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Verizon Makes September 8th Official for the DROID Bionic, the Wait is Finally Over

We first saw a phone that went by the name of DROID Bionic almost 9 months ago to the day back at CES in Las Vegas and were told then that it was “the end of waiting.”  Since then, we have gone through a series of questions on why it wasn’t initially equal in power to its cousin over at AT&T followed by a decision to delay the phone we saw in favor of a new model.  This new model would be known internally as the Targa, and was created to try and compete with the upcoming super phones from other manufacturers – something its predecessor certainly could not do.  So after months of delays, speculation, and leaks, we are finally here.  Verizon has unleashed the beast (well, tomorrow they will) to the world for $299 on 2-year contract or somewhere around $589 without one.

Can it “rule all machines”?  Can its upgraded parts compete with the super phones that are expected to launch in the very near future?  Is it overhyped or are the haters clueless?  I guess we’ll soon find out when the masses flock to pick it up in 1 short day.

There is not a pre-order as Verizon is likely hoping to build up buzz by having customers head into stores for a change.  We still are not sure if there will be lines, but locations selling the phone should be busier than normal as the marketing machine will be revving its engines.

There are zero surprises, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – we have just seen this thing leak more times than almost any phone known to man.  It’s a 1GHz dual-core OMAP processor, 4.3″ qHD display, 1GB RAM, Android 2.3.4, front and rear cameras, and of course, 4G LTE.  We have heard nothing but positive things from the lucky few that have had their hands on it since devices arrived in stores last week.  Our own testing will take place soon enough.

So, are you ready for it or just glad that the “end of waiting” is finally over with?  

VERIZON WIRELESS AND MOTOROLA RAISE THE BAR WITH DROID BIONIC™ BY MOTOROLA

Unsurpassed Power, Speed and Entertainment On the Fastest, Most Advanced 4G LTE Network in America

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.  – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola will be exclusively available beginning Sept. 8.

DROID BIONIC is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display – all in a sleek form factor that makes it the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless.  Customers can expect to fly across the Web on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.

DROID BIONIC introduces a host of groundbreaking applications and accessories that turn the device into a multimedia hub, a ruler of remote access and a purveyor of virtuality.   DROID BIONIC introduces ZumoCast™ by Motorola, an application that lets customers bring their digital world of videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers to their handset via remote access.  With its revolutionary Webtop application, DROID BIONIC can beam a full-featured Firefox® Web browser 4.0, email or documents to a TV or monitor, like the separately purchased Lapdock™ with a 11.6” screen, keyboard and integrated trackpad.

Accessories such as the HD Station let DROID BIONIC users turn the phone into an entertainment center or home office.  Customers can view pictures, video, and content from the DROID BIONIC on any HDTV or monitor by connecting a separately sold HDMI cable.  They can also take a conference call while editing documents and surfing the Web.  And, of course, the DROID BIONIC lets customers share their 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices when they activate the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.  The device of the future today, the DROID BIONIC also includes the following features:

  • ·         Powered by Android™ 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • ·         Dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM
  • ·         4.3-inch qHD screen using scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with dual-layer anti-reflective coating
  • ·         8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture
  • ·         Front-facing camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
  • ·         MOTOPRINT app to print via Wi-Fi-enabled printers
  • ·         Mirror Mode with HDMI out (HDMI cable required) supporting 1080p HD video playback
  • ·         Multi-window options for multitasking with ease when using the Webtop application
  • ·         Business Ready with advanced security policies; resizable and scrollable email, calendar and task widgets; device and SD card encryption; and Citrix® GotoMeeting® and Citrix Receiver™ for Android
  • ·         Adobe® Flash® pre-loaded
  • ·         HTML 5 capable
  • ·         32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • ·         Support for up to 32 GB microSD cards
  • ·         Supports wireless charger

Pricing and availability:

  • ·         DROID BIONIC by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on Sept. 8 for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • ·         Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
  • ·         Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $30 for 2 GB.
  • ·         For a limited time, customers who purchase a Lapdock with the DROID BIONIC can receive a $100 mail-in rebate when subscribing to a $50, 5 GB data plan or higher.

Available accessories:

  • ·         The Lapdock will be available for $299.97, the HD Station will be available for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application will be available for $29.99.
  • ·         Vehicle Navigation Dock delivers easy access to maps, favorite contacts, hands-free calling, music, navigation and more and supports streaming of audio and music via the 3.5 mm audio jack, if available, to play through vehicle speakers. The Vehicle Navigation Dock will be available for $39.99.
  • ·         The Battery Dock with standard battery is a pocket-sized accessory with an extra battery included to charge both DROID BIONIC and an extra battery at the same speed as a wall charger. The Battery Dock will be available for $49.99.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  For more information on accessories, visit www.verizonwireless.com/accessories.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC.  Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.  Adobe and Adobe Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Citrix is a trademark of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.   © 2011 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • bcahill

    Guy’s don’t buy it! In practically 2 months the Droid Razr comes out!

