Motorola Droid Bionic Too Thick: Why iPhone 5 Won’t be 4G LTE?

We’ve written innumerable articles now about the much-awaited Motorola Droid Bionic, thought to be due for release shortly on Verizon. A couple of days ago we showed some new photos revealing the Droid Bionic in closer detail and many of those who’ve been waiting are complaining that it looks too thick. However today we’re mulling over the fact that it may be the price to pay for a 4G LTE dual-core processor if it is to have a lasting battery performance and also note that this could be the reason why the iPhone 5 may not be a 4G LTE handset.

In other recent articles we noted the large battery size that was revealed for the ‘improved’ Droid Bionic since its original design and only yesterday we then told how tests on a Bionic in the wild had shown great speeds and importantly, an excellent battery life of over 15 hours with moderate use. Until now battery performance has been a real concern with 4G LTE handsets and was one of the major disappointments of the HTC Thunderbolt, also on Verizon. The larger battery that now features on the upcoming Droid Bionic seems to have solved that problem as far as we know at present, so it seems that having a bulkier handset may be something users just have to put up with if they want the benefits of an impressive 4G LTE dual-core device.

Interestingly Adam Mills over on Gotta Be Mobile reports on why the Motorola Droid Bionic is still worth waiting for in his opinion and also mentions the fact that some people have griped about the apparent thickness of the handset, which you can see in the image below. His take on this is that the Bionic simply has to be chunkier to accommodate the larger battery that should stop people complaining about poor battery life. Put simply, have the advantages of a 4G LTE handset that’s thicker than other smartphones or you won’t be able to get the best performance out of its 4G connectivity. To be frank the Bionic doesn’t look all that thick to us, it’s just that we have seen some ultraslim devices lately so it appears thicker by comparison to those.

Mills has a very valid point and it seems that he has hit the nail on the head when he says that currently 4G LTE technology just doesn’t allow for a slim handset if you want a half-decent battery performance too. One of the questions that many have been asking about the Apple iPhone 5 is whether it will have 4G LTE connectivity, which is something we’ve written about on many occasions. Mills notes however that this is why he feels that the iPhone 5 won’t have 4G LTE connectivity this time around, because the slim design that Apple favors just won’t enable 4G LTE with excellent battery life too at the moment.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the thickness of the Droid Bionic in the latest leaked images. Would its stockiness put you off purchasing this smartphone or would you willingly use a non-slim device for decent battery performance, a dual-core processor and 4G LTE?

  • Anonymous

    The thickness looks fine to me, as lonf as the battery last 15 hrs. The slimmer designs have always looked a little too feminine to me anyway

  • Jared Fucci

    Judging by the size of the ports on the side of that image, it looks to be as thick or slightly thinner than my original droid, and I like the thickness of my droid so the thickness doesn’t bother me at all. And the size of the screen dimensions are a lot bigger than the original droid so that will also play into it appearing skinnier than it is, to ME(original droid owner). And I will not buy another phone that is not 4G, no way I am losing out on this technology for another 2 years. And battery life is a HUGE deal for me. It has to do whatever I want and last the entire day on one charge or it’s not even an option. To me, the bionic is my new phone after my new every 2 on 8/31. I will be on a pre-order list unless the SGS2/Function/Stratosphere/Celox/whatever is 4G and has a good battery…then I am waiting for reviews.

    • Anonymous

      That’s the bottom in the picture above, the now famous Motorola “hump” is at the top of the phone and is twice the thickness of the bottom.

      So, if it’s the 4G and improved batter life then what is the excuse for the droid X and X2? They both have the hump at the top and neither are 4G and neither have great battery life. I think Moto needs to hire better engineers, if the Samsung SG2/Function/Whatever it’s called is nice and thin and has decent batter life AND is 4G, Moto is going to look pretty stupid for delaying a phone for 8 months just to deliver this brick.

      • Chris Brinlee Jr

        Yeah, they should “just hire better engineers…”


  • BrianB13

    I don’t care if the phone is thick as long as the phone performs well and has 15 hours of battery life. It may be a while before the technology have advanced to the point where the 4g LTE radio is smaller and the battery technology is such that smaller batteries can give longer life. With quad core processors, 720p HD displays with 4g LTE radios coming out next year, phones won’t be slim until the batteries can be slimmed down as it will take even more battery power to drive these next gen phones.