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DroidDoes.com Confirms Bionic $589.99 Full Retail Price Through Terms and Conditions


Our sources told us back on August 8 that the DROID Bionic would be $589.99 at full retail, a price that has now seemingly been confirmed by the DroidDoes.com augmented reality scavenger hunt terms and conditions page.  Thanks to a keen-eyed tipster over at Phandroid who dug through and found the device’s average retail value, we can now double cross price off the list.  So we are looking at $299 on 2-year contract and $589 at full retail.  Definitely not a cheap phone.

And can someone explain to me why the Galaxy S II, which is arguably the best phone on the planet, is 4G and only $199 at every other carrier?  You can’t tell me that an LTE chip is worth an extra 100 bones, can you?     

Oh, a new Facebook Bionic page has also appeared today.

Via:  Phandroid, DroidDoes

Cheers thatguy188!

  • Irishman10000

    Lord help us.

  • what it all boils down to is: we all have our likes and dislikes, we all work and make our money and spend it according to the way we see fit, to purchase, spend, buy or bullshit it off! i can’t speak on anyone elses pockets or what you should or shouldn’t buy or do with “your” cash. for those of us who choose to buy the Droid Bionic, fine! and for those that choose not to buy it, still fine. it’s about having the ability to make choices that best suits you! i’m buying………………..

  • Anonymous

    If the phone is 589.99 without a two year…then should that price be cut in half. The phone should be worth at least 249.99 with 2-yr contract? Does anyone know if Verizon will offer a rebate, get 100 back or something. I know the Droid Charge is worth 299 but at least that phone came out when it was suppose to. This one took 9months with no explanations, keeping everyone in the dark. The least they can do is offer a rebate when you first buy the phone.

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  • MasterGiraffe

    This makes no sense at all.  Moto is telling me with their retail price that they were able to make this phone chapter then say the iPhone4 ($650).  Of course Moto picked the price of $589 so that they could make a reasonable profit off of the phone like any sane manufacturer.  Then the phone goes to Verizon and they tell me that it is worth $300 on contract when the iPhone4 is 200? Wtf? According to Moto’s ARP this phone is CHEAPER to make, but it costs more to get from VZW…  Why is my upgrade credit only worth 289 with the Bionic, but it is worth $450 if I get an iPhone?  This is the classic case of technology making gadgets cheaper, except all of that money is going into VZW’s pocket….

  • Myfacetwitterbookspace

    That’s because Verizon add $100 on to all of their phones. If you puede a phone directly from Motorola, a $299 phone is $199. For example, the Droid 3 is $69 with a 2 year contract from Motorola. Go to their website & compare prices if you don’t believe me.

  • Djstar2k2

    to reply to the topic and i dont see where thee extra hundred is going either.  i figure its vrz changing the tier.  tbolt is the 1st lte phone so they figure they will charge a lil more(remeber lte cost the same as 3g for now) then the charge come out and the move the scale a lil further just see what ppl are willing to pay r that lte speed they get from this phone. im sure the charge didnt do all that well so they will keep the bionic at that same lil price push.  and if this blow up and lte close to fully rolled out the price for lte phones will jump again 

  • Cmdates2991

    I could care less, there are plenty of other phones priced at $299. I’ve always known it would be that much.

    • Pennywise

      Right? Who expected it would be lower than $299 at release..?

  • Granted

    Oh my God, look at this comment section on mobile view. You low self esteem, never talked to or touched the opposite sex geek faggots, argued so much, it’s one big, long white, line of nothing.

    Man it must be so lonely after your favorite reality show goes off at night, and you’ve shot your load on your smart phone, and you lie awake at night, just pondering how much of e-thug you’re going to be tomorrow, telling some anonymous moron, that is surprisingly just like you in every way, how stupid and wrong they are.

    It’s easy to tell by posts that you are prepubescent, and I think how I actually went outside my house at that age, and talked to people without typing “lol”. Man, they could run a college study in this sad, sad comment section, studying the effects of isolation, resulting from replacing meaningful relationships in ones life, with a cell phone. The term papers would be amazing.

    • Pennywise

      Awesome post – lol ; )

    • Doesn’t say much for yourself trolling this site and putting your name on it…you justified your curiousity in how much the Bionic (the proverbial device we so called prepubecents are shooting our loads to) is going to cost by posting your rant, essentially placing yourself among everyone else who commented. Thank you for your thoughts and good day Sir.

  • I’ve been waiting since April for this phone.  The first REAL 4G dual core phone.  I’m tired of waiting, because if I wait for the next great thing, I’ll never have a new phone.  I don’t root, and I actually like the new blur, especially if it’s anything like the one that the D2 got in the Gingerbread update. 

    Haters are going to hate, Trolls are going to troll.  I’m going to be standing outside Verizon on September 8th to get my Bionic. 

    When the Nexus/Droid Prime or Vigor comes out, I’ll enjoy it with my friends who waited, but I’ll keep my Bionic.

  • Granted

    Looks like the girls started arguing over who’s pussy is the biggest. You all win.

