MEGATech Biz: Why the Droid Bionic Will Smash the iPhone

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After almost a year long wait, the Droid Bionic was finally released to Verizon Wireless customers this month. And while we’re still waiting to hear how the general public likes the phone, the specifications are readily available, and boy are they fantastic. Motorola’s newest phone is a beast. And with Apple releasing a new iPhone soon, people are already starting to compare the two, even though the details on the new iPhone are yet to be confirmed.

Based on what we do know, and the speculated specifications, here’s why the Droid Bionic is superior to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, or whatever the heck Apple is teasing us with.

Flash

Right out the gate, we know that the new iPhone – or any new iPhone, for that matter – will not support Flash. Steve Jobs, the former-CEO of Apple, said so himself, citing issues with battery life, touch controls, and Flash being a proprietary platform. Android OS, on the other hand, fully supports Flash. Flash enhances the web experience in many ways, so Android users get an enriched experience, while iPhone users are left in the virtual dust.

[Editor's note: Adobe just announced today that they'll be doing server-side stuff so that the iPhone can support Flash; just not in the way you're used to it working on smartphones.]

HDMI

HDMI, which stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, is essential for getting the best possible picture. The Droid Bionic ships with HDMI support, so those with the appropriate cable can plug right into an HD monitor or television and display what’s currently on their phone. Consider the fact that you can stream Netflix movies on the Droid Bionic and you quickly see the applications. The iPhone 4 does not feature HDMI support and the iPhone 5 is just as likely to leave it out. It should be noted that there are HDMI adapters you can purchase for the iPhone, but that’s nowhere near as convenient as built-in functionality.

Open Source

Android OS is an open source system, which is advantageous for a number of reasons. It allows anybody to tweak and redistribute Android code without paying any fees, which encourages user innovation and can lead to some truly wonderful stuff. Why stifle people’s creativity? The downside here is that weaknesses can be found and possibly exploited, but there’s a silver lining, as all these deviants probing for weaknesses act as free QA testing for Google.

Expandable Storage

This isn’t so much a benefit of the Droid Bionic as it is a flaw of the iPhone. Plenty of the phones offer expandable storage via a memory card slot, but the iPhone – while offering substantial internal storage capabilities – has never offered a memory card slot. Memory cards today are cheaper than ever, making it practical to carry around multiple cards loaded with various content. And it’s not all about storage space, either. Memory card compatibility makes it easy to backup your data. Not having card support probably won’t be a problem for you if your iPhone contains massive internal storage, but if you picked up an 8GB model, you’re going to feel the squeeze sooner or later.

WebTop

Motorola’s WebTop application is nothing short of genius. By plugging into a dock accessory, you can turn your smartphone into something between a laptop and, well, a smartphone. There are multiple docks you can purchase, all with different prices and functionality, but they all serve the same purpose. The WebTop application allows you to launch the full browser version of Firefox 4.0, with which you surf the web like normal, complete with multiple tabs.

4G LTE

The Motorola Droid Bionic is the first dual core smartphone to feature 4G LTE technology. While there have been rumors of the iPhone 5 getting a 4G chip, it doesn’t seem likely, as the components needed for a 4G LTE-capable phone are expensive, which is why the HTC Thunderbolt launched at a higher price. And seeing as how Apple is shifting its base from Japan to Taiwan to save money, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for them to spring for a 4G chip.

Display

Now we’re getting into the real hardware. This is also a very debatable feature (with no right answer, mind you), as there are people who prefer compact phones and people who prefer large screens. As long as the phone fits comfortably into my pocket, I’m all about large screens. The Droid Bionic will feature a 4.3 inch display, which is almost an entire inch bigger than the screen on the iPhone 4 and bigger than the rumored display for the new iPhone, which will be no bigger than 4 inches, if that. Granted, due to Apple’s commitment to retina display, the iPhone picture is clearer and sharper, but that could become a problem as they enlarge their screen. As far as size goes, the Droid Bionic wins.

Speed

As I mentioned above, the Droid Bionic will feature a dual core processor, clocking in at 1 GHz. While impressive, that isn’t the only factor that determines speed. When announced earlier this year, the Droid Bionic was said to have 512 MB of RAM, but has since been doubled to 1GB of DDR2 RAM. The phone also features 2 GB ROM support. And with the addition of the aforementioned 4G LTE, the Droid Bionic should be lighting fast in a variety of manners. And while the new iPhone will also sport a dual core processor, it’s unlikely to come with as much RAM, much less a bigger amount.

