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Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4

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Interface and Functionality:

Apple’s A4 processor does wonders in making the platform experience on the iPhone 4 exhilarating since it consistently keeps in mind speed and responsiveness. Meanwhile, we’re ushering a new era in the smartphone world as the Motorola ATRIX 4G is one of the first smartphones on the market to employ a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Now in our comparison, the iPhone 4 overall has a smoother response over the ATRIX 4G when it comes to navigating around the platform, but then again, it doesn’t have all the graphical eye candy present with Android’s interface. Regardless, we find the speed of the ATRIX 4G satisfying seeing that it’s definitely up there in terms of responsiveness versus other Android devices, however, the fluid nature of the iPhone 4 is eye catching in its own terms.

Depending on your taste, either platform experience will suit your needs, but it ultimately comes down to simplicity versus personalization – which is the common battle we continually see in our comparisons. Between the two, iOS is the easier platform to learn since it’s rather straightforward in its approach without being complicated in any way. To put it lightly, we haven’t seen a drastic departure with the iPhone’s interface at all – especially when its homescreen still looks the same as it did at its inception. However, if personalization is more your kind of thing, then MOTOBLUR running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo on the ATRIX 4G is right in your alley. Thanks to its vast mix of useful widgets, live wallpapers, and shortcuts, you can have a ball rearranging the look of the ATRIX 4G to tastefully complement your personality.

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The interface of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4
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The interface of the Motorola ATRIX 4G


Mainly because of their lightning quick processors and fine screen real estate, the messaging experience with both smartphones is gratifying since speed typing is no issue at all. The portrait keyboards of both might be a little bit cramped, though a bit more manageable with the ATRIX 4G’s larger display, but the landscape options provide the most comfort in typing. Even to this day, we adore the iPhone’s near perfect predictive text function, but the inclusion of the Swype keyboard on the ATRIX 4G is equally appreciated. Either way, we find ourselves typing at a moderate rate with few mistakes after some time practicing with their keyboards.

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Messaging on the Motorola ATRIX 4G

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Motorola ATRIX 4G - landscape keyboard


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Messaging on the Apple iPhone 4


Since it’s powered by Google’s mobile operating system, the Gmail experience with the ATRIX 4G is the more favorable one because it carries over most of the functions you’d come to expect from the desktop version. It’s not to say that the iPhone 4’s email app is bad, which it isn’t, since it features things like threaded conversations. However, we find ourselves being a little bit more productive in organizing our emails with the ATRIX 4G. Either way, adding different accounts on both smartphones is a painless process that normally requires your email address and password for automatic set up.


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Email on the Apple iPhone 4


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The Gmail app on the Motorola ATRIX 4G



Internet and Connectivity:

Voice calling in any part of the world is no problem between these two quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM phones, but the iPhone 4 has a tiny advantage because of its quad-band (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS support versus the tri-band (850/1900/2100 MHz) connection of the ATRIX 4G. However, in theory though, Motorola’s bundle of joy should obtain faster data speeds since it’s an HSPA+ enabled device. Sadly, it doesn’t beat out the iPhone 4’s performance running on AT&T’s network right now – which can partly be blamed for its lack for HSUPA+ support; the upload component of HSPA+. To prove the vast difference, we performed a quick test and the results are staggering with the iPhone 4 getting 2,500kbps down & 1,667kps up speeds, while the ATRIX 4G tallied in at the average of 1,400kbps down & 170kbps up. Luckily, both handsets feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi in the event a cellular connection is unavailable. Furthermore, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is also on board with both to allow various wireless peripherals to connect with them.

As we mentioned already, data speeds seem to be faster on the iPhone 4, and with that in mind, it didn’t surprise us to see it fully render complex web sites like ours first. Not only do we find it beating the ATRIX 4G in that department, but we see mobile Safari offering the more fluid movements with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. It’s not to say that the experience is bad with the ATRIX 4G, which is also great, mainly due to its support for Flash Player 10.1. Both clearly have their own unique advantages, though in the end, the two high caliber handsets provide a resounding web browsing experience.

