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Motorola Droid Bionic: Top-notch smartphone isn't for everybody [Video]

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The Motorola Droid Bionic is finally in stores and comes with just about every high-end feature a smartphone user could want, as well as a high price.

The Bionic, which was first announced in January, sells exclusively through Verizon for $299.99 on a two-year contract.

The $300 price tag gets you a powerful phone with a dual-core 1-gigahertz processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting and photos.

At the heart of the the Bionic is a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, which makes great use of Verizon's speedy 4G LTE network (or the company's 3G network when 4G is out of range). The Bionic can hook up to an HDTV via an HDMI for checking out photos and video shot to the phone's 16 gigabytes of onboard storage. The new handset, which is exclusive to Verizon, also features an SD-card slot to add up to 32-gigabytes more of storage.

Battery life, however, isn't great at all -- likely due to the Bionic's large screen and 4G connectivity. So, is the Bionic worth $300?

If 4G, a big display and a point-and-shoot quality camera are what you're looking for, then the Bionic is one of the most ideal Android phones on the market right now.

If price and battery life are what you're looking for, there are many better options to the Bionic, such as the Nexus S, the HTC Incredible, and even the Droid X2, which features a similar display but runs on Verizon's 3G network.

View our hands-on video for a deeper look at the Droid Bionic and stay tuned to the Technology blog. Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone is on the way and will be a major challenger to the Bionic as the top Android phone of the fall. Just as soon as we get our hands on the Galaxy S II, we'll let you know how these two stack up against each other.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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Photo: The Motorola Droid Bionic. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times

 
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