Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; 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
5. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
why compear everything to iPhone, its becouse iPhone does give best costumer satisfaction.
6. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; 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
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27. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
its an extra comment related with phone comparison... usually done around review times
41. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
LOL just happened.... I win candy for that
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.
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.
26. max (unregistered)
you had the devour....
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.
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.
3. Prodigy (unregistered)
Poor sound quality, poor reception, 1 and half day - above battery life???
Was that an Atrix prototype or is it an ending smartphone?
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...
7. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; 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
33. snowgator (Posts: 3159; 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?
8. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
What about all the lag with the device because of BLUR that all the other sites are reporting!??
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.
19. Allday28 (Posts: 273; 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.
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.
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.
9. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Is AT&T working on the call quality issue with an OTA update?
10. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; 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.
17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, that was a real fail, they probably really meant shouldn't. xD
11. cj100570 (Posts: 198; 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!
12. Hi (unregistered)
I think "should" be "shouldn't" in your last sentence
13. Jason1212 (unregistered)
Who the hell paid them to give this POS a 9.5.......so laggy and motocrap makes the phone unusable
18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well have you ever had a phone with Blur?
20. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
100% agree. Really wish it would have been stock for being on a motorola phone.
35. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Youre an idiot, there is no lag even from MotoBlur because of the Dual Core. Dont run your mouth until you actual USE a device.
14. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 933; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
besides the motoblur that i wouldnt care for, this is the best phone AT&T has right now. i like the labtop dock because with that it would end the need to keep my computer (in my opinion). its about time that AT&T has steered away from the clutches of the Iphone and the amount of crap you have to endure (I-tunes and lack of insurance for example lol)
Since the Iphone and their bandwagoners have left for verizon, let the real AT&T users like me have fun with the atrix....i thought about getting the dell streak, but this phone is the best phones AT&T has come out with and its a must have for me
21. oneilmccord (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
This phone seems to be acceptable...but I'm gonna wait for the Galaxy SII. Who's with me?
25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
surely not anyone who's gotten an original Galaxy S. xD
22. Julian (unregistered)
I purchased my Atrix last week and have been giving it the thorough run thru and have these comments to make.
Battery life is quite amazing, a day and a half on a full charge with moderate use. (email every hour, few videos/music/games, and 1-2 hours talk time)
Screen is great, very crisp.
No lag noticed so far, but not as blazing fast as I thought.
Call quality is GREAT, and I've already used it in Green Bay, Tampa, and Detroit
I have been able to run speed test in Tampa and get over 4G speeds (mobilespeedtest.com)
Design feels solid, but could be a little nicer looking
Screen resolution is not fully utilzed with since the resolution isn't different.
Battery heats up with long use.
And of course this motoblur is moto boring!
Otherwise a great phone for the price, wanted the Inspire but keep hearing that the battery sucks!
32. sajan1989 (unregistered)
can it play .mkv files upto 720p resolution?????
34. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Battery heats up???? Just me, or is that kinda alarming??? Any other reports of the battery getting hot, or did Julian get a unit that should be returned like RIGHT NOW to get looked at??
24. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
I just can't understand how they didn't put an 8MP camera on this thing, being the high end product it's supposed to be.
28. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I think PA got a bad unit!
My call quality is the best of any phone ive ever used, no joke. People on the other end say im INCREDIBLY CLEAR, like I am in the room with them. I get ZERO static at anytime...Other than as mentioned, when playing music at a SUPER high level.
I am not a huge Motorola fan, but call quality and this phone over all is the best Ihave ever used.
29. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Also I hate MOTOBLUR, but this phone is so fast and smooth that Motoblur doesnt lag and freeze up the phone like on most moto phones.
Also the camera is good, the iphone is a 5mp, why does this need to have a higher res camera to be "high end", on the update this phone will do 1080p...some of you are just getting greedy now.
31. sajan1989 (unregistered)
can this device play .mkv?
well the so called BRips are now getting more with 1280 resolution with less size
hope this phone plays .mkv we can save lots of gigs ........
36. MpowerSkills (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)
The author doesn't have the best grasp of the English language. Some examples form the last page:
"Luckily, we didn’t experience any dropped calls during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area. Meanwhile, it manages to retain a solid connection to the network with no adverse fluctuations in signal our review." Whats he mean, "Meanwhile"?
"functionality that unanimously chops down borders"? Whats that mean?
I like how he ends it, "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." I'm pretty sure he meant the opposite.
61. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
haha u rite!!i tot i was the only who felt that way
37. Alan626 (unregistered)
Why did the rating go from 9.5 to 8?
38. Alan626 (unregistered)
Why did the rating of the phone go from 9.5 to 8
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39. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Camera button would have been really nice to have. Check that. It should have been in the design from day 1. Don't know why everyone except SE refuses to put one on the device.
40. Chris W (unregistered)
I had this phone since day of launch .. Coming from a HTC Tilt2 (winmo 6.5) , Android is far different (trying to sync contacts was a royal pain from outlook)
But for once i can run All the apps i want in a true multi tasking way
Sadly the Heating battery totally killed my phone in 2hrs from 80% to 10% .. i was not doing that much on it at the time
I since realized having wifi on trying to find networks is what cause it to over work , and suspect also border line 3G/4G or weak network also doesnt help
Motoblur works a dream smooth and syncs emails & fb (the FB widget is a pain as i get 200 notifcations every 12hrs) .. but works and needs less actions from me :)
Other wise .. a top notch phone that can do so much more
If the laptop doc was $100 i would have brought it, i instead purchased a HD dock online (awaiting delivery) for $100
Overall if the only down sides is the hot battery (which then makes itself hotter), over active antenna (which makes the battery get hot)
44. Santro652 (unregistered)
Can this phone act as Wi-Fi hot spot... I connect this phone Via my 3G network and my laptop is connected to this phone wirelessly and i browse in my lapatop? is this possible.. similar functionality as galaxy S.. and will this phone work in india if i get it from USA
45. Gothbeard (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Looks great, but 2 reasons why not to buy:
1. Motorola sell phones they know have manufacturing faults (Defy earpiece), and lie to their customers.
2. MotoBlur has poor functionality: in the review he had over 500 sns messages - there is no 'mark all as read' option in any widget. You literally have to flick through 500 messages to clear them. Same for RSS widget etc. Makes it unusable.
46. green2u (unregistered)
Excellent review! It's rare that I find a reviewer that covers pretty much everything. And in light of the possibility that Sprint will now carry it, I'm very excited about the possibility of owning it.
47. DeanV (unregistered)
I've browsed the internet to try and get a yes or no answer to my question and so far from reading various reviews I can only presume the answer but not safe in this knowing fully im not going to get the phone.
Will Irish/european sized sim cards work in this phone if i get it from the states?
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52. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Nice device, although it is aesthetically lack-luster. I used it in the store and it was somewhat laggy. But my friend just got it recently and it was just fine. No lag except the usual stuttery-ness of Android devices. From brief use, the dual-core seems to be another marketing term, because I noticed no significant difference from other devices. As a matter of fact, the performance in terms of browsing the platform and using the internet was similar to my iPod touch 2nd gen. Maybe Android isn't for me. I use it and get a little bored with it. I've used WP7 and come away impressed almost every time. I do intend to get a WP7 device.
55. bbains (unregistered)
Any idea on the Atrix's bluetooth specifics? I'm looking for a phone that will integrate well with my car stereo. Biggest problem I'm having is finding a phone that supports AVRCP 1.3, which allows for song metadata display and browsing. The product information I've seen lists AVRCP, but doesn't specify the version supported.
56. megaman (unregistered)
it is fantastic phone that you should have
57. Newby (unregistered)
My first smart phone and I went with the Atrix because the price was right and features out the ying yang. It seems to do it all and does it well. I use it mostly on WiFi because im in a marginal AT&T area.
Bottom line: Im pleased with it.
58. geroge (unregistered)
the galaxy s 2 is 10 times better than this garbage, just saying...
59. Dan3030 (unregistered)
Going from a 3g to this was night and day. I had a htc fuze before that which had the really really archaic win mo at the time(it sucked). I don't see any lag and the call quality is fine for me but ive had att my whole life so maybe im used to sub par call quality but i really don't notice much aside from a little bit of static when making a call (not during the call) and this can be avoided by having the volume turned down a little below max volume at least in my experience. I like my Atrix a lot and have had no issues with it so far. For the price difference i would rather have this than a 4GS or 4G(with a new plan the atrix was still about 150 bucks less) and when comparing it to some of the Samsung and htc phones its much faster with GB on it, taking advantage of the dual core fully now. The screen isn't huge like some of the newer Samsung and htc phones but i really have no desire to have a giant phone and since it has an HDMI out your screen can be as big as your TV or monitor is. Great Phone!!!