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Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4


The browser of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4
The browser of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4
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The browser of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4

The browser of the Motorola ATRIX 4G


Indeed it’s a nice thing to see the Motorola ATRIX 4G having Wi-Fi- tethering support out of the box, but we’re not too convinced that it’ll be beneficial since the data speeds of the handset aren’t that fast enough to handle multiple consumption with other devices. Nonetheless, it’s still a welcomed addition that’s missing on the iPhone 4 – albeit, it might come down the road with some software update.

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posted on 08 Mar 2011, 03:40 4

1. Kakarotto (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


It's obvious that Atrix is better so I'm asking - Why do you make that stupid comparisons to iPhone? Every new smarthone is compared to an old iPhone - WHY? Do you want to make free advertisements for Apple? I don't get it, why old and totally different iPhone again? iPhone is out of Atrix/Optimus2x/SGS2 league so just let it go!

Just make comparison to another smartphone - there are plenty of them, NOT ALWAYS TO THE FU$KING iPhone!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 05:39 1

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


adn here is person who wanted to buy PDA but is looking at phones...

Atrix is CRAP AS PHONE. good only as PDA.
iPhone is good as bouth phone adn PDA!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:19 5

15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so wait.. your saying that the phone that is NOTORIOUS for dropping calls is the better "phone" phone?? LOL. Stupid comment of the day maybe.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 05:41 1

10. Darthmaul (unregistered)


Man I couldnt agree more. You said it! I dont understand why obviously waaay better smartphones are always compaired to that piece of crap. All the newer phones that are out there now get to be compaired to tha famous ish.t !! People, get over it! Unless jailbreak didnt exist, this phone couldnt even do basic stuff, like a sms delivery report, or many other functions not there from the box. It is obvious that someone is paying to get always these comparisons. Shame!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 21:46 4

27. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


just saying but they said the phone lags while moving around the interface and that the iphone doesnt... i would never buy a phone that lags...

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 16:06

30. Fred (unregistered)


THE FU$KING iPhone that you can't afford..

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 03:49

2. Prices India (unregistered)


it didn’t back down in bringing forth an experience that delivers strongly in many aspects thanks to its high-end specs and innovative functionality...

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 03:57 2

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The comparisons are made to the iPhone because on a phone-for-phone basis, the iPhone is where the bar is being set. You can deny that the iPhone should be the standard for comparison, but that is your opinion. The market is buying iPhones left and right.

If Apple/Steve come out with the rumored CPU and GPU upgrades in the iPhone 5 in the July timeframe, the Atrix will fall behind and will have only been competitive for maybe 4 months. I wonder how the Atrix will compare when iOS v. 4.3 goes into production? The slip may start even sooner.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 04:05 6

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Why do you guys even do comparisons when you can't even put the iPhone as the loser in the battle?
Every single damn comparison with the iPhone in it ends with the same conclusion.
"However, it always comes down to whether your prefer the easy to learn and simplistic experience with iOS, or the personalized functionality with Android 2.2 Froyo."
You guys are so biased to the point where you have to make it seem like you're trying to be unbiased.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 06:40 2

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


They added the wrong link thats the review for the dock
here is the review

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Motorola-ATRIX-4G-Review_id2665

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 06:50

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


lol quoted wrong -_-"

this comment was for @ziving

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 04:08 3

5. ziving (unregistered)


I do not understand why in the spec of the ATRIX it says that the editor gave it 8, and at the end of the ATRIX review it says that he gave 9.5!!! Why because they didnt want to compare it to the Iphone.

and i saw it (the review) a while ago and it showed 9.5!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 04:18

6. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Oh my god, it gets even worse when you actually look through all the comparisons.
How is it that a .5" increase in screen size and 100x960 can cause such choppy/grainy screen shots for the Atrix?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:56 3

18. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I blame the PenTile screen of the ATRIX. It may be 540x960, but there are fewer subpixels than in the 640x960 iPhone display. This is the same reason the 4" S-AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S looks grainier than the 4.3" screen on the Droid X. It seems Apple has cornered the market on super-high-density LCD displays for now - not even its supplier LG can match it.

