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Motorola’s Feedback Network Sends Out DROID Bionic Soak Test Invites

Motorola has started to notify members of their Feedback Network that a software update will be made available for the DROID Bionic in some time. No word on what to expect, so can we assume it is not Ice Cream Sandwich and most likely the 5.9.904 build that is floating around? As soon as we get some more juicy details we will share them with you. Do we still have some happy Bionic owners out there?

Here is the letter going out to MFN members:


Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon to participate in a preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid Bionic, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part. The registration window for this test is very short, so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.


Matt and Mark
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Cheers everyone who sent this in!

  • tip8020

    Y is it takin so long for the update

  • pizza=awsome

    My Bionic sucks…I payed 300 for it right before the Razr came out and I can’t get my money back. Furthermore, I’ve had to replace it thrice and it still wont work properly….

  • Daniel Clifford

    Where the hell is it?!?!?!?!?!

  • Don’t get my hopes up! I don’t want to get burned again!

  • Tony Allen

    That’s truth, it’s incredibly legible in direct sunlight. One thing I don’t miss about the AMOLED devices I’ve had in the past.

  • im happy with the phone, but i feel like motorola just gave up on it before they release their razor a few months later..

  • Mike


  • Jon

    I love my Bionic. Running Eclipse ROM. I want to go to a different phone, more because I get bored easy and like to change phones every 6 months, but the Bionic running Eclipse ROM has been great. Lots of ICS Rom’s out there as well, but they all have data dropout issues that can’t be fixed until Motorola officially releases ICS. 

  • Tim

    I purchased the LG Revolution when it first came out.  It was the worst phone that I ever owned!  I ended up buying a used Bionic on EBAY and have been extremely happy with it.

  • Anthony Semosky

    I had 6 Bionics until I complained enough to get a Rezound as a replacement. I’m happier than ever.

    I do, however, miss my Bionic just a little bit. Too bad I’m sitting on a crapload of Bionic accessories. 😛

  • Conanbarb

    Happy Bionic still here and still happy

  • RoadsterHD1

    I am a VERY HAPPY owner of a Bionic since the day it came out, I’ve only had one and have not had any issues. The phone performs right up there with any High end phone. It has more features than allot out there. My phone is packed with apps and movies and pictures and has a 32Gig card and still performs as good as when I first got it. No additional storage via SD card is a deal breaker for me, and no removable battery is too. My BIONIC is the best phone hands down and I’ve made my comparisons and sill would rather own the Bionic that any other phone. My daughter loved mine so much she bought one and now loves hers. 🙂

  • Cbabaseball131

    Had some problems but overall I’m happy with my bionic since the day it released. 

  • capncoad

    Bionic has been a good phone. good battery life, stable and quick. Motoblur is actually not annoying. I really do wish moto would unlock their bootloaders however.

