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Comparison: DROID Bionic vs. Atrix 4G vs. Galaxy S 4G vs. Photon 4G

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If you were wondering how the DROID Bionic will stack up against some of its beefier competition, then you’ll want to click on the chart above that breaks it all down (excluding the Sensation and EVO 3D for some reason).  Also, if you wanted official specs on the device (like we haven’t seen them enough already), this would be a good place to look.

We get confirmation on everything:  4.3″ qHD screen, LTE, 8MP rear camera (shoots 1080p video), VGA front camera for video chatting, HDMI out, 16GB SD card pre-installed, 14GB (?) internal storage, Swype, “Motorola UI” (aka new Blur), LapDock capabilities, dual-core processor, and mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices.  It has all of the specs needed to be considered a top tier device in 2011.  Whether we think some of those specs actually are top tier is another story for another day.

Oh, and since when does the Photon run HTC Sense 1.6?  Is it from 2009?

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  • FTR the Atrix does have a front facing VGA Camera and records natively at 720p.

  • DJ15

    Verizon waited too long for the Bionic.  How can they expect a true smartphone user to accept 1.0 ghz with 1.5ghz around the corner and Ice Cream alsways taste better than Gingerbread.

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  • Anonymous


  • This chart is loaded with errors whoever made this failed (VZ didn’t make this). And shame on you Droid-Life, you saw all these mistakes and posted it anyways?

  • TyGamer

    So i’m torn on whether to get this phone when it comes out or wait for something better. One thing that I really like about this phone that i’m not sure other phones will have is the rumored amazing battery life that make the TBolt look stupid. MotoUI looks nice from what I’ve seen but the bloatware is a downside. On the other hand I don’t mind stock (have a OG Droid) and getting updates quickly has been one thing that I would love to partake in. I have recently rooted my Droid but root isn’t a deciding factor. Looking for a larger screen with a qHD display or better ( 720p would be awesome) but i’m not to crazy about the 4.5″ screen. I love the Samsung displays but dislike the plasticy  build quality that Samsung provides but would possibly trade that for gs2 thinness. Thickness isn’t a concern as long as its thinner than my Droid that has a slider. Want a good camera don’t care as long as it takes nice pics. 4G LTE is a must for my next phone. I live where its available and want the faster data speeds. I would hate to wait for the Nexus Prime (3rd gen nexus phone) and it not have LTE or be on Verizon. Whats everyone’s thoughts? Anyone in the same boat as me? Not sure if this is the right spot to post this.

  • Droid Le

    14gb internal not 16gb o.0

  • Bobbiford

    Why does it say the Photon has HTC Sense 1.6?

  • Anonymous

    Noticed two mistakes on that chart. The Atrix 4G DOES have a front facing camera. And it can also use the same video conferencing apps as the Bionic.

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  • Not sure how the Galaxy S 4G even fits on this chart, considering it’s from last year and it doesn’t even remotely compare in hardware. They should have the Sensation, which actually has a dual-core.. or hell, if they’re going to put the Bionic up there, why not put up the Galaxy S II 4G .

    Also, Verizon is hilarious for putting expected speeds on the Bionic at 5-12Mbps down and all the other carriers at less than half that. I think they’re confusing the Galaxy S with the Galaxy S4G which can get up to 21Mbps down. Too funny… I also loved Verizon’s >2Mbps 3G service… really great. And no SVDO.

  • Moto phones need to get points for not being plasticky btw =op

  • bdizzel1982

    I love the fact that the chart lists the Atrix as having a 32gb micro sd card pre-installed and no front facing camera when in fact it does have a front facing camera and doesn’t not come with a micro sd card. Come on big VZ if your going to make a compassion at least get your facts right.

  • I no alot of people don’t like the Atrix but it does have a front facing camera. I use it all the time!

  • It does say that Bionic has simultanious voice & data which I thought they weren’t gonna do… Bonus! Still wanna hear more on the Nexus Prime and its release date. Lets just hope my OG makes it that far?!

  • Ponchera

    Get your bionic. it will easily have good resale value when IceCream phones come out, specially if you bundle it up with all the goodies from the costco deal.

    • Guest

      the bionic will have ics too sooner or later, what is the rush?

  • Ehhh Nexus >

  • Juan Pablo Ospina

    The Atrix does have a front facing camera… You really should put a reliable table of specs, just sayin’..

  • What is ZumoCast? and I’m pretty sure I don’t need it. Not like it matters anyway. I will root my device like I have all of my other ones. 🙂 

    • Guest

      Zumocast it is another great feature that the bionic will have, and no other phone will have 🙂

  • Raptor007

    So how much of that 14GB is available for app storage?  Did moto screw us as usual as only give us 2GB or less, again?