  • Josue

    i got my bionic today…and its great…. FAST AND SUPER RESPONSIVE!!!! NOTHING BUT GOOD COMES FROM IT!!! great pictures, and 15mbps dl/ 3mbps ul…. i was impressed 

  • Djstar2k2

    i wasnt trynin to get this at all but im curious of what 1st days sales will be at that price point. i think vrz is setting a standard for which all lte phones will sale at.  so by the time lte is completely rolled out everyone will be comfortable with the price point.  and 300 aint much if you really want something

  • Anonymous

    CNET give the Motorola Droid an Editors Choice Award.

    http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/motorola-droid-bionic-verizon/4505-6452_7-34468463.html?tag=mncol;lst;1#reviewPage1

    And look at that… they don’t see the display problems that everybody “claims” they can see (even though they haven’t seen the phone).

    “The 4.3-inch qHD display on the Droid Bionic is similar to the one we saw on the Droid 3. It’s crisp, clear, and colorful. We enjoyed the vibrant graphics and sharp 960×540-pixel resolution. It doesn’t pack as much pixel punch as a Super AMOLED display, but we still liked it. The Droid Bionic uses Corning Gorilla glass, which boasts a dual-layer antireflective coating. While it did appear a little washed-out under bright sunlight, we were still able to see what was on the screen.”

    Sounds a lot better than the alleged “hideous” displays some people have allegedly seen.

  • Coriolis

    Im ready to roll in there tomorrow drop my droid charge and pick up my bionic. I honestly couldnt care less about phones that aren’t out. Best of luck to everyone goin in to buy or check it out!
    Cheers.

  • Larry

    I called the three costcos in Pittsburgh and none of them know anything about the bundle.  They all said the only bundle they know about is a free car charger and screen protector.  Any know where to get a confirmation on the bundle?

  • Youmansk

    just ordered one off the phone…

  • docking

    Suggestion All: Don’t buy this thing tomorrow or during the month of September!  Lets boycott it and its accessories for the freaken price tag.  Just think, we all stick together, it may drop to $149 and under 200 for the lapdock. (Just a thought)

  • Anonymous

    Well looks like moto fixed the patch used to root with an update. And everyone said they would not patch it. Looks like I’ll be waiting.

  • Jeff

    Getting mine at 9am tomorrow. My OG Droid is dying in a painful way. Need a new phone and can’t wait any longer for the next best thing.

  • Anonymous

    What about the other accessories?

  • Anonymous

    Only thing really turning me off at this point is no global capabilities from what I know so far 🙁 

  • Ryanbimmer

    Goodbye Eris!

    • Anonymous

      You should get a special discount for surviving with an Eris this long.

  • Yawnfest 2011 continues…….

    • Anonymous

      No one cares what you think.

  • Yawnfest 2011 continues…….

  • Anonymous

    I signed up to get e-mail notifications from Verizon about the Bionic and they have not sent a single thing so far (besides a thank you for signing up). Anyone actually gotten an e-mail about this yet? Obviously it’s coming out tomorrow, but seems like a bit of an oversight.

    • Anonymous

      YEAH!!! me too I signed up and got nothing thus far about the Bionic… What the hell???!!!!

  • Dshudson

    Nothing my Thunderbolt can’t do. 

    • Anonymous

      What about last more that 7 hours on a single charge?

      • LionStone

        Yep…no problem…stock TB 🙂

        • Anonymous

          What about when you actually USE the phone?  Have had a Thuderbolt for work now for the past 3 weeks, and the only time I came close to 7 hours was when it was on standby all day.

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness this is official now.  We can move onto the next hypebeast’ed phone.  What is it going to be Kellex?

  • Anonymous

    Totally, not worth the wait… Sorry Moto

    • Anonymous

      Would have been nice 6 months ago. No reason to upgrade from the DX2 now.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Anonymous

    benchmark wise on phonearena they are reporting about 2200 to 2500 quadrant so how much higher can the nexus prime give with the 4460. The 4460 chip is essentially a overclock version of this one so I am guessing about the same quadrant score as the GS2?

  • Sparking22

    Will we be able to order this online after midnight tonight?

  • Anonymous

    “rule all machines” lmao the gs2… no even the LG optimus 2x has it beaten

    • Tiller47

      That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.  You are way off on that one!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      You’re a failure.

    • Str8RippinEm

      DBAG

    • Anonymous

      I’m sorry, you may be confused, we are not talking about the Droid Charge.

  • Unconvinced

    Costco…Trade it back in for a better phone in ninety days!

  • RonsterWVU

    Praise the lord! Back to being a good blog again!

    • Anonymous

      Why?  To talk about the pos Vigor?

  • Joshuarossi

    I just called and ordered my Bionic along with the 100$ gift card (I used a line that had an old LG flip phone on it)

  • Anonymous

    Finally, now we can all STFU about this phone… Thank you Jesus!

  • Anonymous

    When rumors of the Prime are starting to leak, I’m going to troll so hard on how the next best thing is coming out in a couple of months and how I’m going to wait for it!

