Galaxy S2 or Droid Bionic & 4G LTE Significance: Users Decide

As more and more devices supporting 4G LTE are coming to the smartphone market we wonder about the 4G LTE significance for consumers. The Samsung Galaxy S2 or S II is a hugely impressive Android smartphone, still awaiting US release on all major carriers and set to be a big hit, but it’s not yet clear if it will be a 4G LTE handset. The Motorola Droid Bionic is another upcoming handset that has caused immense interest and will have 4G LTE support on Verizon and now users decide how important this is.

Yesterday we looked at a poll asking consumers if they would still buy the Apple iPhone 5 if it did not support 4G LTE and noted that 37% (at the time of our observation) would still buy it anyway. We have taken previous looks at the Galaxy S2 vs. the Droid Bionic but haven’t focused on 4G LTE significance. We also previously looked at the Galaxy S2 vs. the HTC Holiday, another notable handset, and came to the conclusion that if either arrived supporting 4G LTE it could be the deciding factor as to which comes out on top.

At present Kellex over on Droid-Life is conducting a survey, which gives us an idea of 4G LTE significance to smartphone buyers. Readers were asked whether they would opt for the Droid Bionic with LTE or the Galaxy S2 without. Although the poll is still ongoing, at present the Droid Bionic with its LTE support is some way ahead on 49% while those who would choose the Galaxy S2 make up 31%. The remaining 20% say they would pass on both phones. As both of these handsets have very impressive specs it would seem that 4G LTE support is a significant factor. We’d still be pretty surprised if the Galaxy S2 doesn’t support LTE on its U.S. release but nothing is yet confirmed about this.

If you want to find out much more about 4G LTE then check out the Verizon 4G LTE pages which describes what it is, what you can do with it and much more. We think both the Galaxy S2 and the Droid Bionic will be smash successes when they are released and are really interested to know if 4G LTE support will influence your choice when you purchase your next smartphone? Let us know with your comments.

  • kevin lineback

    cant w8 for bionic

    • Debbie Turner

      We have a lot of readers who agree with you Kevin. It’s certainly hotly anticipated. Thanks for reading

  • http://www.facebook.com/bigizzy Israel Wignall

    I’ve been waiting for the Bionic for so long. If it doesn’t come out within the next month or two, I’m pulling the trigger and either getting an iPhone, or a Thunderbolt.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGTZCPI5OEGIIWEQOCK5L7OIC4 Bewar

      Bionic is being released the first week of JUlY….

    • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

      Definitely go Thunderbolt over iPhone, but also take a look at Samsung Charge. Remember, iPhone 4 isn’t LTE. With iPhone you get ~1 Mbps. With Thunderbolt or Charge (or Revolution,) you get 10+ Mbps (I’ve seen several users report consistent 14 Mbps with spikes over 20 Mbps.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RO6WWGTKFB74NAKIWKOXFFI3VA Alisa

    I agree. I am tired of waiting. If they would just give a release date I would hesitate buying something else. As it is, who knows when it will be available.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGTZCPI5OEGIIWEQOCK5L7OIC4 Bewar

      The Bionic is being release begging of JULY wohooo

  • blustrkr

    What a joke. The Bionic got delayed because of the battery life sucking and too many bugs. The S II’s specs walk all over the Bionic anyways.

    LTE is still underdeveloped and still drains batteries as well.

    Seems like a clear choice to me..

    • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

      If by “under development,” you mean “in wide-scale production deployment for months,” then yes, you’re right. LTE does indeed drain batteries, but you can disable the 4G when you want long battery life and turn it on when you want 14 Mbps. 14 Mbps on a phone = win.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYOELHTGWRGPSZ6FHYLTTPRZ7U Erik

    this is lame. Do a google search and you see all sorts of “inside info” with SGS2 release dates ranging from March to July..Im so sick of waiting around. Stop being so secretive. iPhone it is.

    • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

      “Stop being so secretive. iPhone it is.”

      Congratulations! You just won the most ironic comment of the century award!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098802552 James N-Tank Swiderski

      Relax clown.. i own a Galaxy S2 just came out in Germany and there are LINES to buy this thing…trust me hands down its the #1 Device in Germany and hopefully soon the US…. July is when it arrives to Verizon !

  • Anonymous

    Great phone to have …i am all with Samsung Galaxy S2….

  • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

    Yes, lack of 4G LTE would immediately drop any phone from my consideration. Anything w/o 4G LTE is already outdated. Why would I want to spend hundreds of dollars on outdated hardware? After all, I’m not an Apple user. My current plan is to get my first smartphone next weekend before Verizon ditches their unlimited data plans. If neither Bionic nor Galaxy S 2 releases by then, I’ll probably get the Charge. However, if one of them came out within 14 days of me getting the Charge, I’d probably use Verizon’s exchange plan and switch to it, assuming it were LTE-capable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098802552 James N-Tank Swiderski

    I OWN A GALAXYS2 HERE IN GERMANY…there are LINES to get this thing and was sold out in 2 of the phone stores before I found mine…. It walks over anything here in europe and is considered the WORLDS #1 Android Device as of today 😉
    Verizon should get this thing in JULY ! ! !