  • Jdenmdan03

    The atrix has a front facing camera as an fyi.

  • Jparry77

    Go ahead and compare it to my 6 month old Atrix. This phone should blow it away with all the extra dev time. But it does not.

  • Umm I dont think Photon has HTC Sense……

  • Granted

    Wow, I hope 14GB of internal memory on the Bionic is completely incorrect. Not only is that retarded, and backwards thinking, but to me, it’s just not enough internal memory. I would hope for at the least 16GB, but actually would want 32GB. And I don’t give a bowel movement if I can add a 32GB removable micro-sd card, because that’s just something else I would have to over-pay for. If it’s the latest and greatest, it shouldn’t skimp in the internal memory department. I’m sure some underhanded deal with memory card companies is at work here. Just idiotic!

    • Christian

      I’m not trying to be negative but I highly doubt the Bionic will come with 32GB of internal memory…the number up top is probably correct. But if you really need the space then a 32GB microSD card would probably be a good investment anyways…you can get them for about 50 bucks.

  • whitecomet

    sigh my upgrade is not till 11/30 so I have no choice but to wait but at leat at that point the bionic will be out the i pone 5 an maybe the vigor which might be the the best option I doubt the vigor will be over 299.

  • Matt

    Where did you get those Atrix specs? Mine mine has a front camera.

  • Photon has HTC Sense UI huh?  The hype train has derailed this phone for me.  It’s nothing more than a glorified Photon – or an Atrix with a bigger screen.  No big deal here…

  • Benny879

    Never knew the Photon had Sense loaded 🙂

  • photon has snese 1.6? really? lol

  • Mr.Joe

    These things make me lol.  It’s like when TigerDirect was having a “Droid” sale.  They liseted the Droid Charge by Motorola as part of the sale.  

    Since when is ZumoCast preinstalled a killer feature? 

    • because what we call bloatware companies call a “value added proposition”

  • Georgemurango

    Why is this chart claiming the atrix doesn’t have a front facing camera? 

  • Anonymous

    And BIONIC WINS by a landslide!

    Alright, not a landslide, but a pretty damn kick ass phone compared to the others! 

    Still extremely close on specs, however.

  • Nigel Hardy

    The atrix has a front facing camera. But this chart disagrees. Kinda Odd.

  • Spike760

    I’m pretty sure the Atrix 4G has a forward facing VGA camera as well. Whoever wrote this got a lot of things wrong!

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t accurate at all.  Sprint’s WiMax network uploads at 1.5.  This is just another reason I’m glad I left Verizon.  They are full of shit.

    • Anonymous

      These Verizon comparison charts are always terribly inaccurate.

      • Anonymous

        McClane, theres a “Moto_Fanboy,” with your Avatar running around Engadget, may wanna kick some ass.

      • Anonymous

        McClane, theres a “Moto_Fanboy,” with your Avatar running around Engadget, may wanna kick some ass.

        • Guest

          I am one of the biggest moto fanboy in here as well. What is wrong with that? Moto seems to beat everybody else anyways including the Nexus. Now if moto makes a nexus that is another story.

          • Anonymous

            There is nothing wrong with liking a company and your candor is appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    Photon uses Sense?

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  • hatethanet

    Good info. A battery size (and later, battery life) comparison would be great.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly! Sure it’s nice that it’s pretty and it’s fast, but if it doesn’t last long then what’s the point of having the phone….it’s still a phone, right? I don’t want an extended life battery, nor do I want to carry around a charger all day so until I get some confirmations on battery life then I don’t care about the speculations of the next great thing. I’ll wait until it’s out for a while and people who are using it can tell us how good or bad the battery life is

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is ZumoCast?…other than bloatware

  • Anonymous

    With the delays the Bionic had I feel it should be coming with dual 1.5’s instead of just dual 1’s. Then I think it would be more worth getting.

    Phones with dual 1.5’s are only another month past the Bionic. So I think that since we’ve waited this long we can wait another month.

    • Anonymous

      Ever heard of overclocking?

      • Guest

        We dont need to overclock 1 g dual core 1 g of ram let should be good. I also forgot to mention how nice the new moto ui looks 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Yes, when we overclock the phones that will be coming out with dual 1.5’s we will be screaming fast!

        And yes I guess you can overclock the dual 1’s to try and keep up for a little bit.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah we’ll see what the limits are for these processors. One could overclock far more than the next, depends on the architecture and how close to the limit the OEMs are driving them. Btw, just because a processor is higher clocked doesn’t mean it will be faster. Or do you still think a 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 is faster than a 2.4 GHz i7?