  • RoadsterHD1

    I was thinking about trading in my Bionic for a RAZR and yesterday i did a side by side comparioson cause a friend of mine has a RAZR and what I found blew me away. 
    1. I compared data speed in a fairly good area for speed. My Bionic was faster in the up and down loads on about 7 test I took. The RAZR dropped to 3G and my Bionic stayed in 4G. The RAZR eventually returned to 4G and retested them again. The average score were Bionic down was 8Mbps and UP 5 to 6Mbps. The RAZR was 7 to 8Mbps down and 1 to 3Mbps up. My down at my home is 20 to 28Mbps and up is the same.
    2. The screen on the RAZR is more color saturated than the Bionic, but looking further I discovered the reason for the saturation on the RAZR is because it has a blue tint to it. You can really see it if you look at the RAZR’s screen side ways. This causes the brightness to go down.. Bionic screen is brighter. The gray scale really tells the story. Bionic’s grey scale is blacker and whiter more true. The RAZR is blueish even greenish at times. Look at the power widget and you will see what I’m talking about. Open GOOGLE-MAPS and it’s obivious that the clarity and color is better on the Bionic. To make this more interesting I compared the GNex screen and it was worse than the RAZR. 
    3. The RAZR was faster onthe bench marks but in everyday use you will not notice the difference. 
    4. All the Verizon 4G phones have data drop issues, Bionic’s “were” worse but are just like or better than most now after the 902 update. 
    5. Pentile Screen can be seen in direct sun light, the other HD amoled screens can NOT. Pentile will show what’s called compression on low resolution video but that’s because Pentile is more focused and clear than the others. I use “Vplayer Version0.99 and Daroon Player and play back High Def 1080i video and it looks incredible, no compression and no lag. The video recording at 1080p look incredible. But put crappy video in and it will give you crappy video out. Colors in my opinion are more realistic than the RAZR. For poor quality video the Bionic tends to favor reds, so I use “screenadjuster” and “filter your screen” to adjust for this. Netflix has different resolution streams and you can tell the two. For the most part Netflix does and incredible job and the streaming looks great. Please know that different player play differently on any phone. The old version of VPlayer is allot better that the newer versions. Daroon player play high quality HD video very well.
    6. The speaker is louder on the Bionic.
    7. I decided to keep my Bionic and not get the RAZR or the RAZR MAXX.

  • Desert102

    Had a gnex till ti was stolen.  Bought a bionic off a friend and have been very happy with it.  Im not a big fan of the camera or the screen, but i dont watch too much on it to be honest.  All the gnex owners are in denial (as i once as) about the crappy radio.  I was never able to get 4g in my apartment with it, but now that i have the bionic i literally never lose 4g.  Plus the speaker on the moto phones are miles ahead of samsung  phone speakers.

  • Aaa

    I am trying to be a happy Bionic owner, but I still am waiting for a fix to my data drops… very annoying, little more than a year til I can get a new phone (wish I could trade for Razr Maxx)

  • MotoFAIL

    Calling this a feedback network is a misnomer. First, these soak tests don’t do much, other than make the people who participate in them feel like they are getting a special treat. When I was part of their soak test, I submitted various bug reports for their Droid X, and I know of a few others who did as well, yet, Motorola simply ignored our reports and proceeded from soak test to full release. This led to the huge uproar over all the bugs on the Droid X after the 2nd Gingerbread update. They could have been avoided if Motorola had simply delayed the full release to address the serious bugs we encountered. After that, it took them over 5 months to release a minor fix that still left various issues unresolved, and that is where we stand today. For a list of what remains unresolved go to the Motorola Feedback Network and see for yourself, there are various threads listing, in a very detailed manner, all of the problems identified by users, which Motorola never addressed.

    • ocdtrekkie

      It’s likely that the build still met the expected prevalence of bugs (no software release is bug-free), and that the determined it was better than the previous build.

  • I used to have a Bionic until I dropped it, but I still miss that phone. I’ll be glad when it’s brought up to ICS with everything else.

    That being said… there really is no reason for GNex users to even be here unless it’s related to the post. Popping up in the comments just to bash the Bionic is stupid considering it’s a part of history as Verizon’s first Dual Core LTE phone (damn near the first one in the states). These fanboys need to learn some respect for other companies besides Samsung, the same company they bashed when the first galaxy was released…) -____-

    P.S. I have a GNex. It’s possible to own one and act like an adult.

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    • There’s some hope for people in the world. I have a Bionic, and have no regrets of buying one. So much better than my OG Droid, and no complaints so far. Thank you!

      • Rustyfndrs


      • I couldn’t agree more. My OG Droid was useless compared to this thing. My only complaint is not getting ICS. Nothing else about the phone is significant enough to be considered a real issue (last update fixed the data connection issues I was having)

    • Jackass


  • Tony Allen

    I really still want to love this phone. I’m a flashaholic and there just isn’t a lot out there for this phone.

    I really wanted Moto to keep good on their promise and give us a bootloader unencrypt/unlock. I wanted to see what the devs could really do with this device and the ROMs I’ve tried thus far still all seem to have issues like stock. 

