good points, essentially though the D3 is a grewat phone for those who don’t care about 4G or the ability to unlock it, etc.

        • Anonymous

          @KansasJayhawker Dude are you kidding me??? The D3 is “Just Plain Ordinary” As a matter of fact it’s slightly better than the D2 which was just horrible!!! I have an OG and haven’t seen Moto give the OG it’s
          due successor YET and 98% of the community would agree!!! It’s an ok device but NOT worthy of the OG to follow!!!

          And Yes there are better phones out there besides whats on Verizons list, you need to research and see the other devices as well. I wish Verizon has the line up that Sprint has. Verizon seems to care about over charging on everything, locked bootloaders and whats up with all of the set backs on OTA’s etc…. Every week there’s something wrong with Verizon.

          Look the D3 is ok, The OG was ground breaking and deserves another ground breaking device!!!! The D3 is FAR!!!! from that !!!!

          • Anonymous

            If the screen on the D3 was as good as the one on the OG, this would be a good replacement. The Droid 3 is a great phone only lacking a better screen and unlockable bootloader.

          • Anonymous

            @jxcgunrunna
            ,
            Nice try, not only screen but 516mb of RAM, and not to mention the bloatware (which is improved) I would still put the D3 as ordinary even with an upgrade to Gorilla Glass. Too many specs to change.

            The D3 is forgotten about admit it !!!!

          • The glass is still gorillia glass its the lcd thats changed dude!

          • Guest

            hello droid 3 has 500 of ram better than 256 omap processor the best blur out there dual core how in hell are you going to compare the og droid with droid 3? droid one could be compare with droid eris maybe droid 2 even though droid 2 its more powerfull

          • Guest

            you said it it was ground breaking because there was no more android at that time lol once droid incredible came out and droid x with its awesomeness the droid 1 with its cheap 256 of ram and 550 ghz people switched heads to those devices. people love the iphone because there was no more devices like that on 2007 feel me
            thank you

        • Anonymous

          Rock Chalk

      • TARSIS BRITO

        they minority of users hackers are putting the og droid the best cell
        because it was unlock that is so funny a cell just 256 of memory and 550
        ghz droid 3 is the best keyboard phone from motorolla and the best
        overall is droid x and droidx2 from verizon and bionic will top them all
        three of them combine THE BILLIONS OR MILLIONS OF USERS DOES NOT CARE
        ABOUT ROOTING AND SHIT THE PHONE ITS GOOD OUT OF THE BOX NOT YOU
        ENHANCING IT

        THANK YOU

        • Anonymous

          @TARSIS BRITO, You must’ve have fell and cracked that noodle of a brain. The OG Droid has sold how many?? Compared to your D3 and still has better numbers than your D3. Yes, it has a better keyboard after how many tries?? Get real, the D3 has 516mb of Ram. C’mon man stop being stupid, your sad D3 is way heavy on BLOATWARE, a sad screen, and in a world that is becoming very 4g lte you have have NOTHING!!!

          Sorry to break the news to you but you’ve been fooled LMFAO!!! Dude your a joke, go home and study up on technology and step to me a t a later time for me to school you!!!!
          The D3 is the best phone out there!!! You must be smokin stupidity

          • TARSIS BRITO

            this dude is on crack still talking about droid 1 lol

          • Sdk_1052

            The og Droid was the best, what phone do you think put android in the spotlight and was able to compete with the I crap………..answer. droid1!

          • Keyword: WAS.

            The word doesn’t imply IS.  The Droid 1 WAS a great phone.  It is seriously outclassed these days; and was soon after it’s release.  No one is contending the Droid 1 didn’t put Android in the spotlight.  People are just pointing out how idiotic it is to claim the D1 is better than the D3.  

        • Droidzzz

          Oh my God really?  Another tech pissing match with bad grammar?  Commence palm to face sequence.

      • TARSIS BRITO

        you are dumb you still with your og droid and you survived because you rooted lol there was no competition when the droid 1 came out of course it will sell like crazy but your droid 1 and my droid x out of the box who wins the battle the droid x the most popular phone in verizon till this date. you need to read more in here and other android sites before you can be on my level
        thank you

        • Turd_Ferguson

          You my friend are completely out of the loop and a little delusional

    • Anonymous

      exactly. this smacks of the Xoom pricing fiasco. i’m not going to pay that much for a what might be cutting edge for a couple of weeks if i’m lucky. i want a phone i can enjoy for the term of my contract.

