The Android 2.3 "Gingerbread"-based Motorola Droid Bionic is a great smartphone for accessing applications for work and play. If you liked the Motorola Droid X, you'll love the Bionic.
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Android smartphone OEMs have pumped out so many handsets based on
the open-source operating system-more than 300 varietals worldwide-that many of
the latest handsets offer incremental improvements over their predecessors.
Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZW) launched the Motorola Droid in November 2009, it
has released two Droid updates, each time offering incremental improvements
over the first smash-hit Motorola (NYSE:MMI) Android phone. Verizon's popular Motorola
Droid X begat a Droid X 2 earlier this year.
not a Droid X, but Verizon's Android 2.3.4 "Gingerbread"-based Motorola
Droid Bionic could certainly pass for one, possessing a similar hardware
design, albeit with an improved aesthetic.
Droid X and Bionic both have 4.3-inch screens for big multimedia consumption.
Both weigh about 5.5 ounces and, at 0.43 inches, are thicker than the average
smartphone. The sides of the devices have similar features, including the
curved neck of each handset to allow for the 8MP bezel, and micro USB and HDMI
output ports. Well, the Bionic has more of a curve, while the Droid X has an
awkward bump, anyway.
what's under the hood that blows the doors off of any comparison. With a 1GHz,
single-core processor on Verizon's 3G network, the Droid X is not a bad
handset. That is, until you pick up the Bionic, power it on and begin accessing
by a 1GHz dual-core processor on Verizon's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE),
network, the Bionic proved twice as fast for downloading and accessing
applications as the Droid X. I easily saw 10M-bps to 12M-bps download speeds,
and 5M-bps upload speeds with the Bionic, which also has a mighty 1GB of RAM.
the Bionic, I downloaded, installed and opened Google+ for Android in 22
seconds, compared with the 44 seconds to get the app up and running on my Droid
videos loaded fast and looked great, thanks to the Bionic's Quarter High
Definition (qHD) 960-by-540-resolution display, which was vastly superior to
the Droid X's own WVGA screen, with a resolution of 854 by 450.