The Motorola Droid Bionic–Verizon’s first dual-core 4G LTE phone– is now available after a long delay and a product overhaul even before coming to market.
Following its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show last January, the Bionic was only just released Thursday at $300 on contract sporting Android Gingerbread and a 4.3 inch screen (540 by960) with anti-glare.
Engadget says the device doesn’t disappoint. “The Droid Bionic is exactly what we wanted the Droid X2 to be: that phone plus Gingerbread and LTE. So, happy day, right? Well, not quite.” The only drawback to the Bionic is that it may prove second fiddle to the new Samsung Galaxy S II see below) in terms of speed, said the blog.
The Boy Genius Report said, “In short, the Motorola Droid Bionic could be the best smartphone to ever grace Verizon Wireless’ airwaves, and that includes 3G and 4G devices. The Droid Bionic feels completely different compared to other Motorola devices — especially the Motorola DROID 3. For the first time, it feels like a cohesive handset.”
The Bionic, like the Motorola Atrix, comes with nifty accessories such as a laptop shell that docks with the unit. Specs for the Bionic include 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. It can record and playback 1080p video with an HDMI connection. The cameras are 8MP (back) and 1.3MP (front). There’s an in-car navigation mount for $40. The laptop/dock costs $300 if purchased separately or $200 if purchased with the Droid Bionic plus a $50/month data plan.
As for the Samsung’s Galaxy S II, it’s due this fall if not this month in versions from Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile sporting dazzling Super AMOLED Plus 4.5 or 4.3-inch displays (depending on the carrier). It’s the thinnest 4G phone for the carriers to date. An update to the highly popular Galaxy S, the new version moves up to a 1.2 GHZ Samsung dual core processor and now has the ability to record video in 1080p. It also now runs on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) with larger and improved displays.