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Two Days with the Bionic: Some First Impressions, Bugs, and Other Thoughts

As you all know, we try to give new phones a thorough run-through of at least a full week before posting up a review on it.  We definitely do not do the 1-day press review as that seems completely unfair to both readers and to the device itself.  With that said, we know that the DROID Bionic is a hot topic right now and also that many of you are waiting to hear our thoughts on it before jumping in and buying one.  Since our full review is still some time away and many of you are contemplating whether or not you should pick one up this weekend, we thought we would toss out a few quick thoughts, bugs and other stuff that we have experienced with the phone.   

Let’s start with the good stuff.

4G LTE:  As someone that moved onto a Galaxy SII and fell in love, there was a part of me that was constantly missing 4G LTE.  AT&T’s service is as you know not the best, so when I picked up a Bionic, it was a breath of fresh air.  Solid wireless network with an incredibly fast data network.

Hardware:  The device itself is also fast thanks to its 1GB of RAM and dual-core processor.  It is definitely handling most of if not all of the tests we have put it through so far.

Call Quality:  The call quality on the Bionic is top notch and you can thank Motorola for that.  Whatever it is that they do with radios, ear pieces, etc., should be followed by every other device manufacturer.

Soft Keys:  Not sure what it is, but I really like the soft keys on the Bionic.  They seem bigger than normal and also easily touch-able.

Styling:  I have always been a fan of Motorola designs.  Some hate the hump, I think it brings a little flair to the mobile world that is much needed. It matches up closely to the DROID3 which is another phone we really liked in the style department.

Size:  Yeah, it’s big, but all phones these days are.  It’s smaller than all of the other Verizon 4G LTE phones and also doesn’t have god-awful physical home keys made for 85 year olds.

And now the other stuff.

Battery Life:  Not so hot so far.  First day, after pulling the device out of the box with a 45% charge, I ran it until it almost died which took about 5 hours.  Then yesterday, after dealing with charging woes that eventually went away, I was able to get it to 100% and then hammered on it for a good two hours.  The results – phone had dropped down to 60%.  Today will be a full day of testing, so let’s not freak out too much just yet.  I did want to point out that WiFi seems to be using an abnormal amount of battery though. Normally when at home, I toggle that on to save battery, but the Bionic appears to hate that theory. Today’s test will include zero WiFi.

Screen:  It’s PenTile Matrix and it’s not awesome.  We have been down this road a dozen times now, but as you all know, I’m not a fan of Motorola’s screens.  Colors are washed out, pixelized, not displayed correctly, and overall make the experience not what it could have been.  I’m learning to live with it, but screen tech is something you shouldn’t have to learn to live with.  And wait, weren’t these screens supposed to help with battery life?  So far not living up to that reputation I’d say.

Camera:  Eh, it’s not the best ever.  If you have decent light, like middle of the day light, it takes pretty decent pictures.  The constant focusing though is something that makes my blood boil.  It should not take this long for a camera to focus.  And if you get into a dimly lit area, the outcome can be hit or miss. Attached a few shots below from both the Bionic and Galaxy SII.

Bionic on the left | Galaxy SII on the right

(Click each for larger versions)

 

 

Lock Switch:  Top left could be the worst position for a lock switch in history.  Most people are right handed which means they also hold their phone in their right hand.  In order to lock or unlock this phone, you either have to use your left hand or adjust your hold on the device to get all the way up there to do it with your right.  (Edit:  Having a good conversation about this in the comments.  Time for a poll!)

Bad Battery Cover:  The battery cover on the unit that I’m using does not sit flush on the side with the HDMI port.  What I’m left with is a really sharp plastic edge that makes it pretty uncomfortable to hold in hand.  This could just be my poor luck, since the unit that Tato has appears to be fine.  Once I get a new battery cover, I will let you guys know.

Other notes.

Internal Storage:  People freaked out yesterday when they went into check out the storage of their device and realized that internally, it only showed as 8GB.  “But what the hell!  They told us 16GB!”  Well, it does have 16GB, it’s just been partitioned off so that you can’t have access to it all.  Part of it has been given to the OS and the other part to to “Application storage.”  If you add up the 4GB or so of app storage along with the internal you get to 12GB, which means that the OS (Blur) is taking up another 4GB.

Notification Light:  Not sure where this ridiculous rumor started, but yes, it has a notification light.

Root:  You can root already.  Instructions here.  Unroot tool here.

Overall.

I’ll try to make this quick.  I’m liking the phone for the most part.  Loving 4G LTE again.  Loving the power and specs.  Not a fan of the camera, screen and lock switch.  I erased some of Blur with a home replacement and lock screen alternative.  Wish the phone was slimmer.  Happy to see a phone with Android 2.3.4.  Will be giving it more time over the next week and will hopefully have even stronger opinions then.

Any other thoughts you would like to add?  Be sure to drop them below.

  • Rodmort

    my bionic is a battery hog no matter what mode i’m in and why do I have to have wi fi running to down load a simple app ???

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know if anyone noticed but the radio on the Bionic LTE is so powerful it will cause noise in speakers if you put it to close. I have speakers on my PC and when i get the Bionic to close you can hear crackling and snow like noise. I hear the same in my car cause I have a cassette adapter connected to my phone so i can watch movies and I hear the same noise there unless I switch to 3G only and the noise goes away. I’m guessing you can hear it in cheap head phones but maybe in well insulated headphones you won’t.

  • Mecca1010

    The complete awkwardness of the lock button being on the top left is completely maddening! I do
    nt even understand why they even thought to do this?

  • Mecca1010

    The complete awkwardness of the lock button being on the top left is completely maddening! I do
    nt even understand why they even thought to do this?

  • William Williams87

    I have a thuderbolt, my lock key is on the top right and I keep it to the left side and use my left hand, but I’m a righty, and its super comfortable that way

  • mike

    haha if any of you play baseball/softball, try putting on a lefty glove(its right hand) and have a catch. We all know you’ll throw like a girl, but catching the ball will feel funky as hell.

  • mike

    So my first big annoying bug is with the HDMi out. I have to reboot the phone to make it work properly. Once I’m done watching a video on my TV, the phone will no longer go to black(timeout) on its own. I have to press the button. So, I have to reboot to make the screen timeout start working properly again.

  • mike

    Disagree about the lock position. Most people that are right handed talk on their left side, so their right hand is free to write stuff, or whatever. It feels weird for me to talk right handed — and I’m a righty.

  • Roland_K

    I don’t know if anyone has tried to transfer data to the SD Card yet, like a movie or just simple MP3’s files. The transfer speeds on the Droid Bionic are horrible!!! I transferred a 800mb movie to my Droid Bionic today and it took 34 mins to transfer. I though maybe it just needs a reboot and everything will be find. Tried to transfer the same movie again, took 41 mins, 8 mins for a MP3 to transfer. Is anyone else having this problem? I know on my DroidX 2 it was freaking fast when transferring data. Not the Droid Bionic. This is something I can live with, but damn.

    • Anonymous

      I found that if you copy the file instead of moving it, it’s faster, then just delete original file.

  • Kily53

    Noticed that i download apps from da market and when i go to look for them or tap on then it says that the app is not installed or the app is no where to be found in da app draw… if i reboot da bionic then sum of the apps show up but not all of them… anyone else having this issue? ??? Its driving me crazy!

  • Vkjdemel

    I wonder will there be a GMS version
    of droid bionic….I still use the Milestone(GSM version of droid) and need a upgrade now.
    I have been a fan of motorola devices but unfortunately there are only few GSM
    devices from moto. 

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  • Interstellarmind

    I think people looking topic this up, should be made aware of the impending release of the htc vigor. I’m telling you, people will be seriously bummed when they find out there’s a better phone available just a few weeks after, with arguably the best skin (sense), camera, and higher resolution screen.

    • Interstellarmind

      looking to pick this up*

  • Anonymous

    I went in to play with the Bionic today and to really see the difference in the pentile screen.  I wasn’t sure what the pictures and videos were showing but when I compared it to my OG Droid I couldn’t believe the difference, it was like my eyes were constantly adjusting to the pixels or something, like I was using a 3D Evo but it was in 2D, If you never realized it I guess it wouldn’t bother you, but just for the screen alone there is no way I’m going to pick up this bad boy, now if they switch screens and unlock the bootloader, well then it will be a powerhouse 5 star phone, right now I would give it 3 stars and ask Moto that next time, if they want to make a super phone give it everything and don’t skip out on any aspect of the device… like the screen… Just my POV. Nexus Prime, or whatever you are called, here I come…

  • I’m also disappointed with the PenTile Matrix and the quality of the photos. Both of these things are so crucial for a good smartphone experience. Things like this give every iPhone user the right to turn their noses up at Androids.

    Also, I completely agree that the power/lock is in the worst place—especially on a large phone like this. To those who say they use two hands to use their phones anyway seems bizarre to me.

  • Chaser457

    Can’t seem to get Picasa web albums to load. It’s tied to the primary gmail on the phone, but for some reason I can’t get it to load.

    Loving the CostCo value pack!

  • Nymetsfan22

    Does anyone know how the screen looks outdoors? My incredible looks terrible and need something better.

  • Nymetsfan22

    Does anyone know how the screen looks outdoors? My incredible looks terrible and need something better.

  • booboolala2000

    My D3 seems to do the same thing. If I have wifi on it kinda drains the battery. Especially if there are multiple signals.

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  • PURCHASED IT AND TOOK IT BACK LAST NIGHT.GOT THE BLACKBERRY. I AM NOT GOING TO DEAL WITH A PHONE THAT IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR 4 G AND DRAINS THE BATTER DEAD……..NOT GOING THRU WHAT I WENT THRU WITH THE THUNDERBOLT…HUGE EPIC FAILURE

    • Cgmartin33

      I purchased a Mercedes and took it back last night…got the Kia. I’m not going to deal with a car that has a big v8 under the hood and drives smooth as silk but drains the gas tank when I drive it fast and up hills. Brilliant thinking man! Turn off 4g if you don’t like to plug your phone in and turn it back on when you need it since you live in the sticks.

      • Anonymous

        I love that analogy man, that was beautiful……

    • juan fabregas

      do u have 4g in you’re area? you can turn off the 4g antennae in the settings. 

      • Anonymous

        To late now…. Maybe you just got a defective one….. That’s what happens when you rush into things without thinking…. The bionic is truly a great phone…

  • Justin

    Its about time us left handed people got some with lock button locations…

  • Anonymous

    I just got a Droid incredible which has the power button in the same spot… It is no good the position on the Droid 1 and charge are much better. I almost always use my right hand and thumb… This setup works so well with Swype.

  • Anonymous

    Tato?  Is that like Tatoo on Fantasy Island? 😀 

  • Fatboy1184

    not to sure but i just bought the bionic and i was wondering if they have gotten the update for the new market mins has the old one so not to sure if it was me or what i have to do to get it i went from og droid to this and love it minus the market

    • Cgmartin33

      Give it a bit…it will change right before your eyes.

  • Ryanbimmer

    Hey Kellex, I’m on my Bionic right now. I just thought that one thing worth noting is the video capture quality. It is absolutely PHENOMENAL! I cant believe how clear the video shows up. Kudos to Motorola on that for sure! Overall I am loving the Bionic!

  • Anonymous

    It’s hard to believe that MotoBlur takes up more space on a disk than Windows XP does.

  • Cgmartin33

    I just can’t seem to leave sh!t alone…so I have been playing with launchers on this beast. Sad to say that ADW doesn’t get along with it. When I upgraded my DX to Gingerbread I had the same issue with Launcher Pro…it just didn’t feel as smooth anymore. I made the switch to ADW after years of LP and didn’t look back until now. The Bionic just does not like ADW. Hopefully a market update will be released soon… Until then LP is smooth as silk and you’ve got to love those scrollable widgets!

    • Marc

      Have you gotten the Quick Contacts widget working with LP?

      • Cgmartin33

        No! And I feel like a crackhead trying to make it work 😉 That’s the only thing about the blur launcher I care about!

    • Cgmartin33

      I retract my previous statement about ADW and the Bionic…things have settled in after a full day of use and its back to its smooth self. Strangely enough now LP is acting up and keeps FC’ing when I’m in an app. My wish has been granted. If you want some kangerade and love the LP widgets try APW in the market…a complete rip off of the scrollable LP widgets but now I have the best of both worlds!

      • Anonymous

        Sometimes things take some time to play nice with each other…. My LPP looks and works great on my Bionic…. I got to say though the new MOTO Blur is really polished and nice so I switch from one to another every day.

