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Motorola DROID Bionic Review – Verizon

This weekend, after more than a week with the DROID Bionic, I felt it was finally time to put my thoughts on the device together in one of our standard reviews.  Since most of you know the story of the Bionic, there is no need to rehash all of those bad times, so instead, I will just jump right into this.  This device was supposed to be game changing.  Is it?  In some ways it most certainly is.  But is it game changing enough for you to buy it now instead of waiting the month to see what may be the beginning of an era of smartphones that we never dreamed would come.  Let’s find out.  

The Good:

  • Call Quality:  I don’t find myself highlighting call quality all that often during these reviews, but in the case of this phone, it had to be mentioned.  Motorola sure does know how to make a call sound spectacular.  If you were looking for a phone that essentially tops them all for making calls, this would be it.
  • Speed/Power:  With its dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, this phone flies.  While it runs essentially the same version of Blur as the DROID3, it definitely does not suffer from those same slowness issues that over time plagued that phone.  From day 1 to now this phone has been fast.  It processes multiple apps at a time, jumps between them, and rarely (if ever) finds itself bogged down.
  • Design:  Some are fans of the Moto hump, some aren’t.  I’m one of the fans.  It’s different that anything anyone else is doing and I like that about it.  Other than the hump though, I’m a fan of the black and metallic exterior, the smooth lines, light grey speaker highlights and big ol’ soft keys.  Another well designed phone, right here.

  • Hardware:  I’ll just list it all out and you tell me what phone on the market matches up to it.  1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE, 4.3″ qHD screen, 8MP camera that shoots 1080p video, front camera for video chatting, HDMI mirroring, 16GB of internal storage, and a pre-installed 16GB SD card. Can’t think of another device that matches those specs?  That’s because there isn’t one.  There are no other dual-core phones with 4G LTE connectivity.
  • Screen (at times):  This is one of those sections that I’m coughing while writing as someone who in the past has absolutely trashed on Motorola’s qHD PenTile Matrix screen choices.  So what are my “at times” thoughts on them now?  I’ll just say this – the brightness is unmatched.  If you use a blue background, it looks fabulous.  And as long as I try and avoid looking at greens or straight lines with black in them, I can live with it.  It’s definitely not perfect and I would prefer a Super AMOLED Plus, but I can at least admit that the screen has grown on me over the last couple of weeks.
  • 4G LTE:  I had been using an unlocked Samsung Galaxy SII for 2-3 months because I found the HTC Thunderbolt to be one of the buggiest messes of a phone in I don’t even know how long.  So while I love my SGS2 still to this day, I most definitely missed having 4G LTE.  With this phone bringing me specs similar to the SGS2 but with LTE tacked on, I have found myself back in a very happy place.
  • HDMI:  This has become a standard with most high-end phones these days, but having an HDMI port that allows for full mirroring to an HD screen is pretty fun.  Gaming, watching home videos, or showing slideshows of the pictures you just snapped, are tasks that are all easily completed with the Bionic.
  • Front Camera and Google Talk:  I really wish Motorola had tossed in a 2MP front camera like Samsung did with the Galaxy SII, but that’s just not the case.  The VGA (0.3MP) shooter won’t be used any time for taking stills, however, it works just fine while video chatting on Google Talk.  Speaking of Google Talk with Video – it’s such a fantastic app.  I can’t wait for every front-camera’d phone to get it.
  • Battery Life (sort of):  When compared to other 4G LTE phones from Verizon, the Bionic is king.  While it may not be world beating when compared to non-4G LTE phones, it’s at least showing us that this technology is headed in the right direction.  I saw anywhere from 8-10 hours of normal use on the standard battery and 14-16 on the extended big dog.  I should point out that standard use for me is checking emails, Twitter, Google Reader, and potentially browsing through some favorite internet spots. If you start gaming, watching video, or doing other intensive processes, you’ll get far less than those numbers I just gave you.  Don’t forget to take a look at our battery hands-on which included both the extended and inductive (wireless) cover.
  • Accessories:  The accessory options for the DROID Bionic are really unmatched by any other phone at this time.  The webtop experience – which is sort of shaky at this point – is something that has a ton of potential.  And with 4 different options for you to experience it at a variety of price points, I’d say that Motorola is on the right track.
  • Root:  The phone was rooted before it even became available to the public and that makes all of us happy.  It also has a bootstrap app that can put a custom recovery on it.  And CM7 is getting closer to being released.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Screen (a lot of the time):  I know that I just got done semi-praising the screen on this phone, but that doesn’t mean I’m in love.  After coming from the incredibly vibrant screen on the Galaxy SII, it has been a struggle to get myself to a point where I can almost accept the one on the Bionic.  It has moments of brilliance, but for the most part, the grainy mess that appears far too often is unacceptable in today’s mobile landscape.  It’s time to switch it up Moto.
  • Camera:  We had heard all sorts of rumors about the Bionic’s new shooter and how it was so much better than anything Motorola had used before.  Well folks, it definitely did not live up to that hype.  While it may not bring us that nasty blue tint like the DROID3 did, it has enough other downfalls to make even a novice photog frustrated.  It takes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long to focus on anything.  Doesn’t even know what to do in dimly lit areas.  And even struggles at times to create non-blurry shots in pristine lighting conditions.  Here are some of the best photos I was able to take:


  • Headphone Jack:  What’s with the obnoxious hissing noise?  Moto, Verizon, anyone – please fix this immediately.
  • Bootloader:  It’s locked.  Only a miracle would get it unlocked.  Still no word on when Motorola is going to start unlocking bootloaders either, but rumors would suggest that this phone could be one of the first. We are getting close to 2012 and were told that we would start to see this happen some time in the “end of 2011”, so stay tuned.
  • Battery Life:  Back on battery life for a second.  We are aware that this phone bests the other LTE offerings in battery life, but still want to point out that this phone struggles to get through a day with even semi-moderate use.  I know that cell phones these days have multiple tasks going on and we rely on them more and more, however, the fact that none of them (including this one) can get you through even 24 hours is saddening.  We can do dual-core and quad-core this and that, but we can’t make battery tech that lasts longer?  Time to refocus some efforts into some other areas, I’d say.
  • Blur:  Skins, oh skins.  This version of Blur has improved greatly over past releases, yet it still drives me nuts.  In order to make this thing acceptable, I had to turn off those ridiculous 3D transitions and animations and then put in GO Launcher EX and Widget Locker immediately.  I do like some of the polish that this build has, but it still has a long ways to go before I’ll even think about not doing my own customizing.  The dock bar is nice, the shiny gloss over widgets is fun, and the paginated app drawer is cool.  It’s still too much though.
  • Lock Switch:  We actually ran a poll over whether or not people preferred to have a top left or right lock switch and the majority of you share my thoughts.  The left switch on this phone is in the wrong damn spot.  As someone that uses my phone mostly in my right hand, that top left button is almost impossible to hit.  This may seem like a minor thing to be complaining about, but when you are constantly locking and unlocking your phone, this can be quite the nuisance.
  • Signal Issues (not widespread?):  There are known signal/hand-off issues with this phone that have plagued a number of you.  It doesn’t appear to be widespread, but we have heard from enough readers now that we made a separate post about it.  According to our sources, Verizon has an update in the works to hopefully address it.
  • Phone Thickness:  I love the styling of this phone, but would love for it to be thinner.  After using the Galaxy SII for so long, it has taken me a bit to get used to a phone this big again.  It’s thinner than the other LTE offerings from Verizon, yet still isn’t thin enough.




To see how it compares to the Galaxy SII and DROIDX, check out this post.

Hands-on and Unboxing:


Video Sample (1080p):


The Verdict:

I’ll try to make this quick, although I don’t know if that is possible when it comes to this phone.  I will say this though – I’m liking the DROID Bionic more and more each day that I use it.  The 4G LTE connectivity is something that every smartphone user on this planet should experience.  Even in the 2-bar area that I happen to live, it’s still almost faster than my home WiFi connection.  The specs are beefy enough that you should be able to use this phone for a long, long time.  In a world that is filled with 2-year contracts, I can’t imagine that this would not still be cruising along nicely at the end of one.  There is a vocal group of Android enthusiasts out there that would have you believe that this phone is garbage – they are 100% wrong.  This is actually a really excellent phone.  It is hands-down Verizon’s best at the moment.

But will it be able to compete with a couple of devices that could be here within the next month and a half, the Vigor and Galaxy Nexus?  Who knows.  Just remember, that when those come out, we will be asking if they can compete with the Motorola Dinaras and Galaxy S3s of the world.  And then after those, we’ll be asking about the rumored devices to come after them.  We are in this time period where mobile technology is evolving at such an incredible pace that many of you are nervous to pull the trigger; afraid that you will be locked in for 2 years on a device that turns out to be a dud.  The DROID Bionic does not appear to be a dud.

DROID Bionic Specs | Other Bionic Coverage

  • Woah, awesome design on the review! I really love the graphics and your star ratings at the beginning. With a million new Android handsets coming out every day, it’s nice to have something quick to and easy to look at.

  • I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoys the Bionic.  I personally love mine.

  • razr

  • jon carey

    own one and have a new ripe since the mass outage my phone doesn’t want to got from 3G->4G anymore it just dies and looses all  data connections..  Not happy moto!!!

  • Silver91354

    Coming to Droid Life, I come for the latest going-ons and updates pertaining to anything Andorid as most of you do. What I don’t understand is why do some come on here bashing any post that pertains to The Bionic? If you don’t plan on getting a Bionic or have an iPhone or other, what does a Bionic post have to do with you? I have and love my Bionic and am happy to read posts here whether it be a review or update to the phone. By the way, if you scroll down on the right side of this page, the Bionic review sums it up well. Go away trollers.

  • Thanks for your review. I want to know why Motorola had to move all the
    buttons. I upgraded from a Droid X to the Bionic and am frustrated that
    Motorola moved the buttons , probably so you had to buy new windshield
    mounts and other peripherals. Most critical is the removal of the camera
    button from the side. Now, you have to push the button on the screen
    which of course, moves the camera slightly as you are trying to take a

  • Mrjrome

    Every three months something better will be coming out so if the phone dropps to 149 then ill buy it but im not paying 300 for a phone and when it malfunctions they send me a referb as a replacement and be tied down for two years, no thanks im not getting caught up in the hype!

  • Robert Strowger

    I’ve had my Droid Bionic for almost half a year and it is by far the best phone I have ever had.  I can’t wait until the Ice Cream Sandwich hits that would be the ultimate for me.  This phone is a keeper.

  • Joey301

    i don’t think you used this phone very much. As a data phone, it is non functional.

  • jesus2.lopez

    Awesome review, thanks! I love that the Droid Bionic how runs on Verizon’s
    new 4G LTE network and has a dual core processor. This phone will be able to
    handle multitasking while you are watching YouTube. The Bionic will go great
    with my employee Sling adapter that I recently got from DISH Network. With the
    Sling adapter, I can stream live and recorded TV to my Android device
    everywhere I have 3G coverage or WiFi, it perfect for me since I have a hard
    time fitting my favorite shows into my busy schedule.

    • Ahsan

      Get the RAZR.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm well now at first i never considered this phone, but seeing it on ebay for 325$ off-contract…now that is tempting. Been wanting to jump into LTE for a while now. might pull the trigger; I’ll wait until I see what Ebay prices are like for the GNex.

