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Motorola ATRIX 4G review

8.1/10 AVG.

  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G

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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
1 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


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

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

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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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola ATRIX 4G user manual here.

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

If your ATRIX 4G has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

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

1 GHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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.

16 GB

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


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

Release date March 6, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Tegra Dual-Core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible 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
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
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
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
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
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
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
Additional Front Camera Info
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
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
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 -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Etna, Motorola Olympus MB860

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