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I understand that Apple fans will be Apple fans and Droid fans will be Droid fans. And I think that the iPhone is an impressive piece of technology. I also think that whatever Apple comes out with next, be it the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S or maybe they’ll just skip one model entirely and release the iPhone 5S – it won’t matter. The Droid Bionic is the new King and I will worship at his feet.

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Dylan Duarte is a freelance writer who's covered videogames, film, television, and now tech! Be sure to check out his site, Dylan Reviews Everything, and follow him on Twitter: @dylanduarte.

  • Yo.

    motorola is the fucking worst android manufacturer. cheap plastic garbage

  • Anonymous

    Just one last remark for this line:

    “but there’s a silver lining, as all these deviants probing for weaknesses act as free QA testing for Google.”

    I don’t know about the editor’s experience in development, but QA testing isn’t done in a production environment.

    As far as I can see now: the Q has been A’d, and it’s not good: fragmented platform, running on underpowered devices, different markets make it difficult for developers to reach their audiences, malware (although it may be rare) scares customers, flawed OS architecture (really, Java on a supposedly high-powered mobile device???), no quality control over apps, bad developer support, uninspired OS design…

    All these, and the ones I skipped, make Android a second-rate product that is nothing more than ‘like iPhone, but cheaper’ in a consumer’s eyes. Samsung and HTC realised this too, seeing how they are eyeing other OS’es as of late.

  • Anonymous

    By the way how are wires a better video output option than Airplay?

  • Anonymous

    By the way how are wires a better video output option than Airplay?

  • Anonymous

    Clicked article expecting nerdy wall of text explaining how product X is the real “iDevice killer”. Just like the past 10 years, I wasn’t disappointed.
    Good going editor: you get tech, now get started on wrapping your mind around the consumer market.

  • Anonymous

    Clicked article expecting nerdy wall of text explaining how product X is the real “iDevice killer”. Just like the past 10 years, I wasn’t disappointed.
    Good going editor: you get tech, now get started on wrapping your mind around the consumer market.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

    hahaha.. ok.. 4 of these have been on the same “reasons this phoe will destroy the iphone” for over TWO YEARS!!! Flash, better video out, open source, and expandable storage has been a mainstay of the android platform, and in no way has it factored in toppoling apple. 

    4g LTE is pointless, you can do everything on your handheld under 3g at 3g speeds. The biggest problem is no one actually gets 3g speeds in most real world situations due to overloaded networks and crappy cell phone towers. 

    Bigger screen only means one thing and one thing only these days, bigger device. 

    Speed, pretty irrelevant in the disjointed android universe. Although you should really get a good experience with gaming on this device, because apple’s hardware has been consistently good and well, consistent, I have been getting good experience with games on my 3g ipod. Android gaming and apple gaming are kind of like PC and console games. Like PC, android has alot of hardware configurations, but the majority of it is low powered. Consoles have to wait longer periods of time to see upgrades but in the meantime, all the games perform awesomly. 

    Except the android dosn’t have the occasional game maker that puts out that once every 2 years visual tour de force like crysis or witcher 2. 

    • http://twitter.com/dylanduarte Dylan Duarte

      Well, as Android keeps piling on the impressive features, Apple will topple at some point, right? :P

      I agree that getting optimal speeds is iffy due to congestion and what not, saying 4G LTE is pointless is absolutely an opinion. Is 3G enough? Probably, but 4G LTE is faster still and people like more more more.

      And yes, bigger screen means bigger device, but like I said, as long as it fits in my pocket, I like it. I think phones can get a bit bigger still before becoming inconvenient.

      I appreciate the comment, Jeff!

    • http://twitter.com/dylanduarte Dylan Duarte

      Well, as Android keeps piling on the impressive features, Apple will topple at some point, right? :P

      I agree that getting optimal speeds is iffy due to congestion and what not, saying 4G LTE is pointless is absolutely an opinion. Is 3G enough? Probably, but 4G LTE is faster still and people like more more more.

      And yes, bigger screen means bigger device, but like I said, as long as it fits in my pocket, I like it. I think phones can get a bit bigger still before becoming inconvenient.

      I appreciate the comment, Jeff!

  • Epic

    …and the pile of “wow, this is gonna DESTROY the iPhone” grows by one more.

  • Someone

    The SG2 hasn’t killed the iphone and this phone has less specs…?

  • Real Man

    Who cares???????

  • Foyleman

    I’d agree that the Bionic would win out if only they had a less confusing and easier to use app system for Android.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

      I don’t see the app system on android as confusion now. Although having multiple markets does convolute things, it also makes things competitive and cheaper in the long run. They just need to make it like, allways on the front page so everyone sees it and knows exactly what it is and where it is, like apple does with itunes. 

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