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Droid Bionic by Motorola Video Review- Verizon 4G LTE Goodness
      #41294 - 09/07/11 09:39 PM

Well, we've waited long enough, haven't we? After months of delays and redesigns, Motorola's formidable Droid Bionic Android super phone is finally here. Was it worth wait? We'd say so. With a rocking 4G LTE data connection, strong voice quality, plenty of speed from the 1GHz dual core TI CPU and a 4.3" qHD display, the Droid Bionic has a lot to offer.

Our favorite feature might just be the 1735 mAh battery that helps the Bionic make it through a full day. LTE hasn't been kind to battery life, but the large battery plus aggressive and cusomizable Moto power management do the job. The phone runs Android OS 2.3.4 Gingerbread (the latest OS) and has Motorola's custom icons and social networking and account integration. Think of it as a more subtle Motoblur that's not cluttered with widgets.

The Droid Bionic reminds us of a 4G Motorola Droid X2, with a similar slim slab design and the signature camera bulge. The phone feels weighty in a good way, and looks like a quality piece, though the design isn't inspired.

The Droid Bionic has an excellent 8 megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video that's worth saving and sharing. It has a front video chat camera and a microSD card slot under the back cover. Verizon includes a 16 gig card to supplement the 16 gigs of internal memory.

The Bionic has a gig of RAM and like the Motorola Atrix 4G it has Webtop. That means you can plug into one of several accessory docks including the $300 Lapdock and run Firefox and the Webtop environment on a big screen. There's a $99 HD dock and a $30 Webtop dock as well, which you can use to plug in an HDMI monitor or TV and connect Bluetooth keyboards and mice (again, just like the Atrix). If you sign up for a $50 or higher data plan, you can get the Lapdock for $200. Verizon charges $30/month for 2 gigs of data, and the mobile hotspot feature will set you back an additional $20/month with 2 gigs of additional data allowance.

Is it the best 4G LTE Verizon smartphone yet? It just might be. Here's our Droid Bionic video review, with full written review to follow in a few days.


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