Droid Bionic Review

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The Motorola DROID BIONIC is Verizon’s first Android Phone to have both 4G LTE Connectivity and a dual core processor, immediately launching it into the elite smartphone realm. But with it’s delayed release – having first been announced in January and just launching in September – does it still carry enough bravado to warrant your hard earned dollar? Read  (and watch) on to find out.

Bionic Hardware Review

The Droid Bionic has an attractive and familiar look consistent with several other Motorola Droids (most notably the Droid X2) with a little lip below the 4.3-inch screen. While the Bionic is slightly thicker than the X2 it’s still only .43-inches thick, the thinnest 4G phone on Verizon to date, and it feels reasonably sized and weighted. It’s pretty impressive what Motorola is able to pack into the Bionic’s relatively small frame.

The 4.3-inch qHD display has 960 x 540 pixel resolution and is pretty darn good. Close inspection will reveal images and videos that seem to have a slight cross-hatched pattern underlayed which might irritate some, but overall I was impressed with the screen quality. The screen is made of Corning’s “Gorilla Glass”, an extra tough material that protects against scratches and broken screens. It’s not indestructible, but it makes an awesome difference.

Below the display you’ll find the typical Android buttons (Menu, Home, Back, Search) which are capacitive (touch sensitive) and very responsive. The left side features a MicroUSB port and a Micro-HDMI port, the right side has a volume rocker, and there is 3.5mm headset jack on the top of the phone along with a power/sleep button.

The Bionic has two cameras: an 8MP camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for video chat and self-pics. Also on the front, on the other side of the earpiece, you’ll find an LED status notification light; this is a small feature but one I appreciate – it’s nice to have a visual indication that you have calls, messages, or e-mails awaiting you when your phone is otherwise “off”.

On the top/back, behind the power button, is a little slot to help pry open the battery cover. Call it nitpicking, but the battery cover along with the MicroSD Card and 4G SIM Card underneath were the most frustrating part of using the Bionic.

Don’t be shy: you really have to yank the battery cover to get it off (but if you break it don’t blame me!). Once it’s off you’ll find a 1735 mAh battery which you’ll need to remove to access the 4G SIM card. You can remove the MicroSD card without removing the battery, but neither are easy to finagle. Luckily we don’t usually need access to remove/replace these so the irritation will be rare.

The Motorola Droid Bionic has a solid set of features and an impressive spec list, but what makes this phone special is a certain Bionic trio:

  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 1GHz Dual-Core processor
  • 1GB RAM
These three hardware features together on one phone make the Bionic a powerful beast… let’s take a look at what this combination means for you.

The Bionic Trio (4G + Dual Core + 1GB RAM)

The Bionic is Verizon’s first phone to rock both 4G LTE connectivity and a dual-core processor- throw in 1GB of RAM and you’ve got an impressive combination of specs serving as your phone’s “engine” of sorts.

Let’s start off by looking at the Bionic’s 4G connectivity advantage which is an easier feat to illustrate. Check out the below video where we run three tests comparing the Droid Bionic’s 4G LTE speeds on Verizon with both 3G Verizon speeds using the Droid X and Home Wi-Fi (Comcast) using the Nexus One

As you can see, the quality of Verizon’s network spoiled my fun in two of the three tests. I’m in Baltimore where Verizon has an excellent 3G and 4G signal, so loading Phandroid.com and loading YouTube videos was lightning fast for both scenarios (even when compared to Wi-Fi). But Speedtest.net is where you truly see the power of Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

The Droid Bionic absolutely CRUSHES not only 3G but also Comcast Home Wi-Fi running the Speedtest.net app. With Verizon 4G I consistently got download speeds of 20+ Mbps and upload speeds of 3.5+ Mbps. It might be hard to understand how that extra power comes into play when 3G loaded websites and YouTube HD just fine, but think about this: if the 4G network only had 1 or 2 bars would it still be faster than Verizon’s 3G at 4 bars? My bet is yes and that’s where I think you would really see the value of the 4G  network- even in areas with only average connectivity your 4G should zoom while your 3G might struggle.

While the 4G LTE Radio provides quick downloading and uploading of data/multimedia, the dual-core processor splits the on-device work across two processors thereby lightening the load. Add the powerful 1GB of RAM and the Bionic powerfully pumps where other devices might putter along.

