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Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

Motorola ATRIX 4G 9.5

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Given the prestigious title of being “the world’s most powerful smartphone,” the Motorola ATRIX 4G is able to back it all up since it carries along a sweet 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM. So if speed it something you want, then that’s exactly what you get with the handset as it blazes through the simplest of operations without much fluff. Although we experienced just a tiny bit of slowdown initially, which seems as though it was getting itself all adjusted to being powered on for the very first time, it soon offered a tight responsive feel that resonates throughout every aspect of the device. From scrolling between its homescreens with a live wallpaper activated to playing 3D intensive games, the Motorola ATRIX 4G is one beast of a phone in handling the most demanding things.

Whenever we’re checking out some Android powered Motorola device, the first thing that comes to mind is why MOTOBLUR? Well, at this point, it’s pretty much the expected thing – so we really can’t complain much about at this point. Yes, some will pledge that it’s absolutely fantastic, while others will downright say it’s horrible. But to us, it gets the job done as it offers all the elements you’d expect out of any Android phone out there. Sure it has a somewhat cartoonish appearance, but the nice thing about it is the customized Motorola widgets that will adjust accordingly whenever you re-size them. Furthermore, there’s still this traditional level of personalization with Android since you can add in a bunch of useful widgets, activate an eye catching live wallpaper, or simply throw up some kind of shortcut.

There’s a total of 7  homescreens available, and similar to HTC’s helicopter view with their customized experience, you can view all of them at once by simply pressing the home button while on the main homescreen. On the surface, there are a handful of Motorola specific widgets that offer additional functionality without the need of running  dedicated application, however, you can always fall back on the usual Android ones.

The Motorola ATRIX 4G has 7  homescreens - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G has 7  homescreens - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G has 7  homescreens - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G has 7  homescreens - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

The Motorola ATRIX 4G has 7  homescreens


Since its inception, MOTOBLUR has always been known to take kindly to social networking, but we’re greeted to a familiar experience. Motorola’s social networking widget will display related content from your account all in one place – which is nice seeing you can view them all at the homescreen. Additionally, you can simultaneously compose a Twitter and Facebook post all from the widget. And if you happen to have a slight itch to run an app, you can still get your fill by simply running the dedicated “Social Networking” app which basically accomplishes the same items as the widgets.


Phonebook:

Nothing has really changed with the address book on the Motorola ATRIX 4G, but that doesn’t stop it from being extremely usable. Specifically, it combines local contacts with those found with your social networking accounts, while still enabling you to associate pertinent information with each person. In addition, relevant social networking content will load up with each person – meaning, you can quickly read up their latest posting within the address book. Last, but certainly not least, all of your contacts are synced with your Google account so you’ll never have to worry about some catastrophic problem wiping out your hard work.

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The address book of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The address book of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The address book of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

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posted on 01 Mar 2011, 07:35 10

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


9.5!! I'm i seeing things here? same as iPhone 4!? wow

now stop comparing everything with the iPhone do few more phone smack downs using other phones an I'll stop calling you biased

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 09:28 6

5. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


why compear everything to iPhone, its becouse iPhone does give best costumer satisfaction.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 09:39 7

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


it alright to compare one device with the iPhone but if you read this page more often you will find out every device is compared with the iPhone witch it not even fun, for example comparing this phone with the iPhone will be dumb but a compare with the optimus 2x can be appreciated as you can see witch you can choose. its not that I don't want them to skip apple comparison but to add more different product comparison

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 07:26 1

49. assajdsad (unregistered)


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posted on 19 Mar 2011, 07:26 1

50. assajdsad (unregistered)


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posted on 01 Mar 2011, 18:13

23. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


They don't compare it to the iPhone.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 07:33

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


its an extra comment related with phone comparison... usually done around review times

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 06:46 1

41. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL just happened.... I win candy for that

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 08:18 3

2. Falcon (unregistered)


You forgot to add poor sound quality during calls as a con in your conclusion. I think that is an important point.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 13:42 6

15. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


and you forgot this is a Motorola product, they ALWAYS have crystal clear sounds during phone calls, i know, i've had the Razr, the Devour and the Droid X and 2 and NONE of them disappoint. the problem here might be AT&T.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 02:31 1

26. max (unregistered)


you had the devour....

