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Motorola ATRIX 4G review

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The Motorola ATRIX 4G currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 23 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola Atrix 4G is a genuine powerhouse candybar smartphone with specs that set some new highs for the industry.

The Atrix features a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen generating a dense 540 x 960 pixel resolution. Add a monster dual-core Tegra 2 processor (that's two 1GB processors!), enormous 1930mAh battery, and a full GB of RAM, and this device quickly begins to look less like a phone and more like a true mobile computer.

Running on the Android 2.2 OS, the Atrix features a 5MP camera with a suite of photo effects, a second, 0.3MP VGA camera, video calling, video playback, and native support for Facebook, MySpace, Picasa and Twitter.

The Atrix also offers GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI, and memory expansion up to 32 GB via microSD and microSDHC.

With a talk time of up to an impressive 8.8 hours and a standby time of up to 250 hours, the Motorola Atrix 4G packs crazy power and top tier features into a small and handsome profile.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The Motorola ATRIX 4G is the first dual-core smartphone in the Motorola line-up. It’s also the first to flaunt a qHD touchscreen. That’s as solid as credentials get. Add the fact it’s the first handset for Motorola to support the fast HSDPA+ network (hence the 4G moniker) and you&r...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Hardware Secrets

The Atrix is a top-notch phone with a speedy processor. It handled everything we threw at it, including games, without any hesitations. With the Gingerbread operating system, the Atrix may well be the jack-of-all-trades that does many things and actually does them all well. The USD 100 price point w...

- Sandy Berger, Hardware Secrets
Digital Versus

A couple of niggling worries—mostly a question of taste—and some expensive accessories can't take away from the excellent experience offered by the Atrix. It gets the very best out of Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and has a battery to match. It's a must-have for Android fans while new users will be at...

- Romain Thuret , Digital Versus
Stuff

While we applaud the concept and the fact that Motorola has actually followed through with a final product, sadly it doesn't really come off. Physically, it's not the most elegant solution, and once you are set up with the Lapdock you'll probably be left wondering why you didn't just use a netbook i...

- Stuff Team, Stuff
Pocket-lint

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this review of the Motorola Atrix. Many of the features that make the Atrix distinct are rolled into the accessory docks so it seems fair to cover those at the same time. As a phone then we feel that there are other devices that offer more excitement. Motob...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint


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Motorola released the ATRIX 4G on March 6, 2011.


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Motorola backs up the ATRIX 4G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Motorola ATRIX 4G's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Tegra Dual-Core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1930mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1930 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 11 days standby time, 540 minutes.

ATRIX 4G Specs

Brand Motorola
Overview
Release date March 6, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Tegra Dual-Core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.47 W/kg
Body: 1.35 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1930 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 540 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.4 x 1.1 cm (4.6 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 136 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Night mode
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
VGA
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Etna, Motorola Olympus MB860

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

The most powerful smartphone in the world

The Motorola ATRIX 4G is the first dual-core smartphone in the Motorola line-up. It’s also the first to flaunt a qHD touchscreen. That’s as solid as credentials get. Add the fact it’s the first handset for Motorola to support the fast HSDPA+ network (hence the 4G moniker) and you’ve got yourself a Droid that’s not afraid of what comes next...

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The Motorola ATRIX 4G is the first dual-core smartphone in the Motorola line-up. It’s also the first to flaunt a qHD touchscreen. That’s as solid as credentials get. Add the fact it’s the first handset for Motorola to support the fast HSDPA+ network (hence the 4G moniker) and you’ve got yourself a Droid that’s not afraid of what comes next.

Dual core is certainly the next big thing in mobile phones and the Motorola ATRIX deserves credit for being among the first – our bad really, this review isn’t exactly on time.

But there are other bold decisions that Motorola had to make. The HD and laptop docks for one – though the concept is not exactly original, Motorola is trying to make it mainstream. The added fingerprint scanner is not new either but well forgotten old does just as well. Plus, it will satisfy the privacy freak in all of us.

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Hardware Secrets

Solid and sturdy design, fast processor, fast processor

from Hardware Secrets

The Atrix is a top-notch phone with a speedy processor. It handled everything we threw at it, including games, without any hesitations. With the Gingerbread operating system, the Atrix may well be the jack-of-all-trades that does many things and actually does them all well. The USD 100 price point with a two-year contract also adds to the attraction of the phone....

More

The Atrix is a top-notch phone with a speedy processor. It handled everything we threw at it, including games, without any hesitations. With the Gingerbread operating system, the Atrix may well be the jack-of-all-trades that does many things and actually does them all well. The USD 100 price point with a two-year contract also adds to the attraction of the phone.

