Motorola Droid Bionic Problems Noted: Do You Have Criticisms?

We wrote countless articles about the Motorola Droid Bionic in the long wait before its eventual release last week on Verizon. This Android smartphone is set to be a huge success and since its release we’ve already given details of a teardown. As with all new smartphones though, after the initial praise (or not!), come the first complaints and problems and today we want to look at the Droid Bionic and ask if you have any criticisms?

A few days ago we also gave readers a Droid Bionic review roundup where overall the reviews were positive although with some reservations. However subsequently more drawbacks are coming to light. Ariel Relaford over on Sure-Start tells how most of the critics seem to love the Droid Bionic but a common complaint from many was the 4.3-inch qHD display. Grumbles ranged from the display not being as sharp as expected, grainy images, a bluish tint and a visible grid of dots and others agreed that recent Samsung handsets had far better displays.

Over on International Business Times an article discusses flaws for the Droid Bionic and points to some that Motorola would do well to correct. Again the display seems to be receiving the bulk of criticism, particularly its pixel arrangement. This seems to be the main issue that may let the Droid Bionic down, especially when compared to the Super AMOLED display on the forthcoming US Galaxy S II and the Retina Display expected again on the Apple iPhone 5.

The price is also seen as a bugbear by many, (although we have told of a great Amazon deal), not only for the handset but also for the accessories. Also when the Droid Bionic was announced the 1GHz dual-core processor was seen as pretty impressive. However, in the many months it’s taken to hit the shelves other phones have headed to the market with better processors. The Galaxy S II for example has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and the HTC Vigor is expected to feature a 1.5GHz dual-core.

The Motorola Droid Bionic still looks to have an awful lot going for it but we’d really like to hear your thoughts on the Bionic, especially as consumers have now had a chance to get used to using the new device. Have you noticed any problems with your Bionic or have you any criticisms? Maybe you think it’s the best thing since sliced bread? Why not let us know by sending your comments.

  • ripp2002

    I have had the Bionic since Thursday. It is a great phone, no glitches as of yet. Some apps force close (the brief app) while others seem to not resize correctly.

    As for the display… there is no blueish tint. At certain angles with certain light you can see pixels but it isn’t really that bad. Most people wont notice it, the only reason I did is because I was searching for it.

    The phone is very fast, 4g works great, battery is good with heavy use but of course it could be better.

    • Kathy

      Got the first one at Costco on rollout day and I love it. A few minor problems such as reboots and apps disappearing if I moved them to SD card, but I expect those kinds of bugs in a new rollout and presume they’ll be fixed soon with an update. It’s very fast, with a nice display, and I’m very pleased with it. The Costco bundle is amazing–I’m using all three free docks daily (desk, car, charger with spare battery). Very happy with it.

  • Frozone

    I’ve had the Bionic since it was released on Thursday, and have been very, very happy with it. I agree with ripp2002 – I think the screen is just fine. I have an iPhone 4 also (through work), and while the Bionic is not quite as good as the iPhone’s retina display, I have no complaints; it’s still very, very good. As noted in most of the reviews, the weak points are the camera and the battery life, neither of which are a big deal to me. After downloading a third-party camera app it works well, and I’ve always plugged in my phone when I’m at work anyway, so I don’t really have battery issues. On the plus side, it is screamin’ fast. It really makes browsing the web a fully functional experience, and I’ve found that I’m less hesitant to open up the laptop to do a web search. And with the extra 32gb card I’ve got tons of room (I stream my music and store my photos on the web anyway). What I’m really excited about is the turning point we’ve reached now with bandwidth and processing power finally reaching a truly functional place. It’s like going from dial-up to DSL or cable, and smartphones now finally will be fully functional in the most basic way, like we all have known they should be. I got my phone from Costco, which has an amazing deal – you get the phone for $279 plus it comes with the car mount, a car charger, the standard desktop charger, screen protectors, and extra battery, and a stand-alone battery charger – $140 worth of accessories!

