The Bionic, unboxed. The muscular handset weighs 5.57 ounces, but does so more comfortably than the Droid X, which weighs in at 5.47 ounces.
The Bionic's rear houses an 8 megapixel camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture.
The side of the Bionic shows the curve of the camera bezel at the devices' neck. The phone is 5 inches long, 2.6 inches wide and .43 inches thin. You can find thinner tablets on the market for sure, but the Bionic provides an alternative to the svelte Samsung Galaxy S II.
Bionic vs. Droid X
We told you how much the Bionic resembles the Droid X. Now we're showing you! The Bionic is on the left. One huge difference is that Motorola has made the input buttons of the Bionic touch-only, a reprieve from the physical buttons of the X.
Side by Side—Literally
The sides of the devices have similar features, including the curved neck of each handset to allow for the 8MP bezel. It also has similar micro USB and HDMI output ports. However, you'll note Motorola drastically blended in the Bionic's bezel, reducing it to a curve compared to the jarring bump of the X' bezel.
Back to Back
The backs of both devices reveal similar logos, with very different designs. The X on the right has more of a faceted rear, thanks to the battery enclosure, which you can see clearly outlined. It slides back and pops out to let users access the battery.
In contrast, the Bionic's entire back pops off as one big piece. Check it out here. However, we will say the Bionic's battery, a 1735 mAh power source, was a pain to pluck out compared to the X's own 1570 mAh battery.
That's really all the hardware side-by-side comparisons we need to show you. Now let's power up the Bionic to test it.
Bionic Web Searching
The Bionic has five customizable home screens, compared to seven for the Droid X.
One key addition to the Bionic's Gingerbread 2.3.4 build is this ZumoCast media streaming app, which comes preloaded.
Media Goes Mobile
ZumoCast lets users shuttle the media housed on their desktop PC to their Droid Bionic, making music, movies, photos and files portable. This is a big deal for people who want to access their content on the go. It's Motorola's window to the cloud.
What users really want to know is how fast the Bionic is on Verizon's 4G LTE network, compared to the carrier's 3G network. We brought back the Droid X to test it, using the new Google+ for Android app (12.14MB) as our test.
Race Is On!
We naturally started downloading Google+ on both devices at the same time. See the Bionic blowing the X away after a few seconds.
Disparity Is Huge
Honestly, the speed difference is huge. Verizon pledges 4G LTE network speeds ranging from 5-12M bps download and 2-5M bps uploads and that its new network is 10 times as fast as 3G. Judging by this, we're inclined to believe the carrier.
Configuring the Google+
Throughout, Bionic was two or more steps ahead of the X in terms of installing and configuring the app.
When it was all said and done, the Bionic downloaded, installed and configured the app in 22 seconds, compared to 44 for the Droid X. So the Bionic and X may look similar, but under the hood, the Bionic is a far bigger beast.