    • Anonymous

      You are going to have some time to wait.  With Eric Schmidt saying today that ICS will ship in “october or November” and figuring the Prime will come, MAYBE a month after that, you will almost certainly have to wait until Xmas to get the “present” of having the opportunity to return the trolling.

  • Dominick

    Went to Verizon this morning to make sure it was worth keeping my Droid X on Ebay for sale.. and the answer to that would be a NO. The screen for the Bionic just, well, kinda SUCKS. Its noticeably dimmer, flatter in terms of screen colors and quality, the blacks are not as black as the Droid Xs screen, the whites not as white..you DO CLEARLY see pixels in the screen.. anyone who doesn’t see it is flat out BLIND. Just put a live wallpaper up, say the grass and you can CLEARLY see lines in the background and the pixels, as in abrupt harsh dashes of color and shape where you’d expect it all to look smooth. Besides this when you scroll it it looks like its having a nervous break down.. sort of like when you don’t load the graphics card drivers for your pc and try to move folders around and it all is choppy looking.. you get that same type of feeling from it (not as bad but more subtle) and it makes me feel nervous and uneasy looking at it. The speaker is loud enough, 4g is of course very fast, it’s likely to have a good phone radio, and it will take probably 2 times longer to get lagged from loading and running apps in the background…. but if you are coming from a Droid X and to this type of pentile screen,  you will be disappointed. Having waited this long.. I can say I’m very disappointed with this release.

    • Dominick

       Actually I’m not just disappointed, I’m pissed off.. blah. Btw in case anyone else think I’m not being objective, someone walked in right behind me also wanting to check out the Bionic, who did so along with me, and we both had the same findings. He said he’ll likely get it regardless of how it very much feels like settling, but he’s doing it because he needs a better phone radio than his HTC Incredible has. Motorola is the way to go with that, but we both observed and interpreted things the same exact way.I had never met him before but he also has followed the forums and video posts on it.

    • Anonymous

      I made the mistake of going from a DX to a DX2. I agree – the pentile screen is terrible. It is so pixelated it made the text on a lot of my widgets illegible!

  • Anonymous

    Positive we can upgrade and keep our unlimited data?

    • Anonymous

      yes

      • Anonymous

        every verizon store rep i talk to says i have to get tiered data… wtf

        • Anonymous

          I upgraded my work phone from a Pre (don’t ask) to the Thunderbolt and had zero problems with the switchover.  I still have unlimited data, but my tethering plan went from $20 to $30 per month for “unlimited” 4G tethered data.

      • Anonymous

        every verizon store rep i talk to says i have to get tiered data… wtf

  • rob

    I froze myself on a mountain top 6 months ago waiting for this day. Thank God Butters used his OG droid to get a GPS on my location..or I might have been up there for 500 years!!
    Oh wait…its not coming out until tomorrow !! Damn….back to the mountain…

  • mchlkrieger

    Great! So can DL please stop creaming over this device???

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, I hear the iphone 5 is coming soon. I haven’t heard a peep about that from DL. Who do they think they are covering the next droid phone? 

    • Anonymous

      really??  Are you that dense?  You go to a Droid (not android, DROID site) and complain about the coverage of a DROID phone?  Yes, obviously other phones are discussed here as well, but this site was built on DROID… now please stop with the whining.

  • droidlvr

    hell yea!

  • paul tice

    any word on bundle deals yet?

  • Bert336

    It’s funny how everybody is waiting for the PRIME, but that will eventually be pushed to early next year and then people will complaint that it’s outdated…….it always happens!

    • Anonymous

      Overheard on Black Friday 2011: “1.5 GHz Dual Core?  Only 720p?  Meh.  1080p, 2 GHz Quad-Core Android phones are just around the corner… best wait for one of those and not waste your upgrade!”

    • Anonymous

      Overheard on Black Friday 2011: “1.5 GHz Dual Core?  Only 720p?  Meh.  1080p, 2 GHz Quad-Core Android phones are just around the corner… best wait for one of those and not waste your upgrade!”

  • Anonymous

    Cant wait to start tethering this motherflowe!!!!

  • 600$ for a phone we can get a decent quad core laptop for that price…pass

    • Anonymous

      Not sure if trolling or just confused.  Smartphones have ALWAYS been expensive, especially off contract.  I remember walking into an AT&T store before the iPhone came out and the Windows Mobile 5 phones were going for $600+ on contract.

    • Str8RippinEm

      I’m sorry but that’s a very stupid way to think…oh and btw, This phone is going to cost me 200 bucks

  • Anonymous

    Went into a VZW store yesterday and played with a dummy model. They wouldn’t let me see the actual thing. It is definitely pretty thin, and that hump is really not that bad when you actually see it in person. It looks much better than the stupid extended battery case for the Thunderbolt; I’d take the Bionic curve over that anyday. A little weird for me that the power button is on the left side now, coming from a D1. The guy offered to make an appointment for me to purchase it tomorrow, which is tempting, but I stood my ground and said that I’d like to see what the first couple weeks’ worth of customer reviews say. My D1 still works, just not as well as I’d like it to sometimes. I’m not dying to upgrade just this second (or within 24 hours).

