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Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

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Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Introduction:

Can you believe that it has been only 9 months since our eyes first feasted upon the Motorola ATRIX 4G and its innovative qualities back at CES? Adding to its mesmerizing capacity, the handset was attached with the moniker of being the “world’s most powerful smartphone” at the time of its announcement – plus, it helped that it was one serious contenders in the Android space. Fortunately for all of us, Motorola is quick to pump out its successor in a timely manner as the Motorola ATRIX 2 is happily finding its niche on AT&T’s lineup right now. Certainly we’re not fans of seeing higher prices attached to some quality smartphones of late, but what’s especially enticing about the ATRIX 2, unlike some of its rivals, is the simple fact that it’s only sporting a manageable $99.99 on-contract price point.

Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The package contains:

  • Motorola ATRIX 2
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety, Regulatory & Legal Information

Design:

Considering that it’s packing a larger display, the overall size and weight (5.18 oz) of the handset has been increased – albeit, it’s not bulky at all and manages to be thinner than its predecessor at 0.4” thick. Rather than utilizing the most premium of materials for its construction, the ATRIX 2 is still one plastic device that’s complemented by its gunmetal-like bezel and patterned rubbery back cover. And since its edges are curved, it’s very comfortable to hold without coming off as being unwieldy. Clearly, there is very little resemblance with its predecessor, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but its overall solid build is appreciable to keep it good light with the competition – still, we’ve seen better designs from Moto.

The Motorola ATRIX 2 is very comfortable to hold without coming off as being unwieldy - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 is very comfortable to hold without coming off as being unwieldy - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 is very comfortable to hold without coming off as being unwieldy - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

The Motorola ATRIX 2 is very comfortable to hold without coming off as being unwieldy


Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

You can compare the Motorola ATRIX 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Maintaining the same qHD (540 x 960) resolution as before, it’s undoubtedly potent enough to spread out evenly on its larger 4.3” LCD display. Naturally, details are sharp looking to enable our eyes to distinguish fine text from a good distance away. However, what entrances us the most about it all, is that its color production is deep and vivid with its output – albeit, it’s not as saturated looking as Super AMOLED Plus. Nevertheless, our eyes are attracted to it, but after meticulously looking at it more, there’s clearly a yellowish hue to it. Throw in its awesome viewing angles and high-contrast, it’s quite usable in outdoor conditions with the sun present.

The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD  LCD display - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

The Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with a 4.3” qHD LCD display


Flaunting the usual cast of capacitive Android buttons beneath its display, we’re able to activate them with minimal accidental presses. Furthermore, a front-facing camera is found perched next to its earpiece grill.

Front - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Capacitive Android buttons - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Front-facing camera - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

Front

Capacitive Android buttons

Front-facing camera


Gone is the fingerprint reader incorporated into the original’s dedicated power button, and now, we’re essentially presented with a lonesome typical power button that’s flush to the surface – still, it has a springy feel to it. Clinging onto its sides, we also find a noise cancellation microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, distinguishable volume rocker, shutter key, regular microphone, microHDMI-out port, and microUSB port. With the latter two, they’re combined to work handsomely with the handset’s optional accessories – like the laptop dock or HD station dock for access to Motorola’s Webtop service.

Bottom - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
HDMI and microUSB ports (left) - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Power key and 3.5 mm jack (top) - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Volume and camera keys (right) - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

Bottom

HDMI and microUSB ports (left)

Power key and 3.5 mm jack (top)

Volume and camera keys (right)


One of the handset’s upgrades is found in the rear as its boasts a larger 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which is able to shoot high-definition 1080p videos as well. On the opposite side, there’s a slit found in the back cover for the handset’s speakerphone grill. Lastly, yanking off the rubbery-coated plastic cover provides us access to its 1,785 mAh battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. Unfortunately, it’s now packed with a 2GB microSD card, plus 8GB of internal storage – as opposed to the 16GB of memory from before.

Back - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Rear camera - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
Battery compartment - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review
microSD card slot - Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment

microSD card slot



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posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:34 10

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the Affix 2 scores a 9, I can't wait to see how the RAZR is going to do....

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:02 10

4. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You really need to factor in the its $99.99 on-contract price right from the start. In comparison, other highly respectable Android smartphones are priced between $200 and $300. Additionally, the ATRIX 2 is very well rounded with its offerings, so I believe its score is more than appropriate.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:13 3

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


So, price is now trumping features? Maybe PA should just wait 90 days before reviewing a handset - then the scores would be at least 3 points higher (Rolleyes).

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:55 10

21. Chance3333 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


If PA waited 90 days before reviewing a handset, not many people would be visiting this website. Price should be one of many factors that goes into a phone's rating.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:05

10. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Also have to consider the time it is released, even though they aren't that far from eachother.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 20:38 3

31. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Any Quadrant Scores PA??

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:52 4

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Atrix 2 is a great phone but I don't like MotoBlur. Ever since Google bought Motorola Mobility, I was expecting a Stock Android phone from Motorola.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:53 4

3. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


And also, I really like it's design compared to the original Atrix.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 20:36 1

30. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Will it ever get ICS though? It took Moto 10 months from the release of the original Atrix to get Gingerbread....

If history preceeds itself, then its going to be a long wait.....

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:04 5

5. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I agree, for a 99.99 on contract price for the Atrix 2, now that's a good deal if you're on a budget.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:50 5

7. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


What background is that? I like it!

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:58 5

8. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It's preloaded on the phone and it's also available on other Motorola smartphones as well.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:00 5

9. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


The purple one on the top of page 2 in the review?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:33 5

23. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yup, it's on there. Definitely a neat looking one.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:14 4

11. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The Atrix 2 has "Sub-par calling quality" and gets a 9 on a site called "Phonearena?"

