There are quite a few notable reviews for the Droid Bionic available now that the phone has been out for a bit. We thought it would be useful, especially for those folks that are still undecided, to have a post and thread with a master compilation of Bionic Reviews from around the web. We are including 12 of the most noteworthy reviews compiled from reputable sites in the main story of this post. However, we also want you guys to either write your own mini-reviews in the thread, and/or add links to more reviews that you have found beyond the 12 in the main article. That way, we can compile a true master list of Bionic Reviews. Also, it's important to note that we did not choose these particular reviews over others for any particular reason. These were simply a smattering of the many well written reviews available and serve as a broad sample of what is out there.
Obviously, we can't include every detail from the reviews on these sites, so here is how we are organizing it. At the top, there will be a list of links to the 12 different reviews. Then, below that, we will list each one with a brief summary of notable features in their article, and a synopsis/conclusion quoted directly from their respective review. That way, if you just want to read some brief final thoughts, or you want to pour over every detail in their articles, you will have options.
Droid Bionic Review Links:
- MyDroidWorld - [Review] Droid Bionic
- AndroidPolice - DROID BIONIC Review: This Is The Phone That The DROID X2 Should Have Been
- PhoneArena - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
- PhanDroid - Droid Bionic Review
- UberGizmo - Droid Bionic Review
- AndroidCentral - Motorola Droid Bionic review
- ThisIsMyNext - Droid Bionic review
- BGR - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
- SlashGear - DROID BIONIC Review
- Engadget - Droid Bionic review
- IntoMobile - Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic review: Worth the wait?
- AndroidandMe - DROID Bionic Review: Too little, too late?
[*]MyDroidWorld - [Review] Droid Bionic
This review from the techies over at MyDroidWorld was really more of a quick summary, and definitely not in-depth; however, the article is quick and too the point and shared some useful tidbits about the Bionic. Interestingly, this author had better things to say about battery life than most of the other articles. He enjoyed the look and feel of the device, and made note of the responsiveness of the phone. Overall, the reviewer seems very pleased with his purchase. Here's a quote,[*]AndroidPolice - DROID BIONIC Review: This Is The Phone That The DROID X2 Should Have BeenIf you're considering purchasing this device is it well built and very solid. I have not experienced any of the bugs that have plagued many of the other devices on the market currently.
In the AndroidPolice review we definitely step up to a more in-depth coverage of the device. There were many notable comments that the author made. For example, he was blown away by the "astounding" 4G LTE performance of the phone. He didn't hate the pentileqHD screen, but described it as "still not there." Also, the reviewer commented that he had mediocre battery performance because he tended to leave the 4G on, as he felt that doing otherwise was a "copout." The reviewer seemed impressed with the build quality and called it "neo-rugged," and even made mention that the new version of Motoblur (which they no longer call Motoblur) was "bearable." Here is a few pieces of the author's excellent conclusion,[*]PhoneArena - Motorola DROID BIONIC Review
- The BIONIC is fast, and it has plenty of RAM. Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade candidate, and with a custom launcher, this phone flies.
- Battery life still beats the other LTE phones on Verizon, it seems.
- It's a tough, sturdy, sexy phone. Probably Moto's best-looking handset to-date.
- 4G LTE. It's good.
- This phone has the hardware to handle games and OS update for quite a while - you won't be left in the dust.
The BIONIC isn't perfect. But we didn't expect it to be. Compared to almost any other Android smartphone, the BIONIC is a formidable opponent, and it's definitely the best DROID available on Verizon right now.
