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The good: The Motorola Atrix 4G features a dual-core processor and a sharp qHD (quarter HD) display. The Android 2.2 smartphone has a sleek design and a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video calls, and an HDMI port.
The bad: No 1080p HD video recording or playback at launch. You can't install non-Market third-party apps. We didn't experience great HSPA+ 4G data speeds.
The bottom line: The laptop dock is a decidedly cool (and pricey) feature, but the dual-core Motorola Atrix 4G has plenty to offer on its own. The smartphone packs speed and high-end features into a sleek package and earns its place at the top of AT&T's Android lineup.
I bought this product as an alternative to the iPhone, for more customizable features, such as ringtones, bluetooth sharing, and for the Google/Android OS. The fingerprint reader security feature was also a big draw. The display is really clear, and the screen itself is great because it is scratch proof, etc. (Gorilla). The internal memory is also pretty big and can be expanded with an external memory card.
The only thing that gets a little confusing are the tips and hints and how to get to some of them after you read it, when you first start using it. I thought I would be able to change the tone for text messages, but as of yet, I haven't found a way and don't know if it is a feature. Also, in order to change the main google account that you register with, you have to restart the phone to factory settings. Other than that, it is pretty much easy to use. I haven't yet downloaded too many apps, but when searching, they have much of the same ones as the iPhone, so that is a definite plus.
There is almost nothing I don't like about this phone. I am really happy with it thus far.
Call is clear and on speaker is very loud. Texting with swype makes quick messaging easy, and if you arent a big fan of swype, the screen, while not overly large is easy to type on.
This is a powerful 1Ghz dual core phone, capable of browsing through the UI and web easily, and with a little work, you can play PSX games on it. It's 1GB of RAM is also impressive and helps with keeping this phone speedy.
On top of your normal android security, you also get a quality finger print scanner. Though you will encounter more false negatives, and may have to make several swipes to unlock it, but hey, its better than false positives.
It's QHD display isn't as bad as most reviewers say, unless you're serious about watching movies on a phone. The 5MP wide screen camera takes good pictures, though it can be grainy at times, you cannot change ISO settings. The promised 1080p video recording capability was never delivered, though there is SOME hope with this year's ICS update. However it's 720p recording is good enough, but is grainy in low light conditions, and is disappointing if you are expecting HD quality, but that doesn't mean you cant go out and shoot great family videos or youtube movies.
Battery life on this phone is amazing, and that's without modifying the phone. It is possible to go through a day of moderate use without having to worry about plugging it in.
My experience so far with the Motorola Atrix 4G has been very favorable. The device itself while somewhat more "plasticky" in construction, it functionally speaking performs very very well - Dual cores do make a difference. I will admit that I don't like MotoBlur. I am using an alternate launcher, LauncherPro Plus. The Atrix really shines when somewhat unbound from MotoBlur. Ideally vanilla Android would be best for it but until that can be rectified at a later time, I am content with using LauncherPro Plus.
I bought the unit with a cracked digitizer knowing I would replace it so that I would have the unit as it is supposed to be. Replacing the digitizer (touch screen) is not difficult to replace but is time consuming, one needs to be careful not to damage the digitizer ribbon cable.
Once this was done, it was a matter of getting up and running with my sim card and my microSDHC card (16Gb). My previous phone is a Google Nexus One and I got it at launch. I figured it was about time to get a newer device and for my intended uses, the Atrix pretty much fits the bill with the plus of being equipped with HSPA+. I'm a gophone user on AT&T, but my primary service provider is T-Mobile. I figure once I unlock the Atrix I can use it on T-Mobile with their HSPA+ speeds as well. At least that's one thing that both AT&T and T-Mobile have in common is that they are both using the same HSPA+ bands... (I know this for a fact because I also have a Dell Streak 7 which I verified usage on both AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA+ connections).
I just wanted to post this with general impressions regarding usage of the Atrix and as such I wouldn't consider this a full-blown review.
If one is looking for a good Android device to bridge usage between service providers, you can't beat the Atrix.
I bought this phone because i was looking for the best of the best android can offer, yet at a reasonable price. This phone actually has it all, and i dont think i have even put to its maximum test. It really is fast, doing anything,... of course i got rid of the bloatware it comes with (AT&T, and MotoBlur)... installed Ginger Blur, and its been a dream come true.
What i like the most its the battery life. its quite amazing for a smartphone. I always carry it with all things on (Bluetooth, WiFi and Network),.. and brightness at max, i even surf the web or play some games, watch some series on the SDcard,.... No problem, gets me through my day, without a complain.
What i dislike, is that it gets a little warm after continuous use (like watchin a movie)... i mean really hot, (like 98 F + )... but as i have seen in other smartphone, (HTC) also gets warm after using it for a while. It helps isolate the heat from the hand by using a silicone cover preferably
In summary, it is the best android phone, (without a doubt), to this date. You make your own judgement.
P.S. Did i mention that you can connect it to HDTV and watch movies and series with it? Did you know that it has 11GB ( not 16GB, because 5 of that is used internaly for apps and OS ), aside from the SDCARD
Once the flagship Android phone for the first half of 2011, the Atrix still holds up well. The fingerprint reader is still unique only to this phone, the Atrix 2 dropped this great feature. Dual core phones are fairly ubiquitous for the high end market now so I would still place this unit near the high end. The 16gb internal memory plus up to another 32gb in an SD card makes the storage capacity a very large 48gb. Especially with class 4 32gb cards only $32 on sale now. The Tegra 2 chip and 1gb of RAM makes the Atrix still faster than the majority of Android phones.
WOW blazing fast smart phone!!! great looking screen, motoblur is simple to use and there are so many apps to choose from!!!!
The camera's are both very good the hd video is amazing! this phone is definately the best android phone out there, and definately tops the iPhone 4!
I bought two here on Ebay. I bought mine to use with Straight Talks BYOP (Bring your own Phone) plan. Works great and yes, you get 4G speeds with Straight Talk. The stock user interface is ok but I rooted and install different ROMs to make it faster and less bloated with all that AT&T crap. Not to mention you can flash kernels to overclock it. I've ran Ice Cream Sandwich and even the new Jelly Bean ROM on this and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The second one I bought was for my wife and she has no complaints. She plays her word games on it now instead of her tablet.
I love my Atrix. The size of the screen is great. It's not too heavy. Hd display makes reading easier. For me, Android is the best OS in the market today. It nicely combines easy of use with powerful tools and fun apps. One thing i did not like about att atrix is having to pay in order to use the wifi hotspot. Battery can last all day if i don't use internet a lot. I feel it's one of the best day devices you can get for the average price of atrix.
Positive evaluation for:
2. Value for money
- 1GB of RAM
- Beautiful and fast interface
- Display high-resolution
- Powerful battery
- Biometric scanner
- Select optional accessories
- Lack of official support in some countries
iPhone does not need - forget! ATRIX performance is amazing. Large memory allows you to run many applications simultaneously and switch between them. A biometric scanner will allow open access to a password-machine one-touch, and the HDMI output device connects to a TV or monitor. And it's such a funny money!
Battery capacity 1930 mAh allows the body to work under stress 12 hours, today it is a record of Android-communicators with similar characteristics. The downside, of course, is the lack of official support for Motorola in some states and, as a consequence, the national language of the box. If you have the right brain in or a good friend specialist it right.
An excellent communicator for your money.