Thinking Bionic

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Bionic' started by garbageman, Sep 29, 2011.

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    How does everyone like there Bionic? I am due for an upgrade and leaning very much towards a Bionic. Is it easy to root? Are there good roms to run?

    What don't you like about it and can you fix the issue?

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    You will get a little of both responses on here. Some didn't like it and are disappointed but most love it. I had my Bionic for 2 weeks but returned it only because I found that I was not using it to its fullest capabilities so it seemed like a waste of $300 (including accessory bundle and extended battery).

    I figure this way I know what out I'd capable of and how it feels and after the prime or something layer comes out, I will have a true comparison to make up my mind.

    It is very easy to root but there are no roms available yet.

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    How were you not using it to its full potential? What was included in the bundle? How much was it and the extended battery?

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    There are ROMS available and more show up everyday.

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    Oh. My bad. Yesterday I still had the Bionic and there were no roms out so I figure nothing changed in a day.

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    I am still living in a 3g area but am moving to a 4g area in a couple of months. Problem is, without 4g there is no advantage to having it. Ignore the speed and power on paper. The reality is for everyday use, the Bionic is not worth $300 over a perfectly working X.

    Front facing camera... Who cares?

    Dual core.. ..no noticeable difference. In fact it has been noted that when you run a quadrant speed test, only one actually runs.

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    Oh, you were referring to theory unleashed? How is that more show up everyday? Only one so called rom out. No offense but I was referring to a real rom that completely changes the phone. Like cyonagen, omfgb, miui, liberty, etc. The only rom you can find out right now is a stock rom with minor tweaks and debloated but you dont need a rom for that.

    I am sure in due time there will be plenty available though.

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    Very easy to root, you would need to debloat and freeze the VZW crapware. Many of them just eat up battery on the background. Anything that requires 3D rendeing such as videocalling, games, youtube, google navigation or watching the free NFLN app means that you need an extended battery. For moderate internet browsing the standard battery should suffice.

    ROMs at an early stage.

    The phone is responsive and will play anything that's out there.

    The call quality is exceptional as is LTE.

    The screen is poor visually, very bright, it's capacitative function is very good.

    Should receive lots community support.

    More powerful phones with better screens and resolution, but even more questionable battery life, build quality and support than Motorola are coming, you might want to wait for 5-6 weeks to test them. Bionic would still be good and cheap. I bought because my OG Droid had become almost unusable.
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    I've returned mine, because of the pentile screen, and had some issues with it, but those issues don't seem to be affecting everyone.

    Other than the pentile screen, the Bionic is a great phone, very decent battery life, the Blur is/has gotten a lot a better, but really not a big fan of it myself.
    You might not find anything wrong with the screen, so just give it a try if ya like.

    BestBuy did not charge me restocking fees when I returned mine, sooo, take it for a test drive and see if ya like it, I did :happy:
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    What exactly is a pentile screen? And what is so bad about it?

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    Nothing is 'bad' about it. Its one preference over another, simple as that. Some are better on sunny days, some are crisper but not as bright.. their is no clear cut definitive best screen out, at least yet. I'm sure some will argue the super amoled+ is the best... but again, technology is changing everyday. I'm waiting for the screen that lets u poke through it and touch the person on the other end :D
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    Here's a post from another thread that does a pretty darn good job of breaking it down!

    I wanted to comment on the confusion around the PenTile display in the
    > overall thread. What some refer to as "pixelation" is actually
    > something a bit different. PenTile technology uses 2/3 the number of
    > subpixels to render each pixel, which saves power while also producing a
    > brighter screen. What people call the "screen door" effect or
    > "pixelation" is actually pattern visibility. In certain color
    > combinations the patterns created by the subpixels become visible --
    > green on black is a common one, which you can see in the battery
    > indicator of the notification bar. Some people are distracted or
    > annoyed by the patterns, while others can hardly see them or just ignore
    > them. Personally after using the beautifully crisp Droid 1 screen for
    > almost 2 years, I was afraid the PenTile screen would put me off the
    > Bionic after reading about it. However, after seeing it firsthand in
    > the store and now after a week of owning it, I can say it doesn't bother
    > me one bit. I can sometimes see the patterns but they don't distract
    > me, I basically just "look through them" and they disappear. For some
    > people though, it's so annoying as to be a dealbreaker. I would highly
    > recommend for anyone considering the Bionic to take a look at one in
    > person before deciding. It's highly subjective.
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    > One thing I am sure of though is the power savings. On my Droid 1,
    > Display was always #1 in the Battery Usage Stats screen, often as high
    > as 90% of total battery life. On the Bionic this is reversed, with
    > Display only using about 10% of battery life. Of course, this is offset
    > by other power-hungry components (4G radio, I'm looking at you) so
    > overall battery life is in the same ballpark
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    Thanks guys I will go check it out this weekend. Feel free to leave your thoughts still

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    I had a droid x and loved it. I'm in 3g area and the bionic is way faster that the x because of the dual core. When I'm in 4g, its unbelievable.

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    I think you are probably right, but I had to have one anyway (and we have 4G in our town).
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    I'm loving mine. My Xoom is getting lonely! I will say though, the pentile screen was almost a deal breaker for me. When I saw it firsthand I couldn't stand it, the patterns were very visible to me. However, over 2 weeks later I barely notice them. Now that ive also learned some battery management techiques, I have no regrets at all. (I didn't realize how much background syncing was happening!)

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