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Motorola ATRIX HD unboxing and hands-on

0. phoneArena 12 Jul 2012, 14:58 posted 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...

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posted on 12 Jul 2012, 18:40

32. Commentator (Posts: 3704; 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: 5711; 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: 3704; 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: 5711; 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: 311; 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: 5711; 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: 3597; 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: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

body is too big...

yeah that ATT logo looks amazing down there /s

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