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Droid X or Droid Bionic ?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by flooritnfly, Jan 20, 2011.

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    I am due now for my upgrade with Verizon. I am very impatient and want a new phone now. The Droid X looks nice, but the Droid Bionic looks ridiculous. My question is, should I fold and get the decent-looking X now or endure the long painful wait (no official word, but I've heard April and even later than that!?!) 'til the Bionic launches?

    Really the only other thing that could affect my decision is Verizon's data plans.....I'm sure they will cap them eventually and I really would like to upgrade before they do so I can get grandfathered into the unlimited data plan.

    So, thoughts? Surely somebody has thought of something that I have not.....
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    So I was in the same boat man and I caved! I'm glad I did though because this DX is amazing! I looked at the videos of how fast the Bionic was running and it just didn't look like a big performance gap. I'm also not a gamer on my phone so that didn't play a part in my decision. Also its going to be a while until I have 4G in Albuquerque NM so I really wouldn't benefit from a 4G device right away. If the Bionic ends up being that much better I will just bite the bullet I guess and buy one, but this DX halls ass I got alot going on with this device.
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    I'm trying to wait for the Bionic, but my D1 seems like it's gonna die before it's released.
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    Wolfpack - What all can/do you do with your Droid X? Also, I'm now considering the HTC Thunderbolt, as it seems that is going to launch sooner than the Bionic... Another question I have is whether Verizon will make you get a 4g data plan if you get a 4g phone even if you don't have 4g service in your area (which I don't now, and probably won't for a while). How long have you had the Droid X and what would you say are the biggest drawbacks/disappointments you've noticed with the X so far?

    So maybe for me, it really comes down to the Droid X vs. HTC Thunderbolt instead of X vs. Bionic.......
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    I just upgraded to the Droid x and glad I did its a beast of a phone and the difference between the phones is not huge dualcore wont mean much till after a year or so when programs are coded for it.
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    Let me say it: OH GOD NO! Not another one of these threads!

    Thank you, I feel much better. ;)

    Get the X. Nobody knows exactly when the Bionic is coming out, it's 4G capability will be limited until Verizon expands it's coverage over the next two years. The dual processor of course sounds interesting but dual doesn't mean twice as fast. Then in two years when your X and Bionic will both be antiques you can get a really nice 4G phone.
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    Lol, sorry but I need opinions and forums are a great place to turn to imo. My upgrade always seems to come at the worst possible time.

    But, hookbill, what are your thoughts on the X vs. Thunderbolt ??
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    I'm also in the same boat, My upgrade is ready and I wanted to wait for the bionic, I live in WV which I know wont get 4G any time soon other than charleston, which is 3 hours away from me. I've only found very small parts of WV to have 3G coverage. 4G is not a concern for me I like to have the newest and most up to date tech tho. now I'm deciding on to wait for the thunderbolt or just get the x now.
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    I really don't have any thoughts on the Thunderbolt. Basically I feel the same way as I do about the Bionic.

    For me to really get behind and look into a phone, I have to be in the market of buying one and I'm simply not in the market. I know for a fact that it's going to be quite a while before I get a new phone and it's not because I can't afford it, it's just that I have a D1 sitting in front of me, my D2 is on the dock and I have a Blackberry Storm collecting dust on my dresser. Now I guess you could say that the Storm shouldn't be considered in the same class, but I have bought 4 new phones in 2 years time.

    With Gingerbread on the horizon, the introduction of tablets (I have an iPad) current and upcoming phones at this time are not grabbing my interest. I'm going to be with my D2 for at least another 15 months. By then all of Verizon just about will be 4G, the X, Bionic, and Thunderbolt will be relics.

    So I'm just not excited about the new phones at this time and don't have a great deal of interest. I think in the next year and a half though we will see some real amazing things, and that's when I'll be looking in more detail at phones.
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    There is no SINGLE good time to upgrade. It's a continual struggle between "Upgrade NOW!" and "Upgrade when XYZ phone comes out!"

    Have you considered doing a one-year contract? If you want to do a two-year, 20 months would take you to about September 2012... I'll expect that the brand new 2012 CES phones will be readily available by then.
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    Didn't know they had ANY cell coverage in the hills of WV.....JUST kidding, ;)
    I agree VERBATIM with your last sentence. Of all 4 LTE phones Verizon unveiled at CES, it sounds like the Bionic will launch last (April or later I've heard) and I just don't think I can wait that long....especially since I'm stuck with the ANCIENT LG Chocolate 3 I have now....

