Returned my Bionic today.

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I returned my Bionic today after 14 days of use. I just couldn't accept the battery life and screen quality. Coupled with the locked bootloader, it just wasn't worth eating up my upgrade (eligible since 12/22/10...).

I think its a good phone, better than my Droid 1. I just know I will be kicking myself when the ICS phones start coming out later this year.

Just a FWIW if anyone is still on the fence.
 

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I was debating it.. but i wasnt going back to a blackberry.. for a phone that is just rumors right now..
fortunatly i got my bionic at costco, and already had an exchange, so if in the 90 days another phone comes out and is actually in stock (one gripe of costco) and the bionic is still messing with me in turns of dropping service, then maybe i will make that jump to something else..
 

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I returned it twice. The phone as a pure phone is good but that was it. The data connectivitity was all over the map, battery was so so and the screen in my opinion was pretty good. I did not like the glitchy software at all. Motorola came out with this way to late in the game. This phone is not going to break any sales records thats for sure. In fact, tons are being returned according to my store. For 3 bills, it's just not worth it.
 

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I returned my Bionic today after 14 days of use. I just couldn't accept the battery life and screen quality. Coupled with the locked bootloader

Batt life = pretty freakin good.. Basically as good or better than my blackberry and for all I've heard of 4G horrors.. Awesome
Screen = IMO its great. Even tho I don't see the "problems" I understand the concept that some people's eyes are different and it bothers them. Fine. For me it looks great, honestly.
Bootloader = if that's a big deal to you, then it is.
 

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I love my Bionic and I'm coming from a BB 9300. Mine is working very well. With my extended battery it lasts all day with moderate use. Sorry but no phone is perfect. Too late in compared to what? Some phone that isn't even out yet? Gimme a break.
 

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just bought mine 3 days go. i've seen some glitches but nothing to make me return it.

it's a brand new model. and hopefully moto isn't slow with any future patches it may roll out.

no one phone can make the entire world happy. there's always someone that has a gripe no matter what phone they have.
 

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People complain about the screen I dunno why...

First off, I came FROM a droid charge with its SAMOLED scren this thing doesnt compare in pure crispnesss and and the color; HOW EVER, compared to the Charge the Bionic is only using 10% battery compared to the 70-80%. The phone screen isnt graining, its actually a higher resolution compared to any other verizon 4g Phone. The display is an RGBW pentile, it has extra white pixels in there to allow more light to pass at a given level so the screen is brighter using less power. Take a charge and the Bionic in the sun and the Bionic easily wins. The screen is designed the way it is for a reason, and unless you are holding it 2 inches away from your face or using a magnifying glass you will hardley notice.

The phones processors make it stupid fast. I know quadrants don't mean anything given that kernels can be programmed for preset values, however the Bionic has a better graphics card, more RAM, and bigger battery than any other 4G phone on verizons line up. Althought yes the battery is bigger than the charges considering its dual core and everything I find the phone lasts just as long.

Now I will say the camera is not the greatest only scoring like a 6.5 on a 1-10 scale from me, it doesn't break the phone for me.

Its all personal preference. Personally to me the screen is fine, the battery is good, and the phone is stupid fast. IMO its the best phone you can buy front Verizon at the moment. Its also one of the only phones I feel will last the full 2 years and not be completely outdated by next update date.
 

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I returned my Bionic today after 14 days of use. I just couldn't accept the battery life and screen quality. Coupled with the locked bootloader, it just wasn't worth eating up my upgrade (eligible since 12/22/10...).

I think its a good phone, better than my Droid 1. I just know I will be kicking myself when the ICS phones start coming out later this year.

Just a FWIW if anyone is still on the fence.

I sent mine back too. I loved the screen due to the outdoor visibility but in the end, it was the battery life. Here is the thing that has been bugging me since I went back to my DX. Even when I had 4G turned off on the Bionic , cell phone standby was my biggest battery drain. On my DROIDX cell standby is way down the chart and screen is the biggest use of power. Also if left on bluetooth hit the Bionic battery hard but the DX it doesn't seem to be an issue. I was hoping that ICS could manage power better but I didn't want to wait and take that chance.

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For those of you unsatisfied with the battery life of the Bionic.... Dont get a LTE phone period. It will be the same story.

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For those of you unsatisfied with the battery life of the Bionic.... Dont get a LTE phone period. It will be the same study.
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If you want great battery life on a 4g phone get an extended battery and learn how to manage your battery better. Once I found the right settings I am getting over 20hrs medium/heavy use on the extended battery. The regular battery is ok but if you want to actually use these 4g phones all day you will need to have an extended battery. They have done a great job will making the extendEd battery thin and making all the accessories work with it. Hopefully the next phones will be done the same way but you never know. Just know if you are going to use these new phone throughout the day then you will need a extended battery. At least until new battery management technology comes out.
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I exchanged mine and the new one is better. I'm keeping. I do like the phone alot and I can live with its flaws. Its the best out and until something blows it away it'll be by my side as one fast device

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For those of you unsatisfied with the battery life of the Bionic.... Dont get a LTE phone period. It will be the same story.

Not trying to pick a fight here so don't take this as a attack on the Bionic. My comment posted earlier is really a question. If 4G LTE is the battery killer and I have it turned off, I would expect the biggest drain to be the android OS or something related to the dual core, not cell standby. I am trying to figure out if the problem is with the hardware or software, could be both, I don't know.

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Kinda of disappointed, hate to pile on, but was really looking at this device as only dual core, LTE on Verizon. Also, really liked the webtop idea and probably would have gotten the lapdock, but man so disappointed Motorola got the first dib at LTE dual core device on Verizon. What the hell have they done to deserve this recognition from America's number 1 carrier except build clunky boxy looking devices with crappy software that Apple would be insulted themselves if they sued and even implied that a Motorola device looked or performed anywhere as sleek as an Iphone. Why did Google bail out this company just to insult their number one herald Samsung?
 

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Not trying to pick a fight here so don't take this as a attack on the Bionic. My comment posted earlier is really a question. If 4G LTE is the battery killer and I have it turned off, I would expect the biggest drain to be the android OS or something related to the dual core, not cell standby. I am trying to figure out if the problem is with the hardware or software, could be both, I don't know.

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If your phone is in standby and the screen is off... then wouldn't the biggest drain on the battery be cell standby? How else can you expect your phone to ring on an incoming call?

Just a thought.
 

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If your phone is in standby and the screen is off... then wouldn't the biggest drain on the battery be cell standby? How else can you expect your phone to ring on an incoming call?

Just a thought.

Using the Bionic and the DX in the same way the Bionic was always around 50% for cell standby. My DX has been on for 13 hours and cell standby is only 9% of the drain.

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While I fully understand the battery issues out of the box, I found that adjusting the settings just a bit made worlds of difference.

My first day with the phone (and extended battery) = 100 to 5% in less than 5 hours.

Tweaking most apps in task manager to die after 2 minutes, changing emails and social media from constant push to every 15 mins, and changing the bluetooth to only turn on when in the car dock, and yesterday went from 8 AM to 10 PM going from 100 to 71%. Both days were in 4G area the whole time.

Granted, I wasn't doing as many installs, but I was still playing around with it all day. Before one returns the phone for battery, I would definitely try the changes above....