Apple iPhone 4S vs. Moto Droid Bionic Spec Comparison Chart

Apple announced iPhone 4S on Tuesday, a device the company is shipping on October 14th. As the latest and greatest in Apple’s smartphone line, we wanted to see how it stood up to some competing Android devices, starting with the highly touted Motorola Droid Bionic, which was released in September.

With similar feature sets and release dates just a little more than a month apart, these two devices make for a great comparison, and the chart below lines up all of the relevant features we could find on both devices.

Below the chart, we’ve rounded up some of the highlights from the comparison.

  iPhone 4S Motorola Droid Bionic
  Apple iPhone 4S Motorola Droid Bionic
OS iOS 5 Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
Updatable OS? √ (OTA) √ (OTA)
Subsidized Price (US$) 199/299/399 299.99
Carrier(s) AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (Oct 2011) Verizon
Network GSM Edge, 3G + CDMA CDMA + 4G/LTE
CPU type A5, dual core TI OMAP (dual core)
CPU speed 1 GHz (?) 1 GHz
RAM (MB) 1024 (?) 1024
Display type Retina LCD/TFT/IPS LCD/TFT “qHD” *
Display res. (pix) 960 x 640 960 x 540
Display (diag, in) 3.5 4.3
User storage (GB) 16/32/64 16
MircoSD slot x √ (Comes with 16GB Card)
Rear camera (MP) 8, record 1080p 8, record 1080p
1st photo, shot-shot (s.) 1.1, 0.5 3.7, 1.6
Video image stab. x
Front camera (MP) 0.3 “VGA” “VGA”
Camera flash
Audio out 3.5 mm jack 3.5 mm jack
Speakerphone
On-screen video 1080p playback 1080p playback
Wireless video AirPlay @720p DLNA
USB port x
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 2.1 + EDR
Compass
Gyroscope 3-axis x
Accelerometer
Sensors proximity, ambient light proximity, ambient light
Size (in) 4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 5.02 x 2.63 x 0.43
Weight (oz) 4.9 5.6
Battery (mAh) 1420 ? 1735
Talk time (min) 480 (3G) 650
Standby time (hr) 200 200
Release Date 10/14/11 9/7/11

*  qHD = one-quarter HD (1080 x 1920)

Size

The images above are as close to pixel-accurate in terms of relative size as we could get (both images are slightly smaller than life size). The Droid Bionic is the larger of the two devices, being taller, wider, and thicker. The display is also larger (4.3” for the Droid Bionic vs. 3.5” for the iPhone). Sausage fingered users will likely appreciate the bigger display, but at the same time the Droid Bionic’s resolution is actually lower (960 x 540 for Droid Bionic vs. 960 x 640 for iPhone 4S), meaning that the iPhone 4S’s display will look crisper and sharper to those who can tell the difference.

It’s true that size matters, but for smartphones, it will matter differently to different people. Where some people see a more compact and easier to carry iPhone, others may see a toy when compared to the beefier Droid Bionic. Where some see a thicker, heavier Droid Bionic that’s harder to carry in their pocket, others may see a device that’s easier to use and manipulate.

3G, LTE, Data, Voice

The biggest benefit of the Droid Bionic is its 4G data access. The Moto device supports Verizon’s LTE network which offers much higher data throughput than traditional 3G devices. Note that tricky wording? That’s because Apple complicated the issue with the iPhone 4S.

Verizon’s LTE network offers theoretical speeds of 5-12Mbps for downloads and 2-5Mbps for uploads. Real world tests for the Droid Bionic have consistently turned in results of 9-11Mbps for download speeds, too.

That should smoke anything Apple’s iPhone 4S can do because it is a 3G device, and 3G networks are just plain slower. It turns out, however, that Apple added support for a faster version of HSDPA that offers data speeds of up to 14.4Mbp. Our friends at AppleInsider pointed out that in the U.S. only AT&T supports HSDPA, and that company’s implementation of that technology is nowhere near as fast as the theoretical maximum.

Then again, there’s the whole dual-antennae system that Apple has invented that uses one for sending and one for receiving, switching between them as needed. Apple said this system will make for both better call reception and faster connections. That hasn’t been tested outside of Apple’s campus and several San Francisco bars, and we’ll have to wait and see how it actually works.

The bottom line on speed, however, is that the Droid Bionic is most likely going to be the faster device, though Apple’s cleverness may have brought the two devices on par with one another on some networks.

Battery Life

Battery life is another interesting area. Apple improved the battery life of its device from six hours of talk time in the iPhone 4 to eight hours (480 minutes) of talk time in the iPhone 4S, a significant improvement considering the devices are essentially the same size.

As impressive as that is, however, Motorola Droid Bionic claims 650 minutes (10 hours and 50 minutes) of talk time for its device, though enabling LTE will cut that down. We found examples of real-world testing where the Droid Bionic still got almost eight hours of talk time with LTE enabled, though USA Today pegged it at five hours of talk time or three hours as a hot spot. DroidMatters’s reviewer said that he was never able to go a whole day without having to recharge, but he seemed to be a bit of an addict. Either way, it’s still the best LTE device on the market when it comes to battery life.

How did Motorola do that? In part, they used a big honkin’ battery, which is why the device is taller, wider, thicker, and heavier than the iPhone. The Droid Bionic’s battery is a 1735mAh battery, compared to Apple’s 1420mAh battery.

