Friday, August 19, 2011

Droid X2 / Bionic

There hasn't been a whole lot of hype out there for new phones lately, at least from what I've seen, or not seen actually.  Verizon release the Droid X2, which is the next generation version of my phone, but I didn't see it get a whole lot of fanfare.  It's basically the same phone with a dual core processor and better screen resolution of 960x540.  The regular Droid X has a max resolution of 854x480.  By comparison, the iPhone 4 is 960x640.  No real reason to update to that one, but if you're in the market for an update, that's probably the best Verizon Android phone currently out there as of the date of this post.  There is also the 4G HTC Thunderbolt, but I'd favor Motorola over HTC.  If you're on ATT, the Atrix is probably your best bet. 

On Engadget, the current hype is around the upcoming Droid Bionic.  Over the Droid X2, the Bionic has 1GB of memory vs 384MB, front facing camera and Verizon's 4G LTE network.

I'm not in the market for a new phone, but if I were, it would probably be a toss up between the Bionic and seeing what the nextgen iPhone has to offer.  I still love my Droid X and the ability to 'root' the phone for modifications/customizations.  It does everything I need and then some.  But when the time comes to renew, I'm sure there will be even better choices to pick from, but the problem may be not wanting to upgrade and pay the increased prices all the carriers seem to be migrating to.  From unlimited data at $30 which we currently have, to $30 for 2GB of data.  Currently that wouldn't be a big deal, as I'm usually under 1GB per month.  But, with the faster data on the 4G LTE networks, that may become a problem in the future.  Time will tell. 

Here is some of the info on the Bionic from Engadget:  "Can't wait to get those mitts on a Droid Bionic, but still wondering what lies beneath? Seems as though the Motorola mobile of mystery can't hold its secrets forever, since the specs of the Bionic are now up for perusal on Motorola's developer site. Here's the skinny: it's got a TI OMAP 4430 1GHz dual-core CPU bundled with 1GB RAM (twice the amount in the Droid 3), a 4.3-inch qHD display with 960 x 540 resolution, HDMI 1.4, 8 megapixel rear camera accompanied by a VGA front-facing shooter and 1080p HD video capture, webtop capabilities, and the obvious LTE radio. Unfortunately, the specs confirm the Bionic's lack of GSM / EDGE -- essentially turning it into a fancy PMP when traveling abroad -- and doesn't bother mentioning battery size (or life, for that matter), the most confounding question still lingering aside from the release date. C'mon, Motorola, can we at least get a hint?"

Have you seen any exciting new phones?  Planning to upgrade or waiting for something about to be released?  Let me know!


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