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Motorola DROID BIONIC 4G Android Phone, 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5 inches, 2.6 inches, 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Network Compatibility: LTE
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 648 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 200 hours
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Product Description

Packing a dual-core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, the sleekly designed Motorola DROID BIONIC smartphone with 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless delivers a mobile Internet experience that's up to 10 times faster than 3G. And with Motorola's innovative webtop application, you can connect to an external monitor via optional adapters or docks (including a laptop dock) to play music and videos on the big screen as well as enjoy full Firefox multi-tab browsing (learn more below).

The 4G-enabled Motorola DROID BIONIC (see larger image).
At a Glance:
  • 4G connectivity

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor

  • 4.3-inch high-res qHD multi-touch display

  • 16 GB memory

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (with Mobile Hotspot)

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Corporate and personal e-mail
At a Glance

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. With 4G LTE, you'll enjoy simultaneous voice and data capabilities, allowing you to check e-mail, browse the web, download an app, and check directions on Google Maps while on a call. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company's entire 3G coverage area over the next three years (learn more about 4G below).

In addition to high-speed 4G connectivity, you can also share the built-in Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among up to five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge).

Running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (learn more below), it's powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and includes 1 GB of powerful PC-grade RAM, empowering you to browse, download, and multitask all at maximum speeds.

The DROID BIONIC features a brilliant 4.3-inch qHD display, which offers a rich 24-bit color depth and a 960 x 540-pixel resolution for extremely sharp images. And the screen is made of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with a glare-reducing coating. With the device's front-facing VGA camera and See What I See video feature, you can share experiences--either via Wi-Fi or 4G--with family, friends and co-workers. A rear-facing 8-megapixel camera also allows you to capture stunning still photos and full HD 1080p videos while on the go.

With 16 GB of onboard storage you'll be able to keep loads of photos and videos directly on the device--and you can use optional microSD memory cards up to 32 GB for even more storage potential. Other features include GPS for navigation and location-based services, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, and up to 10.8 hours of talk time.

PC Power from Your Smartphone

Create, edit, and interact with all your documents, media, and content using Motorola's webtop application when connected to one of three optional docks. The DROID BIONIC can be used to browse your favorite web sites with a full Firefox desktop browser, view social networking sites, and use HTML5 web-based applications and supported cloud computing services while running your Android applications in a window. And calls and text messages continue uninterrupted even if the DROID BIONIC is removed from the dock.

You can choose from the Webtop Adapter (most affordable, and best for light webtop use), the HD Station dock (good for webtop use plus multimedia playback), or the Lapdock--which provides an all-in-one webtop solution with built-in monitor, keyboard, and trackpad.

The optional Motorola HD Station dock enables you connect to a big screen (via HDMI port) as well as plug in peripherals such as a keyboard or a mouse via its USB ports for a PC-like experience while using the webtop application.

The Motorola Lapdock has an incredibly thin design with an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, and trackpad--plus a battery that delivers up to 8 hours of power. Simply dock your DROID BIONIC into the back of the Lapdock to turn it into an active, connected machine that's lighter and smaller than most laptops on the market.

BIONIC at Play

The DROID BIONIC's multiplayer gaming capabilities allow you to challenge friends to live peer-to-peer gaming, viewed through the device's 4.3-inch qHD quality screen that delivers console-quality graphics. The integrated HDMI connectivity also enables you to connect the device to your HDTV (or HDMI-compatible monitor) to experience your games, as well as purchased HD content in full 1080p (HDMI cable sold separately).

For multitaskers, the DROID BIONIC's Mirror Mode function enables simultaneous streaming of video to the TV and on the device. You can also wirelessly stream video and audio to compatible DLNA devices.

BIONIC at Work

As a fully featured work device, the DROID BIONIC comes equipped with corporate e-mail, remote wipe and data security, and encryption capabilities that IT departments appreciate. It also features productivity tools such as Quickoffice for document review and editing, full calendar management, one-click access to conference calling, and a full suite of Google applications and services.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola DROID BIONIC weighs 5.6 ounces and measures 5 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches. Its 1735 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 10.8 hours of talk time, and up to 200 hours (8.3 days) of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G and CDMA 800/1900 frequencies where 4G LTE is not available.

What's in the Box

Motorola DROID BIONIC handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, USB cable, quick start guide

Android Gingerbread Operating System

The DROID BIONIC runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming email and then switch back to the game without losing your place.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The DROID BIONIC also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.


  • Ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity via the Verizon Wireless 4G Mobile Broadband network, with expected download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 4G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 4G LTE connection, which can then be shared among up to 5 Wi-Fi-capable devices.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.

Google Integration

  • Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps.
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube.
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk.
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
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  • Dual-core 1 GHz processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display (Quarter High Definition; 960 x 540 pixels) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors.
  • MicroUSB port
  • HDMI port with 1080p HMDI Mirror Mode output to your HDTV or monitor.
  • Removable battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • 16 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card capacity with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 1 GB RAM for improved multitasking.