PhoneArena's review was fairly exhaustive, and covered a full four pages! Ultimately, although they had much to say about the device, they didn't come away very impressed. The review did share several positive qualities. The author indicated that it had a solid design, they really liked the HDMI output, and the UI effects had impact. The reviewer indicated that the camera quality was much improved over the Droid 3, and they described the 4G LTE speeds as "wickedly fast." The thing they seemed impressed with the most was the call quality, and they called it "one of the best devices weíve had the pleasure of using for phone calls." In the end, they compared it to the HTC Thunderbolt and actually suggested that phone as a more economical alternative. But, it wasn't all bad, and here is some of their conclusion,[*]PhanDroid - Droid Bionic ReviewWithout a doubt, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is a long time in the making, but after checking all the fanfare regarding it, weíre actually not all that impressed mainly due to the fact that everything it has to offer has been done already. Sure it claims to fame as being the first 4G LTE smartphone with a dual-core processor, but when you break it down, there isnít one sole new thing found with it. So you ask, whatís great about the Motorola DROID BIONIC? Well, itís the one handset thatís actually able to combine everything perfectly into one device Ė thus, setting the bar in what we expect out of a top-shelf smartphone. Yes, its late arrival on the scene is preventing it from fully expressing itself as an out of this world smartphone, but if you simply look at it as regular high-end smartphone, we guarantee you won't end up disappointed.
This review was the second most well developed and thorough of all twelve. What was most impressive about Phandroid's review were all the videos they included. Grab some popcorn if you intend to peruse everything. This review was almost "glowing" in its praise of the device. That's not to suggest that you are left with a false impression... the reviewer just seemed genuinely happy with the phone. Of particular note was the way the reviewer described the device as "the Bionic Trio", referring to the three best features of 4G + Dual Core + 1GB RAM, for which this phone is the first on Verizon to offer. The author was highly impressed with the performance of the phone, both network and processing. He called it quick and without lag. The author found the multimedia functionality to be a "mixed bag," with some features he liked and some he didn't. Although the reviewer took some gorgeous pictures with the device, and his skill really showcased the quality of the phone's camera, he did ultimately indicate that it, "isnít one of the best mobile cameras on the market by a longshot." Interestingly, this review had more realistic things to say about the battery life. The author seemed to indicate that you could get almost a full days worth of moderate use out of the phone, if you turned off functions like 4G when you weren't using them. Here's a part of the final verdict,[*]UberGizmo - Droid Bionic ReviewFriends and family constantly ask me, ďWhat Verizon Android phone should I get?Ē and Iíve consistently told them, ďWait for a dual-core Android Phone with 4G LTE so that youíre phone is future proof.Ē Here it is. Patient techies that crave the highest of high end phones may want to wait for the holidays when Verizon is likely to launch the rumored Droid Prime, but everyone else can confidently buy the Droid Bionic knowing itís a great phone that should last them the duration of their contractÖ and considering the pace of todayís technology, thatís a mighty bold statement.
The UberGizmo article was the number one most exhaustive and in-depth treatment of the Bionic out of all these twelve reviews. There was almost too much information packed in, but that isn't really a bad thing. This review made it easy because the author gave their own highlights in the title of each section. Here are some of them, but please keep in mind that the, very long article, covered much more:
- External Design (Nice)
- Display (very good) - other than the ďmoireĒ effect from the pentile design
- Call audio quality (normal)
- Web browsing (excellent)
- Email (excellent)
- Facebook (very good)
- Google Maps (awesome)
- Photo and Video Capture (Good+)
- Gaming (good)
- Video Playback (excellent)
- Battery Life (very good)
Here's a final couple of comments,[*]AndroidCentral - Motorola Droid Bionic reviewConclusion: best 4G LTE smartphone today = "The Motorola Droid Bionic is currently a unique combination of 4G LTE, dual-core processor and high-resolution display. When using it, it is obvious that it is the most powerful 4G LTE handset on the market now and the synthetic benchmark confirm the difference of performance between the Bionic and its competitors, namely the Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. It is true that there arenít a whole lot of choices for those who want to switch to 4G LTE, but if you want to benefit from LTEís network prowess, the Droid Bionic is the best choice."
