Motorola Droid Bionic Vs HTC Thunderbolt: Which is Better on Verizon?

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The next few months are going to be a very interesting time indeed for Verizon customers. The best handset on Verizon at the moment, the HTC Thunderbolt has made a lot of consumers happy since it’s release, but attention may start to sway towards the highly anticipated Motorola Droid Bionic when it releases sometime this Summer.

As we’ve told you before, the Droid Bionic received a release date delay by Motorola, as it will now be out during Summer instead of it’s initial Q2 2011 release schedule by Motorola. The Thunderbolt is now one of the fastest smartphones on the planet thanks to Verizon’s 4G LTE support, but the upcoming Bionic also has 4G LTE support as well as much better hardware specifications.

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Just to refresh your memory, the Thunderbolt is equipped with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon and 768MB of RAM, but the upcoming Droid Bionic will pack a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. The Droid Bionic also wins in the display screen department as well, as although both handsets feature a 4.3-inch display, the screen featured on the Droid Bionic is a qHD display with a superior resolution of 960×540.

Another important comparison is that the Thunderbolt is still on Android 2.2 Froyo, but the Droid Bionic is likely to ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although this may soon be irrelevant if the Thunderbolt receives Gingerbread over the Summer.

So with this in mind, we want to know your thoughts on which handset is better. Current Thunderbolt owners may be slightly biased and say that their handset is amazing, but we have a feeling that some Thunderbolt users are going to feel frustrated when the Bionic is out on Verizon, packing much better specs – the Thunderbolt is hardly an old handset after all.

Will you upgrade to the Droid Bionic, or are you happy with the Thunderbolt?

  • guest

    Ok here I am!!! waiting and waiting, I got the thunderbolt when it came out, but took it back few days later I just wasn't very please with HTC, I'm a Motorola freak and no other phone is gonna make me change my mind,

    • Brandon

      I'm the same way. Ive always liked Motorola phones and HTC phones never really appealed to me. I like the way the bionic looks now but i wont mind if they change it. Plus 4G is good in my area, not to mention dual core action! I can wait till summer for the bionic.. as long as i get gingerbread for my droid x soon.

      • Josue

        im in the same boat as you lol droid x waitin 4 gingerbread i downloaded giingerbread 2 my phone but it was havin issues so im stuck waitin 4 the official release -_-

  • Larry

    I got the Thunderbolt because Im in a 4G area. I will ck the Droid B out if and when it ever comes out but other than the screen resolution it doesnt have anything more. Dual core processor great but there is nothing out there for dual core yet so whats the point? I like the idea of phone to computer but noe everyone is looking for smaller. We want a computer we can hold with one hand and still be able to see

  • Stan Thomas

    Motorola's quality has been disappointing every since they released that god awful RAZR several years ago. BUT even though the DROID was a good phone but felt like POS quality I am holding out high hopes for the Bionic. My contract just expired and I am waiting for the Bionic release to use my NE2 credit.

    I liked the Thunderbolt but the reviews and friends who have it all say that the battery life is terrible. I am hoping the dual core processor will at least mitigate the battery life issues.

  • JJ guest

    The main drawnback to the Thunderbolt as everyone knows is the battery life. It is very poor and won't even make it through an 8 hr day with light use because of the 4G. I too am a Motorola die hard and will wait for the Bionic. I am sure Verizon is learning fromt he quirks of the Thunderbolt and the Bionic will beat the pants off of the Tunderbolt. Just in the fact that it is a Motorola and not HTC.

  • Andre

    I'm a truck driver and I have been with verizon for 6 years now. I had the first droid and droid x, now I'm waiting on the bionic just because I feel like if it's not broken why fix it. I bet both phones are great depending on what your using it for. I like motorola droid because I travel 48 states and I always get great phone and internet service

  • Swirly1129

    A couple extra things that the Bionic will have over the Thunderbold, The HDMI output. This means nothing to a lot of people, there are some who like the ability to hook their smartphone up to a HDTV. I will use this.

    And, what about the lapdock, like the Atrix has. This may not be a deciding factor for others, but again, there are some who will utilize this.