While it’s harder to visualize the importance of processors and RAM, one popular measuring tool is Quadrant which looks at a number of indicators and metrics, boiling them down to a “Quadrant Score”:

As you can see above, the Droid Bionic well outperforms a number of top Android smartphones. I consistently scored between 2,200 and 2,500. Quadrant is a great way to ballpark the value of hardware specs but it’s only a relative comparison tool and not an exact science. There are other benchmarks out there but I offer this example simply to prove the Bionic is indeed a beast.

Bionic Software Review

The Droid Bionic ships with Android 2.3.4, the most recent version of Android (at publication of this review). With a new version of Android expected by year’s end, some might be tempted to wait: although Verizon has promised to support software upgrades for 1+ years, they usually come with a fair delay.

That being said, the Bionic runs the Android OS rather flawlessly. It’s quick, without lag, and an overall enjoyable experience. Credit the dual-core processor and 1GB RAM here. From apps and games to web-browsing and videos, the Bionic offers smooth sailing smartphone use.

MOTOBLUR, the manufacturer’s former custom OS overlay, has been replaced with a less intrusive option which offers some of the same features – like resizable widgets – without the bulk that previously dragged down performance. However, the Bionic does come preloaded with a large number of annoyingly undeleteable apps and games, some welcomed and others dead weight.

Bionic Multimedia Review

The Droid Bionic comes preloaded with a bunch of apps that occupy a chunk of its 16GB of internal memory. Among them: Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, City ID, GoToMeeting, Let’s Golf 2, MOTOPRINT, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Slacker, Videosurf, and ZumoCast. It’s also packed with Google goodies like Maps, Navigation, and Places while Verizon pre-installs their entire VCast lineup.

It’s a mixed bag, but some of the apps I already regularly use (NFL Mobile, Slacker) and others I tried for the first time and enjoyed (ZumoCast, VideoSurf).

ZumoCast is pretty awesome: quick signup, quick install on your computer, and all of a sudden your phone can access any file on your computer from anywhere in the world. Of course your computer has to be online and running ZumoCast, but after setting this up once it’s like your own little free version of Dropbox. You can choose what folders and files to share with your phone and let me tell you- it’s worth downloading and trying out. While many people assume preinstalled apps are bloatware, ZumoCast is nothing but files-on-the-go goodness from Motorola. Great stuff.

VideoSurf is like Shazam for TV and Movies – pretty neat – but after thinking about it seems a lot less logical. Whereas you’re often listening to music with no way of identifying the artist/song, you usually have access to see the programming guide when watching TV or movies. Unless you’re watching YouTube or another online video source, but I found using VideoSurf on my desktop monitors with YouTube a lot less effective. Even so, cool idea.

Additional multimedia features include HDMI mirroring through the Micro-HDMI port, DLNA connectivity, and the ability to turn your device into a mobile hotspot if you pay for the associated plan. All of these features are well documented and work beautifully with the Droid Bionic, although I’ve always had headaches and troubles with DLNA across the board.

The enjoyability of the Bionic’s multimedia is due in large part to the hardware specs: the 4G LTE connectivity allow you to stream videos and load webpages with great speed and the processor and RAM give the device more than enough power to operate effortlessly. The nitpickers will point to the less-than-perfect display as a flaw when compared to other top phones, but the vast majority of folks will find it perfectly pleasurable for all types of multimedia viewing.

Bionic Camera Review

Of all the high-end features of the Bionic I was most disappointed with the camera. After seeing spectacular pictures captured with the phones like the Droid Charge, my bar for mobile picture taking has risen. The Bionic photo experience comes in under that bar. While it’s capable of taking great photos, there are a couple of problems and irritations that prevent it from being a top smartphone shooter. To summarize:

  • Auto-focus is hit or miss and takes a few seconds to stick
  • Pictures may mis-focus and appear blurry
  • Colors can seem dull and/or washed out

The rear 8MP camera comes with an LED flash and auto-focus. I took several pictures in different environments with various settings and just didn’t see consistent results. See the samples below and click to enlarge each picture:

This picture of a flower is taken with all automatic settings and although the real-life color was vibrant and robust, we see the flower washed out and leaves too contrasted in the picture. Definitely doesn’t capture what I intended.

I got much closer on that same flower and used the Macro settings. Although the clarity and focus was good, something simply wasn’t right with the color balance. Interestingly enough, , what I saw in the viewfinder and what I saw once the picture snapped were very different, making me wonder if an imposed software filter causes unintended alterations. Maybe a software update can fix the color issues.

Landscape photos were generally better in terms of color and focus.

One thing I noticed was a delay/lag in the auto-focus finding a target and often improperly focusing, leading to blur. It didn’t happen the majority of the time, but enough to find myself resnapping the same picture several times on occasion.

