Droid Bionic vs HTC Thunderbolt: Day Of Reckoning

At last HTC’s Android Thunderbolt smartphone is on its way with an official release on the 17th March, and for those of you who were keen to stick with the device even though it has been delayed time and time again, will no doubt be pleased with your purchase when you finally get it. But here at OSM, we have asked the question as to whether we should hang on just a few more months for the Motorola Droid Bionic which coincidentally will be running on Verizon? Perhaps in a week’s time, who knows, after reading reviews from various parties, this will help you in making a conscious decision.

The 2 powerful devices which have been reported to be key smartphone players in 2011, will individually offer a packed listing of fantastic specifications along with different prices. Before you make your minds up, we wanted to give you a quick rundown of what we know so far about the 2 in question.

Firstly on looking at tomorrows launch, the Thunderbolt will be the first of its kind to release with 4G LTE giving the phone a speedier service, Debbie here at OSM has already reported on the handset benefiting from Verizon’s LTE network in 38 areas across America. Apart from this one key feature, the Thunderbolt still has plenty to give in terms of specs such as a 1GHz processor with 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal space plus 32GB which can be expanded via a MicroSD card, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for of course video chat and 8 megapixel back. In terms of display size, the HTC will include a 4.3-inch screen with 480 x 480 resolution plus its advantage over the Bionic of Sense UI.

Then moving nicely onto the Motorola Droid Bionic which again is rumored to be a stiff contender. Although no solid release date has come out yet, indications are showing that the Android device will be with us sometime in Q2. Setting it apart from the Thunderbolt, the Bionic will run on a dual-core 1GHz processor which as PCWorld reported is a big selling point with its multi-tasking apps. Unfortunately it falls down on its 512MB of RAM compared to the bigger 768MB offered from HTC, 16GB of internal space and again can be expanded to 32GB.

Although both devices incorporate 2 cameras, the Bionic only gives a poor 0.3 megapixel on the front compared to the Thunderbolt‘s 1.3. Again, in terms of display size, the Bionic will include a 4.3-inch screen with bigger 540 x 960 resolution plus Motorola’s MotoBlur plus inclusion of HDMI output giving multi-player gaming, something of which HTC lacks. Interesting news came through this week that after release, the Droid Bionic will benefit from the Webtop app which in the long run can be used with a laptop dock giving PC similarities.

Although at the end of the day, it really comes down to personal preference, price does make a difference. The HTC Thunderbolt will release tomorrow with a Verizon price of $250 with a 2-year data plan, although WireFly which we reported on is selling it for $200. Just a few days ago we gave you news from online retailer Amazon who were rumored to be selling the Bionic for $150 but on saying this, its only speculation.

Tell us what you will be doing. Are you convinced enough to get the HTC Thunderbolt or just feel that the delays put a bad taste in your mouth?

  • jak

    The delay puts a bad taste in my mouth. I want a multi core processor but why cut the ram? Why not just give us dual core with 1gb ram and let us play.

  • Adam

    The 512MB of RAM in the Droid Bionic is PC-scale DDR2 memory, which is inherently faster then the DDR memory used in other smartphone platforms. So saying the Bionic "only" has 512mb is selling the device short.