Droid Bionic Plays iPhone 5: Reasons iOS Will Triumph – Or Not

We’ve published countless articles recently about the Apple iPhone 5 and the Motorola Droid Bionic, as these are both hotly anticipated smartphones. We know from comments to many of our previous stories that an awful lot of you out there are waiting for one or other of these handsets and today we wanted to look into why Apple’s iOS might triumph in the sales war between the two.

The iPhone 5 is now rumored for release in the fall and the Bionic late this month or early in August although this is not yet confirmed. We’ve not held back in our enthusiasm for the Bionic and given several reasons why it might be well worth the wait (we hope). Specs and features of the iPhone 5 are not yet confirmed but we recently published an infographic with rumors and the odds of each happening.

Yesterday we also posted an article detailing what we know and don’t know so far about the Droid Bionic and previous to that posted a roundup of rumors, release news and insight on the Bionic. Today we spotted a thought-provoking article by Josh Smith over on Gotta Be Mobile who lists 5 reasons why he thinks the iPhone 5 will beat the Droid Bionic and we wanted to take a look to see if we agreed. Obviously as neither phone is yet out some of this is based on speculation but it’s an interesting take nonetheless.

The first category looked at is iOS 5.0, the new operating system for Apple due in the fall and expected to be included on the iPhone 5. iOS 5 has certainly been highly praised and will be bringing many new features to the next iPhone such as improved notifications, cloud services and iMessaging, but the Droid Bionic features Android 2.3 Gingerbread so really we think this one is pretty much down to personal taste over whether you prefer iOS or Android. Of course the next Android OS 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich will also no doubt come to the Bionic as well.

Secondly Gotta Be Mobile feels that the iPhone 5 display will also beat that on the Bionic. The iPhone 5 is likely to have a larger edge-to-edge screen than previous versions with of course that Retina Display that was so highly praised. However the ‘improved’ Droid Bionic is rumored to have a 4.5-inch display and some people may prefer the larger screen, although of course just as many might not like the extra bulk.

Moving on to processors the A5 dual-core processor has been speculated for the iPhone 5, as on the iPad 2, and we think this is one of the more probable additions coming to the next iPhone. We’ve told how the Droid Bionic is likely to have a dual-core processor, either the NVIDIA Tegra 2 or Texas Instrument’s OMAP4. The OMAP4 has just been certified for use with Netflix so if that processor appears on the Bionic that could be an added bonus for many consumers. Another reason that gives the iPhone the edge, according to Gotta Be Mobile, is the array of accessories available but I wonder how important that is to many of you out there. Let me know!

The last aspect looked at, where the iPhone 5 also comes out on top according to Gotta Be Mobile, is the choice of carriers for the iPhone 5. This is certainly a fair point as the iPhone 5 is rumored to be coming to all the major US carriers and we recently wrote about rumors regarding Sprint and T-Mobile getting the iPhone as well as Verizon and AT&T. If Sprint do indeed get the iPhone this is a carrier that still has unlimited data plans available. The Droid Bionic though is only coming to Verizon who recently brought in new, tiered data plans. What this doesn’t take into account though is that the Droid Bionic is confirmed as a 4G LTE handset for Verizon’s LTE network and it’s not yet known if the iPhone 5 will be 4G LTE-capable. Just yesterday we published an article about whether the iPhone 5 will or will not have 4G LTE and asked how much might be added to the price if it does, so this is another thing to consider.

All-in-all then, although we agree with some of the points made we still feel that the Droid Bionic has an awful lot going for it though of course we’ll have to save full judgement until its been released. There will always be people who buy the next iPhone and we’re sure than when it finally sees the light of day it will be another impressive smash hit for Apple. However the Android platform now has such a following and the Bionic looks to be such a high-end handset, it too should be a big hit.

Are you waiting for either of these upcoming smartphones and if so which one have you chosen and why? Maybe you’re waiting for them to appear to make your final decision? Let us know with your comments.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    If the iPhone 5 doesn’t have a 4G LTE radio then forget it. A 3G phone isn’t going to cut it. I have an iPod Touch and I don’t like it. It’s too small for me. I would much rather have a 4.5 inch display compared to maybe a 4.0 inch display for the iPhone 5. Besides, my kids all have Android phones. I will probably get the Bionic or Galaxy S II.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/本宮-ダーネル/100002593495121 本宮 ダーネル

      Apple is planning some things ‘differently’ with this iPhone, already iOS offers much much more, than the Android OS, well with iOS 5.0. Some things include

      -Virtual Homebutton, device may indeed be buttonless.
      – Notifications are revamped
      – iMessage, iCloud,Twitter, Newsstand
      – LED Custom Ringtones/Vibrations
      – Custom Multitouch Gestures.

      This is what I have seen in Apple’s artillery, and I have to say it’s impressive.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Gutierrez/1757726557 Chris Gutierrez

        not having 4g will kill the iphone. so hopefully it has it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZDKHMYEKBT6VOXA5SJS4WJ67Q sp

    Basically, these smartphones coming out are all great in their own way, more or less, it would just boil down to personal taste i guess.

  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting for the LG OPTIMUS BLACK to come to Virgin Mobile. Now that is a bad ass phone