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Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on

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Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
No doubt, Motorola is late to the game with a high-end Android offering for AT&T’s lineup, but nevertheless, the time is finally here for its flagship to shine. After seeing quality devices like the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Sony Xperia ion, AT&T’s lineup is continuing to be a healthy and solid one now that the Motorola ATRIX HD is poised for release very shortly. Donning one affordable $99.99 on-contract price point when it’s released July 15th, there’s a lot to love about this one – despite being somewhat tardy.

Hardly a surprise, the packaging for the Motorola ATRIX HD is similar to all other devices we’ve seen for AT&T – meaning, it boasts the usual white and orange colors attached to the carrier. Taking center stage, there’s an image of the handset in question both on the front and back of the box. In the rear, however, we’re treated to some quick standout features of the handset – like its 4G LTE connectivity, KEVLAR strong rear casing, SMART ACTIONS functions, and its 4-Star Eco-Rating. Inside, there’s nothing out of character as it’s packaged along with the usual set of documentation, microUSB cable, and wall charger.

Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on


Right away, there’s no denying the direct relationship with its design to Verizon’s Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Utilizing the distinctive design characteristics we’ve seen on previous Motorola devices, there’s nothing particularly fresh looking with the ATRIX HD’s design. Nonetheless, it’ pretty solid with its overall construction, which can be attributed to its durable plastic casing, KEVLAR fiber rear casing, and water-repellent nano-coating. Even though it doesn’t push the envelope with its 8.4mm thick frame, it’s still fairly streamlined enough to tuck away inconspicuously in a pocket – though, it does feel rather weighty for its overall size.

Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on


Turning on this beast, we’re greeted with a brilliant looking 4.5” HD (720 x 1080) ColorBoost TFT display. Obviously, we dig its sharp details, high contrast, wide viewing angles, and rich color reproduction. In fact, it has a powerful glow that enables colors to pop with plenty of iridescence. Additionally, it's soundly protected due to the fact that’s packing scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass from Corning. Certainly, it’s pretty looking to the eyes and all, but we sorely wish it were just a bit larger to match its direct rivals. Specifically, the size of Motorola ATRIX HD is comparable to the HTC One X, so it makes us wonder why it's unable to accommodate a larger display.

Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on
Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on


In terms of hardware, the Motorola ATRIX HD comes to the table with some of the contemporary stuff we’ve seen of late – with nothing that’s really out of character. Powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, the handset seems to move eloquently with various operations, and in our short time checking it out, we’re fairly content with its peppy performance. Naturally, it also helps that the handset is running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich – albeit, with a faint customization. Rounding things out for this lovely device, it features aGPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1080p video recording, 1.3-megaixel front-facing camera, microUSB port, microHDMI port, microSD slot, and a 1,780 mAh battery.

At heart, this is yet another high-end offering that’s stacked to the roof with some quality hardware, but even better is the fact that all of this can be experienced for a mere $100! We’ve already checked out the comparable Sony Xperia ion, so let’s cross our fingers that the Motorola ATRIX HD can continue the fine standard for this newly created budget high-end offering. Expect our in-depth review soon!


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posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:09 1

1. Fayeznoor (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


da faq, This video is PRIVATE, cant watch it

fine now

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:14

2. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Love the phone and thinking seriously about getting it, BUUTT lets hope their will be an actual "Atrix 3" and not just an HD version..... keep up the good work moto

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:50

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


A rose by any other name smells just as sweet. Does it matter what they call it? This is obviously the Atrix 3, even if not by name.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:04

19. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


HD in the name, design of the razr maxx, with lower battery?

Just hope they will make, once again, an actual "atrix 3"

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:03

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


To sum it up, saying this phone isn't the Atrix 3 would be like saying the new iPad isn't the iPad 3 simply because they didn't name it as such. Names don't really mean much.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:09

21. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


good phone but if they're going to mix it with the razr then you have got to go all the wayyy (3,300 mAh battery)

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:25 1

3. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Recently I've been skeptical of Motorola's screens and UI, but It looks like they got both right this time. I'm looking forward to the full review.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:25 2

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol I hope they don't release a ATRIX HD MAXX in 2-3 months from now.

Anyway, AT&T is really good about their prices and now selection.