  • Anonymous

    “Battery Life:  Not so hot so far.  First day, after pulling the device out of the box with a 45% charge, I ran it until it almost died which took about 5 hours.
     Then yesterday, after dealing with charging woes that eventually went
    away, I was able to get it to 100% and then hammered on it for a good
    two hours.  The results – phone had dropped down to 60%.”

    That honestly doesn’t sound “not so hot”. About what I expected. Also, I find it unfair to say you wish the phoen were slimmer when we both know that just can’t happen YET.

  • Legoturte92

    I’m a bit sad that they didn’t add the charge light on it. I liked knowing if my phone was charging or if it was fully charged.

  • DAVPX80981

    As it turns out,1080p video recording only works if the bionic is unencrypted.
    Very disappointing moto!

  • My experience with my new Bionic, moving up from and OG Droid, has been good so far. It is large, much larger than my OG and I guess that is something that is the trend and I had better get used to it. I don’t think it will be that big a deal b/c it slides in and out of a pocket easily enough. My battery life was fine. I did the initial charge after getting it and about 24hrs later it was saying I had better charge it. I had WiFi on all evening. So far, I don’t have a problem with the screen. I’m not doing photoshop edits on it after all. Same goes for the camera… I’m a photographer and if I want a quality photo I’m picking up my camera, not my phone. The phone camera is for the random shots on the run. The on/off button is annoying though… I am right handed but usually hold my phone in my left. So activating the phone is not as smooth as it was with my OG. I’ll get used to it. Its fast, and does what I need it to… so far glad I purchased it.

    • Dan

      what setup are you using to get that much battery life? i can only get about 15 hours with 3G only 🙁

  • Jayrod718

    I like it so far but the screen has a pixilated grid look that’s very noticeable.
    Is there a way to fix this? It seems to be when looking at certain angles or while any motion happens.

  • Tvldone

    Battery sucks….
    Full charge at 9am, dead by 3pm. That’s why Verizon is sell extended battery.
    Also downloaded alot of music at the same time, browser closed unexpectedly several times.
    Overall a great phone……

  • Anonymous

    more on the lock switch- *grabbing while taking a break from typing* i love how you have to hold the WHOLE device to unlock it.. it just feels good

  • Anonymous

    I love the location of the lock switch, with the size of the device my right hand pointer finger naturally glides up the back of the device to the lock switch location .. voila.. it was new to me at first but you can easily lock unlock the device 50+ times a day so i got used to it quick…

    the display IS very curious though im not sure how i feel about it… therefore I dont like.. (after paying 299 @ the VZW.. yes there are better deals out there, but I rather pay a little extra and not deal with the hassels when I am ready to return *if I want to wait it out for the HD* after a little 14 day test period)

    I dont think i should be one the fence about my touchscreen phones display.. I should love it or hate it.. I dont feel either so i have to say that I am not happy with it.. but I can live with it…  =woof

  • 1fall

    I picked up the Bionic yesterday, did a lateral upgrade from the Thunderbolt.  I like it more then the Thunderbolt so far.  I am at over 12 hrs unplugged and still have 50%.  I feel ok about the screen, I just can’t hold it next to a Galaxy screen, then I get jealous.  I wonder why Samsung is the only phone company using OLED? Anyone able to answer that for me?

  • Pennywise

    Lock switch – is perfect on the left if you are holding the phone in your right hand so I’m baffled by the claim of ‘bad placement’ – I hope this left-side placement becomes a trend.

    Camera – The basketball test photo above shows the Bionic taking a better overall picture than the Galaxy SII – Notice how the basketball, the floor, the lamp and the wall/cabinet are all the same color on the SII? Key in on the illuminated corner of the lamp; the SII is oversaturated and has that yellow band/adoration. The fish photo shows the same thing (key in on the head and the 2 transitions from the top into the light above the eye into the white of the eye.  Detail is good on both and the SII looks to have less noise in lower lighting conditions; it’d be nice to see daylight comparisons but both cameras look above-average for phones with the Bionic’s edging out the Sammy:)

    Screen – This is tough/personal preference – I wish is was a fast LCD panel.  The ‘problems’ with the Bionic’s screen don’t irritate me like the ‘problems’ with the OLED displays do. I will take the Bionic’s display over any OLED.  That said, the OG’s LCD is a beauty, isn’t she?!? 😀

    Overall: Awesome phone!  I don’t think anyone is going to regret picking one up especially if you live in LTE coverage.

  • Markwebbvt

    Sounds like a good solid phone but not a showstopper. I think I will wait a few months to see what else is coming out before I make a decision.

  • Henry Evetts

    what about the CENTER like the DX

  • Anonymous

    I’m having an issue on mine where apps written to the SD card get corrupted on reboot. Could be a bad SD card or bad software. It’d be nice to know if others are having this issue so I can better determine the root of the cause. Also, when the phone vibrates, it sounds like its going to die. From what I can tell Android devices typically all have a similar sound when they vibrate. This one is a lot different. Are they all this way and Motorola has done this or is it just mine and I need to get it fixed?

    • Anonymous

      Scratch that, tried a different SD card and I get the same issue. Either its software or the SD card slot on my Bionic is messed up. May be making a trip back to Verizon tomorrow to get a different one.

      • Me08053

        You can’t put apps on the sd card, just in the “media area”

  • Bryan Hitchen

    I love my new Droid Bionic and Lapdock accessory. Before this I owned a Droid 3 and before that I rocked the OG droid. I can say that the Droid Bionic’s pentile is not nearly as bad as droid 3’s. The colors are better too. The whole internal storage thing? A lot of that is reserved for the webtop application. Which is why this phone came with a 16gb sd card and the droid 3 didnt. I have zero problems with the battery cover, mine doesnt hang near the hdmi port like his does. Yes camera is average but they are NOT blue like droid 3, and the video is incredible. The lock switch is no problem for me (im a righty) whats nice is the the lock switch is an easier button to press than the droid 3’s. I have no regrets about this phone at all. And the lapdock is really awesome. Not as slow as a lot of people say. Its on par with my cr-48.

  • I went and checked out a display model at a verizon store yesterday.
    I’m passing. My upgrade has been available for the past seven months and I was waiting to use it on the bionic. I’ve waited this long, I can wait a little longer for the vigor or prime.

    Whats making me pass on this device? The screen.
    I mostly use my phone as a easy/quick internet browser. With the Pentile screen, every single web page I went to had pixalized text all over the place. Almost, unreadable (at least to me.)

    I’m not about to drop 300 on a phone where the biggest compromise will bug the living piss out of me.

    • Then when you see the Vigor or Prime, you will be saying the exact same thing.

  • Only if this phone had Vanilla……………….sigh

    • Why spend $300 on AOSP. Get a used X and rom it up.

  • Daddy1luv

    So far I like my new Bionic. I too was freaking out there was no notification light. lol 😛

  • Bear0013

    First off !!! …i hope every one whos bought or buys a bionic enjoys there phone ! ….as for me I’m a screen and speaker guy I’m always looking at stuff watching YouTube stopping by Droid life.. I like zooming in on pics and different sites.. listening to music talking on speaker or just talking……. I can’t wait for the full review!

  • Bear0013

    First off !!! …i hope every one whos bought or buys a bionic enjoys there phone ! ….as for me I’m a screen and speaker guy I’m always looking at stuff watching YouTube stopping by Droid life.. I like zooming in on pics and different sites.. listening to music talking on speaker or just talking……. I can’t wait for the full review!

  • Nickisidore

    Thank goodness for BestBuys buy back program. I will be getting the Vigor next month yessir.

  • Nickisidore

    I hate the screen. I’m telling myself that its a fair trade off for good battery life but it really its the worst screen ever. I mean visit DL on this thing and just try to read the pink bar at the top. Impossible until I zoom. This was never an issue with my OG triple OG.

  • Justin

    We all know the good, here are my gripes,
    Pentile screen sucks ..you can see the dots and the color sucks (my og looked 10x better), left side power button, locked bookmarks, millions of bloatware apps, limited dock icons (I miss launcherpro), & the on screen button locations bother me.

    • Justin

      Besides the fact it came with a spare battery, the battery life its definently not as good as stated

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking it so far and I’m not really noticing too many issues with the screen.  One question someone posted in the “unroot” post, anyone know if you can root, remove what you don’t want, then unroot with that stuff deleted?

  • Jrmcbills

    Gave my wife the T-bolt and bought the Bionic. The image on this phone is much clearer, better image quality than the T-bolt. The speed is terrific. Battery better than the old phone. Gingerbread? Wow!

  • EJ

    I have the same exact issue with Wi-Fi — it eats up a ton of battery, and the phone is not even connected to an access point.

  • Anonymous

    ADW or LP?

  • Divine1sf

    got my Bionic yesterday n everything was working great. i still have the plastice covering on the screen. today i noticed the bottom corner of the screen (by the menu buttom), the screnn was popping up/raised up/lefted up. Like notinhg was holding the screen down. Go to go back to Costco and hopefully they will have another.

  • Tommy Thompson

    It’s crazy how much clearer the GSII pics are. 

  • Jason Purp

    Motorola’s battery covers need to be like the Droid Incredible 2 or the Droid Charge, where it’s the entire back of the phone. They seem to work a lot better. All of the Moto phones I’ve had in the past have had loose battery covers after a few days.

    • Anonymous

      The bionic’s battery cover is the whole back of the phone.

  • Rawheat

    Tell you what…pentile matrix or not, best LTE device out now!  Not of fan of motoblur at all, but hands down moto puts out some pretty descent hardware…except for this damn screen…WTF were they thinking!  Whatever…still love this phone…I’ll just live in denial that their qHD isn’t as sh1tty as it is!

  • waiting

    well comming from the thunderbolt ive got some woes and some pros.

    speed.
    it seems a lot faster loading pages, running apps, and playing flash animations.  however in some areas (like the market app) after hitting search there seems to be a timely loading process to show the results.

    screen.
    its not perfect but its not bad either.  i can see the pixels that everyone talks about but when i am actually using the phone rather than judging it i can see right past them, also the screen looks better scrolling than the thunderbolt did. i have not done any color comparisons yet.  dont think i will either  ignorance is bliss

    ease of use.
    this is where i think it falls short. 
    -the keyboard provided does not have the symbols above each letter so you cant hold down the key to get it, gotta hit the symbol panel.  i thought having the “period” key next to space was a hassle cause i kept hitting that when i wanted space but this thing also has a tab key next to space, so ill be typing and all of a sudden i am in a different field than where i started.
    -theirs a lack of a stock flashlight app and a brightness widget
    -the camera takes too long to snap the picture.
    -i do like how there is a silence toggle on the lock screen.
    -the biggest oversight i think is the lack of a homepage button for the internet browser, so you either have to open a new tab or have the homepage saved as a bookmark.
    – it takes a few extra seconds for the gps to lock on, but otherwise quite functional.

    battery
    compared to the thunderbolt set to 3g only
    having the bionic in 4g, charged to 80percent, using it almost solid for 12 hours (gps, camera, pandora, netflix, downloading apps, and web browsing) by the end of my work day this thing had a 40 percent charge left.

    heres the best part

    i bought the thunderbolt a few months ago to get locked in the unlimited data, so i had to buy the bionic at full retail, but something went wrong with the reps computer and somehow i only had to pay upgrade price and only extended my contract 3 months.  so that all saved me 300

    • Rawheat

      Which Verizon did you go to?  I think I just found a new store to shop at!

    • Rawheat

      Which Verizon did you go to?  I think I just found a new store to shop at!

    • Rawheat

      Which Verizon did you go to?  I think I just found a new store to shop at!

      • waiting

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    • waiting

      i forgot to mention the lack of a kickstand kinda hurt.

      but this thing gets much better signal inside buildings than the thunderbolt did

  • Vyruzx

    What home replacement and lock screen alternative are you using?

  • Anonymous

    Can anybody recommend a good app to video chat with on the Bionic?

    • Sk102704

      I’m still waiting to find someone I can video chat with, but I have read many people saying that Google Talk works great. 

    • Dexterslab0329

      Tango

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for that recommendation. Tango seems to work better than all the others. Much appreciated.

        • Dexterslab0329

          Roadster, do you know if the Notification LED on the Bionic is just one color or different colors like the Droid 1?  If so, what are they?  Thanks!

          • Anonymous

            Sorry dude have not gotten that far. To be honest I haven’t even seen the LED light come on.

          • multiple colors

          • Anonymous

            ??? is there a way to adjust the colors? Please elaborate…. thanks

          • Anonymous

            Sorry dude have not gotten that far. To be honest I haven’t even seen the LED light come on.

