Difference Between Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid Bionic

Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid Bionic | Motorola Droid Bionic vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared

Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy Nexus is the latest Android smart phone released by Samsung. This device is designed for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Galaxy Nexus was officially announced on 18 October 2011. It will be available to users from November 2011. Galaxy Nexus is launched in collaboration of Google and Samsung. The device is designed to deliver a pure Google experience, and the device will receive updates on software as soon as it is available.

Galaxy Nexus 5.33” tall and 2.67” wide and the device remains 0.35” thick. These dimensions are related to a quite large phone in comparison to the current smart phone market standards. It is important to note that Galaxy Nexus is quite thin. (IPhone 4 and 4S is also 0.37” thick). Bigger dimensions of Galaxy Nexus will make the device appear even thinner. It is also important to note that for above dimensions Galaxy Nexus weighs reasonably less. The Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover will make a firm grip on the phone and will make it slip resistant. Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65” Super AMOLED screen with 1280X720 pixels resolution. Galaxy Nexus is the first phone with a 4.65” high definition display. The screen real estate will be appreciated by many Android fans and the display quality and high resolution is quite promising. Galaxy Nexus is complete with sensors such as accelerometer for UI auto rotate, compass, gyro sensor, light sensor, Proximity and barometer. In terms of connectivity, Galaxy nexus supports 3G and GPRS speeds. An LTE variant of the device will be available based on the region. Galaxy Nexus is complete with WI-Fi, Bluetooth, USB support and it is NFC enabled.

Galaxy Nexus is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor. According to the official press release, the device includes 1 GB worth RAM and internal storage is available in 16 GB and 32 GB. The processing power, memory and storage are in par with the high-end smart phone specifications in the current market and they will enable a responsive and an efficient Android experience to users of Galaxy Nexus. The availability of the micro-SD card slot in order to expand the storage is not yet clear.

Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0 and it is not customized in any way. This is the first time users get to have a look at Galaxy Nexus. The much talked about new feature on Galaxy Nexus is screen unlock facility. The device is now capable of recognizing the shape of the users face to unlock the device. The UI is re designed for a better experience. According to the official press release the multi tasking, notifications and web browsing is enhanced in Galaxy Nexus. With the screen quality and display size available on Galaxy Nexus, one can anticipate a unique browsing experience combined with the impressive processing capacity. Galaxy Nexus comes with NFC support as well. The device is available with many google services such as Android Market, Gmail™, and Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, and Google+. The home screen and phone application has gone through re design and has acquired a new look under Android 4.0. Android 4.0 ( Ice cream Sandwich) also includes a new people Application allowing users to browse friends and other contacts, their photographs and status updates from multiple social networking platforms.

Galaxy Nexus has a 5-mega pixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. The rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag reducing the time between the time the picture is taken and the time the picture is actually shot. The camera also has additional features such as panoramic view, auto focus, silly faces and background replacement. The rear-facing camera is capable of HD video recording at 1080 P. The front facing camera is 1.3 mega pixels and is capable of rendering good quality video for video conferencing. The camera specifications on Galaxy Nexus fall under middle range specifications and will deliver satisfactory photo and video quality.

The multimedia support on Galaxy nexus is also note worthy. The device is capable of HD video playback with 1080 P at 30 frames per second. By default, Galaxy Nexus has video codec for MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 formats. The HD video playback quality on Galaxy Nexus coupled with the impressive display will deliver a superior movie watching experience on a smart phone. Galaxy Nexus includes MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ audio codec formats. The device also includes a 3.5 mm audio jack.

With a standard Li-on 1750 mAh battery, the device will get by a normal working day with calling, messaging, email, and browsing with ease. The most important fact with Galaxy Nexus is the availability of updates on Android as soon as it is released. A user with a Galaxy Nexus will be the first to receive these updates as Galaxy Nexus is a pure Android experience.

Motorola Droid Bionic

Droid Bionic for Verizon’s Droid red series is an Android smart phone officially announced by Motorola at the CES 2011 in January 2011. The device was officially added to Verizon’s Droid shelf in September 2011 with a price tag of $300 on a two-year contract. It is worth the long wait, as it has all the features expected in today’s smart phone. The key features of this smart phone are the 4.3” qHD display, 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB DDR2, 8MP rear camera with full HD video capture, and playback on HDTV with HDMI on mirror mode, 4G LTE connectivity, and 4G Mobile hotspot . In addition, you can turn the device into a mobile notebook with the webtop app and Motorola Lapdock, which is an optional accessory. Let us look at the design, features, and performance in detail.

Motorola Droid Bionic is 5” tall and 2.6” wide. It is quite slim compared to Verizon’s other 4G phones , the phone is impressive at a thickness of 0.43”; still it is not uniform, at the thickest end it is close to 0.45”. The phone weighs 5.6 oz; acceptable for a 4G phone with a huge 4.3” display. With the above dimensions, Droid Bionic has a robust design and feels solid in the hand. Talking about the screen, it has a 4.3” pen-tile capacitive multi touch screen with qHD (540 x 960 pixel) resolution; that is 234 ppi. Though it is not the best display in the market the pixel density remains quite impressive and will compensate for any drawback the display will create; the responsiveness is good too. Also, Motorola has used the Gorilla Glass for the first time over the display. Looking at the ports, it has micro USB, micro HDMI ports and 3.5mm jack for headset. The device also has Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and a Gyro sensor.

Motorola has favored TI OMAP for processor instead of Nvidia Tegra. A 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP processor with hardware accelerated graphics facilitated by PowerVR SGX 540 GPU powers Droid Bionic. Droid Bionic is complete with 1 GB LP DDR2 RAM and 16 GB worth internal storage for user need. A pre-installed 16GB microSD card also comes with the phone. The storage can be extended using a micro-SD card up to 32 GB.

