Droid Bionic review

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

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The included music app is so blandly designed that it seems out of place on such a slick phone. Really, the only nice aesthetic touch is a zoomed in and lightly rotated version of the album cover displayed behind a track listing.

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Luckily, that has no bearing on the actual sound quality, which is excellent over headphones.

Our only functional issue with using the Droid Bionic as a dedicated audio player is that the volume rocker on the side is very sensitive and still active even when the screen is off.

There were a couple times where we reached into a pocket and accidentally sent the volume dramatically up or down without intent.

Speak up

The small speaker on the back of the Droid Bionic also performs admirably with music, offering a loud and generally clear feed when the phone isn't lying on its back.

It similarly works well for movies, and can be played loud enough to entertain a small handful of friends from a short distance without muddling the sound.

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The Droid Bionic supports MP4, WMV, H.263, and H.264 video formats, and when watching high-quality versions of movie trailers, we were impressed by the sharpness of the bright, colorful display.

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But with an Android Marketplace download rental of WALL-E, we couldn't help but be distracted by the video tiling.

YouTube videos streamed solidly, though, and what they occasionally lacked in crispness they made up for very quick loading and little lag.

Background buddies

Motorola's handy Gallery widget snags recent image uploads from friends on Facebook and puts them in a window on your home screen. It's an attractive way to keep on top of friends' antics, and the images load quickly; plus, it's great to see a different imagoe on the home screen every time you enter and exit the Gallery app.

That said, it doesn't update the images as frequently as your friends add them to Facebook, and sometimes doesn't seem to update at all.

Entering the gallery app also lets you access your own photos and videos, which can be uploaded to various social networking and photo-sharing services, or sent via e-mail or MMS.

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."