  • Eric Canoy

    conflicting reports? http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20104012-251/droid-bionic-impresses-with-long-battery-life/?tag=cnetRiver

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got mine set up with two launchers, LPP and OEM. Both work great and have different bells and whistles. I switch from one to another on a daily basis. The speed is incredible and installing “spare parts” made it even faster. The lag, oh wait there isn’t ANY!!!. No screen re-draws either. The Screen looks excellent to me, and the picture quality is excellent. Not over saturated like the SGSII. Video is excellent and internet speed is outrageous. At home I get 12Mbps down and up. The construction is excellent, battery cover fits perfect. The dual core processor and 1Gig of DDR2 RAM power thru anything. I’m extremely happy with my new Bionic. My D1 is on my desk for a clock and movie playback and audio. I got the case for my Bionic and I’m loving everything about it. 

  • Me08053

    Also, has anyone figured out how to actually save an App to the SD card.  I’m assuming that the “media area” is on the internal side of things.  Why can we no longer save enabled apps straight to the SD card? Or I’ll admit, I may just not know how to do it.

    • Anonymous

      You cannt

  • I was more interested in the fish…talk about an intersting Google search for that thing…but I found one

    http://www.toyqube.com/product/New_Releases_CAT/5361.html

  • Sk102704

    I was more dissapointed with the screen at first and now I’m starting to notice the flaws less and less and when I got to work a bunch of I*hone using coworkers wanted to check my Bionic out and the one thing they all said right away was “wow, that screen is really clear”, so go figure.  I do love my Bionic though, very highly recommended.

  • Me08053

    I’ll try that! I have been forced to restart my phone each time to get the data connection back!

  • Hcharalson

    What lock screen alternative are you using? I don’t really like the GOTO. I just want something clean and simple

  • Me08053

    Anyone else having a problem when the phone switches between 3G and 4G? Occasionally this freezes all my phone’s data connections, I can still use the phone but can’t connect to any network.  It still says 3G or 4G in the notification window but the arrows are frozen and again I’m told I don’t have a connection.  Also, whenever I turn on my phone, my application shortcuts on the home screens are missing their little pictures/avatars.  They still open the app but it displays as a missing application.  Anyone else seeing similar problems?

    • Anonymous

      On that my 4G goes away and comes back, not often just sometimes. I turned airplane mode on and then off and it comes back.

  • Realmoxies

    Ah, nine month wait and all you can do is debate right or left ? Where’s all the techies?

  • Anonymous

    I was going to hold off on this phone and wait for the prime, because I have never been a fan of Motorola and their software bugs and motoblur. so can anyone who has this phone tell me if this phone has the same bugs that are on every other motorola phone? because I honestly hate my droid 2, ever since the gingerbread update its did nothing but randomly reboots, and im just about ready to take a sledgehammer to it and really becoming impatient waiting for my a nexus prime.

    so anyway I would be extremely pissed off if I end up getting a bionic (im considering it) and I find out there will be software bugs and typical Motorola lag so please someone help me with this decision.

    • RJP2109

      Gingerbread on my D2G has been nothing but a headache too!!! Keyboard randomly stops working, reboots, light on keyboard doesnt work except when it wants to. WTF! We probably will never see another update to fix it either.

    • Sk102704

      I actually haven’t noticed any bugs yet but I’ve only had it a little more than a day.  I came from an OG Droid that had a lot of bugs (especially after the update to Froyo like yours) but the Bionic is very smooth and seamless,  In my limited time I would say though that it is a great device and worthy of buying.

      Hope that helps…

  • Faust’s_Lament

    Slightly OT:  Did anyone try to watch last night’s Saints/Packers game using their NFL Moblie app on the Bionic?  If so, did the HDMI mirroring work, or did Verizon manage to block that for football games?

    • Anonymous

      I would like this question answered as well.

       I didn’t get my Bionic until today so I ended up watching chunks of the game on my Droid X. I find the quality on the phone to be a bit pixelated, even on wifi so I didn’t know if it was the stream or the phone that wasn’t as sharp. I think we’ve come to a point in hardware design where live video streams to mobile should be near HD quality.

    • Thelegendofdavid

      They blocked it!

      • Anonymous

        you’re f##king kidding!!  what a joke.  how did the stream look and perform on the phone, itself?  using 4g/3g/wifi? (sorry for all the questions — was really hoping i could use this on my hd tv!)

  • Bionicman

    been using it for about a day now since i bought it yesterday. some quick points:

    My comments from owning it for a day:

    1) Battery life – going to have to go through a few charge cycles before really knowing what it can do but so far it seems similar to my htc incredible but thats ok because of the 4G. Once we get a 4G Toggle widget i’ll be turning off 4G and only using it when needed and then the battery life should improve. but thats all speculation unfortunately

    2) Speed – I didn’t think Android could go any faster coming from an HTC Incredible but….yes it can. and its fast!

    3) Screen – Not terrible, but not up to AMOLED standards either. I like the real estate qHD provides. scrolling up and down is little laggy but for the most part it looks good to me!

    4) Lock button. 
    No problem, got used to the Dinc lock position.  This button is at
    least sensitive, so just tapping it will turn it on.

    6) Camera. 
    Agree with the reviews – its about average.  my Dinc had a better camera but I’ve heard using Camera 360 makes photos better so i’ll be testing that out soon.

    I’m loving the phone so far. My friends and I can’t believe how fast 4G is on this thing. I’m constantly running SPEEDTEST in different areas (nothing lower than 10Mbit down). Its definately bigger than my old Dinc but i like the screen real estate! this phone has covered all my requirements for a new phone, such as dual core, 4g and latest version of Android. I’m good!

    • Anonymous

      I got my Bionic yesterday. Here’s my 2 Cents after 1st half day.(I also posted this at PCWorld)

      First, the two polarizing arguments above.  The change from having a lock switch on the right, to the left, isn’t that big of a deal, after 1 day.  I used to have the OG droid.  I have average size hands.

      Second, the pentile screen is much better than you think.  At first I agree with everyone in this forum, and the reviewer about it graininess.  Some MotoBlur icons really show the graininess.  Many downloaded App icons, look perfect.  Watching actual videos and viewing Hi-res photos look very smooth.  I set a DSLR image as my background, graininess gone! 

      + = good, – = not good, ~ = indifferent

      +Yep
      its fast. LTE is just Wow, compared to OG Droid and 3G. With legacy
      unlimited data plan, I don’t really care if I’m on WiFi (VZ Fios at
      home) or 4G. LTE is such an improvement, and functionally equal
      relative to 3G only. I’m very happy I live in a Tri-city 4G area. I do
      wish it reached to my work, oh well.
      +There is a built in App
      Manager that kills apps 2 minutes after screen is locked. You control
      the “Auto Kill” list. Thanks Moto, nice touch. Feature helps maintain
      the speed/free RAM, and ease my mind, compared to slowdowns experienced
      with OG Droid w/stock 2.2.1-2.3.4 Android. I also like the “Sleep”
      feature. Never saw that before.
      +I read another review, and it
      suggested making a group of preferred apps, then setting that as
      default, when opening apps screen. It works well, and makes the
      crapware invisible. I will wait to root until 1 year Warranty is up.
      Then bye-bye bloatware.
      +Newer version of Swype (pre-installed)
      works much better than first. Swype was updated to 3.25 or so in the
      beginning of August, just before this phone was released. Swype is not
      the default. It is an adjustment to not have a physical keyboard. I
      haven’t bothered to figure out multi-touch default keyboard. I am comfy
      with Swype.  I put it on my OG Droid. I really wanted to have an Otterbox case, so I chose to
      step away from physical keyboard. I need the phone protection, I’ll
      deal without the keyboard.
      +The Shortcut to “Search Contacts”
      really helps alleviate one of the best features lost in the transition from
      OG Droid/physical keyboard. I made that my default contact list.
      Another nice touch Moto.

      ~The Home screen does look grainy. But
      every other screen/app, and video (480×640 so far) looks awesome. I put
      a very high res background photo on home screen, problem disappeared.
      I’m willing to bet Motorola turns off some pixels to save battery life
      when viewing home screen. IMO, it really isn’t an issue to get hung up
      on. In browsers and apps, it looks fantastic. The fonts are crisp.
      The video is very smooth.
      ~Extended life battery is large, but I
      haven’t used it yet. Doesn’t fit with Otterbox Defender case. Got up
      to 60% charge on STD battery, then disconnected it used it for next 5
      hours, pretty heavily on LTE. Was 20% remaining by evening (11pm).
      ~I
      didn’t realize the back was rubbery plastic. Clips on in a rather
      inelegant manner. It is not big deal, but for $300, a little metal
      would have been nicer. Retention is better than OG Droid back plate,
      before the revised cover was implemented.
      ~I really wish it had
      GSM roaming. That would really help me out. I know there is not
      LTE/GSM world phone. Something to do with the antenna stuff. I’m going
      to buy a GSM phone, and get over it. I knew this limitation of the
      tech going in.
      ~Included mSD card is Class 4. OG Droid was Class 2. I’m in market for Class 10 32GB.
      ~App
      Manager only shows roughly 750MB of RAM, when you add the two numbers
      together. Not sure what is going on there. It isn’t an issue, but it
      is peculiar.

      -One pain, you need your Verizon wireless billing
      password/code to activate the phone. It is only required for Verizon
      LTE phones. I didn’t know mine. If you go online into your account,
      you can fumble around your profile/account settings attempting to change
      it, to figure it out. I succeeded. It is different than the online
      access password. It is a 4-5 digit alphanumeric for those that need a
      hint. Activating with a VZW operator is also useless without it… I
      tried.
      -Lots of bloatware. See above for how to make it irrelevant.
      -Skype
      video not available. Skype branded Skype app is audio only. It works
      on WiFi or LTE. Verizon branded Skype app reports itself as
      “incompatible” on app startup, and states, if you leave it installed,
      the video version will be automatically installed, when update is
      available. I envy that my wife can skype w/video on her VZW 3G iPhone
      4. I hope the Skype branded app picks up the compatibility ASAP. I use
      it with my kids when on travel.
      Untested: I haven’t played
      with the camera/video. It isn’t a big deal for me. Did check out front
      facing video. It is the expected low res, but will do when Skype
      starts working.
      Happy Hunting for your Mr. Austin…

  • TheRedBull

    Kellex, I’m with you on the location of the power button. I’m not sure what is up with the battery door, mine fits like a glove. The speed of the phone is amazing. Remember SPB Mobile Shell? It runs so wicked fast, it’s unreal. Battery life needs a little help, but overall, loving the phone.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t totally hate it either.  Good first effort by Moto to improve on DX design. Next one should be much better.  Darn expense report paid today so no more Bionic for me.  Mixed feelings but no sweat.

  • Anonymous

    Should have had a 4.5 inch screen(verizon still dosent have one), and a 1.5 dual core processer. After 9 painful months( which 3 of those the DROIDX2 has been out) it should be more up to date

    • DBK

      The speed difference won’t matter. The 1.5 of the other phones coming out will equal the Bionic’s 1 because their CPU’s won’t be as advanced. 4.3 to 4.5 is not a big difference either (barely noticeable actually). It’s the most up to date phone available.

  • bsdeauxde

    The lock switch is a pain as I’m left handed and am constantly and inadvertently locking my phone.  I would prefer a center switch.  But for now I’ll just have to pay attention.

  • Telephoneteck

    Well, so far I have to say that I am glad I can’t upgrade till next month. I would have jumped on this phone, but now I have second thoughts. Thanks for all you do Droid Life!

  • Eric Umbarger

    I actually don’t see what all the fuss is over the pentile screen, it isn’t very noticeable most of the time. 

    Also, I too had some charging problems. I pulled it out of the box and rooted/installed a bunch of stuff and eventually got my battery down to 15% and charged it up a little and left for the night. When I came back it was at 10% and after two hours of charging I noticed it was stuck at 15% and would not go any higher. I then turned on bluetooth and as many apps as I could to kill the battery. I then plugged it in and when I woke up this morning it was at full. 

    • DBK

      Agreed about the screen. I am a computer tech and a major phone geek, and I barely notice it (even when I am up close to it).

  • Anonymous

    Coming from the OG Droid, I parallel most of your thoughts. The increase in responsiveness and fluidity is awesome, the camera is passable and the screen is a little strange. I love the larger screen and haven’t had an issue with the lock button being on the top left. I’m also having some fun playing around with Blur as I’ve never used it before. If there weren’t so many useless apps I don’t think I would mind it at all.

    Overall I am extremely happy that I finally jumped on my upgrade, this is due in large part to the incredible deal offered through Costco and their 90 day return policy 🙂

  • Dshudson

    Yeah lock switch and camera do suck. O well. It’s a pain in the ass to take out the battery too! 

  • What home replacement and lock screen are you using?

  • Anonymous

    I noticed that when viewing it in a dark room that quite a bit of backlight leaks from the LCD and can be seen where the bottom edge of the glass meets up with the chassis just below the 4 control buttons and extends about 1/4 of the way up the sides as well. 