  • Str8RippinEm

    Is there any other phone out with 1gig of DDR2 ram? The sound of that
    seems stupid fast…I don’t care if theres 1.5ghz dual core processors
    on the horizon…OMAP 1ghz dual core with 1g DDR2 is PLENTY fast for a
    smart phone

  • LTE and Battery Life , give it to me now! I dont give a shit about playing games or watching some movie on a plan on these things.

  • LTE and Battery Life , give it to me now! I dont give a shit about playing games or watching some movie on a plan on these things.

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  • Anonymous

    The biggest fail of this phone is that $300 price on a two year 🙁

    • Str8RippinEm

      Would you rather have a Droid Charge?

      • Anonymous

        No, it’s an overpriced under spec’d phone.

        But it’s phones like those that make this price so high.

  • Naibas9

    I am on the side waiting for October/November phones, but I think the Bionic will still be big hit, mainly because the mass majority of buyers do not scour news feeds and forums for any hint of information leading to the ‘next new thing’. They buy on impulse from TV, Radio and Web-ads, or even crazier than that based on necessity and happen to pick the best phone available THAT DAY!. (I know, people are weird, but I’ve seen them do it).

    I do believe the $300 price tab will hurt the bionic a little bit given long delay, and I fully expect they’ll quickly drop the price in month or less, certainly for Thanksgiving/Black Friday.

    The biggest thing to consider when regarding the pipe-line phones is I remember saying the same thing about the Thunderbolt 2 and Charge because the “Bionic” was coming. What release date do have for the Nexus Prime? the Vigor? the iPhone “5”? Who can not say they won’t be released until November…December…January?

     I for one thought FOR SURE the bionic would be out in August…I was certain.

  • itsthebloodytarga_biatches

    Finally, the first ever 4G/LTE phone with a Dual-Core Processor. Can’t wait to see how fast this can get. Haters can suck my non-existing c*ck.  Just because you think there’s a better phone than this, doesn’t mean that its crappy. It will get outdated. Yep. JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER PHONE. 

    In the meantime, it’s THE Android phone. DEAL WITH IT.

  • You all act like this phone was just sitting in a warehouse for the past 6 months then they decided to pull it out and slap a new shell on it. You don’t seem to realize that this phone was overhauled. Yea the technology in it may be old by your standards but I’m positive Moto spent the last 6 months optimizing this phone. You can slap a 1.5 dual core in any phone these days but that doesn’t mean it’s going to run smooth and correctly with the os that is on it or with the LTE chips and battery. 

  • Cmdates2991

    But, the S2 isn’t a 4G phone on any other carrier….

    • Sunshinerainbowsnowflake

      Too bad.

  • Bob

    I think it looks pretty cool.

  • I’d rather pay that for the Samsung Note.

  • Dan

    Has it been confirmed that Costco will be getting the bionic on the 8th?

  • Droidz

    At this point the percentage of negative/hate comments on DL is at about 90%. It nauseating even reading comments to articles anymore.  I used to enjoy it because it actually contained helpful and actual discussions. Now it is mostly nonsense. Sad……..

    • Like your complaint, doesn’t add anything to the article, so..you are making yourself sick?

  • Bmos

    Might go to sprint

  • Anonymous

    At that price this phone is going to be xoom’ing in no time…

  • faber

    Lol….chalk it up to the overpriced zoom category

  • Think about it people…$300 plus tax for this thing. You know it will be less in coming months and there will be more phones to choose from. Stop buying by impulse. I just don’t get it.

    • You pay tax on the full MSRP also, not on the $300. You will walk out $345 poorer.

  • Just wait 60-90 days and we’ll see BOGO, especially if iPhone 5 drops and Nexus Prime rumors really heat up. Plus, that’s enough time to read a wide sample of user reviews about the phone.

    • Anonymous

      Droid 3 already has the deal.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. This is what I did with the OG Droid. One for me, one for my wife.

    • im really hoping for the BOGO to come through. i have two lines to upgrade and paying $600 for 2 phones just to stay current with technology seems a little steep. 

    • Anonymous

      More like 30 days for a price drop and BOGO. A shame too because I wanted this phone on launch day.

  • Jbob

    I was going to order 2 buy Verizon has lost my purchase of an upgrade due to their stupid pricing!!!  I was willing to shell out $200 with a 2 year contract, but not $300.  You suck, Verizon!!

    • Anonymous

      D3 is 199.99 BOGOF. 

      And 99.99 on Costco.

  • The Samsung Charge is/was the same price.  To answer the question, LTE adds about 20-30 (after markup 40-50) bucks to the cost.  Yeah, small fries.

  • I guess

    Just wait like a month then the price will drop like always. 

  • Anonymous

    Im waiting for the Prime on VZW.  I’ve waited for four months for the SGSii, i guess i can wait another 6-8 weeks for the Prime.  And if VZW doesn’t carry teh Prime, i’m going to Sprint for teh SGSii (or the Prime if they end up getting it)

    • hkklife

      If the Prime has similar hardware to the other Samsung handsets, I will have to be absolutely bowled over by its performance and speed to buy one.  Why?  Lack of standard HDMI out, almost certainly worse battery life than the DB, and 800×480 screen resolution.  No way will I buy a phone with a screen that big with a lower resolution than my OG Droid had nearly 2 years ago! 