  • Lol, finish TPS report on the tasks calendar in the screenshot

  • Anonymous

    As far as the pentile screen goes, we can nit pick it to death, and yesbthere is visible pixelation when looking at greens but I have to tell you, that after playing with a droid x2 for a month and seeing how incredibly visible that screen was in bright sunlight, the pixelation was something I was able to live with.

    • Alexander Garcia

      I’m a proud and happy owner of the DX2 and I’m on the same boat as you regarding the display. The Pentile Matrix is definitely not as bad as what every nit-picky tech junkie out there have over-dramatically claim it to be. In addition to that, I love the full visibility of the display even under the overwhelming brightness of the sun.  🙂

  • Just wait until Galaxy Nexus and DROID RAZR… (:

  • Timothy Cregan

    You know what I like about the newest phones video recording capabilitites….?  Maybe now the big foot videos, UFO encounters, and Elvis sightings will be able to be substantiated, instead of grainy, blurry messes!  Oh yeah! Fun times ahead.

  • Shelley

    I would like to see some comment about volume on all phones that you review. I have a hearing problem and phone volume is critical for me. So far, the DROID1 is the only phone in the history of cellphones that has enough volume to allow me to listen comfortable to books and music. Please include a comment about volume in your reviews. Thank you.

  • Obsidian

    I understand everyone’s issues with battery life but just got buy and extra battery and even though it is a pain charge the extra and keep it on you… rarely do you even run out of battery in an area where you are far away from a charger but when it happens put in your spare and then charge them both again when you have time… its not a fix but it has worked damn well for me since the first smartphone came out… its nice they put a 1750 mAh battery in the Bionic over the 1500 mAh battery in the old Droid X

  • N Searcy 38

    bummed that mine has serious connectivity issues when switching from wifi to 3G/4G.

  • whoever filmed that video had some crazy blair witch thing going…got parkinsons?

  • M_vd626

    Jesus dude you need to have your hands ran over by a steam roller so you can never do a phone demo again . Do you think maybe you could hold your hands still for longer than 1/10000 of a second I”ve never been so annoyed in MY LIFE watching someone demo a phone . get off the crack and try it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • FanDroid619

    Finally!!! An article that doesn’t trash this precious gem of a device. It is an awesome phone and it places 3rd on my list of best smartphones on the planet in my opinion…

    1.) Sammy’s Galaxy S II (the OG unlocked version, KING of all Androids)
    2.) Moto’s Photon (just wished it wasn’t on Sprint)
    3.) Moto’s DROID Bionic (for the reasons listed on this article)
    4.) Moto’s DROID X2 (Bionic sans LTE & FFC)
    5.) Sammy’s SGS2 Epic Touch (just wished it wasn’t on Sprint)

  • Anonymous

    I am in the group that is waiting for “the next best thing”. But I never hated this phone at all. I went and played with it when it came out and liked it very much. The build quality of this phone is great. It just feels good. It wasn’t slow or laggy at all for me. And what can I say about 4G right? The bionic is a solid upgrade from the og Droid. I would still be rocking mine but it was stolen so I had to get a replacement Incredible. Now if I was still on my og droid, I would most likely upgrade now. But considering I use an inc. everyday, I’m not hurting to the point that I need to go blow my wad on a new phone right now. I will respectively pass on this wonderful offering by Motorola. Like I said it is a great built phone, but I’m more of a software lover. No disrespect intended to the bionic or it’s owners. 

  • Anonymous

    Good review. I wanted this phone back in the Spring! I didn’t wait and has already been 6 months.
    I am happy I didn’t wait as it certainly doesn’t seem to be the “game changer” everyone thought it would be. That being said, it certainly seems to be a fantastic device.
    Lesson to be learned here is simple…stop wasting time waiting for something bigger and better and enjoy what is out at the moment. Tomorrow your new device is old news, its changing that fast!

  • Good article, I agree with all you comments. I have owned the Bionic since it launched and am happy I waited. Verizon were getting impatiant with me bombarding me with ‘upgrade now ads’ wanting to renew my contract that was a year out of contract. I think I will get one for my wife.

  • At 360.00 on a two year contract — it ought to be a great phone.   I remember when 199.00 was the “expensive” price point…  Seems like we aren’t riding Moore’s law all too well on smartphones 🙁 

    • Anonymous

      360? It is $249 on verizon for me and cheaper at radioshack and other third party retailers.

  • Smrzzy

    Is it me or does it take a long time to charge? I just bought mine yesterday, let it drain then full charged it. The first day it lasted 6hrs before having to charge it but then it took like 3 hrs to fully charge…

  • Granted

    Yep, just a reiteration of what I’ve said forever. Damn Johnny Come Lately’s.

  • Exodia

    I love my Droid Bionic, it just came in the mail on the 19th.  So far I have no complaints what so ever, it is super fast and the design is great!  The best thing about the whole deal is that I got it off Wirefly.com for $174.99 and it only took 2 days to get to me via Fedex.  Wirefly had a special promotion going on for 1 day with a promo code called BIONIC75 which saved me an extra $75 off there already reduced upgrade price of $249.99.  Anyway’s there in no other phone that I can compare it with becasue it is so fast and I thought me Droid X was fast! If you have the money get one, you won’t regret it!

  • I’m actually surprised you didnt’ mention the amount of freakin’ bloat ware on the thing.  verizon is getting out of control with this. i don’t mind that they come installed but at least let me uninstall them god damn it!

  • Dannyborst

    How can you say this phone is too thick? Any thinner and itll feel like your not holding a phone but a credit card. I like the thickness and the build, It makes me feel like im actually holding a phone.

  • Sabres4510

    Is anyone else having the issue with the my verizon app. I tried to login on my bionic and It said my password was wrong. I changed it and still got an error code. I logged online and change my password but my phone is now stuck on the forgot password screen and everything ive tried to remove it won’t work. Pulled the battery, Clear data tried to uninstall. Tried to update but still stuck on that screen. Verizon told me I had to do a factory reset any ideas??

  • Anonymous

    I am still interested in this phone, obviously for docking purposes, But…..my concern and question is the sound.  Although I don’t use the ear piece alot, I don’t want that to be a problem.  My OG is great, I just want a faster / upto date smartphone.  I don’t think the screen is an issue for me, so besides earpiece and screen, what one or two other MAJOR issues should hold me back?  In advance, thank you for your input.

  • PMoney

    I’m still trying to figure out whether I’m returning my Bionic or not. I have one more week to decide (and won’t pay a restocking fee because I bought it at Costco). I looked at Facebook side by side with my iPod Touch, and the Bionic screen is severely lacking (I know we all knew that). Pictures are brighter and crisper on the iPod (I’ve never had an iPhone, as I really love the Google Navigation on Droids). I wonder if I should wait for the newest Samsung, as they seem to have better screens. But my old HTC Droid Eris was driving me nuts, so I wanted to get the best phone I could get as soon as I could. I don’t want to fuel the Bionic hate, but I’m truly ignorant here–do you suggest I wait for the new Samsung?

  • So… do regular micro-USB chargers work on the Bionic or does it really use a special one like the guy at Radioshack told me???

  • Anonymous

    I really, REALLY wanted this phone to work out for me. I had read the concerns about the screen and thought “well, it at least has to be as good as my OG Droid, right?”  Wrong.  The graininess was far too noticeable and I simply couldn’t justify shelling out $250 for a screen that looked worse than a phone I bought off contract 20 months ago for $200.  The camera is the one other component that I have been dying to see a viable upgrade, and unfortunately Moto still(!) hasn’t figured that one out.  I love my OG Droid as it has served me well and was willing to give my loyalty to Moto once again, but this phone just didn’t convince me it was a proper successor even with all the other component upgrades.  *Sigh*, here’s to hoping the Vigor or Nexus don’t have the same issues and a good build quality.

  • Dannythefish1989

    I have the bionic but really want the new htc phone. Would it be worth the wait to return my bionic and wait for the vigor? I mean is it gonna get pushed back 9 months like the bionic did? HELP!!!!!

  • QQMore

    Just played with one in the store yesterday.  Obviously much faster than my D1 clocked at 1ghz.  Not a fan of that screen though.  Was the first time I really took a look at the pentile screens.  It was also my first 4G experience.  Wow I’m definitely looking forward to that.  Think I’m holding out for the Vigor and Nexus to get released and will probably end up with one of those to be honest.  If those don’t turn out to be good though, Bionic probably will end up being my next phone then.  Upgrade eligible in October but waiting on the Vigor and Nexus to hit before the final decision.

  • Mikemcse

    This is a great phone. I was reluctant to pull the trigger but as mentioned before why wait until the next best thing? There will always be something better coming out. The call quality is awesome and I have gotten decent battery life with the standard battery. The screen takes some getting used to but it works great in the sun and its very bright. Yeah it has a bunch of bloatware loaded on it and it has some flaws but overall I am very happy with it. The phone is very fast and works well as a phone.     

  • equake

    Honest review with a mixed bag of goodness vs notso goodness.  Pentile screens is definitely an iffy subject matter as seeing the tiling effect at the Verizon store it does getting used to.  But rumor has it that the screen is very useable in direct sunlite which most screens can’y touch so this could be a good fir for those outdoors use.  The only compromise I see is the battery which was rumored to be 1900+ mAh which could have put this phone over the top.  The Atrix I thought had this big battery, I wonder why the Bionic was short changed.

  • Jeff

    I still don’t understand the whole lock switch debate, I use my phone primarily in my right hand and the top left is in the perfect position to hit with my right index finger.

    • Anonymous

      I think he means he holds it in his left hand and uses his right fingers to navigate, maybe.

    • Anonymous

      if you are right handed the power  left position it is better

  • Roxstarrz

    Why are all you haters even on here? If you don’t like the phone, than don’t buy it… Who are you guys to say the screen is crap or that it’s a slow phone. Last time I checked, I was buying a phone, not a computer. Why do you want the phone to be overclocked? Won’t that drain the battery that much faster? Seriously, if you want a different phone, than just wait for that shit and shut your filthy mouths already…

    • TeflonBilly

      You mad bro?

      • Anonymous

        bro you mad lol

    • Anonymous

      why overclock when the phone comes super fast already. People are stupid

  • I am glad I am not the only person with that annoying hissing noise.

  • Anonymous

    oww kellex that is a nice review 🙂 you are always honest.

  • Pennywise

    10h 34m 0s on battery which is reporting exactly 60% remaining.  4GLTE is on and connected (though haven’t done much surfing today, mostly just txting and short phone calls)

  • Sporttster

    Just saw a commercial on the Samsung Galaxy S2 available on all the other carriers right now. Man,I am SO incredibly tempted to ditch Verizon and their late to the party crap and go get one on either T-Mobile or Sprint! 4g, dual core processor, Super Amoled plus screen, known the world round as the best of the best available. I gotta go check this out tommorrow for sure!!!!!!

    • Pennywise

      Check it out and let us know what you think. IMO, the Bionic is a significantly better device than the SII.

    • Anonymous

      is it really worth having a nice fast phone on a MUCH slower network? Those other networks cant touch Verizons 4G.

      • Anonymous

        nobody cant touch verizon period. We have the best devices as well

    • Anonymous

      Yeah…Not sure. Low pixel density, low resolution, slower data connections, cheap plastic builds…I dunno. I’ve played with the overseas gsm gsII but it just feels cheap overall. Very fast performance, but cheap feeling. Like a Japanese sports car in a way.

