Droid Bionic review

It's a dual-core, 4G LTE speedster – but where's the wow factor?

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The Droid Bionic comes equipped with Android Gingerbread, running 2.3.4 when fully updated. It's a shame that this speedy dual-core phone – complete with 4G LTE connectivity – lacks the latest and greatest version of the OS, but Motorola has yet to specify a launch date for Ice Cream Sandwich.

As such, you'll have to deal with the next-best Android handset option for now, or consider something like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus instead.

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Luckily, the Droid Bionic puts its dual-core muscle to good use in this skinned take on Gingerbread, with speedy movement through the home screens, smooth animations at most turns, and quick loading of apps throughout.

We hit a couple snags with scrolling on the web browser and the Twitter app, though, where the screen simply didn't scroll with the kind of fluidity we'd expect considering the rest of the UI experience.

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Just five home screens are available on the phone, which is a bit of a drag considering the numerous widgets you'll want to fill the pages with.

Left and right swipes take you through the home screens, or you can tap the home touch button below the display to see every home screen at once.

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Between the calendar, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and favorite contacts – along with a selection of our most-used apps – we quickly ran out of screen real estate for everything we wanted handy on the fly.

Luckily, you can customize the footprint of some widgets via scalers on the corners, but many lack usefulness without sizeable space.

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A dock at the bottom of each home screen includes access to calls/contacts, messaging, the camera, and a full list of apps, though you can swap in different apps by holding down on any app already found in the dock.

The touch buttons at the base of the screen let you view options, return to the home screen, flip back one screen, and access Google search respectively.

Plus, the phone ships with a handful of vibrant backdrops that span all five home screens and sharply demonstrate the bright display.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderVerizon Wireless
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEVDO
SAR Value0.88 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA 800, CDMA 1900, CDMA2000 1X
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time10.83 Hour
Product ModelDroid Bionic
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)158 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height66.9 mm
Width127.5 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time200 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameDroid Bionic Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberMOTXT875
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

DROID BIONIC by Motorola is here, and it's delivering a fierce combination of capabilities never before seen in a smartphone. The new DROID BIONIC by Motorola is designed for people who need a tool to give them control over every aspect of their busy lives - work, social events and entertainment. Within seconds of pushing the power button, DROID BIONIC by Motorola bursts to life, burning through commands and downloading content at thrilling 4G LTE speeds. With its sharp 4.3-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, ZumoCast by Motorola for secure remote file access, and groundbreaking webtop application with a choice of docking options, your mobile world will go from zero to 60 faster than you can say " DROID."