Motorola Droid Bionic vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

by: JoseJanuary 7, 2012

We’re always fond of putting gadgets into some kind of dog fight. It’s a good way to give tips for people who are planning to buy one. By comparing devices’ specs and performance, the resulting comparison can help potential buyers make an informed decision on which device is a better deal. If you are looking for a details spec comparison, checkout our comparison section of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus VS. Motorola Droid Bionic.

This year we don’t plan to break the tradition, so we’re pitting two great Android smartphones against each other. And, since it’s the start of the year, we’ll go for the big guns. We are going to put the Motorola Droid Bionic side by side with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You would probably have your bet already, but before going for that hunch, read on and check things out in greater detail.

The Specs


The Galaxy Nexus would take the lead on this one. It’s got a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor which beats the 1.0 GHz dual-core processor of the Droid Bionic. Somehow, with all things equal, that 0.2 GHz difference in clock speed could make a big difference. Both devices have equal amounts of RAM (1 GB) aiding their dual-core processors.

Form Factor

The Galaxy Nexus is bigger than the Droid Bionic, which might mean that it’s going to be bulkier than its rival. Good thing, though, is that the Galaxy Nexus has a curvy and well-designed casing. This means that it can still comfortably fit in your pocket. The Droid Bionic, on the other hand, does not really have anything special when it comes to its looks; it’s just the typical boxy look, which makes it look ordinary among a sea of other Android phones.

Display Screen

The Droid Bionic uses a 4.3-inch qHD display while the Galaxy Nexus uses a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display. Both devices have exceptionally great screens where colors are vibrant and crisp. To the untrained eye, the displays on these two devices hardly differ. But, if you examine more closely, the Droid Bionic’s display resolution is 540×960, which gives it a pixel density of about 256 ppi. The Galaxy Nexus, on the other hand, sports a higher resolution of 720×1280, which gives it a pixel density of about 316 ppi. In terms of display sharpness, the Galaxy Nexus brings home the bacon in this round.


You will get an 8 MP digital camera at the back of the Droid Bionic, while the Galaxy Nexus has a 5 MP digital camera. Pictures are great on both, even if the Droid Bionic has higher MPs. Autofocus on the Droid Bionic is a bit slow, though. The Galaxy Nexus, on the other hand, has faster camera response time with “zero shutter lag.”


The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. The Droid Bionic, on the other hand, runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and, for sure, will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon.


Samsung Galaxy Nexus

  • You will have Android 4.0, which is the best version of Android.
  • It has a very elegant design, especially with its unique curved screen.
  • A big 4.65 inch display screen.
  • Long-term support and updates, since it’s a flagship Google reference phone.

Motorola Droid Bionic

  • It is cheaper compared to the Galaxy Nexus.
  • Lapdock that turns the device into a netbook. This is sold separately, though.
  • The device seems to be more sturdy and solid than its rival.


Samsung Galaxy Nexus

  • It is pricier compared to the Droid Bionic.

Motorola Droid Bionic

  • The casing of the device is too boxy (i.e., too plain and ordinary-looking).
  • There is some lag in the autofocus of its camera.


The Galaxy Nexus has a trump card: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which, in itself, is a magnetic feature. Developers have worked hard to optimize the Galaxy Nexus’ software and hardware so that the device can deliver smooth-sailing performance–and it does. It has great software, coupled with great hardware, particularly its dual-core processor and HD screen.

The Motorola Droid Bionic, on the other hand, is a solid device, built not just with durability in mind but also with superior processing performance and with its ability to “control” other devices. Plus, its Lapdock support is one of its attractive come-ons. Though still running Gingerbread, we’ll have to wait and see what great improvements the Droid Bionic can muster once Motorola upgrades it to Ice Cream Sandwich.

These two phones have great things in store for you, but your choice will depend on your private needs. Which one is your next phone?

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  • Roberttko

    Nexus is the best only downside is speaker volume like weak .

    • Brien Gerber

      with volume+ its an easy fix

    • Anonymous

      Samsung also has poor build quality.

  • Anonymous

    Nexus = SEX. Damn that phone is HOT. Why the hell hasn’t Samsung/Google give AT&T this phone yet? And why the hell am I still stuck with this crap provider? I wish I could switch to Verizon.. damn family plans.

    • ryan cler

      because AT&T is a craptastic company compared to Verizon

  • Mry0y0

    Why hasn’t anyone mention there’s no expansion storage for the Nexus? That was a big selling point on the Bionic for me. Just like the RAZR doesn’t have a removable battery. ANOTHER selling point I like about the Bionic. I can put expansion storage AND get a larger battery.

  • bq

    Awful review/comparison. Anybody could have wrote this some simple research.

    • Anonymous

      It is just a light comparison, it saves someone from some simple research.

  • Anonymous

    My wife has a bionic and I was going to get one too in fact I told her to get one because her contract was already expired, it is a great phone but I got a galaxy nexus on day one, I personally would have been pissed if I had gotten the bionic over the galaxy nexus, the phone is just fantastic and besides the lapdock on the bionic does not compare and I am talking about the so called bad camera on the nexus…if you say so, I think it is better than the 8 mp camera on the bionic and my other 5 mp camera on my og droid not to mention way faster. The screen is not comparable to too many, even apple, yes I said it and I have an ipod touch, definitely considering the screen size. When I use this and then my ipod or any iphone or ipod I am just thinking good god their screen is so f-ing tiny and hard to use.

  • samsung sucks

    I had the bionic then went to the nexus now I have the razr maxx the nexus was a joke moto phones have incredible build quality. Nexus kills battery life bionic manages itself much more efficiently

  • Goblue2486

    I just recently got the Bionic and am very impressed. I’ve had knuckles smartphones including the iphone 4 and I have to say this thing is a beast. I didnt like the non removable battery or the 5mp camera on the nexus. You’re gonna make the most badass phone on the planet but give it an inferior camera?? Doesn’t make sense to me. I love my Bionic

  • Goblue2486

    Tons* not knuckles lol

  • RS2010

    give me the nexus internals and OS with the droid casing/body and im happy.