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Review: Motorola Droid Bionic

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Music

The Droid Bionic offers several ways for users to enjoy music. First, you can side-load tunes to the stock Android music player application. This app is bare bones, but can interact with MP3s, AACs, and so on. The newest Google Music app can stream from the network if you have a Google Music Beta account.

The Droid Bionic also includes Slacker for those of you who prefer to stream music to their handset. Slacker allows users to cache stations for offline use, which can come in handy when you're on an airplane.

Lastly, the Bionic has access to Verizon's V CAST Music Store, Media Manager software, and Tones Store. The Music and Tones Stores offer music and ringtones for download at a cost of $1.29 per track for songs and $2.99 per ringtone.

You're welcome to download tons of other music apps/services from the Android Market.

 

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Video

Video that has been captured by the Bionic or sideloaded to it is played back in the gallery application. I wish the Bionic had a stand-alone video player, because the Gallery isn't an obvious choice, but you can download a separate video player if you want.

The Bionic also has the BlockBuster application for renting/buying movies, and the stock Android YouTube application.

Verizon's NFL Mobile application is installed, which offers free, live football games during the football season. This service normally costs extra, but Verizon is allowing Droid Bionic owners to use it for free for the entire season this year.

The Bionic includes DLNA sharing software, so content (images, video, etc.) can be shared via Wi-Fi with other DLNA devices, like your TV. You can also use the microHDMI port to attach the Bionic directly to an HDTV.

Last up, Verizon has stuffed V CAST Videos in there, too.

 

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