      Now, if the Prime is 4.5″ and 720p, then I’ll probably be sold…

  • Firelight

    more fuel to the Prime wait. I was SO going to be a Bionic owner – but that was back in May.

  • Bionicman

    I guess if some of you have waited this long, you probably could wait longer. Can I? NOPE i’m getting this on launch date.

  • The extra $100 is there simply because people will pay it.

    Verizon wants more money, and people are apparently willing to give it to them. That is all.

    • Illinipoke98

      Exactly.  Econ 101.  Supply and demand.

    • Anonymous

      Like all the phone recently it seems the original price will likely not last bast a month or two.  It’ll either be BOGO or reduce by Nov.

    • It’s there to add perceived value to their flagship phone.  

  • Verizon has never been known for their hardware, but their network trumps all. Years before Android I was always jealous of T-Mobile and AT&T customers because they had such awesome phones. The OG Droid was the one exception to that rule.

    Am I surprised it took them this long to put this phone out?
    Yes, but I shouldn’t be.

    Am I going to pass on this phone and wait an unspecified amount of time for the new hotness to come out?
    Not on your life.

    I’ve waited 8 goddamn months and I’m done. I want LTE, I want dual core, and I want decent battery life. I’m done waiting.

  • same price for 3G or 4G plan so they have to make more money somewhere. Don’t the other carriers charge per month for 4g?

    pay up front or pay per month either way they get your money.

  • Anonymous

     You can’t tell me that an LTE chip is worth an extra 100 bones, can you?     YES IT IS !!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Uhh….holy what?!

  • Why is everyone outraged at the price?  This is the same 2 year contract price as every other Verizon 4G phone.  The Prime and Vigor will be the same price too, most likely.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah…it’s like as if they’ve never seen an overpriced phone before. lol

    • I think there more outraged because it took so long to come out and now its going to be outdated in a month or so when it had the potential to be a top tier phone that no one could match, except the GSII that is, now Sammy comes out with an improved GSII for the US and AT&T has an LTE model and we have Vigor and Prime ready to step up to plate with even better specs.

      At one time I was excited for the new Bionic, then I learned of newer better devices that weren’t that far off compared to most tech releases we usually wait a good 6 or so months until the latest and greatest comes out after a flagship phone, thats not the case here.

      We’re pretty much paying a premium to get a device that can be a computer when everyone doesn’t want that, they want a smartphone, while the webtop is a nice accessory feature, its not something I would pay $300 on a phone that is a low end dual core, don’t get me wrong, the specs on this device are top notch but with dual cores ranging from 1.2ghz to 1.5ghz coming out with 1GB RAM and better screens, there prices can be more justified than the Bionics when Moto had all that time to improve the specs, including its SoC but they didn’t.

  • Stetrete

    Honestly, I would rather the Droid 3.

  • Darkseider

    Hmmm… EVO 3D for $50, Sensation for $149, G2X for $79, Atrix for $99 or the upcoming GS II’s for $199.  Either way FAR cheaper than the $299 Bionic.  Looks like VZW is not only robbing you blind with their plans but are now trying the same with their hardware.  Thank God I went to T-Mo and got my G2X.

    • Anonymous

      I want T-Mo so bad!!
      HTC Sensation and GSX look awesome!!

      Plus Verizon is killing me with the prices. 

  • Aaron Sauer

    Verizon will sell plenty of these phones. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be able to tell you if LTE is worth another $100 once AT&T discloses the price for phones on their network with terrible coverage and customer service. My guess is yes.

  • john patterson

    $590 for the overrated Bionic? The bionic is basically a mini version of the driod 3 but alot more expensive. I say the bionic is a mini version of D3 because they are both basically the same speed but the D3 has a slideout keyboard which is alot more useful then the screen being 0.3 inches bigger which the bionic has.

    • Blood

      So basically, it’s a keyboardless Droid 3 with lte.

      • Guest

        is that a bad thing?

      • john patterson

        sort of. but with much smaller changes and a few improvements. Nothing special enough to to cost an extra $100

      • Mike Gall

        and double the ram….

        • Webtop might be using that “doubled ram” cutting it down by 50% just like the Atrix

          • Please stop…this was a rumor and not true at all.

          • Anonymous

            But wasn’t it shown that is uses 212mb for it?
            That still leaves around 800mb but I thought I read that somewhere…

          • Anonymous

            Even if it was….you are talking about a singular situation.  It’s not tough to see you just working you way through the comments trolling Bionic hate.

    • last time i checked d3 didnt have lte so its like comparing apples to oranges…..

  • This phone fails in so many ways. 

    • Anonymous

      Your comment fails in so many ways.

      • Sorry if you don’t agree but it’s true. The Bionic does not live up to the hype that was built around it for the past 8 months. 

        • So you’ve picked one up already and have used it enough to share this insight with us? Thanks!

          • Anonymous

            Uhh…no, I don’t work for Verizon. And just from what I’ve read. On paper it seems like an incredible device, and hopefully also in person it’ll still be an incredible device. Thanks!

          • I was replying to Jason. No hard feelings/

          • Nope. I don’t need to. We all know what’s coming before the end of the year. And it’s not just one phone. There are several slated to come in the next 3 months that will basically outdate this phone once released. 

          • Joshua Granville

            There is always a better phone on the horizon.

