Motorola Droid Bionic

Verge Review

The Droid Bionic has been something of a unicorn amongst fans of the Android platform. The device — announced at CES on January 5th of this year — has had an unnaturally long lead up to launch, punctuated by blips on the radar consisting mostly of rumors and leaked photos. The Bionic is a Verizon 4G LTE phone, powered by a dual-core CPU and equipped with the ability to transform into a Linux-based PC (utilizing Motorola’s Webtop platform). This beast of a phone is now most definitely real,...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.43 inches
Weight 0.35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3.4

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

FCC ID IHDT56MX1

Hardware

Height 5.02 inches
Width 2.63 inches
Thickness 0.43 inches
Weight 0.35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Mono

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 960 px
Resolution (X) 540 px
PPI 256
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies supported 700
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer TI
Brand / family OMAP 4
Model 4430
Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores 2

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Skin Motorola
Launch OS version 2.3.4
Notable apps Motoprint, GoToMeeting

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, Micro HDMI

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light

Battery

Capacity 1735 mAh
Removable Yes

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7.3

Average User Review

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  • Camera(s) 6
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 8
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 6
  • Ecosystem 9

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by CtrlAltDel121 (Currently owns)

    The phone is nicely made and I am an avid android user. However, there are some issues that annoy me with the phone's stupid Motorola software.

    For one, sometimes when you move an app from the phone's "Internal Storage" to the "Media Area" (A separate partition of the internal storage for no reason), the app disappears and you have to re-install it. Some have suggested that moving apps is unnecessary with the ample space given, but a second issue compounds with this one for a truly annoying experience. Sometimes, when installing an app, the phone reports the internal storage as full when it is nowhere near full. So, I move an app to the media area to make "Room", and it then disappears.

    Add this to data issues that have been improved but not resolved by the recent update., and I am left wishing I had waited a bit longer before upgrading.

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    Reviewed by Barron (Currently owns)

    Very rushed phone. Verizon and Motorola released this phone originally with significant flaws. Yes, they could have delayed it and fixed the connectivity issues everyone was faced with, but then that would've conflicted too much with the RAZR's release date and would've rendered the Bionic useless. Motorola/Verizon launched this phone when they did so that they made a quick dime when early adopters came around. It's a shame what they did, but the recently released OTA update for the phone really fixed almost every issue. Now, my only gripe is the locked bootloader, which severely limits the amount of ROMs available for the phone.

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    Reviewed by SamEvans7 (Currently owns)

    I was too impatient to wait for the RAZR or Nexus (both superior phones in my opinion), so I pounced on this on day 1. Honestly, it's a great phone that does everything I want it to. I even kept the diet-blur for a whole week before reverting to LauncherPro Plus.

    It just feels so... Q1-2011... Had Motorola released this phone back in May, it may have been this year's Supersonic (Evo 4G). One month before the RAZR gets announced? Ouch. Anyway, I _do_ enjoy the phone, I just wish it had a bigger/better screen, ICS, better camera; blah, blah, blah - I shoulda waited for the Nexus... Though the last 3 months have been an incredible improvement over my hacked-to-death OG Droid.

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