  • Sporttster

    I cannot and will not get over the screen. This is the main interface to this phone and with it being so grainy, there’s no way I want anything to do with that for the next two or more years. Not with better phones coming….so I have to wait….not compromising

    • Pennywise

      Sounds like a good decision!  Just checked the screen on my Bionic again, yup, still looks great!

    • Cliwat

      What ya’ll talking about..screen looks fine…i dont use a loupe when i play games, or read facebook.

  • Justin

    I’m apparently one of the few who say this phone is meh.
    I got my bionic on day 1 and had the og since day 1. Tons of stuff I like and don’t like with this bionic, nothing makes me really “wow” over it. It is cool, but nothing special to me.

    • Pennywise

      Weird… I guess I’m not sure what you’re looking for a phone to do.

      (20+Mbps UP/DOWN @50-70ms and this phone moves through multitasking like warm butter)

  • Droidrican

    I played with this phone in Verizon and I love it. I want but not payng $799 for it with out contract. Is there a way I can get this phone with out spending so much without contract? I have the Droid X Verizon. I know, i know, I’m old school lol. I’ve had this phone for about less then a year. So im not even at the half way point of my contract and they wont give me a new one to get the Bionic. Sooooo what the helll do I do? Any ideas, advice, etc

    • Anonymous

      if you go to a Verizon ‘corporate’ store as long as your the primary line on the account they might offer you something off. the regular ‘authorize retailer’ wont do jack. you can also add a line for 9.99 a month. i did that only because they got 20% off my bill a month because my wife works for the Bank of America. so we save like $30 a month. and now i have 3 lines rotating for upgrades at various times. LOL.
      but if you thing about it, paying the $10 a month for the line for 2 years is only 240. and lets say you get the 100 off and pay 199. thats 200 upfront and 240 over 2 years. better than 800 upfront. you save half too.

    • Anonymous

      wait brother wait lol. Verizon like to play kids games sometimes

  • Not sure if you have seen this
    Along with the announcement that they are going to be running android devices on the x86 architecture i’m not really concerned for battery power (so long as these chips make there way onto android phones). I’m sure ever one knows and agrees lithium ion batteries suck. The kids over at MIT have proved this multiple times.

  • Anonymous

    “You never get anywhere in life, if you’re always waiting for the next best thing.”

    I agree BUT..I can wait for a phone with battery 4G battery life. I can wait for a phone with 4G Radios that aren’t so big. I can wait for a phone that has a better display and a better camera. With technology’s rapid pace advancement, I will not be waiting that longer.

    • Anonymous

      Stuff you’re asking for… A year or two. But then it’s time for LTE-Advanced and other changes.

  • Ry4meck

    question: I understand that 4g lte is more draining on a phone battery then 3g. With that being said however how are these reviews being done? Is it with background data on for constant syncing? I own a DX, keep background data off (as I prefer to update my facebook, twitter, email myself) and with moderate usage (heavy texting, 30-45mins talk time, facebook/twitter/email multiple times a day, and light gaming such as angry birds/words with friends) average between 36-38 hours on a single charge. I’d really like a 4g phone but if they are only averaging 8-10 hours I’ll have to pass for now and keep on going with the X.

  • Bionic

    Good review.  However I have not seen many issues with my camera.  But yanno what?  If a picture is important to me……….im not using my damn phone to take it.  Duh

  • Anonymous

    I love my Bionic but there are some things I dislike about it. And I’m glad I’m not the only one with a hissing headphone jack… FIX IT!!! SOMEONE!!! NOW!!! 

    Here’s the short list of things I’m not the biggest fan of (I promise my writing makes it look like more issues than I actually have):The camera can take great pictures in the right conditions, but those conditions are few and far between. Motorola definitely went to the school of more megapixels = gooder. That’s right, I said gooder. The screen animations take too long and if you turn them off you lose the CRT screen-off animation. I still don’t like the sideways app drawer but there are ways around that. The standard battery gets me 12 to 14 hours pretty much without fail unless I’m watching video after video – not great but about what my OG Droid was getting near the end. The setting Motorola came up with to detect whether or not the thing is in your pocket is OK in theory, but in practice it doesn’t really work. It works in the sense that it will lock the screen in your pocket, but it will lock the screen when it’s not in your pocket as well – like when you use Google Voice for your voicemail and try to actually listen to your messages. And, finally, I do notice the ‘pentileness’ at times. However, I probably wouldn’t think anything of it had I not spent the last few months reading you people piss and moan about pentile screens. I don’t really care. My eyesight isn’t perfect and unless I’m holding it up next to a different screen for a reference it’s not really that bad.Now for the things I like…
    For one, the thing is FAST. Not just snappy like other heavy hitters like the SGSII, but fast all around thanks to LTE. 1GHz dual core may not be the fastest processor with the highest clock speed, but it’s no slouch – and I have yet to make it hiccup. I can stream flash content over LTE with ZERO problems. No lag, no stuttering, just butter. The spec freaks out there will hold off for something “better” but this thing won’t be on its deathbed in 2 years when my contract is up like my OG was. I’m willing to bet it won’t come close to matching anything that comes out 18 months from now, but it probably won’t struggle to run new apps at that time, either. Size is relative. The phone is not small, but it’s thinner and lighter than the OG Droid many Bionic owners are coming from. The width and height help it feel thinner than it actually is. It’s not thin, but it’s no Thunderbolt, either. It feels solid in my hand. There’s more but I’m hungry and you’re probably tired of reading this crap. I like my Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    Bottom line is that if you are currently using a GS2 or a TBolt or an EVO, then the Bionic isn’t going to be THAT big of a deal, because the jump in technology isn’t all that noticeable.  But what you need to understand is that a lot of us are OG Droid users, who got our first and only Android handsets back in November of ’09!

    I’ve been holding onto my upgrade since March.  It feels good to have a frustration-free phone now.  And this Blur is not as bad as the ugly monster that everyone keeps crying about.  Probably is the fact that the processor and RAM allow it to function like it’s “supposed to”.

    And if I don’t like it 6 months from now, I’m sure VZW will let me upgrade by next September 😉

  • Anonymous

    Good review Kellex. My thoughts are similar and you have confirmed most of them, if this gets a BOGO and/or price drop by Christmas, I don’t care of Ice Cream, Lasagna, or Chinese rice comes out, I’m pulling the trigger! Time to retire my OG!!!!

    • Bionic

      Bionic will likely get Android 4.0 update anyway.

      • Anonymous

        completely agree

  • En28so

    I haven’t played with this phone yet, but the call quality seems to be excellent according to most reviews, so to me I think motorola makes the phones with the best signals and call quality. I know my original droid and now my DROIDX have had perfect signals all the time.

    • Anonymous

      When i first bought my droid x i felt in love with the sound and speaker quality of that puppy. It was the best device 2010 destroying evo 4g

  • Mr.joe

    “There is a vocal group of Android enthusiasts out there that would have you believe that this phone is garbage – they are 100% wrong.”
    My eyes watered up while reading this.  It’s so beautiful.  Next to that puppy.  OMG I <3 boxer dogs so much.  If that is Kellex's dog.  I think I may have respect for him.

  • Anonymous

    I took a picture of my keyboard and you can see the dust in between the keys clear as day. That’s a great picture.

  • Anonymous

    Nice review kellex, you’re right about the camera it does take a bit longer to focus depending on the distance of what you are trying to photograph but the pictures are true to life and very sharp. The thickness i got to say is a  individual preference. Myself I love the width of the phone, it’s bit thinner than the D1 yet thicker than the SGS2 which for me is perfect. Even with the hard protective cover it’s still enough to hold on too. The battery lasts ok, I’m a very heavy user and love to watch movies and stream video, so I can get thu a day but just barely. I carry a portable battery charger and it gives me the extra charge i need. http://www.cellphoneshop.net/microusbackup.html and this gets me by. I’ve not heard the hiss noise you talk about in the ear phones. The LTE is a MUST for any phone without it it’s almost useless. This thing can multi-task like crazy, I actually had about 6 things running at once and called myself from my office and it never skipped a beat, it took it all and kept right on going. The Pentile screen can be better and is probably the least thing I like about the phone but if it saves battery then I can lie with it. If the battery dies the screen goes black and it does not do anyone any good then  🙂  All in all I love this phone. 

  • Please stop unboxing and just get to the phone thanks

  • J Dub

    I need next gen specs WITH an unlocked bootloader. That’s the only way you’ll ever be able to get by for 2 years. Also waiting for the first ICS device helps too.

  • Guest

    Unless the Nexus Prime is just absolutely amazing… I’m just gonna wait until the price goes down on the Bionic. Sounds like a keeper to me. Either I buy a phone within the next few months, or just keep waiting and waiting because I’m scared something better will come out. Something better will always come out. Just have to decide… Hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    I really wanted to counter your “name something better” throwdown with the Galaxy S II LTE for Rogers but thats only announced not on the market (which is still more than pretty much any other phone we’ve been talking about lately). Enjoyed the review but I think you should start adding Vellamo benchmarks to these. From what I can gather its the “best” benchmark out there.

  • Kellex, glad to see you’re not too big a man to admit you can be swayed!  I got a Bionic on launch day  (my OG had had enough) & I love it!  I was worried about the screen & after I went in a played with it, I couldn’t tell the difference!  So, if people are wondering about the screen, don’t take ANYBODY’s word for it.  Go play with a Bionic at Verizon & decide for yourself!!!

    • In Kellex’s defense, i think he’s coming from a Samsung so he’s used a great screen. I came from a OG Droid to a Bionic and I love the screen.

      • He uses 20 different phones regularly so he will see differences us prolly not so much…trolls like to troll tho

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, it’s not exactly a fair comparison.  Samsung’s AMOLED+ screen is the best display money can buy, nothing else comes close.

        • Anonymous

          I like the super lcd on the thunderbolt and droind incredible 2 the best.

      • Anonymous

        It is about choice i love moto devices but i feel the best natural and best display are the htc super lcd. I have to take pentile second and amoled 3. Now if there is a way i can lower the saturation of the sammy it will be number 1. I hate those colorful colors, it is just to much

    • Anonymous

      people make a big deal out of nothing

  • D2enigma

    New technology is good.  Better devices are awesome.  But what about the support for the devices that they released and sold?  I just hope that they focus more on the one that they have SOLD already before moving on to the new best thing (again will be full of bugs).  Feels like customers are paying hundreds of dollars just to play the role as QA.

  • LionStone

    Well, like I mentioned in the battery review post, (which really was just a gallery of the different batteries and not really usage/life)…with what the TB has, when it came out, it did damn fine as the first 4G phone on VZW. The link (battery test review by Anandtech) someone posted narrowed in on what I suspected initially, that the Bionic wasn’t going to be all that much better on 4G, despite ppl saying the dual cores were going to help it use less.

    It did show that for web browsing, the TB did poor but the Bionic was only ‘slightly’ better with its bigger battery. Yet for using the Hotspot, the TB did a little better! For me, the screen and camera is better and a definite deal breaker. 4G speeds are similar, although I’ve learned that will vary depending on location. My last two tests were 11.85 down, 4.55 up and 12.56 down, 4.79 up. SFO area. I jumped on the extended batt just because it was 50% off, I got 24 hrs in mostly 4G but in 3G too.