It speaks to Apple’s efforts to optimize the iPhone 4 (and the benefits of offering a whole widget solution) that the iPhone’s battery life is better than the Droid Bionic’s much larger battery, but choosing which is best for you is yet another subjective thing because of the ancillary factors that contribute to battery life.

Droid Bionic is likely faster, is bigger and heavier, and does fairly well with talk time. The iPhone 4S is smaller, slimmer, and lighter, but is likely to be slower for many users when it comes to data.

Price

Surprisingly (or not, any more), Apple has the better pricing for its device. A fully subsidized 16GB iPhone 4S will cost you $199, while a 16GB Motorola Droid Bionic will set you back $299, a 50% price premium. That said, this does include a ($20) 16GB MicroSD memory card for a total of 32GB of split storage out of the box.

On the iPhone 4S, that same $100 will get you 32GB of internal storage, and another $100 will double that to 64GB. We’d argue that internal storage is easier to manage and a better option, but at the same time, the Droid Bionic gives you the option of having as many memory cards as yo might want, so this is once again a subjective factor.

Both devices are competing at the high end of the market, but it’s indicative of how well Apple has been able to use its volume business and massive cash hoard to secure favorable component contracts that allow the company to offer the cheaper device.

This and That

The Droid Bionic has a MicroSD slot and a USB port. On the other hand, it has a MicroSD slot and a USB port. Choose your poison. The Droid Bionic doesn’t have a gyroscope, however, and Apple’s iOS developers have come up with a lot of cool and fun ways to take advantage of the gyroscope in the iPhone 4.

Apple boasts “image stabilization” in the new camera setup in the iPhone 4S, something Motorola doesn’t appear to match. Apple also implemented Bluetooth 4.0, whereas Moto’s device uses the older Bluetooth 2.3. To some that might matter.

Droid Bionic supports Flash. If you like Flash, congratulations. You have a winner.

Conclusions

What conclusions? The iPhone 4S hasn’t even shipped yet, and this isn’t a review, it’s a comparison of specs. Based on those specs, however, these two devices make for a great apples to apples comparison (pun, once again, intended). They’re competing in the same space, have similar features, but have enough differences to appeal to different people in different ways.

Most Apple fans will prefer iOS and Apple’s App Store to Android and the various software download services competing on that platform. Many people will prefer the smaller, tighter form factor of the iPhone and its superior display. Android fans will appreciate the LTE speeds offered by the Droid Bionic, however, or maybe see having more display size as a good thing.

Apple’s device is the less expensive of the two, however, making it more economical.

[Update: The image of the Motorola Droid Bionic was corrected. We also added information about the memory card that comes with Moto’s device.]

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77 Comments Leave Your Own

davebarnes

Whatever.
98.73% of consumers do NOT buy specs.

nvb

fyi, that is a picture of the “original” droid bionic announced at the beginning of the year. its not a picture of the actual phone which was released last month. see motorola.com

Jeb Watson

Ha, ya these phone companies ought to put “Specs are the best possible case and actual performance rarely ever matches them” right next to the size two font where they inform us that in order to have this amazing, unparalleled device (until next month of course), we must pay for a data plan equivalent to half of a small car payment.

Eli Nachmani

You forgot how important is the software and all the echo system of Apple.

A1056

one major issue in regards to speed is also where you live. If you are not in major city you do not have LTE yet. It may take a year or more before LTE coverage becomes anywhere near common. Hell there are still a lot of areas that don’t have 3G. So if you are in the right area LTE is a speed boost but for most Americans that is still off in the future.

Bryan Chaffin

fyi, that is a picture of the ?original? droid bionic announced at the beginning of the year. its not a picture of the actual phone which was released last month. see motorola.com


Thanks, mate! I updated the article with the correct photo. Hopefully I got the scale correct, too.

mattO

Seems you are being very careful to be ultra fair. This is a forum mostly for Apple interested, don?t forget. Elegance from an Apple point of view should boost confidence in a review.
Speed is so difficult to measure. Using flash, that should help cook a burger. Quality of phone function is the real kicker, the rest takes a very important second seat.
Right, specs are sort of superficial. What counts is ecosystem, user experience. There is more to function and experience than numbers and size issues.
Good comments by all.

furbies

Why the fascination with speed ? (Processor / network )

Processor: As long as the “phone” isn’t making the user wait, what’s the point ?

I’ve got a Mac Pro (Early 2009) Quad 2.66Ghz, and I hardly ever max out the processor! Why did I get it then ?
Because I wanted the extra internal HD storage. and the ability to add PCIe cards. Raw speed isn’t everything…

Network: I don’t own an iPhone (yet…)
Most of the time where I live here in Oz when I connect via a mobile broadband dongle, the actual connection speed is nowhere near what the dongle is supposed to capable of.  I think users should be more concerned about the telcos rolling out more towers/connections to the backbone.

just my AU$00.02 cents (and falling) worth…

sb

“Announced” date is the other way around;)

SB

my bad smile

Lee Dronick

I hardly ever max out the processor

I usually order a Mac with a mid speed processor, but with more RAM.

Most of the time where I live here in Oz when I connect via a mobile broadband dongle, the actual connection speed is nowhere near what the dongle is supposed to capable of.  I think users should be more concerned about the telcos rolling out more towers/connections to the backbone.

Oh, yeah the actual speed rarely lives up to the specs.

