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Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4

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After reviewing the Motorola ATRIX 4G, we were ecstatic about its photo taking prowess since it rivaled the quality we found with the iPhone 4. But now that we’ve got the two hand in hand, we can better meticulously compare them to see which one captures the better looking images. After taking a few samples both indoors and outdoors, it might look as though the two are equal in output, however, we soon realized that the iPhone 4’s shots were slightly better. Overall, we find sharper looking details with the iPhone 4 which are tastefully complemented by its juicier looking color production. Indoors in low lighting conditions, the iPhone 4 still produces the lovelier looking images since its contrast is better equipped at lighting up the scenery; thus exposing some details that are otherwise missing with the ATRIX 4G’s production. And finally, the LED flash of the iPhone 4 is blatantly the stronger of the two as it supplies more light with subjects that are more than 5 feet away.

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The iPhone 4 might have the leg up with taking photos, but when it comes to shooting high definition videos, the quality is pretty much identical with both smartphones. Moving along at the respectable speed of 29 frames per second with the two, there is no hint of any choppiness with their recordings. Finding that smooth rate is nice indeed, but we’re equally content to see plenty of sharp visuals with their recordings. In addition, audio recording sounds particularly clear and noise free for the most part – which just rounds out their beautiful performance.

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Although it might not be all that mainstream right now, it’s just nice to see that video chat is enabled thanks to their front facing cameras. FaceTime with the iPhone 4 is exquisite since audio and video quality is up there; despite the requirement of being connect to Wi-Fi. And surprisingly enough, we’re content with the video calling quality presented with the Fring app on the ATRIX 4G – which happens to work over 3G.

Cover Flow mode with the iPhone 4 is still one visually appealing interface that one-ups the standard looking Android music player found with the ATRIX 4G. Lacking the eye candy factor with its presentation, we find the choice of equalizer settings with the ATRIX 4G to be an appreciated thing that better fine tunes the audio quality based on the genre of music you’re playing. Thankfully, the speaker output of both devices are on-par with one another as they provide a decent wallop of sharp tunes from their respective speakers.

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Playing high-definition videos is no problem with either handset since they produce smooth playback and plenty of rich details. Ultimately, it all comes down to whether you prefer watching something on a larger screen – which obviously goes to the 4” qHD display of the ATRIX 4G. Regardless of that, the iPhone 4’s 3.5” Retina Display is still more than agreeable to our needs.

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Innovative is definitely one keyword that perfectly describes the Motorola ATRIX 4G because of the added functionality it has to offer with its HD Multimedia and Laptop Docks. Attempting to combine the best parts about being mobile with some regular computing aspects, Motorola’s webtop experience is something so refreshing which further shows the kind of ingenuity it’s packing that we don’t see implemented by other devices nowadays. And that’s one crucial part about the ATRIX 4G that we find so inspirational over the iPhone 4. Of course, it comes at a price, and unfortunately, in the case of the ATRIX 4G and its docks, it's quite a steep price.


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While using the two YouTube apps on both phones, it’s visible that we prefer the one with Android partly because of its informative presentation and wealth of sharing functions. Moreover, it’s nice to be given the choice of being to play videos in either standard or high quality modes. Whereas on the iPhone 4, it’ll only play high quality videos when it’s connected to Wi-Fi.

And since we’re on the topic of some widely used mobile apps, it’s no wonder why we find the Google Maps experience with the Motorola ATRIX 4G to be the preferred choice. Mostly because of its free voice guided turn-by-turn directions and 3D maps view, the overall set of features offered with the ATRIX 4G easily bypasses the miniscule functionality presented with the iPhone 4. However, we shouldn't forget that users still have much more options with the iPhone 4, especially when it comes to entertainment.

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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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