Although the Atrix’s processor may qualify it as the world’s most powerful smartphone, until it is on a true 4G LTE network, it won’t be the fastest.

That said, however, even on AT&T’s slower HSPA+ 4G network, the Atrix provides enough speed to satisfy the average user. Using the phone is easy with the Android Gingerbread operating system. Although we are not a big fan of overlays, the Motoblur overlay does create an easy way to connect with a variety of social networks.

We have mixed feelings about the laptop dock. Although the idea seems good, we would have to use it to see if we really think it would be beneficial. Also, at USD 400, it is pricey when compared to other options like a tablet or a real laptop.

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Digital Versus

Innovative concept transforms a smartphone into a laptop

from Digital Versus

A couple of niggling worries—mostly a question of taste—and some expensive accessories can't take away from the excellent experience offered by the Atrix. It gets the very best out of Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and has a battery to match. It's a must-have for Android fans while new users will be at home in the Motoblur interface too.

Read full review

A couple of niggling worries—mostly a question of taste—and some expensive accessories can't take away from the excellent experience offered by the Atrix. It gets the very best out of Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and has a battery to match. It's a must-have for Android fans while new users will be at home in the Motoblur interface too.

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Stuff

The Motorola Atrix is one of the most powerful phones we've tested

from Stuff

While we applaud the concept and the fact that Motorola has actually followed through with a final product, sadly it doesn't really come off. Physically, it's not the most elegant solution, and once you are set up with the Lapdock you'll probably be left wondering why you didn't just use a netboo...More

While we applaud the concept and the fact that Motorola has actually followed through with a final product, sadly it doesn't really come off. Physically, it's not the most elegant solution, and once you are set up with the Lapdock you'll probably be left wondering why you didn't just use a netbook instead. That shouldn't put you off the phone as a standalone item. Beneath the toughened 4in Gorilla Glass is an impressively detailed 960x540 display that compares well with the Super AMOLED screen of Google's Nexus S: it's crisper, it matches the Nexus's black depth and it provides superior, super-bright whites. It's great, and if it ran on Android 2.3 it would be in contention for a fifth star.

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Pocket-lint

There are other devices that offer more excitement

from Pocket-lint

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this review of the Motorola Atrix. Many of the features that make the Atrix distinct are rolled into the accessory docks so it seems fair to cover those at the same time. As a phone then we feel that there are other devices that offer more excitement. Motoblur isn’t that engaging, but like LG and Samsung rivals, it’s relatively easy to step away from it and rely on the wholesome Android experience instead....

More

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this review of the Motorola Atrix. Many of the features that make the Atrix distinct are rolled into the accessory docks so it seems fair to cover those at the same time. As a phone then we feel that there are other devices that offer more excitement. Motoblur isn’t that engaging, but like LG and Samsung rivals, it’s relatively easy to step away from it and rely on the wholesome Android experience instead.

But something about the Atrix doesn’t wow like some of it’s rivals. The hiccups with video formats, the display that’s begging to be a little more vibrant, the fiddling with the finger scanner and finish that isn’t quite tactile enough leaves us with the impression that Motorola have a little more work to do before the Atrix becomes the darling of consumer convergence.

We love the fact that Motorola have really thrown themselves into the Atrix and time will tell whether the Lapdock is something that people really want. We’re not quite sold on the experience, but it’s certainly innovative and for some it will be an attractive proposition.

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InfoSync

It could use a little boost in voice quality and camera quality

from InfoSync

The Motorola Atrix 4G is an example of innovative thinking brought to the forefront of modern smartphone technology. We have a dual-core demon with 1GHz of RAM, fantastic battery life, and compatibility with accessories out the wazoo. The Atrix 4G will make working from home a breeze, thanks to the Laptop Dock, and can navigate your car wherever it needs to go, courtesy of the Vehicle Dock...

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The Motorola Atrix 4G is an example of innovative thinking brought to the forefront of modern smartphone technology. We have a dual-core demon with 1GHz of RAM, fantastic battery life, and compatibility with accessories out the wazoo. The Atrix 4G will make working from home a breeze, thanks to the Laptop Dock, and can navigate your car wherever it needs to go, courtesy of the Vehicle Dock.

We are typically weary of phones that are compatible with a multitude of device-specific accessories, but the Atrix 4G proved itself as a worthy candidate. Though the phone could use a little boost in voice quality and camera quality, its overall package did not cease to impress us.

