Way back in the mists of time (January) we wrote an article about the iPhone 4 vs. the Droid Bionic vs. the Thunderbolt but now the Thunderbolt has been released we thought it was time take a look at the Apple iPhone 5 vs. the Motorola Droid Bionic.
We’ve been writing about these two phones for quite some time and many specs are now official for the Droid Bionic, rumored for release in April (see Motorola product page here). Most of what we know about the iPhone 5 so far though is based on speculation although some things are more certain than others so bear in mind this is based on what we know, or what looks likely so far.
The Motorola Droid Bionic is receiving a lot of attention right now and here at OSM we’ve made no effort to conceal our admiration for this handset, which is not only a 4G phone for the Verizon 4G LTE network, but is also a dual-core processor phone. We’ve just learned that the Bionic will have the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and other specs and features include an 8-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and a 4.3-inch qHD display. What will persuade many people to pick the Droid Bionic though, are not only its impressive specs but also the 4G capability, which will give high performance speeds.
Apple’s iPhone 5 looks likely to hit in June, although a recent rumor speculated later. Specs for the iPhone 5 are not confirmed but hit the link if you want to see our roundup of speculation and questions. The Droid Bionic, as previously stated, is coming to Verizon but the iPhone 5 is likely to be available on at least AT&T and Verizon. Although we’re pretty sure it will have a dual-core processor A5 processor, the same as the recently released iPad 2, it’s looking very unlikely that the phone will be 4G like the Bionic.
Josh Smith over on GottaBeMobile talks about the likelihood of 4G for the iPhone 5 and reckons we shouldn’t count on it for 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt, a 4G phone recently released, has received complaints about its poor battery life, largely because of its use with the 4G high-speed network. Apple won’t want to risk not getting it right for the iPhone 5, especially after the antenna fiasco with the iPhone 4 and will hold off a 4G iPhone until the technology is well and truly ready. Mike Lamy of BostInnovation similarly expects a 4G LTE iPhone later rather than sooner, when both AT&T and the Verizon 4G networks have a wider coverage.
We all know that the iPhone 5 will be a smash hit, whether it’s released with 4G or not, but there is reason to believe that many more people will opt for a 4G phone like the Motorola Droid Bionic, if the next iPhone doesn’t have 4G. What are your thoughts on this? Would you rather have the next iPhone and all the frills it’s likely to feature if it’s only 3G capable, or would you rather have an Android smartphone such as the Motorola Droid Bionic, which let’s face it, has pretty good specs, as well as that 4G LTE potential. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this so please do send us your comments.