    Has anyone else noticed this? It’s like they should have made the glass black there or put some sort of light barrier in there to keep the light from coming through. I think it’s kind of annoying. My Dx didn’t have this problem so I’m just curious if anyone else has this issue.

    • James_Ever

      I know its a Droid3 but its a similar problem reported on the Droid3 as this problem with the Bionic. Doesn’t occur with all devices but some images of Droid3 owners have seen this problem as it appears to happen on some of the Bionics as well. Check the support forums in Droid3 section to see if its similar to your issue.

  • Anonymous

    The Incredible has the lock screen button in the top left, as well as a lot of other HTC devices, Android or not.

    • thats a good point. I like the lock button placement on my wife’s DInc more than my DX placement. 

  • Nick Gatto

    I know the screen isn’t the best tech, but i honestly don’t think its as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. i had the charge for two weeks before returning it for this, and while the charge was markedly better screen wise, it’s not like the bionic is utter crap. Using google books hasn’t been a problem, you really only notice the dots if you hold the phone close up. 

    • Anonymous

      You notice the dots if you try to use red or green colors. Red and green text is illegible. I’ve had the DX2 pentile screen for 2 months and the pixelation is terrible. The more you use it the more you notice how crippling it is. I have had to make a lot of changes to fonts in my calendar, notes, widgets, etc. to make them legible. Moto’s pentile screens are crap!

      • DBK

        Did that and the text was still legible. Don’t know what your talking about. It may not be the best screen, but it is definitely not crap (at least not the Bionic’s or the D3’s screens – the DX2 is another story).

    • DBK

      Agreed. I hardly noticed it. I only see it when I press my face up to it.

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else having charging problems?

    Mine wont go past 50%, charged it all night.

    • It seems to charge much better off the wall than through usb but if you are on the wall charger, i charged it fully twice yesterday, taking about an hour and a half.  You can also power it off and charge unlike on my og droid

  • JohnPA2006

    iPhone5 FTW !!!

    ….Sent from my DROID BIONIC   :o)

  • BionicLove

    I’m loving mine. Got the extended battery, there was a 50% off sale on batteries. Also got the 2 piece hard case that has the built-in kickstand. I love that the most. i went back today and got a HD dock. The phone with extended batter and with the hard case will fit in this dock. Got the doc to use Webtop. Found an extra usb keyboard and mouse laying around. Bought an HDMI to DVI adapter ($18 from target),  already had the micro HDMI cable, and hooked everything up to a 19″ DVI monitor in the office. The cool factor of having a keyboard, mouse and monitor hooked up to my phone is still buzzing around the office. I like the full Firefox browser on Webtop. Just wondering with Google-rola if there’s any chance of ever getting chrome into the Webtop app? How cool would that be?

    • $18? ouch
      $2.19 with free shipping 
      http://goo.gl/jc0O4

      • BionicLove

        cound’t wait a day.  Not to mention the last 3 items i bought from amazon that were under $5 never made it through the USPS. 3 refunds in a row. 

  • Seriously enough with the where the lock switch should be.  I have a bionic, and on the left is inconvient.  That said, i will defend the phones honor to the death.  Use it before you weigh in, can we agree on that?

    • DBK

      Agreed. The hate logic needs to go away. This phone is amazing, period.

  • I think most will agree my bionic is the best phone for verizon right now.  No one seems to mention that.  Compare it to similar products.  Do you compare a v8 to a v4 in mpg?  Maybe the s2 is better, but unless the ATT version has LTE, ill trade a future proof network for colors or a pointy edge that somehow can hurt you finger.  

    • Anonymous

      LTE is a marketing joke. Noone has ever made a case for needing LTE speeds on a phone. I would much rather have a good camera and good screen than an LTE network that is only accessible in a few cities, kills your battery and data cap, and has little use.

      • DBK

        Actually, as long as the build quality is there, the CPU is powerful and fast, there is plenty of memory and RAM, and the interface is functional, that’s all that really matters. The other aspects are only bonuses and really shouldn’t be the deciding factors on any phone.

        Agreed about LTE, although I am liking the faster speeds.   🙂

      • Anonymous

        Easyteather and use my phone as an aircard. LTE speeds = better for tethering. BOOM! just made a case. 

  • Mikedeamicis

    ok, so my phone is an og droid and slightly smaller in the diagonal than this monster phone, but not really all that much to make it matter in this right left what finger do i use and how do i turn the screen on/off issue. i am right handed but can generally do anything with my left with very little clumsiness. so i just tried to simulate taping the lock switch with both hands and also an imaginary lock switch on the left. my index finger can easily reach both locations one handed in either hand. and my thumb can swipe the lock screen in either direction in either hand. maybe my hands are just frigin huge or i have long appendages ;). i guess that means i am supposed to have a huge phone to fit my hands. to bad cant even stand how think my wallet is and it has almost nothing in it and is one  of those minimalist id wallets. i held my upgrade for this phone, but with them plunking out on the screen and and not really improving the specks at all in the last 9 months, i just don’t feel it anymore. i test drove one yesterday and 4g is a blast. looks like htc is gonna get my money next month. or maybe i will wait for the nexus. all i really want is a phone with top specs and to not worry more about remembering a charger more than my wallet. oh yea, 4 gigs of blur is just bullcocky

  • No matter which way you slice it.  Verizon made a big mistake picking this phone over the GS2.  Rule all machines? Really? The GS2 got more power in it’s little unlock button than the bionic does with all it’s features.

    • that unlock button sounds like a waste of battery life.

    • DBK

      The only thing that the GS2 has over the Bionic is stock Android. The Bionic beats it in every other aspect.

  • DAVPX80981

    My bionic’s video camera only has resolutions up to 720×480. What happened to 1080p?

    • Anonymous

      You serious? … My Bionic’s video camera is at 1080p … you probably just got a bad one. Try restarting it, if that doesn’t fix it then exchange it.

      • Tom

        You have slide the resolution bar to the top and it should be there

  • Christopher Michael

    I know it might sound a little lame but I am beyond upset with Verizon.  Everything the bionic does…the GS2 does it twice as good.  Even down to the unlock button on the side (which I love).  No matter how much you try to build the Bionic up right now it in NO WAY can stack up against the galaxy.  I’ve tested both phones.  I hate to see a phone get props that it doesn’t deserve.  Boy…What a mistake you made Verizon….

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree. I got the OG and the DX as soon as they came out. They were revolutionary phones. The Bionic is late – 8 months after its announcement and can’t stand up to the competition.

  • Lane Gordon

    Regardless of how your hands fit the phone.  The screen still sucks.  Phone has to be pretty much perfect for $300.  4G service isn’t all there yet either in most places that offer it.  service tends to come and go.  It left me with nothing at times yesterday.  took my Bionic back.  Seeing it and using it makes it that much easier to keep waiting.

  • Anonymous

    Bad Battery Cover
    re-seat the cover.  I had the same problem in the store when I bought my Bionic.  I had the sales rep takes off the battery cover and re-seat it correctly.  It was flush after that

  • juan fabregas

    just checked out the bionic in a verizon store. wow really unimpressed. i’m no apple fan boy but the retina display blows this pentile display away. going to hold on to my OG droid a bit longer, been waiting since january to use my upgrade. hope the vigor or nexus prime are worth it. if not i might jump ship to ios.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you on the comparison, but please don’t judge Android by the poor Moto screens. Hopefully the HTC Vigor and the Prime will be competitive with the iPhone.

    • DBK

      You are going to jump to an inferior device because the screen is a little better? Yeah you won’t be missed.

    • Trust me you will love iOS. Yes its true Android can do more things but the things it can do are things i never miss. 

  • No case yet for people who opt for extended battery.  I went with the extended battery because I got it half off and because I’ll keep the little one around for emergencies.  Not to my surprise, the battery comes with a larger back (I actually like the thickness and heft, so no skin off my nose) BUT there is no case, as of yet, that fits it.

    • Anonymous

      lies,  I bought the extended battery and the case/holster combo.  that combo fits the bionic with the extended battery

      • Anonymous

        The holster fits but if you buy the standard rubber or silicon cases the phone will not fit with the extended battery cover installed. Almost…top to bottom no problem but not around the sides of the phone.

  • Mctypething

    I went into a VZW store just now to play with one, still on the fence on buying it but did have a few thoughts:

    1) Screen – I must be missing something because I have no clue what the problem is. The screen looks fine to me. If I hadn’t read all of DL’s comments about Pentile screen’s being crappy, I wouldn’t have had a second thought about it.

    2) Phone is ridiculously fast – HUGE upgrade when coming from an OG Droid.

    3) Battery life – every smartphone is going to have subpar battery life until that technology catches up to phone spec technology. Buy a second charger for work, a second battery, etc. , what’s the big deal? If you want a phone you have to charge every 3 days, don’t get a 4G LTE smartphone.

    I wish I knew why people thought the screen was so awful. I must really be missing something.

    • Anonymous

      watch a youtube video on it side by side with a droid charge, preferably one with people , you will see the difference.  The bionic will look like you are looking through a tiny mesh screen to see the image

  • babadush

    Given the fact most people are only awake for 14 hours. What’s the point of a longer battery life

  • Biggest complaint? Sound from the headphone jack has a lot of line noise… Not something I’m at all used to, coming from the OG Droid. It’s very noticeable on my device, but especially at low volumes. Anyone else see this?

  • digsoreos

    Kell.. does the Bionic have any issues with music skipping, popping, or completely freezing like some of the other Motorola devices, most notably the DX2? Also, does the stock player play just about any MP4 files you throw at it, rather than having to install a third-party player like MoboPlayer? Just curious as I haven’t read any reviews commenting on audio or video playback.

    • I definitely noticed some clicks and pops on Netflix while I was streaming video. The line noise is also crazy bad. I haven’t played with any of the MP4 formats, though.

      • I heard a few clicks on Netflix, but not on ANY audio, or Youtube, or for that matter anything but Netflix…go figure

  • You mean us leftys actually caught a break for once?! Hurray!

  • PentileStupidity

    I could live with this phone. Nice build, good voice quality. The screen is the deal killer however. Washed out color for $300? $589? No thanks.

    Any company that so frequently skimps on the most important component of the user interface is too stupid for my business and deserves to fail. Sadly, because I have fondness for the historic Motorola (too bad it’s in IL). 

    • The pentile screen is akin to having a really bad paint job on a Porsche Turbo. The insides may be stellar but it should hurt to look at it.

  • Ebat

    Is Bluetooth DUN or PAN supported?

  • kep

    just re-affirms my plan to get the “Nexus Prime” or whatever name it ends up with.  Have to keep my OG for a few more months.

    • That’s the same thing people were saying about other phones before the Bionic came out. “X” phone is nothing like the Bionic will be….

  • Artur Amaral

    2.3.4 sooo does video on google talk work? if so what are the reviews on that “VGA” front facer

    • Anonymous

      Does work, haven’t had a ton of opportunities to use it yet.

  • Anonymous

    Ikea floor lamp!!! Hah who doesn’t

  • sfwpac

    I have had the Bionic since last night, and yes, I have been waiting for it since December.
    Points so far:  
    EVERY phone has it’s pluses and minuses.  You have to pick which ones are important to you, and which lesser specs you are willing to live with.  Yes, newer phones are coming out next month, the month after.  Should you wait?  That’s your decision.  BUT TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES EVERY DAY FOLKS.  As soon as you buy it, it’s basically obsolete.
    1.  Camera quality.  Agreed not the greatest, but much less blue hue than the Droid 3 which I am going to use as a backup and global phone.  I use Camera 360 and have had fairly great pics with it.  they’re not as good as my Sony professional camera, DUH!  It’s a camera phone with a lens the size of a pinhole folks.  Hopefully they will upload a program to help with the coloration variation to get them more evened out.  But it’s DEFINITELY not a deal killer for me.
    2.  Speed:  AWESOME!  Have reloaded all of my apps.  Many are labor intensive and require a lot of memory. Haven’t froze, locked up, or rebooted yet.  
    3.  4g.  Was having some issues last night with it switching between 3g/4g.  it was buggy.  Similar things happened with the Thunderbolt (POS that i had 2 replacements for and finally ditched).  Hopefully a software patch will fix this.  I am primarily in a 3g area so I simply toggled to 3g and have had no problems or glitches since. But the 4g is AWESOME when in a 4g area.
    4.  Battery:  I have had the phone on for 5hrs 24 mins.  left it on the charger over night last night.  I have downloaded multiple apps over wifi, used bluetooth on my drive to work, made multiple phone calls, have my emails and social apps set to push every 1 hr, and I am still at 80% battery life.  Granted I’ve been in 3g, but the Thunderbolt doesn’t hold a candle to this battery at all so far.
    5.  Build.  LOVE the way it feels in the hand.  I am right handed.  feels solid, balanced.  The switch on the left top doesn’t bother me.  the one in the middle on my droid x seemed like an odd place.  I bought one of the black silicone cases from VZ last night until trident comes out with a case, and it doesn’t feel like it will get hit inadvertently in my pocket.  
    6.  Screen.  Yes, not a fan of the qHd screen from Moto.  but, I am not using it to get eye popping colors.  Yes, it is a bit of a disappointment with all the technology out here, but if it saves battery life, I am willing to make that compromise.  My iPad has much better colors and sharpness, but it really isn’t that bad, it’s great outdoors.  not a deal breaker, but it is somewhat bothersome.  Like I said, not bad, but not great either.
    7. I run Launcher Pro unlocked, since I don’t care for blur.  It has been snappy, no lagging.  
    8.No reboots thus far.
    9.  Call quality:  AWESOME
    10. bluetooth:  Doesn’t like to sync the addresses attached to the phone numbers.  My car display will show only the numeric data.  but it synced with my system, i can make calls and receive calls effortlessly.  this is not a new issue for Moto.  Their Droid 3, Atrix and now Bionic must have changed their software since the Droid X which synced all data with my car phone.