This was another thorough coverage of the Bionic's strengths and weaknesses. In the long run, AndroidCentral liked the device, and indicated that it was the best LTE device for Verizon; however, the author didn't believe the phone lived up to the hype and that it should have been the Droid X2 or the Droid3. They found most of the features well done, and the performance was top-notch, but most if it had really been done before. They came to the conclusion that the phone, while the best at what it does, simply couldn't live up to the eight months of hype. Here's their wrap-up,[*]ThisIsMyNext - Droid Bionic reviewThere are trade-offs. There are caveats. And there's the fact that, yes, the Droid Bionic was overhyped. But there's also this fact: The Droid Bionic without question is currently the best LTE-enabled smartphone in Verizon's stable. How long will it remain on top? We'll just have to see.
ThisIsMyNext had an interesting take on the Bionic. They started their article suggesting that the phone was something of a "unicorn" because of all the redesigns and changes it went through just to make it to market. The reviewer indicated that its performance was excellent and "snappy". They liked many of its features, and in fact the author likened it to a high-quality expensive and upscale device. This review also had a large number of pictures of the device, and a small few taken with it. Overall, this reviewer, like several others, did not find the phone to be as noteworthy as the hype would suggest, although it was solid. The author compared it to Droid X2, Droid 3, and Photon 4G (on Sprint), with both the good and bad features of those same phones. Here's this reviewer's final thoughts,[*]BGR - Motorola DROID BIONIC ReviewThis is not the killer handset that I think a lot of people were expecting it to be ó itís a good phone on a great network that will keep you satisfiedÖ for now. As usual with Android phones, there always seems to be something else just around the bend, and youíve got to figure out if youíre going to take the next exit, or keep on trucking. Letís just say that the Droid Bionic isnít a bad place to pull off and grab a cup of coffee.
Great build quality
LTE service is solid
Battery life is lacking
Software bugs can cause problems
BGR's review of the Bionic wasn't very long, but was concise and clear. The reviewer points out that the Bionic combines everything you could possibly want into one "lust-worthy package." The author described the design as "robotic and edgy", which goes very well with the marketing campaign. They were impressed with the build quality and performance, but did not like the speakerphone. This reviewer had good things to say about the battery life, although he made mention that it is relative to the fact that it is a 4G LTE device. Here's the final quote from the BGR review,[*]SlashGear - DROID BIONIC ReviewThe Motorola DROID BIONIC is the first 4G LTE smartphone to really deliver. Itís packed to the brim with all of the latest cutting-edge specs and features, and itís all melded together in an incredible package. In fact, this is probably my favorite smartphone Verizon has offered exclusively, ever. Android is still Android with all of its strengths and weaknesses, but Motorola has done an amazing job finally working out issues with its customizations to get them to a place where they start to add to the phone as a whole, instead of subtracting from it.
The phone satisfies technology enthusiasts, packing in a screaming dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, 4.3-inch qHD display, built-in storage, expandability and more. It also is thin enough and itís footprint small enough where I have no problem recommending it to friends who are in the market for a new smartphone on Verizon, especially someone looking for a 4G device. Itís one of the most expensive smartphones Verizon has offered in recent years at $299.99 with a two-year agreement, but itís also one of the best phones the nationís top carrier has ever carried, and in my view, itís well worth it.
SlashGear's review of the Bionic was another of the most exhaustive of all these reviews, and could actually tie for first or second with some of the others. They even included a full writeup about the dock and several other accessories for the phone. They also had more pictures of the device than I have ever seen for a review. In fact, their list of pictures was longer than some of the other complete reviews! At any rate, the author's comments were straight-forward and too-the-point without a lot of gushing or morose hyperbole. The reviewer seemed to find the performance, call quality, network speed, and HDMI multimedia playback to be very good; however, the amount of bloatware, camera quality, and mediocre battery life were not what they expected. Most of what they went into with the dock and other accessories was more of a description, rather than a critique. Here is some of their wrap-up,[*]Engadget - Droid Bionic reviewMake no mistake, thereís plenty to like about the DROID BIONIC. The combination of a dual-core processor and LTE adds up to a phone thatís fast in both performance and data access, while the solid display and HDMI connectivity mean itís a good choice for multimedia playback. On the flip side, however, mediocre battery life and underwhelming stills performance from the camera take off some of the shine. Nonetheless, if you want the strongest combination of LTE, dual-core and display today, the DROID BIONIC by Motorola is your only option. Just donít expect perfection.
