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Motorola DROID BIONIC hands-on

Published Sep 7th, 2011 8:33AM EDT

We’ve spent just about a day with the Motorola DROID BIONIC for Verizon Wireless, and while that’s not long enough to put together a thorough review, we can certainly report back on our first impressions. In short, the Motorola DROID BIONIC could be the best smartphone to ever grace Verizon Wireless’ airwaves, and that includes 3G and 4G devices. The DROID BIONIC feels completely different compared to other Motorola devices — especially the Motorola DROID 3. For the first time, it feels like a cohesive handset. Our experience following a day of light usage has this phone almost rivaling stock Android devices, again, for the time ever in our view. Read on for more and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery below.

The device fits nicely in your hand, isn’t overly heavy, and has the most reasonable footprint of any 4G LTE Verizon device we have used. It’s nothing like the HTC Thunderbolt, which was a bit bulky for our tastes. It is a bit curious that Motorola is using a TI OMAP 1GHz processor in the DROID BIONIC as opposed to the company’s NVIDIA Tegra 2 staple, but after playing with the phone for a while, it seems pretty clear that there are speed and battery advantages of the OMAP chipset, at least in our unscientific tests. Again, we haven’t spent too much time with the Motorola DROID BIONIC so far since Verizon just gave us a review unit yesterday, but one thing seems apparent… this very well could be the greatest smartphone ever to hit Verizon Wireless, and we’ll publish our full review soon enough. In the meantime, the hands-on gallery awaits you. The Motorola DROID BIONIC is available starting tomorrow from Verizon Wireless for $299 with two year agreement.

Jonathan S. Geller
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