I live in San Diego California and there are a lot of new cell towers going up, I am seeing more bars in more places. In the neighborhood park in addition to one of them disguised as a tree there are cell towers built into the light standards and flagpoles. You see them on new building construction and looking like they were built into the architecture.

As to buying a phone on the specs, the hardware. I would say that most users make the decision on what it can do more than how it does it. Do they buy them because a friend has a similar model? Yes, some do, but maybe because their friend showed them what it can do and how easy it is to do it. Tech types are different, they look to the specs first.

furbies

In the neighborhood park in addition to one of them disguised as a tree there are cell towers built into the light standards and flagpoles. You see them on new building construction and looking like they were built into the architecture.

There must be some very confused & disappointed canines in the US Of A.

As for telcos adding more towers.
Here in Oz, unless you live in or near the CBD of one of the major cities, then forget it! The telcos here are worse than useless.

On the subject of RAM. Apple charges way over the odds for RAM, and here in OZ, if it’s new, it costs way more (for anything). Even after market suppliers ask a lot. It’s only recently with the rise of the $AU that tech has gotten affordable. (now it’s going the other way….)

Ryan

I’ll take my Bionic over the iphone4s anytime any day. There not even worth comparing. Verizon has the best network and Motorola makes the best phones. I was able to dump cable, lan line and home internet all with one device. I’de like to see Apple top that. The only issue I have with the Bionic is no GSM radio for world travel.

wertzd

It would be nice if there was a battery extender/case for Bionic like Moffie has for the iPhone.  The extenders that attach w/cable are cumbersome.

jdh

As I look at all the huge new droid phones coming out, it looks to me much like the comparison (except for the cost differential) between a Lexus and a pickup truck with huge tires, a 6 liter engine, jacked up so it’s six feet off the ground. The truck looks interesting but for what is it useful? By comparison, pretty much everything designed into the Lexus is there for a reason, not looks. It all works together smoothly, quietly, powerfully and it is designed specifically to support the driver. The pickup cruises around making a lot of noise and drawing a lot of stares, but you can’t park it, it eats up gas, and, in reality, unless you have somehow magically managed to raise the axles and fix the high center of gravity, you can’t go anywhere any other truck can go.

As for me, I’ll choose design and function (the iPhone) every time!

Lee Dronick

It would be nice if there was a battery extender/case for Bionic like Moffie has for the iPhone.? The extenders that attach w/cable are cumbersome.

That is the disadvantage to having numerous form factors of phones that run the operating system; The return of investment for accessory makers may not be worth the effort if there are not enough phone users to buy the item.

On the Apple hand stuff made to fit the iPhone 4 will fit the iPhone 4S. Many of us will upgrade from iPhone 3GS or earlier and will be buying new accessories.

bfu

As I look at all the huge new droid phones coming out, it looks to me much like the comparison (except for the cost differential)[...]As for me, I?ll choose design and function (the iPhone) every time!

Eats up gas? Apparently it theoretically has better battery life.  The Bionic and the iPhone can do exactly the same things, and for some the larger screen is better.  Saying the Bionic is less useful than the iPhone is a terrible misconception. Also, the Bionic comes with 16 GB pre-installed and an included 16 GB SD card, so its technically the same space as the iPhone for $299 (although the pre-installed card really comes out to only about 8 GB). Honestly, this whole analogy is very frustrating. (Who’s to say that a truck isn’t designed to fit its driver?)

Bionic_User

Correction, the Droid Bionic comes with 16gb on board and a 16gb SD card, totaling 32GB. If my calculations are correct, that’s on par with the iPhone 4s at $299 (duh).

type1fan

The price in relation to memory size is a bit deceiving.  For $299 you get the Bionic with 16 gig int and 16 gig microsd card.  So essentially, these phones are the same price at the 32 gig memory size.

bfu

Correction, the Droid Bionic comes with 16gb on board and a 16gb SD card, totaling 32GB. If my calculations are correct, that?s on par with the iPhone 4s at $299 (duh).

Didn’t I say that? ...it’s just that it uses that 16 GB card that is on board for the Android OS,so it is a little less, just as the iPhone uses space for its OS on the 32 GB as well.

bfu

Correction, the Droid Bionic comes with 16gb on board and a 16gb SD card, totaling 32GB. If my calculations are correct, that?s on par with the iPhone 4s at $299 (duh).

Didn’t I say that?  It’s just that the Bionic’s Android OS uses some space on the 16 GB on board card.  The iPhone also uses some of the space on its 32 GB card as well.

Lee Dronick

As I look at all the huge new droid phones coming out, it looks to me much like the comparison (except for the cost differential) between a Lexus and a pickup truck with huge tires, a 6 liter engine, jacked up so it?s six feet off the ground.

The ads for big pickup trucks and Android phones look similar because they are targeting a similar demographic.

Ethan

“Surprisingly (or not, any more), Apple has the better pricing for its device. A fully subsidized 16GB iPhone 4S will cost you $199, while a 16GB Motorola Droid Bionic will set you back $299, a 50% price premium. That same $100 will get you twice the storage on the iPhone 4, and another $100 will double that, whereas there is only the 16GB option on the Droid Bionic.”

I think this is a bit shortsighted. Right now the Bionic is 299 but where will it be in December or january or march of 2012? We all see how they push the prices down-Walmart and Amazon drop the price to zero on sales. Meanwhile next May the iPhone4s will still be at the same price point. So I think you need to take into account the life expectancy of these devices. iPhone cycles are much bigger and slower so Android will under cut it by the 6 month mark in price/specs.