    If you have a problem free, solid Bionic, power to you. On .902 I still have data drops, GPS sometimes makes my battery life report incorrectly and then it’ll all of a sudden drop to 20-30% for no reason. These are just a few of the bugs I’ve been putting up with since I bought this thing on launch day. If it weren’t for LTE and battery life on 3G, I’d go back to my Incredible in a heartbeat til an upgrade becomes available on my account.

  • Dave

    Aside from the screen and camera, the Bionic is rather solid device. It’s my backup phone to my GNex. Certainly glad to see it’s still receiving support!

    • Everybody is always quick to diss the Bionic’s screen.  I love my Bionic’s screen, there is NOTHING out there that beats its readability in direct sunlight.  As a person who spends alot of time outdoors walking from place to place, I love being able to bring up Google Maps on a sunny day, and seeing it perfectly.

      • Dave

        Quick? I think I used it long enough to form my own opinion on the display. I gave it a chance but couldn’t get past the cross hatching and muted colors. I’m sincerely glad it works great for you, however. I do agree the brightness was amazing.

        • Wasn’t so much referring to you specifically, rather the fact that the screen is always the first issue to come up when people point out the “issues” with the Bionic – I was pointing out the positives of the display.  Someone who uses their device outside on a daily basis might be very interested in the outdoor readability.

          As for the colors?  I’m not so sure they are muted, they seem pretty accurate compared to some of the oversaturated displays they seem to stick in devices these days.  It’s just that we get used to the oversaturated colors, that “normal” colors seem muted.

  • Daniel Clifford

    Same here, had Bionic from day 1. I admit there were some issues at first, but nothing life ending. With the first update, those problems completely disappeared. Eager for ICS to drop, but I am happy with any update that can be pushed out.

  • Jmonteiro829

    Got the wife a Bionic.  She likes it but the thing takes terrible pics.  That is the only gripe though.

  • Don

    Bought mine on release day.  Never had one problem with it.  I am a happy owner.  

    • Tony Allen

      You must have a miracle godphone.. 

      • Sk102704

        No he’s just like 99% of all Bionic owners. You should know tony when you say stupid crap like that it shows that you are clueless about Android and are a lil bitch troll. If you really think that the Bionic is a crappy phone because all your jealous troll friends trashed it, than you truly are an idiot!

        • Tony Allen

          I’ve owned one since launch you faceless, ignorant kike. I’m well aware of all the problems that have been around since and somewhat taken care of by .902

          Know your role and STFU.

          • Sk102704

            I know my role. My role is to smack down little bitch trolls like you. You have once again proven you are an idiot! Most people will exchange a phone if they have problems, you on the other hand just whine like the little bitch you are. Quit your crying, nobody wants to hear it.

          • Jackass

            Yeah suck a pickle Tony. We don’t like ur kind round here

          • Tony Allen

            What exactly is ‘my kind’ ?

            The realist that admits that no phone is perfect, this one included. The same guy that I can say I’ve had it since launch?

          • scijohn

            Your kind? I dunno. Someone who thinks his experience with his Bionic is the same as everyone else’s experience with their Bionic?
            I haven’t had any problems with my Bionic since launch either.

      • ocdtrekkie

        I’m a happy Bionic owner too.

        • scijohn

          Me too.
          Oh, and I am enjoying my Lapdock 500 Pro that I picked up from Verizon for $150.
          Thanks for the tip Droid Life!
          My son uses the Lapdock with his Razr too.

    • Daniel Dlugos

       Same here, bought by Bionic in late October. Never been exchanged, and I’ve been pretty satisfied with it.

