Motorola Droid Bionic vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus Comparison

Motorola’s line of Droid phones has the Droid Bionic as the latest one, powered by Android and quite powerful processors under the hood. After the reasonable success of the Droid X and X2, here comes the Motorola Droid Bionic, which tops all the features of its predecessors.

The Galaxy Nexus is the phone everyone has been waiting for a long time specially for the newest OS it is carrying, the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. With a huge 4.7 inch screen and the first phone in the world to come with Android 4.0, there’s lot of expectations from this one.

Take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:

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Form Factor

The Motorola Droid Bionic is 127.5 x 66.9 x 11 mm, while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm. The Motorola Droid Bionic weighs 158.8 grams while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is just 135 grams in weight, much lighter than the Droid Bionic

The Droid Bionic four Touch Sensitive controls which is an upgrade from the previous Droids. Whereas the Galaxy Nexus has no physical buttons on the front, but instead features on-screen soft keys embedded into the system software (part of Android 4.0). Beneath the soft keys, a multicolored notification LED is featured, on the Galaxy Nexus which illuminates only when there’s a notification for you.

The Motorola Droid Bionic has a reasonable 4.3 inch screen whereas the Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65 inch screen.

Up front is what looks to be the same 4.3-inch qHD display that wowed us on the X2, and it’s still impressive here. Very impressive. It doesn’t quite offer the eye-popping saturation of Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus displays, but that’s not to say it’s lacking in contrast, brightness or, indeed, resolution.

Display

The Motorola Droid Bionic comes with a TFT capacitive touchscreen of 4.3 inches with a pixel density of 256ppi while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen of 4.65 inches and has a screen density of 316 ppi. The Droid Bionic has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels whereas the Galaxy Nexus has a higher resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 316ppi.

Both the phones support Multi-touch and there is an accelerometer and proximity sensor on both the cellphones as well. Whereas the gyroscope which is a gift to all gamers is only present on the Galaxy Nexus.

Both the displays are capacitive touch displays, support multi touch input and have support upto 16M colors.

Camera:

The Motorola Droid Bionic has a 8MP camera which has become a common factor amongst high-end phones while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus lacks in that department, with only a 5MP camera. The LG Nitro HD is a real gift for photo enthusiasts with its high resolution camera of 3264×2448 pixels with LED flash, face and smile detection to complement this. Whereas the Galaxy Nexus has a resolution of 2592×1936 with both AutoFocus and also LED flash.

The Droid Bionic also comes with the image-stabilization feature which really comes in handy when capturing moving objects.

Also both the phones can shoot video at 1080p and that too at 30fps.

The Galaxy Nexus also comes with a Touch to Focus feature which is worth mentioning.

The Droid Bionic comes with just a VGA front facing camera while the Galaxy Nexus comes with a 1.3MP front facing camera which is used for normal camera purposes and also by various camera based apps or for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc.

Winner: Droid Bionic ( 8MP camera )

Memory:

With a 16GB internal memory and also an extension slot for microSD cards which can be extended upto 32GB, the Droid Bionic definitely stands out her especially due to the fact that the Galaxy Nexus does not support memory extension and also comes only in 16GB and 32GB of internal memory depending on the model.

Winner: Droid Bionic ( microSD slot)

Connectivity:

The Motorola Droid Bionic has CDMA 800 / 1900 bands and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO bands also an 4g network supporting LTE 700.

Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here. DLNA and Wi-Fi direct are also present.

GPS is available on both the phones. The Droid Bionic comes with the older Bluetooth v3.0 with support for A2DP and EDR whereas the Galaxy Nexus comes with the relatively newer version of the Bluetooth, v3.0 with support for A2DP.

Both the phones also come with a microUSBv2.0 port for Data Transfer. The Galaxy Nexus also has the latest technology in connectivity, NFC(Near Field Communication). The Motorola Droid Bionic also has a HDMI port to watch your high-quality videos on TV whereas the Galaxy Nexus has only a microUSB extension.

Operating System and UI:

The Droid Bionic runs on Gingerbread 2.3.4 with a package of apps from Motorola whereas the Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs on the mighty and the newest Android version 4.0, better known as the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. The Droid Bionic also has its own customizations and tweaks which is eye-catching.

The big story with the Galaxy Nexus is Ice Cream Sandwich, the 4.0 release of Google’s Android that’s designed to unify the tablet and smartphone experience and the Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to receive all the Android updates, being a Nexus device. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is a significant step up over Honeycomb both in terms of responsiveness and sheer visual appeal.

Winner : Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Battery and Processor

The Droid Bionic has a 1735 mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a 1750mAh battery. The Droid Bionic  has a talktime of upto 10 h and just 195 hours of standby time. While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a talktime of upto 17 hours on 2G and a whopping 8 hours on 3G which is pretty much the same as the SII.

The Motorola Droid Bionic  and Samsung Galaxy Nexus come with powerful processors. On the Droid Bionic, there is a Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor powered by an by the Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H chipset while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Processor with a powerful TI OMAP 4460 chipset supporting it’s graphical performance.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Conclusion

The Galaxy Nexus is a clear winner, primarily owing to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and a huge screen. Not only does it top all the features of the Droid Bionic, it also goes one level up with its amazing Network speeds and its irresistible ICS4.0.

The Droid Bionic is a smart choice if you are looking for something which comes under your budget and also has all the latest technology. Also, if you would not feel comfortable to use a device with a screen as big as 4.7 inch and, you should go ahead with the Droid Bionic, makes a good pick if you’re low on budget and looking for portability.