Motorola Droid Bionic vs HTC Pyramid: On What We Know So Far

There are some really great Android smartphones due out in the next few months and one of the most popular, which has just been released, is the HTC Thunderbolt. However, the Motorola Droid Bionic is also due out soon on Verizon, while another smartphone which has a lot of people talking, the HTC Pyramid, is reportedly coming to T-Mobile.

In our roundup of reviews about the HTC Thunderbolt we told how as a 4G phone it was very speedy but that some might prefer to wait for the Droid Bionic, which not only will offer 4G speeds but will also be a dual-core processor phone. We’ve already given comparisons of the Bionic vs. the Thunderbolt, and also the Bionic vs. the Samsung Galaxy S2 but now the HTC Pyramid is receiving a lot of attention we’d like to take a look at the Motorola Droid Bionic vs. the HTC Pyramid. We’ll link to some of our previous articles as we go so you can find out more about particular aspects.

Leaks of spec details and images about the Pyramid are only just coming out while the Droid Bionic is official and now has Motorola product pages available, so obviously we can only compare some aspects at present but hopefully it will be enough to get you thinking and make you consider either of these impressive-sounding handsets as your next phone. We recently took a close look at the Motorola Droid Bionic. Specs definitely include that dual-core processor and although it’s not confirmed for the HTC Pyramid yet, dual-core is widely rumored and many people would be disappointed if it lacks dual-core when it becomes official. The Droid Bionic processor will be 1GHz whereas the rumored processor for the HTC Pyramid is a 1.2GHz.

As far as display goes the Droid Bionic will sport a 4.3-inch qHD display with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The HTC Pyramid is also said to have a 4.3-inch qHD display and an 8-megapixel rear camera and this time a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, so the Pyramid just has the edge by not by much. As far as the operating system goes this gets a bit confusing. The Droid Bionic will be shipped running Android 2.2 but will get the Android 2.3 upgrade shortly afterwards while the reports about leaked specs and images for the HTC Pyramid say that it will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. However as we said in our article on this earlier today, this seems highly unlikely as 3.0 Honeycomb is an operating system for tablet devices, but saying that it’s not impossible.

The Droid Bionic has 512MB of RAM whereas the HTC Pyramid edges ahead with a speculated 768MB of RAM. The Droid Bionic is confirmed to be a 4G handset for Verizon’s 4G LTE network while it’s thought the HTC Pyramid will also be a 4G phone, and is believed to be heading to T-Mobile. The last we heard about a release date for the Bionic it is speculated to be mid-April, and so far the only date we’ve heard for the HTC Pyramid is possibly May, so in fact there’s not too long to wait for either, if these dates are correct. One more feature we should mention is that the Motorola Droid Bionic will come with the Webtop app which could be used in conjuction with a laptop dock to give PC-like functionality.

That’s about as far as we can go with what’s known so far about the HTC Pyramid but as you can see these are both significant handsets and should be highly popular. Ultimately of course it will come down to carriers and personal choice of design, and we’ll be waiting for confirmation to see if the HTC Pyramid is indeed a 4G phone and also has a dual-core processor. Of course price will come into it too but there’s no confirmed pricing for either yet, although we’ve previously told of an unconfirmed rumor that Amazon would be offering the Droid Bionic for $149.

So from these two handsets, which would you choose? We reckon both phones have a lot of positives and are part of the new wave of really excellent smartphones with a lot to offer. We’d like to hear your thoughts on this so please do send us your comments.

  • Adam

    I like the article…. There is one thing that I would clarify: The Motorola Droid Bionic will have 512MB of DDR2 RAM. There is a difference between the DDR RAM in the Thunderbolt and the Bionic. More is NOT always better. DDR2 RAM is far superior to standard DDR. Just my two cents.

    • STEVE

      Thank you Adam, for once, someone that doesn't only read specs, but reads the details within the specs, i've been trying to spread this clarification of differences in RAM for a while on these new smart phones, especially between the Atrix with 1GB single channel and the Bionic with 512 Dual channel. Thanks again.

    • Phil

      Thank you for clarifying this, I have been looking everywhere for an answer. I knew Motorola wouldn’t short themselves in that department on a high end device like this, that wouldn’t make any sense.

  • debbielt

    That's an excellent point Adam, thanks for reading.

  • Jeff

    Yep, I agree with Adam. The bionic's RAM is DDR2 grade. DDR2 RAM has the capability to operate at twice the speeds of the original DDR and it is also not as power hungry. It operates at 1.8 V as opposed to the 2.5 V that the original DDR operates at. It also operates at a lower memory clock frequency. I know much of that may not mean anything to anyone; but to simplify it: having 512MB of DDR2 RAM very close to having 1GB of DDR RAM.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-A-Persson/1439735428 Douglas A. Persson

      I agree with everything you are saying Jeff except for the voltage. Just because it operates at a higher voltage doesn't mean anything. Actually a higher voltage means it is using less amps. In turn it is more efficient according to Ohm's Law!

  • Joe

    The pyramid was speculated a16 megapixels :( They lied. They should pack it with 12 atnd not 8 to set it appart from the HTC EVO 3D and the rest of the competition

  • Patrick-in-Chicago

    I don't know how the costs compare, but if I could choose between higher DDR2 RAM and 8megapixel cam or lower DDR2 RAM and 16megapixel cam, I'm happy to go with the higher memory and lower megapixels! (as long as it's not ridiculously low of course)

  • Sean

    I would have to say that frankly the power of the camera or the quality of pictures it takes beyond 5megapixals holds no interest for me. If I want quality photo's I will use my camera. My phone is a means of communication and contact via means of phone calls, texts and emails, not for sightseeing for archiving family moments.