Motorola ATRIX 4G Hands-on
Naturally, high-end specs are all around with the Motorola ATRIX 4G with its sizable 4” qHD display that boasts a stunning resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Looking straight at it, there's no arguing the kind of beauty and elegance it embodies as it packs plenty of crisp visuals to make your eyes gleam with joy. Moreover, there are other admirable features that will surely make you fall in love – such as 1GB of RAM, large 1,930 mAh battery, and support for faster speeds thanks to HSPA+ connectivity.
Taking a hold of the device, it doesn't quite have that stark industrial design that made devices like the Motorola DROID and DROID X stand out. But nonetheless, you can gauge that there was a lot of love put into its construction and design to still catapult it to the status of other high-end devices on the market. In fact, it's surprising to find it come close to the same dimensions as the iPhone 4 – which is impressive when you consider that it packs a healthy sized 4” display.
Underneath all of the top notch hardware, we find the Motorola ATRIX 4G running that all too known customized MOTOBLUR skin on top of Android 2.2 Froyo. Yeah, we know what you're going to say, but we simply hope it will receive the Gingerbread treatment quickly. All in all, the dual-core Tegra 2 chipset enables the handset to fly in just about every aspect we put the device through – so literally, you won't ever have to miss a beat on anything.
1. JVII (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
Impressive. When can we expect a Verizon version with similar specs?
11. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)
Atrix has double RAM and 4 inch screen with 5mp camera
Droid tonic has 4.3 inch screen and 8mp
27. thoth (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Better Yet when will there EVER be a sprint phone with similar Specs ???!!!
33. somepeoplearestupid (unregistered)
I see people bitching on different sites about Bionic "only" getting 512MB of memory. Do people realize that it is 512MB of DDR2? that is twice as fast as a 512MB SDRAM!!! DDRs transfer data on the rising and falling edges of the bus clock signal (i.e. why they are Double Data Rates SDRAM). So the 512MB DDR2 on the Bionic is as fast as the 1gig SDRAM on the Atrix!
good try though bobbytaba.
35. CobraRGuy (unregistered)
The 1GB SDRAM in the Motorola Atrix is DDR3 which is much faster and lower power than DDR2.
39. Cryptkeep (unregistered)
CobraRGuy sorry but you are wrong about the Atrix being DDR3, SDRAM or SINGLE Data Rates is not DDR3 or DOUBLE Data Rates memory, SDRAM is a much slower RAM then the DDR2 somepeoplearestupid (nice name very fitting) is 100% right about this. The DDR2 on the Bionic will actually in a test out preform the 1gb of SDRAM anyday of the week. Also if you read the Bionic post is specifically mentions that is it "desktop" equal ram. Plus I highly doubt that a phone could handle the heat out put 1gb of DDR3 ram. Nice try but no success sorry.
40. blonco (unregistered)
The atrix has 1gb of DDR2
44. CobraRGuy (unregistered)
OK, I thought I saw that the SDRAM in the Atrix was DDR3... my bad. It is a fact that DDR3 is both faster and lower power than DDR2. If the Atrix has 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM then it could certainly handle 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM. BTW, SDRAM stands for "Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory". It has nothing to do with single data rate clocking. Not all SDRAM is DDR (some older memory is single data rate), but ALL DDR/DDR2/DDR3 IS SDRAM.
43. Landmarkcm (Posts: 450; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
I'll Stick with my EvoShift thanks. So glad they offered it in a slightly smaller package. Some screens are getting to big to pocket around.
2. phonefreak (unregistered)
I guess u haven't met the Droid Bionic
3. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)
Atrix has double the RAM of bionic, otherwise they're identical devices
34. somepeoplearestupid (unregistered)
Do people realize that it is 512MB of DDR2? that is twice as fast as a 512MB SDRAM
36. CobraRGuy (unregistered)
DDR2 is SDRAM...
4. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
well im gettin the atrix because it has double the ram than the bionic . And also because its gsm which will work in europe were the bionic wont work because i go to spain every year. .
5. Ryry loves phones (unregistered)
Actually they aren't identical cause the Bionic has a 4.3 inch screen while the Atrix has a 4 inch screen so in your face! I'm on Verizon but I personally think that the 4 inch screen is way morea appealing...
6. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
I agree about the screen but i'm going with the infuse 4.5 inch screen lol. Atrix with the double ram is more appealing but basically depends on which company ya got. Both are awesome looking phones.
7. john smith (unregistered)
I wish they moved away from the all black plasticky look and accented it with some metal or chrome or something else to make it look a bit more aesthetically pleasing. But I guess it's whats under the hood that's the most important.
8. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I hope to get this baby soon, when will AT&T be sellin this strong beast!
9. Dual Core (unregistered)
It would be a worthless beast if AT&T is not up to it. (signal-wise, like Verizon)
28. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
wow, my cappy is a beast right now with AT&T....you have been reading too much about AT&T and their supposed inferior network - it really is not....
30. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
i have a Torch and it's a beast too.AT&T network isn't as bad ,it right there w/VZW plus the HSPA+ WE GOT now and the LTE coming in maybe Apr or June,so that's two bands running seamlessly.
See AT&T been working on what they got and improving on it,according to FCC rules.Tmo is the ones that been lying to you. And it will be better as it already is,network/customer support wise.
Don't believe everything you see on TV or read either Dual Core
50. asrrrr (unregistered)
yeah att has great service, lol my internet goes out every month. but okay then. and theyre coverage area is like half of verizons. i would really hate to have att for a cellular provider. plus att started in Texas and texas is evil.
37. Blah111123453252623623 (unregistered)
Signal-wise? Are you serious? Both at&t and verizon are pretty similar in their signal strength. Certain areas may favor certain carriers, but AT&T has been screwed by the Iphone and its horrible antenna. I have an older bold and my girlfriend has an iphone4, and while i receive 4 bars with no dropped calls, she has one bar if she's lucky. The iphone has made at&t a fortune but has also caused them a mass amount of problems as well.
45. Carrier's issue? (unregistered)
uh, i think the major complaint over ATT's network is due to the huge amount of iPhone user. I was in a building that's capable as a Nuclear Shelter. While both using ATT service, my friend with a blackberry had 2 bars, and I have 0 bar on my iPhone...
46. oneilmccord (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
You can now pre-order it! I will wait for the Galaxy SII though.
13. baztah (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
FOR ME d hardware doesnt look good, they should've put style to it so it would be more appealing, i like d lg optimus 2x hardware its simple but nice.
15. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)
Motoblur does suck big time...but I like the idea of the dock and the phone and it's HUGE battery life. Plus getting rid of motoblur and installing vanilla android isn't that hard, XDA has done it before, and plus the 1gig of RAM will ensure the phone won't be slowing down. Not going to get ATT though, will get it unlocked...
17. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
This phone is a beast!!!, its going to be my first smartphone purchase of the year
19. HelloMotoz (unregistered)
If would be nice if ATT Allow UNLIMITED DATAPLAN OR 5GB Data plan again with this phone coming out .
It sucked so bad that we have to use under 2gb with this SUPERSphones with P.C Interface connection by Laptop Dock.
22. legend221 (unregistered)
Just use the WiFi and youre golden. thats what Im planning to do, honestly if you are not a data hog or tether the phone too often youll stay under 2GB
23. arash84v (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)
@phonearena Will Motorola Artix be coming to Europe? like The Netherlands(Holland) ?
38. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
yes... dunno if you can get it in Holland but i heard orange will sell it and also will be sold unlocked
24. Sebastian Mejia (unregistered)
I'm gonna need your honest opinion. I'm trying to get, either the Motorola Atrix or the Samsung Infuse. I would like to know, which one will you get and why. I need to upgrade my backflip and I need some help. Thanx
25. Julian (unregistered)
True CNET also gives the spec of tha Atrix with 1 RAM of DDR2
26. Fighting Sheep (unregistered)
Funny how EVERYTHING is reviewed about these devices EXCEPT call quality. Have we all forgotten these devices were originally CELL PHONES b4 they added all the superfulous nonsense to turn us into brainless zombies staring at our displays day and nite. I want to know something about call quality, does any bluetooth device work well with it or not, and finally, tell me about CALL QUALITY!!!
31. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
well dude this phone is not even on the market yet, its a release candidate probably, and I don't think you wanna test call quality on something thats not being complete and for sale, now when the device comes out will hear about the call quality details and even see phonearena giving it a review, but from most Motorola smartphones I've heard and had of thats not gonna be a mayor issue.
will see how things turn out when the device is released
32. Frankie (unregistered)
I'd wait on this one. If you're used to a netbook or laptop experience, this thing is gonna be painfully slow. And the dock is prolly gonna cost at least $199, a stone's throw from a netbook. Or a good used netbook price.
If I was gonna tote something this size, it had better be more powerful than a a phone.
41. Jim (unregistered)
man all these beast devices this year its a shame they all look like crap imo the only nice looking phones are the ones with the lower specs of the bunch, (inspire, thunderbolt)
47. Akita256 (unregistered)
Had the Atrix for 3 days. The main problem I've noticed is that the touch screen is not responsive at times and that the battery seems to drain down awfully fast. Has anyone else noticed this? I guess running two processors is more of a drain on the battery.
48. rustyme52 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
I am impressed for our 2g area of service. I have to go 20 miles away to play with it for now!
Looking for antennas for portable applications. Help!
49. rustyme52 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
I have had plenty of run ins with old ATT. But it still has the best coverage in my isolated area for other services. Strange we have a Sprint service center.
The Sprint On line Tech Service center a few blocks from my house is all in a buzz with all the ATT changes that are finally going in place. If ATT does as planned they will outshine everyone. The next 2 years will make the competion have enhanced 3G everywhere and true 4G in most places for all services. Better service and lowered prices per G bit as long as basic service customers don't get pounded.