When the iPhone 5 finally launches it will be pitted against the Motorola Droid Bionic. If both of these phones can live up to half of the hype consumers are in for a tough choice between two amazing phones.
While we wait for the official details to emerge, we wanted to give you a preview of what to expect on each device. We’ll hold our final judgement until we go hands on, but while we wait, here are 5 reasons the iPhone 5 will beat the Droid Bionic.
If you want to catch the flipside, be sure to read Adam’s take on 5 reasons why the Bionic should be in your pocket instead of an iPhone 5.
iOS 5 will launch this fall, likely alongside the iPhone 5, delivering a greatly enhanced operating system that addresses many of the complaints from iPhone detractors. The improved notification system, iCloud integration, iMessaging and other iOS 5 features combine to deliver an amazing mobile operating system.
There are places where Android is still in the lead, but many users still prefer the iOS experience for ease of use and overall looks.
Perfectly Sized Retina Display
It looks like Apple is finally going to deliver a larger screen, most likely with a high-end edge to edge design. Once you get a chance to look at the larger screen you’ll wonder how you survived playing games on the 3.5″ displays of last year’s phones.
Even the qHD displays on competing phones still can’t compare to the crisp text that Apple’s Retina display delivers. You’ll notice the perfect size of a 4″ display when you play a game on the new faster processor, watch a Netflix movie or read magazines and books
The Motorola Droid Bionic will likely be sporting a massive 4.5″ display, but do you really want to try to carry a small tablet around in your pocket everyday? After you consider the power drain from such a large display and from the 4G connection, you’ll be running back to the appropriately sized iPhone 5 display.
Blazing Fast Processor
The iPhone 5 will have the same processor that provides incredible graphics and performance on the iPad 2. How incredible? Expect to see a 2x boost in CPU performance and a 9x boost in graphics. Combine this with intelligence that allows the processor to slow down when you don’t need the power and you’re in for a long battery life cherry on top of your performance sundae.
The A5 processor delivers way more power than you can get from the iPhone 4 and once App developers put in the time, way prettier apps then you’ll find on the Droid Bionic. For some examples, just look at the improvement in details and textures found in Infinity Blade when played on the iPad 2 over the original iPad.
Still need some convincing? What if I told you iOS is preparing to take over console gaming? Android phones may have games, but iOS is still out ahead on this one.
When you buy the iPhone 5 instead of the Droid Bionic, not only do you get a more sensible phone, you gain access to the largest selection of aftermarket accessories in the world.
The Droid Bionic will have a dozen cases, docks and cradles; but the iPhone 5 will have thousands of choices of third-party accessories.
Everything from cases and sleeves to docks, car and bicycle docks to specialized camera cases and adapters is at your fingertips when you choose the iPhone over the Bionic.
This might not sound like a big deal if you are already on the iOS side, but trust me, it is a big deal.
Choose Your Own Carrier, Even Unlimited Data
The Motorola Droid Bionic will only be available on Verizon. While this means is that you’ll have fast 4G LTE coverage but if you’re a new customer, you won’t have unlimited 4G data due to Verizon’s new tiered data plans. The iPhone 5 on the other hand will be available on Verizon and AT&T for certain. Additionally, we have heard from several analysts that the iPhone 5 will land on Sprint, where you can get an attractively priced unlimited data plan.
We are still waiting for Apple to unveil exactly what the iPhone 5 will do, but based on everything we know, the iPhone 5 looks like a much better buy for the average user at this time. It doesn’t hurt that many iPhone 5 buyers will already have a plethora of apps that they would need to leave behind to switch to the Droid Bionic.