  • dfasf

    Yes, the Droid Bionic will have a dual core processor. But I believe that the battery life on the bionic would be TERRIBLE, especially on 4g. I mean, if a 1400mah battery on a one core processor phone with 4G is so bad, then imagine a phone with a dual core processor only on 1900mah WITH 4G? I just wonder how this would go.
    Yes, I currently have the HTC Thunderbolt, bought it about a week ago and in love. The battery life is terrible, and I am going to invest in a bigger battery for the future. And it is REALLY fast.
    But I wonder how far the Droid Bionic will go.

    • gst

      I actually think the dual core will be more efficient which would help out the battery life, just my thoughts

      • Asi

        It does Dual Core improves Battery.

  • jOe

    Im gonna wait on the bionic for my next 2 yr that is and has been ready for another upgrade. As I am pleased with the very first motorola Droid until then.

    • ThunderG0D

      Doing the exact same plan. It is painful to see the people running around with the Droid 2, Incredible, and now Thunderbolt blowing away speed-wise my current phone, but I think the wait will be worth it. I'm hoping the cases will effectively accomodate an extended battery (as we all know that's going to have to happen.)

    • Lou

      I'm in the same boat as you. I won't be able to upgrade until late summer 2011, so hopefully the Motorola Bionic comes out then. Hopefully Motorola doesn't jack the price up because of the improvements. I have a friend, who has the Thunderbolt and her biggest complaint is about battery life. The phone is fast, but it reminds me of an old LG phone that I had when 3G came out, it was always looking for a 3G signal.

    • Anonymous

      I have the 1st droid as well but the storage capacity is too small and my phone runs super slow. I would love to get the X2 but those buttons kill me. I will also wait for the Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S2.  

    • Anonymous

      I have the 1st droid as well but the storage capacity is too small and my phone runs super slow. I would love to get the X2 but those buttons kill me. I will also wait for the Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S2.  

  • Jerome

    It's up to you what phone you want me I got the Thunderbolt and I am very happy with it Verizon came out with a bigger battery for it and the issue is over. Another thing the Droid won't have that the Thunderbolt has is a unlocked Bootloader meaning you can overclock with the Bolt it's a Tech's best friend so. Think about this 4g will drain your battery and since the Droid has a dual core it will put even more work on the battery so do you still want. Plus HTC sense has gotten better reviews than the Moto Blur.

  • David

    Dual core actually takes less battery power because both processors can usually run at lower MHz in general…

    At least that is what the tests are showing…

  • BrentS

    Why would they not give the Droid Bionic more RAM like they did for the HTC Bolt? Im uber excited about it having a dual core processor, but would have liked to have seen more RAM dedicated to bringing the Bionic experience to a whole new level.

    • zBrook

      the Bionic will be using DDR2 ram, laptop grade ram. More powerful than that of the Thunderbolt

  • mneighbo

    I currently have the X and was told by a Verizon associate that he wished he still had his. He upgraded to the Thunderbolt. So, after his honesty, and not trying to be salesman on me, I'm sticking with my X. When the Bionic comes out, I'll check it out. If I like it, and prefer it over my X, I'll upgrade in Nov.

  • rlex

    if you do not need 4g speed wait a month or so and buy the droid x2 wit the dual core processor it will still be super fast

  • skeeter880

    I have the droid x and i love it but im moving to Charlotte and want the 4g lte so im waiting on the bionic b/c moto is the best!

  • Brianb13

    HTC Android phone battery life truly sucks. Can't get through the day without a charge. These phone companies are attempting to rush products to market with new features that represent an ever increasing drain on battery life without sufficiently evolving the batteries themselves. The first company that can come out with a high end smartphone that can hold a charge under moderate to heavy use for the whole day will really have something.

    I don't believe Motorola has delayed the Bionic to make it more feature rich. I would be willing to bet that test results uncovered problems with battery life and heat when you couple a dual core processor, qHD display with a 4G LTE radio. It would not surprise me if the 4G LTE radio is not playing nice with this phone. I think a new form factor is due to heat issues more than anything else.

