Today is the big day folks. Verizon and Motorola have finally, at long last, made the Motorola Droid Bionic official and it will be arriving tomorrow, September 8th, for a cool $299 on a new two-year contract.
And while we were absolutely thrilled with the device, you can read our review here, there are still some reasons why it might be smart to hold off on buying it.
I realize that many of you have been waiting for months and months to get this phone but there are some pretty valid reasons why waiting might be your best option right now.
Here are those reasons.
The Motorola Droid Bionic is not a cheap device and I’m not just talking about the cost of the phone itself. If you’re signing up for a new two-year contract, you’re going to have to fork over $299.99. If you’re upgrading, you’ll have to do the same. But that isn’t the only money that you’re going to have to fork over for the Droid Bionic. You’ll have to pay for data. If you aren’t grandfathered into an unlimited plan, you’re going to have to sign up for tiered data.
That means that you’ll have to choose from:
- 2GB for $30
- 5GB for $50
- 10GB for $80
And if you go over your allotted data, you’ll have to pay an extra $10.
If you want to use the Droid Bionic’s mobile hotspot, you’ll have to add an additional $20 to your data plan. And if you truly want to get the most out of the Droid Bionic, you might want to consider its unique accessories.
Those will cost you a pretty penny too. The Lapdock will cost you $299 if you want a portable laptop accessory. The Navigation Dock is $39.99 and the Battery Dock with standard battery is going to run you $49.99. The HD Station costs $99 and an Adapter for the Webtop Application is going to be $29.99. Verizon has everything covered here.
The Droid Bionic is a fantastic phone but it’s an expensive one so if you’re not looking to fork over hundreds of dollars at the moment, it might be best that you hold off until something cheaper comes around or the Droid Bionic drops in price.
This is kind of a no-brainer but it’s a reason nonetheless. If your area currently does not have 4G LTE, it’s probably worth waiting on the Motorola Droid Bionic. Yeah, it works as a 3G device but there are much cheaper 3G devices out there that have similar specs to the Droid Bionic. The Droid X2 and the Droid 3, both of which are on Verizon, just to name a few.
It’s also probably worth skipping if 4G service is spotty in your area. I know Josh’s local 4G market is extremely unreliable at the moment and San Francisco is that way as well. Until Verizon shores these up, 4G really makes no sense.
In addition, there are still not a lot of viable apps to use in conjunction with 4G LTE. Yeah, there’s Netflix and there’s the lure of fast web browsing, but beyond that, there isn’t much.
And remember, even though the Droid Bionic is out in September doesn’t mean that it’s past early adoption. It’s the first dual-core 4G LTE smartphone and while we’ve liked what we’ve seen thus far, there could be unexpected trouble around the bend, similar to what happened to the HTC ThunderBolt.
There are also three very viable alternatives that are rumored to be coming out in the near future. The first of these is a phone that may or may not be called the Samsung Nexus Prime. Now, there isn’t much that we know about this device other than that it might be made by Samsung, might feature a true 720p HD screen, will likely have Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and could possibly be out in October.
In a perfect world. the Nexus Prime is a 4G LTE device with vanilla Android Ice Cream Sandwich and while there is not evidence suggesting that this is the case, there is also none that says that it won’t be happening for sure.
That being said, that combination of features, along with a cheap price tag and a possible release next month means that waiting to buy the Droid Bionic might be the smart play for some of you.
Verizon didn’t announce a Samsung Galaxy S II at the end of August and soon after, word came that it was preparing to release a phone called the Droid Prime which may or may not be a Verizon branded version of the Nexus Prime.
4G LTE? Probably. Droid branding? Looks like it. Galaxy S II roots? Verizon is said to be planning on releasing something similar. An October release with Ice Cream Sandwich? Rumored but possible.
I think it might be worth it to wait for one month to see what this phone is all about.
Last but not least, Apple is rumored to be releasing a new iPhone in September or October. Apple does not put out shabby hardware. iOS 5 is looking promising. The next iPhone will likely cost $199 on-contract. It might not have 4G LTE which, again, some of you don’t need. And it the announcement is likely going to take place in just a few weeks.
Love or hate the iPhone, it’s a fantastic device and I see no reason why the iPhone 5 won’t be either. The Droid Bionic may end up being a better device but it’s probably worth waiting a few weeks to see what Apple has up its sleeve.