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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.

On the specifications side, Motorola has done a wonderful job of choosing some fast components for the Atrix. Featuring the same SoC as the one found in Honeycomb tablets, the Atrix is equipped with dual core 1.0GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 and 1GB of RAM to keep the applications running smoothly. The internal storage showed me an odd figure of 10.71GB of which 9.7GB was available for documents and multimedia files. A microSD card slot is also present on the back of you need to expand upon the storage. With such a beefy configuration, I was expecting good score in the Sun Spider Javascript test.

Smartphone (OS Version) SunSpider JavaScript 0.9.1 Test (Lower is better)
Motorola Atrix 4244
HTC Sensation 5253
Samsung Galaxy SII (Android 2.3.3) 3416
BlackBerry Bold 9900 (BBOS 7) 3146
HTC Desire S (Android 2.3.3) 5840
Apple iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2) 10263

 

As the table shows, the Atrix proved to be a pretty fast Smartphone, though the Samsung Galaxy SII and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 are faster in our tests.

Although the 4.0” screen on the Atrix is smaller than the HTC Sensation as well as the Samsung Galaxy SII, it has the same high resolution of 540×960 pixels as the Sensation making the pixel density higher than both it’s competitors. While this makes the screen extremely crisp, you don’t get as much as wow factor while watching videos or browsing websites as you do on the slightly higher sized screen. That doesn’t mean that the screen doesn’t look good- far from it actually, but given the choice, I’d rather go for a 4.2” screen than a 4.0” screen as anything above 3.8” is already too big for me.

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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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