  • Frozone

    I’ve had the Bionic since it was released on Thursday, and have been very, very happy with it. I agree with ripp2002 – I think the screen is just fine. I have an iPhone 4 also (through work), and while the Bionic is not quite as good as the iPhone’s retina display, I have no complaints; it’s still very, very good. As noted in most of the reviews, the weak points are the camera and the battery life, neither of which are a big deal to me. After downloading a third-party camera app it works well, and I’ve always plugged in my phone when I’m at work anyway, so I don’t really have battery issues. On the plus side, it is screamin’ fast. It really makes browsing the web a fully functional experience, and I’ve found that I’m less hesitant to open up the laptop to do a web search. And with the extra 32gb card I’ve got tons of room (I stream my music and store my photos on the web anyway). What I’m really excited about is the turning point we’ve reached now with bandwidth and processing power finally reaching a truly functional place. It’s like going from dial-up to DSL or cable, and smartphones now finally will be fully functional in the most basic way, like we all have known they should be. I got my phone from Costco, which has an amazing deal – you get the phone for $279 plus it comes with the car mount, a car charger, the standard desktop charger, screen protectors, and extra battery, and a stand-alone battery charger – $140 worth of accessories!

  • Wnebergall

    I recieved my Bionic on Thursday also.. although a nice phone I am very dissapointed in the no internet while talking on the phone. that was a great feature on the thunderbolt. and there are limites to screen rotations

  • Frozone

    @Wnebergall – you definitely can talk on the phone and surf at the same time – I’ve done it. I think that limitation only applies when you are not in a 4g area.

  • Matt

    I’ve had my Bionic since Thursday, too. LOVED IT… until Monday evening when I lost data. ALL DATA. No internet of any kind. Was stuck on a train for 5 hours. Talked to tech support twice, but they couldn’t work with me until I got to a landline phone. Ended up doing a hard factory reset. Had to do it again Tuesday morning. Now, loading apps slowly, in case it’s one of them. I hate not knowing, but when it works, I’m happy!

  • 72leprechaun

    first one sold where I live so far so good no problems very satisfied

  • Pauls1147

    I find the interface a bit bland compared with the Samsung Charge, but my Charge died in less than a week. My Bionic has locked up twice in 3 days requiring a battery pull. I’ll give a week and see if it gets worse.

  • Motoxer

    The bionic is a rushed poor attempt at a high end Android phone. A fake an impostor! The screen is crap! Its all plastic chassis screams cheap and generic. The Bionic will not hold a signal. The camera is a downgrade from the Droid X. I purchased mine yesterday and didn’t have 4G signal the entire day in Jacksonville Fl. Verzion replaced the phone with another Bionic and this one has rebooted constantly ten or more times an hour every hour since Ive had it. Data resets and battery pulls do nothing. I have never wanted to break a phone more in my life. Tomorrow I will be happily getting my DX reactivated. And I will be thinkng twice about buying another motorola!

  • Chris

    I got this phone recently and i love it. it is freaky fast on the LTE and there are only 2 things i dont like. Battery life is good for a bout a day of on and off use, prob 5 hours constant. but hey when verizon just came out with LTE give them some time to fix battery probs. and 2 it seems to loose 3G data link if you are on the border the LTE coverage. I was on my way to miami, and when i reached the edge, it seemed to flicker 3G on and off becasue of the availability of the LTE, other than those 2 small probs, this phone is amzing. all to do now is to wait for LTE to reach all of the US. but im sure by then they will have another even faster coverage, haha, download a song in 1/2 a second, lol

  • Seikor

    I totally agree with the above observations.I love the phone but I am torn between returning it or keeping it. If only the screen was better (by using the amoled) and a better camera software.The pictures are washed out and when the flash is used indoors the color effect is horrible. I cant believe Motorola could have ruined such a great phone. I am an addicted Motorola phone user but it appears Moto deliberately ruined this phone with the hope of bringing a better one for the holidays. that will really be unfair for those of us that have already bought this phone!!!

  • Kh-427

    Terribly Disappointed!
    Battery life less than 3 hours – even in “battery saving mode”
    Constant problems unable to connect to wi-fi
    My biggest complaint is that Verizon reps and Motorola reps are absolutely clueless in assisting a user insetting up such things as sync between the Droid and Outlook calendars and contacts

    After spending 14-15 hours on the phone with numerous different “customer service reps” with still no resolution, I returned the hunk of junk and re-activated my clunky old dinosaur blackberry until something better comes along…. like maybe an iPhone 5?

  • Shrevemg29

    The first Bionic I received would go into power saving mode when not in use and then completely power it’s self off. When I went to turn it back on, the power button would not start it back up. Only way to turn it back on was to uninstall the battery and then reinstall it. Sent it back to Verizon and they sent me a new one. This second new phone is doing the same thing. Very disappointed!