    Anyway, not trying to bash the Bionic, just comparing with what I have. And I know some people are on their phones constantly so the battery life on these 4G phones will just not do it for them, but for me the TB is still solid…and is still the sexiest phone on VZW! Hehe, just had to add that….

    • Your nutz the thunderbolt was a horrible phone anyway you put it

      • LionStone

        lol!  maybe yours was, but mine isn’t! Let me guess, you bought the Bionic?

        • Anonymous

          I upgraded from the bolt to the DB. I can honestly say the only things I miss on the bolt is the faster camera shutter, the speaker, and the kickstand. Especially the kickstand. The bionic speaker gets muffled easily cause of the design.

          But battery life. Well, seeing that it’s mostly personal habits that determine battery life on Androids, it’s much more relevant to compare the same person’s usage in terms of percentage. And for me, it’s mor than double on the DB if on standard battery. I got the extended for both the bolt and DB, but standard for me on the TB is 4-5 hours max. On the DB, I’m getting 10-14 hours so far each day on the standard. Same usage habits, so whatever your battery life on the tb is, you can expect more than double that on the DB.

          The extended I’ve only used once just to charge and drain it, but that one time it lasted me 25 hours. 6 of those hours I was asleep of course. But how often does anybody not sleep…

          As for LTE speeds, basically the same, though I did post a 33.33Mbps down during that first week on my tb when basically nobody was on the network. DB so far I’m getting 20+Mbps down average in my area. (NYC) highest so far was a 23.43 down @ 77ms latency.

          EDIT: as for the screen, I liked the S.LCD on the bolt, but the fuzzy graphics of a lot of apps and icons due to low resolution and pixel density was driving me nuts. (I’ve had FWVGA screens prior to the WVGA on the bolt, so it was hard to take. What is strange is that the same resolution on a Super AMOLED – on my Nexus S – didn’t bother me.)

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  • Loving my Bionic.  Thanks for the review.

    • Anonymous

      The bionic is getting nice reviews not only on droidlife but phandroid, androidcentral, phonedog and engadget 🙂 I love my puppy

  • GREAT REVIEW…And thanks for shareing with all of us.

  • Anonymous

    Great review!  While I’m not sure what I’ll get at the end of October, when my contract renews…the Bionic is still at the top of my list.

    Nice work…as always!

  • MattInPDX

    I picked up a Bionic last Thursday and am happy with it so far. I went from an OG Droid which I absolutely loved to this 4G beast.

    While it doesn’t have the best screen, it is acceptable, better than I thought it would be and the LTE seals the deal. Running a speed test I get 34Mb down and 15Mb up, that’s just ridiculous.

    Yes, haters are gonna hate, but 99% of them don’t even own a Bionic, they only hate based off of what they read. 

    If you are even thinking about getting a Bionic, do yourself a favor, go to a Verizon and check one out. But if you buy one, do it before October 15th at Radio Shack because they are doing $100 off Verizon smart phones which means it’s $199 instead of $299.

    • Anonymous

      that’s because they are dirty sheeps.

  • Sp4rxx

    Why keep comparing it to ‘future’ phones?  If not the Bionic, when the Galaxy Nexus comes out the argument will be if it can compete with phones after it?  You can’t justify the ‘beefiness’ of a phone in comparison to phones that come out in the future – the hardware will be different and newer.  I like that you placed some view vs a current phone on the market, but only on one phone.
    I am still in the running for the Bionic and it will be a TREMENDOUS upgrade from the OG.  The review still showed exactly what I was thinking (based on this site’s reviews, other articles and friends’ experiences) and agree that it will be an amazing phone.

    My point is to please stop asking whether or not a current phone will compare to future phones or not – in most regards, no it won’t.  That type of statement is not needed in a review.  If everyone used that as a reason to buy or not buy a phone, NO ONE would ever own a phone as they are waiting for the latest and greatest thing.  Technology is moving way too fast for one to keep waiting for the newest thing.

    • Anonymous

      great response 🙂

  • Craigg

    I really appreciate this review but based on this article I can’t see paying Verizon $600 for a phone that is locked down, full of bloatware, with sub par battery life, camera, screen, and no global roaming. In my opinion that doesn’t describe a flagship phone. A few weeks back I bought an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2 for $550. As soon as I got it I popped an AT&T sim in the phone and began using it. I was immediately impressed to the point that it’s now my top choice for a phone. The Galaxy S2 just does everything right and I don’t have to jump through hoops with rooting it, trying to unlock radios, unlock the sim card, and removing all that bloat. The only advantage Verizon offers is a slightly better network and that really depends on one’s location. In my home area there is no LTE yet AT&T has HSPA+ with the enhanced back haul making them about twice as fast as VZW. At this point I will continue using the Samsung Galaxy S2 on a month to month agreement with AT&T and I will never sign a contract with any carrier. It’s just not worth it. I doubt that I will buy another Verizon phone unless they come out with a true unlocked Google phone or something similar.

    • You can root and debloat

    • Anonymous

      Not exactly a fair comparison.  AT&T and the international GS2 are GSM based and thus fully unlocked/debloated.  You won’t find any other phone like that on any carrier unless you pay full price and get an international phone which only really work on AT&T.  You must be on their 2 GB data plan, I’m enjoying unlimited on Verizon and sorry but LTE is far faster than AT&T’s HSPA+ which sees an average of about 4 mbps, maybe 7 max.  I’m seeing 16 mbps or greater on my Bionic, average.  The lowest I’ve got was over 11 mbps and that was with 1 bar of signal.  It’s easy enough to root and debloat.

      How much are you paying for that month to month? Plus the $550 for your GS2. I payed $200 for the Bionic and am paying $66 a month on a family plan.

      • Anonymous

        Did you do it like that to pay cheaper? Or there is another family member using the other line? I am paying 115 monthly with just one line 450 minutes and they kept the 5 numbers you can call from other carriers.

        • Anonymous

          No, I’m actually on the same plan as my family, prices are much cheaper that way.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks are you enjoying your bionic? I liked the chance about the atrix2 display. I can live with pentile but i like the lcd of the droid x better. What about you?

          • Anonymous

            Same, wish it wasn’t pentile but can live with it. I love my Bionic but I think I’m going to have to exchange it because it seems to have a power drain problem.

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t know how yall are getting so little time out of the battery,  I hop on netflix throughout the day, play a game or 2 and  waste time on my phone for an hour each day during my commute to work (on a train so safely) during the day i constantly check emails and text messages, usually have about 15 minutes of phone calls, and about an hour of goofing off at work,  I still have yet to see less than 25 hours of battery life with the extended battery

    • Anonymous

      Are you using 4G at all?  I only have the standard battery but it dies quickly.  If I stream a radio station using Tune In Radio it destroys my battery in about two hours or less, at least on 4G.  I’ve only been getting about 4 or 5 hours of constant use out of it, 15-20 hours max mostly sitting idle, even with 4G disabled.  So far I’m at 26 minutes off the charger and it’s already at 87 percent using Tune In on 3G.  I mean I know that app kills battery life (it did on my Droid as well which had pretty good battery life) but this seems a bit ridiculous.  I’m wondering if I have a bad battery or device but I’m not having any signal issues.

      I think I’m going to get the extended battery and see how my luck goes.

      • Anonymous

        I never turn 4g off

        right now I am sitting on 40% charge with 14 hours of up time

      • Anonymous

        you could also change your bionic for another one 🙂

    • Anonymous

      they put the brightness at 80 % lol

  • Fair review

  • Thecommish

    I had problems with the toggle between 3 and 4 G since I bought it last week. ITried to exchange the Bionic for another because of the problem with the radio. They wouldn’t exchange it no matter who I talked to. They told me to turn 4G off. Why would I. I live in an area with coverage. Thats why I bought the phone. Why should I downgrade it just to get through a day withou having to charge it. I was still within my return window, so I did. I returned it!!  Verizon doesn’t want to take an exchamge on a defective device but had no problem accepting the return. I told them I liked the Bionic,which I really did. But my battery drained 70% in a 7 hour day with aboslutely no messing around with. I just let it sit there. I turned it on twice to see where the % was. Why do they think thats OK just because its 4G.

    • Anonymous

      Verizon are a bunch of egotistical megalomaniacs who don’t care about your problems once you pay them and sign your contract.  To be fair AT&T is the same, as are most carriers it seems.

  • Susan Ploutz

    Completely new to this.  updating my Motorola Droid (slide out – which I never ever use) can’t decided between the Thunderbolt or Bionic (B is $50 more overall). Mostly used as business phone but If I want to stream vids at all can anyone tell me if one better than other?  I’m thinking Bionic worth the extra $50 but seems there’s some tech. video difference from specs that I can’t figure out if I need?  Help?  Anyone??

    • Legoturte92

      Bionic all the way. I’ve used both and the Bionic blew the tbolt out of the water.

    • Sk102704

      Definitely Bionic!!

    • Anonymous

      I have both (upgraded from the bolt to the bionic), so you can ask anything about the two. Everything else aside, the extra 232mbs of RAM in the bionic definitely helps pushes video out a lot smoother, regardless of the source.

      And in general, the bionic is one generation newer than the bolt. Much better.

  • Anonymous

    You forgot to mention that the phone uninstalls your apps when ever it feels like, if they are placed on the sd card.

    • MattInPDX

      That happen to you too? I thought I was crazy. I installed an app, used it then a couple of hours later I tried to use it again and it told me it wasn’t installed.

    • Anonymous

      It may be due to the way Moto structured the file system.  They set the internal memory as /sdcard and the actual sdcard is /sdcard-ext.   
      I haven’t tried this but under settings > storage there is a sub category called Windows Media Sync along with an option called storage location where you can choose between the internal storage or the external sdcard.  It’s set as internal by default, changing this might fix the problem.

      • Anonymous

        I was informed that it is a bug in gingerbread, and that it started on the d3. I was also informed to just leave the apps on the phone. Because they say the sd card is for music and pictures.

        I switched it to sd storage day one. Maybe they will fix this bug.

      • Anonymous

        if you have a lot of apps into your sd card will you device get slow? What about in the internal store? any thoughts

  • The horrendous hissing sound from the audiojack is definitely a painful negative.

    • Pennywise

      Exchange your phone.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing,I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use GrаbPenny.сom

  • Tferrell7368

    Im really dig’n my Bionic. We’re due for 4G with in a month so I should really like it then. I put some thought into waiting for the Prime. It should be awesome but how much is battery life gonna improve in a month or two? Bionic has one of, if not the biggest standard battery out there, and as much as I love this phone battery life is a slight issue. That being said, these upcoming 1.2 and 1.5 gig dual core are gonna pull that much more juice. Maybe bigger isn’t always better in this case until they put a little more thought into a battery. Maybe Moto thought of that, maybe not, who knows. You can pack as many cores into a phone that you want, until you come up with a battery to properly power it what good is it? I’m excited for the future. If you take into account that smart phones have only really been around for a few years, look at who far we’ve come. I don’t even think we’ve scratched the surface ….

    ….anywho. I like the phone. Sure it will have a short tenure as king, but I’m okay with that. Besides I have another update available in March 😉

  • Djenks24

    Thunderbolt is a dude! FML:-)

    • LionStone

      No way! I thought it was a phone!? 🙂

  • Bear0013

    I have question ?………could a person if they knew what they were doing ! Take the screen from the dx1 and put it in the bionic ?……

    • Keith Sumner

      lolwat, no.