    • Anonymous

      Did you just seriously write your own review. Why not make your own blog brotha =)?

      • sfwpac

        I’m tired of everyone picking one or two items on a solid device thus far.  Pick your priorities, and chose from there. They do this with the release of EVERY phone, guess they don’t have real life problems to deal with.  I actually had a few extra minutes in my busy life and figured maybe it would help someone a bit naive to the bionic who may have changed their mind based on these opinions.  People get all worked up over this stuff.  IT’S A DEVICE! REALITY CHECK FOLKS!  And, overall, it’s a great device.  Very happy so far.  Yes, I am very tech savvy but don’t have the time to do a blog, but thanks!  and it’s sista, not brotha! 🙂
        previous “devices” Omnia, iPhone 3gs on ATT before VZ, Droid X (solid, stable, now my son’s phone), Thunderbolt (New & 2 replacements, MULTIPLE hardware and software issues switched to:), Droid 3 (stable, but wanted bionic and couldn’t deal with thunderbolt any longer), and now…….BIONIC…Won’t be switching anytime soon! 

        • Anonymous

          Are you sure you want to accuse others of of getting “all worked up?”

          =D

  • Anonymous

    i love how people were harping about the battery life being magically more awesome than the Thunderbolt regardless of LTE radio. When in practice, it is much the same. This proves that it’s not the phone but LTE that drains batteries. I put my TBolt on on 3g and battery life is amazing. I’m sure the Bionic will not be much different…

    • Anonymous

      We were hearing good news on battery life from Moto reps which is obviously what they will tell you no matter what, heh.

      • BionicsBugs

        The same reps that say they don’t see any of the bugs on the software of every phone they produce. 

        • Anonymous

          The same that say the phone was supposed to be released when??? Do we even remember when it was supposed to originally be released?

          •  8 months ago. They should have waited longer to fix the 1)camera auto focus 2) LED notification bugs

          • Anonymous

            It’s amazing that it’s been delayed for so long and still has some nice bugs…

      • Anonymous

        I honestly wasn’t buying it when I heard it back when, but it still does not take away from the device itself. It’s pretty much a beast…for now anyway =).

  • I love the Bionic, and I’m coming from an iPhone 4 (AT&T).  (I’ve had every version of the iPhone since release).  The Bionic is super fast and responsive, the screen to me is pretty good, crisp and clear, has LTE and unlike on AT&T I can make a phone call for a change.

    Yes other potentially better devices are on the way, but they aren’t here now, and there are no guarantees that these new phones are going to live up to their expectations and/or timetables for release.  To each his own, but at least for me I’m confident that the Bionic will hold its own for a while.

  • Csoki

    I really hope Google is able to help Motorola with its future phones because the last few have been very disappointing to me. The OG and the original X were my two favorite phones to date, but the Droid 2/3, Droid Pro, X2, and Bionic have all been sort of a let downs in my opinion. The X2 doesn’t really make much sense to me?… The Pro was a peace of junk, and the Bionic feels really really awkward when you hold it. The lock button placement is terrible and the bezel is way to thick. I have a Thunderbolt and a Charge; I could really tell the difference in response from the bionic (1 GB of RAM and dual core processor are awesome) but the screen and overall feel was terrible. I hope the Nexus Prime and HTC Vigor are amazing phones, because the i*hone 5 will blow the bionic away in sales.      

  • Rizzidy

    Physical keys are the shiz.  I’m never going back to soft-keys that you accidentally press all the time.

    • physical keys are terabad… hw do you accidentally press soft keys all the time? finger dexterity for the win

  • I dont know the details on that camera, but personally I believe that the bionic basketball pics are better on the droid.  To me it seems to be more natural instead of having a orangish tint due to the light…but then again, I dont know all of the details, soft lights, color of wood and so forth

  • My comments from owning it for a day:

    1) Battery life – better than my friends Thunderbolt (who’s shocked) and my old DInc, on par with my gf’s Charge.  Been on relatively heavy use (2 phone calls, a LOT of internet browsing, some bluetooth) since 730, and it’s down to 40%. Doesn’t match my DInc with it’s behemoth extended battery, but its tolerable.  If I charged it mid day, this would be absolutely fine through the evening.  However, I am hoping to see some more consistent life from it as the battery is exposed to some cycles.  Wish there was a 4G toggle widget.

    2) Speed & Connectivity.  Phenomenal on both accounts.  Downloaded all my old apps in 10 minutes (plus install) – takes me 30 with DInc (which freezes up), 15-20 when the DInc was on wifi.  Also get 2-3 more bars of 4G with this than I ever got with 3G on the DInc. 

    3) Screen.  I honestly don’t know what everyone’s beef is with this.  Yes, sometimes I see some pixels/black edging when scrolling around on a lighter screen – that resolves itself within half a second.  However, it looks very good to me (doesn’t match the AMOLED in the Charge, but were we ever expecting it to?).  Might be biased as I have contacts and can’t focus really close, but frankly, the screen looks fine, possibly better than my old DInc screen.  Even watching the NFL last night on that app, noticed no problems.

    4) Lock button.  No problem, got used to the DInc lock position.  This button is at least sensitive, so just tapping it will turn it on.

    5) Power.  Snappy, snappy phone.  Not going to go to great lengths here.  Just fast.  Doesn’t even hiccup at the fancy blur effects.

    6) Camera.  Agree with the reviews – its about average.  better than the D2 camera, average to my DInc (although different colors), not in the same league with the one on the Charge.  Hope the autofocus speed is corrected by an update.

    7) Software.  After coming from CM7 on my DInc, nice to keep with 2.3.4.  However, blur has some quirks, like not being able to connect/sync with Picasa or Facebook, remember some settings, etc.  Not a deal breaker at all, just an annoyance.

    In summary – I very much like this phone, and I do encourage fence-sitters to take the plunge (or at least go to Verizon and play with one).  Its relatively light (yet solid, like a lot of Moto products), powerful, and has some subtle good looks to it.  Definitely recommended.

  • Tmax224

    So far the screen is my biggest complaint, it doesn’t do the phone much justice.. what lock screen alternative are you using?

  • Magost

    Oh, and I rooted and debloaded, best thing I could have done for the phone/me! 🙂

  • Jeremy

    I’m not happy about the battery life at all. 4 hours off the charger and I’m at 50% and that is light use on the day. Probably picked up the phone and checked my messages about 6 times. The rest of the day it’s been sleeping on my desk. I see a return in my future. Hope the Prime is better. 

  • I have to disagree with a couple of these points.
    1) the power/lock button placement doesn’t bother me at all.  I’m right handed and my index finger naturally falls next to the button.  Maybe I’m a freak.  The learning curve for the rearranges soft button layout was a bigger deal to me than the lock button placement.
    2) the batter cover fits tight and flush on my phone.  I dont like how difficult it is to pry open and that its plastic.  I have a feeling that over time it could loosen or clips break but for now, its a perfect, tight, smooth fit.

    The 1 big negative to me with this thing is the ridiculous amount of pre-installed bloat from Verizon.  This thing easily rivals any Windows PC in terms of the amount of unwanted OEM pre-installed garbage.  At least on a PC, you can easily uninstall the crap!

    All in all, this thing is a huge winner for anyone coming from an original Droid.  Everything is faster than you could imagine.

  • VZWirelessfan

    Coming from the Original Droid, which was starting to really shit the bed, this phone is amazing. And 4G is incredibly fast! I also love how I can tether. This phone is certainly greater than my other so i am very happy. Not a fan of blur though and would love some info on how to remove it. Once I get all my old aps on the new phone we will see. I also like how Verizon is giving NFL access to all 4g devices, definitely a plus!

    • Bob

      Exactly how I feel. This thing is great. I have no issues with it at all.

  • Paul Needleman

    I picked up the bionic 9am yesterday and returned it by 5. The pentile screen was awful compared to my OD. Blur was also worse than expected. Like kellex said, 4GB for blur and i wasn’t even using it (switched to launcher pro). There was so much added crap that you need to root to remove (backup assistant, vz navigator, VCast Music, etc). Also, the interface was white, back and blue and was not as warm as black and green on stock gingerbread. I’m  holding out for the Nexus Prime or whatever they decide to call it.

    • stevil

      Fair enough – The PenTile doesn’t affect me all too much in terms of sharpness… not really punchy color, but it’s a lot brighter in sunlight than my OG.

      I think if any phone were perfect, everyone would be using it, and there’d only need to be that phone. I”m liking my Bionic thus far, despite a few flaws… really needed to get off the OG – it was limping…I think the reason it’s 4GB is not just Blur – I think it’s also the Webtop environment, which is supposedly something like Ubuntu + Firefox, bundled in.

    • Stu

      Went from a OG droid also Thursday when they went on sale and phone suits me just fine. Sounds like you are hard to please.

    • Stu

      Went from a OG droid also Thursday when they went on sale and phone suits me just fine. Sounds like you are hard to please.

  • Magost

    So far I love mine, yes the screen is not the greatest, and camera so so, you but is still the best phone on VZW. I got tired of waiting on a nexus-like phone for vzw. If and when something better comes along I’ll pass this on to the better half since I still have another upgrade. Will miss my OG Droid.

  • Dexterslab0329

    Does the notification LED have different colors like the Droid 1 or is it just one color?

    • Eric Jones

      I’d like to know as well

      • Dexterslab0329

        Looks like no one wants to answer my simple little question.  Only thing they want to keep talking about is the battery, LOL.

        • Yes, it’s set to default to green, but for Chomp SMS, I set it to blue (and have seen it flash blue as well as green).  There are options for other colors, but have only personally seen green and blue so far

  • Jonathan Vo

    Coming from a Thunderbolt to a Bionic, im actually pretty happy right out of the box it was pretty damn fast compared to my Thunderbolt.

    • Dexterslab0329

      You end up paying full retail for the Bionic?

      • Jonathan Vo

        I paid full retail for the Thunderbolt and used my two year upgrade for the Bionic, Thunderbolt keyboard crapped out on me so i warrantied it and i’m gonna sell it once the replacement comes in

  • Anonymous

    I think the ideal location is upper right of the phone, right of the earpiece. 
    Next to that though, being in upper left is best.  

    When I hold the phone sideways the bionic placement is perfect and pretty nice even held in my right hand.  I sort of like it since the buttons are out of the way.  

    Major props for ditching hardkeys, praise be to whoever decided that one. 

  • Anonymous

    I saw on one of the previous screen shots that the BIONIC has settings for various power vs performance profiles like on windows. Have you had a chance to try these out? I was in the VZW store yesterday to look at the BIONIC and the sales people were pushing it extremely hard, even though they only had a non-working display unit.

  • Gator

    Kellex,

    I’m not liking the format of the car dock.  It is very different from prior versions I’ve seen.My bionic is rooted.  What home replacement did you use and what lock screen alternative are you using.

    • Anonymous

      He is using WidgetLocker for the lockscreen.

    • Illinipoke98

      Is there a way to get it to car dock, without having a car dock?  My og droid (or maybe just the rom I was running) had an app you could click.  I cant find that now.

