Selecting a New Smartphone

Screenshot of Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone

As I told you, I became eligible for an upgrade to my phone for a "discounted" price. I debated between 3 phones: the Motorola Droid Bionic, the Motorola Razr, and the HTC Rezound. Each phone has significiant advantages over my prior phones, and each are set to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update when available.

However, there's some differences between these 3 Verzion Android devices. My biggest consideration was price. This led me to purchase the Motorola Droid Bionic. The Razr and Rezound were each $299.99 with the upgrade, while the Bionic was $50 less.

As far as I could tell, the Bionic was only missing 2 things that the Rezound had: BeatsAudio(with accompanying Ibeats earbuds) and a 1.5 gHz processor. I'm slightly discouraged I didn't get the earbuds, but couldn't care less about the larger processor.

By weight comparison, I don't think the Bionic weighs enough more than the smaller Razr to discourage that purchase. With the addition of the extended battery, the Bionic is only slightly heavier than my Motorola Droid (original), with many times more capabilities.

One thing I'm slightly frustrated with is the camera settings on the Bionic. The camera doesn't seem to be as reflexive as other Android devices, but I suspect enough tinkering wll take care of that.

So, if you're looking for a great Android smartphone, you need to consider the HTC Rezound or the Motorola Droid Bionic.

6 Responses to Selecting a New Smartphone

  1. As a question, the Rezounds has a 1.5 Ghz and the Bionic is a 1.0 Ghz processor.  Not being very tech savvy, why don't you care?

    • Mark, good question.
      The biggest factor ended up being cost. Mainly I wanted to divert more of my finances to the purchase of an Asus Transformer Prime (or maybe the Acer Iconia from Staples on Black Friday), and not a new smartphone.
      Second, the difference in speed was a choice. It’s really on .5 Gyz, which in the end of the world will change performance only minimally. The Resound screen is smooth in it’s transitions, and allows more programs to run at the same time without draining performance. However, with any device, the more apps running at the same time, the higher the power drain.
      Therefore, I opted for less in processor speed and cost.
      Finally, the HTC interface wasn’t particularly appealling to me. I prefer the Motorola look, from my prior use of Motorola devices. Some of the HTC style just annoyed me.
      Overall though, if you like the style and price, PICK UP THE REZOUND without hesitation.

  2. Thanks for your answer.  I was actually leaning to the Bionic for a number of reasons, but wanted to know why a far more tech savy person was recommending it over a more powerful smartphone.  Cost is not really an issue for me in that I have no need to purchase a tablet and, in my location (small town Iowa) I have no need for one.  I only wanted to upgrade from my HTC Incredible to something faster so I can check Google Calendar quicker while in court.
    BTW, love the Thanksgiving post.

    • Mark, no problem. You will certainly benefit from the upgrade, regardless of the device. Basically, if you’re interested in music, the HTC Rezound is where you should place your money. If you want “an everyday phone,” then you’ll happy choosing the Droid Bionic.

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Jeff Taylor

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