Former Bionic owners...

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    So yeah, my Bionic experience has all but died. Looks like I'll be getting my Rezound in tomorrow. I'm just looking for some thoughts from former Bionic owners who switched to the rezound. I think we can all assume the data connectivity issue is the biggest improvement, but what about things like battery? Screen quality? Etc etc. Really just anything at all that you've noticed is a pro or con that one phone has over the other. Bionics big thing, but completely underitilized, was the webtop. Does Rezound have this as well? But ultimately, like I said, anything that really stands out...

    Again, I'm really looking for the opinions of former Bionic owners, I'm aware of what the Rezound's specs are and the theoretical differences between hardware, but I'd like to hear some actual user experiences. Thanks dudes.
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    Screen is awesome. Battery life is alright. Yet again, I'm coming from a Thunderbolt so any new phone in my lens has a legit battery life. Camera has really good quality and takes the shot rather quickly I must say. Not to sure if you have ever experienced HTC Sense first hand but in my opinion, it makes this smartphone stand out when compared to the rest.

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    It all stands out haha I just went from bionic to rezound on Monday and its amazing. Runs way smoother than motoblur does

    Sent from my HTC Rezound
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    I have to admit I came from a iPhone 4 to the rezound and the battery life is about the same but the improvement in data speeds is incredible! I must admit I love my ReZound.

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    I just came from the Bionic to Rezound 2 days ago. So far I like this phone way better in many ways. I did like the Bionic a lot, but the frequent data drops after 902, locked bootloader, low development, and moto software was killing me.

    I used the standard battery yesterday and got about 11hrs on 3g where I would get about 12 or so with Bionic. I just switched to extended battery to give that a try as I will be in 4g all this weekend.

    There is no webtop for this phone which is kind of a bummer, but its a sacrifice I was willing to make to get a dependable phone with good development. I had a inc2 before Bionic and really enjoyed that HTC phone.

    Screen, physical design, software, hardware are all better on Rezound. The keyboard and battery life are not as good imo, but not by a lot.

    I am rooted running gb Rez Rom with setcpu and this phone is blazing fast. It beats Bionic in that department. Even when I was running stock it was fast, although Sense was a tad choppy.

    Call quality, speaker, bluetooth are about the same as Bionic for me.

    And no data drops so far. I didn't even lose data during the outage yesterday, but I was in a 3g area.

    Sent from my Rezound
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    Former bionic owner here. I think you made the right choice not going with a moto phone. The ReZound shines in a few different category unbeknownst to the general public.

    - Reception indoors and outdoor is great. Bionic was...meh. As i sit here at work on the 3rd floor deep inside my building I have 2-3 bars of 4G. With my bionic 2 bars or 3G sometimes, but had to go outside to get a good signal.

    - screen on the rezound is better. For the longest time I was lying to myself when I said I couldn't see the pentile matrix on the bionic. One day I was at the airport and saw a different phone without the screen door look playing the same video. I knew I was in need of a change.

    - I like the overall feel of the Bionic better. I like the flatness and squareness, but thats it's

    - For me battery like is maybe little better on the Rezound. I had my bionic rooted, so I was getting some decent battery life

    - My Bionic used to reboot once every couple days on it's own. I've had my rezound since November and it's never did that to me.

    - I thought the call quality was about equal

    - I'll give Bionic the nod on launchers although i don't use either of them. I got GO launcher. Seemed to drain my Bionic, but GO launcher doesn't have that effect on my Rezound.

    - Extended battery look goes to the Bionic. The Rezound extended battery does it's job, but I'd rather it flatter.

    - The Rezound went from the 4G areas to 3G areas and back more seamlessly. The Bionic always had a long period where if it finally realized I was in a 4G area again.

    The Bionic could have been pretty good if it just wouldn't have rebooted and had data loss issues. HTC did well with this one. Too bad they arent getting props for it.
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    I've had my Rezound for about a month and I love it! The screen looks so much better and the camera is amazing. I pretty much stopped using the Bionic to take pictures because they looked so bad.

