News Analysis: Motorola's Droid Bionic is launching Sept. 8, and it looks like it has the features to be a success on several fronts. It will have some of the best features on the market, and will be sold by the wireless carrier with the best network.
After a long wait, Motorola
has finally released details on the launch of its Droid Bionic smartphone. The
device, which will come with Android and a 4.3-inch display,
will be available to customers on Sept. 8
for $299.99 with a two-year
contract with Verizon.
The device will be available
exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers, which means those hoping to get
their hands on the latest and greatest Motorola handset will need to head to
that carrier's stores to get it.
The excitement surrounding
the Droid Bionic is palpable. Since it was revealed at the Consumer Electronics
Show in January, the device has been exciting consumers who have been looking
for an Android-based device that could effectively compete against the iPhone
4. On paper, the Droid Bionic looks to be just what those folks had been hoping
would come to stores.
But is that all that
excitement warranted? Should consumers and even some enterprise users really
get excited about the Droid Bionic?
You bet. Read on to find out
1. The Dual-core processor is important
With dual-core processors
becoming all the rage in the mobile space, it's easy to overlook them. However,
when one considers that Apple is currently
not offering a dual-core processor in the iPhone 4
, the Droid Bionic's 1GHz
dual-core option becomes all the more appealing. With the processor along with
1GB of onboard RAM, consumers can expect to surf the Web, check email and open
applications with ease.
2. The right OS version
The Android ecosystem has
been criticized over the years for being too fragmented. Some people get
devices running the latest OS version, while others are forced to wait an
inordinate amount of time to get the latest release. The Droid Bionic will come
with the latest version of Google's mobile platform, Android 2.3.4
"Gingerbread." That means Droid Bionic users will get the very best of what
Android has to offer at this point. Although it might not be iOS 4 quality,
it's quite close.
3. 4G Connectivity
As carriers continue to
invest in their 4G networks, it's nice to know that
the Droid Bionic is capitalizing on that
. The device will allow users to
connect to the Web via Verizon's high-speed network, which Motorola claims,
will deliver download speeds of 5M bps to 12M bps. Considering the iPhone 4 can
only connect to 3G, the Droid Bionic's 4G addition is quite welcome.
4. Design, design, design
Apple has shown that handset
design matters immensely in today's mobile marketplace. The company's iPhone 4
offers an exceedingly slick design that folks around the world respond well to.
But it's not alone. The Droid Bionic has a thin footprint and prominent
4.3-inch screen. It's by no means on the same level as the iPhone 4 in terms of
design quality, but it's close. And in the mobile space, being close to the iPhone
4 in any way is a victory.