    The Bionic sounds like it COULD be a great phone. But I won't purchase one until I see some reviews on it and am convinced that it doesn't have battery problems, won't crash and won't overheat. By the beginning of fall, there will be other high end smartphones to choose from like the iPhone 5 and the HTC EVO 3D. Of course, there is the Bionic's cousin, the Atrix to consider as well.

  • Brianb13

    HTC Android phone battery life truly sucks. Can't get through the day without a charge. These phone companies are attempting to rush products to market with new features that represent an ever increasing drain on battery life without sufficiently evolving the batteries themselves. The first company that can come out with a high end smartphone that can hold a charge under moderate to heavy use for the whole day will really have something.

  • Carbon

    I understand Big Red needs its time to make it perfect, because then the consumers will get pissed about the phone not being 'perfect'. But they do need to throw us a bone here, I mean a general MONTH would be great, summer? Summer is May-August pretty much. That 4 month gap is no bueno. I'm pretty dead set on the Bionic though, just because its Dual-core, next best thing, and you know when people root it its going to be a literal powerhouse in your hand. But day after day I'm leaning towards the TB and I honestly don't prefer HTC's sense, but yet I havent played with it enough. I'm waiting til the middle of June aka middle of my summer, and if its where its at know, meaning shadow games and rumors, TB will be mine.

    People are saying theres no uses for the Dual-core now? I would lean to agree but for power hungry users like me, I'l fine uses, or just like to know the fact that I have it. Do suggest they bump up the RAM though, at least to a GIG, go crazy right?

  • Carbon

    I understand Big Red needs its time to make it perfect, because then the consumers will get pissed about the phone not being 'perfect'. But they do need to throw us a bone here, I mean a general MONTH would be great, summer? Summer is May-August pretty much. That 4 month gap is no bueno. I'm pretty dead set on the Bionic though, just because its Dual-core, next best thing, and you know when people root it its going to be a literal powerhouse in your hand. But day after day I'm leaning towards the TB and I honestly don't prefer HTC's sense, but yet I havent played with it enough. I'm waiting til the middle of June aka middle of my summer, and if its where its at know, meaning shadow games and rumors, TB will be mine.

  • CalBear96

    I am waiting for the Bionic. True, dual Core does not matter, yet. But when Gingerbread comes to mobile, only dual core will work. Plus, 99% sure that it will not be the Tegra 2 as that is what was giving the problems. Most likely the TI OMAP4 at 1.2GHz. I hope it does not have the dock. Just a waste of power in my mind. A silly gimmick that is not practical for most. And dual core is more efficient than single core.
    Oh and I heard that 1GB of DDR2 RAM is likely. And a slightly different form than the leaked Targa photos. Hopefully less of a hump.

  • droosey

    wow this guy is quite uninformed…get your facts right dude

  • Zerk

    Never been thrilled with the look or feel of Motorola. The Galaxy S2 is the best phone to date but it's doubtful to arrive LTE stateside. This puts me in Moto's pocket when Bionic arrives. The best phone would be: dual core, 1G of RAM, front back camera (back @ least 8 mp), NFC, @ least 2 days of battery life, dedicate hardware camera button, wireless battery recharge, slim comfortable sharp design & LTE. (Vanilla droid would be best but since I'm dreaming I guess all the OS's have + & -'s). Since all this tech exists why can't a manufacturer put all this together in one phone? I don't get it?

  • Richard

    Does the Charge or Bionic have the dual antenna that support talking and surfing at the same time on the existing 3G network like the Thunderbolt does?

  • steve clark

    I for one am anticipating the release of the droid bionic and can’t wait to get my hands on one, I have thought about getting the thunderbolt or maybe even the the x2, but I think I would be sorry I didn’t wait 

  • http://twitter.com/dseibel67 Doug Seibel

    My thoughts on which handset is better…the Motorola.  The Motorola Droids continue to be the handsets to beat when it comes to getting a good signal when every other handset can’t as well as having excellent voice/call quality.  First and foremost, it IS a phone (IMHO).  Motorola continues to remember that simple fact while all others seem to put it at the bottom of their list of priorities.