  • Bionic

    Guys here is a link to a FULL review of the phone by a guy who got it a few days ago.  He covers everything from heavy battery use to HD video recording.  He even does a speed test against the thunderbolt on the same LTE server.  the Bionic kills the thunderbolt like you wouldnt believe!!. 

    Start reading from the beginning and you’ll be amazed at how good this phone is. 

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/droid-bionic/115848-my-bionic.html

    • Bionic

      Looks like youtube removed his videos because of pressure from verizon.  But you can still read his comments about the battery life and everything else.  Its awesome.  

  • Danq07

    Check out http://www.droiddoes.com/mobile/ they have a “buy now” button!

    • Dominick DeVito

      Yes, you can buy it today, it will ship tomorrow.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Not much new here – online videos show the phone to be very fast and smooth, and maybe – JUST MAYBE – there won’t be a need for a home launcher replacement (time will tell). There’s been lines drawn in the sand between the Bionic fanboys and the Bionic skeptics that compare it to the GSII.

    In fact, I actually got banned (BANNED) from another Android fan site (not to be named) because all I did was say how disappointingly low the Bionic’s benchmarks were (from a fan who got his hands on one early). I was labeled a Bionic troll and banned from the site.

    This phone has been so over hyped this year. Yes, it will be a good phone with good specs, but not great. In 3 weeks we’ll be looking at leaked screenshots and videos of the Vigor and (I’m sure) the Prime (or whatever it will be called). I’m sure HTC andor Samsung will love to spoil the Bionic party and give us “skeptics” something else to drool over.

    If I find a great deal on the Bionic I’ll consider it, but I waited this long. I want a game changing device. From the specs and videos I’ve seen the Bionic is nice, very nice – but not a game changer.

    • Anonymous

      and not a single f*** was given

    • Anonymous

      If you got banned you probably deserved it.  It’s unbelievable how much hate this phone gets, anytime there’s an article posted anywhere a bunch of losers come swooning in en mass to trash and belittle it.

  • NowIwantIt

    Confirmation on COSTCO DEAL????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mgpickup

    Why oh why does Verizon make us choose between features such as lte and global capabilities?? You’ve got to make a major tradeoff. Why are they so determined to sabotage their flagship phone?

    • Anonymous

      Uum because most people that have verizon don’t leave the country much.

  • Fastlane1000

    Nice phone.  Not gonna pay $300 for it.  might pay $300 for a prime.  All these 4g phones are way overpriced. 

    • Anonymous

      So, paying $300 for a Prime in December (or January or February) when it comes out makes it cheaper than $300 now?  I know inflation runs fast, but sheesh.

  • Mack

    So how much bloatware am I going to have to freeze on this thing??

    • Anonymous

      All the normal vzw bloatware plus a couple more worthless apps. I wish verizon would do what sprint did and let you uninstall the apps. Maybe then people would need to root as much.

      • Bionic

        I agree. But with 1GB of ram and 16GB of storage on the phone itself Im not as mad about as I was with the Droid 1 which had limited space for app storage.  

        • Dominick DeVito

          But the OG Droid didn’t have bloatware

          • Nemesis

            Yes it did.  Amazon MP3, Twitter, Skype.  I hated those apps

          • Anonymous

            The original Droid did NOT come with Twitter OR Skype.  Amazon MP3 was the “answer” to iTunes on the original devices (starting with the G1).  Did that little 3k app really cause you that much pain being there?  Unlike the real “crapware” shipping now with VZW phones, the Amazon MP3 store was a standard app on all original Android phones because it was the best alternative to iTunes there is (still is… in my opinion of course).

        • Anonymous

          How much app space does the Bionic have though?  I don’t believe the entire 16GB of space is usable for installing apps since it is probably partitioned with most of the space devoted to storing your pictures and music and stuff.

          • Anonymous

            4 GB

  • EC8CH

    In all honesty the Bionic looks great and it is the first Motorola phone since the OGD that grabs my attention.

    But until the rumors of a Nexus phone on VZW are shot down, I’m sitting on the sidelines.

    • Mctypething

      u sitting on the sidelines bro?

  • docking

    WTF! $300 for the lapdock!  So much for my rush to get this thing.  All said and done, their talking 600 bucks for a pretend computer system.  Dammit!

  • Anonymous

    And you need another data plan with the lapdock. I bet those will sell real well.
    /s

    • Dominick DeVito

      Is that confirmed?

      • Anonymous

        The press release makes it seem that way.

  • PyroHoltz

    kellex, where is your video preview?

    Well, Engadget did a quick run through and they seem to like it.

    http://www.viddler.com/explore/engadget/videos/3158/

  • Larry

    Is it the hd station, the car dock and battery charger that costco is giving away in the bundle? Total savings of $145 it seems like, not a bad deal.