          • Obviously everyone here knows this. This is the first time though that I’ve noticed the phones coming out in the next 1-2 months will have substantial upgrades, such as HD screens (some being Super AMOLED+), a 1ghz jump in processing power, front cameras that are better than VGA, etc. These are things a lot of people would gladly wait an extra 1-3 months for – me being one of them.

          • Precisely, BMX says the Vigor is the next Beast to get.  But if anything, I have to say there doing to the Bionic like they did with the ThunderBolt, releasing last generation specs on an LTE device, and justifying the price because it has LTE.  ThunderBolt was to be the last of the high end single core LTE phones, Now, we have Bionic with high end specs and last generation dual core specs with the exception of LTE.  The next generation of 4G LTE begins this fall, the Bionic is the final device for the first LTE generation of phones.  While I do admit it has some nice specs but knowing there is another device not 6-8 months away, its just not worth plopping down the money for the Bionic.  Hype has potential to sell millions but it can also promise things that shouldn’t be promised and there not delivered.

          • Anonymous

            Last generation?  You assume that early adopters make a market.  They don’t.  For the real market, current gen is 500-1000MHz, ~512MB of RAM, etc.  This is the speed of phones like the OG, D2, DX, DX2, i*Phone 3GS/4, current Galaxy phones, Nexus S, etc etc.  HTC is high end current gen.  Bionic is next gen.  Any phone in the pipeline that is faster is high end next gen.

          • WaitForIt…

            Agreed TechDeft. Lots of people are set to come upgrade right around this time because of their purchase of the OG Droid on VZW. After the Bionics initial hold back this was a marketing tactic. I’d say 5% of my personal friends know what speed processor their phone has inside it and that’s being generous. Bottom line is they don’t care. They purchase 2 year contracts and wait to upgrade until the next highly MARKETED thing hits. Lot of people at this current moment are in that 20month frame on a two year contract. They’ll go in, see the hyped up Bionic and buy it. No VZW employee is going to say “You should wait, something better is coming in a couple of months…” 

            Not to mention, with the recently outed launch price of the Puccini tab anyone thinking that a “next gen” VZW LTE phone is going to launch with a price of less than $300 is delusional. 

          • Anonymous

            Damn…when did dual core chips and 1GB ram become last year specs? Didnt they just get used in phones this year?

            How many phones have 1GB ram? 

            Last gen dual core specs? Cuz its ONLY clocked at 1Ghz?


            I didnt know 2nd gen LTE chips  were gonna be used this year. From what I’ve read they wont be in phones til next year.

          • Mscuba

            I guess the SGSII I bought 2 months ago is using last gen’s specs…Damn, I feel like I wasted $600!  Thanks alot guy!  I’m going back to my OG Droid and pretend it’s 2009.

          • Upset at verizon

            The SGSII (better processor and better screen) has better specs than the yet to be released Droid Bionic XD. Oh did I mention its retailing at 100 dollars less under contract. Verizon has addled your brain if you buy a bionic.

          • Pennywise

            Sammy’s processor is clock-for-clock slower than the OMAP in the Droid 3.  The graphics render faster and in higher quality on the OMAP SoC than the Sammy.  I will argue with you all day about how horrid the OLED displays are. And the Galaxy needs a break-out adapter for HDMI?

            Besides, and no offense to anyone here who has bought one, but the Galaxy SII feels like a disposable phone. It is SOOO light, and feels SOOO cheap; it could have a quad-core and I wouldn’t ‘feel good’ about owing/using it.

          • Anonymous

            It may have better specs….but some folks act like its comparing the Droid 1 or Eris or G1 to the GS2. Its not THAT much better that the Bionic is outdated or a way inferior phone.

            Also like someone mentioned….dont sleep on the OMAP 4.

          • Xoxo

            Well, BIONIC should better be bug free since MOTO had another 8 months to work on it.

          • Anonymous

            I will wait for 1080p screens, a 2gHZ jump, and 5MP front facing cameras a few months after that will outdate the Prime, Vigor, etc.

          • Anonymous


            Technology isnt gonna stop for anyone. But go ahead an get what you feel is the best phone for you spec wise…..just stay outta the forums or you may stumble into yet another rumored phone thread…

            And the cycle will continue.

          • Superior1

            Oh so true.

          • Pennywise

            Just not a better phone on the Verizon ; )

          • Anonymous

            Guess what!?
            Those several slated phones will be outdated by the several slate phones after them.

            Every phone will be outdated 2-5 months after.
            This is the first 4GLTE phone with a dual core processor in America. 

          • The Bionic will be outdated faster than those though, thats what were trying to say to you guys.  Its you money, were just trying to save people from wasting it on one that will be outdated the fastest out of them all.  There are bigger & better devices coming starting in October, and no, the iPhone is not one of them lol

          • Anonymous

            But every phone will be outdated anyway, so I don’t worry about how fast mine will.
            My phone getting “outdated” is not one of my biggest worries. 

          • Thats not exactly my point on price, i’m saying value.

