Details, reviews, and stats, oh my!—
Smartphone fans around the country have been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the Droid Bionic smartphone. Those in the SF Bay Area can finally get their hands on one starting today, but was the wait worth it for San Franciscans and the nation? If early reviews are any reflection, the answer seems to be “yes.”
Delays, delays, delays
Although the Droid Bionic was revealed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it was only a tease for many expectant smartphone customers. The Droid Bionic wasn’t ready for release and would be held back again to address consumer concerns and Motorola’s quest to make the phone as perfect as possible.
The Droid Bionic phone is available today at Verizon stores for $299 with a two-year contract. Data plans start at the perfunctorily $30 for 2GB a month.
For those who really want to trick out their new phone, a special offer from Verizon will give customers a $100 mail-in rebate off of the Lapdock accessory. The Lapdock enables the Droid Bionic to transform itself into a 11.6-inch screen laptop.
Just in case anyone missed the features of the DB, here is a short list of what’s under the hood:
- Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS
- 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core chipset
- 4.3-inch touchscreen
- Corning Gorilla glass face
- 16GB on-board memory expandable to 32GB
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1080p video capture
- Front facing camera
- Pre-loaded with Adobe Flash
- 4G network connectivity
The reviews are in
In general, the reviews for the Droid Bionic are very favorable. Here is a sampling of the reactions, done in movie advertising style with all the three-dot journalism anyone could ever want:
“…comparing favorably when matched up with the iPhone 4.” — Joshua Topoisky, Washington Post
“…with features that will please both consumers and business users—If you’re willing to pay the high price.” – Niclole Lee, CNET
“…definitely the sleekest 4G phone we’ve used…” Popular Science
Want it cheaper?
At the moment, the Droid Bionic costs a hefty $299 with a two-year contract. However, Costco will be offering the smartphone on September 13 and will be adding hundreds of dollars of free accessories with the purchase, according to PC Magazine.
Amazon.com is currently offering the phone for only $179 with a two-year contract with Verizon. For those who just want the Bionic Droid without a service plan, it will cost $699.
Hot tip: Go with the plan.
Source: Amazon.com, PC Mag, CBS News
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