    • Anonymous

      Not unless they use the same connector in the same position.  They would also have to be the exact same thickness panels.  In other words, it’s very unlikely.

    • Anonymous

      Why would you put a low res screen in place of a better one?

  • Great review. I’ll probably pick it up next month using my final NE2. By then, the price should be way less as the Incredible HD will be coming out around the same time. I’m running MIUI on my OG Droid and love it a lot, but I’ve run out of room for apps that I use on a regular basis. It’s almost time to make a change.

  • Superior1

    I have to admit this phone is awesome and almost perfect. Everything about it is awesome, weight, thickness, looks, quality, except for the biggest flaw of them all the screen, I want to like it so much, but i just cant get used to it. I think i would rather have the screen of the og droid on this puppy and it would be so much better and I dont care if its 2 year old technology. Overall I agree 100% with Kellex on everything. I am actually going to unroot it, and return it today if not tomorrow, and just wait it out 2 more months and hopefully get the prime, but more than likely I will get the Vigor. In other words, this phone is excellent in everyway, but i’m one of the few who seem to see every pixel in the screen, in a world where I have 2 excellent 1080p HD tv’s and blu ray everything this just doesn’t cut it for me. 🙁

    • Pennywise

      Picture quality-wise, the OG has one of the absolutely best screens in a mobile device. Note the period.

      That said, it’s not as high-res as the Bionic, and the OG is unusable in the Sun… well, more usable than those sorry AMOLED displays but unsuable nonetheless.  The Bionic has the best all around display in a mobile device that I’ve seen to date (getting major points for being the most usable display in sun light)

  • Kris Brandt

    Thank you for the review, Kellex.  I’ve decided to hold off on the Bionic and see what’s around the corner in a couple of months.  The Bionic was a pretty enjoyable phone when I played with it at the store, but I found the camera to be less than stellar (and I wanted it to be stellar), especially when compared to my OG Droid.  The Bionic is on my list, but it certainly isn’t a “MUST BUY” product for me.


  • John


    • Anonymous

      yea right lol but this cam its not as bad as you think. You need to play with it in light conditions 🙂 I have faith in moto that they will get it right making a better cam. We cant have it all though 🙂

  • Game

    Whats better buying 2 year contract or buying the phone at is full retail price and I’m happy with this phone I dont want no other phone .

  • Anonymous

    Great review Kellex, for me and like i’ve stated on many posts about the Bionic, it’s a good device BUT!!! like kellex stated, its a good devce on Verizon for RIGHT NOW, And has good specs.  My problem is Moto took so long that they left behind alot of revenue, hype and not to mention the other OEM’s are launching the next wave of devices so close to the Bionic, because of the 9month delay.

    Just think!!! if this device launched AS IS back in Feb of this year!!!!  Alot of us would’ve been dropping our OG’s and buying a Bionic.  Thats Moto’s fault though.  Good device NOT the WOW factor like the SG2 but a good device I think a lot of people will be very happy with.  But not for me 😛 

    • Anonymous

      The Bionic was never scheduled for a February release, not even the original Etna.

  • Anonymous

    If it was $199 I’d jump, but I’m not paying 300 bucks for this.  

    Wake up Verizon!  $300 is not an acceptable price point if I have to commit to 2 years of bondage.

    • MattInPDX

      It is $199 @ Radio Shack, that’s where I got mine. They are doing $100 off Verizon smart phones until October 15th.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, that’s why I got mine for $200 at Radio Shack like Matt.

      • Anonymous

        If people wait they could of gotten it 200 bucks on wifely and letstalk and even on radio shack

  • And that concludes the saga. What a ride it has been. This drama has had me entrhaled since the mythical Enta and through Targa-gate. I will always remember MDB288 and The Most Creative DROID Bionic Forum Post Ever.
    Watching Sanjay struggle to keep investors interested was classic. It sure was fun to bug Verizon salespeople at my local VZW, usually informing them more than they could inform me. I never planed on buying the phone, but enjoyed keeping up on the news, one D-L post at a time.  Here’s to what the future may bring, as the DROID turns….

    Hypebeast FTW!!!! Keep it real, Kellex. Can’t wait for the next chronicle to unfold.

    • Anonymous

      It’s about to unfold already hah.  The next few weeks should get really whacky around here.

      • Anonymous

        Kellex you and the crew do a great job here and in androidlife keep up the good work

  • droidchopz

    Hey Kellex, which network are you using your unlocked GS II on?

    • Anonymous

      The international GS2 only works on AT&T unless you don’t mind having only EDGE (2G) on T-Mobile.

  • That definitely makes it an option. However, the OG Droid has enough life left in it that it would be completely stupid not to wait another month, month and a half before making any kind of decisions.

  • Interstellarmind

    once again, i must respectfully disagree, Kellex.

    1.5 ghz dual core (which is what prime and vigor CPUs will have) is A LOT more than 1 ghz dual-core. simply from the stand point of OCing. the 1.5 will hit speeds of 2.0 or even 2.3, wheras 1 ghz (locked bootloader from moto) will top out at 1.5 (like the dx). so when quad cores come out, i’d rather have a 2.0 ghz dual core to compete with them.

    also, htc and samsung make better cameras, hands down. and for me, personally, cameras are dealbreakers.

    finally, this “there will always be a new phone on the horizon” argument is not valid here. considering we’re only talking about FOUR weeks, it should not be considered as far away. especially since dinaras and sgIII won’t be out for another 6 months. i think 6 months are a valid “ok that’s too far away to cmpare to phones of today” time frame than 4 weeks.

    had to type this fast, hope it’s coherent!

    • Anonymous

      You have to remember that probably 2% of people who buy phones like this will care about overclocking.  This phone is a high-end phone that will last a long time for anyone that picks it up.  It’s not all about rooting, ROMs and kernels.

      I’ll give you the camera.  It’s awful and is the #1 flaw with this phone.

      And on the new phones all the time subject, there seriously are new phones just about every month these days.  Just heard a rumor today that Moto already has a new one for December.  People just have to play with devices and decide.  Luckily for all of us, from here on out, these phones are all pretty much future-proof.  Tough to go wrong on the high-end.

      • MattVoyle

        I don’t understand why you give the bionic so much praise considering MUCH better phones are only a month away. This isn’t the “always waiting for the next best thing” routine, a lot of OG droids want a great replacement, and If i’m about to drop $300 and 2 years on an upgrade I’m not picking up this mess of “near deal breakers”

        I was super hyped about the bionic since the CES reveal, went to check it out day one in the store thinking the screen wouldn’t be “that bad”. I immediately threw up when I noticed the screen. Why on earth would anyone downgrade their screen to this ancient technology that makes websites look like its 1997?

        The upgrade game is high stakes for a lot of people, when the prime and vigor are about to drop you can’t call the bionic with its godawful display future proof.

        • Anonymous

          “MUCH” better is a subjective statement.  The Bionic’s horsepower is MORE than enough to handle 98% of tasks thrown at it without stuttering.  I don’t need a 2 GHz phone, because there is nothing that will utilize that.  By the time the Vigor and Prime are actually dropping, there will be a new phone that is just weeks/months away. 

          You don’t want the phone, that’s fine.  Go comment on a Vigor post.

          • Anonymous

            I could not agree more

        • Sk102704

          Drama queen

        • Anonymous

          Don’t like the screen, that’s your prerogative.  I don’t think it’s the best around, certainly, but it’s not like it’s an old LCD from the 90s, it’s really not that bad as long as you aren’t staring at it 2 inches from your face looking for flaws.  Furthermore it is actually viewable in sunlight and doesn’t seem to draw too much power which are pluses in my book.  I’m much more concerned about my poor battery life which I’m wondering is normal or not because other people are claiming to be getting much better life than what I am.  Otherwise though I love the phone, it’s extremely fast, both in speed and 4G data.  Battery is my only real complaint at this point.

          • Pennywise

            My Bionic ran for just under 6 hours on battery while using the 4G + Mobile Hotspot and I was gaming (read: using the connection 100% of the time) – So far, the bat life is amazing. 

            Wi-Fi is a drainer (and the 4G is faster anyway so no worries) and there are lots of apps that want to use your Bionic’s various 4G/GPS/Cell Location etc. so you’ll want to go through them all and lay down the law.

            In light use, 18 hours off charger with like 20% left; so as a phone, it’s much more dependable than my OG.

          • Anonymous

            See, I’m getting far worse battery life than I did on my Droid, the battery gets hot with almost any use of the phone, no matter what I’m doing.  There definitely seems to be something wrong.

          • Wunderwaffe

            My BIONIC’S battery lasts a lot longer than that and rarely heats up. You should have yours checked and/or replaced while you can.

          • Anonymous

            trollers are going to troll regardless

        • Pennywise

          upgraded to Bionic from OG. Love it. There is nothing I want to do that this phone doesn’t crush when it does it.  This phone has left me looking for absolutely nothing…  A faster processor would let me do, absolutely nothing faster except drain my battery faster.


          Screen is great for a mobile device. It has this revolutionary feature that has been missing from mobile displays for all these years: You can see it in daylight! I can actually use my phone; it’s amazing!

          • LionStone

            Right On for you! All y’all who upgraded from the OG should get a FAT discount on your new DROID! Enjoy!!

          • BionicCommando421

            +1.  Came from an Eris, and tried out a Droid Charge before returning it. Screen was beautiful inside, but disappeared in the sun. Had to contort the phone in weird angles to see anything, and was useless in bright sun. Camera was far nicer. 

            The Bionic’s screen is a huge step up from my old eris, and not that far off the screen in wife’s Dinc2. However, its clear and readable even looking in bright sunshine. Fantastic. Love it for that. I would not trade it for the screen in the Charge, pretty as it was in the dark.

            There are a number of nagging issues, but most seem software related, ergo fixable with some time & esp w/ good devs. Camera is not as good as Charge and disappointing, but livable and hopefully upgraded. 
            Headphone noise is annoying, but rarely heard. My biggest gripe.

            Otherwise this phone is tremendous. Blazing fast. Sometimes too fast. Faster cpu is a low priority at these  levels. Getting long life w/ ext battery. 18.5hrs [email protected]% left. Is a bit chunky, but kinda like that. Makes an iph4 look dainty.

            Baddass phone. Romming will do wonders. Wish it had NFC and a few hardware changes, but should be a great phone over the life of the contract.

        • DeathfireD

          I agree 100%. Normally when I read Kellex’s reviews on here he blows things like screen quality and battery life way out of proportion but he was dead on with the Droid Bionic. I walked in, picked up the phone and immediately saw black pixels all over the screen. Colors looked off and quality looked a lot less clear then my OG Droid. I’m a web developer and designer so little things like that would bug the hell out of me for two years if I got the phone. I plan to hold out another month or two to see what else is coming.

          PS. The upside about the camera problems on the Bionic is that Motorol can still release a software patch to fix the auto focusing issues. They did it with the OG Droid the first week it was out. The downside is they cant do anything about the shitty ass pentile screen, which is pretty much the only thing preventing me from getting the phone :(.