  • 8-megapixel camera with improved low-light performance, better contrast, and shutter lag that rivals a digital camera.
  • Capture video in Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chats.


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • Access to VCAST Music and VCAST Videos

More Features

  • MOTOPRINT for wireless printing over Wi-Fi.
  • Citrix Receiver for remote desktop virtualization and access.
  • Zumocast app for remotely accessing or streaming files from your computers to your DROID BIONIC.
  • Visual Voice Mail enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.
  • VZW Backup Assistant automatically backs up your mobile contacts to your online address book.


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0076879UI
  • Item model number: DROID BIONIC by Motorola 16GB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,109 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By DU Ute on March 10, 2012
Just love how fast and smooth this runs, I enjoyed my iphone 4s, but this is a better phone. The widgets and apps make it much more customizable than the iphone (for example, I love my swiftkey keyboard app; there is no way to use anything but the stock keyboard on the iphone). There are some apps that were better on the iphone, but the Droid has these and they are still useful. Glad I made the switch back to Android!
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Z. Jinks-Fredrick on March 25, 2012
First I will start with the Droid Bionic 16GB. When I received the mobile at first I wasn't sure how I felt about the flimsy-er back cover and kind of hap-hazard installation area for the SIM card. But lets not make opinions without running the device, right? So after charging it fully and then powering it on first thing I notice is how quick it is, even for a 2.3 (we have a 3.0 (honeycomb) Toshiba Thrive tablet). After that I wanted to see the bloatware, which for the most part was not bad. There is a golf game that is pre-installed and the largest file, I think you can remove it but I haven't tried since it's kinda fun; when you are super board and want to play a i-don't-give-a-shite game.

Some info: after all the preinstalled stuff from Verizon including Blockbuster and all the apps I installed (Facebook, Netflix, Google +, Lookout Mobile Lite, a better clock(must have), a better alarm (again must have), some live wallpapers, and a few other smaller miscalleaneous apps there was a total of 11 almost 12 GB of the 16 GB internal SD memory left. As far as rank with other devices go, this is fairly typical to the point of being almost identical in space used to our 16 GB Thrive Tablet.

I mentioned in the last paragraph that the alarm and clock were must haves, and in my opinion they are. The default alarm only has one sound (an annoying digital watch-like beep)and no option to download more. The clock, well I just don't like the way it looks digital or analog. (Message me for what apps I like for both).

Now to compare: I bought for my wife an HTC Thunderbolt 8GB which comes installed (well technically you install it) with a 32 GB microSD (a 40-50$ value).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik H. on May 8, 2012
Just got this for my wife to replace her very old Motorola Droid. Bionic is WAY better; very speedy, LTE blazes, and it's due for ICS... However...

The screen, although bright and big, appears screened as if overlain by a fine mesh. Hard to describe, but compared to my HTC Vivid, which is otherwise very similar, the screen is less sharp. Not a huge complaint, but it certainly lacks compared to the competition.

The camera is far worse than the HTC Vivid, which again spec's near identical. Very grainy in low light. Unlike the Bionic, I totally love the HTC camera.

Rear of phone is dull plastic, which looks nice, but I question long-term durability. It SNAPS on (not slides)and you really have to pry it loose to access the battery/SD card. I can see how the seems will loosen and collect grit & residue. Lower build quality than our previous Motorola.

Haven't had it long enough to gauge battery life, but I expect nightly charging.

I'd recommend this phone to anyone looking for a cheap upgrade -- it's soo much faster than the older phones, but it doesn't stack up against similarly priced competitors... although competitors are often only available from other providers, so you may be stuck with the Bionic if you can't leave Verizon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on May 31, 2012
I think this is a great phone, it has the performance that the Motorola Razr but with more bulk, which I prefer, personally I don't like the fact that the Razr is so skinny, it's slips out of my hand way to easily, and other than the battery life on this, but what android phone isn't this the problem), I think this is a great phone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Combahee on June 1, 2012
Good looking phone, apps and OS are great. Great display. What's not to love? How about going dead in as little as 4 hours. If you leave it off and unplugged overnight it goes dead. What a poor excuse for a battery and power usage.
No this isn't just the one phone, I took it back and the next brand new in the box phone did the same thing! This after doing all sorts of power saving "tricks".
The phone got hot while talking as well.
I took it back and finally got a Droid Maxx and so far everything is fine.
When I got the phone they were $99. 4 days later they were free. I guess Verizon is dumping the piece of junk. But it begs the question why dump a defective phone to customers you want to keep? Not good customer service.
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Bionic arrived on time exactly when it said it would. Loved the free shipping option for 2 day shipping!! Phone looked cosmetically new minus one tiny scratch on the bottom of phone and also had to be cleaned up a little bit, but that was no problem. I would suggest making sure there is a wipe done on the phone before shipping (there were some photos of sayings that were adult and not children appropriate and a couple pics of kids and a girl) came with a wall USB charger, a battery (didn't work) and the phone and back. The packaging was poor but the phone was in good shape when it arrived. I would definitely order from warehouse deals inc. again!!!!
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