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Motorola Droid Bionic arrives on Verizon tomorrow


September 7, 2011

The Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone will be available to consumers starting tomorrow

The Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone will be available to consumers starting tomorrow

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First unveiled this January at CES, Motorola's flagship Droid Bionic smartphone will finally be available to consumers as of tomorrow. Featuring a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch qHD display, the Android phone utilizes Verizon's new LTE 4G network, which is claimed to be the fastest in the U.S. Its other specs aren't too shabby, either.

Owners of the Droid Bionic will be among the first people to use Motorola's new Zumocast app, that lets users remotely access videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers. The Webtop app, in turn, will let them transmit a Firefox web browser, emails or documents to an external monitor. Photos, videos and other content from the phone can also be viewed on a separate HDTV, via an optional HDMI cable. The phone can additionally serve as a wireless mobile hotspot, allowing up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to share its 4G LTE signal.

The complete specs are as follows:

  • Powered by Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD screen using scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with dual-layer anti-reflective coating
  • 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
  • MOTOPRINT app to print via Wi-Fi-enabled printers
  • Mirror Mode with HDMI out (HDMI cable required) supporting 1080p HD video playback
  • Multi-window options for multitasking with ease when using the Webtop application
  • Business Ready with advanced security policies; resizable and scrollable email, calendar and task widgets; device and SD card encryption; and Citrix GotoMeeting and Citrix Receiver for Android
  • Adobe Flash pre-loaded
  • HTML 5 capable
  • 32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD cards
  • Supports wireless charger

Motorola's Droid Bionic will be available online and in Verizon stores as of Sept. 8, for US$299.99, which includes a two-year customer agreement.

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I was excited about this phone when I heard about it during CES. I have the original Droid, and I\'ve been pretty happy with Moterola\'s durability and responsiveness to Adroid updates... but then I saw a Samsung Droid Charge in action in full sunlight. Sorry, but no qHD screen will ever compete with that beautiful beast.

Maybe now that Google is (ahem) more closely associated with Motorola Mobility, we\'ll see them push forward with really interesting tech, like NFC. For now though, Sony (with it\'s promise of a gaming ecosystem) and Samsung (with its SuperAMOLED screens) are the two players worth paying attention to in the android phone innovation sphere.

Charles Bosse

I just got the Droid Bionic, So I found a notification sound I like and added it to both a new folder called \'notifications\' on both the sdcard and sdcard-ext as well as /system/media/audio/notifications.

It still does not show up in settings > sound> notification ringtone. The file is a valid .ogg file. I post this question on http://www.mydroidbionic.com but no answers so far, so someone here please help. Thanks.

Peter Smith
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