The above picture is taken in a pitch black room and the results are as you’d expect: seeable but blurry when large. Not bad for a completely dark room though.

The above picture was taken with the front-facing VGA camera. Let’s face it: you aren’t trying to work masterpieces when using this camera, you’re either trying to video chat or take a self-pic. For these purposes, the Bionic was perfectly servicebale. Since I don’t have a British accent, standing in front of a bookcase full of Encyclopedias is my main gimmick to appear intellectual. Unfortunately, I’m undermined by the beard.

I found the 1080p video recording on the Droid Bionic to be really good considering the lackluster still photo results. Here is a video of my brother and I trudging into the backyard where a usually dry ditch made way for a steady stream during a crazy weekend of rain:

One thing I did enjoy about the Droid Bionic Camera was the software. Whereas I’m usually left sifting through menu after menu to find various settings and options over here and there and drag-click-open-zoom what? Yeah… the Bionic makes it easy with a simple side drawer that comfortably explains/expands further.

Let’s clear something up: unless you’re some type of mobile photo guru, chances are the Droid Bionic camera will be perfectly fine for you. There are plenty of settings to help optimize you pictures and I did indeed snap some good photos. It isn’t one of the best mobile cameras on the market by a longshot, but it’ll do the trick for your casual everyday photos- just don’t expect to blow up your Bionic photo of the Egyptian Pyramids into a poster for your wall.

Battery Life & Call Quality

The battery life and call quality are essential elements of phone use but typically get a footnote in reviews because of their unexcitability. The same goes here. I found call quality to be better than average and battery life to be average.

One thing Droid Bionic users NEED to keep in mind is to turn off resource intensive features when they’re not being used: this means 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and other non-essentials. That alone will extend your battery life a good deal if you’re not already paying attention to these factors. I also imagine the Bionic will get more mileage out of the battery charge once more developers and Android in general better supports the dual-core architecture.

The bottom line is that the call quality is good, the speaker phone is reasonably loud, and the battery life falls in line with what any high-end Android Phone would yield. While I’d love to get more juice out of the Bionic, this is just an industry-wide issue that needs to be addressed. I’d suggest snagging a car charger and additional wall-charger so whether you’re at home, at work, or in-transit you can always stay plugged up. This and smart feature-use should solve a lot of your problems in the first place (with any phone).

Bionic Accessories

The Motorola Droid Bionic has a few accessories that are MUCH more interesting than car chargers and wall chargers. Try the Laptop Dock for example, which turns your Bionic into a fully usable laptop, promo image from Motorola below:

“Fully usable” is relative as you’re still limited to a somewhat netbookish environment but the nice thing is your phone does all the heavy lifting and already has your contacts, data, files, and information so no syncing is required. The Bionic actually powers the Lapdock which is more or less just a shell. Think Krang on TMNT. Or forget I just said that.

The Lapdock is kind of pricey at $300 but certainly a nice option. There’s also an HD Station for $100, Standard Dock for $40, Car Mount/Dock for $40, and Webtop adapter for $30. The latter of those is a nice bargain, allowing you to then connect your phone to an external display for using the Webtop experience that’s found on the Lapdock. It also lets you use the phone to scroll and type although bluetooth peripherals are welcome.

The Verdict

Friends and family constantly ask me, “What Verizon Android phone should I get?” and I’ve consistently told them, “Wait for a dual-core Android Phone with 4G LTE so that you’re phone is future proof.” Here it is.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is an excellent option, highlighted by the Bionic trio of 4G LTE, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB RAM. A lot can happen in the 2-years until your contract is up, and these specs essentially “future proof” the Bionic, ensuring it’ll have the horsepower to run more resource intensive apps, games, and content as time goes on. It’s not the perfect device – the camera isn’t great and it’s missing a couple features like GSM/World radios and an NFC chip – but if these aren’t deal breakers then the Bionic is a top-shelf option and Verizon’s best.

Patient techies that crave the highest of high end phones may want to wait for the holidays when Verizon is likely to launch the rumored Droid Prime, but everyone else can confidently buy the Droid Bionic knowing it’s a great phone that should last them the duration of their contract… and considering the pace of today’s technology, that’s a mighty bold statement.

Football Pickem App Now Available [$7,000+ in PRIZES]

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A couple days ago I teased Football Pickem by FootballBeast.com and guess what? It’s finally landed on Android Market - just in time for the season!

