CNET First Look
Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon)The Motorola Droid Bionic is everything you want from a high-end smartphone--it's sleek, fast, and powerful. But its high price might be a deterrent for more budget-conscious consumers.
-I'm Nicole Lee, senior associate editor for CNET.com, and this is a first look at the Motorola Droid Bionic. It's been 9 long months and we finally have it in our hands. You may remember the Droid Bionic from our CES 2011 coverage. However, this Droid Bionic is a little bit different than the one that we showed. In fact it's a little bit sleeker, a little bit sexier, and definitely a lot thinner. In fact, Verizon says that the Motorola Droid Bionic is its thinnest LTE phone. It's also the very first dual core phone to support 4G LTE on Verizon. It ships at Android 2.3.4 which the latest update for Gingerbread at this time and it is free of the usual Motoblur interface. It has up to 5 customizable home screens and the menu is a little it different as well. The 4.3-inch display on the Droid Bionic makes this one a little bit big, but the screen is amazing. The qHD display really pops of color. On the back here is an 8-megapixel camera lens with an LED flash. It's also the first 4G LTE phone to shoot full 1080p HD video. Since the Droid Bionic has both a 1 gigahertz dual core processor and 4G LTE speeds, the overall phone experience is very fast. Navigating through the phone is very zippy. Multitasking was not a problem at all. The browser was also quite impressive. It supports HTML 5 content as well as Adobe flash video. In fact, we were able to load flash video pretty quickly. The Droid Bionic has very strong multimedia features. Not only does it have the 8-megapixel and camcorder like said, it also has front facing camera for video calls. Aside from multimedia features, the Droid bionic also has a very good business features in a strong device indeed that encryption. You can also remotely wipe the device as well as the SD card. The Droid bionic comes with an app called ZumaCast that lets you easily share and transfer files from a PC application. You can do this over 4G LTE and 3G, not just Wi-Fi. Like with the Atrix, you can dock the Droid Bionic into this laptop dock accessory and use it as a portable PC. Other accessories include an HD station, which requires an external [unk]. You can also plug it in into the little tiny webtop adaptor that you can attach to an external monitor as well. The webtop applications definitely extend the functionality of this phone. The webtop app allows you to access different apps like Firefox and Facebook as well as a variety of office apps like Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix documents, and of course the Droid Bionic has of the usual android features like GMail, Google Talk and more. The Droid Bionic shoots the aforementioned 1 gigahertz dual core processor. It also has 1 gigabyte of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage. It also shoots the 16 gigabyte SD card. However, it is expandable up 32 gigabytes. On a whole, the Droid Bionic is a slim, sleek powerful and fast device. The webtop application lets you use all of these different accessories. However, it's around $300 with a new 2-year service agreement with the Verizon wireless. The laptop dock is around $300 as well. The HD station dock $100, the webtop adaptor is around $30. So, is it worth to wait? We think so, but is it worth the price, we have our doubts. I'm Nicole Lee and this has been the first look at the Motorola Droid bionic.