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Verizon finally ships Droid Bionic in time to fight iPhone 5

updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed September 7, 2011

Motorola Droid Bionic ships September 8 for 299

Nine months after a first showing at CES, Motorola and Verizon confirmed the long-delayed Droid Bionic. The Android 2.3 phone is Verizon's first dual-core phone with LTE-based 4G and is potentially one of the fastest phones on the web. The 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 is fast enough to both record and play 1080p video, including over HDMI out.

It centers on a 4.3-inch, 540x960 screen with Gorilla Glass and anti-glare and has an eight-megapixel back camera along with a lower-resolution front camera. Verizon ships it both with 16GB of memory built-in and a 16GB microSDHC card already loaded inside.

The design is only Motorola's second phone to support the Webtop interface we first saw in the Atrix and gets a pseudo-desktop interface with a Firefox browser when used in the 11.6-inch Lapdock, the HD Station dock, or the Webtop Adapter.

Motorola's flagship be one of the most expensive phones in Verizon's catalog and is shipping tomorrow, September 8 for $300 on a contract. The Lapdock also costs $300, but it can be dropped to $200 when bought at the same time as the Bionic and a 5GB, $50 per month data plan. The Webtop Adapter and HD Station will cost $30 and $100 respectively, while an in-car Navigation Dock mount will cost $40 and a Battery Dock with an extra battery pack costs $50.

The Bionic is so far Verizon's headlining Android phone for the year and preempts the rumored Droid Prime, having been given heavy promotion even without a release date. Most see it as a test of whether or not new, top-tier Android phones can significantly challenge the iPhone now that both are on the same carrier. A dual-core iPhone 5 could be just a month away and may quickly overshadow the Bionic given that some customers are known to be holding off on a phone purchase until a completely new iPhone is available.







By Electronista Staff
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  1. donmontalvo

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    Wow what a "Flashy" site...

    ...I sure hope their Android Bionic is better than their Flash-hemorrhaging site.

    Don

  1. stenniz

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    Not for your ordinary user

    Only nerds will be able to use this! Most ordinary people wont be able to,or want to figure it out. THAT is why Iphone is so successful.

  1. MacOrbit

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    Maybe they didn't get the memo

    Chunky phones are out. Who the he!! wants to carry that big fatty in their back pocket? It reminds of a 90's Palm PDA.

  1. jdonahoe

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    +5

    Bulk has a purpose

    That extra bulk the Bionic carries allows it to work on a LTE network for a whole 2 hours, hence the option to charge it and an extra battery at the same time.

    I'll bet that puppy gets warm pretty quick.

  1. DerekMorr

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    re: bulk

    Actually, the early reviews suggest that the Bionic has the best battery life of any Verizon LTE phone. GottaBeMobile did a review and still had 50% capacity left after 7 hours - http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/09/07/motorola-droid-bionic-review/

    Some other early previews showed impressive battery life: http://androidcommunity.com/motorola-droid-bionic-battery-life-photos-leak-looks-decent-20110825/

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Yuck..

    Android.

  1. jdonahoe

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    re: re: bulk

    Reviews that let the phone sit for 15 hours without doing anything is not real world use. The same goes for the claim of 7 hours of use, but on a 3G network, not LTE. Not real world. I was obviously being facetious in my earlier post, but from my experience (Droid Incredible with the extra large battery, which will still be depleted within 8 hours of moderate use), I don't believe any early reviews of battery life. I am waiting for the super phone that gets decent use with the standard battery.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +2

    Blunt force trauma

    If you need to club someone into unconsciousness, you really do need a heavy object. Come on, people! Think through these things before you say it's "too big" or "too heavy." :-)

  1. DerekMorr

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    non-biased reviews

    9to5 Google has collected a set of reviews from non-biased sources (e.g., not Apple or Android enthusiast sites). http://9to5google.com/2011/09/07/review-roundup-droid-bionic/

    CNET, USA Today, Ubergizmo, and GottaBeMobile all give is excellent reviews ("The Motorola Droid Bionic is everything you want from a high-end smartphone").

  1. DerekMorr

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    another set of reviews

    VzBuzz has another set of reviews: http://www.vzbuzz.com/2011/09/droid-bionic-mini-review-round-up/ . Again, they're positive:

    LaptopMag: "If our battery test confirms the Bionic’s staying power, it will be our top pick among Verizon smartphones"

    Engadget: "Early impressions are those of a very nice phone.... Performance on the phone seems exceptional so far...."

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