Some of you might remember this teaser posted prior to it's launch. I had been up for a new phone and wasn't exactly sure what I wanted.I knew I wanted a smartphone, it was going to be my first one so I did a little research. I knew I didn't want a touch screen keyboard,and I wanted to be able to search the web a lot easier than what my Envy3 allowed. I knew absolutely nothing about the Android platform except it being owned by Google and was a derivative of Linux...an OS that I never could wrap my head around (even Suse and Ubuntu were difficult for me to understand)...but I knew that I didn't want an Apple product. Never really understood the hype.
I walked into my local VZW on September 23,2011 determined to get a Droid phone with a physical keyboard. I held each one over and over..bypassing the Bionic numerous times. I looked at prices,features and how the phones felt in my hand. It came down to a Droid3.....but then I stopped and cleared my thinking and walked over to the Bionic. I stood there knowing this was the phone that was the one being advertised as "The best" VZW had but it was pricey and I'm not one to jump at what was touted to be "The Best" of anything..it just came out, how does anyone actually know for sure?All of my previous phones were basically the free or .99 promotion (I'm a 36 year old with 2 kids and an EX..not trying to impress with the newest gadgets every week!) I decided to treat myself to something better. I had the Droid 3 in my hand..then the sales rep came over. I acted like I knew what I was talking about and that the Droid 3 was what I wanted..but I was curious. I asked just how much better the Bionic was..mainly for myself justifying that I was making the right choice. After holding the Bionic, playing with menus, keyboard etc.,I returned back to the D3. This went on for about 5 minuets then I made my decision. I signed up for a new 2 year contract ,I pulled out my debit card , bought some screen protectors and car kit and my first smartphone. I do not regret my decision on buying the Bionic nor was I mad that the Razor became "The best" only a few months later. With the exception of the data drop issue, I have been able to fully enjoy using it as my .mp3 player in my truck, web browser for FB or whatever, time wasting video game player and of course phone.
I did flash the .232 ICS to see what this phone was meant to be with a real upgraded OS, and in my opinion I don't care if this phone is "too old" for many,and understand why having a locked B/L kinda sucks... it still has punch.