    I had the extended battery with the Bionic but I am using the stock with my Rezound. I have to charge it every night but that's ok. I stick it on my desktop charger and use it for my alarm clock. I do wish the battery was bigger but I don't think I will get the extended because I want to use cases that actually look good in my opinion. For some reason on my Bionic when I had WiFi on it would suck the life out of my battery so I left it on 4G all the time. Now I have the opposite problem but that's how it's suppose to be.

    I love Sense. I had the Incredible before I went to the Bionic. I really missed all the features that hTC has. I'm not a fan of Blur.

    I have had zero data drops on my Rezound. I had them all the time on the Bionic. I couldn't get Verizon to do anything but tell me to wait for a update. So I bought my Rezound on Ebay.

    In my opinion there are a lot less complaints and problems with the Rezound than the Bionic. I love mine and I am so glad I switched!:biggrin:
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    I forgot that on the Bionic I could not hear people very well when I was on the phone. I actually had to turn on the setting for the hearing impaired. I have no problem hearing on the Rezound.
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    I had 4 Bionics before I switched to the Rezound. The screen is MUCH better, the "feel" of the phone is nice (I love the back of the phone's grips), the bootloader can be unlocked (yay ICS!).

    The only advantage the Bionic had was Moto's app, MOTOCAST. Other than that, the Rezound is better in every way, shape, or form.
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    Awesome, great perspectives here, just what I wanted to hear (minus the lack of webtop). I'll be getting mine tomorrow, can't wait to take my phone into work and be able to show somebody a 20 second youtube clip without waiting 30 minutes for it to load, if it loads at all, while they're over there streaming Netflix and GoogleMusic! Thanks dudes
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    I jumped off the bionic after multiple issues with it. The rezound was the only option that Verizon gave me that didn't cost money. I was pissed until I saw how great this phone is. I was pleasantly surprised.

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    I had the Bionic from September through January when Verizon finally did the right thing and let me switch out. I use both stock. My impressions:

    Data connectivity: Bionic dropped all connectivity constantly. Rezound has been bulletproof. I keep it on 3G only unless I need 4G, but it switches back and forth smoothly and quickly and I have had zero total drop-outs since I got this 6 or 8 weeks ago.

    Sense vs. Blur: I was pretty used to Blur and kind of liked it. I think this is a wash for me. Sense is different but not worse. I do like that Sense allows more home screens, deletion of home screens and re-org of them in whole. Blur's contact widget (the one that only took up one row but allowed pull down) was better than Sense's.

    Screen: Hands down Rezound. I actually thought my Bionic had a nice screen...till I put it next to the Rezound. I am not a techy and I cannot explain why, but no rational person could think the Rezound wasn't heads and tails above.

    Phone: Speaker on Rezound is better. Sense also has some cool options, like going to speaker if you just turn it over and lay it down. Call quality is about the same. Bionic may have been a bit better, but not in any major way.

    Form factor: As a starting point, I go naked with my devices. Although the Bionic was lighter and thinner, I actually prefer the Rezound form factor (I use it with the original battery, more on that below in Battery). The Rezound is narrower than the Bionic and feels better in the hand. The battery case on the Rezound is also preferable (it has a texture). The Bionic was a slippery little bugger; I dropped it a lot.

    Battery: I did not use extended battery on either device (I keep a spare battery just in case). The Bionic had better battery life for the first several weeks of my Rezound ownership, but in the past few weeks that has changed. I use push exchange corporate email (I am on it constantly for work) and push 4 gmail accounts, I spend about 45-90 minutes on the phone and I can get 16-18 hours. Internet and apps don't seem to create a huge drain. Beware Angry Birds - it is a Rezound battery killer! One other odd battery observation. The Bionic seemed to kill my battery on WiFi (as compared to 3G or LTE), while the Rezound is better on WiFi than on either 3G or LTE.

