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Droid Bionic Benefit Bonanza From No Galaxy S II: Plus New Video

August 28, 2021 | Debbie Turner

If you’re a Verizon customer waiting to purchase your next smartphone you’ll probably have considered the big triad of upcoming handsets that are the center of attention at the moment, the Motorola Droid Bionic, the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S II (or S2). However in the last few days we reported that the Big Red will NOT be carrying the Galaxy S II, news that will no doubt leave a lot of consumers feeling let down, so signs are looking good then that the Droid Bionic may reap the dividends and benefit with a sales bonanza.

From comments to our numerous posts about the Droid Bionic and Galaxy S II we know that both of these handsets are hugely anticipated and desired and that many of you were split between the two. That choice has now been taken out of your hands though and so it looks very likely indeed that Motorola will be the big winner as many waiting for the Galaxy S II on Verizon will now opt for the Bionic instead.

For those who thought the Bionic was a bit costly, with an expected price of $299.99 on the usual two-year contract, yesterday we reported about a great Costco deal on the Bionic which makes it a much more affordable option. This too should add on some extra sales for the handset. The other option that many are considering is whether to hold on for the iPhone 5 but certainly the Droid Bionic will get a good head start on the next iPhone with a rumored release date of September 8, whereas the iPhone 5 is speculated to appear in October.

In other news, we’ve already brought you videos of the boot sequence of the Droid Bionic and then more recently a teaser ad, which suggested a lot of faith is being place on the Bionic by Verizon and Motorola as it seems like no expense has been spared on the marketing budget. Today a new video has come to our attention from Cory Gunther over on Android Community, showing a silent 4-minute walkthrough of the Bionic, which gives much more of an impression of the phone itself. You can see the YouTube video below this story.

The overall impression is that the Droid Bionic is looking very speedy indeed with its 1GHz dual-core processor and 4G LTE support, so at present this looks like the phone to beat on Verizon. However a small bug is also noted, which we would have hoped would have been ironed out this close to release. You could of course also consider the HTC Vigor which we showed new leaked images of yesterday, which is rumored to be coming sometime in October, although once again that’s a big of a longer wait. Yesterday we referred to this as being Verizon’s possible answer to its lack of the Galaxy S II so if you’re interested in finding out more check out our article at the link above.

We’re interested to hear from you about whether you think Droid Bionic sales will get a big boost from the fact there will be no Galaxy S II on Verizon? Maybe you think the iPhone 5 or perhaps the HTC Vigor will benefit instead? Let us know with your comments.

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  • Ed Cooper

    What he did was all fine and good, but I wanted to see how long it took to load a web page? When I’m not using my phone to make calls, I use the Google search and GPS features a lot. Since I still have the original Droid, it would have been nice to see how much faster the browser loads up, how quickly it does searches and loads web pages, and to see the navigation feature in use.

  • James E. Burkett

    It absolutely has to be faster. 4G is multiple times faster than 3G, and my Droid X2 loads pages in a quick fashion. Couple the data speed increase with a TI OMAP 4430 processor (Which is clocked at the same speed but has twice the bandwidth as my Droid X2′s Tegra 2), and we will have a blazing fast internet experience.

  • Anonymous

    I have the og droid too. One can assume how quick those functions will be in comparison by seeing how much quicker in comparison the things that were shown to the og droid.

  • James E. Burkett

    I believe the Bionic will sell phenomenally (I’m going to buy one to help it along), and I am not a fan of Samsung, however I wish they had gotten this phone to Verizon. The reason being, Apple has sued and gotten a sales injunction in most all of europe for the SII, the Galaxy 10.1, and a slew of other Samsung models, and I believe the lawsuit was unfair.. So I wished the phone had came to verizon to help them get the sales they deserved on a good product. One more reason I believe the SII isn’t coming to Verizon is that Samsung couldn’t get LTE right on the phone- No official announcement was ever made that the SII was a LTE phone anyway, and since Verizon is pushing LTE, there was no use for such a powerful (And powerful it is) 3G phone in their lineup.

  • Anonymous

    Is the bootloader locked?

  • Debbie Turner

    Still unconfirmed I”m afraid