            Think about it, if you pay $600 for a Dual Core 1Ghz processor
            then about a month later, a double the speed processor comes out 1.5ghz dual core for the same price, how would you feel? cheated? yeah, because if its that close of a time frame and the price was the same as your new toy you just bought, thats a complete rip off

            yes things always get outdated, but my argument here is they shouldn’t get outdated THAT fast for a flagship phone, which this one is, and with the amount of hype this thing has gotten the specs for this one is not justifying the high price.  Yeah, DROID Charge was $299 but it had a much better screen and improved LTE antenna and other better specs than the ThunderBolt.  But the ThunderBolt was $249 when it launched, then after DROID Charge went for $299, so while we know that all upcoming LTE phones on a 2 year contract is going to cost $299, its best to look at the future and how far away that future might be before considering a device.  Its only smart thinking in the end, because eventually you’ll want the latest and greatest but you’ll be stuck in a 2 year contract with the current device and will be either forced to pay full retail or get suckered into increasing that 2 year by another 2 more years with an upgrade offer from Verizon to chain you in longer.  With the elimination of 1 year contracts and the fact there is an $350 ETF, you guys might want to think about it instead of calling me names and criticizing me for my advice.

          • Anonymous

            my deciding factor will be battery life running 4G….

          • Anonymous

            You cannot compare CPUs on a clock cycle basis, especially two of a completely different model and generation.  Efficiencies in the new design can easily make a 1 GHz CPU run faster than a 1.5 GHz CPU of an older design.  Now is that true?  I don’t know, but please stop with the “1.5 GHz > 1 GHz therefore the Vigor will be faster than the Bionic! LOL!”  It’s nonsense from a computer architecture point of view.

          • The Prime is rumored to be an OMAP running at 1.5GHZ, so in this instance, we can compare clock speed to clock speed.

          • Pennywise

            Will the Prime have a lapdock?  Leet Moto accessories? Cheap Samsung build quality? (winner)

            Dual core, 1GHz OMAP is DAMN fast enough for me.  What exactly will the ‘Prime’ do that the BIONIC can’t?  And the Galaxy (I have to carry extra shit for an HDMI port??)?? And the Vigor (1.5GHz old snapdragon??)??

            There are WAY faster Core i7 laptops than mine (Asus 51G) now, but that doesn’t change the fact that my dual core 2.8GHz core 2 duo crushes everything I throw at it. And the outdated GTX graphics card still crushes everything I throw at it in the glorious 1920×1080 resolution of my lappy’s LCD… e-sata, HDMI, raid controller, ideal keyboard layout… Yea I’m not “upgrading” my several-year-old-lappy anytime soon and I’m not the SLIGHTEST bit butt-hurt over friend’s Core i7s.

          • ^THIS
            Here’s to being satisfied with what is available NOW and not getting caught up in rumors and speculation. How am I supposed to enjoy the present moment if I’m so concerned with the near future.

          • Key word RUMORED. I can’t believe this thread. For all any of us know the prime isn’t even on Verizon hahahahah I hope it doesn’t come to VZW just to punk y’all.

          • yo do me a favor stop hatin and go elsewhere. just cause you dont have the 300 bucks now to cop a bionic doesnt mean the rest of us dont.

          • I probably have more money then you. I just don’t feel like wasting it on devices every few months. I do plan on paying full retail my next device.  I’m not hating on it, i’m just stating fact and hopefully the Motorola sheep will not give in to how there being cheated.  If they wouldn’t have waited nearly 4 months later to release this with almost identical specs they announced the thing, there might be a different story here.

          • How much money do you have exactly?  Let’s get down to brass tax.

          • I’m guessing everyone on this thread has one hundred million billion dollars stashed away.  There – now that we are on an even playing field, I agree that it’s too bad this phone wasn’t updated a little more before it was finally released.  I’m sure it will be a fine phone, but considering HTC has one coming out (rumored) 30 days after this one with much better specs – yes, just “specs” but that’s all we can go on for now, it’s going to be a little outdated before it could be appreciated, and at a premium just like the Droid Charge…

          • Doesn’t Verizon have a 30 day return policy?  There’s always the option of getting this one to try and getting rid of it once the HTC comes out…providing you plan it well enough. 

          • Anonymous

            I thought the return policy was 14 days now.

          • Xoxo

            14 days with $35 restocking fee

          • Anonymous

            I don’t see how that could possibly be…
            You got galaxy S II phones coming, but only one of those will get 4G lte and that’ll be the the only one that can really pull it off. There are some HTC phones coming, but that dual core snapdragon is one seriously unimpressive chipset, and they’ll at best be competitive with the Bionic. So then what? Some HD phones, which’ll probably only have a little more traction than 3D, since no one in their right mind will care for that kind of definition on a >7in. screen, and performance won’t be better because they’re are pushing so many damn pixels.
            What criteria are you using to determine that all these phones still further up the pipeline are going to make the Bionic outdated? Because I just don’t see it.

          • Pennywise

            Really? What’s coming out in October? What can it do that the BIONIC can’t?

