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My Transition from 3G to 4G, BlackBerry to Droid Bionic

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The Droid Bionic is a great example of what the 4G technology and a powerful handset can provide to users. The Bionic has a dual-core processor running at 1GHz, a very clear and crisp screen, 8GB of internal RAM with a microSD memory card slot for the included 16GB card. Dual cameras, front and back, with the ability to shoot still pictures as well as 1080P high definition video. The Android operating system is fast with lots of options. Trying to assess access time to web sites was not worth the effort. Load times were so quick that the several second wait on EVDO or 3G is eliminated.

Compared to the first day with a BlackBerry and the loading of applications with multiple reboots, battery pulls, and the 5 minute start up time, the Droid is a breeze. The app market is easily accessible, with almost too many choices on any particular subject.

4G LTE Speed Test Results for the Bionic

The first day with the Droid was not without a few sticky moments, however, not one battery pull or restart was required. The major impediment discovered was the ability of Android to connect to an Outlook Web Access (OWA) site for pop email. It just can’t do it. There are several third party applications that are available to solve the problem, so, a quick trial download, and account data entry was all that was required. This was something the BlackBerry OS did very well, integrate with enterprise email.

Gmail integrates very smoothly with Android, as expected. Integrating Outlook 2010 was a little more challenging, Google Calendar Sync was required to complete the link. Once the application is installed on the PC with Outlook, and the sync decision is made (one way from Outlook to Gmail for the first time, make sure to clear the Gmail calendar prior to start), the calendar syncs seamlessly with the device through the Gmail application on the web. It’s almost like having a personal exchange server.

The Bionic was updated within 30 seconds, and that is with 700+ calendar entries. The Bionic and several email accounts in Outlook plus Calendar are all working extremely well together. Android also consolidates email accounts in a universal inbox, which has a widget residing on the homes screen. One does not need to open a mail app to get the mail.

The second issue to overcome was compatibility with Bluetooth devices. The BlackBerry branded HS700 would not go into pairing mode with the Bionic, and the Plantronics K100 hands free mobile speaker phone paired, but would not function with the device. Research continues on that issue. The other three Plantronics headsets; Voyager Pro, BackBeat, and the 900, all paired and are operating well. The BackBeat in particular has excellent fidelity and is noticeably better with the Droid than the BlackBerry.

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By , RIM-affairs Correspondent on Sep 19th, 2011 GMT +2

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