Make your picks NOW for the chance to win $7,000+ in prizes. Weekly winners get $100 Amazon Gift Cards, Season Winner gets $500 Amazon Gift Card, and Playoff Winner gets 2 Tickets to the Big Game!

Tonight we hope to allow for online account creation and picking so your non-android, football-loving friends and family members can join in the fun. Over the next week or two we’ll be rolling out lots of additional features including Facebook integration, fan forums, and a whole lot more.

We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this app but it’s a test run of sorts. It’s a FREE app and we’re giving away huge prizes, so we’ve dedicated a lot of resources to this project. Our goal is to create a truly unique portal where football fans can share their ideas and predictions while rooting for their team and competing in a fun game for prizes.

If you have friends and family who would be interested, we would LOVE for you to share this info with them – it’ll help us to continue building apps and services that we think people would really enjoy!

Now for a bit of fun… who do you think will win the first game of the season?

And just for giggles, since I’m a huge BMORE fan and I know there are huge PITT fans out there… who will win that game? It’s arguably the most exciting rivalry matchup of Week 1:

Thanks for playing folks and we hope to see you on the FootballBeast Forums soon!

Droid Bionic Hands-On Video

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We have finally got our hands on the Motorola DROID BIONIC for Verizon Wireless which goes on sale September 8th for $299.99 along with a swarm of accessories. Here it is!

I’ve been particularly excited about this phone because of it’s “future proof” characteristics: it’s Verizon’s first phone to have both 4G LTE connectivity and a dual-core processor, ensuring you get maximum speeds and a processor that can handle future updates to the Android OS. Friends and family asking which phone to get on Verizon have been met with a “wait for the Bionic” for some time now… they’ve been waiting for awhile but it’s finally here.

Was it worth the wait? We’ll find out in our Droid Bionic review, coming soon. Stay tuned!

Football Pickem for Android: Coming VERY SOON!

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Football season is  a few days away and the team behind Phandroid.com is bringing you “Football Pickem” for Android and the chance to win $7,000+ in prizes by predicting the winners each week! See how you stack up against experts, analysts, and your friends throughout the season on your way to potentially winning tickets to the big game!

We’ll be launching the app on Android Market tomorrow along with full contest details (tidbit: weekly, season, and playoff winners!). We’re also hectically working on some pretty cool features like comparing records with friends using Facebook Connect and launching a Football Forum for fans to share thoughts, talk trash, discuss predictions, and everything else football related.

I’m pretty eager to crush the entire Phandroid Staff at Football Pickem- trust me, it’ll happen. Whether or not I can defeat you folks is another question… I’ve learned the hard way you’re a pretty bright (and beastly) bunch.

Head on over to FootballBeast.com, sign up, and we’ll E-Mail you as soon as the app is available. Alternatively, keep your eyes glued to Android Market and Phandroid.com where we’ll keep you updated on the app’s progress in addition to giving you a full tour and demo once it’s ready for Deion Sanders (Read: Prime Time).


Live From The Samsung Galaxy S2 Event in NYC!

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The cat is officially out of the bag. We already knew that Samsung was making a killing with the Galaxy S2, selling 5 million in the phone’s first 85 days. That number is about to drastically increase as Samsung has just announced availability in the United States on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Although we know most of the details, we’re reporting live from the event and will surely have hands-on footage to share with you soon. So stay tuned!


Here are a couple videos from the event, including a brief intro from Todd Pendelton, Samsung’s Chief Market Officer, and the unveiling of the Galaxy S II lineup.

Samsung Sells One Galaxy S2 Every 1.5 Seconds, 5 Million After 85 Days

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Samsung just hooked us up with their press kit at the Galaxy S2 launch even in NYC and in it was a rather interesting infographic claiming the company sells a Galaxy S device every 1.5 seconds. Wow.

It first launched on April 29th and the mathetmatical comparisons of sales figures to Mt. Everest, Soccer Fields, Elephants and Father Time aren’t only interesting, but pretty mind blowing. With the US set to pump out Galaxy S devices courtesy of T-Mobile and Sprint, I’m wondering what comparison would come next?

Motorola Droid Bionic Preview Video Pops Up – Shows Off Boot And More

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An anonymous tipster just hooked us up with a video that shows the Droid Bionic boot sequence. Folks have been waiting a LONG time for the Bionic and with an early September release looking promising, we’re hoping you won’t have to wait much longer.

Take a look how fast Verizon 4G works and note that it looks like they’ve only got 1 bar of connectivity. We briefly see BLUR which our tipster says is snappier and better looking than previous versions, but you’ll have to stay tuned for a more in depth demo.

