Motorola Atrix review roundup
Recently announced Android super-phone Motorola Atrix will be reaching stores in coming days. Being one of the most anticipated devices this season, Android lovers are expected to line-up outside stores to get this beast.
If you are still skeptical about buying this device, we have put together a review round-up from some of the best reviewers around the web. I hope this will help you make your decision.
Motorola Atrix Reviews:
The Motorola ATRIX 4G is one of the world’s fastest smartphone, literally. When we picked up the ATRIX for the first time we were pleasantly surprised with how the materials felt. The device feels solid and well built, and we really love the size.
The hardware of the Atrix 4G is notable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is design. The body of the phone is largely plastic, but don’t let that bother you too much — it’s put together so solidly that it feels like a much pricier material.
Each design has its highs and lows, and the same holds true for the Motorola Atrix 4G. Thankfully, there’s much more to like than dislike here. The Atrix is sleek and lightweight at 4.6 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick and 4.8 ounces. The handset’s slim profile makes it easy to slip into a pants pocket, and the rounded corners and tapered edges make it comfortable to hold.
The phone is pretty light at 135 grams, that puts it in the class of the iPhone 4 and Optimus 2X (although the Atrix is lighter than both). Despite its weight, the Atrix 4G doesn’t feel cheap – it just feels like a solid block of plastic. There’s no discernible flex in the chassis, at least from my experience with the phone thus far. All gaps in the housing are both tiny and uniform. It’s a well built product.
The Motorola ATRIX 4G runs a version of the love-it-or-hate-it MOTOBLUR UI, and as much of an annoyance it can be sometimes, we’ve found that paired with the ATRIX, it’s not that big of a hindrance. Things run fast, smooth, and effortless, no doubt in thanks to that dual-core CPU, but again, the software UI on here isn’t that big of a deal, even if you are an Android purist.
we’d like to say that the software side of the Atrix is actually quite good, and there are lots of little improvements the company has made to bring Android together in a bit more of a cohesive manner. It also helps that Google has begun to independently update its core apps (such as Gmail and Maps) outside of system updates, which means you’ll get the same experience in many places that you would on an untainted Nexus S running Gingerbread.
Since this isn’t exactly a new version of the software, we’re only going to delve into a few points that we think are notable.
The Motorola Atrix 4G runs Android 2.2 with Motoblur. Though we weren’t huge fans of Motorola’s custom user interface when it first launched, the company has toned down the UI quite a bit and enhanced the customization abilities, so that it’s much more useful and reduces the information overload aspect of the previous version. One thing that does irk us is that you have to sign up for a Motoblur account when you first set up the device. Afterward, you can sign in to all your other e-mail and social network accounts to import your contacts, messages, and calendar appointments.
We’ve only been using the Motorola ATRIX for around a day now, but we can definitely report that the battery life on here seems to be pretty great. It’s easily on par or even a level better than other Android phones we’ve used and tested.
On the battery side, the Atrix 4G packs an impressive 1930mAh battery inside, and even though Android is data intensive, we found ourselves squeezing more than 24 hours out of the device on a single charge with fairly heavy use. You can probably get more time out of the device if you avoid calls when possible and keep your brightness settings in check, but we were pleasantly surprised by the performance we saw.
At 5.25 hours the Atrix 4G has the 6th longest battery life in this test of all of the phones we have in our Smartphone Bench database. If you remove the two KIN devices, that puts the Atrix 4G in 4th place. And if you’re just looking at Android phones, the Atrix 4G is at the top of the list. The iPhone 4 lasts longer, but the Atrix 4G delivers a respectable battery life.
While the resolution is quite high, the display to us still looked pretty pixelated. It’s a little odd that the display on the Motorola DROID X actually looks better than the qHD display, in terms of clarity. Colors, however, look great and the panel is very bright and evenly lit.
As far as the display goes, we’re extremely excited to see new Android phones taking higher resolution screens. With the added real estate the qHD provides, we were able to get a lot more utility out of Gmail, the browser, and a handful of other content-heavy applications, and text and images looked crystal clear on the display. There were some issues with Android applications that don’t properly take advantage of increased resolution, but they were few and far between — for the vast majority of software we used, the display worked beautifully.
Engadget: The Atrix 4G might be our favorite Android device that we’ve tested. It’s got specs that run laps around most other devices, which should make most potential purchasers feel a little safer about laying out cash for a smartphone right now. We’re not saying the phone doesn’t have its issues — and we’re really not big fans of Motorola’s skinning — but this is a powerhouse of a device in a sleek package, and Android’s openness to customizing means you’ll be able to turn it into a phone that feels like your own. So yes, yes to the Atrix 4G, because it is an awesome phone.
AnandTech: Atrix 4G may be the best combination I’ve seen thus far, the year isn’t even half over yet.
BGR: The Motorola ATRIX 4G is a very impressive product that brings an impressive set of accessories and peripherals to market that extend the smartphone into something much, much more. Looking at the phone specifically, it’s a feature-packed Android 2.2 device that has a vivid, high resolution screen, and a screaming fast dual-core CPU making it the fastest phone in the market.
Cnet: 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.
We credit all the reviewers for their hard work on putting down these reviews; we will also publish our own review once the device reaches India.