Basically it's a sub-par phone. How does that earn a 9?

John V. please explain this high score.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:05 5

16. mightyillidan (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


man the 9 is due to the very great ups from original atrix and and lol 99 dollars is that even money hello u get a one or 2 year future proof phone lol its really deserves that 9 the call quality isnot that bad i think

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:13 4

17. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


9 is a great score for this phone, this is a smart phone, smart phone's have a lot of specifications to be judged on, and the call quality is not that bad at all.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:17 1

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"How does that earn a 9?"

Check John's response to my post above - the $99 price point was what earned the 9 score. It seems that initial offer price is more important than call quality, camera quality or other features that buyers decide to pay more for.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:33 1

24. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


He did not say that the price is more important, he just said he included the price in his rating, why are you so stubborn? Call quality -.5 + camera quality(which is not bad at all, just slightly fuzzy recording) -.5= -1, 10-1=9! 9 is his rating, wtf is your guys problem with that?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 18:27

28. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


problem is, this phone is not a 9 compared to the current crop of phones out.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 19:17

34. PzykoSkillz (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


So you've played with this and all the current crop of phones to compare them?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:19 1

12. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I personally found that calling quality was much better and less irritating than on the Atrix 1 which I still have but beside the Atrix 1 and 2 I dont really know how the latest $300 cell phones sound like. And yes the first shock you get compared to the first Atrix is how fast this one connects -that and the beautiful screen. I dont care for camel back/face lift cell phones trying to look thin. I like the business no frill look of this phone.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:57 1

13. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


The atrix is the last motorola phone im ever buying.. they dont fix their problems with one phone then they release another phone of the same name.. Motorola lost a customer.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:17 3

18. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Ha, change your profile pic then... So what fixable problem did they have with the atrix? it's probably just your phone since I don't see anyone else complaining? Anyways, that's a stupid reason to not buy a motorola phone anymore, too bad your the one missing out, not them!

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:59

14. mightyillidan (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


hey john great review i really liked it okay can u do me i mean all users a favor
iam really comparing this to the international version of galaxy s2 so it would be really great if u compare both and ill really appreciate thx in forward

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:42

25. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Personally, they're both great. In terms of overall allure, I have to give it to the SGSII, but you can still get a great experience with the ATRIX 2. If you don't mind shelling out the money, the SGSII is a great option.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:59 1

15. mightyillidan (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


ya and almost forgot dont forget to upload the 360 degree view thx :)

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:19 1

19. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


So there isn't a video review?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:47

26. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You're right. We'll get the video review embedded, but it's available on our YouTube channel right now.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:39 2

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The Atrix 2 gets a higher score than the iPhone 4S? Shock! Horror! Awesome. :D

Halving the memory sucks, and so does getting rid of the fingerprint scanner. I'll stick with the Atrix for the time being, though I can see this being a great deal for other new customers.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 19:44 1

29. choupino (Posts: 67; Member since: 28 May 2011)


SNIGGLY, I agree with you man. The fingerprint scanner is a deal breaker for me with this ATRIX line... Mine has never had an issue an I love the UI... Once I updated from Froyo to GingerBread, I was FLYING!!! I Love the ATRIX2( except for the lack of a FingerPrint scanner)... The change to the newer device was just too incremental for me to jump at it. The increase from 4 to 4.3 inches in screen size is not enough & bareley noticeable... The processor is identical on both devices... I already get spectacular video out of my ATRIX with only 5 MP and 720 HD video recording.

I'm not a professional photographer nor do I produce professional photographs, so I would not really benefit much from the increase from 5 MP to 8 MP
Actually losing the FingerPrint scanner and losing the available on board memory is enough for me to feel like my device is better than the newer ATRIX2.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 16:44 1

27. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


How you even rate this phone on-par with GSII.

Your score card is somehow getting me confused.
Can someone shed more light to this?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 04:58

32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@Martine - or, to extend the ridiculous, how does the Atrix 2 manage to even be in the same ball park as say, the new Nexus Prime or RAZR? Answer - it has a $99 starting price point on contract.

The starting price point appears to be a thumb on the scale of review scoring.

What if the BB Bold 9900/9930 had been released with a $99 starting price point? Would it have scored a 9?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 05:34 2

33. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


No, because blackberry sucks(in mine, and most other peoples opinion). This is a really nice smartphone for $99, and it is one of the best out, what is there not to get?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:21

35. iliketech (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


it's a great phone. Good screen, GPS works unlike Samsung Gs2... Great battery life. Can't beat it with any other Android smart phone.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 09:57

37. ktk27 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


How can this be a top-of-the-line experience when the call quality is seriously lacking? Does that mean price trumps actual useable features? Well, not for me. I'll keep looking, thanks.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 02:13

38. jakson0100 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Have had my Atrix 2 for a couple of weeks and really like the phone. Unfortunately, the reason I bought it was that I could get a lapdock to extend it. Was really excited! Motorola has COMPLETELY screwed me over on my order with no resolution in sight after almost three weeks. I really caution anyone about buying this from Motorola. Try a different product from a different provider.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 00:06 1

39. raulpr0 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


i am gonna buy this phone today is it a correct decision?? please do reply
thank you :)

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:47

40. a.dya2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2012)


i want to have it really it's wonderful phone but i heard it's locked on AT&T network i live in Egypt and i use etisalat will it work in egypt

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Motorola ATRIX 2

Motorola ATRIX 2

OS: Android 2.3.5 2.3.4
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.59 x 0.40 inches
(126 x 66 x 10 mm)
5.18 oz  (147 g)
Battery1785 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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