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Motorola Atrix Smartphone Review

By on August 28, 2011
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The dual core, dock totting warrior arrives. And geeks will love it.

Good: Great specs, nice screen and super battery life. Finger sensor is also something novel. The added docks are pure awesome.
Bad: Motoblur interface is not that great and slows down the phone. Camera could be better as well.
Price: AED 1999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

At the speed technology is moving, it won’t be too long before Smartphones become as powerful as laptops. In fact, the Motorola Atrix that we’re looking at today, can be connected to multiple types of docks and a laptop dock is one of them. Lets find out what else this handset is capable of.

Packaged in a fat grey and red box, the Motorola Atrix comes packaged with a USB cable and plug, a mini HDMI to HDMI cable and a cheapo quality headset. A quick-start guide is also included that shows the different dock accessories available for the Atrix. Measuring 117.8 x 63.5 x 11 mm, the Motorola Atrix is a bit on the bigger side like all Super-phones. The following table compares the Atrix to two of the other recent Super-phones that we looked at- the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy SII.

Motorol Atrix HTC Sensation Samsung Galaxy S II
OS Android 2.3.3 + Motoblur Android 2.3.3 + SenseUI 3.0 Android 2.3.3 + TouchWiz UI 4.0
CPU Dual Core 1.0GHz Dual Core 1.2GHz Dual Core 1.2GHz
RAM 1GB 768MB 1GB
Storage 16GB + MicroSD Slot 1GB + 8GB MicroSD Card included 16GB/32GB Internal + MicroSD slot
Display 4.0″ 4.3″ SuperLCD 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus
Display Resolution 540×960 pixels 540×960 pixels qHD 480×800 pixels WVGA
Camera(s) 5MP with LED Flash
Video recording: 720p
8MP with LED Flash
Video recording: 1080p
8MP with LED Flash + 2MP Front Facing
Video recording: 720p
Connectivity HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 2.1
14.4Mbps 3G
802.11b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 3.0
21Mbps HSDPA
802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 3.0
Battery 1930mAH 1520mAH 1650mAH
Dimensions 117.8 x 63.5 x 11 mm 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight 135g 148g 116g
Price AED 1,999 AED 2.599 AED 2,599

 

As you can see from the table above, the Atrix is a actually bit smaller in both screen size and overall dimensions when put next to some of the other Super-phones. However, it can’t match the Galaxy SII in thickness which continues to be insanely thin at 8.5mm. The smoothly rounded edges and a plain black finish on the front gives the Motorola Atrix a very conservative look.

 You have volume buttons on the right side and the USB and HDMI connectors on the left. The top has a 3.5mm jack along with the power/lock button that sits towards the back side right where your index finger lands making it extremely convenient to lock and unlock the device. What’s even more awesome is that this lock button is a finger-print sensor allowing you to swipe your finger to unlock the device. It’s a great idea as long as you’re not outdoors in humid conditions at which point, it just doesn’t work.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

Comments
  • Gonzo610

    I have this phone and I love it. I left Sprint because they sold me 2 sets of bricks for smartphones. I went to ATT and haven’t had any issues. This phone is definitely a keeper. The finger print doesn’t work when the battery gets low either.

  • namelessone

    Hi, what version of Android were you running? I just purchased one from a local retailer and it shows up as 2.2 even after updating over the air while using motorola software updater it doesnt require an update.
    Your review shows it as 2.3+? Can you please confirm is you have used 2.3 and where did you get it as – am unable to update it.

    • Abbas Jaffar Ali

      The phone has already been returned back to Motorola so I wont be able to post a screenshot for you but I am fairly certain it was running 2.3 when I was testing it out.

      • namelessone

        Hi, Abbas,

        I can confirm it is 2.2  – no official update to 2,3 as yet- Also retail price is 2299 at all major retailers (ive checked Axiom as well).
        You should update the review accordingly

        Thanks

      • namelessone

        Hi, Abbas,

        I can confirm it is 2.2  – no official update to 2,3 as yet- Also retail price is 2299 at all major retailers (ive checked Axiom as well).
        You should update the review accordingly

        Thanks

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