    • Bionic

      gotta be a member.  and the costco here said they only had 50 of those deals in stock.  Im going to Verizon cuz they always cut me a deal.  

      • Larry

        What is it, $50 to join?  Seems like a no-brainer to me.  Can vzw give you a better deal?

        • Larry

          Am I correct that those are the accessories offered?

        • Bionic

          yes they give me deals on the docks because I helped build their store.  They give me an additional 10% off accessories on top of my corp discount.  

          Also, for me personally.  The nearest costco is 80 miles away.  So if i Paid $50 for a membership and added in the cost of gas.  It makes no sense at all.  

          Also,  not many people know this.  But when you buy a phone at verizon you can pay half that day and put half on your verizon account and pay the total balance at the end of the month.  I do this for obvious reasons.  

  • Anonymous

    It would be awesome if Motorola and Verizon gave Bionics out to Xoom 3g buyers.

  • Anonymous

    My OG Droid died last weekend, so I’ll be in the store in a couple of days.

  • Bionic Slave12

    Anyone know if the COSTCO deal is still in place?

    • Bionic

      Yes I called them.  But im not a member.  You must be a member to even get in the door

      • Anonymous

        Tell them you’re there to buy alcohol.

    • Anonymous

      Yes! Confirmed this AM!!….  but they claim they don’t physically have the phones yet.. which kind of sucks. 

    • I went in there two weeks ago and they guy told me they would not have it on September 8th. I guess I’ll go by there today to ask again.

    • ZMan

      Any idea if BJ’s will do anything like Costco?  Matching policy???

      • The BJ’s I was last in recently (Concord, NC) Didn’t even have a Verizon booth anymore.

        Guess I’m joining Costco.

      • The BJ’s I was last in recently (Concord, NC) Didn’t even have a Verizon booth anymore.

        Guess I’m joining Costco.

  • “Submit TPS Report” hahaha

  • NowIwantIt

    So is the COSTCO bundle deal a go?? any word?

  • Lunkman!

    Honestly, I’m not sure how this is being “hyped” at all- I watch a reasonable amount of TV and haven’t seen a single commercial for this…in fact, if it weren’t for this website (and a few others)- I’d  have no idea that this phone exists, much less have a clue that it’s being released tomorrow.

    • LionStone

      That’s weird…I hardly watch any tv and I’ve seen it a handful of times?

  • Anonymous

    So…. DROID3 without the keyboard.

    • Bionic

      NO.  Droid 3 has 512 Ram.  Bionic has 1GB.  Bigger screen.  And of course LTE.  Not to mention 32GB of storage.

      • Anonymous

        It has the same amount of storage as the droid 3.

        • Bionic

          Really? I thought the D3 did not get a sd card with it. They must have changed at the last minute.

  • Anonymous

    Hell yeah!

    Finally! I know I don’t have an early upgrade until Mar. 2012, but you know what, I think in October(or earlier if possible), I’m going to call Verizon or go to a Verizon store and ask if they can do me a solid and give me my early upgrade and see what happens. If not, I think I’ll just pay the $299 with a 2-year contract. I want the Droid Bionic to be MY next phone.

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      I think the article is listing the pricing as it would be for NEW customers.  Existing smartphone customers can have the “unlimited” plan, but new customers are stuck buying one of the new plans.  To prevent confusion they quote the new customer price, because somebody who gets to pay less is not going to complain, but somebody who feels “misled” will.  So, they quote the new price.

      • Anonymous

        You’re absolutely right. I didn’t think about that. I would like to see something official from VZW, not just a posting on their twitter page.

  • Anonymous

    So excited about Xmas this year! that’s when the Bionic is BOGO @ for $199.99 and the HD Station is about $39.99. Especially if the new price point for the latest and greatest is set at $299.99 :'(

    • Bionic

      Amazon will beat that

      • Anonymous

        I hope that either prediction is correct! The latter being the better deal I also hope!

  • Balinor TX

    waiting or Prime…  I think my OG Droid is hoping that the Prime comes out soon… its tired, it wants to retire 🙂 

  • ben

    If it had a decent screen I would be buying it, once I saw the pentile screens in person I was shocked!  No thanks.  Sure some people won’t care, but I work in graphics all day, crappy screens I can’t deal with.  My D1 looks a lot nicer.  I will still check it out in the store, but hopes aren’t up at all.

  • jimbob

    And a ‘meh’ fell over the crowd.

  • Anonymous

    But I have to wait until tomorrow. So the waiting just reached it’s pinnacle.

  • Anonymous

    I was offered an upgrade to this phone from my Dinc 2 because I was not happy with calls on my speaker phone. This was before the Gingerbread root came out for the Dinc 2. There is no way I will gamble on trading in my Sweetly slim and svelte Incredible 2 for this. Maybe the next Gen LTE phones…

  • Illinipoke98

    Kellex, how long do you think till you have your paws on one and can review?

    • Anonymous

      Hoping today.

