Wondering why Verizon is not carrying Samsung Galaxy S2? The answer comes in the form of Motorola Droid Bionic, which would be available from the carrier beginning Sept.8.
Verizon claims that Droid Bionic is the first smartphone from the carrier to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display.
Verizon offers blazing 4G internet speeds with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.
The device features Motorola's ZumoCast application that lets customers bring their digital world of videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers to their handset via remote access.
The smartphone can beam a full-featured Firefox Web browser 4.0, email or documents to a TV or monitor with its Webtop application. Droid Bionic lets customers share their 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices when they activate the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.
Droid Bionic would be available from Verizion for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. Customers would have to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 a month for 2 GB of data.
In addition, Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $20 for 2 GB. For a limited time, customers who purchase a Lapdock with the Droid Bionic can receive a $100 mail-in rebate when subscribing to a $50, 5 GB data plan or higher.
The phone has a very few negatives, but comes at a high price point that may make it little bit hard to sell the device.
Droid Bionic has managed to get positive reviews from experts:
The Motorola Droid Bionic is everything you want from a high-end smartphone. It's sleek, fast, and powerful, with features that will please both consumers and business users--if you're willing to pay the high price, Cnet stated in its review. Cnet gave 4 stars out of 5.
The build quality is excellent, the software is clean and intuitive, and the addition of ZumoCast is terrific. The display, however, is a big disappointment. The overall speed of the Droid Bionic is almost enough to make up for that shortcoming, but the high price makes the phone a tough sell, said PCWorld, which also gave 4 stars out of 5 for the smartphone.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Droid Bionic may take some shine out of the recently released Samsung Galaxy S2, a feature-rich phone having almost similar specifications compared to Droid Bionic.
Galaxy S2 is the fastest-selling Samsung phone ever with 5 million devices sold in 85 days in Europe and Asia. Galaxy S2 is coming to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, whose version is called as Samsung Epic 4G Touch.
Galaxy S2 is expected to come to Sprint's network on Sept.16 and would be launched on AT&T from Sept.18.
Let's take a look at the features of Motorola Droid Bionic in comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Operating System: Both Motorola Droid Bionic and Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS.
Camera: Droid Bionic sports an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash with 1080p HD video capture and a front-facing camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi. Samsung Galaxy S2 also has a 8MP camera with autofocus and 2MP camera in front for video calling.
Screen: Droid Bionic has a 4.3-inch qHD screen that may give a resolution of 960x540-pixel. Galaxy S2, in general, sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 800x480 screen resolution.
Processor: Droid Bionic features dual-core 1GHz processor, while Samsung Galaxy S2 has 1.2 GHz dual-core chip.
Size: Motorola Droid Bionic has a dimension of 127.5 x 66.9 x 10.99 mm and weighs up to 158g (5.6 oz). On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S2 has a dimension of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs 116 g.
Storage: Motorola Droid Bionic has 16GB internal storage and another 16GB microSD card preinstalled, which can be expanded up to 32 GB. Galaxy S2 boasts 16GB internal storage and can be expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. Both phones have 1GB RAM.
Battery: Motorola Droid Bionic has standard 1735 mAh battery offering talktime of 650 minutes and standby time of 200 hours. Galaxy S2 features a Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery offering talk time up to 540 minutes and standby up to 576 hours on 3G.
Pricing: Droid Bionic is priced at $299 with 2-year contract at Verizon. On Sprint, Epic 4G Touch will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T version is also expected to be on the same lines in the range of $250 to $300, while T-Mobile hasn't announced pricing or availability details.
The video below explains the features of Motorola Droid Bionic.