Motorola Droid Bionic Impressions (Verizon): Review Roundup

The Motorola Droid Bionic has been one of the mostly hotly anticipated smartphones of the year and now it has officially arrived is already gathering opinion. A few days ago we told how we thought the Droid Bionic could give the Apple iPhone 5 a run for its money and now the first reviews are in we thought we’d give you a review roundup. On first impressions it looks as though our enthusiasm wasn’t unfounded.

As a recap this Android handset for Verizon will cost $299.99 on contract, although we recently told of a Costco bundle with accessories that will save you some cash. Specs include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear camera and that all-important 4G LTE connectivity, all running on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The first review we’re going to take a look at is from Mark W. Smith over on USA Today and he has rated it a “winner.”

Smith describes the design as “sleek and solid,” and found the image quality of the camera shots as on a level playing field with other top-end smartphones. Smith also noted it’s easy to get through the data so that’s something that buyers may want to consider if purchasing this handset. The Web browser is “snappy” although Smith noted, “compatible apps were a bit hit and miss.” The battery life impressed though, lasting nearly 3 hours when the handset was being used as a WiFi hotspot and also connected to an iPad and laptop continuously. Battery recharging speed also came in for praise. We have often wondered over the last few months if the Droid Bionic was worth the long wait and it seems that indeed it was. It has power and is an “undeniably great phone” according to Smith and is certainly worthy of your consideration when buying your next smartphone.

The next Droid Bionic review we’ve found comes from Joshua Topolsky over on This is My Next, who calls it “certainly no slouch in the performance department,” and overall rates it 7.5 /10. Build quality is described as “solid” with the device feeling expensive and well-made and Topolsky rates Motorola highly for its high quality hardware at present. The review goes on to look at the internals, display, sound quality (“excellent and crystal clear”), cameras, battery life and performance. Topolsky isn’t as impressed with the battery life as in our first review, finding it “less than spectacular” compared to 3G handsets but better than other 4G handsets. However there is praise for the speedy performance.

When looking at software though, Topolsky is also unconvinced, with some glitches that really should have been ironed out before release. Accessories are also looked at in this review but any of the Webtop devices are describe as “money wasted.” Check out the full review at the link for more on this. In conclusion Topolsky describes the Bionic’s performance by saying it’s as good as or perhaps better than any other Android handset out there but has reservations about battery life and the price and states that “this is not the killer handset” that people were expecting, so some disappointment there.

The final review we’ve found to look at comes from Nicole Lee over on Cnet, who gives it an excellent 4 star rating (out of 5). Plus points were said to be the design, display, and “double whammy” of 4G LTE and a dual-core processor. However the negatives include the Motorola Custom UI, not to everybody’s taste, the price and also the cost of accessories. The review wraps-up by saying that Cnet was “prepared to be disappointed” in the Bionic after so long waiting but found “a lot to love.” The highlight of the Droid Bionic is its high level of performance and ultimately it’s described as “everything you want from a high-end smartphone” if you don’t mind paying its high price.

Rounding up then we’d say that on the whole the reviews so far are very positive about the Droid Bionic, although as with any new handsets there are some concerns and reservations. It will be interesting to see some of the later reviews when they come in and see if most of them are in agreement. Let us know if you’re intending to purchase the Droid Bionic and what you feel about the first reviews in? Maybe you’ve already got your hands on one and are trying it out right now? Send us your comments to let us know.