Samsung Galaxy S3
One X
ATRIX HD

You really can't go wrong with any of these devices and the 99 price tag from the start is very appealing for such a high end, well built device. Motorola might also have the best display type around now. Looks really sharp and beautiful with great viewing angles. I just wish it had a bigger battery but for it's price, it's a steal.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:37 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


They also have the Sony Xperia ion, which I guess is Sony's "high-end" device. Now AT&T just needs to land the LG Optimus 4X and they'll have the five-fecta of high-end phones from the major Android manufacturers. They've come a long way from two years ago, when their only Android phones were the HTC Aria and the Motorola Backflip.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:46 1

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


True but its running on GB and has last years S3 processor. That's why I didn't include it but it isn't a bad device tho.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:51 1

13. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That's why I put "high-end" in quotations. The way I see it, it's not much more than a Rezound with a lighter skin and a better camera. But it still is one of Sony's highest-end phones, for better or worse (worse).

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:59

16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Hahaha very well played!

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:16

23. bigdawg23 (Posts: 388; Member since: 25 May 2011)


There is also the Galaxy Note.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:31

25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Again that is last year's device when the Note 2 is just about to be released in the next couple months.

RIGHT NOW IMHO AT&T has the best line of devices. Verizon is just getting the GS3 but has no One X line and the RAZR 2/MAXX 2 hasnt been released just yet.

Sprint does have the GS3 and the EVO LTE but no new Motorola just yet.

Hopefully they will release them soon, really looking forward to the end of 2012 as there are great devices from all brands.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 18:28 1

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


all Verizon is really missing is a true to home One series device (although the Droid Incredible 4G LTE does still give you the meat and bread) and a plethora of WP devices but i'd rather them wait until they can get WP8 handsets (which they will, probably starting with Nokia) so there's not any legacy handsets for them to have to support but when the new wave of Droid RAZRs hit (hopefully soon), forget about it. the Droid RAZR HD will probably be the only one for a bit that can actually trade serious blows with the SIII.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 18:19

30. DechyX (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2011)


lol, I had both of those and I want this

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:39

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i think it's awesome. just sad because it's not a flagship.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:49 1

11. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It is sad because this is far and away the best smartphone Motorola's ever released, and easily holds its own against the GSIII and One X, but AT&T treats it like it's no big deal.

I bet all the average consumer will see of it will be at the end of some typical AT&T commercial, with some narrator quickly stating "right now, get the Motorola Atrix HD for only $99 with a new contract" and that's it.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:56 1

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, imagine what their flagship is going to be like with this being only a Benjamin. i'm getting chills from the Droid RAZR HD. ;)

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:45 1

7. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Did anybody else see that he tapped on the att logo thinking it was the home button?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:47

9. mike91t (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


I imagine this has the new ics webtop interface when used with a lapdock or connected via hdmi like the Razr?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:49 3

10. sena7 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


On paper this phone really shines. The specifications are right up there with the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. By the looks of things, it is also probably running the best iteration of Ice Cream Sandwich of the three (less is more) at half the price!

Unfortunately (like it's Atrix siblings before it) the hardware design appears uninspired. I would love to buy this phone but as a consumer, design is important to me. This phone could have done without the unsightly AT&T logo front and center as well as the cheap looking white frame.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:59

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i actually kind of like the AT&T logo now. i was skeptical about it at first but it has a real minimal charm to it. see one in person then make up your mind about it.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:13

22. sena7 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


I typically don't like any carrier branding on the front of my phone. I'd rather see a physicaly home key or more screen real estate.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:58 1

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this is a beautiful handset and another good thing is that the interface on the Atrix actually addresses the minor concerns i have with the Razr's ICS update so very nice and today a new lower end Razr leaked for Verizon and that might be their equivalent to this as perhaps a Razr 2 and then there will be the supreme Razr HD!

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:08

20. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The new "lower end Razr" (XT907) you're referring to is listed to have a qHD screen, not an HD screen like the Atrix HD, so I doubt it will be the Verizon equivalent of this, although it could very well be the Droid 5, as it's rumored to have a physical keyboard.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 16:26 1

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


ah yes, you're right, didn't think about that.
it's actually not the Droid 5 though. it was put online today.

http://www.droiddog.com/android-blog/2012/07/possible-budget-razr-inbound-to-verizon/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 17:21 2

26. Carlitos (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


For half the price, your getting ab HD display, better than the one in the One X (due to higher pixel density, that is the same as the iphone 4/s, add to that a colorboost 720p HD display) your also getting not an awesome design, but the material is better than the one in the S3 and One X. And the UI is much cleaner then touchwiz and sense, but that changes on other people's likes. This is a great device, up there with the One X and S3.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 17:33 2

27. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Don't be too quick to declare this display better than the One X's based on pixel density. Sure it has higher pixel density, but by doing so sacrifices valuable screen real-estate. By your logic, a 1" 720p screen would be even better, because the pixel density would be 1468.6 PPI, which is much higher than the iPhone's 329.65, the Atrix HD's 326.36, and the One X's 312.47.

