Motorola Droid Bionic 4G LTE Review

Posted: September 29, 2011
Motorola Droid Bionic 4G LTE Review

The Droid Bionic from Motorola is faster and more powerful than ever with 1 GB of RAM and download speeds that can reach up to 40 Mbps. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review this $300 smartphone available on Verizon.

What You Need To Know

  • The Droid Bionic 4G LTE weighs just 5.6 ounces but somehow feels heavier.
  • The capacitive function buttons are a nice tuoch.
  • The back of the Droid Bionic has a nice rubbery feel for grip, but there's something about this phone that just felt a little too bulky.
  • The Bionic has a 4.3" QHD display with a great resolution.
  • Colors were vibrant and the detail was really there.
  • The touch screen was very responsive, including scrolling up and down compared to previous Droids.
  • Thanks to the screen size, apps and web browsing never felt too crowded.
  • The 8 megapixel camera also shoots 1080p video.
  • Still images looked pretty good with accurate colors but there was some picture noise.
  • Honestly, we were expecting a bit better out of the camera.
  • The video looked okay and recording had a little problem with autofocusing in the middle of shots.
  • The footage looked a bit choppy when shooting moving objects.
  • The Droid Bionic has a dual core processor and the 4G LTE network, making it blazing fast during daily use.
  • Opening and running apps was fast and we experienced no crashing over the week of testing.
  • Download speeds vastly outperformed our expectations.
  • With 1 bar of service, we were getting 8 Mb down and when we had a better signal, we even hit 30 Mb down.
  • To put that in perspective, your home Internet connection is probably between 8 to 12 Mb down.
  • Unfortunately, the data speeds come with a cost: it's $80 for only 10 GB and $10 for every GB over.
  • There's no tethering for this device and the cloest thing we have is the laptop dock.
  • The dock charges the battery and changes the interface of the phone.
  • It also has an 11" screen and a spacious keyboard.
  • Apps were docked on the bottom and you can add more right through the Android store.
  • The dock isn't available yet but is rumored to retail around $300, which is a lot for a 2 lb laptop that doesn't do anything.


  • $299 with a Verizon contract or $599 without.


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Make no mistake, this phone is fast.
  • 4G LT3 is amazing.
  • The display resolution is clear and vibrant.
  • If this phone was $100 cheaper, we'd rate it a 5 out of 5.

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Comments are Closed

  • ChurchLeola

    ChurchLeola's comment is abusive and has been removed.

    Posted: October 3, 2011 9:52 AM
  • rmatrem

    I have the docking station with my Moto Atrix. It is very useful for a netbook on the go. I am very happy that I have it on my night stand. The phone screen dims and only shows time and weather. In the morning after it wakes me up, I grab the laptop and use it to write emails and do various internet tasks that would be more difficult with your phone. If you don't know how to live on the cloud... then you just might not see the potential.

    Posted: October 3, 2011 9:01 AM
  • S0N1C

    Yeah, web browsing was "fast"

    Posted: October 1, 2011 2:48 AM
  • Linsanity017

    If Candace was in a porno Id totally watch it

    Posted: September 30, 2011 12:56 PM
  • TGE0

    Also the download speed will have been up to 30 Mb/s (Megabits per second) not 30 MB/s (Megabytes per second) which would be 8 times greater.

    Posted: September 30, 2011 11:16 AM
  • Warrior732

    I tweeted this to you guys as well. It's not a Tegra processor. Its a TI OMAP 4430. You may want to change your page that states Tegra :)

    Posted: September 29, 2011 11:00 PM