Hands-On: Motorola Droid Bionic
Jan 5, 2011, 9:26 PM by Rich Brome
We had some hands-on time with the new Droid Bionic for Verizon. Read on to see what we thought of Motorola's first 4G LTE phone.
The Driod Bionic is a simple slab phone with a large display. Actually, it's a pretty huge display. It's LCD, but it has the same sub-pixel issues as some OLED displays, so a thin line looks more like a very fine dotted line than a smooth line. That's a nit-pick, though, as it doesn't affect usability. Reading text or looking at photos, it looks great.
It's a big phone in all dimensions. Think Droid X, without the thin-ness. It's all plastic, and very light. Considering only the size-weight ratio, it feels a bit cheap, but the build quality feels top-notch.
The touch keys below the display work well. Physical keys would be easier to use. The physical keys on the top and side - for locking and volume - feel and work well. We're very disappointed to see no dedicated camera key.
The Droid Bionic isn't launching until the second quarter, so the software isn't optimized yet, but all of the key features are there are work well in our playtime with it. There wasn't much to test the dual-core processor with, and again the software isn't optimized, so we can't speak much to performance.
The Bionic is a Verizon "Droid" phone, and "with Google". For whatever reason, it's not a "Blur" phone, although it does have a lot of the Blur goodies, like the wonderful re-sizable Motorola home screen widgets.
The camera interface is decent, with a pop-out drawer of standard options, including a few scene modes. There could be more on-screen controls, though. The refresh rate is one of the faster ones we've seen, perhaps hinting at the power of the graphics chip. Unfortunately, the lack of a camera button mean you're stuck using an on-screen button in the top-right corner to fire off shots.
Aug 7, 2011
Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission web site today provide information about the revised Motorola Droid Bionic. The Droid Bionic was first announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show along with the rest of Verizon's LTE-equipped smartphones 9HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Droid Charge).
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Motorola describes the new Edge as their one premium phone for the US for 2021, (besides whatever RAZR they may or may not introduce.) It's not a flagship, but it's well above the usual affordable fare that Motorola has primarily focused on in recent years. It has a fast-refresh display and a whopping 108 megapixel main camera.
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YAY! No blur!!!!!
Is this the new Droid T2??