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Droid Bionic review

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

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The Droid Bionic picks up a little bulk to accommodate its camera lens, but it's worth the heft, as this 8 megapixel takes very good photos in most conditions.

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From the start, the camera app defaults to 6 megapixel widescreen photos to fit the display, but it can be easily changed from the Settings option in the blue pull-down box seen on the screen.

You'll still snag solidly crisp photos with the widescreen setting, though the standard 8 megapixel option will give you the best shots, albeit in a format that doesn't fill the Bionic screen.

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The phone lacks a physical shutter button, however, as the volume rocker is used to zoom in and out, along with a digital slider that accomplishes the same task.

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Instead, you'll tap the virtual shutter button on the screen to shoot, with options to switch between the front and back cameras and swap to video recording on either side of it.

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Auto-focus can take a couple seconds to latch onto what you're trying to shoot, but typically does so skillfully, and the average user is unlikely to rely on other scene options very regularly.

The Droid Bionic does include Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night Portrait, Sunset, Macro, and Steady Shot settings as needed, though the Auto setting adapted well enough to our myriad shooting needs to leave the other options in the menus.

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You can also easily access several effects from within the standard camera screen, as well, such as Black and White, Negative, Sepia, Solarize, and either Red, Green, or Blue Tints to images.

Both the Black and White and Sepia options offer worthwhile on-the-fly alternatives for your photographic memories, while the Negative and Solarize options effectively distort the images for more extreme shots. The color-based tints are less useful in everyday shooting, but are likewise available in a snap if needed.

Panorama and Multi-Shot burst settings are also available from the same pull-down settings menu, along with brightness and flash control options.

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The Droid Bionic's camera also performed better than expected in low light conditions, capturing minimal motion blur without flash enabled.

Graininess persists in low light photos without the use of flash, but that's common, and the camera seemed to capture less motion blur with the flash turned off in such situations rather than on.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderVerizon Wireless
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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."