If you’re eagerly awaiting the Bionic we highly suggest you head over to our Droid Bionic Forums where a boat load of folks are already talking about the device. Already? I mean… nevermind.

How do you like that red computer chip wallpaper?

[Thanks Anonymous!]

Verzo Kinzo Coming Next Month, Company’s Android Smartphone Debut

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We haven’t heard of Verzo before and you probably haven’t either as their entire website is coming soon. But according to an exclusive over on Engadget, they’ve got an Android phone lined up for a September debut and we’re eager to see what the startup can produce.

It’s name sounds like a Hollywood Ninja or the weapon a ninja would wield, but make no mistake, the Verzo Kinza is very much an Android Phone. Judging by the pictures it’s a bit chunky, something the company isn’t trying to hide. The first paragraph of their press release was – in one word – refreshing:

It seems to be a general rule these days that anytime there is a new mobile device introduced to the market (it does not matter whether it is introduced by a new or well established com- pany), their press releases are presenting it as if the device would bring some great change to the field and forever change the current state of affairs. This is not the case of VERZO.

We are new, we are here, we want to be heard and seen, but we are not going to claim that we are going to change everything what are the owners of smartphones used to. We are definitely not going to scare off Apple and Samsung by our entry to the market, so they would have to call board meetings and hold press conferences. On the contrary - the VERZO brand is letting you know right from the start that we are not the slimmest, fastest or the best. For now.

We’re unsure of both hardware and software specs but we’re eager to get the full scoop on what seems like a promising company. With the Kinzo being offered online in a month or so, details should be imminent. Online sales will be followed by distribution to the United States and Europe, followed by other regions. Whether or not a major retailer or carrier picks up the distribution contract remains to be seen… but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.

Here is the rest of the press release:

VERZO and Community

At the same time we want to let you know that we are going to be different and that we have a clear vision and we know exactly where we are going. The VERZO brand is officially letting you know that it exists and in the next 6 weeks we are going to offer all smartphone-lovers our first model named Kinzo. Verzo Kinzo combines our desire to produce original and novel products with functional design, plus we hope to make our products user-friendly, reliable and open to suggestions.

Saying that we are open to suggestions could mean anything. What we really mean is that the VERZO brand will actively listen to its customers. Here at VERZO we represent the generation used to online forums and social networks or communities, so we know what a strong and well organized community can achieve. For this reason, every product leaving VERZO factory will have a very close link between the brand and the user. Our products are designed to listen to their users.

If the users do not like something, we will know. If they demand something, we will know. If they have some dream or suggestion towards the VERZO brand or the model Kinzo, we will know. VERZO Kinzo is, however, not only counting on the original design from Novague studio and the community connection, but it is also bringing its own graphic solution for the popular Android OS.


Our personalized VERZO interface was not developed just to be different from the rest of the world, but mainly because we wanted to get the most from the Android system. We believe that we were successful now and we want to be even better in the future. Kinzo is therefore offering you Android with VERZO face.

How to buy Kinzo?

The sale of Kinzo will begin at the end of September. Complete information about our first smartphone with full technical specifications, photographs, 3D model, videos, all features and the price will be released during the second half of September 2011.

The sale itself will be launched online on our official VERZO e-shop which will be accessible at www.verzo.com. From there we will be shipping the Kinzo to all the countries of the European Union and also the USA. Other countries will be added later this year or in the beginning of the next year. For now we are planning to add China, Russian Federation, countries of South America and the Middle east. One of the advantages of getting a VERZO smartphone is our dedication to provide easy and responsive customer service.

Other details

Smartphone VERZO Kinzo was designed and developed in Europe, and the production takes place in designated factory in Taiwan. The official web is going to be launched in its first phase (containing basic information about the product and first pictures) during the night from 29th to 30th of August.

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NVIDIA Dual-Core Blowout: 5 Androids, 10 Cores, 1 Contest [PART 5]

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Can you believe we’ve already given away FOUR Android devices in  4 weeks, all powered by NVIDIA’s lightning fast Tegra 2 Dual-Core processor? Time flies when you’re having dual-core fun and guess what? We’re not finished!

This week we’ve got a super sick collection of stuff to giveaway… but it’ll all go to one lucky winner.

First up we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the world’s thinnest tablet) which is powered by – you guessed it – an NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor. In May we got our first look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and shortly after published our Galaxy Tab 10.1 review. It’s safe to say that Tegra definitely helps the Galaxy Tab 10.1 work wonders.