I'll save my judgment on ColorBoost vs. S-LCD2 until I see a comparison, although it does look beautiful in the video.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 17:48

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


really the trade-offs for the smaller display would come in when you factor in the ppi and the more manageable size of the phone (if it's bezeled right.) the ppi by itself is kind of negligible at this magnitude but if the phone benefited by being more comfortable in the hand because of it then it's a more valid trade-off. whether or not that's the case we'll learn soon enough.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 18:40

32. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I've always thought comparing PPI between 720p handsets to be pointless anyways. The existence of a "retina display" is predicated on the distance that the user must hold the phone from their face (12" for a display with greater than 300 PPI).

However, users will naturally tend to hold larger phones farther from their face anyways. I typically hold my Evo further than 12" from my face (it's closer to 18"), so even if it has a lower PPI, my perception of its density is the same or higher than an iPhone user who holds their device 12" from their face. Plus, given the Evo's higher pixel-count, the display is able to show me much more information.

Therefore, comparing PPI between 720p handsets is pointless because A) they all have the same amount of pixels, so they're able to show you the exact same amount of stuff, and B) a person using a 4.5" phone will probably hold it a bit closer to their face than a 4.7", 4.8", or 5.2" phone, which nullifies the advantage of a higher PPI count.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 19:04

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


these are all valid points but it's the same the other way around too meaning the trade-off that exists here is in the actual handset itself and how comfortable it is for someone to use. the GSIII for instance is actually a real handful for me and i have larger hands, i probably wouldn't give up too much screen real estate for a more comfortable to hold phone but it's a feasible thought for some people, particularly women. my sister is the one that has the SIII and we tried taking it back yesterday for the Incredible 4G LTE because she thought the SIII was too big (and fragile but that's beside the point) they wouldn't because the worry-free guarantee is void in this case because she pre-ordered the SIII to keep her unlimited data. nowadays with so many varying screen sizes we wouldn't see 4.5" and 4.8" being so much of a difference but it kind of is. it's the same difference between the Droid Razr and the Droid 4, the Droid 4 and the original Droid and so forth.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 19:20 1

34. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well yeah, it's obviously a matter of opinion and comfort. I can't ever see myself going for a Galaxy Note, for instance, it's just too unwieldy.

That's too bad about your sister, by the way. Stupid Verizon.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 19:31

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


exactly and i sprung for a Xyboard 8.2 because i think 10.1" Tablets are similarly unwieldy.

yeah, the manager we talked to was a good guy, i think he would've done it if he could've but man Apple or Verizon or whoever's fault it is really got us with that delay they stuck HTC with. the Incredible 4G LTE was what she originally wanted being a long time user of the Incredible series but time ran out. the SIII is a likable phone don't get me wrong but that Samsung build quality... >.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 15:52

38. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Sorry i was just reading your comments, but you even said it you're self "the GSIII for instance is actually a real handful for me and i have larger hands" so saying that its particularly for women would be a bit wrong......if the galaxy S3 is a hand full for people with "Large hands" then what is being said about the these large phones? lol that they are TOOO BIG!! I can guarantee there are more people with average sized hands than large hands... To me them making phones almost 5 inches is setting a bad trend for other phones that people really want to see improve in every area OTHER than too much increase in the sreen size..I mean its ok to increase(like apple to the 4in mark) but what are they trying to accomplish here?? they might as well stop making phones and start making there tablets with inbuilt phone systems...Because the last I checked my hands aren't getting any bigger...

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 19:26

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


wait so how is saying that the SIII is big, particularly for women wrong? xD

yeah, i have a Tablet so 4.5"-4.6" is plenty big enough for me.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 17:48

29. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


A 1.5ghz krait equivalent dual core processor with an HD screen for only $100? Not bad. I got burned by the Atrix 2 though so my Motorola brain lobbyist is on time-out for a while. The screen doesn't look as good as the One X, less warm and the blacks aren't as black nor the contrast seem as good, but that's just from this one video. I'm pretty certain Motorola has not upgraded the camera module at all since the Atrix 2. It's also the same on the Razr and Bionic. Dark, muddy, bleh pictures. Smooth video and great sound, but dark, muddy, and bleh video. 4.5" is too small for me nowadays since I got use to my Galaxy S II. They seem to have done little to no extra engineering since that ugly thick black border around the screen that the Razr has is still present here, more prevalent than ever with the white trim. I guess its the tradeoff for thinness, but I think the Galaxy S III has done it better with the bezel and overall dimensions with a more gigantic screen.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 20:41 2

36. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Just a great looking phone. Amazing.

Sure could use a keyboard. On a top device.

Hint-Hint, AT&T. Wink-wink, Moto.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 21:22

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


body is too big...

yeah that ATT logo looks amazing down there /s

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