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Droid Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S II?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by droidfan1, Jun 8, 2011.


Droid Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S II

  1. Droid Bionic

    123 vote(s)
  2. Samsung Galaxy S II

    104 vote(s)
  1. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Android Expert

    I think we can all agree that we need two features:
    - 4G
    - Unlocked bootloader (or one that's not encrypted so we can unlock it ourselves, a la ThunderBolt)

    Also, I think most of us can say that the GS2 (iff it has 4G) is better than the Bionic. Its only downfall is the lack of the notification LED.

    I'm really hoping Verizon/Samsung decide to fatten up the GS2 a little more and stick in the LTE radio.


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  2. jroc

    jroc Android Expert

    ^For me, 4G is a more of a need vs an unencrypted bootloader. Its part of me getting tired of the ROM scene when the Droid 1 officially got Froyo and me getting the Droid X1.

    As of right now, an unencrypted bootloader is at the bottom of the list for any want or need for me. I'll treat the bootloader like I did when I first got the Droid 1: an added bonus, a surprise. It wasnt a need when I got the Droid 1, and even tho I like custom ROMs now it still isnt a need.

    And on the topic of bootloaders, the Photon is gonna be locked tight as of right now. Maybe Moto will feel pressured by what HTC is doing. One can only hope...
  3. Trooper

    Trooper Android Expert

    Bionic for two reasons.

    1. 4G
    2. Moto's build quality is better imho.
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  4. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday

    I would choose Bionic but one thing really stands in the way... pentile screen. I really despised it on the Incredible and Fascinate since the text looked all pixelated. Anyone know if that's still an issue with Bionic? I'm so used to the retina display that going back to a pentile screen might be too much of an eyesore.
  5. droidfan1

    droidfan1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yeah qHD screen sucks. Sure the resolution is better, but it really isn't because of the way its doing

    Super AMOLED + all the way...

    SGSII please come soon LTE :)
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  6. Great1

    Great1 Well-Known Member

    The slimness of the SG2 is what sold me over. Yea 4g is nice and all but thats why I have vzw fiberoptic cable service at home. I was really leaning towards the TB when it came out but then the battery life and size of it just threw me off. Slim phones are more sexy to the average consumer.

    Anybody hear of any other updates for SG2 releasing in July?
  7. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    Probably SGSII will hit the store before Bionic comes if recent sporadic leaks on SGSII release are any indications. My gut feeling is it will have 4G LTE with slight compromise in form factor. It will be tough for Bionic to make up for late coming.
  8. Preach2k

    Preach2k Android Enthusiast

    I am choosing the Bionic because I hear that the GS2 will not be LTE?
  9. Asterdroid

    Asterdroid Android Expert

    That was the initial thought, but no one really knows at this point.
  10. jfoey22

    jfoey22 Android Enthusiast

    For me, if the so-far rumored specs hold true it will come down to release date and if the SGSII has LTE. If they release near the same time and both have LTE, I will without a doubt get the SGSII.

    However, I am not waiting much past August for either devices.
  11. Asterdroid

    Asterdroid Android Expert

    I noticed in your profile that you're a CM7 user. Would you buy the Bionic even if it has an encrypted bootloader?
  12. jfoey22

    jfoey22 Android Enthusiast

    You know, I have asked myself that question a few times. I guess I really don't know or understand the life of a person w/o having to deal with a lock/encrypted bootloader. You know, I hear arguments on both sides of the fence, some saying it really doesn't hinder their ability while others argue against anything with a locked bootloader.

    So, I wasn't going to let that rule out a device, but given the choice, I will not go with the Moto, but if A)its the only guy in town when I am ready to purchase or B) its performance outshines the competition I will most likely go with it. I hear the term "Superphone" thrown around a lot lately. This term is what I am wanting in my next phone. Sure, Verizon has some decent phones out right now (Revo, Thunderbolt, DX2, Charge) but none of them would qualify to me as being a "Superphone". Seems as though the other three big US carriers all have at least one "Superphone" whereas, Big Red doesn't come close.

    I am just ready to buy. I have been eligible since late February. I picked up a Charge, but that wasn't the answer and soon returned it. To be honost, I really hope Verizon will get an HTC Sensation variant. I currently hold an Incredible and this is the third HTC device I have owned (Touch, Touch Pro) and have loved everyone of them. The Dev support for HTC devices is second to none.
  13. droidfan1

    droidfan1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Bionic / SGSII = Superphone

    I'm buying whichever come out first.
  14. jfoey22

    jfoey22 Android Enthusiast

    I hear ya. Not sure I am buying whichever comes first, but I am not going to wait long on the other to come out. The more I read about the dx2 the less I am feeling about the Bionic. Nonetheless I hope Big Red gets the ball moving soon. Bring on LG, HTC, Moto and Samsung. Let them all bring their best and let the consumers pick. Tired of Big Red controlling everything and acting like Apple.
  15. droidfan1

    droidfan1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    DX2 - locked bootloader, 3G, 512MB RAM
    Bionic - possibility of unlocked bootloader, 4G, 1GB RAM

    'nuff said
  16. jfoey22

    jfoey22 Android Enthusiast

    Lol, plenty more to be said.... pentile display vs Super Amoled+?????

    I would guess at this point the chances are next to none for an unlocked bl. Maybe if Moto ever gets a nexus phone you will see an unlocked bl.

    **added this, but we have heard it before.

  17. droidfan1

    droidfan1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Just saw it but who knows. Still
  18. As a Fascinate owner, I'll say that I would never buy another Samsung phone due to their lackadaisical support on the software side.
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  19. jfoey22

    jfoey22 Android Enthusiast

    Just curious... Did you root your Fascinate? Maybe I am naive but as a Droid Incredible owner, after the first month or so of ownership, HTC had nothing to do with my software. If you root and apply community developed Roms doesn't that take the OEM out of the equation?
  20. Whatstreet

    Whatstreet Android Enthusiast

    True dat...
  21. Whatstreet

    Whatstreet Android Enthusiast

    Why would VZ want to release a 3g phone when there 4g build out is moving so fast?
  22. jamor

    jamor Android Expert

    No brainer. Samsung Galaxy II.

    Motorola locks their phones. I know some of you don't root so it doesn't matter. But if you are considering rooting, then Motorola phones are epic fail.

    You can't change the kernel which is the engine of your phone.

    No, Bionic won't come unlocked despite what rumors you may be hearing.
  23. jroc

    jroc Android Expert

    ^I think you mean if you wanna run a custom ROM with a custom kernel, then current Moto phones might fail. I say might fail cuz seeing the news for the Atrix and Droid X1, custom kernels are on the way. Seeing the Mototola Droid X type phone on Virgin Mobile that has stock Android, there's a chance it wont be locked down tight.

    Every Moto phone has root. Every Moto phone cant have a custom kernel. Since there are some great root apps, getting a Moto phone and rooting is still an option. Getting a Moto phone and installing the ROMs that available for it that cant have a custom kernel is still an option.
  24. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    Assuming SGSII Function has LTE, it will be interesting to see how battery life plays out with these two phones as they will be first phones of this kind, dual core/LTE. If Bionic has 4.5" qHD, 1.2~1.5Ghz OMAP4, it would be very taxing on battery.
  25. Steven58

    Steven58 Recognized Incompetent Moderator

    The GS2 looks mighty fine. It's gonna be good to have choices. :)

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