Droid Bionic (Enhanced) Vs iPhone 5: Apple Could Lose Out

As far as smartphone news goes much of the talk at the moment concerns the Apple iPhone 5 and the Motorola Droid Bionic. We’ve spoken recently about rumored release news for both of these handsets, the Droid Bionic for Verizon and iPhone 5 speculated to come to Verizon, AT&T and this time also Sprint and T-Mobile. Now we wanted to take a look at the Droid Bionic (enhanced) vs. the iPhone 5 and we’re wondering if Apple could lose out.

We’ve previously compared these two handsets mostly comparing the operating systems, carriers, processor and display so check that out at the link for more on that but this time we wanted to take a look at other feature and specs. The reason we’re calling the Bionic for this article ‘enhanced’ is because the specs are now rumored to be quite different from the original Motorola Droid Bionic before it was delayed for improvements. Of course Apple is enormously secretive so this comparison is based on what we know and think we know so far, although we haven’t included outrageous rumored details, only those that have been widely talked about and are most likely.

We know that there’s a great deal of interest in both of these handsets because of the comments readers have left on our many posts about them and to be frank both handsets seem to have a great deal going for them and there will always be some who prefer an Android device to an iOS device and vice versa. As far as the nitty gritty goes an article by Elias Samuel over on International Business Times takes a good look at each handset.

For example, Input features for the Droid Bionic are likely to include an accelerometer sensor, touch sensitive controls, multi-touch input method and proximity sensor. Other possible features include Gorilla Glass, biometric fingerprint reader and Motoblur UI. The iPhone 5 is likely to have a scratch-resistant surface, accelerometer sensor, three-axis gyro sensor, proximity sensor and again multi-touch input. It’s thought that the ‘enhanced’ Droid Bionic will have 1GB of RAM as opposed to the 512MB originally rumored. The iPhone 5 may be upgraded to 768MB of RAM but could still have 512MB as on the current iPhone.

We’ve spoken many times about whether the iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE speeds and the importance of this and to be frank nobody knows yet. However we do know that the Droid Bionic will be a 4G LTE phone for Verizon and this will be a huge plus for many consumers. Looking at WLAN the Bionic should have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA and also Wi-Fi hotspot support while the iPhone 5 is likely to have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot support. Turning to the camera the Bionic will have an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, support for image stabilization and face detection although we’re less sure if it will have 720p video capture or 1080p. We’ve long heard rumors of an improved 8-megapixel camera for the iPhone 5 with 1080p video capture, dual-LED flash and possibly an HD FaceTime camera.

Finally the battery for the Droid Bionic and it’s likely to have the one it was originally showcased with, a Li-Po 1930mAh battery that should certainly be adequate for its 4G capabilities and also dual-core processor. The iPhone 5 on the other hand may come with a Li-Po 1420mAh battery or could be upgraded but is not likely to have more than the 1930mAh battery of the Bionic. International Business Times appear to come to the conclusion that the Droid Bionic “dwarfs the iPhone 5 in every aspect,” although we’d say it’s not as cut-and-dried as that.

Both of these smartphones are likely to be incredible devices with a lot going for them and it depends what you most use your phone for as to which one may be best for you and also personal taste of design and operating system. Also of course a lot of peoples’ choice may simply be made by which one they can get their hands on first and that we have yet to find out, although if the rumors are anything to go by the Bionic will make an appearance first and in this respect Apple could lose out.

One thing that does seem sure is that both are likely to be big successes. We’re interested to hear your thoughts on these two notable devices and which one you’re most likely to opt for so send us your comments as usual.