  • Franzie3

    I was all about going to add a seocnd line and then “suspending” it to get this phone….but now that i just saw the HTC Vigor hit the FCC, it means we are clsoer, within a month.  I think the Vigor will blow thing away.   Think about what we are hearing

    4G LTE
    possibly 1GB ram, 720-p screen, beats audio
    1.5ghz dual core, 

    that alone would make a tech junkie go nuts.

    of course its HCT and battery life may not be stellar, but i think they woudl learn from the mistakes of the thunderbolt being on LTE and hopefully pack a strong battery in it.

    the onyl thing i havent heard which would be very very nice considering its starting to pop up now is NFC chips baked into some phones.

    im surprised the Bionic does not have this considering im sure this is going to be a flag ship phone until holiday if not later.

    • Re-posting this from an engadget commenter, regarding the Vigor.  Sorry for the run-ons.  Just some interesting info, if true.:

      ________________________

      To the “zomg htc vigrrrs is totes the best, 1.5 jigahertz!!!” posters:

      This isn’t how it works.  If you like the screen in the vigor, that is a valid point. The msm86XX (I think its 8660) will be in the vigor.  This is the only snapdragon chip it can be, the xxx are for gsm vs cdma etc.  It is a cortex a8 based system.  The omap 4430 in the droid bionic is a cortex a9 as is the Samsung exynos.  The cpu in the bionic at 1.0 ghz will benchmark as fast as the one in the vigor, maybe faster, while using significantly less power.  

      In the gpu comparison the vigor will fare even worse.  On paper in terms of processor cores, shaders, etc. the overclocked sgx 540 in the bionic is very similar to the adreno 220 in the vigor (part of the msm 86xx chipset).  The drivers for the adreno 220 blow. Badly.  Go check egypt open gl results.

      Also have fun with the same qualcomm lte radio as the thunderbolt! It worked awesome the first time around.  You will be terminating batteries with extreme prejudice with that clockspeed cranked up at 1.5 ghz and that lte chip. (moto made their own) But yeah the screen is awesome. /s

      so to sum it up targa 2 (photon) < msm6680 (vigor) < omap4430 (bionic) < exynos (gs2) < omap 4460 (nexus prime)

      Also the omap4460 in the nexus is essentially a binned and oc'd version of the omap4430, same hardware.  So if the bootloader is ever unlocked than a custom kernel on the bionic will result in essentially the same chipset as the nexus prime.  Also samsung chose the 4460 over exynos to win the nexus bid. Just something to think about. 

      • Anonymous

        Great post actually.  Thanks for bringing this over.

      • THANK YOU…people need to get OVER the 1.5Ghz awe.  It is the ONLY SOC design of the major Android manufacturers STILL using the a8.  Qualcomm and HTC should be EMBARRASSED

  • Sporttster

    Waiting for the Prime…..

  • rolltide17

    I am not having any of the problems other people are having. My battery life has been pretty good. I do agree it doesn’t agree with wifi, but when I’m working on network it’s been fine for me. It is extremely fast though. I’ve heard people complaining that it’s not fast enough but i havn’t had any lag at all. No reboot problems. It’s been solid for me so far. The screen is pentile. I can tell with colored text it’s very jagged but when I zoom in on it it disappears. I can only see the pixelation when i move cloae to the screen. The lock button, in my opinion, is in a good place. I have large hands so i do not have to change my hold on the phone to lock or unlock the phone. I think the only way to please right and left handed people is put it in the middle. Overall I think it’s a top notch phone. It’s the fastest I’ve had hands on with. The screen is not the best on the market but for me the performance has out weighed that downfall.

  • Exbelnj

    im amazed people will spend so much money on junk…….all the little things add up to “hate this damn phone”  who cares if you have 4g but every time you use it your blood boils because the switch is in the wrong place or every picture you take looks like a 1993 digital experiment.  Wouldnt be so bad if you got a good trade on the i5!!

    • WAldenIV

      Reviews are supposed to point out the positive and the negative.  No phone is perfect.  The i*hone is completely locked down and tethered to i*unes, both huge negatives to many people.

  • Illinipoke98

    Ok have a couple of questions.  First, how do I get the pattern lock screen to work? I have gone into the security settings, turned it on, set my pattern annnnd, still have the slider lock screen instead of the pattern one.

    Also, where can i get the google weather and news widget, I miss it.

    • Illinipoke98

      Ahhhh, security timer!  Never had that on the OG.   So the pattern only comes into effect if the phone is locked for x number of minutes.   Kinda like that.

    • Anonymous

      Working google new/weather widget here. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=12219062&postcount=7

    • There is a setting that delays the pattern lock screen in that same menu.  I use it to delay my lockscreen for 20 minutes – long enough to delay the lock when I want to reference it a lot, but short enough to lock it when im away.  Try looking for that menu and see what the setting is – if its more than “instant”, your phone won’t lock immediately when you turn off the screen.

      I miss the widget as well.

  • sog805

    looks like I’m keeping my Charge

  • Anonymous

    Google “Please Get Rid of That Damn BLUR Junk” 😛 LOL  BLUR HOG

  • Milkweed25

    Do all Motorola Phones still all Bluetooth teathering to Tablets? Droid X does, doe the Bionic?

  • Anonymous

    I got 7.5 hours off a single charge, and still had 30% life, and I used it a lot yesterday, I used wifi and 3g, I don’t have 4g out here. That is with the normal battery, I wonder how long the bigger battery will go.

  • Anonymous

    Great. Mine is on the FedEx truck now and I don’t want it anymore! Thanks a lot DL!!!! 😛

  • Anonymous

    I WON ONE THROUGH THE CONTEST!!! THE FLAT SCREEN TV AND BIONIC!! YEAH!!!!

  • Swould

    Not terribly impressed with what i’ve heard thus far… this the phone the Droid X2 should’ve been….

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting some comments that are rational and non-fanboi based.  To read some of the other site’s forums you’d think that anyone who had anything negative to say (especially about the screen) is a troll.  I think those folks need to read the story about the emperor’s new clothes.  Pentile screens like this (or the incredible’s) stink, pure and simple.  Glad I didn’t get rid of my bolt…yet.  That will happen when the vigor or prime come and usher in the next gen of devices.  The bionic is more like a half gen device to me.

    • Biblo

      Bionic side by side with a dInc and dInc2 the Bionic screen was the worse by far.  The incredibles all use super lcd screens not pentile.

      • Anonymous

        The first incredibles, which I had (and still have) had pentile amoled screens.  later on htc switched to super lcd due to amoled shortages.  I hated the pentile screen on the incredible and much prefer the screen of my bolt.

  • guest

    I dunno. I picked up the bionic yesterday and im sorry I did. Im thinking about returning it. I was optimistic saying meh im not worried about pentile and when I saw it I was like ok…not to bad. But when I got home after spending 300$ and my wife said “why does the screen look fuzzy?” And she is rocking the OG. Next…the phone bugs out..alot. the screen locks up and nothing works not the power button not soft keys ect. Til it times out and frees up. Its annoying (better than random reboots eh TB owners?) And then there is the battery. I only have 3g in this area so I switched to CDMA only…and after 4 hours of light to moderate use im at 30% been on charge for a hour now and im at 50%? Wtf…

    Im taking it back and waiting for the prime my DROID X1 is better.

  • guest

    I dunno. I picked up the bionic yesterday and im sorry I did. Im thinking about returning it. I was optimistic saying meh im not worried about pentile and when I saw it I was like ok…not to bad. But when I got home after spending 300$ and my wife said “why does the screen look fuzzy?” And she is rocking the OG. Next…the phone bugs out..alot. the screen locks up and nothing works not the power button not soft keys ect. Til it times out and frees up. Its annoying (better than random reboots eh TB owners?) And then there is the battery. I only have 3g in this area so I switched to CDMA only…and after 4 hours of light to moderate use im at 30% been on charge for a hour now and im at 50%? Wtf…

    Im taking it back and waiting for the prime my DROID X1 is better.

    • I haven’t had any of these issues with mine, try getting a replacement first. I’m an insanely heavy phone user (games, emails, texting, taking pics/videos constantly) and I’ve gotten along quite well. With both 4g and wifi on at all times, I’ve been getting great battery life. I unplugged it before 6 this morning and at almost 1:00pm I still have 50% battery. I haven’t hit any bugs (yet). And I don’t understand the screen issues everyone is having, it look pretty good to me!

      • Biblo

        I noticed at the verizon store that the screens were difference shades of crappy on different devices.  The first one I used was relatively decent on when scrolling did the pentile show up.  But on a second bionic I used to test 4g the screen was horrid from the second I turned it on.

    • Anonymous

      Great. I knew better, I jumped and I should have waited. I love my DX now and I am probably going to hate Bionic. Well, I will have it in about 6 hours so time will tell. :/

    • Steve C Down

      I’m not experiencing fuzziness on the Bionic, but the OG had a higher resolution packed into a smaller screen (960×854 into 3.7″ vs 960×540 into 4.3″), so I can see it being somewhat sharper…

  • Dream

    Somone over at Phandroid posted some FCC specs about they Vigor, Now i will deffently not purchase this phone.

  • Donnavon Hallgren

    Pentile screen has it’s drawbacks but I challenge you all to point your phone directly at the sun and tell me you can’t see the display fairly well. I use mine outside all the time and it is nice to finally be able to use my phone in the sunlight without having to shadow it or move it to weird positions so I can see what is on the screen.

  • Franz

    “after pulling the device out of the box with a 45% charge, I ran it until it almost died”

    You realize that is the WORST possible thing you can ever do to a device right? I’m pretty sure every single manufacturer tells you to “NOT use the device right out of the box, charge the battery until it’s COMPLETELY charged (while the device is preferably off)”Not saying the BIONIC’s battery life is stellar, but doing that def won’t help it lol.

  • Franz

    “after pulling the device out of the box with a 45% charge, I ran it until it almost died”

    You realize that is the WORST possible thing you can ever do to a device right? I’m pretty sure every single manufacturer tells you to “NOT use the device right out of the box, charge the battery until it’s COMPLETELY charged (while the device is preferably off)”Not saying the BIONIC’s battery life is stellar, but doing that def won’t help it lol.

  • Anonymous

    The screen on this thing is so awful that it makes the whole device feel like a cheapo knockoff of something that’s supposed to be good. I am holding on to my OG Droid (even though my charging port is broken and I have to swap batteries every time) because the the screen on the OG droid was gorgeous (mind you the thing is more the 2 yo) that should say A LOT!
    At this point we should be looking at some form of an IPS or an OLED screen or some new technology that should me it look better not worse. EVERYONE is complaining about Pentile matrix for one reason or another. Motorola should listen to the customers instead of trying to force their BAD screen choice onto us.  I chose the android platform because I refuse to be a sheep.There are other manufacturers out there that made a better choice. They should make a different edition of this device with a different screen (like HTC did during OLED shortages stage). The fruit company is improving their display technology with each iteration . GET A FREAKING CLUE MOTO.

    • stevil

      The fruit company is able to do that because they allow themselves to lag in other areas until the chipsets catch up – the original iPhone was EDGE, and Jobs made a huge deal about 3G being “irrelevant”. A year later, 3G chipsets were out with better battery life, and a 3G iPhone appeared.

      You’ve got three factors that you have to balance against one another: performance (CPU+Network), display (IPS vs AMOLED vs Super LCD vs TFT+PenTile), and battery life.

      I’ve not seen anything that convinces me that the iPhone 5 will be LTE at this point, because with current chipsets, they’d have to give up on the quality of the display, the speed of the processor, or the network in order to keep the battery life up.

      I think that Moto made different design decisions with the Bionic – fast dual core CPU, fast network, middling battery life, middling display.

      Now, look at the other LTE phones out there – last year’s CPU, fast network, lousy battery life, great display.

  • EKD

    All android phones have ‘half baked’ operating systems when launched. And, several minor updates are pushed throughout the device’s lifespan to iron out these bugs.

    I’ve had every Motorola, Samsung, and HTC android phones there are on the market and they all have the same initial ‘half baked/buggy’ software.

    Hopefully, Google will prevent their newly purchased ‘Motorola’ from releasing half baked phones in the future.

    I would be ok with buggy software, if these phones were less than $100, but you pay $300+tax and sign a 2yr contract for buggy software?

    Bad business model! 

  • Anonymous

    The thing about your pictures is, the GSII, increased the contrast and used a “warm” filter, probably against your will. I’m almost certain your house isnt a bright orange. Sure it looks good, but its not accurate. compare it to the real scene. if your house glows orange, correct me lol

  • Guest

    Your camera conclusions are fundamentally flawed. Photography is really complicated, and the saturated SGSII colors are as terrible as the Motorola ones.

    Photographing indoors using these bulbs gives the Auto color adjustment fits even in cameras worth $1000s. Just because you prefer the yellow tint of the SGSII to the Green tint of the Bionic, it doesn’t mean that the pictures are better.

    As far as the shadow noise, first you need to resize the larger full size image of the larger Bionic file to that of the SGS II and then wonder about the light measuring algorithms. 