Engadget's review was well written and professional, and included the most important details without becoming overly verbose. As we have seen so far, the reviewers sometimes flip-flop on their opinions about battery life. The Engadget author came away fairly impressed with the battery life considering it is an LTE device. Like everyone so far, the reviewer liked the performance and "responsiveness" of the phone. They indicated that the software seemed very solid and that they haven't yet encountered "any repeatable bugs." They found the camera to be of the same average quality of the Droid X2. Engadget also covered several of the accessories and the lapdock for the phone. They were unimpressed with the lapdock and found that most of the accessories were dull and overpriced. Here is Engadget's final thoughts,[*]IntoMobile - Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic review: Worth the wait?The Droid Bionic is exactly what we wanted the Droid X2 to be: that phone plus Gingerbread and LTE. So, happy day, right? Well, not quite. The X2 dropped over three months ago, and while that seems like just yesterday, given how quickly things are moving these days that's absolutely ages ago in the world of the smartphone. Since then we've been teased by the GSII and, with the Note, seen a glimpse of just how fast the next generation of phones is going to be.
The Bionic is a great choice for right now, the best combination of wireless and device speed that we've yet seen on Verizon. For that reason alone it's a smart purchase -- particularly if you've been hanging on to that OG Droid for months and months waiting for a phone like this to come along. But you should know that this isn't a world-conquering device, the kind of thing that will leave you walking tall and proud for months and months to come. If you're okay with that, then buy with confidence.
The folks at IntoMobile give a handy numeric rating at the beginning of their review. Their reviewer indicated that the Bionic was and overall 7 out of 10 as an aggregate of an 8/10 for design, a 9/10 for performance, a 7/10 for software, and a 5/10 for battery. This numeric rating makes it a bit easier to breakdown their ideas, so now we will just share their final thoughts,[*]AndroidandMe - DROID Bionic Review: Too little, too late?The Droid Bionic has been on many people's wish lists since January and I'm happy to report that it's not a disappointment. Motorola has done some some good stuff to make sure the design is on point, the enterprise support is there and it's packing some serious power.
Unfortunately, we're not in love with the low-quality display, poor battery life and the Motorola custom UI is still love-it-or-hate-it. There's also the sad reality that this device isn't as exciting as it was at the beginning of the year particularly with devices like the iPhone 5, Galaxy S II and the Nexus Prime around the corner. Still, if you really want a dual-core processor with 4G LTE and don't mind a bit of graininess on your screen, the Motorola Droid Bionic is a good-looking powerful smartphone that should stand the test of time.
For a long time, I was absolutely sure the Droid Bionic would be my next phone and it would have been ... if it came out a few months ago. I've moved on but that doesn't mean you should.
The final review of this list of twelve comes from AndroidandMe. At the beginning of their review, they pose the question "too little, too late?" In the end, they had many things to say about the Bionic and most of them were quite good. They liked the performance of the LTE and TI OMAP4430 Processor. They liked the form factor, the call quality and the display. They even liked the accessories, the cameras and the applications. They didn't like the battery life and the Motorola UI. Ultimately, they gave the phone an 8.5 our of 10, although you can't say that they give it a "glowing" recommendation. Here are their final thoughts,Don't forget to add your Droid Bionic comments in the forums. Also please add more links to reviews that you found helpful an interesting.The biggest question on everyoneís mind (okay, my mind at least) is whether or not Motorola and Verizon waited too long to release the Bionic. The Bionic immediately becomes the most powerful Android device on Verizonís network, and the first device with a dual-core processor to also pack the super-fast LTE connection. With the hotly-anticipated Android 4.0 flagship DROID Prime launch slated for October, it would be hard for me (or anyone) to recommend picking up the Bionic in September rather than waiting a month for a device that will outdo the Bionic in almost every way.
That being said, Motorolaís DROID Bionic will be the most powerful Android device on Verizonís network for the month of September, and provides a good alternative for those of you out there who have sworn off Samsung devices for one reason or another.