          • Xoxo

            Depends whether it’s man or woman…;p

          • Do you understand how phone specs work? I understand
            that some of the technology and interfaces on new phones in the near future will
            be slightly better but as far as comparing the Bionic to those you may be
            mistaken. For example, the HTC Vigor is supposedly rated at 1.5 GHZ for its dual core processor…more power means less battery
            life. As a Droid incredible owner (or any HTC owner for that matter) I can attest to their handsets having
            debilitating battery life and a wonderful handset compared to their competitors.
            Yes, the Bionic is coming with a 1 GHZ dual core but, the battery life and processing speed will
            compliment one another and you shouldn’t be running to the charger as often as
            you would with other 4GLTE phones of the past. “Bigger” numbers don’t necessarily mean a
            “Better” phone. Motorola could probably clock their chipset higher if they so
            desired but they are trying to satisfy our need of a phone that does not die in
            three hours. If you want Beats audio, a supposed 720p
            screen res, and a potentially horrible battery life then wait around for the HTC. But wait, the Prime is coming soon too and it will be
            pre-loaded with ice cream sandwich…most likely a Q1 2012 release if I had to bet and then there will be another
            amazing phone that may or may not have a quad core processor. Get a phone that
            meets or exceeds your preferences when you need it and go with it because it
            will be obsolete in a month or two anyway. If you keep waiting for the next best
            thing you will never get a new piece of technology no matter what category
            because the next big thing is only a short period away.

          • Served.

        • Anonymous

          I think it does. It may not be the Galaxy S II, but it will still be an incredible phone when it gets released. Also a better phone than most.

          • For a month or two

          • thats why verizon has a warranty and after a few bionics are sent back they will replace it with an upgraded phone (nexus prime)

          • They won’t do this until they run out of Bionic stock, which probably won’t be until summer of next year. 

          • Exactly, that Insurance only replaces the device if they run out of stock, with another device.

          • thats why i got my d1 replaced with a d2 then my d2 replaced with a dx right even though they had the original d1 in stock when i got both replaced? you gotta go to a higher level customer service rep to get stuff done

          • You were the exception. Not the rule. 

          • i guess youve never heard of social engineering, you say that but i got the d2 when they still had the d1 in stock. you just keep bitching and get all the way up to a tier 3 customer service rep and you will get what you want 🙂

          • Anonymous

            So you lie so you can get a new phone? And people wonder why these companies do what they do. Because of assholes like you who make shit up because they think they are entitled to the newest thing always.

          • Jason Purp


          • Yes, my point exactly. We were all hyped up like crazy for 8 months only to have it be the best thing on the block for 1-3 months. The amount of time waiting/anticipating wasn’t worth it just to be eclipsed so quickly.

          • Anonymous

            There is ALWAYS something else about to come out.  If you don’t want the phone, don’t buy it.  Have fun waiting for the next big thing. 

          • Thanks. I won’t buy it. I will wait for the Prime. I love how people accost people who decide to wait like it really makes any bit of difference at all in their lives. 

          • Anonymous

            Why can’t people just keep their comments to themselves? I know, I know, I comment on things I believe in, as well, but damn. Of course there will ALWAYS be better phones that eventually get released. Droid X was better than most a year ago and in 6 months, there will be better phones than the Bionic.

            BUT at the present time, the Bionic will crush its competition, minus a few phones here and there(like the Galaxy S II). The Bionic will be incredible at launch and some months going forward..just leave it at that for crying out loud!

          • Pennywise

            No, you’re not getting accosted for deciding to wait.  You’re getting accosted for pissing in people’s Cheerios.

          • Anonymous

            the gsII has one glaring fact in its con category…its a samsung

        • Anonymous


        • Pennywise

          Sorry dude but nothing lives up to the hype you’ll read on this blog.  And I know you didn’t get your hyped-up expectations from Motorola or Verizon… Safe bet it was from sites like this.

          And now you guys are reading all the hype behind non-existent shit which “we all know is coming out in the next 2 months” and will be just as butthurt until you guys come back to earth and develop a little patience.

          • Str8RippinEm

            Bionic launch is Sept 8th…literally just saw the commercial on ESPN2 bucko

    • Anonymous


      First Dual Core/LTE phone in the USA?
      And that fails?

      Its beats every other phone on Verizon, and the only phone near it is the Droid 3. 

      • The SGSII comes out 10 days later on other carriers, has a better screen, better and faster processor, thinner form factor, better front facing camera, is lighter, and is $100 less. Yes, it’s not on Verizon, but that is really beside the point. The Bionic will be outdated by the SGSII in the US in less than 2 weeks of its release. And then it will be outdated on Verizon as well in the following 1-2 months. 

        • Pennywise

          “Not on Verizon” is besides the point?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  I feel like an idiot now for my earlier replies to you after reading that. Like owning the “best” car in the world, but it only runs on roads in Pakistan; yea that’s not besides the point. In fact, it running on Verizon’s LTE underlines all points.

          Additionally, the sammy doesn’t have a better screen, doesn’t have a better processor, doesn’t have a lapdock option, doesn’t have on-board HDMI out… oh, and when you hold it, it feels like garbage.  Not trying to ‘trash’ it but it honestly feels like something they want you to throw away.