      In regards to ICS, I’d rather have the razr owners beta test this before it’s rolled out to the Bionic.  I use my phone for business, and I just need it to work. ICS would be nice, but if the first push is buggy and problematic (which is almost always is), I’d like to pass.  I just don’t have time to be screwing around with my phone.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Me too. I Love my Bionic

  • I had a bionic and switched away to a Gnex purely because it’s easier to root and rom. I was very happy with the bionic + extended batt. The radio/speaker/call quality were better. The non curved glass and super bright screen made it easy to read in daylight…the Gnex is far from perfect…but moto screwed the pooch by not offering unlockable bootloaders. 

  • Jay

    I’m obscenely happy with mine. Picked it up during the leap year sale for free. It even arrived on .893, and I forgot to update it for almost a week.
    I get spotty coverage at work, but at home I average about 15mbs down. I play games on it, watch streams on it, basically everything and it hasn’t missed a beat.

  • Bluedevils0000

    So what do i do if i have deleted bloatware and not just hid it? Will my update still install okay or will it screw my phone up?

  • Dmarzluf

    I love my Bionic
    However I do have one issue and need help
    I have tried every avenue. I doubt this will even get read bu if any one knows how to fix the default problem please help me

  • I’ve got a Razr Maxx and a Bionic that I picked up on the cheap (new from VZW). I’m going to go with a ICS Custom ROM. I’m tired of waiting for the Bionic to see ANY update. Even though I have the Razr. I’d like to see the Bionic get ICS (officially) from Motorola. Like they promised. On a reasonable timeline too!

  • Inboy81

    Cell phone company 🙂 can I pay you $30 dollars to stay with you and be your prisoner for 2 more years? Cell phone company take my $30 “upgrade punishment” so I can give you $2,000 or more the next 2 years. Maybe if Im lucky I will get a droid that has alot of bugs and not thought out completely. Cell phone company I want to pay you so you can mirco manage me. Please cell phone company take my “upgrade punishment” fee… see what we have allowed them to do with us.

  • Glad to see Bionic owners getting love from Moto. Hope you guys see ICS soon!

    I’m one of many who sold the Bionic for the GNex and not to start controversy but I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Only thing I miss is how solid the Bionic was. I never want to drop the nex because I know it’ll shatter but I never had to worry about that with the Droid line. I was devoted to Moto after owning the D1 for 2 years but now I think i’ll be sticking with Samsung.

  • just because there are BETTER phones out there does not make phones that came out before them crappy/obsolete. Sorry but people don’t have the patience let alone the money to get the latest and greatest. I’m a full time student and needed a phone with internet access and its a great phone. especially with the ICS Gummy rom on it. great battery life and sturdy build quality. yeah so what the GN may be better? does that mean ur gonna hate everything that is not a nexus? i guess if thats what makes u feel better?

    • Oh there’s a new phone? Yeah I have tons of extra money to drop on a newer model before my contract is up, perfect!

  • Joe Buck

    i have a nexus, so yes I got soaked, almost drown in bugs

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  • Buy This

    Eclipse 2.2 on my Bionic is such a pleasure to use and so stable. I dare say I could use it instead of ICS and be plenty satisfied.

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  • kixofmyg0t

    The only time I wasnt happy was when I was running the Eclipse ROM. My wife isnt happy with the Eclipse port for her D3 either. 

    Otherwise Im happy with it. Can the screen be better? Yeah, they could’ve used the screen from the Atrix 2 since its the same damn phone just without LTE. 

  • Matt Offiler

    Ive never understood the complaints about the Bionic.. maybe a lot of people got crap phones? I get the anger over the release of the Razor and Maxx right afterwards, but the phone is solid and I personally prefer the removable and expandable battery over a sealed phone. Ive had it rooted from the day after I bought it and have never had a bad issue with it. 

    In any case, Id say there is at least one happy Bionic owner out there.

    • EdubE24

      I thought the phone was a beast, I just could not hold a data connection with the two I had. Just bad luck on my part.

      • Tony Allen

        Nah, not bad luck on your part. It was/is an issue with all Bionics, even those who say they’ve never hard a problem. They’re probably lying out of their arse. After .902 it got better for me, but still does it quite frequently. One difference now is that it’s not as hard to get back my data. I do have a slew of other issues that really irk me though that aren’t’ data drop related. 

