Motorola Droid Bionic Review - Great Features and Good Battery Life
The Motorola Droid Bionic has a very compelling feature set and the battery life to let you enjoy it all. We fired up the Bionic at 7am and used it as our primary phone for calls, texting, internet, media capture and playback throughout the day until about 5pm with Bluetooth, WiFi and auto screen brightness enabled. We did this for a week and found a full charge could usually get us through the day with no special battery optimization settings. Of course, all batteries in all phones degrade over time but initially it’s a welcome and noticeable improvement over previous Motorola Droids with stock batteries.
Published: Friday, 16 September 2011 22:20
The Droid Bionic feels solid in the hand and the glass is tough. We like the size and weight better than previous Motorola Droids. We can easily say this is our favorite Moto Droid yet.
The video is improved with full 1080p HD but keep in mind the lens is still tiny and the video still has a toy quality to it. However, it’s better than previous Droids and will suffice when your “real” video camera is not handy. The camera still lags quite a bit and we miss the shutter button from the original Droid X which seems to be gone for good. The free “Retro Camera” app is better for taking pics than the bundled camera app.
We’d like to see Motorola improve the accelerometer in the Droid series. These phones seem to get confused to easily and display horizontal when vertical and vice versa. We’d also like to see a bit more volume from the speakers so we can crank up the ring tones when we need to. The phone seems to have a little more volume but our old LG Chocolate Flip has a much louder ringer. Again, not that big a deal but sometimes in louder environments or crowds it’s handy to be able to crank it up.
Overall, we really like the Motorola Droid. Feels good, looks good, great call quality, easy to use, 1080p video, tough glass, solid OS, the Droid Marketplace and most importantly good battery life to actually let you enjoy all the features of the phone. This phone should do well for Moto and Verizon.
This is a brief clip we shot with the Droid Bionic when we stumbled on the Tesla interactive showroom at Santana Row in Silicon Valley.
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Motorola Droid 3 Review
Published: Tuesday, 02 August 2011 17:35
The Droid 3 is a full featured Android phone that includes a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s built like a tank with quality glass, a metal bezel and good buttons. But you’ll notice the heft as it’s the heaviest phone in the Droid series. This is a phone that would be a good step up from a feature phone such as the LG EnV3 which was so popular a couple of years ago.
When we first started testing the Droid 3 we were annoyed by the density of the phone. However, having the full QWERTY keyboard along with a row of numbers at the top is ultra convenient and makes for a lot less typos, faster response times and overall more complete business communications on the go. The keyboard has a good feel to it and we found ourselves sliding it open more often than not. It’s interesting to note that even with the full keyboard the Droid 3 is just barely thicker than an iPhone.
The Droid 3 exhibited a little better performance compared to the Droid X and we were able to get a signal in some spots that the other Droids struggled with. It also seemed a bit more responsive and stable. Setting up corporate email and various accounts was improved and overall it’s a fairly consistent experience. The Gingerbread OS is more refined and user friendly.
When you don’t have your “real” camera with you the smartphone is the next best thing. For some people it’s the only thing. That’s why we’re so disappointed and surprised frankly that Motorola would neglect the user experience here. The specs are okay but it’s too slow. Startup time and snapping pics is so poky that it’s almost unusable. You’ll miss every Kodak moment. The camera experience is actually better on old feature phones like the aforementioned LG EnV3. When using the camera the Droid 3 doesn’t feel very smart at all.
So, it really boils down to the keyboard and how important that is. We know lots of consumers are using their phones exclusively for text and social media . Text a friend, snap a pic, post to Facebook…repeat. The Droid 3 may be very appealing to this group in spite of the poor camera performance.
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Motorola Droid X2 Review
Published: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 20:05
The Droid X2 is very similar to the original Droid X. It has an improved higher resolution display and dual-core processor but now lacks the dedicated camera button. Motorola ships the Droid X2 with version 2.2.2 of the Android OS. The default GUI has some subtle updates that make it a little cleaner and richer looking but it performs similar to the previous of the Droid X. Battery life is about the same but was never great to begin with. It’s requires a daily charge at least.
Aesthetically Motorola darkened the color of the soft touch paint on the back panel and the Droid X2 has an improved unified look. Mechanically, the battery cover seems to fit better and the micro USB port is more snug. We miss the dedicated camera button of the original Droid X.
In everyday use the Droid X2 feels a lot like the original Droid X. Yes, it's dual core but unless you're running multiple apps, games or jumping back and forth you won't notice much of a difference. The most noticeable change is the screen. It's qHD with 960x540 resolution. Colors are brighter and cleaner. Pictures look more vibrant. Gaming is more fun with the richer display combined with the Haptic feedback. Need For Speed Shift, bundled with the phone, looks and performs great as well as obligatory favorites such as Angry Birds. We like to see improvements in the speed to launch apps using optimized flash memory for games and for the camera and video apps so you don’t miss the action. Response time overall can be improved on a number of fronts.
Using the Droid X2 to browse the web is acceptable at 3G speeds. 4G would be nice but until battery technology and OS optimization can keep pace the hit on battery life is hard to live with. Just ask anybody with an HTC Thunderbolt.
We probably should mention it works just fine as a speaking device. Yes that’s what cell phones were originally designed to do. It’s funny how it’s become all about the apps but we probably communicate more with pics and text than anything else these days. So yes, call quality is good, Bluetooth synch is easy and the Droid X is a excellent quality phone.
We really enjoyed using Google Music on the Droid X. We also used apps to access our own media server. However, setting up Google’s offering was much simpler. It’s just one example of what’s happening in the cloud. Apple’s recent iCloud announcement is going to put even more focus on cloud based services and we expect Android developers to work toward a similar offering for Droid owners. Currently it’s still a bit cumbersome to use Verizon’s media software to synch pics and videos taken on the Droid to the PC.
If you’re in the market for a phone this summer the Droid X2 is a quality 3G choice and we’re eager to see how the Gingerbread OS will better utilize dual core technology and improve the overall experience. If you can wait until the fall, even better, as we’ve got big expectations for the Droid Bionic scheduled to be released before the holidays.
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