When Motorola rolled out its latest Android phone (the Droid Bionic XT865) at last January’s CES conference in Las Vegas, it was honking fast. More importantly, it was equipped to handle the faster 4G network available nationwide, Verizon’s 4G LTE. But its introduction lagged. Originally it was slated for a summer release, but this was postponed. The unofficial reason heard on the street was battery life. Although it was lightening quick, the battery just could not hold up. Motorola put a larger battery into the unit (rated at 1930 mAh), which should improve its endurance. By comparison, the HTC Thunderbolt gets a measly 2 1/2 hours on the 4G network (rated at 1500 mAh). In addition, the new version of Android may tame some of its power-hungry background tasks. These tasks can also drain the device.
As Motorola recently revealed the Bionic will be powered by a dual-core processor (a Texas Instruments 1GHz OMAP4430) with 1GB of internal RAM. It boasts 32 Gb of storage and can take a microSDHC card which can extend this potentially to 96 Gb total storage. By comparison, the iPad 2 has just 512MB of RAM, runs on a single-core and has yet to be released with 4G capabilities. The screen on the Bionic measures 4.3 inches diagonal with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. (By contrast, the iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inch screen with 960 X 640 pixels. So, the actual resolution of the iPhone 4 is better.). There are two cameras. The rear camera shoots at 8 megapixels, while the front camera is standard VGA with an HDMI 1.4 connection for viewing the phone on a larger screen.