Droid Bionic: Reasons why it’s fourth best on Verizon

By Alan Ng - Aug 2, 2011

If you haven’t been paying attention to the collection of handsets that are threatening to take the limelight away from the infamous Droid Bionic on Verizon, we think it’s about time you did, as there’s some serious competition out there which may give you second thoughts about your impending Droid Bionic purchase.

As most of you are well aware by now, it looks like we may finally be seeing the Droid Bionic at retail stores towards the beginning of September, this of course coming after previous speculation that it would be due out in August.

We imagine many of you are pretty frustrated about this, not only because of the release delay, but also the lack of official word from Verizon as the carrier continues to remain silent on the situation. With this in mind, it’s only natural to start to think about alternatives to the Droid Bionic, and it’s fair to say that Verizon customers are going to be spoilt for choice if the following handsets all turn up on Big Red.

You may be thinking that the Motorola Photon 4G looks very impressive on Sprint, but Verizon customers willing to hold out until the end of the year or perhaps the early part of 2012 will be presented with three handsets that make the Droid Bionic look average in comparison. First up is the Nexus 4G, which is meant to be Google’s next ‘direct’ smartphone entry after the Samsung Nexus S. Specs are said to include a 4.3 or 4.5-inch display, a 1.2 or 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and possibly 4G LTE connectivity as well.

While those specs are certainly impressive and a lot better on paper than the Droid Bionic, it remains to be seen what manufacturer will be building the Nexus 4G – it may even end up in Samsung’s hands again. If this disappoints you, you may be interested in picking up the Motorola Dinara, a handset which packs similar specs to the Nexus 4G with one notable difference. Although it may end up with specs such as a 4.5-inch HD display, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and Android 4.0, it is said to be equipped with a huge 13 megapixel camera, giving the Dinara that distinctive edge in terms of camera quality – plus it’s a Motorola phone which may sweeten the deal further for Droid Bionic switchers.

These two handsets have been on the horizon for quite some time, but now we have news of a third handset which could be appearing on Verizon, going by the name of the HTC Vigor. Specific details on this handset are unknown at the moment, but we’re hearing reports that it could be equipped with specs such as a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and the new Adreno 220 GPU for graphics.

Obviously, the three handsets mentioned are yet to be officially confirmed, so specs could well change at any moment. What it does give you though, is the opportunity to have a re-think on whether the Droid Bionic is still the right handset for you, as it is due to drop any moment on Verizon.

Which handset are you going to choose on Verizon? Is the Nexus 4G, Motorola Dinara and HTC Vigor giving you a pleasant headache?

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  • Rob Ward

    I have a new name for the Bionic – Captain Dunsel.

    In a second season episode of Star Trek called “The Ultimate Computer” the M5 computer developed by Dr. Richard Daystrom defends the Enterprise against mock attacks from starships
    Excalibur and Lexington. 

    The Enterprise is declared the
    victor, prompting Commodore Wesley to call Kirk “Captain Dunsel”. Spock explains
    the term is used by midshipmen at Starfleet Academy to describe a part serving
    no useful purpose.

    So let it be written, so let it be done.

    Farewell Captain Dunsel.

  • Atotheo

    I dumped the bionic a while ago…the phone obviously has issues and it will become obsolete as soon as its released…the vigor and dinara are gona rape in terms of specs…and not to mention the iphone will b released…im not a fan of te iphone but millions of customers are…and if moto really wanted to sell they would hav sold the bionic at least a month ago…now any1 with even half a brain knos Tht this fall there will b beastly phones so there’s no reason to get a bionic now