Droid 3 or Bionic?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 3' started by kashmir728, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. kashmir728

    kashmir728 New Member

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    I've been looking into both of these phones hardcore, and I can't seem to pick which one I want. I want the 4g but I also want the physical keyboard I've had on the D1 and D2. Tell me what you guys think

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    There have been a lot of posts like this, but the general consensus is that both devices are looking very similar. The differences are as follows:

    D3 has an OMAP 4430 CPU, whereas the Bionic will have a 4460 (I think). Not sure of the technical difference, but I guess the B will be slightly beefier.

    Bionic will have 1GB RAM... BUT, it *may* be the case that 512MB is dedicated to Webtop, so that leaves 512MB DDR2 like in the D3.

    Bionic has a 4.3" display, no keyboard; D3 has 4" with keyboard.

    Bionic is 4G, D3 is global.

    There you have it.
     
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    Keyboard is something I am looking forward to having again. Didn't realize how much I would miss it after moving from the original Droid to the Droid X.

    4G, while nice, isn't that big of a deal to me. I can get a wifi connection almost anywhere nowadays anyway. For the time I can't get a wifi connection, sure, 4G would be pretty cool. But, worth killing my battery over? Not really. I'll wait until they get the technology worked better so that it isn't such a drain to use 4G. For now, I can deal with slower speeds.

    Though, I will say, I would REALLY love to have 4G speeds when in my car to make use of Google Music streaming. But, if I plan ahead, I can "pin" the music I wish to listen to before I get on the road and it wouldn't be necessary. I'm willing to deal with the "inconvenience".

    FINAL DECISION: DROID 3 BABY

    Wife already OK'd me to pick it up this Saturday morning. Can't wait!
     
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    I got a wife like that, too. Has to OK everything.

    God speed, my brother.
     
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    Yeah I'm definietly leaning more towards the D3. The D1 and D2 served me well, and its sad to see that qwerty keypads are becoming obsolete. My upgrade is in august so ill be able to check out the bionic as well but its looking like I'm going droid 3. I heard 4G won't be nationwide till 2013 anyway in which I will have another upgrade and who knows how crazy the androids will be then...
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    The only real different anyone would really notice between the two is that the Bionic is 4G, and will more than likely make the phone 250$ plus, so if you are NOT getting 4G for quite some time, I would go with the D3, slick phone.
     
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    I was really wringing my hands over this decision as well, and decided to go with the D3. I REALLY wanted the keyboard (it is the best ever, seriously) and I live in a place that won't be getting 4g for a very long time. I've spent the last three days with my d3 and it has been glorious.

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    Okay, so here is my 2 cents, because I was stuck in the same boat.

    I have come from the line of droids: from the OG droid, to the D2, now I am a proud owner of a D3.

    The Droid 3 and the Droid Bionic are going to match up like the Droid X and the Droid 2 did last year. Similar specs in most cases, but one having a physical keyboard and the other a larger screen.

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    The Droid 3 is sporting:

    • 4 Inch Screen with qHD Resolution
    • Global Radio CDMA/GSM - (3G Only, no LTE)
    • Dual-Core OMAP 4430 - 1GHz Stock speed
    • 5 Row physical keyboard:
      • In regards to this, if you've owned a OG or D2 Droid, then you will feel a difference with this one. (in a good way) They keys are spaced out - its easier to type. They have a nice solid "click" to them when pressed. You have to experience it to see what I mean.
    • Android 2.3.4 with latest "3D" Motoblur UI
    Comments: The D3 honestly, kicks ass. I'm far impressed with the overall build quality and satisfying feel of the D3 in my hands. The 4 inch screen is perfect. The keyboard design is solid. The overall performance of the device is pretty fast. After initial setup and such, the UI runs smooth and lag-less. Especially with live wallpaper set. ;)
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    What I know about the Droid Bionic:

    • 4.5 Inch Screen with qHD resolution.
      • Yeah, that's not a typo. The latest images of the Bionic have confirmed the screen size is 4 and 1/2 inches. Still using the same qHD resolution as in the Droid 3 - Which means, less pixel density. Will have to see if its noticeable when released.
    • LTE Radio (3G and 4G capable, no global capabilities)
    • Dual-Core OMAP 4430 - 1GHz (Maybe 4460, which - 1.2GHz)
      • Last benchmark sited indicated that the bionic would boast a OMAP 4430, which is a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor. The OMAP 4460 isn't slated to be released to manufacturers until Q3 2011. It might be possible it would be in the Bionic, but who knows. If it is, then the Bionic will have 1.2 GHz processor. Look up OMAP on Wikipedia.
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    Summary: The listings above say it all. The differences are pretty obvious. There are a few things I would like to make a note of.

