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Thread: Bionic? Why bother.

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    Bionic? Why bother.

    At the risk of seeming like a troll, compared to the ThunderBolt, I just don't see the appeal of the Bionic. When I read forum conversations about the droid bionic, nobody seems to point out the obvious.


    I've looked up and down the specs of this phone, and I really don't get it. People seem to really froth at the mouth when talking about dual core phones. Frankly, I don't get it. The bionic doesn't have better tech specs sans the much vaunted dual core. I suppose the screen is also a bit better too, huh? Here are the kisses of death for this phone that should really drive everybody away from it:


    A) The phone isn't technically more impressive than the TB. The TB is out now. When will the bionic be out? Why would you go for the same phone released months later? (Don't answer this if you're an iphan who will buy the iphone4 because you can get it in white)


    B) Dual core isn't supported. It'll take a bit for it to come into play. And when it does, will it really be a lot faster than the TB? Think of it from a numbers game standpoint. Are we talking about double the performance? Ten percent? After rooting, will anybody notice?


    C) Locked bootloader. I guess if you aren't the type to root, this is a moot point. But to the majority of us here, I'd wager that this is a big deal. Without the ability to root and install custom ROMs, the life of your phone will be significantly shorter.


    I'm sorry to rant. I'm not quite as invested in this as I sound, but I would be interested to hear a compelling counter argument.
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    Is it even completely confirmed that the bionic will have a locked bootloader other than the way moto has been is there anything that like definately says it will be locked?

    Anyway i agree if my plan were up right now i'd be going with a tb over the bionic especially with how fast things are already moving with the tb and the amount of dev push behind it
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    I think we're all going off of past performance here. Just the same, there is no evidence to support that it wont be locked either.

    If it were unlocked, I'm sure the Bionic would be worth a second glance.
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    Tbolt will soon be joined by the Droid Charge and the LG Revolution. The Droid Charge is basically a Samsung Galaxy S phone with LTE and SAMOLED plus display. Samsung has a rep for being slow to update their phones, but the Galaxy S line is unlocked so very easy to root and flash custom ROMs. Haven't heard much about the Revolution except it will have Netflix and maybe IPS display.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannar View Post
    I think we're all going off of past performance here. Just the same, there is no evidence to support that it wont be locked either.

    If it were unlocked, I'm sure the Bionic would be worth a second glance.
    Exactly if it were to be unlocked it will be a wonderful device although it is taking quite some time to get here i will admit which is why i'm leaning towards a tb
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    Lol, you act like android development haulted when the tb was released, how do you know the "bionic/tegra" won't be released with a new os that supports dc?

    Hell, how do you even know what the bionic will be?

    And I'm sorry but a 4.3 inch screen at the same resolution as my droid doesn't appeal to me, like the droidx the tbolts resolution is disappointing.
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    Why do people keep saying that android doesn't support dual core? It does! People who say it doesn't only further perpetuate the myth.

    EDIT: I'm trying to find an article, so everyone has a reason to believe me, but I'm having trouble finding it. I read it about a month ago

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    Last edited by markml0528; 04-24-2011 at 11:43 PM.
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    This was pointed out by someone else: The core linux kernel that Android uses DOES in fact already support multi threading AND dual cores.

    As for the relative performance increase? 15-25% over a single core sounds reasonable. Then we tie in the fact that the TB uses DDR, while the Bionic uses DDR2 and that increase jumps to (a measly) 30-40%, in the best case scenario. Which is if the app or apps running are coded for multi threading.

    Will the bionic already be outdated when it comes out? Sure, and so is the Thunderbolt. To each his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kptphalkon View Post
    This was pointed out by someone else: The core linux kernel that Android uses DOES in fact already support multi threading AND dual cores.

    As for the relative performance increase? 15-25% over a single core sounds reasonable. Then we tie in the fact that the TB uses DDR, while the Bionic uses DDR2 and that increase jumps to (a measly) 30-40%, in the best case scenario. Which is if the app or apps running are coded for multi threading.

    Will the bionic already be outdated when it comes out? Sure, and so is the Thunderbolt. To each his own.
    Did you find the article I was talking about? Id like to re read it. I think i remember reading something about dual core android phones exceeding double the performance of single core phones but I'm not certain.

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    I found this article which had a screen shot of some benchmark scores.
    http://androidevolutions.com/tag/froyo-dual-core/
    Last edited by Brainiac v3; 04-25-2011 at 04:03 AM.
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