        • The only time I ever have data issues is when I am running an ICS ROM.  On the stock ROMs, i’ve never had a problem.  Maybe that is because I am in a strong LTE area, I am not sure.  All I can say is that while I cannot explain why, I have never had data issues.  I am also NOT the type of person to lie, so I am definitely not “lying out of my arse”.  Why on earth would I lie about data issues?  If I had experienced them, it would have been an issue between myself and Verizon, not something that I would have ignored, just to lie about at a later date.  I have no reason to lie about it, I have no vested interest in Motorola and all I care about is having a device that works well on the LTE network for ME. 

          In summary, I have absolutely no idea WHY I don’t seem to have any issues, but I guess I should take this opportunity to apologize for having a Bionic that works well.  Since “all Bionics” have data issues, I must be wrong, even though it’s my device and I know how well it works (being that I rely on it on a daily basis).

          Let me also apologize on behalf of the other Bionic users who also don’t seem to have issues.  It must not be that bad of a phone, it’s rated just about as highly on Verizon’s site as the other 4G LTE phones.

          • Tony Allen

            I honestly can’t explain why either, since everyone I know that’s had a Bionic since I purchased mine and up until recent software updates, has had issues with data dropping. 

            Maybe half of all Bionics were designed with a flaw and the other half not. Hell if I know, I’m gratuitously happy that you’ve supposedly never had a data drop. I’ve never heard of a 4G LTE device that hasn’t done it.. every last one of them has had it as an issue since the Thunderbolt, some just worse than others. It has to do with CDMA to LTE handoffs. I don’t even live in a 4G area, so I keep LTE turned off. Data seems even more unstable on the few ICS roms I’ve tried. 

            This is my second replacement device and I love the hardware, I really just want Motorola/Verizon to get the software right so I can use my phone the way I know the Targa was meant to be used.

          • See Tony, what I believe is happening is a multifaceted problem that affects users that has as much to do with the cellular base station equipment at the local cell tower level as it does with the devices themselves.  I honestly believe that Verizon has a wide variety of base station equipment; some brand new and others woefully outdated.  And I doubt they even have the same firmwares running on all of their equipment.  Evidence of this is shown in the changelog for one of the Bionic updates (can’t remember exactly which one) – it specifically refererences a fix in the way the device’s radios talk to certain base station hardware (IIRC, the fix was for connecting to Lucent branded LTE hardware).

            My lack of issues may simply be due to the fact that my area was skipped in the initial LTE rollout, and we came on line months later.  Add to that the fact that Verizon was extra adamant about getting its LTE network working well in this area due to pressure from all the rich folks coming into the area for horse racing season – I am about 20 miles from Saratoga Springs, NY which is known for horse racing.

            Now don’t get me wrong, I have seen data issues on my Bionic at some points – but in all those cases, it turned out to be a network outage. 

            Now, as for the ICS ROMs?  Well, those are unreliable for me as well, datawise.  But that is due to a kernel/baseband/OS mismatch, not the traditional handoff issue.

            I also notice that you pointed out that ALL 4G LTE devices since the TBolt have had issues.  Which only points to a network level issue as opposed to a device level issue.  Think about a typical corporate LAN.  If one or two devices have connectivity issues talking to the switch, it’s probably flaky devices.  If a majority of the devices connected to the LAN are having issues, it’s more likely a configuration issue on the switch or somewhere else on the network.  The problem is, a nationwide 4G network is much more challenging to troubleshoot, simply due to its size.  It doesn’t help that the LTE network is still a work-in-progress, so variables are always being introduced.   And it’s unlikely that VZW will devote alot of time to upgrading the older sites, until they are done bringing the entire network online.