        • Winisaloser

          Over-saturated screen, faster but poorly performing processor, and thinner form factor because it’s on a slower network not requiring an LTE radio. Definitely SHOULD cost 100$ less

    • Anonymous

      I posted this last night but I think it bears repeating:

      I think the biggest problem with this phone is the name. Once they scrapped the old specs for current ones they should have changed the name. At this point people are so tired of the name that they just associate it with this new phone, even though the one we saw at CES is a different phone then the current one. If they had given it the “Targa’s” name I don’t think there would be this much hate for it

    • Anonymous

      So why did you even look at the article in the first place?  I think it’s win in so many ways, good RAM, good storage, multi-core, 4G, low power screen, HD video, good battery, front facing camera….you’re entire basis for calling it fail is your disappointment in the timeline?  Have fun waiting for the Prime.  Then have fun waiting for what’s after that.  And after that.  And after that.

  • Andrew Davis

    You need to look into American Express Premium Return Protection.  It’s only 50 bucks p/yr. Basically, buy something, keep it in like new condition with box, manuals, etc., and you can return it to them up to 6 mos. later if you have the receipt (up to $600p/item and up to $2500p/yr).  Phones, tablets, whatever. I signed up back in July when I got the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because I know I’m going to want something new by Dec. 

    So I might buy this full retail, return it (to AMEX or Sam’s Club/Costco), and get the Prime or Droid HD…my OG Droid is on its last legs. 

    Here’s the link: https://www295.americanexpress.com/premium/premium-return-protection/home.do?intlink=premiumprotecthub_browsepromos_prpmonitoring

    • Andrew Davis

      ….and I don’t work for Amex or whatever. I found this on an XDA forum months back and thought I’d share. 

  • Anonymous

    They can charge whatever they want, but anything above $199 and they can kiss the meatiest part of my left buttock. 

  • Anonymous

    exactly this phone is way over priced, that probly why vzw didnt want a gs2 so they could over charge us for a bionic

  • Answer, Motorola + Verizon + First Dual Core LTE = Expensive

    • Anonymous

      So what’s your explanation for the Droid Charge?

    • Anonymous

      Verizon+ HTC+ 4G= Expensive
      Verizon+ Samsung+ 4G= Expensive
      Verizon+ LG+ 4G= Expensive

      So basically, its just Verizon= Expensive. 

  • chris partlow

    Sorry, waiting for Prime (50/50. If that goes to Vzw though) or better. Anyone know what a used Tbolt is goin for on the eBay right now, cuz eventually my bolt is goin der.

    • Anonymous

      Id say 75% likely.  Since they passed on the Galaxy they gotta be getting something better.

  • Anonymous

    No the LTE chip is not woth $100. It’s collusion between verizon and cell phone manufacturers. 

    • The price we pay for having subsidized pricing options

  • Anonymous

    While I don’t doubt that 589 will be the price (this was tossed around a month ago too), to call it confirmed is bad journalism.
     “The ARV of any electronics prize listed is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules, and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. If the actual purchase price of any prize is less than the ARV stated herein, the prize winner will NOT be entitled to a check, cash or other form of payment for the price difference.”

    Basically they’re only covering their ass here. The only thing you do know is that it won’t cost any more than that. It can be less.

  • the thunderbolt is still better.. SVDO, unlockable, CM7-able. forget this garbage. Droid/Nexus Prime or Vigor in my sights as the next phone i get, whichever has SVDO wins. i need 3G simultaneous talk/data and yes i use it all the time. its called tethering!

    • Anonymous

      It will be unlocked in November according to motorola.  And im sure CM7 will be on it soon as well.

      • i wont hold my breath when it comes to moto following through on their word. at least for this wave of handsets. i believe the next round that comes out (you know the one where google is telling them what to do now that they own them) will be the ones to buy. either way no SVDO no way. 4G is so damn flakey so i need simultaneous voice/data on 3g too

  • I’m sure Verizon sets the price, not Moto.  Let’s see now, $299 with 2 year contract and $350 early termination fee, equals $649 for a $590 phone.  All the other carriers will be watching to see if people are willing to shell out the $299 and will match it soon if they do.

  • Kris Brandt

    That price tag is going to make me wait.  I want a new phone, my OGD is really showing its age, but at $300 contract ($250 with discount), that’s pretty steep.  I’ll hold out until we hear more about the Nexus/Prime/whatever the hell the Ice Cream Sandwich phone will be called before I make a decision.  I can live with my OGD for a little while longer.

    • Most likely, the Prime and Vigor will also be $300. 

      • Better Specs = Better Value, Justified price

  • Anonymous

    “You can’t tell me that an LTE chip is worth an extra 100 bones, can you?”

    I can’t (and won’t tell you that), but Big Red has made it clear that’s their perspective. If my OG Droid will hold up, I’m hoping to wait for the inevitable price drops (or BOGO since I have my partner’s to upgrade as well), or the advent of Vigor Prime, or Droid HD.

    You know they are gonna try to milk every dollar they can out of this because it won’t be king of the Android hill for very long.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, the Galaxy SII is 4G???    Guess I missed that…..

    • “4G” not to be confused with LTE

      • sprints variant is WiMax which has aspects of a True 4G network like LTE

      • Anonymous

        But I didn’t think any of the US SGSII versions being released were even “4G”….which I still have yet to grasp what “4G” is vs 4G LTE.   I tried reading on it once and I’m just not “technically minded” enough or something….seemed to me it was that “4G” was just the same tech as 3G really, but some stuff is done on the network side to allow for a slightly higher data transfer rate, where as 4G LTE is a completely different type of tech that allows for considerably higer data transfer rates.

