My experiences with the android OS are extensive. Going from the G1 (Google’s first android phone) and the MyTouch (first Generation), I left T-Mobile and began my journey with Verizon. I then bought the Droid. It wasn’t bad, kinda slow. Then, I bought the Droid 2. A little faster, still not too bad. I kept that phone for a while thinking it was pretty good. I later upgraded to the Droid X. I thought the Droid X was great (flaws, noted below, aside), until…
The Time for Upgrades had come! I was having issues with the Droid X such as freezes, and force restarts. so I decided it was high time to buy a new phone. I called in for the upgrade and it was a toss-up between the Droid Razr, and the Droid Bionic 2. The specs were nearly identical. The only differences I had seen between the two phones were their physical aspects. While the Razr, with its slim design, Kevlar backing and near-shatterproof screen is a bit sturdier than the Bionic, there is a HUGE difference in the physical design that sets the two apart. That difference was my deal-maker.
The Droid Bionic and the Droid Razr both have the gingerbread version of the Android OS. Both have a groundbreaking Dual-Core processor built-in. Both phones are 4G LTE enabled, so what was this Deal-maker I mentioned? Well, it’s very simple. It’s a physical design standard that I feel every Android phone should have (taking note of the fact that it’s an open source OS, leaving it susceptible to glitches and bugs we have all encountered at some point). An External Battery!
The OS will occasionally encounter a problem that will cause it to freeze up and you wont be able to power down the device. What is the first thing we have all learned to do from those many calls to “Tech Support”? Remove the battery… Yep, It’s as simple as removing that flat, Lithium-Ion Battery out of the back of your phone. Well, that’s an option the folks working with Razr technology felt was a great idea to remove from the equation. Not a big problem because they have a hard-reset button, right? Wrong! There is NO hard-reset button on the device! It’s great that the phone is super sturdy, but when my phone freezes and locks up on me, the only thing that’s good for is for when I hurl it at maximum velocity towards the nearest vertical surface, and STILL have my frozen, locked-up phone… Sorry, but deal: broken! It also means no extended battery for the Razr.
As for the Bionic, being powered by a dual-core processor makes all the difference in the world when upgrading from another phone. The only phones out now with a dual-core is the Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Droid Razr, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the LG Optimus 2X, the Motorola ATRIX, and the HTC Evo 3D. Sorry, no iPhone. Anyway, the dual-core 1GHz processor makes this beast disgustingly fast. Playing (all legal) PSX games on my Bionic is like playing it on my actual Playstation! Sounds sync with the video flawlessly, and the FPS rate is firm at a solid 50. Any more than that and the games would be faster than Sonic the Hedgehog after a morning cup of joe!
1080p HD video recording capabilities, HDMI output, an 8 Megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, and a 4.3 inch screen makes this the perfect phone to video chat with. Combined with the Android’s open source OS, you can easily download any video chat app to your phone right from the android market.
The Bionic is an amazing phone and an amazing device in general. It’s so fast, so powerful… It’s almost unreal. THE GOOGLE MAPS APP IS FASTER THAN MY GPS!! With quad-core phones in the lineup for 2012, the Bionic is amongst the best of this time. Taking into account that it still hasn’t received the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android OS, I’m giving this gargantuan of a smartphone…
8.5 pineapples out of 10!