So maybe it’s “better” now, but it won’t be once the resellers like amazon and Walmart jump in.

Not saying thats a bad thing. Just saying the cycles are difficult to compare in regards to price.

Radio101

You can get a BIONIC for $149 on amazon >> http://wireless.amazon.com/

jdh

(Who?s to say that a truck isn?t designed to fit its driver?)

True statement, and I think it is apt. I suspect that the manufacturers are targeting a different demographic, one which values appearance (bigger screen), stats (LTE), or newness over function. Please don’t misinterpret this as intended as a slam. I’m really trying to say that some people care more about the size of the screen or the speed of the processor (or the size of the tires). Others care more about the overall build and software integration. I think, compared side by side, it would be pretty hard to argue with the iPhone’s build and integration vs pretty much any other smartphone; similarly, you could do the same with their laptop computers.

I personally fall in the build/integration camp. I’d rather have Apple’s choice of premium components and tight integration of the chosen hardware with the operating system. Both iPhones and droids can accomplish similar functions, the question is how easy or well. Similarly, you can use a Lexus or a jacked up pickup to drive from NY to San Francisco, but would you want to? Contrariwise, you’d never find me going mudding in a Lexus. I’m convinced that the iPhone, and by extension, Apple’s success has nothing to do with koolaid, cultism, or reality distortion fields. It is the public’s appreciation of the build/integration concept that I described that is the key. (BTW—I neither own nor drive a Lexus, it’s just an example…and I do have a pickup although it isn’t jacked up!)

Michael

The pricing on the Bionic is wrong. I just checked Amazon and with a 2-year commitment at Verizon, the price is only $149. That comes with 16gb built in memory and 16gb sd card.

I am a big fan of Android and I can understand that Apple fans were disappointed yesterday, but except for the price (which is way too high) I find the new iPhone very intriguing. I like that I could travel around the world with it, but have it every day on Verizon. I like the smaller form factor, and I’d love a phone that could (might-we have to see it first) take decent photos.

Once we actually see reviews (and if the price comes down as sales will certainly be slower than expected) I may consider buying the iPhone.

Michael L

The BIONIC definitely does have a 3-axis gyroscope. I don’t know where you got the info that says it doesn’t. Also, the BIONIC comes with 32Gb preloaded (16Gb internal, 16Gb external), putting it right at the memory and price of the 32Gb iPhone 4S.

Bryan Chaffin

Thanks for the notes on the Droid Bionic’s included memory card! We’ve updated the article and the chart with that information.

Michael L, can you shoot me a link with information on the gyroscope? We’ve been unable to find mention of it, and Moto has yet to clarify for us. 

Thanks in advance.

NealWV

I have never figured out why there is all the hoopla over the iPhone. The Droid if not better is at least as good. Is it the media or what? I live in a rural area and AT&T’s service sucks here. But yet I get 4g some of the time and always get 3g, with my Bionic whereas with AT&T I’d only have service in areas that verizon had 4g. If you people like to pay basically the same, or I’m sorry a little less for something that all the lemmings are in line for, be my guest. Oh and its a good thing its a little cheaper to but because everything you do with it there’s a fee. The apps are really what all the bells and whistles are for aren’t they? Then why save $100 so you can be $5ed to death, every time you want something? Of course I wouldn’t be able to speak of the iPhone because all this hype is for something YOU CAN’T GET!

NealWV

Hey jdh, what good is all of your (build/integration) when the screen is to small? I think both could be bigger. I don’t see why you’d want all of these capabilities and then make it to small to be functional. Personally, I would live the bionic to be twice as thick and be all battery. Then I could talk play games surf Web all day long without plugging it in. You act as though if you’ve bought a Droid that you are somehow buying “the newest and fastest” but in the same paragraph your saying that IPhone’s build/integration are far above any smartphone. So you can take your smaller screen, battery, and slower speed and I’ll keep the integration and build the way they are with the Bionic.

P.S. A larger screen for viewing movies dnld at higher speeds require a larger phone. Its part of the integration

Luca

1317838332 said:It would be nice if there was a battery extender/case for Bionic like Moffie has for the iPhone.  The extenders that attach w/cable are cumbersome.

The bionic has an extended battery and also has a case that fits it.  I have the case and am waiting for the battery to come in.  The case also has a kick stand for if that means anything..

Michael L

Reply: “Thanks for the notes on the Droid Bionic?s included memory card! We?ve updated the article and the chart with that information.

Michael L, can you shoot me a link with information on the gyroscope? We?ve been unable to find mention of it, and Moto has yet to clarify for us.”
I found a comparison chart on engadget.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/04/iphone-4s-vs-the-smartphone-elite-galaxy-s-ii-bionic-and-tita/

Bryan Chaffin

Thanks, Michael L. That chart conflicts with Moto’s own documentation, but we’re working on a clarification from the company.

jdh

Hey jdh, what good is all of your (build/integration) when the screen is to small? I think both could be bigger. I don?t see why you?d want all of these capabilities and then make it to small to be functional. Personally, I would live the bionic to be twice as thick and be all battery. Then I could talk play games surf Web all day long without plugging it in. You act as though if you?ve bought a Droid that you are somehow buying ?the newest and fastest? but in the same paragraph your saying that IPhone?s build/integration are far above any smartphone. So you can take your smaller screen, battery, and slower speed and I?ll keep the integration and build the way they are with the Bionic.

