The iPhone 4 has met its match and its name, the Motorola Bionic. Apple has teased Verizon Wireless customers for over a year with the thought of the iPhone arriving in Verizon’s wide range of devices. Now with the release of the Bionic the attention has switched from the disappointing iPhone 4. I believe the initial draw to bring Apple products to Verizon was used to atract AT&T customers. No longer is the iPhone the real icebreaker between VZW and AT&T. Now both provider’s will be producing the iPhone and similar Droid devices. With 4G and LTE being released, this is where the real battle begins. What will the data coverage for each network be? How expansive is the subscription to the network? These are the two major questions that people will ponder as they choose between these two major companies. No longer is it a matter which brand of phone the company carries, but which network will expand their 4g/LTE capabilities the fastest and with cost effectiveness.
Smartphone enthusiasts in general will either love the new Motorola Droid Bionic and hate Apple’s new CDMA iPhone 4, or vice versa. Verizon Wireless will host the perfect smartphone match to begin in February/March. Rumors are already implying that the Droid Bionic will start with a handicap – high data costs. The iPhone 4, on the other hand, is said to give you as much Facebook and YouTube data as you’re capable of downloading for $30 per month.
If true, this would give the match another dimension: the battle between 3G EV-DO and 4G LTE. Would you choose the “old and slow” as AT&T recently described it, or will you shell out the extra bucks required for giving you a sense of instantaneous Web connectivity? Either way, you probably know every single key spec of the iPhone 4, so let’s take a closer look at what the Droid Bionic hides behind its shiny armor.
Is it a VGA front-facing camera we’re seeing at the top of the Droid Bionic? It sure is, and more importantly, Skype mobile will provide integrated support for video calling. Skype is also in the process of acquiring Qik, so you’ll soon get your favorite personal streaming app as part of a seamless all-in-one package for the Droid Bionic. The Motorola Droid Bionic also offers an 8.1-megapixel camera with HD video recording and dual LED flash.
The Google Search widget seen above quickly activates Voice Search, which is now the preferred way for searching on the go. The Motorola Droid Bionic is also destined to get Google’s upcoming context-aware search early through a software upgrade, a behavioral search that coupled with the Droid Bionic’s GPS radio will aim to quickly give you relevant information on the go.
Let’s also not forget another emerging trend – advanced social gaming – which the Motorola Droid Bionic is capable of delivering courtesy of its NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset and 4G LTE connection. The smartphone’s 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen promises to display console-quality graphics as part of this package.
The Web browsing and Multimedia fanatics are getting their fair share of attention on the Droid Bionic too, as the Tegra 2 chipset enables faster graphics rendering for advanced Web pages as well as Full 1080p HD video playback either on the Droid Bionic’s screen or on a nearby HDTV. A Mirror Mode function enables simultaneous streaming of video to the TV and on the device.
Last, but not least, the Motorola Droid Bionic is part of Motorola’s growing portfolio of business-ready smartphones. IT devs can build and deploy custom apps for business tasks, integrate calendars and contacts, as well as enabling a range of security features, including Exchange ActiveSync security policy features.
A few icons on the Droid Bionic’s home screen indicate that the phone is also capable of making phone calls and sending text messages. Despite all the fancy features the Motorola Droid Bionic and iPhone 4 offer, there’s little doubt that call quality may turn out to be the most important aspect at the end of the day. Voice minutes and text messages remain an important part of a carrier’s daily operation, and the smartphone that pleases the crowds in that regard in 2011, may very well end up as the winner in the end.
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Born In Colorado a former Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for baseball, Sean has always been drawn towards technology. This hobby lead Sean to become a Site Advisor for BBhybrids.net where he helped develop a dedicated team of moderators and help support staff. With his knowledge he Co-Created driphter.com where he too started to build hybrids by manipulating .cod files through java. Looking to change careers Sean is studying to become Cisco Certified (CCNA) and work his way into the world’s growing network.