Note to phone manufacturers: want folks to write about your shiny new phone? Put an attractive person battling robotic gladiators (that are actually pretty decently rendered) in it.
The buzz about the Bionic from 'round the Web is pretty similar: it's a nice phone, but it's an expensive phone. For the $300 asking price you get a roomy 4.3-inch display, Verizon 4G LTE, a customized Android experience running Gingerbread 2.3 with some Motorola tweaks, 8 megapixel camera and access to a slew of Motorola's creative peripherals, such as a dock that transforms your smartphone into a low-power laptop.
Here's what folks are saying:
"Compared with many of the devices on the market, the Bionic stands out in both look and feel, as well as solidness of construction," writes Joshua Topolsky of tech-blog-that's-not-yet-a-tech-blog, The Verge. "It just comes off as a nice, expensive phone — even comparing favorably when matched up with the iPhone 4. While it is a bit heavier than many other Android phones, it never feels bulky."
"The Motorola Droid Bionic is everything you want from a high-end smartphone. It's sleek, fast, and powerful, with features that will please both consumers and business users — if you're willing to pay the high price," agrees CNET's Nicole Lee.
Engadget's Tim Stevens was impressed but not blown away, concluding that "you should know that this isn't a world-conquering device, the kind of thing that will leave you walking tall and proud for months and months to come. If you're okay with that, then buy with confidence."
If you're into what Motorola is offering in the Droid Bionic, you could go out and pick it up today. Oh, and you can watch a lady trounce some 'bots directly below.