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 15:32

42. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


sounds like your just used to the horrible call quality that comes from motorola devices. every phone you named off is from the same septic tank flowing from the motorola plant.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 20:49 6

43. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i've had smart phones from other manufacturers as well and the only other one that can compare to Moto is HTC, the reason why i know the finer differences is because my dad drives a car carrier and there's a lot of background noise on both ends and of all the smartphones we've had Motorola comes out on top in sound quality.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 09:18 1

3. Prodigy (unregistered)


Poor sound quality, poor reception, 1 and half day - above battery life???

9.5??? What???

Was that an Atrix prototype or is it an ending smartphone?

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 09:19 3

4. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


in rewiev told taht can hear static in background, and did not mention it in cons..
Shame on you, Device primary function, Phone, and it not very good at it... so need to mention...

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 09:41 7

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I really hate to bash on phone companies but i think AT&T is to blame Motorola is well known for call quality

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:11

33. snowgator (Posts: 3599; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


That may be true (actually would put money on it being AT&T's network that caused the poor sound quality) but since it is an AT&T only phone, the review should have reflected it. If it made it a 9.0 instead of a 9.5, would that really have kept anyone from buying it?

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 10:06 1

8. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


What about all the lag with the device because of BLUR that all the other sites are reporting!??

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 13:45 3

16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


BLUR lagging a phone with a Dual Core Tegra 2 Processor and a Gig of DDR2 RAM? i'm sure that's not right, i think everybody is just prejudice of the BLUR UI.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 14:12 5

19. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Oh know its right. Just cause it has dual core doesnt mean its the king of phones. Go look at some other reviews and you will see. Plus froyo isnt optimised for dual core and neither is gingerbread. Not a big fan of motorolas smart phones. iphone and htc is where its at.

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 14:03

53. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)


thumper, you do not know what your talking about. just because it has a dual core proccessor doesnt mean motorblur wont lag, it is not optimized for a dual core proccessor yet. I returned it because the battery overheated and because i expierienced lag with motoblur. stop thinking your such a big shot and thinking you no what your talking about.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:00 1

54. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


did you have any widgets on your homescreen that were updating too quickly? because i almost burned up my Droid 2 because of that. well you obviously know more about it than i do because you bought one and i didn't but i'm sure you didn't think the phone would lag at all before you bought it, maybe you played around with one. i'm sure it didn't lag then because of all of the ones that i've played with there is no lag at all. i think before you go blaming Blur for whatever happened with your phone then you should be entirely certain that there was no user error at fault oh and i'm not sure i understand what you mean when you say i think i'm a big shot but when i comment on these posts i'm only sharing my experience and knowledge on the matter at hand, so just go to school, learn some grammar and get off my jock.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:15 4

30. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


There is ZERO lag on this phone

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 10:36

9. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Is AT&T working on the call quality issue with an OTA update?

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 10:39

10. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


"So if you’re looking for a smartphone right now, there is no reason why the Motorola ATRIX 4G should be on the top of your list."

9.5 out of 10? Then why do you end the review telling people NOT TO BUY?

That last sentence of the review is very misleading.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 13:49 3

17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, that was a real fail, they probably really meant shouldn't. xD

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 10:51 1

11. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


Why do you insist on referring to HTC Leap as Helicopter View? At no point has HTC ever referred to it as that! And I also must agree with protozeloz on the constant comparison of every phone to the iPhone. Review the phone in front of you and stop dragging the iPhone into everything. It is not and never has been the benchmark to beat!

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 11:57 1

12. Hi (unregistered)


I think "should" be "shouldn't" in your last sentence

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 12:02 3

13. Jason1212 (unregistered)


Who the hell paid them to give this POS a 9.5.......so laggy and motocrap makes the phone unusable

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 13:50

18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


well have you ever had a phone with Blur?

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Motorola ATRIX 4G

Motorola ATRIX 4G

OS: Android 2.3.6 2.3.4 2.2
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Display4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size4.64 x 2.50 x 0.43 inches
(117.75 x 63.5 x 10.95 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1930 mAh, 8.8 hours talk time

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