Unless you have been living under a rock, that is a rock with no television, print media or radio access, you have seen the advertisements by Verizon and Motorola heralding the arrival of the Motorola Droid Bionic 4G Android smartphone as the most powerful smartphone yet designed. It seems that every month or two a new phone is released and is claimed by its manufacturer to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the new iPhone killer, and heir to the throne of the title Greatest Smartphone Ever.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is simply the next phone to be pitched in such a manner. Let’s take an objective look at the specs and features of the Droid Bionic 4G on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and see if it really is all that.

The Droid Bionic is right in the mid-range physically among all 4G smartphones at 5.02 x 2.63 x 0.43 inches, and is slightly heavier at 5.60 ounces as opposed to the average 4.4 ounce. The physical form is a typical black rectangular slab, with the familiar four Android control buttons below the touchscreen display when held in portrait mode.

Again not steering far from the norm, the Droid Bionic 4G offers a 4.30 inch capacitive touch screen with 540 x 960 pixel resolution, which is slightly higher than the 480 x 800 pixel resolution of the average smartphone. 16 million colors are supported, as well as multitouch gestures. A scratch resistant layer of Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display, which also contains proximity and light sensors.

As with all of the better performing and more expensive 4G smartphones on the market, the Motorola Droid Bionic 4G handset uses a dual core processor, this one a 1.0 GHz model with an above average 1.0 GB of PC quality RAM memory and a 3-D graphics hardware accelerator. Android’s most recent upgrade of Gingerbread operating system software, 2.3.4, is the OS which runs this phone. You can buy the Droid Bionic starting at only $179.

The rear facing camera of the Motorola Droid Bionic 4G
offers 8 megapixels of resolution, an LED flash, face detection, panorama ability, touch to focus and autofocus features. The resolution this rear facing camcorder offers when recording video matches the best that 4G phones have to offer, at 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD) and 30 frames per second. The front facing camera provides video chat and video call capabilities.

The Motorola Droid Bionic 4G definitely performs as one of the more capable Android smartphones on the market, and as usual, you have to pay for excellence. Currently offered at $179 at some retailers with a new two-year activation on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Motorola Droid Bionic 4G Android handset is priced in the upper half of the 4G smartphone price range.


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