Motorola Droid Bionic
An impressive Android phone
A smartphone with a name such as this Motorola Drod Bionic has should be enough to secure its success with technology lovers everywhere. Add to that a dual-core processor, long battery life, sleek design, Verizon 4G LTE support and other such jewels and you get a device which will please even the geekest of the geeks. The UI, not so good sharpness and price might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that shouldn’t deter you from getting this smartphone for Christmas or maybe earlier. Here is what our tests showed.
4.3″ qHD display
It seems that we and our readers alike have been waiting for this Motorola Droid Bionic for a long time and, now that it’s finally in our hands, it feels great. What surprised us the most was that, though it looked bulky, wide and thick during the CES 2011, the one we tested was actually slimmer with its 5″ x 2.63″ x 0.43″ and more good-looking. The weight is 5.6ounces, so we didn’t encounter serious difficulties when holding it.
The 4.3″ display of Motorola Bionic is qHD and made of glass from edge to edge. There’s a slight curve at the sides and it gives the smartphone a smooth appearance. The chin is understated and the housing is made of metal; these two offer the device a polished look. And now for the rear: there’s a soft-touch finish to it and the edges are beveled.
1GHz dual-core processor
The bump at the top provided a firm grip when we held the product for the first time. Going back to the screen, you’ll rejoice in the fact that it has both crispness, beautiful colors and great details. The resolution of 960 x 540 pixels offered sharpness and the Corning Gorilla glass comes with a dual-layer antireflective coating; despite the latter, the display looked a bit washed-out when we looked at it in bright sunlight. Beneath the screen sit the usual shortcuts for home, back, search and menu. The right side makes way for the volume button and the left houses a microHDMI and a microUSB port. Above the display you’ll see a VGA camera and on top are placed a 3.5mm headset jack and a button for screen lock/power.
One of the most impressive things on this Motorola Droid Bionic was the navigation, which was both very fast and smooth. That happened mostly thanks to the 1GHz dual-core processor, which made whatever we were doing during the test simply fly by. the multitasking was also quick and easy.
HTML 5 supported
The only things that didn’t work as fast were the browser and the camera of Droid Bionic phone. The interface didn’t require setup and login and we had access to social networking widgets among other options. The main menu used side-to-side navigation. The rear is equipped with a camera.
As we mentioned in the beginning of our review, the Motorola Droid Bionic has a really fast processor which is dual-core. And not only that, but also 1GB of RAM. The speed gave its best show where the web browser was concerned; there, the 4G LTE worked very well and the HTML5 support along with the support for Adobe Flash didn’t slow down the smartphone. A site loaded in about 13 seconds. The operating system is Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
Good battery life
The connectivity part was made of USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The camera took good photos and shot videos which had the same quality, unlike the ones on other smartphones.
The quality of the calls we made, though decent, registered some problems. While we didn’t have issues with our end of the conversation, the voices we heard on the other end sounded distorted. The speakerphone worked well. The battery life was good with almost 8 hours of talk time when we used the 4G option and 10 hours and almost a half with the 3G turned on.
The review final conclusion is that the new Motorola Droid Bionic phone is one of the most promising gadgets powered by Android.
|General specifications||2G Network||CDMA 800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ|
|3G Network||CDMA2000 1xEV-DO / LTE|
|Official anounced||2011, January|
|Device status||Available. Release date 2011, September|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||127.5 x 66.9 x 11 mm|
|Total weight||158.8 g|
|Screen||Type||TFT-LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Dimensions||540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)|
|Multi-touch input method|
|Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Proximity sensor for auto shut down|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Internal||16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM, 2 GB ROM|
|Memory card slot||microSD card, up to 32 GB, 16 GB included,|
|3G||Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Included, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR|
|Infrared port||Not included|
|USB||Included, microUSB v2.0|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization|
|Video||Included, 1980×1080 pixel, 1080p|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)|
|PROCESSOR||Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 AP20H chipset|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|Games||Included + downloadable|
|GPS||Included, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Included, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Active cancellation with dedicated mic|
|– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,|
|YouTube, Google Talk|
|Time management organizer|
|Predictive text input (Swype)|
|Adobe Flash 10.1|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1735 mAh|
|Estimated talk time||Up to 10 h 40 min|
|Stand-by time||Up to 195 h|