    • For the very reasons you mentioned, I personally don’t even get people being upset over the RAZR/MAXX release.  The Targa (Bionic), RAZR, and Droid 4 were all supposed to be part of the same family of devices, aimed at different markets.  They are all OMAP4 based LTE devices. The Targa is aimed at a person looking for a traditional slate phone with a removeable battery.  RAZR series is aimed at the “thin-and-light” crowd, and the D4 is aimed at the “need a QWERTY” crowd.  These devices are meant to compliment each other, not replace the Bionic.  I’d have personally gone with a different manufacturer if Motorola hadn’t offered the Bionic when I was in the market for a phone.

  • “Do we still have some happy Bionic owners out there?”not a happy owner but a owner of droid bionic till i can upgrade out of it.

  • Rockin Bionic

    I too am a happy Bionic user. Bought it in January, and it has been fantastic. I’m excited for ICS, but right now the phone is solid, so I’m ok with waiting patiently for a bug free OS.!

    • JHJ56

       My B. is rock solid too. It was flaky in the beginning. I stuck it out. Most all of my smartphones have been buggy in the begin(cough BB Storm cough). Look at the testing time people. These phones are put on the market within weeks after getting finally design build. Be patient. It will happen.

       The faster technology is the more impatient we become with things.

      • Come on, be fair.  Even at launch, the Bionic was better than the Storm was at its best.  That thing was an absolute disaster, from the software to the screen technology.  I almost forgot how bad that thing was *LOL*

        • scijohn

          My BB Storm and Storm 2 made me sad for RIM. They were company phones so free for me. I wouldn’t have bought them.

    • Sk102704

      I’ve had mine since the day it came out and it still works flawlessly and the only issues I had with it were fixed by the updates.  I even went download crazy a few months ago and completely filled the internal memory and it didn’t even lag a little bit. It’s a great phone that gets hated on by those who are clueless.

    • Josh Groff

      I am currently switching between the Bionic and Rezound, both are solid phones. Not a big fan of the Bionic’s camera, but the radio is fantastic.

  • Lolsuckers

    fck moto and veriz
     dt hacker and friend s will take care of your ics blues for your bionic running axiom b aokp beta as my safe rom and gb as my unsafe side  its smooth with only  minor issues due to hardware accelaration

  • suchashorttime

    happy and agitated.  ICS needs to get it together.

    • Well, even the GNex is running an outdated build of ICS.  It could be a case of getting ICS itself working well, and not something specific to our devices.  In a way, our phone are TOO similar to the GNex.  If any of the current ICS issues on the GNex are related to the chipset, well, ours is from the exact same family and would probably exhibit the same issues.  With the GNex still running its launch OS, i’m not surprised we haven’t seen an update yet.  It would be quite funny, however, if we got ICS quickly; and ended up on a newer version than the GNex.

  • Jordan Anderson

    I love my Bionic. ICS would be awesome, but right now there’s nothing wrong with a rooted stock phone (just rooted to hide bloatware)

  • Andrei_Antal

    I’m happy with bionic considering this is the last android I buy. Motorola and the rest are transforming droids into iphones but without updates.
    I feel more ripped off by moto and verizon than I ever felt by Apple.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    The only good thing about this story is that is made me smile to see “Submit TPS report” in the graphic.. to funny movie

  • fartbubbler

    never knew there was such a thing as a happy Bionic owner

    • Anon

       Hi, I’m Anon, and I’m a happy Bionic owner.  Pleased to meet you.

    • Sk102704

      There are lots of us like there are a lot of trolls…like you

    • Alexander Garcia

      My wife is a very happy Bionic owner. There. Now you know.

    • Happy Bionic owner here, troll!  Not as much fun as my D1 for hacking, but overall I like it just as well.

  • Hszalek

    I got one of these letters/emails

  • Justin Howard

    wish they would just hurry up and send out ICS, but I understand that they need to address these issues first, I’m sure lots of time and money were spent in it….hopefully next will be ICS for EVERYONE!!!..*******Hoping*******

  • Screw you moto where’s my goddamned Xoom ICS update?