      • CaptM

        And what about this phone would you not be able to enjoy for the term of your contract?

        • Anonymous

          bionic seems perfectly fine. so did my orig droid when i bought it, but the only reason i’ve been able to keep using my orig droid is by rooting and changing to a custom rom. i’m just not sure i’ll be able to maintain 2yrs of satisfaction w/another moto phone, given the rapidly changing Android landscape.

      • Brandon

        everyone is overlooking the fact that the Bionic will not be 4G functional on September 8 but Moto promises to enable the functionality before the year is over….

        😉

        • MOTOX

          wtf are you talking about?

          • Anonymous

            its called tongue in cheek…a joke if you will…

    • You do realize that all of the phones you mentioned about will be at least $300 too, right?

    • John

      Please for the love of God let VZN get the Nesus Prime.  

      • John

        or the ‘nexus’ prime.. that would work too

        • Allen Smith

          Or how about getting the Nexus Prime!

        • Anonymous

          And lets hope it goes to ‘VZW’

        • Jake

          I think he meant the Jesus Prime…the phone that will save us all.

    • Anonymous

      Yes and both of those phones (of they are 4G) will be either the same price or close to it…so why again are you waiting? That 4G pricing is a premium you pay of course….the Charge is 300, which one has better specs? hmmmm

      • Tapsumbong

        Good point about the other mentioned phones being around the same price, didn’t think of that.  I can tell you right now, being in college I know that making this phone $300 will kill the sales from my age group.  Kids these days (the majority) don’t care about the top specs, but they do care about premium prices.  Does $300 even matter to me?  No.  Do I want to spend that much on this phone?  No.

        The other half of my argument was that this phone is a freakin TANK!  I want sleeknessness!  Not to mention this thing looks similar to the OG released 2 years ago…REALLY!?  New design please….yawn.

        The bottom line is this.  By waiting a little while after the Bionic releases:

        – They may get all the (major?) bugs out of this new tech
        – The price may drop (if not buy a newer phone for the same price…)
        – And we will know more about its competition that is coming out soon and which phone is worthy of actually replacing the OG (not ruling out the Bionic here).

      • Tapsumbong

        Good point about the other mentioned phones being around the same price, didn’t think of that.  I can tell you right now, being in college I know that making this phone $300 will kill the sales from my age group.  Kids these days (the majority) don’t care about the top specs, but they do care about premium prices.  Does $300 even matter to me?  No.  Do I want to spend that much on this phone?  No.

        The other half of my argument was that this phone is a freakin TANK!  I want sleeknessness!  Not to mention this thing looks similar to the OG released 2 years ago…REALLY!?  New design please….yawn.

        The bottom line is this.  By waiting a little while after the Bionic releases:

        – They may get all the (major?) bugs out of this new tech
        – The price may drop (if not buy a newer phone for the same price…)
        – And we will know more about its competition that is coming out soon and which phone is worthy of actually replacing the OG (not ruling out the Bionic here).

  • WhodAThought?

    If Big Red follows it’s usual policy then current customers should expect a price of $249 which is a little more reasonable but still too high especially given the fiasco of getting this phone to market. But as much as we bitch and complain neither Moto nor Verizon really cares. As Mr. Barnum would say, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” And we are no exception to the rule.

    I personally am looking forward to the release of the HTC Vigor but it remains to be seen exactly what specs it has. But it sure does sound nice … just hope it has the netflix app.

    “Thank God and Grayhound” the Bionic is almost here!

  • Anonymous

    $100 LTE charge. The Proton on Sprint goes for $199 on contract. Isn’t it the same phone with a different case? 

    • Anonymous

      Sign me up for a Proton phone!

  • Anonymous

    $100 LTE charge. The Proton on Sprint goes for $199 on contract. Isn’t it the same phone with a different case? 

  • guest

    nice to know phone companies/ manufactures are doing their part to help the us economy recover by offering such low prices

  • Jim

    We need that RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH guy to start saying THE PHONE IS TOO DAMN HIGH.

  • what’s MAP?

    • Jack Hoffman

      maybe read the article again…

    • *facepalm*

  • Jim

    what’s with Verizon’s prices on their phones?  Guess it matches their service price.