    The flash of the Bionic is subpar.

    As far as the battery life goes, some people attribute the early battery problems to charging with third party chargers. There are some reports of bugs in the battery life, but since many have reported stellar battery life, I’m inclined to believe you’re doing something wrong.

    • Anonymous

      You have to remember that the average user is not a photographer.  I’ve looked at dozens of SGS2 pics versus the DROID3 and now the Bionic which use the same camera and it’s clear to me (which obviously could differ to others) which camera is better.

      • Anonymous

        You’re correct, those SGS2 pics are way better.  BTW, nice Ikea lamp.

      • Droidify

        The comparison pics above are horrible. Usually I agree that the GSII has the better camera but unless you have orange floors in your pad, I would have to say the Bionic’s camera is much better. Those colors are so florescent and artificial they look like they’re in a comic book.

      • digsoreos

        The DX had an excellent camera. Motorola went with a different one (non-mechanical shutter) for the DX2 and I think the D3.

        Some say that the pictures may not look great when viewed on the Pentile display when taken by the DX2 but look good when viewed on your computer. I haven’t found that to be the case. In fact, even with pictures that I’ve taken with my NEX-5 and transferred to the SD card on my DX2, the DX2’s screen will make it appear bland. The coloring will be all off and look like it’s rendering 16 colors instead of, say, 16 million. Faces look blotchy.

        People use their smartphone cameras all of the time. Manufacturers who cut corners with them aren’t helping with their customer satisfaction.

    • Anonymous

      Most people use their phones as a P&S camera and have little time for ISO, F stop, shutter speed, and white balance.  Moto has always failed at the cameras in the droids.

  • Anonymous

    No problems with the battery cover here, but PenTile sure puts the “screen” in screen. No LTE until next week. Will make my keep or return decision then. Definitely faster than my Droid X though.

  • Droidbot

    Picked one up yesterday morning. Went from droid 2 to bionic. Loving the keyboard. Very fast. Verizon guy also sold me on the lapdock. Tried it for a little bit last night. Need some more time with it before making any judgements. It does have an internal battery which is nice. Dont have to use a laptop to browse the web. It is $300 with a $100 rebate right now at verizon

  • Mneighbo

    I freakin love it! 

  • Anonymous

    Kell, the tone of this “mini review” screams dissapointment. Like Christmas day and you knew there was a Lego kit under the tree but when you opened it, it was Mega blocks.

    • Anonymous

      My hopes weren’t set that high. I knew what to expect from this phone, and it’s living up to what I expected.

      • EC8CH

        Someone’s been lusting after the Vigor… 🙂

        • Anonymous

          not if you want any battery life…

          • EC8CH

            someone needs to just invent jeans with a battery and charging dock built into a pocket.

          • Anonymous

            Not that’s what I’m talkin’ about.  Jean charging.

          • Anonymous

            Sounds great. Until your jeans get wet, your pocket shorts out, and your crotch sets on fire.

  • LionStone

    How can it be smaller than the other VZ 4G phones? When I matched it up against my TB, the Bionic is taller and a bit wider! The B is thinner and a bit lighter…but it definitely isn’t smaller! With that blocky back on the B, it even ‘looks’ bigger.

    Oh yea, I’d like to see the hit it takes with 2 hrs of tethering please.

    • The Bionic has a bigger screen than the Thunderbolt, so of course it is taller and wider…

       

  • Bugs are to be expected, but the battery life is immediately questionable. I am not sure I could own this device… I can barely make use of my Thunderbolt with CM7 (which DID solve some of the battery issues… but 3G service is still spotty) – I can’t imagine have a bloated (Blur or Sense) phone again =/

  • ramifications

    While it seems the bionic is a great phone, my great experience with my Incredible is telling me to wait a couple weeks to see what the Vigor holds, then make my decision.

  • Illinipoke98

    My first experience with pentile and I’m having to get used to it.  It isn’t horrible, and I love the brightness, but it is certainly something to get used to if coming from an OG droid.  I’m not noticing it as much today, so I don’t think it will bother me in the long run.  I only had half a charge yesterday but it went from 50 to 20 in about an hour of somewhat hard use.   Will get a better feel for it today after a full charge.  I had to slap launcherpro on it, first time with blur and it is pretty cool but too weird to get used to right off the bat.  had to go back to old familiar for now.  Will probably go try blur again later.

  • Cstell28

    The market has a bug that doesnt restore apps from a previous android phone. I called motorola and spoke to a tech who said that this will be fixed in the update coming out in a week or two. Had to transfer all apps from og droid manually.

    • Root.  Titanium Backup.

    • Root.  Titanium Backup.

    • guest

      true, but you could have used market.android.com and pushed them to your phone, which would have saved a lot of time.  I pushed my 60 apps in about 10 minutes.  They were all finished loading by the time i was done clicking on the computer (thanks 4g! 😛 )

  • ChrisI

    I think all us are not asking the most critical, important, downright-need-to-know question out there: what in the world did you take a picture of? Is that seriously a decorative piece of a sliced up bug-eyed fish on your table?

  • Unroot is already available if you use the latest oneclick root: http://www.psouza4.com/Bionic

    I unrooted last night because SetCPU profiles didn’t get along with my Bionic. Gonna root again tonight though!

  • Anonymous

    Notification Light:  Not sure where this ridiculous idea came to light, but yes, it has a notification light.
    Do most phones not have this.  I love the light on my OG Droid.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung phones do not.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung phones do not.

      • Tommy Thompson

        Some do. Epic Touch 4G will.

  • Hoosiercub

    Im right handed and I’m happy the power switch is on the top left.. coming from a dinc it just makes sense to me.

    • Tabe

      Same here.. I keep phone in left pocket, pull out with left hand and turn it on with left index finger. And then I operate the phone with my right hand while holding with the left.

    • digsoreos

      I don’t have a Bionic, but I’m right-handed and always hold my phone in my left hand and type with my left thumb mostly. I learned years ago that while I’m right-handed, my left eye is dominant, so that may be why a few of us righters hold and use our phones with our left hands?

  • Radgatt

    Im a fan of my bionic. I don’t like the fact that the battery door isn’t flush around the hdmi port. I can live with mostly everything else. If the nexus comes to Verizon then I’m paying full price for that phone anyway so I’m good. This a great phone for what I’ve wanted. No real complaints here.

    •  Why pay full price for a phone that possibly comes out the end of next month?

  • Anonymous

    Parts of me really want to find an excuse to get this phone but it seems that I am headed the wrong way. I was hoping to retire my DX to a moto branded device but since Motorola has decided to throw that pentile screen on everything, I see a Sammy in my future.

  • So I was the biggest fan of this phone leading up to release and I love it for sure. But coming from a D1, I am missing vanilla Android (and CM7) and The screen is definitely grainy and doesn’t handle gradients well. Everything looks like a mesh. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but so far the screen is the only minor drawback. Other than that, this phone is rad.

    • prop joe Stewart

      If you put a matte screen protector on it it will make everything crystal clear

      • Really? Hmm, ok I am definitely willing to try that. I’ll have to start searching for one.

    • Anonymous

      That’s a pretty big drawback though, considering you are looking at the screen about 99% of the time. lol

      But yeah, I’m sure we’ll all get use to it.

  • Andrew Akker

    Which lockscreen replacement do you use?

    • Anonymous

      Widget Locker

  • Larry Mao

    Battery Life:

    Motorola recommends that you do this when you first get the battery:

    1) use it until the charge goes out/ phone turns off
    2) recharge to 100%, use it till it runs out fully/phone turns off
    3) repeat step 2

    Once you power cycle it, your battery life should improve tremendously.

    I remember that when the Droid X came out, some people complained about crappy battery life but they never followed the battery instructions. My phone gave me on avera 12-14hrs with moderate use, and up to 19hrs with no problems.

    It sounds like you did not do this. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    The only reason I say it is because others have pointed out that the Bionic has really good battery life for a LTE 4G phone.

    • Anonymous

      Shouldn’t need to power cycle phones or batteries this day and age.  That scares me that they are recommending that.  That’s like entering 1995 and the first cordless phone era again.

      • Larry Mao

        They’ve been doing that since at least the Droid X…

      • Larry Mao

        I think the interwebs ate my last comment.

        Moto has been doing this since the Droid X, at least. Also, you only have to do it that 1st time, and never again.

  • Vanilla Ice

    Can you please show us screen shots of your home screens? I like customization ideas. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Home screen:  http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/bionic-home.png

      Lock screen:  http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/bionic-lock.png

  • prop joe Stewart

    Yeah, but you’d mentioned on the powers if the twitter that it takes 18 hours to fully charge battery?… #dealbreaker.

    • Anonymous

      That was an exaggeration. 😛

  • Trooper

    I’m glad I did not buy it.  Thanks for the post Kellex.

  • Tabe

    “Lock Switch:  Top left could be the worst position for a lock switch in history.  Most people are right handed which means they also hold their phone in their right hand.”
    I don’t get this, I’ve heard people say it before… I’m right handed – Am I the only person who holds my phone in my non-dominant (left) hand and operate the phone with my dominant (right) hand?!

    • i assure you. you arnt. i dont understand why anyone would hold the phone with their dominiant hand. 

      • Anonymous

        Because it’s my dominant hand.  I don’t hold a pencil with my left hand either. Wait, do people use pencils anymore? 😛

        • I think you are wrong on this one Kellex… I think most hold with left and use right hand to do pencil work…  Maybe we just found a new poll?  🙂

          • Larry Mao

            I’m with Kellex on this. I use my Droid X with my right hand and thumb through most of its functions. I hardly ever have to two hand it.

          • Maybe I have big fingers, but I still am able to reach the power button with my right pointer finger if I hold it that way… 

            You know what they say about people with big fingers?  (insert joke about me here)

          • skaguyy

            big gloves

          • Anonymous

            big ring size?

          • Anonymous

            big belly as well lol jk

          • Jordan

            Im left handed and have grown into a habit with holding my phone in my right and thinking i will use my left hand i just use my right thumb unless im texting. 

            Also i dont see why you all would have a problem if the button is on the left… First world problems i guess..

          • Tabe

            I’ve been playing around, trying to figure out how I REALLY use my phone, and I’m with you. As a right hander I keep phone in left pocket, pull out with left hand and turn on with left index finger – then proceed to unlock screen with left thumb… While I switch it up, like you, I seem to do MOST of my screen navigation with my left (non-dominant) thumb!

          • Anonymous

            Maybe we do need a poll!  Glad you brought this up.

          • Wolfedude88

            I’m with Kellex on this one, I use my phone with my right hand.

          • Anonymous

            From 1 to 10 how do you scale the bionic Kellex? I gave it a 9 when i played with it. I still feel the photon it is the best looking device right now 🙂

          • yeah how i turn on the phone varies, but i’m def a left thumb user but a right handed guy.  I have larger hands so the lock button isn’t a problem for me.  I do hate the pentile screen though 🙁 Really that and the camera (wasn’t really expecting anything great from moto in this dept) are my only two gripes so far.  Got it today, charged to 100% used it and 4g LTE non stop for 5 hrs before down to 15% life.  Oh btw 20 Mbps down and 6 Mbps up in Wash DC area with 5 bars 4g

          • monkespit

            Same here, righty but primarily hold in left hand. Always left pocket. I need my dominant right hand for other more important things like steering wheels and smoking. DX button is nice cause its convenient for either hand.
            Now if I need faster more accurate typing in will use my right hand. I usually turn my phone counter clockwise for landscape and the hump is easier to handle in left hand. Also leaves cord pointing down so easier to use plugged in, with typical battery life that’s a common position.

          • Anonymous

            I know you may have just been kidding but please don’t text and drive peoples. As someone who was in a very bad motorcycle accident with a texter who thought it was more important to reply “omg” to her bff than to pay attention to who she was pulling out in front of with her suv, I would really appreciate it if people would text less while driving. I’m still not able to walk. Sorry to be such a buzzkill…and for the record, I personally hate the power button on the top left…top right side for my right handed thumb.

          • Unique

            I’m the same with Tabe on my OD.

          • Rickgeorges

            I agree with Jordan. I am left handed in everything, and I hold my phone in my right hand, and use my left for most functions. It is quite easy to use the right index finger to hit the power button. 

          • Jason

            “i hardly ever have to two hand it” Thats what she said.

          • I don’t think you want to brag about that one

          • Anonymous

            You must have a very big hand

          • Anonymous

            I’m a thumb user.  Every once in a while I go left hand with a right hand pointer, but usually just a thumb. 🙂

          • DeathfireD

            Same here. I blame the original Droid for this. I’ve gotten so used to having the phone in my right pocket, pulling it out with my right hand, pressing the lock button with my right index finger.