    • 4n1m4L

      Wifi or Verizon? Cause dude. The wifi one has been floating around for a while…

      • He definitely means the 4G LTE one 😛

    • Anon

      Hmm –maybe you should ask them in a Motorola Xoom forum, rather than on a thread that has absolutely nothing to do with your device. 

      I’m quite certain Motorola had a separate forum for folks just like you…Oh wait, here it is!


  • Joe Bionic

    It is probably 904, if the recently leaked Verizon update path schedule is correct.

    • Joe Bionic

      After this one, it will be ICS …

      • Joe Bionic

        My guess ICS will show up for the Bionic in June or soon after the Razr gets theirs.

  • kixofmyg0t

    LOL I just sent this to you guys. 

    Its not ICS, its 5.9.904. A radio bugfix for people that still have data drops. 

  • Hodgewdm

    I assume it will be a update like the RAZR and MAXX just received.  Its probably the last bug fix before ICS….we can hope anyway..

  • OhAaron

    xD I don’t have a Bionic anymore, but I’m happy for my mom.  Her phone has been slowing down, as of late.

  • the only time i was happy with the Bionic was when i put it back in its box and bought a GNex.

    • fartbubbler


    • Anon

       Sorry for your experience.  My experience with the Bionic has largely been a good one.

      • Mister_Waldo

        Same here. Mine has been a beast after the initial update fixed the data drops. Moto still is tops in the hardware game IMO

    • Jak_341

      Can’t like this enough. I will be really P.O.ed if this is the reason for the GNex update holdup.

      • Anon

         What a silly assumption.  Motorola doesn’t update your Galaxy Nexus, Samsung does.

        But I suppose it’d be nice if you could blame HTC, Motorola, and LG on why your G-Nex doesn’t have 4.0.4 yet…

        • bakdroid

          The Gnex fanboys are just upset because they get zero support for bug fixes while everyone else gets fixes. But we should thank them for testing out ICS so we don’t have to.

          • BIONIC

            Anything before ICS 4.0.4 was considered a testing phase by google and theyve said that 4.0.4 will basically be the first real realease of a final build of ICS. If i wanted something like that, I could just flash an ICS rom onto my Bionic and still have a better radio and batterys thatn the gnex. It’s amazing how insecure those fanboys are. Just enjoy ur phone. So it was overhyped and was supposed to be the most badass phone ever- but it didn’t turn out that way… get over it and quit trying to make an awesome phone(bionic) look bad just to make yourselves feel cooler. At this point in time the Bionic IS a better device than the Nexus, hands down. The bugs got so much attention that the updates were overly correcting and helped this phone go over the top into Superphone territory. The Gnex is cool but it would need some serious updates/changes to be better than my Bionic which is a gall darn BEAST

          • normmcgarry

            As a Bionic owner, I must say, Bionic ICS roms suck as of right now. Devs seem to be waiting on a leak. No HD video codecs, buggy radio, buggy bluetooth and buggy camera. Not sure why you’d claim to have a “better radio” since the ICS roms drop data randomly.

          • Tony Allen

            Well the Sprint GNex has 4.0.4 and they’re having data drops as well. So it doesn’t appear to be because of a version number 😉

    • Droids

      Another DB chimes in about his Nexus. I doubt there is a single thread on this site in the last 6 months that doesn’t have a Nexus post in it.

      • LiterofCola


    • Alex Lipford

       Comments like that are the reason I avoid people that I see using the GNex. Why does every GNex fanboy feel the need to tell me that, no matter what phone I have, their phone is superior to mine.
      If I were to walk in to a Verizon store today looking for a new phone, I would pass over the GNex. The materials that Samsung uses to make their current line of phones feels cheap and flimsy to me. Plus, I’ve read on here that the phone’s radio’s are iffy at best. I’d probably pick up a MAXX or Bionic. Hardware quality is something that I put at the top of my list and the removable battery on the Bionic is a huge plus. Not to mention that they’re both already guaranteed ICS.

