Droid Bionic Software Tour

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The Droid Bionic is the latest in high-end smartphones from Motorola for the Verizon network. In this in-depth, detailed video we’ll look at all the built-in apps, the Bionic’s UI, and run some benchmarks to see just how well this powerhouse of a phone performs.

Benchmarks

We start the video off with benchmarks: running Linpack Pro, Quadrant, and Smartbench 2011. We found that the Droid Bionic did not perform nearly as well as one would expect. This isn’t a problem with the phone, rather, it’s a problem with the benchmark utilities. Specifically, the current generation of benchmarks simply aren’t designed to put the high-end devices through tests that push their capabilities. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem: benchmark authors can’t write benchmarks for cutting-edge hardware until said hardware is out. That said, here’s how the Droid Bionic tests out using today’s benchmarking apps:

Linpack: 3.9seconds, 42.885 MFLOPS (multi-threaded)

Quadrant: 2500, with some graphic anomalies

Smartbench 2011: did not complete

Data Speeds

When running Speedtest.net on the Droid Bionic, the first thing I noticed was how fast the entire app was. Very fast, very smooth. Running the test itself was also very, very fast.

Wi-Fi: 18ms ping, 15.72Mbps down, 4.09Mbps up

3G: 181ms ping, 0.39Mbps down, 0.84Mbps up

LTE: 79ms ping, 4.2Mbps down, 1.29Mbps up

It should be noted that 3G data is over the CDMA network, which is shared with voice, so you can’t be on a call and getting data at the same time. That’s nothing new, but for those of us who have T-Mobile or AT&T can do both voice and data simultaneously. When you’re under an LTE umbrella that CDMA limitation goes away — data and voice co-exist perfectly and seamlessly, just like you’d expect.

Included Apps

I’m a purist. The user-interface isn’t what we’re used to in the “pure” Gingerbread version of Android — but it’s so subtle, and so close to stock, the changes aren’t obtrusive. They build on the existing UI and very subtly improve upon them. Coming from me, that’s saying a lot. Check the video starting at 16:00 to see what apps come with the Droid Bionic.

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About The Author
Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.