      • Anonymous

        Kellex great job ! that is why i keep telling people not all devices come with 256 of ram like the og droid did. The upcoming devices will be a beast like bionic and galaxys 2. We do not need to root and mess with the kernels anymore. People are just stupid plain and simple 🙂

      • Tony

        I agree with you Kellex on the 2% and the camera is good but it does take to long, and I’ve been told a software upgrade will take care of that adding manual focus. The Blur being as polished as it is should go on the “pros” side. The thickness is a preference to the individual cause to think a phone is not good either. The lock screen button i like allot better on the Bionic side rather than the D1’s. The Video is exceptional. Pentile can be better, but not a deal breaker. Thanks Kellex.


      Wrong, the vigor is just a the binned cpu that was in the sensation and it has a pair of a8s in it, yes if you want to talk about last years tech the vigor is going to have it. Because it’s binned I HIGHLY doubt it will be able to overclock any higher then people with sensations are able to hit. This phone will also have a higher res screen which will greatly bog down the speed of the phone it got a 36 on nenamark… that’s just depressing.

      As for the Nexus prime, this is a binned version of the SAME processor as in the bionic, if that concerns you that much then just swap out bionics in your 14 days untill you get one with the same quality your looking for and oc it up to 1.5. Your battery life is going to take a huge hit, but so is the nexus it’s not getting the power from nowhere. This one is also going to have a higher res screen and a screen tech that takes multiple times more battery life. Not to mention the samoled plus doesn’t come in hd yet so this thing is going to have regular samoled/amoled hope you don’t like looking at your phone in the sun. The locked bootloader has no effect on the ability to overclock, the reason the DX chip couldnt go past 1.5 was just because it wasn’t strong enough I actually hit around 1.53 for a while but it got pretty dam hot. I’m sure the bionic will be able to hit at least 2.0ghz, every other 19 has been able to. This phone also does not come out tell November, and that’s even longer then “4 weeks”

      I guess camera is an opinion, but the one on the bionic is the best I have used on a phone so far, I’m willing to make a bet you haven’t even tried the phone out you’re just following the e-wave of bionic hate.

      • Mr.joe

        THANK YOU.

      • Anonymous

        Samsung is in fact making HD AMOLED screens now but I believe 4.5″ or 4.6″ is the minimum screen size for those and they are back to being pentile as well.  Also, I would be surprised if the OMAP 4430 can hit 2.0 GHz, they are binned for 1.5 GHz, I would expect maybe 1.7 GHz max to be more realistic.  Considering that’s a 70% increase that kind of an overclock would be exceptional.

        Otherwise I agree with you.

      • Anonymous

        You can be proud of your purchase while the rest of us wait for the Galaxy Nexus/Prime or Vigor. No need for the rant. 

      • Anonymous

        If Samsung is slated to be the OEM of the Prime, how than do you deduce that it’d have the same CPU as the Bionic when Samsung almost always uses its own CPU?  The Bionic is using OMAP … where’d you gather your specs?

    • Anonymous

      Just wanted to point out that Ghz doesn’t mean everything. Much like AMD vs Intel, you can’t directly compare the processor speeds alone since the Vigor’s rumored processor is a Snapdragon and the Bionic is OMAP (at least that’s what I last read…). If you look up benchmarks of current devices using these same chipsets you’ll see that while the 1.5Ghz Snapdragon outperforms the 1Ghz OMAP, it’s not by as much as you might think.

      All that said, I’m still waiting to see how the Vigor turns out 🙂

      • Exactly, people keep saying how the Vigor is going to stomp the Bionic because it’s Cpu is clocked higher, but that won’t be the case if they are using the same Cpu as the Evo 3d and Sensation have.

    • Mr.joe

      A9 vs A8.  An A8 CPU (Vigor) even at 1.5GHz isn’t going to be as impressive as say a A9.  The Prime (A9) will be if at 1.5.  Even with overclocking an A8 won’t be Earth Shattering as a lower level A9.

      It’s not all about the clock speed.  My first gen Intel Dual Core CPU at 1.66GHz is not going to perform the same way as an i3 or even i5 at the same speed or lower.

    • Anonymous

      Performance won’t be as stellar as you’re thinking with a 1280×720 resolution, particularly on a Snapdragon S3.

      • Anonymous

        i agree and camara on devices are not suppose to be perfect anyways. I feel the bionic front facing cam takes nice portrait in good light conditions

    • Stephen D

      Wrong. The Snapdragon in the Sensation and EVO 3D may be clocked higher, but it performs far worse. Clockspeed isn’t everything. Architecture is. The Snapdragon uses 2 Scorpion cores, which are similar to the standard Cortex A8 core. The OMAP4 in the Bionic has 2 Cortex A9 cores. The A9 architecture is a massive improvement over the Scoprion’s, and even with the Snapdragon at 1.5ghz, it is outperformed by the OMAP at 1ghz, simply because the architecture is vastly superior. 

      • Anonymous

        people do not want to understand that lol. A9 architecture are the best galaxy s 2 has it bionic, droid 3 and iphone as well 🙂

    • 4 Weeks, huh?

  • Rob Meyer

    I actually think the thickness and weight is spot on. I cant imagine toting around anything thinner or lighter, or else id think I got cheaped on build quality. I was REALLY surprised at the weight and thickness for a 4g device.

    • I agree, makes my D3 seem HUGE.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I couldn’t care less about the thickness, it’s plenty thin for me but I have to say I wouldn’t want to go any bigger on the screen, it’s a pretty big device length and height wise.

    • Pennywise

      I agree! Bionic could be as thick as the hump all the way down and it wouldn’t even occur to me that it is ‘thick’ – it would still be a hair thinner than my OG.

      Also, I love the amount of phone around the screen!!  I can actually hold the phone without accidentally touching the buttons or blocking the screen!!  I know that they can get 4.65″ possibly even 5″ without making these things any bigger but… yea I wouldn’t want that at all!

    • Anonymous

      yea me too! i could not believe how light it was and the thickness was great for an let device

  • I really like my Bionic and since I already have one, I should have ignored this review. Yes it has issues. I don’t hear any hissing from my Bose headphones with Pandora or Google Music. The screen is fine, great as a phone and so so fast! There will always be something better, this is the one that is better than all previous phones.

    • Anonymous

      Hey Scott I have a set of nose qc2 and am trying to find an attachment where I can pause and skip music. All I find are ph*ne ones and they don’t work.

    • Anonymous

      exactly, like the new upcoming moto devices. Those ones will beat the bionic but this puppy revolutionized the new upcoming technology 🙂

  • pleeeeease stop being such a cry baby about the lock button position

    • hahaha call the whaaaaambulance

    • LionStone

      Agreed, I mean that is something you just get used to wherever it is…its a tiny button and I’m sure your finger can make it aallll the way over to the other side. LOL!

    • Anonymous

      The funny thing is Kellex used to complain about the power button being on the side with Samsung devices, he’s done a complete 180 now.

      I personally wish Moto would have placed it in the center like the Droid 3 though.

      • Anonymous

        that will make the device look better but the left position its more convenient i feel

  • Played with one for a few minutes yesterday. The phone actually felt pretty good and was super reactive in my hand, however, I honestly will never buy a product with such terrible screen technology. My Charge is absolutely gorgeous. Recently there have been 4.8″ 1080p LCD screens made. For a screen that’s not much smaller, why do they have to go with the atrocious pentile qHD screens? It even has less sub-pixels than a standard WVGA LCD and it looks HORRIBLE. I don’t understand why a company that makes such nice hardware would go so cheap on their screens. The OG Droid screen is still the best screen that has come out on a MOTO phone and that was almost 2 years ago. MOTO seems to be really good at a lot of things but they always make huge mistakes in 1 or 2 areas with their devices. Hopefully Google will help them figure it out. (If this was twitter I’d put a #beatingadeadhorse hashtag. I know this is old news, but seriously, they shouldn’t get a free pass on this atrocity.)

    • Anonymous

      that device was 3.7 only you cant compare. The droid x display was excellent.

  • Droids

    Coming from an OG Droid, I prefer the new location of the lock button, much prefer it in fact. I never liked it on the upper right (and I’m right-handed if it matters). The screen I can live with, maybe not for 2 years, but for the next 6 or 12 months it will be fine. It is so much better for viewing outdoors. Mine goes through a battery charge pretty quick, and it takes a long time to re-charge, but I have a second battery and plenty of chargers spread around work, home, the truck, even the motorcycle. 4G is faster than my home wi-fi and in fact the Bionic seems to have issues staying connected to my wi-fi where the OG Droid had no problem, but since I’m on the unlimited plan and 4G is faster, I leave wi-fi off. Surprisingly, I don’t have any issues so far with this version of Blur, and think I’ll leave it alone for awhile. I have no regrets in upgrading to the Bionic.

  • Sk102704

    I have this phone and from a hands on point of view, it is an excellent device.  I am very happy with my decision to pull the trigger on the Bionic! highly recommended!

    • Anonymous

      great choice, i dont think i can live with samsung display to colorful. I prefer htc display over all of them 🙂

  • i have the bionic coming from the og droid i love the phone do not like blur never had to use it id much rather have a choice vanilla android or blur about the phone its a beast it flies in my opinion i live in a extended market area meaning no verizon tower but still fast one negative thing not about the phone itself it took 15 mins to activate the phone its verizons bullshit an 4g activation

  • I love this beautiful phone. A Worthy successor to the D1, and the dev community is already great.

    • Anonymous

      The dev are all over this puppy. I do not care to root anyways but to the people that do its great

  • Anonymous

    There is a vocal group of Android enthusiasts out there that would have you believe that this phone is garbage – they are 100% wrong.  This is actually a really excellent phone.  It is hands-down Verizon’s best at the moment.

    “Excellent!” – Mr. Burns

  • Sean Plantz

    Bahh, looks like i’ll stick with my DX, its served me well and continues to do what I need fairly quickly. Plus, 4glte isnt gonna be in upstate NY outside of ‘Cuse and Rochester for a while yet (I live smack in the middle, so it’ll be the last market to hit).

  • unknown

    I don’t understand you people who just constantly hate. Folks its a phone albeit a smartphone it is still a phone. You spend way too much time nit picking. If you look at anything enough you’ll find good and bad. I will say hands down there are things I don’t like but that doesn’t mean the phone is crap. This is by far the best phone // has made in a long time and right now the best phone V has to offer. Get over your egos and go back to your parent’s basement.

  • Anonymous

    Quadrant seems low. My DX @ 1.35Ghz gets over 2100.
    Thanks for the review. I’ll be waiting for the nexus prime…

    • Anonymous

      My stock frequency DX2 gets over 2800 consistently. Fact is quadrant is not a good benchmark at the moment. We really need something to bench in correlation with how snappy the device feels.

      • Anonymous

        what apps do you have on your droidx2 that makes the device faster? I have cache cleaner, fast rebout and go launcher, any recommendations

        • Anonymous

          No apps for performance. Just the Eclipse v.6 ROM and the Speedy v2 script.

    • Anonymous

      Quadrant needs to be put to pasture, it’s a piss poor benchmark.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it’s low. I just ran it and got a 2621 on my bionic. Not that much higher though.

  • Galaxys2folife

    Blah. Blah I have the sgs2 for sprint it blows this shitty phone away in every aspect lol this phone is an i over sized fancy droid x so all you hypebeast need to fallback this phone is nothing compared to galaxy s2

    • Tiller47

      No way! Wrong.

    • If you already purchased the GSII, why would you even care about this review and other people’s opinion of it?  You sound like a whiny bitch.

