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[TemptingReviews] Motorola Droid Bionic (4G, Verizon Wireless)

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Uploaded on Sep 11, 2011

The Droid Bionic is easily the most powerful overall phone on the Verizon Wireless network. You've likely heard the hype: after its initial delay, most feared that it would be obsolete out of the gate, and others theorized that Verizon held back on the Bionic so as not to cut into potential iPhone 4 sales. The Bionic is still on the upper crust of the devices in terms of inclusive technology, and had it been released at or before the time of the iPhone 4's release, it's extremely likely that sales of the iPhone 4 would have been harmed.

The Bionic has the distinction of being the first 4G LTE dual core smartphone. The dual core processor lends itself not only to faster transaction processing but also better multitasking and navigation. Coupled with the speed of 4G, it means the phone can download and process data more efficiently than any of the other LTE devices on the market.

For Thunderbolt converts, the Bionic does excel in the battery arena, offering at least 16 hours of battery life under regular, somewhat continuous usage. Included with the newer Gingerbread are various power saving settings which allow you to extend the battery even further if you're a light user. Obviously any use of the radio will lend itself to faster battery draining, but even when doing push email, web browsing and Market downloads with Amazon Cloud Player streaming, I was still well over 90% even 2 hours later. (I don't do calls with my phones, ironically).

My only real issue stemmed from a rather flimsy battery cover - snaps looked like they were prone to breakage under continuous removal - and somewhat poor outbound call quality; the voice was very muffled and it was difficult to make out what I was saying even for me. Fortunately, I don't ever use it for calls, and it's possible the Bluetooth quality may be superior.

Barring any unforeseen defects the Bionic is the best smartphone on Verizon Wireless today, period. It very well may be the best smartphone on the market on any carrier. Some may not be able to justify the price and that's understandable - it's rather high. But I would submit that this is one phone that is worth the price being asked for.

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