            I’m also going to miss the button dedicated to the camera :'(.

          • Anonymous

            I do agree lol. if you are going to write a letter you use your right hand to write and hold the paper with the left hand 🙂

        • Anonymous

          I think he means if you were writing on paper would you hold the paper with your right hand? If you’re right handed you will mostly use your right hand to touch the screen cause its your dominant hand.

        • Anonymous

          Nope…I even think I forgot how to even use one. Damn, I need to get back to school. Wait…do they even have paper and pencil’s at school, even? Or do they just have laptops and tablets? Damn whimper snappers!

        • Droidify

          I don’t understand the problem with this. Maybe I just have big hands but if you hold the phone in your right hand then isn’ t the top left the perfect place for the button? I simply  push it with my right hand index finger that is always resting one inch from the power button on the top left corner of the phone. I just don’t understand the complaint. I hated that my OGD had it on the right side.

          • Anonymous

            depending on how you’re holding the phone when you power it on…your right index finger would be exactly where the power switch is on the original droid…i’m a lefty so this is perfect for me, the bionic’s power switch would cause me to have to slide my finger over, what is it, 2.6 inches to the left…darn, i dont know if i could handle that

        • Anonymous

          what are “pencils” 

           but yea i hold my phone in my dominate hand and use it for most opperations.  it is rare that i do much with my off (left) hand.

        • Makes no sense to me either Kellex I hold my phone with my left hand and navigate screens with my right hand (dominant  hand). Button on the top left is easily pushed with my thumb.

        • Anonymous

          You got this one wrong Kellex. It is better to have the power on the left side. Many of us hold the phone on our left hands and use the right hand to use the phone. As for the pentile display i do agree with you that some colors do not look as red nor as yellow but, the pentile display do not bother me as long as i am not reading black letters and white background. You cant compare the camara on the gs2 and the bionic because gs2 has a better display, it is like the iphone that it has the best display. Therefore, the pictures that you take with the iphone looks so nice on that retina display. I feel the best features on a device are the call quality, sound quality, ram and battery life. Any more thoughts?

        • Ntbohl

          The way I hold the bionic in my hand, I would have loved a top-right lock key and I am a left-hander. When I saw it earlier, I assumed that righties would be dancing in the street because of its placement, but it’s interesting to learn that some right-handers aren’t happy with it. You righties are so spoiled :p

      • Anonymous

        Because most people’s hands are big enough to hold the phone with their dominant hand in portrait mode and type with their thumbs.

        • Anonymous

          for me it’s not an issue with my hands being too small or my fingers too large, but the screen just not being responsive when trying to use my thumb to flick through everything.  I notice it most on the lockscreen, but if I use two hands to operate the phone I almost never have to hit something twice or accidentily hit the wrong thing.

        • Anonymous

          for me it’s not an issue with my hands being too small or my fingers too large, but the screen just not being responsive when trying to use my thumb to flick through everything.  I notice it most on the lockscreen, but if I use two hands to operate the phone I almost never have to hit something twice or accidentily hit the wrong thing.

      • Anonymous

        agreed. i never hold my phone in my dominant hand. i use it to type/swap/watch porn… i mean… 

      • Anonymous

        yeah… because it is your dominant hand… I hold my phone in my right but I don’t use two hand typing, I thumb type

    • Tabe

      To me, that’s like being right handed and holding a pad of paper in your right hand while trying to write with your left!

      • Anonymous

        I’m a thumb phone operator. 😀

        • Tabe

          Yeah… Just had another discussion about this. If I’m doing 1-hand operation it’s usually in my right hand, but sometimes left. When using two hands it’s definitely in my left hand, though

          • Anonymous

            I switch back and forth a lot, but I love the top right position on my OG Droid; this is because I always lock my phone with my left hand and put it in my left pocket.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps Kellex doesn’t look at the same websites you do *cough, porn, cough* , so he doesn’t need to use his right hand for anything but holding the phone.

      I kid, I kid.

      • Tabe

        Haha! Touche!

    • Gator

      Another problem with the switch is that it is totally inaccessible when the phone is in the car dock cradle.  The corner of the phone where the switch is located is inside the cradle.

      • Stu

        There is an extension button that pokes out of the dock-just discovered it the other day but can’t quite get it to work with the cover on. That’s another thing-anyone else having trouble with these docks and inserts and covers??

    • Lefty Love! Finally something is made for us devil children!

      • Socal_jnunez

        lol children of the corn

    • Anonymous

      Nope, you’re not the only one.  I’m right handed.  I hold my phone in my left hand while reading and scrolling through stuff…and I hold my phone in my right hand when I’m typing.  So, I guess you could say that I’m a double fisted kind of guy.

      • Tabe

        LOL @ “Double fisted”! haha

    • Jmanin

      I agree. I hold my phones primarily with my left hand but I am right handed. Mostly because I am using my dominant hand to do other things like drive, talk on landline at work, etc. while checking things on my phone. lol

    • Corymcnutt

      I hold minie in my right hand and my index finger can easily access the button while holding it in my hand.  My Storm had it in the same position and this seems very natural too me…talk about finding faults that don’t excess.  The SGII’s picture makes everything “orangish” and the Pentile display looks awesome.  Did we really expect Kellex to like this phone in the first place?

      • Anonymous

        for someone that holds it in their left hand all the time, this isn’t very natural

    • gearmonky

      you’re definitely not the only one – i am right handed, but hold with my left and use it one handed for the vast majority of the time.

    • Anonymous

      i’m right-handed and have always used my phone with my left hand.  the lock switch on this phone is by faaaar my biggest gripe.  i can’t get to it with my left index finger without almost dropping the phone.

      • Anonymous

        i actually just went out and bought a case and screen protectors over lunch because in the day i’ve had the phone, i’ve started using two hands to lock it because i’m so afraid of dropping it.

    • Urugami

      I’m right-handed, and when I grab my Droid (OG) in my dominant hand, I have to either move the phone around or contort my hand to press the power button on the upper right.  My right index finger is poised closer to the upper left at first, making that a better place for me.  If I’m going to do much more than power on and look at some alert or email that came in, I’ll transfer the phone to my left hand after wake-up/swipe and use my right hand to work the controls.  So, for ease of use, Upper Left would be better (for me).  However, Upper Right may be better overall, since it reduces accidental power-ons/offs because I don’t usually have a finger there. 

    • Jamison

      Allow me to dispel all this craziness. I AM a strict lefty, I can’t use my right for shit. I went by to check out a Bionic yesterday and the button placement made me shutter. I own a Droid 2. Having to strain to force my finger to the opposite side of the phone that it should be. (Remember, i’m left handed so my fingers will be wrapped around the right side of the device). I don’t get what all you are complaining about, if i was a righty, i would be rejoicing right now as you finally get what you been wanting, more ease of use. Trust me, it will become easier on you, you are just accustomed to a wonky position (which was made for lefties I think, lol).

      I vote we all aim for lock keys in the middle of all future phones so its equal for all, but that’s just wishful thinking. Who’d wanna treat leftlies as equals?

      • Tabe

        I’d take middle button all day! Works perfectly for me on my DX!

    • Sp4rxx

      If you owned the OG, it’s in the same place.  I NEVER hit it when I’m on a call, nor is it inconvenient.  I am right handed and hold the phone primarily with my right hand.  Even holding it with my left hand I don’t hit it.  How are you people hitting the button?  It seems uncomfortable to even attempt.

    • Anonymous

      I personally use one hand (and that’s my dominant hand) to do everything on my phone. But then again, I have big hands so getting my fingers across the screen isn’t that much of a problem. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m right handed. Hold in my left, unlock (my thunderbolt) with right hand.

    • I’m just taking a swing here, but when you type on a keyboard, do you do the two finger poke thing? Just asking. Most people I’ve seen that hold their phones like that and type on them also finger poke. lol

    • Onekw

      i never noticed but i think you are correct i am left handed and hold the phone with my right hand

  • Falcon10474

    The Droid bionic is like having the xbox360 and the PlayStation 3 in one box but watching it on an old tube tv

    • Anonymous

      Here’s the “plus” for the Bionic’s screen… It makes my Xoom’s screen look awesome! Thanks Moto! 😛

    • Anonymous

      Shut up go back to feed your 5 kids 🙂

  • Achilles

    I have a Bionic and my experiences are: 1. None of my mp4 movies look good, but on the Droid X they looked fine. 2. When you move from screen to screen, any icons you have on your screens increase in brightness before going back to their regular colors. Battery life isnt an issue for me, as i bought the extended battery.

    • yeah that icon shimmer when switching screen is one of their fancy effect, not to fond of it myself either

  • Anonymous

    my notification light barely works i had to download an app just to see iton the top right covered by my case.

    • thats really a problem with your case isnt it?

      • Anonymous

        being covered yes, but the fact that i barely get any notifications no.

        • Thats a problem with you not having friends, no?

          • Anonymous

            -__- seeing that i missed a text from my friend saying that he was stuck at work due to flooding i don’t find that reply funny. (usually i would)

  • Bill Morrow

    I think that the LapDock is seriously awesome, I went ahead and tried it out.  For a remote access functionality with work, it’s absolutely great.  I have been toting my Xoom with me everywhere, and while I like that the leather bound keyboard setup that I purchased for $99 for the Xoom was the worst keyboard in the history of all keyboards I have ever had.  The Lapdock keyboard is small, but effective and I have no problems with it.

  • What, Bugs? No way! All of you self righteous people said it would be perfect with no flaws and no one should say one bad thing about it. Nice.

  • What, Bugs? No way! All of you self righteous people said it would be perfect with no flaws and no one should say one bad thing about it. Nice.

    • Anonymous

      No one said that. All we said was that the Bionic would be incredible, to say the least. Of course even the Bionic will have bugs.

      Also, sarcasm much?

      • Many, Many said it would be flawless. Battery stellar, etc. Not the case.

        • Anonymous

          heh…wrong. Get me a link that directly goes to a comment of a person who said that the phone would be perfect. Sure, I even said the Bionic would be stellar(and in most cases it is, from some of the reviews I’ve been reading, also users who say it is, as well), but I never once said it would be perfect. Incredible, yes, perfect, no. No phone is. The Droid X wasn’t perfect but it was still incredible, even to this day. Still works great.

          • digsoreos

            I heard someone say it would come with unicorns and rainbows. Did anyone get either of those? 😉

        • yeti fitting

          im very happy with my bolt!

        • yep like J-mcclane who left about 300 comments on why the bionic was the greatest phone ever to be released. shocking i dont see him in here defending his love child. he is probably at home working on his native android apps that he writes in objective c

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you, not sure one person said anything about this phone being perfect.  If you have those kinds of expectations for a phone, you should keep those opinions out of the public heh.  Every phone has flaws.

        • Yes they did. The minute early reviews came in of small problems they were discounted by many here as mistakes or user error. Not the case. Everyone who planned on getting one got a blind allegiance to the phone unwilling to see or accept any flaws. A few days later reality sinks in.

      • prop joe Stewart

        Wait…the bionic is the incredible???

        “If the twitter “

        • Anonymous

          hahah, nice.

    • Bill Morrow

      Show me a phone without a bug, or a phone that may not have bugs but is completely locked down with no freedom in mind.  Then I will show you a winning lottery ticket and let you have it.

    • You’re the jackass that started the “no notification light” rumor too. Please use your troll talent elsewhere.

      • No, your wrong. Get your facts straight douche lord.

        • Brent Mannarino

          u mad bro?

        • You’re calling me a douche? hahaha! You’re the one that’s here trying to talk shit every day about something you probably can’t even afford. What are you, like 15?

        • Here’s the post where you started that crap. You’re either a child or have the mind of a child. Leave before someone makes you.

          http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/01/download-motorola-droid-bionic-user-guide/#comment-300564602

        • Anonymous

          Rocko DoucheLord Smith… does “No, your wrong” mean “my bad” in your village? Or did you mean you say “You’re” (as in, you sir) are wrong?

      • VageenLikeSleeveOfWizards

        Hey cow lover, many reported there not being LED notification. And now for me, it doesn’t work half the time. 

        • Seriously, Captain Douchecanoe? That’s the best you’ve got?

    • You’re the jackass that started the “no notification light” rumor too. Please use your troll talent elsewhere.

    • BionicsBugs

      That’s because they don’t want to feel bad about blowing $300 on this turd. 

  • PyroHoltz

     Well done, curious to see how folks like this devices after a few weeks.

    • WAldenIV

      I hate the lock button on the DX. I always hit it when I push the phone into my pocket. I think top left makes sense because righties would hold the phone in the left to unlock and dial, etc.

  • PyroHoltz

     Well done, curious to see how folks like this devices after a few weeks.