  • Anonymous

    Atrix has a ffc, and vid chat apps…

  • does anyone know if this phone will do the same thing my thunderbolt does by sending text to the wrong person and dont say use a diff sms app.. i already know about those but i dont like them just please answer my uestion it would be a huge help

    • Jjjj

      Please tell me that is not a serious question….for the sake of humanity, please tell me.

  • Rob Meyer

    shoulda came with a 32 gb card

    • At least it came with a card, my D3 didn’t have any :(. Although the Bionic is $100 more so perhaps you are correct.

  • Scott in MA

    I really like what I see, but my contract on my Droid X is not up until next July.  I am really looking forward to seeing what is available then!

  • Anonymous

    There’s no doubt it’s a solid phone, and slightly better than the rest. The irony is they are comparing it to two other Moto phones, both of which had internals the original BIONIC was supposed to have. HOWEVER the months of delays have certainly hampered most of its luster at this point. Still the 3rd gen Nexus for me.

    • I think they chose to compare it to two other Moto phones so they could show people that the Bionic isn’t just Verizon’s version of the Atrix.

  • Legoturte92

    The only reason I think they have it as 14GB of onboard memory is probably because of 2GB of memory used for the OS and bloatware.

  • Cr3asi

    Maybe only 14 gigs considering there may possibly be… pre-installed bloat wear….or unnecessary space usage

    • Legoturte92

      hahaha @c0b5ed8058e1565c96ad0b3f58cc02b7:disqus we were thinking the exact same thing

  • guest

    This fact sheet seems about as accurate as the white houses budget sheet.

  • The Bionic will have 1GB DDR2, correct?  If so, I think that is a pretty nice feature above others.  Or did they scrap the DDR2?

    • Anonymous

      That is correct.

  • Anonymous

    Just release the damn thing already!!!  Slight concern…All along, I’ve posted several times about the landing page w/verizon saying “Summer” and I noted that summer ends September 21….w/ the latest change to September, do you think we should be worried about it not hitting on the 8th and it might be later?  This is complete speculation by my part, but what does concern me is where is the real advertising?  We’re too close to the 8th for them to not be blowing up the TV and other ads by now….assuming they do want this to be a successful launch like the OG Droid.  Which on that note, as much as I have loved my OG Droid, I’m definitely ready to get this phone.  The “Chip in your phone that makes it worthless and do weird things when it becomes 2 years old” has been activated on my phone.

  • Anonymous

    HTC sense apparently got ported to the Photon. Color me impressed.

    • Anonymous

      I swear I just saw a post on another article that said pretty much the same thing (color me impressed) lol

  • Kaufkin

    Love that V has “motorola UI” and AT&T has ‘Blur…. 🙂

    yeah, agree w/ Chris, holding out for ICS and Prime!

    • Lakerzz

      I think the Atrix still has actual ‘Blur’, and not the updated ‘Motorola UI’.

      • Anonymous

        No it doesn’t, it was updated to the same version of Moto’s new software that the Droid X received.

        • Guest

          The bionic has everything better than photon and the atrix. Maybe the photon win in the form factor 🙂

  • Chris

    I think I’m going to hold out for some Ice Cream Sandwich love

    • john patterson

      It might melt before you actually get the official Ice Cream

      • palomosan

        Yeah right, nice specs but messed up by the Blur crap.

         I’ll hold up for some finally Nexus love for Verizon, enough said.
        I might also get the Vigor for the Wife.

        • Anonymous

          except it doesn’t have blur…so, yeah

          • Anonymous

            I was of the understanding that the new Moto UI is essentially Blur without the name. 

          • Anonymous

            Its totally different than any blur that’s been released. hence it no longer being called blur

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but it’s still a Memory hog slowing down your device 😛  Nexus Baby All the Way 😛

          • WebtopisaJOKE

            ugly as hell too

          • Anonymous


          • Anonymous

            Yes, but it’s still a Memory hog slowing down your device 😛  Nexus Baby All the Way 😛

          • TyGamer

            If your curious what its like, look at a Droid 3 or Photon 4G. Both of those have the latest MotoUI.

    • Pretty safe to say the Bionic will get upgraded to ICS.  Besides to this point I have seen nothing about ICS that makes me think it’s worth waiting for.  Only issue I have with this phone is that outside of a better processor and camera as well as Verizon’s LTE it doesn’t appear to be much better than the Atrix.  I will probably end up getting the Bionic but I will have to hold it in my hands and play with it for awhile first.