P.S. A larger screen for viewing movies dnld at higher speeds require a larger phone. Its part of the integration

Neal, from what I read of these posts, there are clearly two camps here. The first, in which I believe you fall, see your phone as a toy. It’s a portable gaming device that has a phone included. For the toy camp, bigger and faster is better because you are really using your phone as a mini tablet.

I’m from the “my phone is a tool” camp. I use my phone to get things done. Work, email, shopping, occasional web surfing, directions, booking reservations at restaurants, etc. It is an assistant, and with Siri as my latest assistant, this tool has become even better. Also, my phone has to fit comfortably in my pocket and feel comfortable in my hand. I don’t have small hands but I can tell you that, for me, most of the new big screen phones feel ridiculous. If I want something bigger, I’ll just switch to my iPad. Finally, with it’s retina display, I find the iPhone perfect for anything I want to do with a phone. Bigger is NOT automatically better. If it was, everyone would be walking around with an iPad to their ear and you could forget all of these little 4 inch phones…

From the “tool” perspective, the build quality and tight integration of the hardware and software on the phone make the iPhone a superior device. Trust me, I’ve looked at all of the “tools” and, in my opinion none of the others come close to the iPhone.

Michael L

Reply: Bryan Chaffin
Awesome, and thanks for being a great sport.

Joe

This comparison leaves out Flash….of course anybody with an Apple product will argue Flash is unnecessary.  But in reality it is a big deal.  I personally know a person who went Android because of this alone and another who was shocked that they couldnt read an EMAIL sent to them that happen to be a flash video link from their iphone.

All the talk all the time about ecosystem, accessories, usefriendly, looks, “the OS just feels so natural”.  Thats all garbage. 

And FYI for the poster who thinks the many “options” (apple followers are unaware of this word) Android brings with its ecosystem of phones is bad for accessories, the Bionic does indeed have an extended battery option that doesnt need the ridiculus looking wired dongle hanging from it for extra battery life.  And why is there even an extended power supple for the iphone when it gets “excellent” battery life??

Consumers want something that wont be outdated when its released and unfortuantely tweaking a 16 month old phone is just that.  Sorry Apple Fans the iPhone is just another phone sadly.

joe

I?m from the ?my phone is a tool? camp. I use my phone to get things done. Work, email, shopping, occasional web surfing, directions, booking reservations at restaurants, etc.

Which all benefit from a larger screen!  Real work would be more effecient on a larger screen on any device. 

Face it the iphone will receive a larger screen eventually or they will fall farther behind.  The problem is it will mess up the app situation which they try to use against Android.  Without that they can only hold on to “fast camera shutter speed…” against Android phones.  With Androids ICS OS coming any phone and tablet running ICS will operate the same regardless of screen size.

Lee Dronick

of course anybody with an Apple product will argue Flash is unnecessary.

It isn’t an argument, it is a fact

NealWV

If its really just for work and email, then why in the hell would you pay so much? Just get a blackberry pearl it can do all if that and is even smaller. The fact is you claim I’m “gamer” but I use out for work more than you I’m sure. I’m a systems Technician for a phone company.  I use the nav everyday to find and and cell sites to google maps. Email, calculations and things I’m still finding are useful for work. Its nice to have a bigger screen without having a giant pad either. By the way I have angry birds but hardly ever play it anymore.

NealWV

Joe, you can’t argue with the Apple people. They are dead set that its better. If Apple and iPhone were last in every cat. above they would say, “yeah but its still a iPhone”.
I carry this Bionic around everywhere when its not in the holder on my dash but yet its only better for games. Well that’s true, but its also better for work too. If under an inch longer and a half inch wider is to big then maybe the one you’ve been using is as well.

Lee Dronick

Joe, you can?t argue with the Apple people.

Well it is a two way street.

Gone Fishin

The battery…. The battery…. Bionic can be swapped out at home. iPhone? No way!

bdb

what you have not mentioned is the wonderful docking system with the bionic and the applications that are free for education thru google to the android device.  Schools will pick up the droid bionic as soon as it has lowered the price.  It is amazing what can occur in schools with the wonderful set up they have created ... that being said i have an ipad2, mini mac, and macbook air at home.  i will be buying the bionic for my next phone and will cancel the home internet that i currently have.

the biggest drawback i find with apple (vs droid)  at this time is the hotspot on the android operating systmes.  Five additional people can wifi into the the android (bionic) due to the hotspot.

NealWV

I know there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps for free. I like the tether option. I use it when there isn’t a wifi available for my laptop. I wish this would’ve been available when I was in college. There are apps too emulate the TI-85 and others. Although it can do everything that a graphing calculator can do with the free apps they have. I have found apps that would do everything I had in college for electrical engineering, except for English, but who knows. There is Pspice app which is software that I bought for over $100, about 14 yrs ago. Its not free but it amazing. You can put in components and get levels and any electronic measurement at whatever location on a circuit you want.

Realist

Reading these comments is like reading arguments between Yuppies and Hillbillies about politics… and take a wild guess which phone is in which one’s hand..

To put it simply, speed rules.  Period.

For all of you who want to defend your little phone’s looks and usability, etc, etc, and how you will sacrifice speed for all that need to be slapped in the face because you’re all lying to yourself.  Nobody chooses DSL over FiOS because it’s simpler.