      Just my humble opinion

      • kixofmyg0t

        Thats why you see me arguing with “G-Nex” fanboys all the time. 

        No matter what phone we’re talking about(like the vastly superior Galaxy Note or One-X)they feel compelled to bash everything that isnt a “Nexus”. 

        On a related note, I almost bought a Galaxy Nexus that someone was selling in the next town over for $275. Wanted one….but Im gonna get a Playstation Vita instead. 

        • I have both a Vita and the Gnex…get the Gnex. I haven’t touched the Vita in quite some time.

          • kixofmyg0t

            You lookin to sell ur PSV? 

          • I am actually waiting for it to get hacked. So I am gonna let it sit there and gather dust rather than sell it. Actually I might use it once gravity rush releases.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Gotcha. I still play my PSP to this day so im looking forward to the PSV.

      • Taglogical

         Because so many kiddies are butt-hurt over the under-performing phone they had over-the-top expectations for and so they are trying to feel better about their decisions by trashing everything else around them; this will in-turn elevate them (falsely but that’s irrelevant) to the pedestal-ideal they expected their phone to put them on.


        • Matthew


          • normmcgarry

            Doubt you know how to use them correctly.

          • LiterofCola

            yeah, and you can go kill yourself afterwards as well.

          • Taglogical


        • Benjamin Landwehr

          If the Gnex was that horrible people would have returned it during their return-time window for the RAZR or Rezound. That logic is absolutely retarded.

          • jaymonster

            Except, they can’t… they are “SOLID” in knowing that it is a “Nexus” (insert angelic sounding theme here), and thus, it can’t be a bad phone, and besides we will get updates faster than anybody else (forgetting that this is VZW we are talking about here), so even if they were unhappy, they could not bolt and take a phone that has Sense or ((gasp)) Blur on it.

      • I have a GNex and I don’t act that way. We know that the Gnex IS better than the Bionic but time does that…the GSIII will probably be better than my Gnex and then in a few months something new will be out.

        That being said I did get the email because I used to have a bionic and I accepted it because my brother is using the bionic and he would enjoy it.

        • Not true. The GNex is NOT better it IS worse than the Bionic.

          • Actually it is true. How can you tell me that MY GNex is worse than MY Bionic? I have dealt with both and the GNex came out on top. My brother is using the Bionic now and HE knows that my signal is better.

          • ny realist

            I don’t know what all you gnexers are talking about but I get 4g everywhere I go.who cares who’s phone is better,get a life.go get laid!

      • LiterofCola

        You are what we call a “level-headed individual.” Nevermind the douchebags.

    • Taglogical

       I fondly remember returning my 3rd problematic Gnex and going back to arguably (still) the best phone on Verizon, the Bionic.

      Happy trolling!

      • Josh Groff

        That’s what I like to hear. Did you get that bad boy overclocked and motomized yet?

    • LegalAmerican

      Again, I am SO freaking sick of Nexus owners ruining Droid conversations.

      • LiterofCola

        Just about.

    • Josh Groff

      Cool story bro. I have both a Rezound and a Bionic, could care less about the Nexus, I’ll stick to my capacitive keys and SD slots thank you.

    • JustSay’n

      Just me or do gNex owners sound a lot like i*hone owners?

  • Michael_NM

    Matt and Mark a.k.a. Dumb and Dumber.

  • gchahinian

    woooo i just got my email too…hoping for ICS!!!

    • Liderc

      it will never be ICS, I’m sorry…

      • Anon

         It’ll be ICS at some point, just not right now.  Motorola has already committed to ICS on the Bionic.

        • LiterofCola

          Nevermind him, he’s a douchebag.

        • On the other hand, the full OTA push for .904 is slated to start on 5/3, and it’s already 5/1.  It’s a bit late for a soak test invite for a build that is gonna push in 2 days.  I’m thinking this MIGHT just be an ICS soak test.