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 why:
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 currentlynot 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 thatthe 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.