The Bionic is better than the 4s because it carries the LTE network - End of discussion.  For all of you iPhone owners afraid to try something new, I challenge you to try a Droid out… remember that RazR you used to own?  Yes, that was a Motorola - they make good equipment and I’m sure you’d get used to your Bionic in less than 3 days.

jdh

Reading these comments is like reading arguments between Yuppies and Hillbillies about politics? and take a wild guess which phone is in which one?s hand..

To put it simply, speed rules.  Period.

For all of you who want to defend your little phone?s looks and usability, etc, etc, and how you will sacrifice speed for all that need to be slapped in the face because you?re all lying to yourself.  Nobody chooses DSL over FiOS because it?s simpler.

The Bionic is better than the 4s because it carries the LTE network - End of discussion.  For all of you iPhone owners afraid to try something new, I challenge you to try a Droid out? remember that RazR you used to own?  Yes, that was a Motorola - they make good equipment and I?m sure you?d get used to your Bionic in less than 3 days.

That’s about the stupidest defense of a phone I’ve ever seen. It’s like saying a tricked-out Volkswagon is better than a Lexus simply because it goes faster. Network speed matters only if you are going to be downloading a lot of large files like movies. Beyond that, as long as you’ve got a good signal, the differences are inconsequential…perhaps a second or two. And your DSL vs FIOS analogy is ludicrous because it’s what’s on the receiving end of the stream that matters. If your FIOS is connected to a computer with a first generation Pentium processor, then you are likely worse off than someone with a current generation processor and DSL.
Same argument goes with size. If you intend to spend all your time playing games or watching movies on your “phone”, have at it. For those actions you are right, bigger is better, and as such, I’d sooner have an iPad. If you are actually looking for a phone as a useful hand-held multi-purpose tool though, I’ll take the iPhone and you can keep deluding yourself about your hem-droid…

jdh

Reading these comments is like reading arguments between Yuppies and Hillbillies about politics? and take a wild guess which phone is in which one?s hand..

By the way, how do you (and you too, NealWV…) like the banjo music?

Sean

I personally think the removable battery of the DROID is a huge plus as is the fact that I can use an sd card. Plus the file manager is a plus so I can drag and drop files onto the card. I personally have a DROID 3 and I love it. My sister and girlfriend both have iphones and I can see how the aesthetics appeal to them.

NealWV

File drops that sounds like something that would be good to use for work/productivity, not just games. My point exactly.
P.S. As for Banjo music, only when your wife is here Whitewater rafting. That is if you are not gay. I hear you can get rainbow cover for that iPhone jdh (jacking daily here)

jdh

ile drops that sounds like something that would be good to use for work/productivity, not just games. My point exactly.
P.S. As for Banjo music, only when your wife is here Whitewater rafting. That is if you are not gay. I hear you can get rainbow cover for that iPhone jdh (jacking daily here)

Keep posting Neal; you continue to prove my point with your every post… How old did you say you were, 13?

NealWV

Who was it again, that brought banjos into a discussion about phones? But you are right if a person continues to argue with a fool then after awhile others can’t the difference. So see ya

BILL

Apple could put out two cups and a string as the iPhone 5 and the Apple cult would buy it.  “Hey man, they tell us it’s really cool.”  Grow up people, they’re making billions in profits off of your childish need for the “newest” garbage on their phones.  They come heavily flawed, but you look past it just because it’s Apple.  God forbid another company put out a phone that drops calls - and the fix is to offer a free case (but they tell you you’re holding the phone wrong).  Any other company, and you’d be complaining about the evil profits they make.

furbies

Is it just me, or are the “Under The Bridge Dwellers” getting thicker on the ground around here ?

Is it possible that some of the posters are stalking horses for other smart phone makers ?

Or am I just being paranoid ?

(Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you)

Reasonable & friendly discussion/banter regarding the merits of one device over another seem to have been lost on many MacObserver members lately. And I lament this!

justsayin

I’m going with an Iphone 4S because:
The company I work for doesn’t (yet) support Droid for corporate mail.
I refuse to carry two devices (one for company, another for personal)
The Blackberry I currently use makes me want to kill myself.

Bryan Chaffin

furbies, articles like this one draw in a lot of new readers.

Katie_B

I don’t care at all that the Bionic has a bigger screen (actually, I would prefer it if it was the size of the original Droids) but what I do care about is having options.  I like having the option to change my battery without having to go into an apple store.  I like the option to add a larger memory card if I want to.  I like not having to re-buy every app I already bought on my ipod touch (which 90% of were free on my original Droid).  I like the option of viewing Flash content on the web. 

The iPhone is far superior when it comes to user friendliness, I don’t think anyone can argue with that, and as a Verizon customer the fact that the 4s is a “global” phone is almost enough to make me reconsider.  However, because of the reasons I stated above (and a few others) I think I’ll be investing in the Bionic for my next phone.  Not because I’m a hillbilly who wants to wave around my giant phone for everyone to see, and not because I think iPhone users are a bunch of brainless yuppies, but because it’s the phone that best suits MY needs.

The bottom line is both of these phones look like incredible devices that are more than capable of performing how we need them to.

MattO

The ads for big pickup trucks and Android phones look similar because they are targeting a similar demographic.

ha, ha, ha. Good one, Sir.