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Brighthand

It's one of the finest phones ever created

from Brighthand

The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the finest phones ever created. It’s well-designed, with a sleek form factor and smooth metal backing. The hardware inside is cutting edge, with performance so fast you’ll find yourself using your phone more and more - and your notebook less and less. T...More

The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the finest phones ever created. It’s well-designed, with a sleek form factor and smooth metal backing. The hardware inside is cutting edge, with performance so fast you’ll find yourself using your phone more and more - and your notebook less and less. That’s one unforseen aspect of having such a fast device: it’s so nice to use that you simply use it more.
In addition to being fast, the Atrix’s strong GPU means that it’ll be able to play any game available on Android today or the foreseeable future. As Sony brings its Playstation app online, the Tegra 2 GPU makes the Atrix a prime candidate for playing these popular games. In the meantime, NVIDIA's Tegra Zone showcases a number of applications that let the hardware really shine.
There are a few problems with the Atrix: despite its 4G nomenclature, it’s not 4G, not yet. As AT&T brings more of its HSPA+ tower backhauls online, that will hopefully change. In the meantime, this carrier really needs to enable HSUPA on the Atrix, since in all other respects the Atrix is a fast, fast phone.
The world of Android smartphones is a volatile place, with today’s top of the line phone, tomorrow’s midrange freebie. For the moment, however, the Motorola Atrix is king of the hill: long live the king.

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My only problem is the fonts are way too small for an adult you need young very young eyes to read the screens that do not stretch....zoom in etc...Otherwize a fine phone.
Ubergizmo

It works well enough to replace a laptop

from Ubergizmo

The Motorola Atrix is a very powerful Android handset, one of the two fastest in the market right now. However, it is more than that: Motorola had the vision and the technical capabilities to give it a second “computer” personality. It is something that has been talked about in the in...More

The Motorola Atrix is a very powerful Android handset, one of the two fastest in the market right now. However, it is more than that: Motorola had the vision and the technical capabilities to give it a second “computer” personality. It is something that has been talked about in the industry for some time, but Motorola is the first company to create such a good implementation. It works well enough to replace a laptop for now, especially if you take the price of the laptop dock into account. The multimedia dock is a more affordable option to turn the Atrix into a computer.
Although fascinating, the success (or not) of the “computer” aspect of the phone should not influence most prospective users all that much. As a stand-alone Android smartphone, the Motorola Atrix is simply one of the best and fastest out there.

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Mobile Syrup

This is perhaps the best Android device released since the Nexus One

from Mobile Syrup

Android has come a long way since the G1. It’s a capable, powerful and app-rich platform, competitive with iOS in many ways, and superior in myriad others. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in choice: there is always more than one way to do something, be it in an app, widget, or throu...More

Android has come a long way since the G1. It’s a capable, powerful and app-rich platform, competitive with iOS in many ways, and superior in myriad others. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in choice: there is always more than one way to do something, be it in an app, widget, or through the mobile web. But the Atrix is just one dual core phone in a land of plenty, and by the end of this year its specs will be commonplace, even obsolete. But in many ways, the Atrix is going to knock your socks off.
Some corners cut, some software bugs, a lackluster camera, but for the most part this is one of the most well-rounded devices ever released. And unless you crave some hacking and modding – Motorola locked down the bootloader, severely impeding the development of custom ROMs and kernels – this is perhaps the best Android device released since the Nexus One (or the original Droid, depending on who you ask).
The Atrix is largely a utilitarian device. It lacks the design flourishes and fantastic software of the Desire HD and the wonderful Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S. But it’s blistering fast, and in this Wild West smartphone market, currently it’s got the quickest shot.

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Android Central

It's not a bad experience as long as you know what you're getting yourself into from the start

from Android Central

Android isn't quite ready for the stellar hardware in the Atrix 4G.  It will be soon if what we're hearing about the "I" version of Android is true, but until then you'll have to be willing to put up with some random slowdowns and general weirdness every once in a while if you pick up the At...More

Android isn't quite ready for the stellar hardware in the Atrix 4G.  It will be soon if what we're hearing about the "I" version of Android is true, but until then you'll have to be willing to put up with some random slowdowns and general weirdness every once in a while if you pick up the Atrix.  Only you can decide if that's worth it.  Then there's the bootloader issue to come to grips with if you're the hackery type.
Applications that have been built to take advantage of the hardware, like my favorite Fruit Ninja THD, show what the hardware is capable of, and the Atrix handles them with ease.  I'm not blowing smoke here -- The Atrix runs the beefed-up versions of Dungeon Defenders and Fruit Ninja much better than the Nexus S runs the "lesser" versions in side-by-side tests.  For most people, that is enough to justify the wait for Motorola and AT&T to update to an improved version of Android that takes better advantage of the hardware -- we have already seen that with the Xoom, so it's coming.  Just know what you're getting yourself into from the start.

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