    Memory (RAM): The Droid 3 only comes with 512MB of RAM. Many have complained that this was not enough, I was skeptical too. It appears, however, that the Android system is so smart, in fact, that it utilizes the memory efficiently and effectively. For example. Out of the box, I had 100MB of memory remaining. I was like, WTF?! Eventually, after downloading all my apps, setup different services, filled my screens, etc. I still had the same memory available. Turns out, the Droid 3 sports some excellent memory management with Android 2.3.4. If it's free, it will use most of the memory. If the system demands more memory space, non-necessary services are closed out (motoblur nonessential stuff) to make room for your apps. A few users at the Motorola Support forums have vouched for this by downloading 100 apps and utilizing all the services, social networks, widgets, etc. and the system did not bug out or slow down. Take it or leave it, or better yet, try it for yourself to see if it suits you.

    Now from reports I've seen, the Droid Bionic will be sporting 512MB of memory as well. It's possible that an additional 512MB would be dedicated to webtop capabilities.

    Screen Resolution (PenTile): Yes, the qHD screens that are used in the Droid 3 and the Bionic are PenTile screens. What does this mean exactly? Google it (that's what I did). The technology is different behind the old LCD screens used in previous Droid versions. Coming from the Droid 2, I noticed the difference, slightly. If you look ever-so-closely at the notification bar for example, you'll see the pixels edges on the battery, time, etc. I'm very picky and my OCD like nature would make this a defiant problem for me.

    After a while, it grew on me, and I have gotten over it. The screen is clear and with the higher resolution, it can display more on the screen. There are a few more added benefits to PenTile technology, one of which I have significantly experienced already, Battery Life. I've set my screen brightness at 50% all day today and the phone lasted 10-12 hours of heavy use. Battery statistics report the Display Screen using only 8% of the battery! That's to say as well, the Droid 3's battery performance overall is very nice compared to the previous droids.

    In case of the Bionic. Now, don't take my words for granted here, I'm just speculating - but, if the PenTile screen is slightly noticable at 4" size on the Droid 3, what is it going to look like on the Bionic at 4.5" at the same resolution? I guess we'll have to wait and find out when it's officially out.

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    That's my little synopsis based on my research and what I know. I may have missed a few minor details.

    Bottom Line Overall: If you have the Droid X, and love the large screen and don't like the keyboard, then the Bionic may be just for you. If your a former OG Droid/D2 user and love the keyboard (like me), then you'll love the Droid 3. Either way, they are both going to be solid phones.
     
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    Ah, snap, forgot that it was sporting 4.5" now, not 4.3". Good call, and very good point regarding pentile pixelation over such a big display. Otherwise, yeh, what I said.
     
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    I am glad I chose D3. I had the D2, then DX rooted with all the goodies. But I am a tactile type guy, touch screens don't like me. the D3 keyboard is very good, 100% better than D2. Pen-tile blah blah, I think the screen res is great on the D3, a lot better than the DX IMO. Waiting and hoping for root than I will be all smiles! :D
     
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    VZW folks are assuming $300 for the Bionic, due to the pricing of the D3, the premium for the LTE and the buzz for the device. Not long to find out.

    VZW may be surprised though in the level of interest for the D3. Most users views are very positive and the keyboard is already becoming legend.

    If the D3 had 1gb ram and LTE, it would be huge... guess that will be the Droid 4 next year ;)
     
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    I'm debating over this decision also....the keyboard isn't important to me at all. I THOUGHT it was which is why I got the D1 originally, but I ended up never using it! I have been waiting for the Bionic ever since I heard about it.

    Can someone explain to me about the Global of the D3 and the 4G of the Bionic? Can the 4G be used globally also? I'm a bit confused since the 4G is limited in the United States, wouldn't it be even more limited abroad?

    I am supposedly "within a 4G market" when I plug in my address which I assume means I have 4G right? I am also confused about that wording as I am not sure if it means I HAVE IT FOR SURE or they plan to introduce it soon.

    Is the D3 THAT MUCH slower than the Droid Bionic?

    Any help would be much appreciated.