        • AT&T’s GSII was confirmed to have an LTE radio thanks to the FCC filing that was found last night.

        • you pretty much got it. Non-Verizon LTE is kinda like 3.5G

          • Anonymous

            Too confusing IMO…..seems kind of silly from a marketing perspective too whe your ad campaign to date is all about how you have this great “4G” network *cough* AT&T *cough* if it really isn’t based on what the future of your network really will be (LTE).  

          • Anonymous

            I wouldn’t even say that!
            Where I live, my Verizon 3G is 2.4 mbps (where I live everyone uses ATT) vs ATT HSPA+ gets 2.6.

            Hardly a difference!

    • Anonymous

      But not for Verizon.  Verizon is getting a different samsung phone later on

  • Jake

    It’s getting harder to justify these high phone prices when tablets are available at lower prices.

    • Anonymous

      The only good tablet ive seen less that 300 is the discontinued touchpad

      • 250 for a Nook Color

        • Anonymous

          isnt that more of a reader?  Im not familiar with that one.  Is it android?

          • Mctypething

            I thought you had to go to work?

      • Jake

        $300 is the 2-year contract price (which if you roll-in the cost of the two-year contract the final cost is closer to $1020) . The off-contract price is $590, and there are plenty of good tablets for less than that amount.

        • Anonymous

          Why on Earth would you roll-in the cost of the two-year contract?  You can cancel at any time and just pay the ETF so the real price is just $300+$350 = $650.  You’re going to have a data plan and phone service with SOMEONE whether you buy it on contract or off contract so it’s silly to factor in your monthly phone bill to the equation.

  • Anonymous

    If I didnt need a new phone so bad I would wait until the price drops.  Good thing you can charge some of the purchase price to your verizon account and pay it along with your normal bill at the end of the month.

    • You can? How long can you stretch it out?

      • Anonymous

        When i got my OG Droid I paid 200 that day and put the price of my desktop docks and windshield docks onto my verizon account.  He said “yes i can do that but you have to pay the full ammount on your normal Verizon bill due date this month”

        So in other words if you buy it on th 8th and your bill is due the 27th.  You pay on the 27th.  

        This was 2 years ago tho and i dont know if they have changed policy

        • Ah, thanks. Best to buy it on the 28th if possible. 29 days interest free.

  • Brian Maresca

    Sigh, the OG Droid can’t hold on much longer!  It’s almost forcing my hand into the Bionic, but that price is terrible…..

    • Resist the temptation!  For that price its better to go with a more up to date device, like Vigor or Prime, atleast there price will be justified by there specs.

      • Anonymous

        How is the Vigor better? (Genuine curiosity.)

        • Pennywise

          Absolutely nothing even rumored about the Vigor is ‘better’ than the BIONIC.

          • Str8RippinEm

            except for the screen…720p

      • Anonymous

        The vigor has an older processor. So 1.5ghz processor that it has isnt that much better if actually better at all.

      • Anonymous

        The Vigor will have the same specs as the Bionic with the exception of the display and actually a slower processor, so no, it won’t be more up to date. Hell the Prime will be using the same processor as the Bionic just higher clocked.

    • Not as good as a 3G price, for sure. Thankfully, my work discount might drop it a little.

      • Anonymous

        Does a work discount apply to retail price too?

        • definitely copping the bionic day 1, i did the same with the d1 and 2 months after the d2 came out they replaced my d1 with a d2. plan to do the same with the bionic and the prime 😉

          • Anonymous

            They wont replace the bionic with the prime they are made by two different companies. Not to mention you only have 14 days now to return.

        • Anonymous


    • Anonymous


  • tbaybe

    any one wanna buy my xoom? lol i needs some cash

  • Yep, another Bionic post! That took, what 15 minutes?

  • I wish they’d set up a website to let me give them money in exchange for this device. Frickin idiots.

  • Mctypething

    Wow, finally a negative comment from kellex about the Bionic. Agreed. No reason for this to be $100 more than the other premium phones. You’d think Moto would have learned their lesson from the XOOM debacle that people are only willing to pay so much for gadgets.

    • Mr.Joe

      People lined up to pay $600 for an on contract iPhone when it first came out.  

      • Bloodybob

        Hipsters will pay anything, you can’t even compare that.

      • Followers, Hipsters and anyone wanting to get something there friends got even if they don’t like it, will pay anything to be with the “in crowd” aka Hipsters/Followers 😛

        $600 for OFF contract is justified but ON contract? thats absurd…

    • this is probably why Verizon passed on the Galaxy S2

    • Anonymous

      Has nothing to do with Moto, this is Verizon’s price point that they’re willing to subsidize.  Seems they think charging $100 extra for their flagship 4G phones is justified.

    • TomHolmes

      We’ve been to this rodeo before. Verizon wants $300 for their 4G flagship phones and people have proved their willing to pay. If we don’t like it, we can go to Sprint or T-Mo and buy an SGSII for $199 on contract and enjoy OP4G.

      As for me, I’m not jumping off of Verizon after seven years because of their phone line-up. They may have been crappy this year but the pendulum will swing.

  • Murphy


    • Murphy

      …. because I’m a ghost.