Motorola ATRIX 4G ReviewMotorola ATRIX 4G 9.5
Calling quality is average at best due to the prominent level of static heard in the background during phone calls on our end; though, we’re content with the boisterous output of its earpiece. Aside from the static interference, voices through the earpiece are neutral in tone and still audible, however, our callers did state that our voice sounded choppy on their end. Lastly, the speakerphone is more than prominent in volume, but there is still some noticeable static noise that muddies things down just a bit.
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.
Carrying along a massive 1930 mAh battery, which complements its ridiculously fast dual-core processor, we’re glad to see some extended usage with the handset. After being fully charged, we managed to get 1 ½ days of normal use before the handset’s battery completely dissipated. With that, light users should easily get close to the two day mark, while heavy users can rest knowing they’ll get close to a day without having the urge of getting a refill.
We’ve got to hand it to Motorola once again as they carefully planned and thought out every aspect of the ATRIX 4G. Is it revolutionary? We wouldn't go that far, but it's downright awesome! This isn’t just another high-end Android smartphone out there on the market, it dives into new territory and takes the leap of faith by adding in some interesting new functionality that unanimously chops down borders with its webtop app and optional docks. For $199.99 on-contract, this is hands down the best Android smartphone on AT&T’s lineup. Sure we would’ve loved to see a better design for the handset, but considering that it’s crowned as “the world’s most powerful smartphone,” it’s quite a fitting remark – especially when its 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra2 processor makes it fly so rapidly in almost everything it does. Additionally, we love the new functionality that comes along with its multimedia and laptop docks. In fact, it’s daring and impressive at the same time! 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.
Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2.1, Build OLYFR_U4_1.2.6, Baseband N_01.77.05PPerformance:
Motorola ATRIX 4G Video Review:
- Innovative new functionality with its docks
- Speedy dual-core NVIDIA Tegra2 processor
- Sharp looking qHD display
- Plenty of ways to share content
- Above average battery life
- Not that great HSPA+ upload speeds
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
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: 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
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27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
its an extra comment related with phone comparison... usually done around review times
41. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; 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: 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
33. snowgator (Posts: 3598; 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: 283; 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: 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.
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: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Is AT&T working on the call quality issue with an OTA update?
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.
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: 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!
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?