The 411: Where are you, Droid Bionic?

Every two weeks, senior associate editor Nicole Lee answers your questions about cell phones, smartphones, and all things mobile.

Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at nicole.lee@cnet.com. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.

Motorola Droid Bionic to come soon, we hope.
Motorola Droid Bionic to come soon, we hope. Josh Miller/CNET

Hi Nicole, I have a really quick question. Is there any word at all on when the Droid Bionic is coming out? I'm a Verizon customer, and I can't decide whether to wait for the iPhone 5 (assuming it comes to Verizon and is 4G) or get the Droid Bionic. I hope you can help me out here, Thanks! - Shalin, via e-mail.

Ever since the Droid Bionic's announcement at CES, we've had many Verizon customers ask us if it will be coming out soon in stores. The answer is: we're just as in the dark as you are. We have heard that the release date will be sometime in April, which leads us to believe it should be any day now. We've also heard from various rumor sites that it might be delayed until June. All we can say is, if you can stick it out for just a little longer, you might be able to get your hands on it.

As for the iPhone 5, you might have to wait even longer. As you know, nobody knows anything about an iPhone 5 and what specs it might have, and we hear that Apple might not even announce it in June as it normally does. Of course, this could all change at the drop of a hat. Our standard advice when it comes to phone buying is to not wait for the right phone to come along; you might be waiting forever! If you can live with what you have for a few more months, certainly do that, but if your phone is unusable, then there's no harm in getting what you can now, especially if the alternative is to wait for something nobody knows anything about.

About the author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.

 

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