Our friends at NVIDIA didn’t stop there: while their Tegra processors help add visual perfection to the Galaxy Tab, they’ve sent us a JAMBOX by JAWBONE so that our winner has an equally awesome audio experience. The JAMBOX is ridiculously small but emits incredibly high quality sound that you can really crank up. The JAMBOX might have the best combination of size and sound quality on the planet.

So now you’ve got the Tegra powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 – the slimmest tablet on the planet with a stunning display. You’ve also got the JAMBOX – the smallest speaker with the best sound. Now all you need is some great content to use on your device. For that, NVIDIA is hooking you up with a $25 AMEX Gift Card for use in Tegra Zone.

If you’re not familiar with Tegra Zone, you’re probably missing out. Tegra Zone is NVIDIA’s special game store where the world’s top developers have optimized their games for Tegra devices like the Galaxy Tab. Familiar games like Fruit Ninja and some of my favorites – Backbreaker and Riptide – really shine in terms of performance and graphics.

Gaming is probably my FAVORITE use of tablets and as you probably know, NVIDIA has a long and history of taking gaming devices to the next level with their processors. Download some games from Tegra Zone and you’ll see exactly what I mean!

And now… for the contest nitty gritty!

This week we’re giving away:

  • The Tegra powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1!
  • $25 Gift Card for Tegra Zone Games!


  • If the Android Robot could have 1 super power, what would it be and why?
  • Answer the above question in the form of a comment on this post
  • We’ll select one clever/witty/funny comment as our winner
  • You may only enter ONCE
  • If there are a LOT of great entries and we can’t decide, we’ll give special consideration to folks who also tweet their entry to @nvidiategra and @phandroid
  • It won’t win any extra credit but we also suggest you Like NVIDIA on Facebook

Make sure your comment is tied to an account with an e-mail address or some way of getting in touch with you... otherwise we’ll have no way to contact you and will have to randomly select a different winner.

Will be notified on Monday, August 15th by E-Mail.

Stay tuned for more contests from Phandroid… we have some great things lined up!

Thanks for participating and we’re really excited to see what creative super powers and explanations you leave in the comments. Good luck and have fun!

NVIDIA Dual-Core Blowout: 5 Androids, 10 Cores, 1 Contest [PART 4]

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We’ve already given away 3 Android devices in our blowout contest, each rocking an NVIDIA dual-core processor, and this week is no different. But at the same time this week is VERY different. Take a blazing fast 1GHz dual-core Android Tablet, give it a keyboard accessory that virtually morphs it into an Android Laptop, put it in a box and ship to the winner and whaddaya got?

The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer. TegraZone on the Transformer? Yes please.

If you’re unfamiliar with TegraZone you should get acquainted, but you’ll need an NVIDIA powered Android Device as NVIDIA only offers the app for devices with their processors – it’s a VIP pass of sorts. It’ll give you access to some awesome games – some of which are ONLY available on TegraZone and ALL of which are optimized for the Tegra Dual-core experience, ensuring smoothly rendered animations, crystal clear graphics, lightning fast performance, improved battery life and more.

The Transformer itself is one of the more interesting hybrid Android devices and has (rightfully) received a ton of fanfare. In addition to rocking the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the Transformer runs Android 3.2, has 10.1-inch screen, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, HDMI-out, MicroSD Slot, 2 USB ports, 2 3.5mm headset jacks and packs a whole lot of Android awesomeness.

Want to win it? Read on!

This week we’re giving away the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer!


  • The first person to find the secret phrase and post it in the comments of this article will win
  • The secret phrase is written on an image hidden in on only one page of Phandroid
  • What does the secret image look like? You’ll know it when you see it… it’s a picture of an Android Device with the word “Winner!” written in bright red with the secret phrase below it
  • Where is the image hidden? You’ve got to sift through the site to find it! If nobody wins today, we’ll post an article tomorrow with a hint, and continue to post a hint every day until someone finds and posts the secret phrase.

Make sure your comment is tied to an account with an e-mail address or some way of getting in touch with you... otherwise we’ll have no way to contact you and will have to randomly select a different winner.

Will be notified by E-Mail within 24 hours of identifying/posting the secret phrase

On Monday, August 9th we’ll be giving away one of the remaining Dual-Core Android Beasts. Which one? How can you win? Those questions will go unanswered until the 9th rolls around. For now, get searching for the hidden image and secret phrase!

Also… NVIDIA has promised to sweeten the pot with bonus prizes and maybe even more giveaways if we help them gain Twitter followers and Facebook Likers!