Now I must run to change my drawers.

jdh

Who was it again, that brought banjos into a discussion about phones? But you are right if a person continues to argue with a fool then after awhile others can?t the difference. So see ya

You win Neal. I yield. Your dazzling display of logic (as evidenced in your posts above) and artistic use of the English language have convinced me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the myth that bad things happen when you marry your sister is simply not true. Oh, and a quick word of advice…don’t let your sister see the specs on the Bionic. She’ll be confused since I’m sure you’ve already convinced her it’s actually 6 inches…

Furbie/Bryan, I agree that things have seriously devolved in this discussion and I apologize for my part in it. This is my last post to this article. Thanks to sticking to civil discussion.

jdh

Ballyhoo

Bosco, great choice in aliases. Talking to oneself may be an indication of some sort of disorder.

But, great strategy to destroy a forum.

Lee Dronick

Now I must run to change my drawers.

You don’t go commando smile

No think about it. Many of the Android ads look like they are computer games, the pickup ads are off road fun mobiles, both ad appeal to adventurous young men. iPhone ads are more subtle, similar to a luxury car ad and appeal to a different psyche. There are exceptions of course. In the end choose the phone, computer, tablet, and auto that you want or perhaps need then live and let live.

DroidLover

I love my Droid. It can?t be updated, is not intuitive, the apps are crap and all my friends have iPhones and laugh at me but I can recite specs till they buy me enough beers to shut me up. I like to razz them cause otherwise they don?t find my conversation very interesting but it?s still more interesting than sitting at home bored and stirring up trouble at this forum. So, off to the bars to hunt them out, if I can find them.

Lee Dronick

So, off to the bars to hunt them out, if I can find them.

There is an app for that

stveve

love my bionic / apple needs to have a “bite” taken out of them.

Brian

Jesus, Apple and Android are both fine. I have had a DROID for 3 years, but I still think Apple makes a good product. Who sits here and bashes on one type of phone or the other? Some people have a DROID and some have an iPhone because they like the feel of one over the other. Clearly I like Android more as I keep with it, but the iPhone is nice too. Who is to say that Moto changes their product a lot either? The DX and Bionic are nearly identical other than 4G and some other features.

bill_kid

Its because Apples tracking you with your outdated iphone 4s

Lee Dronick

Its because Apples tracking you with your outdated iphone 4s

Two things kid.

1. The iPhone 4S is not outdated

2. Apple doesn’t track you around, nor do they care where you are.

NealWV

Jdh, that’s really witty. Can you come up with anything that hasn’t been done by everyone else? Weren’t you the one who said, just keep talking that I was proving your point with everything that I said? Looks like your the one being the ass. It’s easy to take shots at something irrelevant such as, where I’m from. I can see how secure you are with you 3 letters. Usually when someone wants to take the lame worn out shots of incest, they themselves are homos from San Fran or some other large city. I’m not sure how we went from talking about phones to your fondness of sodomy but as mature as this is, I believe I’m outty here.

GregH

iPhone is cheaper. You get what you pay for. Smaller device, less battery life, smaller screenview, slower internet speed. In today’s market, those are deal breakers for me. Bionic 1, Apple 0.

droid bionic is great, but the Iphone 4S didn't cu

I bought the droid bionic over the iphone for the following,

1. USB port allowing you to connect to external devices.
2. HDMI port lets you connect to the TV or any other compatible device. This is a great feature. HDMI cables cost $10 on amazon. What good are videos if you can’t connect and play on the TV right away.
3. Has a laptop dock. Yes, it’s expensive now. But price fluctuates.
4. Keyboard and remote to control your TV.
5. Android because of Apple’s closed eco system.
6. Doesn’t have NFC. But the technology is not widely prevalent as of now and is going to take a while before it catches up. By then the next version of droid will be out with it.
7. Video is good.
8. The android market is becoming bigger and already has a good collection.
9. 4G with Verizon is good.
10. Battery is decent for the specs.
11. Camera needs improvement with respect to image stabilization. But it’s good than most other mobile phones and does the job when needed.
12. Micro SD card slot. Get as many SD cards as you want. This is a great feature.
13. Mobile hotspot.
14. Bluetooth version is old.
15. Bigger screen. Can see it even on sunlight.
16. Good speaker.
17. Can even talk to people without bluetooth when the phone is mounted on the car’s dashboard.
18. I can mount it in on my Garmin’s GPS mount.
19. Plays flash. I don’t like seeing not able to play because it’s flash.
20. Yes, the big screen is awesome.
21. accelerometer, regular headphone socket, GPS etc.,

Overall this is a great phone over the Iphone 4S for my use. This review did not change it for me and leaves out some great features of the bionic. I am no apple hater and like the Iphone for the looks and feel but, I couldn’t get sold on it this time. I prefer, Bionic, Samsung SII, Iphone 4S in that order.

GergSetse

  As I look at all the huge new droid phones coming out, it looks to me much like the comparison (except for the cost differential)[...]As for me, I?ll choose design and function (the iPhone) every time!

Eats up gas? Apparently it theoretically has better battery life.  The Bionic and the iPhone can do exactly the same things, and for some the larger screen is better.  Saying the Bionic is less useful than the iPhone is a terrible misconception. Also, the Bionic comes with 16 GB pre-installed and an included 16 GB SD card, so its technically the same space as the iPhone for $299 (although the pre-installed card really comes out to only about 8 GB). Honestly, this whole analogy is very frustrating. (Who?s to say that a truck isn?t designed to fit its driver?)

