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Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

Motorola ATRIX 4G 9.5

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Employing the stock Android Calendar app, it syncs with multiple accounts and presents itself with all the customary features we’d come to expect by now. You can easily jump between varying views, such as a weekly or monthly presentation, which will break down all your appointments. And finally, there’s plenty of material to include with each appointment in your calendar – keeping you in the constant loop of things.

The Motorola ATRIX 4G employs the stock Android Calendar app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G employs the stock Android Calendar app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G employs the stock Android Calendar app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G employs the stock Android Calendar app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

The Motorola ATRIX 4G employs the stock Android Calendar app


Naturally, you can set up multiple alarms on the handset via its Alarm & Timer app, but it’s missing some of the more intuitive functions such as being able to act as a desktop clock. However, if you really want that functionality, you’ll need to purchase its multimedia dock in order to experience its abundant set of features – like being able to view the weather and temperature on it.

The Alarm & Timer app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Alarm & Timer app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

The Alarm & Timer app


Additionally, we find a timer app, but it’s strangely missing other components such as a world clock or stopwatch. But since this is Android we’re talking about, it’s not all that disappointing since a quick trip to the Android Market will remedy the problem. Still, it just would’ve been nice to see them available from the onset; rather than having to download them later.

Not surprisingly, we’re treated to the usual looking Calculator app that we’ve grown to accept. It’ll get the job done in computing some basic functions, but you’ve also got some advanced functions at your disposal.

The calculator inportrait mode - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

The calculator in
portrait mode

You’ve got some advanced calculator functions at your disposal - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
You’ve got some advanced calculator functions at your disposal - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

You’ve got some advanced calculator functions at your disposal


Last, but certainly not least, the Motorola ATRIX 4G includes a basic file manager app that will quickly enable you to move around files stored locally on the handset to some sort of external storage. Definitely a nice touch considering you don’t have to be bothered with connecting it to a computer of some sort.


Messaging:

Partly because of its above average sized display and undeniably swift dual-core processor, the messaging experience is top notch with little to no complaints at all. Offering both the multi-touch and Swype keyboards, we find the experience to be uplifting with either since it’s extremely responsive – especially in keeping up with our quick fingers. Granted that the portrait options may still be cramped for some people, the landscape one has plenty of room to accommodate even the largest of fingers. Speed typing is obviously quickly accomplished with little adjustment in getting a feel for the device, but we found ourselves typing away with relatively few mistakes.

Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

Being the Android powered smartphone it is, the Gmail experience is undoubtedly polished all around which brings all of the engaging features found on the desktop version. Packaging along features like threaded view, labeling, and the ability to search through all your emails, there’s nothing rally you can’t accomplish with it since the overall experience is perfectly translated over. Moreover, you can also set up  additional Gmail accounts and switch between them at any time – while still preserving all of their respective folders.

The Gmail app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Gmail app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Gmail app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Gmail app - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

The Gmail app


And if Gmail isn’t necessarily your kind of thing, the email app is there for all your needs. Its presentation is pretty much similar to the Gmail app, but it doesn’t offer things like threaded view – meaning, it displays emails between you and another person in the usual stacked listing view. Setup of generic email clients only requires your email address and password, but for those obscure ones, it’ll ask you for additional pieces of information – like server addresses and ports.


Connectivity and Data:

Placing phone calls in all corners of the world isn’t a problem for this quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band (850/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS handset, but it’s also packing support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. Though, it seems to be affected by the same thing that’s preventing the HTC Inspire 4G from obtaining HSPA+ like upload speeds. In fact, we’re only able to obtain average upload speeds of 150 kbps – which is a far cry from its potential. Nevertheless, the ATRIX 4G includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi as an alternative data connection when cellular is unavailable. Moreover, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is offered so you can connect various wireless devices with it.

Without hesitation, we knew going into it that the Motorola ATRIX 4G is going to excel in the web browsing department seeing that it packs support for Flash Player 10.1 – which tastefully adds the elements to rival the desktop experience. However, we’re easily impressed with its performance because it offers smooth kinetic scrolling, responsive pinch gestures for zooming, and renders pages perfectly on its admirable 4” qHD display. Also, complex web sites like ours are able to load up in a timely manner without much wait – enabling you to see relevant content very quickly.

The Motorola ATRIX 4G excels in the web browsing department - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G excels in the web browsing department - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G excels in the web browsing department - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
The Motorola ATRIX 4G excels in the web browsing department - Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

The Motorola ATRIX 4G excels in the web browsing department



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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: 3601; 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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