Motorola Droid Bionic Review

| October 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Motorola Droid Bionic is one of the best handsets. This smartphone was announced back in CES 2011 in January, but the handset demonstrated during the event doesn’t coincide with the one we have today. The list of improvements and changes made the device much better (note that because of the changes it was released later than expected). The handset sports the latest features, including a huge display, Verizon 4G LTE support and 1080p video capturing capabilities. The feedback from the customers will help you see what kind of issues the handset has, while for now let’s have a look at the main specs and features of the handset.

Hardware

The most attractive part of the Motorola Droid Bionic is that it has the most advanced technical specs among the existing Motorola handsets. It has a dual-core TI OMAP processor with a frequency of 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4.3 inch display with qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Also Droid Bionic has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 8 megapixel camera with flash, a 1080-pixel HD video quality and support for 4G LTE networks. Perhaps, at some step in the development stage the high technology of the Droid Bionic seemed to be somewhat outdated but with time the situation changed.

The Droid Bionic is compatible with laptop dock, and other docks available only from Motorola, which is not that great (in this regard Google is the most advanced manufacturer).

Design

If you’ve seen Droid X2, then the Droid Bionic will seem very familiar; it also has a 4.3 inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 540 x 960. On the reverse side of the case Bionic, you will see the same curvy design as of the Droid X2, which is conditioned by the camera module placed here.  Anyway if compared with the Droid X2 here we have enough design innovations.

The screen of the Droid Bionic is located slightly below the top line of the body. On the right side of the screen there are four buttons that are available for all devices running Android OS (Menu, Home, Back and Search). Between the buttons and the bottom of the display there’s enough space to get ensured from accidental key-presses.

On the back of the handset you will find the volume key. I would like to see special buttons to control the camera, but the developers haven’t considered this point. Also, this smartphone has microUSB port for charging, miniHDMI port to transfer content to the TV-device connected to the Bionic through Laptop Dock, or Motorola Dock. At the top of the device you will find the  button that allows you to enable or to unlock the device.  You will find the standard headphone jack at the bottom. The Droid Bionic is missing the microphone port.

The rear casing of the Motorola Droid Bionic is made of soft plastic, similar to the Photon 4G, but the material of the  Bionic seems more durable. On the back part you will find the 8 megapixel camera with flash and all kind of logos — Motorola, 4G LTE, Verizon and Google.

The back panel of the Droid Bionic can be easily removed if you need to replace the battery. It also has a SIM-card slot and a microSD card with an additional slot.

Display

The design of the Droid Bionic is pretty good, the only disappointment is the display. Like Photon 4G and Droid X2, the Droid Bionic has qHD display that looks somewhat pixelated. You get dark images and the text looks good, but the image is composed of visible pixels, and it is very distracting while watching videos and images.

Software

The Droid Bionic comes with the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS and familiar user interface from Motorola, which was formerly called MotoBlur, but not so long ago the company decided to have a re-branding. This newest version of the interface is the first Android user interface with widgets.

If you still don’t use devices that are running the axis of Android, you should know that this is a very modern axle for touchscreens. It can help you easily make calls, send messages, keep in touch via Email or via video chat or you can add various applications available from Android Market. If you use online services of Google, then most of them will work on devices with Android platform.

The dual-core processor stands as a proof that the web pages will open very quickly You will also be able to play all kind of 3D games. Among the wide list of Droid Bionic installed applications you will find the following apps: ZumoCast, Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, Citrix, GoToMeeting, Let’s Golf 2, MotoPrint, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Slacker and VideoSurf.

Two processor cores work at the proper level, but they are far from the performance of Snapdragon or Tegra Zone. Perhaps in the future the developers of Google will correct this.

Browser / 4G LTE

The Motorola Droid Bionic is already the fourth smartphone of Verizon working with 4G LTE networks. The average speed during the test ranged between 8 and 12 Mbit/sec., but not less than 5 Mbit /sec. T-Mobile and other carriers promise  faster 4G  networks, but Verizon 4G LTE network is believed to be the most reliable.

The browser works quite well. It supports Adobe Flash and Javascript.

Multimedia

The Motorola Droid Bionic copes with any challenge related to multimedia, including video, audio files and supports for these functions during the Games. All this is achieved thanks to the dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Through applications such as Google Music and video streaming services, as for example, Slacker Radio, video and other services Bitbop, the owners of the Android-powered smartphone can use their devices as a multimedia station.

This smartphone also supports DLNA, HDMI ports allowing to transfer content to other gadgets with a more extensive screen. You can use these options to watch streaming videos on the big screen.

Camera

The Motorola Droid Bionic has an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash. The image quality is obtained as good but still less high compared with the iPhone 4 and even the first generation Galaxy S II. As you can see, if we consider close-up images, the quality is not impressive (even in the Macro), colors are not so bright. The front camera can do self-portraits and video chat by using such applications as Tango.

Sound

The sound quality of Motorola Droid Bionic is high enough, the voice sounds natural and clean. In testing, some people say that the sound seemed somewhat distorted, but the overall quality of sound is voted to be good.

Battery

Unfortunately the battery of Motorola Droid Bionic is able to supply device power for a limited time. The reason for this is the presence of the first-generation chipset 4G LTE. As the Droid Charge, the HTC Thunderbolt and the LG Revolution, this 4G LTE smartphone with moderate use can work up to 6 hours without recharging. With intensive use (when opening cards, when sending Email, and Internet surfing for a long time) the battery will suffice for a shorter period.

Availability

The handset is one of the most expensive models offered by Verizon, which is reasonable as it’s the best model the carrier’s offered so far. You can get if for $299.99 if signing a two-year contract with the carrier.

Conclusion

The Droid Bionic has been included in the wishlist of many people since the moment of its announcement. But they had to wait. The developers have tried to compensate for Motorola’s design flaws by other possibilities and, in particular, by more power.

Poor display quality, short-lived battery and user interface,which is not to everyone’s taste, are some of the shortcomings the smartphone has. But if you want a dual-core smartphone with support for 4G LTE and do not mind a pixelated screen, then Motorola Droid Bionic with its powerful hardware can be a good choice.

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