09
Sep
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I've had the BIONIC just about 24 hours now, and that's enough time to draw a few, basic conclusions about the phone. It's not sufficient for a full review, obviously, but if you're itching to know more about how using the BIONIC is from an Android addict's perspective, you might want to check out my first impressions video.

Basically, I discuss the phone's hand feel, display, performance, and a few other less noteworthy items. It's a bit more than you'll get from walking into a Verizon store and playing with a display model for 5 minutes, but it's a lot less than what you'll see in our full (and extensive) review, which should be coming some time in the next few days.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • zach

    Since ICS comes out in late october / early november, does this mean that every phone with buttons at the bottom wont be supported?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, it'd be silly for Google to remove support for buttons for all phones. It's safe to safe that it'll support both.

    • IamBeast

      I'm pretty sure that they'll support it but now it'll just take longer for Moto/HTC/Samsung to release an official OTA update because they have to now code ICS to work with buttons instead of only on screen.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Pretty sure it'll just be a switch flip or even completely transparent - core Android should be smart enough to figure it out.

  • Matt

    power/lock screen button position is my only (but really big) gripe. i understand the other situation may have made others feel this way. but i feel like i'm about to drop the phone every time i move my finger to hit the button. can't we settle on middle for position at least?

  • Steady20xx

    I got mine today and am thoroughly enjoying thus far. Definitely a step up from the Samsung Fascinate I was carrying before. I was having constant problems with that handset. The UI alone on the bionic is amazing to me. That's not even mentioning the blinding 4G speeds and great responsiveness of the phone.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Seems like there's a battery issue that prevents chargers other than the one that came with the Bionic from charging it.

    • Mgamerz

      No. That's just motorola. They do that on many phones. It's a crock of bs. Although if it's the same as the atrix charger (950mA) you can get moto ones for like 3 bucks on amazon.

    • sheryl

      I've used the charger from my original droid and my car charger and they work just fine. the Bionic is lovely and very fast.

    • Steady20xx

      I used my Fascinate charger on my Bionic and had no issues charging it.

  • FromHereItsPixelated

    Looking forward to YOUR full review after having a chance to flog it for a while. Good to hear your positive experience on voice. Too bad about the screen.

  • Mike

    Still cant do SVDO on the 3G part of Verizons Network....deal breaker for me...sticking with my rooted Sense 3.0 GB Thunderbolt

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