The Ultimate Motorola Droid Bionic Buyers Guide

We are getting closer and closer to the release of the one of the most anticipated Android devices in a long time, Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic, which will be hitting the carrier’s 4G LTE network at some point in the next few weeks. And judging by the amount of chatter that has been going about it, we reckon that a couple of you are interested in picking this thing up.

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The Droid Bionic's red eye.

Well, it’s our job to help make that decision as easy as possible and that’s why we wanted to pull all of our Droid Bionic coverage, there is a lot of it, into one guide post where you can easily jump around and find the information that you need. Should you wait for it? Is it going to be better than the iPhone 5? What specs is it going to have? Does I have to get tiered data if I’m not currently on Verizon?

It’s questions like those that are answered below so read on.


Chapter 1: A Little Bit of Background

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The old Motorola Droid Bionic.

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Motorola Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless at CES (Video)

Our hands-on look at the Motorola Droid Bionic back at CES. This was what we thought would be coming out at some point in May before Verizon and Motorola decided to scrap the design in favor of an “improved” one.

NVIDIA Confirms Droid Bionic to Use Tegra 2 Mobile Processor

As of today, the exact processor in the Droid Bionic is a mystery but earlier this year, NVIDIA seemed to think that its processor would be the one powering Verizon’s first dual-core 4G LTE device.

HTC Incredible 2 coming in April; Droid Bionic, Droid X 2, and Galaxy S II in May?

Remember when we thought the Droid Bionic would be coming out in May? We’re now in July.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launch Delayed

Motorola and Verizon crushes the hopes and dreams of many.

Chapter 2: The Droid Bionic Returns

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Is this the new Droid Bionic? Maybe.

New Motorola Droid Bionic Benchmark Reveals Dual-Core TI OMAP Chip, Not Tegra 2

Remember how NVIDIA claimed that the Droid Bionic would have a Tegra 2 dual-core processor? Yeah, that might not be the case.

New Motorola Droid Bionic Revealed (Photos)

A phone that is purportedly the new Motorola Droid Bionic shows up in some leaked photos that give us a look at what many think very well could be the new and improved Droid Bionic.

New Droid Bionic Photos Reveal 4.5 Inch qHD Display, 3D MotoBlur

Shortly after the first leak, another set of pictures surface showing off a 4.5-inch qHD display and a 3D version of MotoBlur. The phone absolutely dwarfs the Motorola Atrix 4G and the buzz for the Bionic starts building once again.

Will The Real Motorola Droid Bionic Please Stand Up?

We run down all of the different versions of the Droid Bionic known at the time and share our thoughts on what we’d like to see from the Droid Bionic when it finally does arrive on shelves.

Chapter 3: The Latest

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The first official evidence of the new Droid Bionic.

New Motorola Droid Bionic Outed in Best Buy Ad

Finally. A Best Buy ad for the Motorola Droid Bionic leaks out confirming a bunch of features and is the first time we’ve seen the new design on anything official in nature. We begin to wonder whether a launch might get close.

Did The Motorola Droid Bionic Just Get Closer to Launch?

Sure enough, a device that closely resembles the Motorola Droid Bionic passes through the FCC. Unfortunately, just about everything included with the filing is under lock and key until August.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launching August 4th, Droid 3 on July 14th?

It’s now July and we finally get a date to circle in pencil on the calender. August 4th. An internal documents boldly shows off a August 4th release date and given the fact that Verizon loves to release phones on Thursday’s, there is a very good chance that this is the date that we’ll see the Droid Bionic.

Did The Motorola Droid Bionic Just Get More Attractive?

Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor becomes the first processor to receive Netflix HD certification meaning devices that employ it will at some point be able to play 1080p video. Remember those Droid Bionic benchmarks? Yeah, it’s possible the Droid Bionic might have an OMAP4.

Motorola Droid Bionic Sign Up Page Goes Live, Release Date Gets Closer

After months of waiting, finally, we finally got something official from Verizon in the form of a sign up page for those interested in more information about the Droid Bionic when it becomes available. Notice it still says summer so we’re pretty sure that the release won’t be delayed this time.

Chapter 4: Need Some Advice?

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It might be wise to sign up for info over on Verizon's website.

Why You Should Wait for The Motorola Droid Bionic

Thinking about picking up another smartphone before the Droid Bionic arrives? Read this, it might make you think twice.

5 Things We Know For Sure About The Motorola Droid Bionic

The Droid Bionic still isn’t official but there are some things that we know are for sure going to be coming with the handset when it arrives.

5 Reasons the iPhone 5 Will Beat the Motorola Droid Bionic

A look at five reasons why the iPhone 5 might be a better choice than the Motorola Droid Bionic.

5 Reasons the Motorola Droid Bionic Will Beat the iPhone 5

Vice versa.

Why the Motorola Droid Bionic Needs to Make a Big Splash

A look at why the Motorola and Verizon need to hit a grand slam and not a home run with the Motorola Droid Bionic.

Verizon’s New Tiered Data Plans Get Fully Detailed

Last but not least, a detailed look at Verizon’s tiered data plans to help you decide if you want to take the plunge and pick up one of the most exciting smartphones of 2011.


Motorola and Verizon have yet to make the Droid Bionic official but with the sign up page, the internal document with the August 4th date and the Best Buy ad, it’s safe to assume that it’s on its way soon. A lot of you are going to have a crucial decision to make coming up as the Droid Bionic’s release is colliding with the new iPhone so the one thing that we ask before you make a purchase is:

Do your research.

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You may not agree with some of our opinions but it doesn’t hurt to take in another perspective before you decide your name over for two years. And with the emergence of LTE, speedy processors and intensive apps, you’ll want to make sure that you make the right decision.

Comments

  1. AGuest says

    I’m definitely interested. However, I think I will wait a month or so after it arrives to read reviews from people and “pros”. Don’t want to get stuck with a issues like all those Tbolts that suffered for so many months.

  2. Rex_D says

    Once this is released, there won’t really be a whole lot more to anticipate in the next year, I would imagine. Since I’m sticking with Verizon, I am hoping the Bionic will be IT for me… otherwise I’ve decided on the Charge.  All i want at this point is a phone that does what it says it’s supposed to do.  I’m really tired of failed promises.  If a phone is supposed to use GPS, the signal should work.  If the phone has a camera, it should work.  If the phone uses Wi-Fi, 3g, or 4g…. they should connect and work.  If the phone is supposed to turn on and stay on, then it should do so.  I don’t care about screen resolution, bloatware, etc. anymore…. what I want is a phone that works. Period.

  3. Anonymous says

    After waitng for 7 months for this phone it definitely the one for me, now make it a 4.5inch display and I say maybe it was worth the wait…

  4. Mike Pratt says

    Have you read the “5 Reasons the Iphone 5 will beat the Bionic” article? It is written by an apple fanboy. He hardly mentions any solid reasons comparing the bionic to the iphone 5. How is that helpful to anyone? The bionic is fact at this point with semi-solid specs. The Iphone 5 hasn’t even been announced let alone any specs mentioned at any point. Please use good sources in a “buyers guide”

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