      • ya people need to quit hating on this phone to me it is a beast sure there will be other phones that are better but i love the phone hate the bloatware an blur

      • Anonymous

        yea lol i feel he is not happy with his purchase, that is why he can in here to see if he can buy this puppy

    • Anonymous

      LTE is much better than WiMax.

      • Anonymous

        no wonder there are not a lot post nor review about the galaxy s 2 lol. i be on here phandroid android central and nothing. They do not consider the sammy as nice as bionic 🙂 LTE baby

        • Anonymous

          A couple thoughts on this:
          Agree LTE trumps what is a better phone without LTE.
          Gs2 was reviewed 6 months ago, so most initial blog posts just did an announcement noting the minor differences vs the European version. I expect now that the SGS2E4GT is out we will get a full review soon.
          The reviews of the European version were hugely positive. Better than the Bionic IMO if you take out the LTE. So much so, that I’m waiting to buy the first Samsung ICS device with LTE.

    • Anonymous

      You do sound like a child.  It’s a phone, yet you feel the need to tell people that they idiots.  Think about that for a second.

    • He has buyers remorse from not having LTE and using old network tech leave him be

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahaha you have Sprint.  Sucker.

    • Anonymous

      You sound like an overzealous nutjob.  I guess this is the next iteration of mindless fanboys to take over for the iCrowd.  Enjoy your 4 mbps wimax.

    • Pennywise

      I like the Bionic better than that Galaxy SII.

      Btw, how are you liking the Clearwire “4G” debacle that Sprint’s going to be spending the next 10 years digging itself out of?

      My Bionic just pulled 24Mbps down and 23Mbps up at 59ms on LTE 😀

      • Anonymous

        Bionic its close to perfect with a better cam and front facing cam to take portrait, the bionic would of been a perfect device even with pentile

    • Anonymous

      galaxy s 2 is plastic no lte and lacking a lot of features that this puppy has 🙂

  • Anonymous

    “the fact that none of them (including this one) can get you through even 24 hours is saddening”

    Droid Incredible 2 can get 24 hrs battery life.

    • Anonymous

      No LTE though.

    • babadush

      Are you awake for 24 hours everyday? No. So why do you need 24 hours of battery life?

      • LionStone

        Not that you have to be awake every hour your phone is…its just a gauge to see the extent of battery life. Such as: I also can get 24 hrs with the extended battery on my TB.

        • babadush

          I can understand that point but I’m not so sure that’s what he meant. I have a TB and I accidentally forgot to charge it over night. It was at 6 percent when I went to sleep. Ironically it was at 4 percent when I woke up. That was 20 hours of use in one day. Not too bad. Of course it wasn’t used while I was asleep but I was astonished it only used 2% in standby over 8 hours

  • Anonymous

    Motorola, are you even trying anymore?

    • Anonymous

      shut the f up sheep

      • Anonymous

        Haha look at this little fanboy. I have a Droid X too you dumb ass person you. 

  • I think with all of the phones that are out you will have some that will like it and others that will feel different. I have always liked Moto for call quality and overall build of their phones. I currently have an HTC TBolt and I like it as well, but in some areas I feel that it is lacking. Being those companies are the two best manufactures for VZW there is not much to chose from. Hopefully Samsung will come on strong towards the end of 2011 and release a better phone. If not then the Bionic may be purchased after a good sale price.

  • What benchmark software did you use for the FPS test?

    • Anonymous


  • FortitudineVincimus

    “But is it game changing enough for you to buy it now instead of waiting the month to see what may be the beginning of an era of smartphones that we never dreamed would come.”

    answer = no

    end of story

    • Anonymous

      What, exactly, are you expecting to be so game changing about the Prime or Vigor?  The Bionic will eventually get Ice Cream and the Vigor won’t be launching with it either.  Besides, there’s nothing to suggest Ice Cream will be a significant upgrade.  As far as the HD screens go, you do realize that these are sub 5″ screens with 5 times the pixel density of your HDTV or computer monitor right?  Unless you stare at the screen with a magnifying glass you won’t notice a difference.

      I think it’s hilarious the hype some of you people push yourselves into believing only to be let down time and time again.

      • Anonymous

        i will see a lot of people very disappointed when they have their vigor’s and galaxys’s

  • bought.

    returned a day later.

    • A lot of hype, like Mayweather.

      • Sean Plantz

        didnt he just win last night?

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Not like you gave it a chance.

    • Pennywise

      Bought. Wouldn’t dream of returning it.

  • Anonymous

    I have had 3 Moto phones: 2 OG Droids and currently a Droid X. They have ALL had headphone jack issues. If you are a commuter and/or have your phone in your pocket while listening with headphones a lot, I highly recommend against buying Motorola! I have tried L-bend and straight headphone plugs, but it doesn’t make a difference, the build quality is cheap and a little torque on the plug  eventually wrecks the port. The jack on my Droid X is totally inoperable right now. I love Moto’s products but my next phone will not be a Moto for this reason alone. 

    • Trunks1667

      I have the same issues. I think I’m done with Motorola.

    • Anonymous

      I had 5 DXs and now a DX2. None had jack problems FWIW.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like you’re burning through phones so fast that the jack doesn’t have a chance to wear out!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve had no problems with either my Droid or Bionic.  If it’s bad out of the box you need to exchange the phone for another, it’s as simple as that because it’s not the norm.  I think it’s common sense that yanking or hitting the plug will destroy the jack and I believe you’ll see the same results by doing so to phones made by other manufacturers as well.

      • Anonymous

        It’s not as simple as that, because it wasn’t bad out of the box. All three phones went bad after normal use. A jack should not go bad from putting a plugged in device in your pocket. That’s normal wear and tear, and should definitely not cause a failure. I have had an ipod for at least twice as long as all three phones combined and used it under the exact same conditions as the phones for that period of time, and have not had a single problem with the headphone jack. 

        Aside from the jack, I think the Moto phones are super durable, (I dropped my DX down a two story flight of concrete steps, and except for a few scratches was fine! (The headphone jack problem started before I did this.)) Trunks1667 said he has the same problem so it’s “the norm” for at least two of us. What facts are you going on in saying that “it’s not the norm?”

        • Anonymous

          You specifically mentioned torquing the plug, that is not normal use.

  • Mike808

    Good Review!
    I think you were very fair in your opinion.
    I personally am shipping the bionic back (not because it’s bad), just because I didn’t feel like it’s doing wonders compared to my thunderbolt.
    I’m always within feet from an outlet, so battery life doesn’t bother me.
    I’m still looking for a dual core phone, perhaps a 1.5 GHZ !
    If you are waiting on a really solid phone with 4G lte, and a dual core processor, then like Kellex said, this is a really good option!
    Good luck

    • Anonymous

      I feel I must reiterate that clock speed has no bearing on actual performance.  Besides, it’s nothing a little overclocking can’t accomplish.

  • Bill Jenkins

    11 good things about the phone and 9 not so good things about the phone

    • FortitudineVincimus

      thats not such a great ratio in my book.

      • Anonymous

        every phone has lists of positives and negatives that resemble the amount given here.  i love my bionic.  for once i feel future-proofed.  not that there won’t be faster and better ones coming out soon, but i think this will keep pace much better than my og did.. it wasn’t long at all after i got that before i couldn’t run half of the apps out there, had to delete apps every time i wanted to install a new one, and was just generally frustrated at how technology had eclipsed it.  i jumped ship on launch day here and i love it, and i think it’ll be fast enough for me to at least get close to my next upgrade before i start to feel frustrated with it.

        and good luck waiting on waiting for any phone on verizon to have its bootloader unlocked, including any nexus devices. i don’t ever see that happening. this thing is rooted and runs spectacular. i even like “don’t-call-it-blur”.. there i said it haha

        • Anonymous

          lol they should of put 516 of ram in the droid 1 . That always bothered me about that device

  • Totally agree here. I thought initially it was caused by interference by one of the radios, but the noise persisted even after going into airplane mode. A lot of phones have a little noise, but the noise on that phone was just impossible to ignore.

    • Sparking22

      I have yet to have this problem with mine. and I use my bionic for music in the car and while out and about..

  • No

    now if I could trade my d3 for one…

  • The problems with the screen/audio on this device are no joke. For people who are reading this and thinking about buying this phone, please heed my advice and look at the demos in store before buying. I ignored what I saw in store — the moire pattern on animation, the graininess when viewed up close — and lived to regret it. I ended up returning it less than a week later after getting headaches looking at the screen (I came from the OG Droid, which apparently had a great screen…?) and the audio issues (that hiss will drive you insane). How a phone manufacturer can completely ignore such glaring issues about how a phone looks and sounds is beyond me. If you want LTE, wait for the next big thing or root a discounted Droid Charge.

    • Lolololo

      the charge is a great phone but people ignored it because kellex didn’t recommend it because he’s a moto fanboy and always will be.

      my charge on gingerbread with ext4 gets the same score in quadrant as the bionic.

      • Anonymous

        Your Quadrant score means nothing.  It’s an easily manipulated terrible benchmark.  Try some others like Antutu, CFBench or GLBenchmark.  The Charge is a Galaxy S with LTE and the newer AMOLED+ display.

      • Pennywise

        My friend just returned his Charge (and it was his 3rd strike on Sammy phones) exchanged for a Bionic; he’s now a happy customer.

      • Anonymous

        you are stupid. Kellex love sammy as well. Stop trolling sheep. Why would not he like moto? They are the best always will be 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I really liked the phone before I returned it, but the issue is the headphone Jacks…..why is moto going backwards in this area??? My D1 and D2 didn’t do it…why is this doing that?

    • Anonymous

      This scares me…I use my OG for music at work alllll the time, and in my car through a tape deck adapter.  Same problem over bluetooth, or is it just the jack?

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s just the headjack, i havent tested it on bluetooth.

      • Bluetooth on my D3 is pretty solid.

      • Sk102704

        I use my Bionic for music all the time and I have had no problems with my headphone jack at all.  It works much better than my OG Droid for music.  Some Bionics may have problems with the headphone jack but not all of them.

        • Anonymous

          I hope it’s the broken ones are the exception, not the rule!

      • Ray

        tape deck adapter?Hello 2011

        • Anonymous

          Ha yea….I have a nice Infinti, lots of features, but the care did not come with an AUX or BT. :/

    • I sent in my Droid 1 three times for headphone jack issues… Seems like an unfortunate trend for Moto. Luckily, I use Bluetooth headphones now so ftbs.

    • Trh336

      I have not headphone jack hiss.  In fact the sound on this phone is very good.  I wonder what’s up with that?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t have any headphone jack hiss like Sk102704 mentioned.  Sounds like an issue with some devices. You should have tried exchanging it.

    • Anonymous

      devices come defective sometimes. Tell them to give you another one problem solved

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure you will pass the message along the other 10,000 people that have this issue. 

  • Guest_InsertRandomNumber

    Has anyone had issues with Skype or DirecTV Sunday ticket? Those are my only two app-gripes about this phone

    • LionStone

      What were your issues with Skype?

  • Guttatae22

    Im just waiting for the HTC vigor

  • Anonymous

    One quick note on the AMOLED screens on the samsung phones…I made the bad, bad, bad mistake of leaving my dev Samsung Infuse 4G in my office, plugged in via USB and gone for 5 days – couple that with a “Setting Profiles” rule to leave the screen on while connected via USB and I’m left with a burned screen.  I can now see the time and the goofy “insert a SIM card” message on the phone every time I go to something with even a remotely white/light background.  So, while the Sammy screen kicks the Bionic’s a$$ in terms of sharpness, colors and everything else, the burn-in really sucks.

