New Droid Bionic could challenge iPhone, tablets

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PHOENIX – The new Droid Bionic, the latest and greatest offering from the Android world, has hit the market and some say it could be a real contender to take on Apple’s iPhone.

Ken Colburn of Data Doctors stopped by to show the new Droid to Scott Pasmore and talk about some of its features.

Like many Android phones, the new Bionic does have a larger screen than the iPhone.

“One cool thing about the screen is that it’s perfectly formatted for high-definition movies,” Colburn said. “You’re going to get the full screen. You don’t have to go in and out and zoom.”

The Bionic also features an 8-megapixel camera, but that’s not all.

“The camcorder on this is spectacular – 1080-type high-definition videos,” Colburn said.

The Bionic also has a front-facing camera, but according to Colburn, the really interesting stuff is inside.

“This has the same processing capability as an iPad 2,” he explained. “It has the ability to run Flash right out of the box.”

Not only is the battery easy to replace, said Colburn, it’s also upgradable for more battery life.

That’s something you might want to consider because the Bionic is a 4G LTE device.

“It’s the fastest handset on the fastest network, Verizon’s network, but that will also eat up battery power,” Colburn said.

So, is the Bionic a viable alternative to the next-generation iPhone, which is due out in late October? If you want really super fast Internet access, maybe, but Colburn said he doesn’t see hard-core Apple fans making the switch.

The Bionic could be an option for people who haven’t yet jumped on the tablet bandwagon.

“This is getting big enough that you can do a lot of things,” Colburn said. Between screen size and sheer speed, it’s definitely worth a look.

The Bionic that Colburn showed is $299 with a two-year contract.

“It’s got expandable memory. All those things people complain about on the iPhone, this does have,” he said.

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