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Welcome to the Motorola Atrix review of 2011. The Atrix was released in early 2011 as a high end model with most of the latest hardware technology that would become common throughout the rest of the year. As a phone the Artix is a very cool design details that require a close up look to appreciate. Unfortunately these details will probably be hidden or ‘protected’ by some cheap protective case that has become so common these days.
In terms of hardware you will find a few things not found on any or very few phones currently for sale (2011). For example the dual-core CPU with a separate graphics processor, biometric security or finger print scanner and the previously mentioned scratch resistant glass. However to balance off the new features there a few things that are not quite up to top spec level. Far example the 4 inch screen size, 5MP camera and missing FM radio. The Atrix has a decent screen but it is not AMOLED but has a higher density of pixels (aka iPhone) which means it is definitely not quite as nice to look at and the Atrix will have higher battery usage as a result.
In terms of construction the Motorola Atrix is very good however still not close to the impressive iPhone or the Nokia N8. Sure it may not be made of a single piece of aluminum or plastic but the way it has been put together is solid and feels good enough. The carbon fiber like rear cover also looks pretty good close up. No creaks or rattles and as good as the segment leader the Samsung Galaxy S. If you do get an Atrix remember that the front screen is Gorilla glass which is more scratch resistant than virtually all ‘accessory’ coverings you could possibly buy. Our Nokia N8 has the same feature and has been without a cover for at least 6 months not a scratch to be seen!
In terms of operation the Atrix is very slick despite the Motoblur affected interface. We have no criticisms of any importance apart from those related to the way Android OS or Motoblur works. The web browser allows you to visit any site even with Flash based content – however it will not run complex games like those on Facebook.
Final words? Lots of technology in a small package, if you can live with an average sized screen (4 inches ) then go for it. As with all Android phones it all depends on the price as they can basically do the same thing. Great phone but there are so many other great phones too!
- Motorola Atrix
Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Tri-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100 (dependent on country)
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps data speed (download)
HSUPA 2 Mbps (upload)
Touch screen slider
- L190.1 x W120.5 x D12 mm
- Weight 385 grams
4 inch 540 x 960
2nd video call camera 1.3MP
Forward facing camera for video calls.
- Video Camera
720P or 1080P dependent on version of Android OS.
1 Ghz Dual core
Separate Graphic CPU
Up to 16 Gig for user
Up to 32Gig micro-SD expansion
- Ring tones
MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
Free Google Navigator (requires data plan)
Proximity Ambient Light
Music and Media player
MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF, ZIP compatible
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Li-Po 1950 mAh battery
Up to 400 hours Standby
Up to 9 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Approx $xxx AUD late 2011 (Outright)