As anyone who has seen the kitsch 1970s show "The Six Million Dollar Man" knows, bionics don't come cheap. Such is the case for the Droid Bionic, the new flagship superphone from Motorola and its first handset released since Google announced its intent to acquire the handset maker.
The first dual-core LTE handset on the Verizon network will start out at $300 on contract, a $100 premium over other leading-edge devices. And Motorola has plenty to sell you after that to make your handset at home anywhere. The suite of accessories includes a $300 Lapdock, a $100 HD Station dock, and a $40 Vehicle Navigation Dock.
The Droid Bionic continues Motorola's practice of charging a premium price for dual-core devices that the company established with the Xoom tablet (do note that for a limited time, Verizon customers who purchase the Droid Bionic and the Lapdock together with a $50 5GB data plan or higher will get a $100 mail-in rebate). The question is whether its beefy specs can justify its beefy price. According to NPD's Mobile Phone Track, only 9 percent of the smartphones sold in the first half of 2011 were priced above $299.
The Droid Bionic is also the latest in Verizon's Droid line, which is the carrier sub-brand that has played host to a number of Motorola devices.
In late 2009, Motorola launched the original Droid that served as a springboard for Android's rise to the top of the smartphone OS heap. That Droid had a screen coming in at a bit under 4 inches, a 5-megapixel camera, and HD video capture--specs strikingly similar to another recent introduction: the AT&T Impulse 4G. … Read more