The camera is another important feature in a multimedia phone. It is no different with regard to Droid Bionic, as well. Droid Bionic is complete with a fabulous 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and auto-focus. The camera also allows HD video recording at 1080P. The front facing 1.3 MP VGA camera is sufficient for video conferencing. The front facing camera is a colour VGA camera. Pictures taken from the rear facing 8 mega pixel camera is quite appealing and the same goes for the videos.

Motorola Droid Bionic is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but the UI is customized with the new Motorola Application platform (Motorola dropped the name Motoblur). Since Motorola Droid Bionic is an Android device, more applications can be downloaded from the Android market and many 3rd party Android markets. In addition, Motorola Droid Bionic is loaded with Google Mobile Apps full suite. Webtop technology is an additional feature in Motorola Droid Bionic. You can turn your mobile into a large screen notebook with the optional LapDock, which is sold separately.

Talking about the performance, call quality is quite impressive. For internet gazers, the browsing experience on Motorola Droid Bionic is excellent with multi window browsing. The pages also load fast. The browser comes with support for flash. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G CDMA as well as 4G LTE. It is a world phone capable of international roaming with dual-band CDMA and UMTS support.

Motorola Droid Bionic comes with a 1735 mAh re-chargeable battery. The device reportedly stands for over 10 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on. With the reportedly good performance of the battery, Motorola Droid Bionic will give a good competition to many other high-end smart phones in the market.

Comparison of Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid Bionic
 DesignSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Form FactorCandy barCandy Bar
KeyboardVirtual QWERTY with SwypeVirtual full QWERTY
Dimension135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm2.6 x 5.0 x 0.4 in
Weight135g5.6 oz
Body ColorBlackBlack
 DisplaySamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Size4.65 in4.3 in
ResolutionWXGA, 1280x720 pixelsQHD 960 x 540 pixels
Features16M colorCorning Gorilla Glass, Light responsive
SensorsAccelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, BarometerAccelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
 Operating SystemSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
PlatformAndroid 4.0, Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 2.3 (Gingerbread)
UIAndroid 4.0 UIMotorola Application Platform
BrowserAndroid HTML WebKit (improved version)Android WebKit, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 (Webtop mode)
Java/Adobe FlashFlash Player 10.2
 ProcessorSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
ModelDual Core Application processorTI OMAP
Speed1.2 GHz Dualcore1 GHz Dual Core
 MemorySamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Included16 GB/32 GB16 GB NAND + 16GB microSD pre-installed
ExpansionUp to 32GB microSD cardUp to 32 GB with microSD card
 CameraSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Resolution5 MP8.0 megapixel
FlashLEDDual LED
Focus, ZoomAuto, Continuous focus, Digital zoomAuto focus, digital zoom
Video Capture1080p full HDFullHD 1080p
FeaturesZero shutter lag, Panorama, Zoom while recording,Double microphones
Secondary camera1.3 MP VGAAccelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
 EntertainmentSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
AudioMP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+Motorola music player; AAC, MP3, WMA9, eAAC+, AMR NB, AAC+
Video1080p@ 30fps play back, MPEG4, H.263, H.264H.264, MPEG-4,
GamingAndroid Market
FM RadioYes
 BatterySamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Type Capacity1750 mAh Li-ionLi-ion Polymer, 1735 mAh
Talktime10.8 hours
Standby8.3 days
 Mail and MessagingSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
MailPOP3/IMAP4 Email, GmailPOP3/IMAP, Push Email, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail, MSN, Hotmail
MessagingIM, Google talk with video chat, SMS, MMS, with Video,Corporate Mail Sync,
 ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Wi-FiWi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n ; NFC802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi HotspotYesYes, connect up to 5 devices
Bluetoothv3.0v2.1+EDR supports A2DP stereo, OPP for file transfer, PBAP
USB2.0 Host2.0 High Speed
 Location ServiceSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
MapsGoogle Maps 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigationGoogle Map, eCompass
Lost-Theft ProtectionThird party applications ex: My LookoutYes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Network SupportSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
2G/3GGSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+21MbpsWorld Phone, CDMA EvDO Rev.A dual band
4G4G LTE (available depending on the region)LTE-700
 ApplicationsSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
AppsAndroid Market, Integrated Google Mobile ServicesAndroid Market, Google Mobile Apps full suite,
Social NetworksGoogle+, YouTube, Facebook,TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, PhotoBucket, Picasa
Voice CallingSkype,Viber,VonageSkype, Viber, Vonage
Video CallingSkype,TangoSkype, Qik , Tango
FeaturedPeople app, Music Beta (US only), Google EarthMobiPrint, Verizon Services (VCAST, Visual Voice Mail,My Verizon Mobile, Backup Assistant))
 Business MobilitySamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
Remote VPNYesYes
Corporate MailYes, Microsoft Exchange Active SyncYes , Active Sync
Corporate DirectorySync with Google calendar, Yes with CISCO Mobile AppYes with CISCO Jabber
Video ConferencingYes with Cisco WebExYes with CISCO WebEx
Other FeaturesCitrix Receiver
 SecuritySamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
 Face UnlockDevice and SD card encryption
 Additional FeaturesSamsung Galaxy NexusMotorola Droid Bionic
 NFC, Android Beam for instant sharing, Cloud service,7 Home screens, Zumocast for remotely access/ streaming, Advanced Speech Recognition, SAR: Head 0.88 W/kg; Body–worn 0.94 W/kg