Aaron pits two high-end Motorola Android devices against each other in a dogfight battle!  The Motorola DROID BIONIC - which arrived after a nine month delay - sports a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, a front-facing camera, 4G capabilities, and Android 2.3 with Motorola's UI.  Sprint's Motorola PHOTON 4G, on the other hand, packs a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, a front-facing shooter, and Android 2.3 with Motorola's custom UI.  They're both available now - the PHOTON is $199.99 at Sprint, and the BIONIC is $299.99 at Verizon.

They're similar in a lot of respects, but there are a few differences as well.  Which one offers the best combination of features, performance, and price?  We'll figure it out.  Part 1 of 2.

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Cameron Gunter Photon FTW!
Byktor Urvaes I like the photon but I hate to say it the bionic is much better
ShehrYar Asghar I don't have either so I can't talk but I kind of like the design of the photon better
Robert Skeen Bionic!
Randall Darden Edit That didnt play on my photon...
Randall Darden Im on Photon but my friend Bionic played HD videos that didnt play on my Bionic. That said, i take it that the cpu in Bionic is stronger then Tegra.
Tom Parker I agree with VoiceNationLive, the iPhone is the ONLY way to go. Running a close second is the WebOS. Running 5 million miles behind is android.
Facebook user Neither... I'll take the iPhone!
Matt SnowPaw Dalton I'm fine with my LG Revolution :D ...although WebOS is so much better then Android... R.I.P. My Pre- :-(
Matthew J Callaway Bionic all day!
Tyra Picazo I love my photon. Don't know much about Bionic. I have taken some amazing photos on the photon on top of all else it can do.
Brandon Worley Bionic...its the network!
Tony Joseph I'd get the samsung galaxy S2 because I want quality.
Ivan Sencillo THEY BOTH SUCK ASS!!!!
Kyle Ruben Morris- Kyrumo I like my Bionic alot :-)
Justin Adams Photon. Only because unlike the Bionic (and apparently what Aaron failed to mention in the dog fight), the photon 4g is also a world phone. 3g, 4g, gsm roaming, and Verizon roaming (without the premium cost attached). Also, though I believe Aaron was being too kind in the reviews, the pinch to zoom appeared a lot smoother on the photon than it did on the bionic IMHO.
Christopher Manic Johnson I'll take the Galaxy S2 pls. LTE still isn't a necessity in my life, & so far, nothing can beat the performance of Sammy's Exynos processor. The Bionic, as nice as it is, is a big let down for me. There really isn't anything special about it, I mean, LTE is it's only selling point; it's processor is the same as the Atrix that came out in April. Why Moto even decide to take the time to redesign this & only clock the processor at 1GHz is a mystery to me. At least if the price was $50 or even $100 cheaper, I'd totally get what Moto was doing.
Brandon Riesenbeck All you people choosing the Bionic must really like data caps.
Zach Cline Thunderbolt sucks.
William Smith Just watch Monday night football on my thunderbolt at work ! Thunderbolt forever!
Vicki Figueroa If you watch both videos, parts 1 and 2 of the dogfight youll notice at the end of part 2 Aaron says the BIONIC WINS the dogfight :p
Ryan DeClue Photon. Had some hands in time with it, and its great! Sticking with HTC for now though :-)
King Josef Both phones are incredibly amazing but I have to go to photon 4 g
Brian H Foote I agree with some of you that every few months a new phone model comes out so it's impossible as well as super expensive to even attempt to keep up on it,especially as data plans begin to super crunch our wallets. I vote we all go back to the original communications.... "SMOKE SIGNALS",it was free back then!!!!! };
Anthony Ochoa I have the htc sensation and I love it......should I trade it for a iPhone 4?
TJ Hahn Bionic and photon are very much alike. Although I like the bionic design better and I like that the photon has a kickstand
Josh Nthecity None of the above!
Vicki Figueroa @Benjamin Padilla~ A lot of Verizon customers (like me) are grandfathered in to the $29.99 unlimited plan so a lot of ppl dont have to worry about paying more for the teired data plans that limit your data usage.
Vicki Figueroa @Ben Broyles~ My friend has the Droid x2, & I now have the Bionic, & they are not the same at all.. yes they are similar in a lot of ways, but there are also a lot differences between them inside as well as out. I much more prefer the Bionic.
Brandon Harrelson Yea they both beat the Evo 3D. They're what the new Evo could have been if they didn't try to won over dumb buyers with this 3D gimmick.
Tommy Nguyen Of course Photon
Nathan Parks Kinda done with motorola for now. HTC and samsung are where it's at.
Zachary Smith One the Evo 3d was a fail. Now the bionic is awesome but they are right they are the same phone it's like the gs they just change them a little for each carrier
Vicki Figueroa Bionic.. Have it, LOVE it
Spencer Lewis BIONIC!!!
Matt Myre Team photon! Best phone i've ever owned. #6yearsinthewirelessindustry
Teron Facey Neither.
Ben Broyles Bionic is just a Droid x2 in a different wrapper..... not a fan
Anonymous Not till we get real proof that wifi tether without charging us
Sumeet Deshmukh Nither!! Happy with s2 sim free!!
Roberto Williams Team screwthisphonescomingoutevery3days , how is my phone I bought 3 months ago obsolete
Mark Coppock Photon all the way!
Ayo Q Sipho Neither. I'm kool with my Motorola razr :)
Benjamin Padilla Photon! Just because you don't have to pay ridicules amounts of money every month. And you have unlimited data access. There are of course the coverage issues but Sprint can roam on Verizon for FREE! Photon FTW!
Zach Cline Neither. Getting the iphone in a few months .
Luis Montoya prime(ero)
Oscar Alvarado bionic because verizons way better than sprint!!!!
Karen N Edgar Garcia Haha im rooting both of them with Cyanogenmod 7 haha. Eg
Sonny Keelen Epic touch 4G
Charles Jones Vigor!!!
Chris Sanchez Ha I agree with Richard htc evo 3D is the boss
Craigg Alexander Jones Sell the photon at my job. Did test on the bionic and photon. The photon rocked the test over the bionic. But the bionic has LTE and Verizon's 3G is everywhere if your outside the LTE area. But the photon is nicer, runs faster, better UI ied go with the photon
Stephen E. Rhodes hehe, get it? "rooting" ;)
Christian Crow Neither ! iPhone 5 !
Kevin Choi smartphone plans are ridiculous nowadays!
Hunter Tea Same phone different carriers who cares?
Richard Allen Yarrell BARF on both of these... HTC EVO 3D rules all.
Abraham Arciniega Neither :)
Boss Roberts Photon!!!!
Mateo Chavez Bionic! I forgot the specific reasons why though! =) I guess just little things that are different.
Teya Gregg Neither .. Im not going to pay $200 for a plan -_-

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