      • palomosan

        What you people fail to understand is that the Prime is a Nexus device..

        Pure Android, updates come first to the Nexus devices, unlocked, no skins attached and easy to root.

        • pezjono

          Nobody even knows if it is coming to Verizon!
          It is all a big guess at this point. I told myself (still rocking OG) unless the Prime is actually confirmed to be coming to Verizon, I will get the Bionic.

          • That’s what I’m telling myself also…  I need a reason to hold out for something.  Nexus looks awesome but may not be vzw, not to mention it and other phones are mostly speculation.

          • Anonymous

            If you keep waiting for the next great thing, you will always be waiting the next big thing.

          • Anonymous

            That’s what she said until I came along.

          • DavidBrent

            She must be into fat guys eh?

          • But Nexus is always the best until the next one comes out.

          • Guest

            i could not agree more, after the bionic the best thing will be the nexus. After the nexus droid hd or another moto beast waiting for us 🙂

          • Manny

            tdizzel, you just said you had no interesting in rooting. I chuckled a bit. You really don’t know how much you’re missing. Enjoy your laggy “Motorola UI” and go to XDA in a couple of months if you need help getting rid of it.

            As for pezjono, nobody knows if it’s coming to Verizon for sure but there are many signs pointing towards a release on Verizon. Hell, P3Droid practically gives away information every day on the Nexus Prime but gives it code names like NewPrincess and NeverPromise. He states it currently runs on VZW’s network (though that means nothing) and that he expects a release to be sometime between “Turkey to Jingle Bells”. Worst case scenario assuming it comes out on VWZ, I wait 4 months and receive a superior processor, screen and a new operating system. Worth the wait to me.

          • Anonymous

            I chuckled a bit at you chuckling a bit. I’ve read enough forums and seen all the problems people have when they root and “brick” their phones, or load a buggy ROM or realize they want to go back to stock and can’t figure out how to sbf their phone, etc. So yeah, I kinda do know how much I’m missing. And yeah, i’ll enjoy my laggy “Motorola UI” that, from what I’ve seen, doesn’t lag at all. Meanwhile, you can keep waiting for that unlocked phone that may or may not ever come. To each his own. Thank you very much

          • Anonymous

            99.9% of those who say they bricked their phone really didn’t. Don’t worry just read up a bit and take the leap. You won’t regret it.

          • Anonymous

            I realize that. thats why the “brick” was in quotation marks. I really have no desire at all to get in to the whole rooting thing. its just not for everyone. thanks but i’ll pass.

          • Anonymous

            Hey now I’m rooted and I never have problems….you just need to read up a lil on what your doing if you aren’t sure. It comes with the risk, not everyone wants it but this really isn’t the place to argue it’s not worth it.  I hear the argument about waiting for the Nexus or getting the Bionic now. My simple opinion on that matter is if you get the Bionic now, great. If you don’t get the Nexus Prime when it comes out, your not an Android enthusiast. Nothing wrong with that at all. I personally won’t buy a phone outright so I’m waiting for the Nexus or news of it. 

          • Pennywise

            No dude it totally is – and confirmed to have all these specs I just made up but I can’t share them yet for some reason I’m pretty sure helps my legitimacy.

        • Anonymous

          What you fail to understand is that I don’t care about that stuff. The bionic looks like it will have everything I need. It might not get updates first, but it will get them. I like the new Moto UI, and I have no interest in rooting. So to me, the Prime isn’t worth waiting for.

        • Jjjj

          How does your post even make sense to what Stephen said? Who disputed the prime being a Necus devide? Who disputed it being pure androind?

        • Well first of all I didn’t even mention the Prime so I’m not sure where that tangent came from.  Second rooting is ok and has given my OG a lot of extra life but to be honest the things I use root for (speeding up the phone and free up more memory) will already be taken care of on the Bionic so I really don’t care if I can root or not and by the time I do it will probably be available.  IMHO stock Android is boring, I’m going to throw GO Launcher EX on any device I get so stock, blur, or sense don’t matter to me.  As far as updates go I have to agree with tdizzel I don’t care if I get it first as long as I get it.  One final point since you brought up the Prime, if it is lacking a sd card like the Nexus S then I wouldn’t want it anyway.  I want to be able to easily transfer pictures, videos, and whatever else I have on my sd card from one phone to another without hassle.

