The DROID Bionic is on of those phones that went down a long path before it made it release. We first saw it at CES 2011 and the looks and specs have change drastically since then. Long delays came soon after it CES début and finally released back in September which we did our unboxing, hands-on and first impressions. The Bionic is a much thicker phone that before but runs along the same thickness as most 4G LTE phones on Verizon. The screen is 4.3” and comes with qHD resolution for a sharp-looking images and video. You have your usual touch sensitive menu controls for menu, home, back and search, HDMI and micro USB ports and power buttons on the side. Power button on top and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Above the screen is a VGA camera for video chat and in the rear there is a 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. The quality runs along the same lines as most high-end Motorola cameras and good enough for people to upload pictures and video to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can check out the sample images and video at the bottom of the review.
Internally there is about 24 GB of storage for content with 8 GB of on-board storage and a pre-installed 16 GB micro SD card. there is 1 GB of RAM for plenty of multitasking between apps and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor to keep Android 2.3.4 running nice and smooth with that Motorola UX on top (formerly known as MOTOBLUR). The software is pretty much exactly the same thing you’ve seen in other Motorola phone such as the DROID X2 and the DROID 3 . There is the standard Verizon VCast applications, Social Networking app and widget from Motorola, battery manager, task manager and file manager. All of these features will be familiar to you if you have used a phone with Motorola’s UI on it. The nice this is that for the most part it’s a skin that mimic most of the basic stock features of android but puts skin on top to give it a more appealing look and fills in the gaps where stock android lacks to make it more user-friendly for the average consumer. There is some cool animations swiping between desktops and apps load up quickly.
The battery life is greatly improved with the battery management software Motorola has included this allows you to really fine tune the phone for how you use it during the day and get the greatest amount of battery life of out it. Power users can get through a full day on a single charger and your light to modern users can stretch this out to about 1.5 days before needing to put it back on the charger. Call quality is also good with solid clarity between both sides of the call.
The Bionic is a great 4G LTE phone. It’s a lot of what the DROID 3 is but missing the keyboard. If it wasn’t for the long delay the phone would be an easy recommend at its current price. But with last months unveiling of the DROID RAZR which shows that it will trump this phone from all angles and its release date officially confirmed you would be better off waiting for a price drop if you really want the Bionic. Also with the DROID 4 images leaking we may get the DROID RAZR, DROID BIONIC and DROID 3 all in one.