Hubby and I both have Android phones and we love them. But we’ve been thinking about changing phones when it is time for an upgrade and the DROID Bionic by Motorola is one we’ve considered. I know to do my research before making any final decisions though. I started my research online and then worked my way to the store. I’m also going to check it out on Calyp (pronounced klip) because there is a free 2-Day shipping deal and that is always a plus. Because our plan is through Verizon and we are happy with them, I headed to the new Verizon store in town so I could get some hands on research of the Bionic and other phones.But I wasn’t allowed to take photos in the store so I only have outside shots.
I headed over to the Motorola website to see what I could find out. And then on to the Verizon website so I could compare the Motorola Bionic with the other Android phones.
Because I am a blogger, I use my phone A LOT! My smartphone has an 8MP camera which is greater than my digital camera, so I use it for the majority of my review photos. So, when I do upgrade, I will need at least an 8 MP camera or it won’t be worth the switch. The DROID Motorola Bionic has that. I was hoping it would also have dual cameras (rear & forward facing), but it doesn’t. While that isn’t necessarily a must have for blogging, I do want dual cameras on my next phone. So the Bionic is going to have to make me fall in love with it some other way. Camera wise, it didn’t do it for me. Let’s move on to power. The battery life of the my phone stinks when using apps a lot unless you have the extended battery.
My current phone =
- Usage: up to 390 minutes or
- Standby: up to 361 hours
DROID Bionic =
- TALK TIME (CONTINUOUS)2
up to 650 min.
- STANDBY TIME3
up to 200 hrs.
Standby is less but talk time is better. That might be enough to sway me if I don’t find another that I like better. You just don’t realize how much I love my phone. It’s going to take a powerful phone to make me switch.
I does have some nice features:
- DISPLAY TYPE
TFT (16M colors), Corning® Gorilla® Glass
- DISPLAY SIZE
4.3-in.; qHD (960 x 540)
- SIZE (H X W X D)
66.9 x 127.5 x 10.99 mm
- ANTENNA TYPE
- FORM FACTOR
- OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
- Google Mobile Services
- 8 MP Camera
- CAMERA TYPE VGA P2P Video
- Video: 1080p video recording (AWESOME!!!!!!)
- DIGITAL ZOOM: 8x
- FLASH: LED
- FOCUS: Automatic
Pricing at the Motorola site:
$589.99 w/out plan
$249.99 with plan
I’m not really doing a review of the Bionic here, I’m just comparing and making decisions, so I’m not going to write about all the Bionic features but the ones that it has that are must haves for me are Video, Text Messaging, Voice Mail, Music Player, similar connectivity, etc. It is 4G LTE and Gingerbread platform which are upgraded features that are better. I definitely want a great camera, awesome video capabilities, social media connections, email and the ability to have several apps as well as awesome phone coverage and texting. So I need to weigh the pro’s and con’s of each and doing online research definitely helped me gather the questions I needed to ask in-store where I could get that hands-on experience and really test that bad boy out! But, like I said, I didn’t get to take photos in-store. Everyone was friendly and helpful and answered all the questions I had. The phone wasn’t too heavy and fit in my hand nicely. It worked well and the construction was similar to my current phone. At the end of the day, we weren’t ready to make the switch, but checking out all our options was great! I am definitely keeping the Motorola Bionic on my list!
Why does buying a Smartphone have to be so complicated?
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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