Motorola Droid Bionic Vs AT&T’s first 4G LTE smartphone: Consumer worry

By Posted 23 May 2011, 09:25

If you are a Verizon customer now, there is a very good chance that you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 4G LTE supported Motorola Droid Bionic, which is easily the most anticipated smartphone launch on Verizon yet since the Thunderbolt.

However, after our report last week which informed you about rival AT&T’s first 4G LTE data speed testings, you may be forgiven for being a bit worried now that the Motorola Droid Bionic will no longer be the hottest smartphone on the planet this year.

This is due to the fact that AT&T’s 4G LTE network may be able to churn out blistering ‘real-world’ speeds of up to 28.87 Mbps for downloads and 10.4 Mbps for uploads. Verizon on the other hand can only apparently handle 4G LTE speeds of up to 12Mbps downstream, so it is going to be very interesting indeed when AT&T showcase their very first 4G LTE handset which will be able to demonstrate these new speeds effectively.

So as you can see, the Droid BIonic may not be so special after all once it is released. If AT&T do manage to bring out a superior device with faster data speeds as well as the latest hardware specifications, would you consider moving to AT&T, or will you still be content with the Droid Bionic?

The ball is in AT&T’s court now it seems. Give us your thoughts on this.

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  • Aram Peers

     AT&T’s 4g network was tested with no consumer speeds. During the test it may have ran blazing fast numbers, but thats only with no one on their 4gLTE network.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

     Speed tests don’t mean much until there is a decent load on the network.  So while the test shows how high the speed can go, we don’t know what it will be like with thousands of customers on it.  If this network is faster than Verizon’s network, how will that impact battery life?  Seems as though battery life is already an issue on these high end Android phones.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/JimboJohnson James Johnson

     I’ve read several articles like this in the past two days, and they’re all very ignorant. Even if AT&T could show that their network supplied faster speeds, Verizon’s LTE network is far more established. I don’t think the Bionic has anything to worry about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-P-Gray/100002074812374 Ryan P. Gray

    I’m still waiting for the bionic no matter who comes out with whatever. I just wish it would come out already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-P-Gray/100002074812374 Ryan P. Gray

    I’m still waiting for the bionic no matter who comes out with whatever. I just wish it would come out already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-P-Gray/100002074812374 Ryan P. Gray

    I’m still waiting for the bionic no matter who comes out with whatever. I just wish Motorola wouldn’t announce a product in January and then not be able to produce it until mid-summer. Also advertising 4G LTE network with no real decent phone to use on it is really a waste of my time. When are these companies going to get there act together.

  • Scott Shackleton

    I’m just sick of Motorola and Verizon not being able to deliver on time.  At least AT&T knows how to hit a promised release date.All I want is 4G, dual core, nice screen, and long battery life.  Is that to much to ask for?  

    • chris brinkman

      You do realize that your first 3 wants make the final want impossible without the battery being 4x the size of the phone?

      Also AT&T making a couple on time release dates = delivering on time?  Seriously, did you miss the whole Blackberry Bold debacle?  How about the mess with all the late Android updates of 2.2 for phones and tablets???  Or that the Iphone 5 is going to be delayed for At&t? 

    • chris brinkman

      You do realize that your first 3 wants make the final want impossible without the battery being 4x the size of the phone?

      Also AT&T making a couple on time release dates = delivering on time?  Seriously, did you miss the whole Blackberry Bold debacle?  How about the mess with all the late Android updates of 2.2 for phones and tablets???  Or that the Iphone 5 is going to be delayed for At&t? 

  • 10101

    at&t stance on tethering is stupid and a rip off. Never again at&t. Every time I have a call dropped is when I’m speaking to an at&t user.

  • Dgzero9

    Thunderbolt is still the fastest smartphone……period. we will wait and see what is offered but for now….It is still up in the air.

  • Theptsman

    I don’t care if AT&T Comes out with a Quad Core smartphone with 7 days of battery life I would never give up on call quality and coverage no matter how good thier equipment is. I am also waiting for the Bionic. 

    • chris brinkman

      Knowing AT&T the Quad Core would come with 3 cores locked until the customer paid $15 monthly unlock fee per core, and the 7 days of battery life would only apply if the phone was powered off for 7 days.

  • chris brinkman

    You might want to check your info, the Group that labeled 4G as 100mbps and 1gbs changed the classification over a year ago.

  • Theptsman

    I don’t care if AT&T Comes out with a Quad Core smartphone with 7 days of battery life I would never give up on call quality and coverage no matter how good thier equipment is. I am also waiting for the Bionic. 

  • chris brinkman

    You might want to check your info, the Group that labeled 4G as 100mbps and 1gbs changed the classification over a year ago.

    • Jason Houck

      I stand corrected 

  • chris brinkman

    I’d like to know where this article gets the 12mbps max download speed from?  My friend pulls 15-22mbps down and 8-14mbps up consistently with his VZW Thunderbolt.

  • Jack Gorman

    Same here Chris, all the 4G people I know on Verizon are getting up to 30mbps speeds, and it isn’t in major cities either, it is smaller towns in Northern CA., many of which get spotty AT&T service at best. So Verizon = 30mbps, AT&T = lucky if you can even make a phone call.

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