Once September rolls around, those of you that have upgrades or expired contracts are going to be looking to get a new phone, a decision that is not going to be easy because of two new phones that will likely be on the shelves at that time. The first, the iPhone 5, Apple’s latest and greatest mobile hardware. The second. Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic which I think is going to be the phone that proves to be the iPhone 5/4S’ biggest competitor, tiered data and all.
And while the details of both phones are still not official, we wanted to give you a little bit of a head start to help jump start your decision making. Here are five reasons why you might want to strongly consider picking up the Motorola Droid Bionic instead of Apple’s next-generation iPhone. And of course, you’ll want to take a look at the five reasons why you might want the iPhone 5 instead of the Droid Bionic as well. (And if you need even more information, check out these reasons why you should wait for the Droid Bionic.)
This right here is probably the strongest reason why you would want to consider the Motorola Droid Bionic. While it’s not official that the iPhone 5 won’t have LTE capabilities when it arrives this fall, there are some very strong indicators that say that this sadly won’t be the case. So, that gives the Motorola Droid Bionic a huge advantage over the iPhone 5.
Verizon’s LTE network is ridiculously fast. If you don’t believe it, check out this video. And with those speeds and the hardware that the Droid Bionic is packing, it’s an unrivaled combination.
Not all places in the United States currently have 4G LTE, this is true. But Verizon’s rapidly expanding its 4G LTE network and it’s only a matter of time before where you live is blanketed in the speedy goodness of Big Red’s next-gen network. Remember, you’re going to have this phone for two years, so I think it’s worth betting on a phone that has a 4G radio over a phone that will never have one.
We know that 4G LTE is the future and the Droid Bionic is going to be the phone that takes you there.
There is a very good chance that this won’t come at launch but if it doesn’t, the Droid Bionic’s bootloader will definitely be unlocked by Motorola in the future. What does this mean? It means that the Motorola Droid Bionic will be to customize which is one of the most appealing things about Android.
Custom ROMs, leaked updates and an extremely active community are all of the things that you can expect from this. Sure, you can jailbreak your iPhone, but honestly, the waiting game after Apple patches the exploits with updates is frustrating.
The Motorola Droid Bionic will either have a Tegra 2 or an OMAP4 processor from Texas Instruments on board when it arrives. The OMAP4 is looking like the winner thus far and that’s a good thing as it’s the first processor to get Netflix HD certification. If it does have the OMAP4, that means that the Droid Bionic will at some point be able to stream 1080p video using Netflix.
I should also note that Motorola has obviously seen the poor battery life that has come with the HTC ThunderBolt and the other 4G LTE smartphones. I am positive that one of the reasons they went back to the drawing board was to improve battery life and I’m willing to bet that this thing will be able to handle both dual-core and 4G LTE.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Apple made a big splash when it introduced iOS 5 in June but the fact of the matter is, a lot of the new stuff in Apple’s operating system is already available in Android. In addition, Google is going to be rolling out their new software this winter, software called Ice Cream Sandwich. The details are murky but we know a few things.
One, it’s going to feature a state of the art user interface and two, it’s going to bring an advanced app framework which means that Android applications are about to get a whole lot better. We also know that Google is advertising it as “one OS everywhere” so we have a feeling that all the fragmentation with Android might finally be coming to an end.
Google obviously has felt the heat from iOS 5 and that means that Ice Cream Sandwich is going to have to make a pretty big splash. Amazing software and fantastic hardware? Yeah, the Motorola Droid Bionic is going to be pretty darn sexy.
Do You Really Want A Screen That Is 4-Inches or Smaller?
I love my iPhone 3GS, I really do, but the 3.5-inch screen just isn’t cutting it anymore. The iPhone 4 employs the same size and I have a pretty good feeling that Apple isn’t going to drastically bump up the screen size of the next iPhone. 4-inches at the most, probably 3.7 inches. They might even keep the 3.5-inch screen. If any of those happen, the Droid Bionic is going to have another trump card in my opinion.
Watch a video on a 3.5-inch screen and then watch one on a 4.3-inch screen. It just isn’t the same. The 4.3-inch display gives you a much better experience. And it’s not just videos. Web browsing is bigger, applications are bigger and after awhile you’ll wonder why you were using such a small screen for all of these years.
Now, it’s possible that the Motorola Droid Bionic will be 4.5-inches, which is pretty big, but I have a feeling that Motorola will keep it at 4.3-inches and quite frankly, I’ll take that over a 3.5-4-inch screen for the next two years.