      • Illinipoke98

        schweeet 🙂

      • Joshua Granville

        I need you to  push the battery to the limit

        • Bionic

          Have you seen the guy at AndroidCentral?  He’s had a Bionic for over a week now and has run every single test on it.  Under VERY VERY VERY Heavy use and brightness control turned to 100 percent he got 6 hours.  Under moderate use he got 15.  Under light use he almost got a day.  

  • P5stover

    Pole: Passing. Way to go Verizon!

  • There are 2 things about this phone that really turn me off.  Not the delay, but the fact that the hardware is still not up to snuff with the current “superphones.”  There are phones out or coming out very soon with 1.2-1.5 ghz dual cores, while the Bionic is releasing with a 1.0.  And that screen.  Pen-tile.  HIDEOUS.  Compare that to the HTC and Samsung screens, and it’s just plain ugly.  If I was shelling out $300 for a new phone, it would not be this one.

    • Anonymous

      I’m a little surprised that they didn’t try to clock this puppy up to 1.2GHz as well.  I guess they ran out of time. 😛

      • Nothing we can’t do in a few clicks of the finger with Koushe’s help 🙂

      • Anonymous

        nothing a little rooting won’t fix :o)

      • Droiiid

        I’m guessing they wanted to squeeze out as much battery life as possible.

      • Earleepa

        Yeah. They ran out of time. They’ve had what, since April.

    • Anonymous

      You should actually use one or brush up your facts. 1Ghz OMAP4 gives same performance as 1.2 Exynos. Since it’s rooted it should have no problem getting clocked to 1.4 stable. And before you kill the Bionic’s pentile screen, use it for a while, way way better than D3, Photon, or X2, don’t know why but it is.

      • Ravnos CC

        “way way better than D3, Photon, or X2, don’t know why but it is.”

        count me as skeptical… guess we’ll find out tomorrow!

        • Anonymous

          well I’m certainly not saying it’s SAMOLED+ territory here, but better than prior attempts at it.

      • Anonymous

        You said it the OMAP4 is right next to the exynos clocked at 1.2  performance wise.
        This phone performs as it was pure vanilla android.

    • John

      Clock speed isn’t everything.. but I agree, motorola pentile matrix screens are hideous.  

    • Bionic

      Pentile is opinion.  And how is dual core 1Ghz not up to snuff?  .2Ghz means nothing.  1GB of Ram is standard right now.  32GB of storage.  

      There is a guy on AndroidCentral who has had the phone for over a week and posted video and has nothing but great things to say about it.  

      I dont judge phones until i use them or see a review online.  

      • Ravnos CC

        Pentile is opinion, that’s like saying, “lag is an opinion”… “It’s fast enough for me!”

        • Anonymous

          Ha yeah but this phone has both sadly.

      • Anonymous

        you say .2 ghz is nothing but people are hyping up the prime which has a 1.5ghz processor with an dated gpu the 540…

        • Stephen D

          Just because it’s a GPU from last year doesn’t mean it’s dated. It’s clocked much higher in the OMAP4 than in previous gen SoCs, and it performs better than the Adreno 220 and the GPU in the Tegra 2. Run an intense graphic benchmark between a D3 or Bionic, a DX2, and a Sensation or EVO 3D, and the OMAP4 easily outperforms the other two. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree. Most phones say 1gigs of Ram but I’ve only seen the Bionic say 1gig of DDR2 ram…. This is better than regular ram right? DDR2 ram is dual core ram right? Correct me if I’m wrong….

        • Bionic

          yes DDR2 is better. Faster.

          • Anonymous

            And you need 1gig of ram to run the damn Blur without lag!

      • Anonymous

        Well there IS one thing I am prejudging this for HAVING, and it is Blur. I want the Nexus Prime, and I CAN wait another month or two for it.

    • Keith Sumner

      Many of your complaints are unfounded, except for your opinions that the phone is ugly. There are nothing more than RUMORS of other phones with better specs, nothing concrete and nothing officially announced yet. Keep in mind, this is the cycle of consumer electronics, there will ALWAYS be something better around the corner. There isn’t even a phone currently OUT that has comparable specs. I know you’re going to say the Galaxy S2 but there is no iteration of that phone out that has 4G/LTE speeds. Also, the pentile is not as bad as we thought, there are plenty of Bionic videos on youtube, go look for yourself. Also, remember the Nexus S has a pentile display. Pentile isn’t even the type of screen, it’s just the color matrix that the  GPU is programmed to use.

      • Lgreg64

        Agreed. There are those here that just want to hate. Like you say there is always a better phone around the corner so i guess this guys will never upgrade they will only wait for what is next.

      • Stephen D

        The Nexus S has an RGBG PenTile subpixel matrix. The qHD screens use an RGBW layout. It is the subpixel layout of the screen. Not the type of screen, nor the “color matrix the GPU is programmed to use.”