Of course, that's all at a microscopic level - I compared the iPhone 4 and Atrix side by side, and while the iPhone looked slightly better, both handled fine details very well.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 22:49

36. megamrambo (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)


In actuality the Atrix 4g has a screen resolution of 443x722 if it has the same pixel matrix of an original super amoled possessed by the Galaxy S line.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 05:31 4

7. loolcom (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Why always there is an iPhone and an android haters on this website , just pick what u r convinced in and stop this stupid arguments ,,,, it's better to write ur own experience like the old days .

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 05:37

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


in conclusion is writen: "these are unanimously the best two smartphones that are currently gracing AT&T’s lineup.".
If we look back in motorollas review we can find this: "Calling quality is average at best".

I do not see how these 2 sentencis can go togeder? if fact how these 2 review fit togeder!
iphone provides best quality. That one i agree, but after we see complains about static in voice calls, then phone is already marked as CRAP. So please change teh review to tell the truth, Iphone is way better then atric 4g, just becosue it has no static in voice calls!!!!!!!!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:31 4

16. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


Can someone help me translate this?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 09:08 4

21. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Learn how to type so we can understand your trolling superpooburger.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 05:44

11. Po0yAn (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)


you guys at iphonearena are yet to learn how to take snapshots from the display on an android device.

those pictures are pathetic for a mobile site which does comparisons and reviews a lot.

Google it, it's pretty easy thing through SDK and doesn't need root or anything and it's the same for all android devices. I recommend it, it's good for your reputation!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 21:49

28. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well google needs to make it easy... on iphone, u just press to buttons... i still dont see why android cant just copy one more thing and do that

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 06:44

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


Didn't i just asked not to compare with iPhone 4? why not compare with the 2X?

or you guys like the drama?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:40 2

17. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Have you guys seen that new Toyota Camery commercial? they talk about why do all other car manufacture compare it to that car. they say they do it because it popular. Same thing goes with the iphone. They compare it to the iphone because its the most popular phone(Popular not best) and when they're using it to show how much different phones Contrast to it.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 08:04 1

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


cars are compared among other cars non Toyota branded, but they compare only with the iPhone.... you cant always compare a SUV, or a truck from others with a Toyota car...

for example witch keyboard should be considered more comfortable for the use? the G2 or the Click 2,or the Droid 2? camera performance of the Optmus 2X versus the Droid X VS evo 4G... when this kind of comparisons are done I don't mind they compare the iP4 with the Atrix 2(Invented that name)

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 08:23 1

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


Please, do not complaing about everything being compered to iPhone. I jsut watched the newly added video. And there we can werry well see, that ihpne is better then atrix. On scrooling sooming and other stuff atrix lagged a lot, while iphone did not. So realy guys, you are so damn stupid taht need device with better spec, which preforms worse?
so you know... i am not iPhone fan, i do not have iPhone, i will not buy iPhone...

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 09:12 2

22. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


So you are a closet iFan?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 10:30 2

23. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


This guy can't be for real. "togeder", "werry"... perhaps he'd like to see de nuclear wessels.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 13:11 1

24. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Once again a review of a phone vs. an Apple product. I save myself the trouble of reading the review and assumed phonearena said the Iphone was better. Good Job phone arena another pointless review!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 16:00 1

25. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ok, so now let us compare a Toyota car with the IPHONE 4....who will in??

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 16:04 1

26. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, has the ATRIX 4G received the best review of phones, so far, when being compared to the iphone 4.
Does the iphone 4 do widgets?? No, right...the review lack depth, as usual.

Honestly, if you take an ANDROID phone and root it and go to XDA.com, and then review it with the iphone 4, the iphone 4 will lose almost everytime....lol

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