    I think my decision right now is simply: ALL ABOUT THE DATA. I just have so many questions that I want REAL answers to
    - Will Verizon cap 3g data plans?
    - Will Verizon offer unlimited 4g data plans?
    - What will the 4g data plans pricing be?
    - If you get a new 4g phone will it be MANDATORY to get a 4g data plan even if there is no 4g coverage in your area?

    I don't think I could ever see myself getting a capped 4g data plan.....I don't like the feeling of having to "tiptoe" every month. That's ridiculous.
    4g speeds will be sweet I'm sure, but the only way I could see myself wanting it is if Verizon offered a 4g unlimited data plan and I could somehow tether it to my pc and laptop and also somehow bypass Verizon's silly $20/month tethering fee.....I'm sure there's a way.
    But for my upgrade, I'm really just looking forward to a major hardware overhaul from my previously mentioned ancient candy and also Android........I can live with 3g speeds, and there's always wi-fi.

    Ughhhhhhhhh I'm just SOOO indecisive and SOOO impatient. Not a good combo.
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    Hi folks; just joined here because I'm struggling with the same issue and believe I have some info from Verizon customer service that can help. I encourage you do see if VZN will validate the below -- I learned the details below from the chat service, specifically "Geraldine", about 1 hour ago. It sure helped me make my decision ,which is to wait for the bionic.

    no. they remain at $15 for 150mb and $30 for unlimited
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    they will be the same as the 3G plans, e.g. $30 for unlimited data and $15 for 150mb
    no, there are no mandatory 4G plans separate or different from the mandatory 3G plans. 4G versus 3G = no difference

    for sake of clarity, note that the 4G data plans for PHONES are DIFFERENT from the 4G plans for broadband cards. There has been much speculation that the 4G phone data plans would mimic that of the 4G broadband, and from what VZN told me just now that is just not true.

    Additionally, note that the NE2 program is gone now -- some of you may have 'one left', so use it wisely. after expiration, you will no longer have that (albeit small) discount.

    For me, the above information compels me to wait until September to apply my last NE2 towards the Bionic. I'll just have to tough it out until then with this lousy LG Envy touch.

    I hope the above is true, and I'd like someone else to call to see if you get the same answer.
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    Have you considered buying a phone online (ebay, craigslist) and then just selling it again in 6 months?

    (from Beka's DX)
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    Also, that reps info is already outdated... They are getting rid of the $15: 150 mb plan. So I guess I wouldn't put much stock in anything she said... Lol.

    (from Beka's DX)
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    interesting. has there been a recent announcement to this effect or is this still rumor? perhaps one could opt in for $15 and then get grandfathered in, lol :D I wonder if one could survive with an X with only 150MB of data!
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    Can any phone do more than my Rooted D1? If not then I wait. I don't care about 4g since I'm on WI-FI all the time. I don't want a keyboard. Don't care about the front camera.
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    I wouldn't be too sure about the 4G plans being the same price. With Sprint and T-mobile I believe they charge an additional 10 or so dollars for 4G phones regardless of availability. I would suspect Verizon doing the same thing here and probably charge more. They are becoming a powerhouse with the ability to charge whatever they want. Why not charge more even if you can't use it yet. I'll be sticking with my X for quite some time.
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    Yes, there is a thread on the new data plan pricing in the Droid News subforum. It was posted maybe 3-4 days ago? I think I saw a post about it on Droid Life also.

    It is possible to make it with only 150 mb... But you have to almost always use your wifi, and when not around wifi, watch your usage closely.

    I think they are dropping the lesser plan because so many people know that they can use wifi almost exclusively so they switched, and verizon would rather keep them at a higher plan.

    (from Beka's DX)
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    you need to consider how much you wanna spend with 4G. The data plans, i've heard, are suppose to be expensive. also 4G isn't going to be available in all areas(both reasons of why i didnt choose to wait for 4g)

    my Droid X is in the mail and can't wait to have it. I have messed with my friends and it has a lot of potential.
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    Do u want to pay $200 over the life of your phone for LTE service that u may not use?

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