          •  Yea, I HAVE to have a phone that supports removable SD card.  The NP sounds really nice, but i’m still rocking the OG and can’t wait 4-5 more months when the Bionic and Vigor will be out.  I’m leaning toward the Bionic now b/c it comes out first.  The new UI looks pretty nice but even if I don’t like it I can use another launcher.  I love my OG but it’s run it’s course, i’m ready for something new.  I’ve never owned an HTC phone but the TB is really nice.  So i’ll say for now it’s between the Bionic and Vigor for me.  All of these devices will have ICS so that isn’t an issue.

          • Guest

            You and you think alike. Many people complain about bloatware slowing your phone. My droidx2 has a lot of bloatware and i manage to stop it when the screen is off. My phone its not slow at all 🙂 I can just imagine the bionic 1 g of ram let and dual core and the latest moto ui

          • Anonymous

            Wifi Explorer. GREAT program.
            Agreed on most everything you said except stock android being boring, but that’s just me. Root is great. The phone will get that within a week (If not a day). The rest is fun to play with.
            I will wait and confirm one thing before I buy another phone: BATTERY LIFE.At this point, almost any phone released has good enough specs on paper, I would just like to be able to use them more than 3 hours straight (STUPID Thunderbolt…)

        • I doubt Verizon will ever get a nexus device. I can of course be wrong but I personally dont see the big red getting a nexus phone any time soon

        • Nexus phones are the only ones that showcase the true promise of the Android open source OS. Just unlock and make it rock, no strings attached. It’s what I love about my OG Droid, it’s what I love about the Nexus S, and it’s what I’ll love about my Nexus Prime.

          • Guest

            if you want the nexus  u might get one from sprint. Verizon will not carry it sorry dude

          • Anonymous

            IF verizon gets a nexus device (BIG IF) They will lock the bootloader down. I mean, the Xperia play is basically stock android with bloat added, but they removed the ability to unlock the bootloader. 
            I see no reason for Verizon to change their ways now.

        • The Truth Squad

          And no Verizon either.

      • Tyler

        Verizon LTE will ALWAYS be better than AT&T HSPA+

        • pretty sure I said that, if you were agreeing with me you could always use the like button right next to reply

          • Granted

            What is the Matrix like these days? Is Neo still blind? So powerful, yet can’t create some new eyeballs, or at least rip them out of someone elses melon.

      • GOGO

        The D3 will too, since they have the same UI and processors. 

        • yea but I never use my keyboard and so I have decided I really just don’t need that feature otherwise I would have been looking at the D3

    • The Galaxy S doesnt have flash? LOL did anyone else notice a 2011 4G phone not having flash on the camera? Also I think all androids should come with some sort of video conferencing app such as facetime. So the less smart users dont have to go looking in the lego like market

      • ReebX

        I noticed the no flash as well. I use my Droid Light often, so I consider it to be a huge fail if it is true.

      • Anonymous

        The latest version of AOSP with the latest Google Apps includes GTalk video conferencing. Blame the carriers or the manufacturers for including old, or intentionally nerfed software.

        • they need to market it, I can tell my friends that I can video chat on my android but they ask how? When you say i can video chat on an i*hone, the word facetime automatically comes to mind. Ask someone what facetime is they know it. What is Gtalk most non android and iSheep wont have a clue

        • Anonymous

          +1 😛

      • agree that some common video conferencing app makes a lot of sense

      • WebtopisaJOKE

        the new iphone will be a 2011 4g phone without flash

      • The year may be 2011, but the phone came out last year.

    • Anonymous

      It seems funny that there is no comparisons to any of the HTC devices.   This not the only time Verizon hasn’t includded the HTC decves.  Hmmmm

      HTC also seems to be giving Moto a run for it’s money espically on the other carrier networks and those devices are doing quite well.  I will say the TBolt even though it’s not daul core is very fast but has had issues on Verizon.  I am seeing a fact that most of the issues are coming from Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    Locked bootloader and pentile screen = failure.

    • Anonymous

      you trolling=bigger fail

      • Anonymous

        kinda true though.  How can you compare a phone that is being released in a couple weeks, to phones that have been out for most of the year now? (except the Photon, but since its running such an old version of Sense it might as well have been released years ago :p)

    • I like the qhd screens.

    • Guest

      you = a loser

  • El El Kool J

    got to love the HTC Sense 1.6 UI/Experience available on the Motorola Photon….lol..

    Sprint says … You want us to provide your SD card too? ya right!

  • Jjjj

    Still on the fence….

    • webby

      Same for me — ridin’ the fence on this one.  

      I much prefer the Nexus Prime, but I really really question whether Verizon will get it.  My guesstimate is less than 50-50 odds that the Prime lands on Verizon.  So I’m starting to lean toward buying this fone.