Samsung Galaxy S2 vs Motorola Droid Bionic: Both Exceptional

We’ve published a lot of articles so far on two of the upcoming standout Android smartphones, the Motorola Droid Bionic and the Samsung Galaxy S2 or SII as it’s officially called. We included both of these in our roundup of 8 of the best new Android smartphones but thought it would be interesting to create a comparison of the two handsets, hence the Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. Motorola Droid Bionic.

We’re using information from some of our previous posts on the Droid Bionic which is coming to Verizon, such as a comparison with the Droid X2 and also with the Motorola Atrix 4G released on AT&T. We also took a look at the Bionic contrasted to the Verizon iPhone and HTC Thunderbolt. For the Samsung Galaxy S2 some of our most recent posts include a look at it up against the Motorola Atrix 4G, and also specs and feature details and a preview. It’s not yet known officially what carrier the Galaxy S2 will come to when released but rumors say it could be T-Mobile then maybe followed by others. There are no fixed release dates yet for either of these phones but second quarter for both seems likely in the U.S, although the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be released earlier in Europe.

When looking at the operating systems the Motorola Droid Bionic will be running Android 2.2 while the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be using Android 2.3 so has a slight advantage here. Both cameras have a dual-core processor and both feature an 8-megapixel rear camera. However the Galaxy S2 is capable of 1080p video capture while the Droid Bionic has 720p video capture capability. Both handsets also have a 4.3-inch display although the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a Super AMOLED Plus display giving 480 x 800 resolution while the Droid Bionic has a TFT display that gives a resolution of 540 x 960, according to Elias Samuel over on Business Insider.

As far as connectivity goes the Samsung Galaxy S2 is HSPA+ and although not branded a 4G phone, Samuel notes that the original Samsung Galaxy S does run on T-Mobile’s 4G network now so when it’s released to whichever carrier, maybe Verizon eventually, it could possibly support 4G. However the Motorola Droid Bionic is a true 4G handset for the Verizon LTE network and so we’d give it the edge on this factor. Size wise the Samsung Galaxy S2 is beautifully slim and is smaller and also weighs less than the Droid Bionic.

Taking a look at the memory the Samsung Galaxy S2 has 16 or 32GB built-in while the Motorola Droid Bionic has 16GB. The Galaxy S2 also has 1GB of RAM compared to the 512MB for the Bionic so wins on this point.

Other things to consider are features that are unique to each phone and Samuel Miller on Gizmo Crunch helps out here with the Galaxy S2 having NFC (near-field communication) functionality and also TV-out plus an FM stereo radio with RDS. The Droid Bionic meanwhile has active noise cancellation and HDMI port. Pricing for the Galaxy S2 in the U.S. has not yet been announced but the Droid Bionic is rumored to be $599.99 unlocked or $149.99 on the usual two-year contract.

In summary we’d say that both of these handsets have a lot to be said for them. We’re impressed with the high specs on both of these notable Android smartphones. If you’re a Verizon customer wanting to ensure that you have a phone for the LTE network then the Droid Bionic would be your choice. Alternatively if you use your phone for video recording the Galaxy S2 takes the edge there. Ultimately though as both handsets have such a lot to offer, it really comes down to individual need and preferences.

We’d like to know your thoughts on these amazing phones so please do send in your comments and feel free to point out any areas we haven’t covered if you feel it’s significant.

  • Loki

    Why didn't they put noise cancelling in the galaxy s 2! Lame

  • Brian

    Don't forget the Motorola will almost certainly have the "feature" of a locked boot-loader.