    • Anonymous

      It is up to snuff with current “superphones” Its actually ahead of CURRENT superphones. If you are going to be disappointed because phones coming out in the future have better specs then prepare to be disappointed for the rest of your life. 
      But explaining that is getting as old as listening to people complain about the bionic’s pentile screen when they have never even seen it.
      You can just wait forever for the phone that tops any and all phones that will ever come out, and I’ll enjoy my Bionic tomorrow.

      • I have seen the pentile screens thanks.  I think they look horrible, and I won’t pay that much money for one.  You go right ahead.

        • Anonymous

          You haven’t seen the Bionic’s, now you and the other 19 children can go whine some more about it being 200 MHz slower.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what do you see so special about HTC screens? 
      i own two HTC phones and the only thing i would get next is a Galaxy S2.
      Nonetheless this phone is a beast! check the reviews.

    • eric

      you dont make sense…you say its not up to par with CURRENT phones coming out (which is ridiculous) and then you say there are phones COMING OUT SOON that will be 1.2-1.5 ghz dual core.  there are always going to be newer phones coming out that might be better but thats the thing with technology, it gets better and evolves….if you are always waiting because theres something better coming out  then guess what, u will always be waiting.

    • Jjjjj

      There are 2 things about your post that really turns me off. 1.)There is no proof that 1.2-1.5ghz dual cores will make that big of a difference in day to to day.  On the flip side, that incremental power use could be met with a decrease in battery life. 2.)Without actually using the Bionic in person, you already write the screen off.  Perhaps HTC and Samsung has better screens……but how many times will one pull out the Bionic, and have the HTC or Samsung right beside it to compare?

      As somebody coming from a TP2, everything will be a complete upgrade what I currently have……..minus the keyboard.  So far, I have not seen a negative review about the Bionic….and picking the phone up from Costco means I really am only paying about $150.  If not for the Costco bundle I was willing to wait, but if I can get my hands on a bundle…I am more the willing to part with the cash.  Have fun waiting…..

    • SAMOLED is oversaturated and a power drain. 

      Also LTE is most important spec IMO on a MOBILE device. 

    • Anonymous

      I find it nothing short of funny that a phone is not “up to snuff” when it is slower than… something that isn’t out yet.  Those aren’t “current” phones they are future phones.

      And that screen?  Nothing short of a smoke screen.I think it looks just fine up against the Super Duper AMOLED XL HD Pro Plus, with its oversaturated, eye seering screen wrapped in cheap plastic.  No it doesn’t hold up against a microscope, but I don’t look at my screen through a microscope or hold my phone against my eyeball.

      I know it is “cool” to knock Motorola at every turn, but honestly, that is all it is.  Samsung is the darling… why?  Because they gave a couple of phones to XDA?  So what?  They are built like garbage, their GPS doesn’t work, and they feel cheap with the garbage plastic they use.  And don’t get me started on that joke that is TouchWiz.

      HTC, is a bit different, I like them… but they are not without their issues as well.  Hell, they can’t even figure out what phones they can and can’t update these days because Sense has gotten so bloated that phones less than a year old can’t fit the full Sense experience on them, and hence they have to come up with a “Light” version for some devices to upgrade them.  Then there is the whole, “It will get Gingerbread, no it won’t, yes it will” dance they have been playing.  And don’t even get me started with their battery life.

      Every phone has its tradeoffs, and that is why Android is so great, you can choose what is best for you.  But your argument is nothing but a compilation of the best of Motorola whining, whether true or not.  

    • Stephen D

      Just because other phones are clocked higher does not mean they are faster. The Sensation and EVO 3D lag and underperform, but they’re clocked at 1.2ghz.

  • Anonymous

    I love how one of the tasks on the calender widget is TPS reports lol

  • Anonymous

    “Submit TPS reports”?

    Is this a screenshot of Michael Bolton’s phone?

    • Anonymous

      Peter Gibbons. 🙂

    • Joshua Granville

      hah, thought the same thing.

    • EC8CH

      No way! Why should I change my name? He’s the one who sucks.

      • Mctypething

        u mad bro?

        • EC8CH

          you’re still not doing it right

          • Mctypething

            u mad bro?

        • GeeDee82

          are U mad bro?

          • Mctypething

            are u mad?

      • Anonymous

        “There was nothing wrong with my name, until… that no talent ass clown became famous and started winning Grammys!”

  • Now let the Prime news leak!

  • Anonymous

    What about the Targa? 😛

  • Mike Sutherland

    Why in THE HELL do these mobile companies wait until the DAY BEFORE to officially announce the release date? Seriously, what is the reason???

    • Anonymous

      Because until the day before, they’re not sure if they’ll release it or delay it…

      • Because the carriers don’t want “future” phones poaching current sales.  If everyone knew for certain the next great thing was coming next week, why pay $200 bucks this weekend for a subpar phone.  Techies always know, but the average Joe and Jane walking into a store have no idea and shell out $$$ for a 4 to 6 month old phone not realizing that the same $$ would get them a much better phone in 2 days.