    Overall build: Bionic always felt a little cheap. Rezound feels solid (of course, it weighs more, so maybe it should).

    Final analysis: As currently constructed and functioning, no brainer - Rezound wins hands down. If (and that's a big if that requires Moto and VZW to stop lying about the Bionic issues and actually fix the issues) the Bionic could actually stay connected, I think it is a 50/50 proposition that comes down to personal preference. (Of course, I don't think I'd ever buy another Moto device after the premature release and outright lies about basic data functionality).
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    So far I pretty much agree with everything that all of you have said. Granted I've only been using it for about 4 hours now, and I'm having some issues with pulling the OTA, but I think it's just because the battery was so low. I have two Bionics right now, so I'm going to take some picture comparisons as best as I can later, maybe even make a straight up Bionic vs Rezound thread for future switch overs...there really isn't much out there already.

    Honestly, I am nothing short of amazed at how little attention this thing is getting. Seriously. Even at the store, you see Razr/Maxx, Nexus, even Bionic cases/lapdocks/batteries/chargers EVERYWHERE. The ONLY Rezound accessory I saw on hand was behind the tech help desk for the extended battery. She had to go in back to grab me a case and then double check prices on everything I asked, but I overheard her tell somebody about Razr prices for both cases and batteries. What's also funny is I asked one question: what's the most current software version of the Rezound? Not a single damn person in the store knew. In fact, 3 of them INSISTED I was talking about ICS, even after stating multiple times I'm referring to the Rezound specific version, not the OS. Then she has the nerve to look at me like I'm an idiot and was like "I don't understand the question." ...How much simpler can it get? "What's the most recent software version for the Rezound? Not the OS." How do you work at Verizon and not understand this? Actually, nevermind, my past VZ experience explains everything.

    Overall, so far so good. I'm hoping this OTA nonsense is just a battery level issue. So few questions....what IS the most recent version? They still were not clear about that at all. Also I'm not interested in perma-rooting just yet, I only want to install TiBu so I can restore everything...should I use the thread in development BEFORE I get the OTA or does it not matter? Lastly...what took me so long to switch over? Ah yes, being told over a 5 month period that an OTA would fix this issue or that. What a joke...
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    I am 100% stock. 2.01.605.11
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    I checked a couple of hours ago, no new versions available so I guess this is the latest

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    I owned a bionic for 5 months and it was really frustrating. The Rezound made me love android again and Sense is really an amazing experience. Now as for speed the bionic was fast. Problem is would never stay connected. The Rezound is fast enough and with the superior screen and the best camera I ever had on a phone this phone kills. My girlfriend has the Razr and it is nice but I would not trade this phone for any current phone on Verizon. I mobile hotspot to 3 devices and rarely have a pause in data. You will really like this phone as soon as you get used to the reversed home button...
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    One more thing. The camera on the Rezound is light years better than the Bionic. Fast shutter, good auto-focus and light adjustment and great picture quality. Bionic's camera was horrible.
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    So, phone wise, I am loving this thing. However, sure enough, I'm a victim of one of the Rezounds most notorious problems....boot loops. Since the first time, it's happened 2/3 times I restarted my phone. The first was using the restart option in the menu, which I read was bad, but the other two were manual. Very frustrating, I've had to factory reset each time because mine doesn't stay on long enough to do any of the proposed fixes...I don't know why everyone thinks having the back cover off and the SIM out is guaranteed to prevent the boot loops. At least that's all I'm seeing people say and, I will tell you first hand...that's not the case.

    Very frustrating, especially coming from a Bionic. The worst part is I spent the better part of last night going to town on this thing, unlocking it and rooting it. Is it possible that my TiBu/restore of my Bionic settings is causing this?
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    I haven't had any bootloops. I am on Rez rom gb. Maybe try a different sim card?

    Sent from my Rezound
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