If you cast your mind back to the HTC Thunderbolt reviews and general impression from consumers, there was one unfortunate conclusion that everyone agreed on – it had terrible battery life. That was mainly down to 4G LTE data usage, so how does Verizon’s latest 4G handset, the Droid Bionic shape up in terms of battery life consumption?
Not bad at all, but definitely a lot better than the Thunderbolt it seems. The worrying factor which may be putting consumers off from their purchase of a Droid Bionic is conflicting reports about battery life, as we’ve heard both praise and criticism for the Droid Bionic, supposedly dubbed as the best Android handset on the market today.
An recent article over at Cnet praised the battery life on the Droid Bionic, claiming that it offered a good 7 hours and 55 minutes calling time with 4G LTE data switched on. This increased to almost 10 and a half hours on the Droid Bionic when 4G was switched to 3G mode, so this does seem like Motorola have been working hard on trying to eliminate battery life fears during the handset’s well documented period of exile.
However, a few other reports have questioned the battery life on the device, suggesting that the great features on the device may be overshadowed by poor battery life – the same disease which plagued the Thunderbolt. ConsumerReports have touched upon this matter in their first impressions here, while a review over at ThisismyNext actually listed poor battery life as a disadvantage of the device, adding that ”it’s clear that the battery life of this phone succumbs to the drain of LTE service.”
For those of you that have been using a Droid Bionic for a few days, would you agree with the claims that the battery life on the device is a bit disappointing after so much promise? Drainage when using 4G LTE may prove to be one issue which cannot be avoided, but it remains to be seen just how big of a problem it may become for consumers, and also Verizon and Motorola in the long run.