    • Anonymous

      it kind of seems like a burn-in on any screen would be pretty crappy… but isn’t that your fault for leaving it on?

    • Anonymous

      OLEDs have luminance degradation, what you are seeing is the pixels that were left on running at a reduced brightness from all the others.  OLEDs are actually more susceptible to burn in than CRTs or Plasmas.

      The organic compounds used for the three primary colors also have different luminance life which eventually leads to color shifting.

      • Pennywise

        Yes. This display technology is a massive step backwards; it was engineered, literally, to decay/have a very short lifespan…

        How is the industry going to keep selling TV’s (LCD’s) if they last you 25 years… Answer?! OLED Tech!!! YAY!!! 😀 😀 😀 Oh wait we (the consumer) lose : (

        I LOVE how people ATE UP HDMI (cracks me up) – Another win for ‘the industry’ and consumers will never be the wiser…)

        • Anonymous

          To be fair, it wasn’t engineered that way, the phosphors they use for these simply have limited lifetimes, they’ve actually managed to improve the technology a great deal from early OLED panels that had very poor life, an order of magnitude less than the stuff you’re seeing now. Blues were also very dim, they’ve made huge strides there. It’s new technology, it will improve over time like anything else.

          • Pennywise

            I remember many years back when the industry was realizing that they were in hot water with LCD panels (because they were looking at 25 year lifespans).  This was perceived to be a big problem and OLED technology, in it’s infancy at the time (like 4 pixel displays?) was the promising answer.

            It’s organic; decay is inherent in the design.

            Originally, OLED was being heralded among insiders as the ‘throw-away-display,’ but not for ‘green’ reasons.  Make no mistake, it is the intention to make OLED the next thin-filament lightbulb.  Simply slap ‘NEW’ on it and people will eat it up (again and again because they’ll need to buy a lot of TV’s over their life) =P

          • Anonymous

            That’s merely an unintended result that the greedy are happy to take advantage of. It’s not like these are purposefully engineered for limited use (like some other things), it’s just a limitation of the current technology. There are many other ways for them to build in kill switches, such as flaws in the circuit board designs, through the use of cheap chips, faulty soldering and/or other cost cutting measures which is precisely what some of the cheaper brands do to their LCD TVs and monitors.

            As production ramps up for OLED panels (especially for large TVs) the production cost will greatly diminish, OLEDs are far cheaper to produce than LCDs so with that prices for the consumer should also reduce which makes the situation not as big an issue, especially considering how vastly superior an image OLED produces over anything else.

  • Anonymous

    Benchmarking is really becoming less important and unfair as some phones are WVGA and others are qHD. Linpack has never helped OMAPs and and the graphics tests are easily manipulated.

    Otherwise excellent review. 

    • pezjono

      Sure, the tests are easily manipulated, but not from Kellex. I trust that he would never do something like that even to smudge something in his favor. The tests clearly show that the Bionic is not as powerful as the S2, but obviously the S2 does not have 4G.
      Still on the OG here, hoping to hear some news about the Prime by the end of the month or else I might have to show up late to the Bionic party. At least it will probably be $100 cheaper by then.

      • Anonymous

        Once again….I never said Kellex manipulated tests. and 2) you cant compare phones that run at DIFFERENT RESOLUTIONS. The require different processing power. Point is they are entirely useless. You’re only testing the virtual machine anyway.

        I spent a bunch of time with Sprint’s GSII this weekend and it is VASTLY overrated. The screen quality is nice, but everything at WVGA is enormous and it’s so light it feels like a fisher-price toy experience.

        • Pennywise

          Yes I agree, the SII feels, quite literally like garbage.

        • Anonymous

          i felt the same way

      • Anonymous

        The GS2’s processor is running 200 MHz faster than the Bionic’s and the phone uses a lower resolution screen.  You have to take those factors into consideration or the benchmark scores are meaningless, it is not an equal comparison.  Furthermore, synthetic benchmarks can be manipulated for higher scores that one would not see in actual performance, this is especially true for the popular Quadrant which is IO heavy and some roms mod to get ridiculous scores in the 3 or 4 thousands.  Some of the benchmarks, Linpack for instance, are also optimized for a specific SOC which makes the benchmark useless as a tool for measuring anything but SOCs within the same brand.

      • Lanza_david

        Bionic came out. Charge is still 299. I guess the theory that the phones will get cheaper once other phones come out does not work that fast. 

  • Goblueboy

    Bootloaders still shake my judgement to this day, even if this is a beast and may be possible to unlock. 

  • Droiiidddd

    how could you possibly list the screen as good and bad.  it sucks and you know it.

    • Anonymous

      Because like all things in life, nothing is black and white.  Things can have pros AND cons. 

      • Anonymous

        TD is right, there are pros and cons to the screen.  For the most part, I am definitely not a fan, but it has its moments.

        • Anonymous

          Like when you are outside or when you are glad to have the extra battery life?

        • Lolercopter

          if you aren’t a fan why bother listing it as a “pro”

          • Anonymous

            What don’t you understand about pros and cons?

        • Anonymous

          the only way that i do not like the pentile it is when i am reading black and whites it used to bother my eyes but now i am used to it

  • Keith Sumner

    The Bionic’s screen has been giving me eye strains and headaches. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

    never had this problem before.

    Has anyone else noticed when you look very closely at an icon or something that you can actually see the screen rapidly refreshing?

    • Keith Sumner

      Also,I’ve been seeing 14-20 hours of battery life on the STANDARD battery. That’s more than you’ve been seeing on the extended?!

      • Kimmie2525

        I’ve been getting almost a day and a half on the extended bionic battery.

    • I know exactly what you mean. Do what I did: return it and pick up a Droid Charge. There’s a reason there are no 4G dual core phones: battery life. Even though it’s not the best phone out there, it’s got a good screen and a good headphone jack, which is more than I can say for the Bionic.

      • Keith Sumner

        I appreciate it but I will not be getting a Droid Charge, if that were the case I would keep my ROM’d and OC”d Original Droid.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have a bad headphone jack on mine, no noise or hissing at all.  Maybe I’m lucky? The Charge was not nearly as impressive as the Bionic for me, the screen alone is not worth the rest of the hardware downgrades and I don’t like touchwiz 3.0. Samsung’s support is still dismal, at least in the US.

    • Pennywise

      A slow refresh rate will absolutely give you headaches (anyone remember CRTs at 60Hz uggg) – That said, my Bionic does not do this.  And just stared as intently as I could (and I’m sensitive to refresh and fields) and I’m not seeing the slightest bit of anything… Check out another Bionic (maybe see if the display model does it you your brain as well…) – Could be that your brain is faster than ours ; )

  • Ron

    Great review, I was getting tired of the bashing! Maybe I’ll pick one of these up in 2/3 weeks to play with before the Galaxy Nexus comes out.

  • Anonymous

    Great review, I like the overall tone of the article in light of how much negativity the Bionic has been getting around here and on other blogs. Feels very objective, and reaffirms the fact that the Bionic is a great phone, despite potentially great-er phones coming out soon.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, there has been so much hate and vitriol.  I went and played with the phone.  I love it, and I want it.  I don’t really care about the Nexus phones, especially now that Blur has been toned down to a tolerable level.  I don’t buy HTC phones for several reasons(chief among them was owning a TouchPro2 that was a piece of shit).

       All that being said, I’m a Xoom owner, so this is the last chance I’m giving Motorola before I give up on them entirely.

      • tbaybe

         same here! Don’t like the feel of HTC phones, and i played with a bionic, love it, want it, but wont drop $300 on it right now.

        and i haz a xoom, that i dont use (trying to sell it) But, ultimately, im a MOTO girl….

        • Jasonkcornett

          How much you want for the Xoom?

          • tbaybe

            i actually just sold it on Ebay, ($450) 

          • shdowman

            I have a 16g GTab 10.1 I am looking to unload for 400… 😉

      • Calvin Williams

        Sense got passed up by touchwiz by far.

        • palomosan

          Really dude, in what planet?

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree…there will always be greater phones down the line.  The Bionic replaced my OG.  In 18 months, I will replace my Bionic with the best VZW phone available.

      You never get anywhere in life, if you’re always waiting for the next best thing.

      • Anonymous

        You never get anywhere in life, if you’re always waiting for the next best thing.

        Truer words never spoken.

      • Ravnos CC

        Unless you’re talking about huge steps backwards in display technology.  Then it’s definitely a good idea to “wait”. 😉

        • Pennywise

          You mean a huge step forward in mobile display technology. This display is actually visible… my phone is actually usable, outside, during the actual day time.  The positives of the display in the Bionic outweigh the negatives.

          • DeathfireD

            OG Droid was visible and usable out in the sun as well with the back light set to auto…and it didn’t use a shitty PenTile screen.

          • Anonymous

            I have in my possession an OG, X, 3 and BIONIC. The BIONIC is the best by a large margin in the sunlight.

          • Anonymous

            You could barely see the Droid’s screen in sunlight.

          • dongbeard

            Correct, I’m still using one right now and it’s not at all easy to read in the sun.

          • JohnPA2006

            Yes, your right, As long as your standing under a tree.

        • FanDroid619

          I absolutely love the Pentile Matrix display! Its the brightest out there. Highly visible out under broad daylight and I love the fact that the whites actually appear white and the same for blacks. I only notice the pixellation when ai hold the phone up to my nose… and I never use the phone that close to my face. But to each his own I guess.

      • Se7enty_ei8ht

        i agree, i have the Droid Charge and it’s NOT good at all VZW is sending me a BIONIC as a replacement…SOOO PUMPED!

    • Anonymous

      Trolls gonna troll. I love mine (except for the battery life), it’s a huge upgrade from my Droid. Got it from Radio Shack for $200. 🙂

      • 200 bucks on upgrade or did you get a new contract?

        • Anonymous

          On upgrade.

        • Godzpuerco

          200 with new contract…..

    • Papoose34328

      i share the sentiments of “ilovetechnology.” seems like it’s a good phone.

      phone makers should take kellex’s comment to heart:

      “We can do dual-core and quad-core this and that, but we can’t make
      battery tech that lasts longer?  Time to refocus some efforts into some
      other areas, I’d say.”

      battery life is a pretty big deal if you ask me.

  • Anonymous

    I hate getting paid once a month.  Patiently waiting for the end of the month, and my paycheck, for this and this alone.

  • Anonymous

    Priiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime (read in a zombie voice…)

    • Anonymous

      Before you edited, I read this to myself in the DROIIIDDDDD voice.  Worked better for me!

      • Anonymous

        I meant it in like a “braaaaaains” sort of way, but now that you mention it, I can hear the Droid voice saying Prime and really like that too 🙂

        • Anonymous

          Hahaha yep I got that, I like both ways.  Maybe it was a zombie droid. 

      • Anonymous

        I read it in the Megatron voice.

        • Anonymous

          oooh, do it in Soundwave’s voice 🙂

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    • king

      hope it has a lock bootloader too. drrroiiid priiiiime how you like them apples

      • Explosive BJ

        The prime Is a nexus device, so no matter what its gonna have stock android and an onclocked bootloader….. I mean for any android fan, its common sense,do you even know your own name?

        • ExplosiveBJ

          Fail. Unlocked**