Some Bionic Love...

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Bionic' started by billyk, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. billyk

    billyk Member

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    Wow - things have been a little edgy around this forum lately. I for one think it's great that we have the new RAZR and Nexus offerings, which will be totally smoked by HTC's or someone else's offerings in the coming weeks/months. Plus, I am impressed with VZW's 4G Holiday lineup - it's about time that they lead the pack!

    What about my Bioinic?

    I love it! It's one awesome piece of hardware that has been a delight to own and (heavily) use since it dropped on Day 1.

    Like most of the folks here, I am drawn into all of the newest cell technology, I find it intriguing to keep up with. But at some point I need to realize when I've got hardware/software that meets/exceeds my expectations. The Bionic does just that.
     
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    Amen brother!

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    Oh yeah, it's a great phone. Very, very fast. The only problems I've had are the connectivity issues when not on wifi. Hopefully that will be fixed soon (November).

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    I've had this phone from launch and paid $176 as an upgrade. It is a fantastic phone. The only issue I have seen was that in a low signal area I need to get the data connection back manually if it is lost. This has been rare. Otherwise, everything has been perfect. I use my phone 12-15 hours a day of constant use (That's actual display time).

    And I've thought about this RAZR thing quite a bit and I came to the conclusion that this phone is going to be a dud solely because of battery life. It will be impossible to get over 5 hours of heavy 4G usage on this thing. You can't pop in a second battery for the day or can't leave home with an extended battery. Motorola's response to this is to cut the data speeds and processor speeds when the battery remaining falls below a certain level, but then it basically becomes a Droid 2 on 3G.

    The RAZR is bigger in terms of length and width. It will be a bit harder to fit in the pocket, but I think this thing is minor. I am guessing this phone will be much tougher to see in the bright sunlight. Probably also minor because it doesn't seem like a lot of people actually take their phone outside.

    A lot of people are dismissing the non-removable battery as not being a big deal, but can you imagine the outcry when people only get 5 hours of heavy use with no other solution but to throw the phone back on the charger for 3 hours?
     
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    Extended battery is awesome. Going at least 1 1/2 days moderate to heavy usage. Well worth the extra $25.

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    The extended battery was just $25 for almost everyone.
     
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    haupman, thank you for setting my head straight. I bought my Bionic on day one and loved it since. The RAZR did make me question whether or not I wanted to go through the hassle of trading mine in to get that, but you pointed out every single thing I needed to hear to reassure me that it wouldn't be worth it. My Bionic will more than hold me over for the next two years. It's a great phone. It's fast, it's solidly built, and fits my needs perfectly. :biggrin:
     
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    Yah.. $25 was win.
    Billed to acct and free shipping was a bonus.
     
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    My bad, I didn't even know what I paid for it, lol. I just looked at my receipt and your right. Hey, not bad at all for having more than double battery life for only $25.

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    I have also thought long and hard about this whole thing. With the drawbacks of the RAZR I mentioned above, I think one concern we should still have is penetration of the Bionic in the marketplace with the RAZR being marketed as the hot, sexy phone.

    It wouldn't surprise me to see the Bionic go Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) from Verizon at $299. While this may make the people who bought it on day 1 for $299 upset, I think it should make them happy because it will ensure new users continue to flock to our device. If you were a new user, would you buy the Bionic for $150 or the RAZR for $300? This should ensure the Bionic continues to grow in usage, which we all know is very important for the viability of the phone going forward. To me, this would solve the biggest concern I have.
     
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    You could be talking about the expected high price for the Nexus, or you could be talking about the confirmation that ICS is coming to the Bionic. I'll guess ICS!
     
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    Should have picked this up when I first heard of it. Is VZW or anyone else still offering this?
     
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    Unfortunately, because I broke my D1, I had to pay $299.99 plus a $20 early upgrade fee. FYI, there is a thread on this but if you keep your phone in your pocket, keep the back of the phone facing outwards, not the screen. I learned my lesson the hard and expensive way.

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