  • B Diggs82

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong but the nexus one made the og Droid obsolete in the matter of a month or two. But people still seemed to love their droids anyway, I know I did

    • Are you kidding?  My OG still ain’t obsolete son.  Hell it only just started feeling old.  I might have traded 2 charges for my droid.  Only Droid X2 even begins… Until this.

      • B Diggs82

        That’s my point, just cause a phone running 1.5ghz is right around the corner don’t make this phone obsolete, people are gonna buy it and love it regardless of the vigor or any other phone

      • Tarsis Brito

        droid just revolutionized it is not the best droid phone the droid x droidx2 are the best

  • I never used my last “New Every Two” discount before they did away with those… wonder if I can still use it on the Bionic?  Are they still honoring NE2?

  • DroidzFX

    I just bought an Extended battery for my DX. Why? cause Im setting up for the long haul. Gonna have to ride this till ChristmaS. BOGO Offers start flying baby. 

  • AboutTime

    Oh well I get a 30.00 off so I am looking at 310.00 total I think 

    • Good point!  I forgot about my organizations 15% discount on merchandise… that should shave $45 off!  🙂

      • VZW doesn’t give percentage discounts on phones for companies and organizations.  Only on accessories.

        They may offer a straight $50 discount online for your organization like mine does, but not a percentage off.

  • Verizon is going to piss alot of people off come launch day, lol  wow, you would think they would have some sort of promo to make it more competitive… but from the looks of it, they might be saving something like that for the iPhone 5  

    but seriously, $299 for a 2 year agreement, oh heckz-a-no, thats what you would pay for a 1 year agreement, maybe something more along the lines of $199 would be good and $249 would be pushing it.

    Think about your purchase people, $299 is kinda stiff for something thats already outdated come Ocotober, or even before.

    • Apple would never allow Verizon to offer a “promo” for the new iPhone. xD

      • We don’t know that, and also there are rumors swirling that they are going to offer unlimited data again for iPhone 5 as that was the original intention when switching to tiered data.

        switch to tiered data, then when everyone else does the same, offer unlimited data as a promo to suck new subscribers in fooling the competition.I still think $299 is too expensive for a device thats already known to be outdated come October.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone 4 32gig cost 299 and the iPhone 5 will probably coat the same and ppl complain about this phone when it will be far better then the iPhone 4 maybe even the iPhone 5 or whatever they call it….my thing is if you really want it buy if not shut up and stop your complaing

  • BigUps

    $299 is way too high.  Wait 2 months and it’ll be $199 (which it should start at) or the Nexus Prime.

    • Nexus Prime’ll be $299 as well. 

      • Anonymous

        Only if it’s on Big Red. I think the NP would be the only phone worth 3 bills. 

      • thats if Verizon even gets a NEXUS

    • Anonymous

      faster than that. they’ll probably drop the initial price within a month the moment GS2 and iPhone5 is announced and the pressure is on.

  • Next

    Notice the Droid Charge pricing is only until 9/30… interesting…

  • Anonymous

    man I like many of you have been waiting forever.. but looking at the thickness, and knowing a plethora of phones will be out weeks after the bionic i’m holding off… worst case I get the bionic for some special deal in October if nothing looks better

    • Youknow

      really weeks? I would guess again my friend.

    • Jimbo Jankins

      What of your Dad’s did you really enjoy holding in your hand again…

  • Kyla

    I think they should throw in a discount for everyone who preorders that were waiting for the excessive delay…

  • RW-1

    BTW, so you want to pay another $100 to VZ/moto for a chance that it might get unlocked?

    If so, then moto will really be laughing as they take you once again and leave you hanging…

    I’d say $229-249 maybe, but they basically are trying to take us, and uunfortunately some moto fanboys wil pay it, I’m one myself, but I’ll hold off for the drop if need be and to see if it gets unlocked.

    Not going to get burnt to the tume of $300, no way …

  • Anonymous

    I can wait…

    • Next

      You should wait…

  • Anonymous

    What I want to know is why are phones becoming more expensive?! It costs the same amount to make these phones as it did for prior phones because newer technology usually keeps at the same price points. 300 is just too steep!! 

    • Anonymous

      because people buy them…if people would stop forking over the big bucks just to be the cool kid on the block, the prices would go down…cost and demand 

  • RW-1

    Sorry, but there is no reason whatsoever that can justify that price for it IMO.