        • LionStone

          Yep, if my bro had mentioned to me he was gonna finally upgrade from his BB, I would’ve told him to wait for this beast and he would’ve liked it for sure! But nope, he already got the Charge…oh well.

      • Anonymous

        Sadly, that is so true.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really hoping Prime news leaks out today. I’m not sure I can wait a few more months.

  • From an article I saw last week, yes, Costco is supposed to be selling the bundle.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know if the Bionic has a function ANT+ radio that would allow me to use my Garmin/Suunto HR Monitor?  Contemplating picking this up or waiting for the Sammy, but if it does support ANT+, I’ll probably get it tomorrow

  • well, it’s about damn time. i’ll be at the store tomorrow morning.

  • Anonymous

    Anybody know for sure if Costco will be selling it tomorrow (hopefully w/the rumored accessory bundle — which is what I really want if I’m going to buy this thing)

  • jrmoye

    $299 geez gonna have to take out a loan to get a new cell phone.  Does anyone else know that things are tight right now.  Guess you can’t have everything you want.

  • I shall order this phone on my lunch break. But I also heard that Best buy is selling them today!!

  • I’m completely ignoring this phone because I’m still annoyed that Verizon will not be selling the Galaxy S2. Maybe I will get over it in a couple of months, and maybe by then we will know for sure if Verizon is getting the Nexus Prime.

    • Anonymous

      They seem to be giving off the impression that they will make it up to us…we’ll see.

      • Anonymous

        The only way Verizon can make it up is to release a Droid Prime with stock android. 

        • EC8CH

          BINGO

          • Anonymous

            bango?

    • Anonymous

      You honestly don’t see the logical fallacy in your comment?

  • Anonymous

    What an article to wake up to!!

    • Anonymous

      Funny thing is, I wrote it up 3 days ago expecting this announcement then.  That shows you how much we knew about this phone heh.

  • tbaybe

    i will flock to a store, pbly on my lunch break to at least play with one. 

  • Jasper

    I have read several reports of people calling in to VZW today and ordering the phone with overnight shipping they will have it tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Having spent some time with a live one, it’s one SOLID phone. Haters will hate, but there is nothing wrong with the device. 

    • Anonymous

      I have heard this exact same thing from at least 20 people now.  Not one person that has had their hands on it, has disliked it.

    • Anonymous

      For me passing for now has nothing to do with the fact that it is not a good phone, I’m sure it is a great phone.  However to be asked to spend 50% more than I have ever spent on a phone (on contract) I have to look out a little bit into the future before pulling that trigger. At the very least it would make sense to hold off until November and then pick the best LTE superphone.  Again, I’m sure the Bionic will be great, but for those of us who can’t or don’t want to buy a new phone every 2 to 3 months, passing for now just seems logical.
      However I know to also be prepared to be disappointed as all these rumored dates slip, always.

  • Chuckg73

    I called *611 and they placed the order and are shipping my phone tomorrow.

  • About time they officially announced it. What’s with waiting til the last minute to announce new Android phones on Verizon? You can bet the new iPhone will be announced like 2 weeks in advance along with a preorder. I just don’t get it.

    • Anonymous

      Trying to build buzz or perhaps were worried they would have to delay again heh.

    • ChrisI

      I have to disagree with you. With technology, it seems like the more info that’s announced ahead of time, the less $$ consumers spend if they’re “waiting” for something better they know will be coming out soon. Case in point – would you jump on the Bionic if you knew nothing at all about the Vigor or Prime? If Verizon comes out and says “we finally have the Bionic!!!………but we also have a Nexus Prime coming at Christmas,” I’m pretty sure those who know what they’re really buying a phone for won’t jump on the Bionic. And judging by the comments here, that’s exactly what is happening. It’s a game of marketing, trying to extract every single dollar they can from consumers over a longer projected period. Simple supply-and-demand……you keep the demand high if you keep consumers in the dark.   

  • zomg! I cannot wait!! /s/ january 2011

  • HOORAY!

  • ML

    The end of waiting…

  • Anonymous

    Troll

  • Anonymous

    PRIME!!!

    • palomosan

      Now to that I’ll flock to the store.

      Sorry but the Bionic just doesn’t cut it for me.

    • Anonymous

      my thoughts exactly.  the bionic isn’t even “meh” worthy anymore.

    • Verizon set it all up, walk in and pay tomorrow and done. This is a temp phone until prime is out since i still have an additional line contract to use 🙂

      • Anonymous

        and just wait how LONGGG people have to wait for an OS upgrade (Ice Cream Sandwich) for this phone…

        • Anonymous

          Sorry, my crsytal BALLLLLLLL ain’t working so I can’t answer that

      • Anonymous

        and just wait how LONGGG people have to wait for an OS upgrade (Ice Cream Sandwich) for this phone…

    • Verizon set it all up, walk in and pay tomorrow and done. This is a temp phone until prime is out since i still have an additional line contract to use 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Trolls rejoice!

      • Anonymous

        I’m waiting on the Prime 2, scratch that….the Prime 3.