The battery is bigger, much like the truck having a bigger gas tank. Efficiency is key, making a ratio of the battery life would be the best way to compare these two specs. I think the analogy worked very well.

blinehan

The iPhone is nice for the people that don’t want to be able to do anything Apple doesn’t want them to do. If you like living in Steve’s pocket and getting fed what he gives you, then you’ll love iOS. If, however, you like to be able to actually tweak the property you own then you’ll probably want a droid. No phone will please everyone and it’s to the point where the specs are getting so similar that it’s hard to tell them apart (except for glaring things like supporting USB or SD cards). Your best bet is to find some friends that have each phone and play with the phones. It’s the only way you’ll actually know which you prefer. I would prefer droid because I like to do my own thing and don’t want to have to void my apply warranty to do it on their phone.

Lee Dronick

If you like living in Steve?s pocket and getting fed what he gives you

Have you read the news lately?

I like to do my own thing

Same here, so at least we agree on at least one thing.

blinehan

Yes, he’s dead. I know.

rani

I ....LOVE my bionic.. its so sexy im pretty sure it loves me too ;] frkn love this thing.. >:D

Marimar

I was very excited about the Bionic and went on to review the information from users and reviews. BTW: I am an IPhone user. Sadly the bionic felt to be the wrong device after detail examination. If you have used IPhone for many years, the Adroid formats will be frustrating. From lacking intergrated Emails to Simple screen shots. Printing directly from the messages rather than having to open another app to print a message is ludacris. The elegance of doing something quickly becomes a task on Bionic. Battery is the same, swapping the real battery or putting a external battery is absolutely the same except IPhone does not have to turn off the device. The Lack of World capability is definitely a game changer, with it’s larger battery on the bionic..the bloatwares and Preinstalled apps makes it obvious you need all these extra minutes. The intergrate assistance is far superior on the IPhone 4S (Even the Verizon sales staff admits it.) The biggest annoyance about the Bionic OS is that the fact that you put your apps in one large bin and you have to scroll thru the who thing to find what you want, rather than organizing them on the deskstop. And what is this about AppKills. Seriously, Do I really want to kills apps everytime I open my phone to increase battery life. Theres not logic in the design, it’s definitely needing some elegance and the composition of the tools can really be annoying to any IPhone user. One last thing: If you ask a Verizon or AT&T Sales member, No body returns an IPhone but you definitely get alot of Droid being return for issue’s that goes on and on. If you reality is important to the Droid users, Customer service is key to a functional phone. You can fix your phone with a simple laptop or overthe air update on the IOS, Bionic requires you to come in to the Shop. And when has Droid ever fix a bug within 1 week of finding an issue? Nuff said. IPhone is the tool. Bionic is the real toy.

Justin

Neal, from what I read of these posts, there are clearly two camps here. The first, in which I believe you fall, see your phone as a toy. It?s a portable gaming device that has a phone included. For the toy camp, bigger and faster is better because you are really using your phone as a mini tablet.

I?m from the ?my phone is a tool? camp. I use my phone to get things done. Work, email, shopping, occasional web surfing, directions, booking reservations at restaurants, etc. It is an assistant, and with Siri as my latest assistant, this tool has become even better. Also, my phone has to fit comfortably in my pocket and feel comfortable in my hand. I don?t have small hands but I can tell you that, for me, most of the new big screen phones feel ridiculous. If I want something bigger, I?ll just switch to my iPad. Finally, with it?s retina display, I find the iPhone perfect for anything I want to do with a phone. Bigger is NOT automatically better. If it was, everyone would be walking around with an iPad to their ear and you could forget all of these little 4 inch phones?

From the ?tool? perspective, the build quality and tight integration of the hardware and software on the phone make the iPhone a superior device. Trust me, I?ve looked at all of the ?tools? and, in my opinion none of the others come close to the iPhone.

“Looking” at the other “tools” is not using them or putting them through the paces. What you describe that you want/need in a phone is something that you don’t have to think about because you have enough to think about already. Perfectly valid point (from a diehard anti-iphone guy). However, you can’t dismiss the validity of something that you haven’t given a fair trial. I’ll admit my Droid Bionic is bulky in my pocket but feels sturdy in my hand. Also, when apple adopts 4G without troubles (connectivity bugs) then we’ll talk. What I see happening with Apple is the same as most of their other features (like siri) they’ll let someone else invent it, then improve upon it. No doubt siri WORKS better than voice actions, but Apple did not invent it. Apple spends a great deal of time calling Android a “stolen idea” when in fact Android has supplied most of it’s “great innovations”. Same goes with 4G - they will let Android OEMs work out the details, then they’ll include it on their devices - It’s just shameful that they will try to have the world believe that they alone - without exception - have supplied all these innovations in cellular/mobile technology and everyone else is looting and pillaging their ideas - it’s simply no so. And for that reason and that reason alone that I will ALWAYS support Android as opposed to Apple - Apple have proven themselves to be charlatans of innovation.

jdjd

This article is terrible. How incredibly apple biased… It makes me want to vomit actually at the extreme bias in terms of posturing the iphone. Sure this is a mac site, but seriously? Get off your high horse. You sound like materialistic zombies and certainly not objective.
Apple people will prefer THE SUPER FANTASTIC APPLE STORZ LOLZ, the google guys will prefer whatever much trash they have and maybe bigger screens and speeds that smoke it, but none of this matterz lulz.

that is how all of these articles read.

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