  • Bigsike

    249 would seem like a much better target to me.

  • Yeah, I’ll buy this, just so in another month I’m wishing I didn’t when the SGS2 shows up, or the next Nexus phone arrives…

  • droidlvr

    booyah.  ever closer.

  • Anonymous

    Woot

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Top Ramen for the next couple months…

    • Chriscuffie

      negative.. only for 1 month if that.

      • Anonymous

        On sale I can get Ramen for $.10, and let us assume I normally spent an average of $2 on a meal. This is a daily savings of $3.80 if I eat it for both lunch and dinner (rough). At that rate, it would take over 2 and a half months to save the $300 I will be spending on this phone, and also validates my use of plurality. 

        • fartbubbler

          I hate story problems.

        • Anonymous

          Someone is quite the smarty.

        • Who only spends $2 on average per meal? Seems to me like you are cheating to make your statistics look better.

          • Jjjjj

            People who know how to shop at a grocery store and cook their own meals.

          • Zeadaplaya

            Jack if he spent more than $2 it would make his statistics look BETTER.

          • SportsFan

            You’re wrong Zeadaplaya, if he spent more than $2 then he would be able to save the $300 in a shorter time frame, but his goal is to show that it will take a LONG time to save the money necessary. So the lower he says that he spends on meals, the longer it will take to save.  At the $2 rate, he would save $3.80 per day.  If he spent let’s say $4 per meal, he would save $7.80 per day, thus drastically reducing the amount of time necessary to save the $300.  Get your facts straight before you call someone out.

        • Allen Smith

          Very well said… But $2.00 on a meal is not realistic. Some where between $4-$6 dollars is more realistic. With an average of $5 a meal your savings will be $9.80. with the phone costing 299.99 with tax would be $320.99-$330.99. If you ate Top Ramen for 35 days twice a day you would have enough money for the phone, tax, and gas at $343. Still at 35 days straight you will me malnourished and will feel like you are starving so i would space out the Top Ramen for 2 – 2.5 months. Good luck with the savings!

          • Anonymous

            WHO CARES!!!

  • Who would ever pay that much for this when there are such better alternatives right around the corner?

    • Madcow06

      There are always going to be better alternatives right around the corner with the rate that android phones come out these. You can say that about any phone now.

    • Anonymous

      Who’s to say that those won’t be $299? or $349? You cannot make such assumptions…And NO you can’t say they will be worth the price because you actually haven’t seen them

  • Why would anyone ever get so excited for a phone locked down running Motoblur?

  • B Diggs82

    You think Verizon will let me upgrade 11 days early

    • Probably, but you shouldn’t.

      • B Diggs82

        I need a new phone bad, my battery only last 6 hours whether I’m using it or not

        • Anonymous

          get a new battery. or root your phone

  • fartbubbler

    full retail price?   

    • Steve

      I’ve seen $587 reported to be the full retail price.

      • fartbubbler

        ugh.

  • Hey Droid-Life, I think it’s time for a Captcha for comments.

    • Bigsike

      Yea something has to be done but I hate those. I have been seeing much more spam messages recently on other sites too though.

  • How depressing is it that this phone will be obsoleted in a month and it’s still going to cost $300. 

    • Anonymous

      just cause there is a 1.5ghz processor “coming out soon” suddenly makes this phone obsolete? i think your logic is kinda flawed.

  • guest

    price is to high, was too high for the charge as well

    • Anonymous

      ,I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
      Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

    • the rent is too damn high as well

      • Anonymous

        omg, I could not stop laughing when I read this. “the rent is too damn high!”

    • Q

      Gotta pay to play..

      • Guest

        yea i agree quality demands more money 200 and 300 what is the difference

        • Sdk_1052

          Ahhhhh……how about $100.

  • I miss the day when there was only one phone I could pick (original Droid), and I didn’t have news of all the millions of phones that are just around the corner if I wait another month or two.

    • Anonymous

      the number of phones is too damn high!  i miss that day too.  i knew when my contract was up that the OG droid was the one for me.  this sh!t right now is ridiculous.  i want the bionic.  then sgs2.. then vigor.. then nexus prime.  but that’ll never come to verizon.

    • I’ve said this 84729847 times to people in the past few weeks.