Motorola ATRIX 2 Hands-on

Motorola ATRIX 2 Hands-on
Earlier in the year, AT&T had the prestigious opportunity of taking grasp of what was deemed as “the world’s most powerful smartphone” at the time. However, in our constantly changing technological world, that title was short lived as other handsets quickly took prominence – though, it was also an innovative device with its vast Motorola Webtop functionality. Nearly 8 months after it was released, we’re now just getting our first look at its successor in the aptly named Motorola ATRIX 2.

Being a successive device and all, we find some incremental improvements that make it a true high-end competitor in the market, but interestingly enough, it’s going to be sporting an out of this world on-contract pricing of only $99.99 when it’s released. First up to the plate, its display moves up in size to 4.3 inches, while maintaining the same high resolution of qHD (540 x 960). Not only is it detailed, but we’re enthralled by its luscious looking deep and vibrant color production – and it helps that it’s able to captivate our eyes from a good distance. Add in its high-contrast and wide viewing angles, it’s indeed a standout from afar and makes the 4” display of its predecessor quaint.

As a whole, we definitely like its overall build and design, which of course, moves up in size just a teeny tiny bit to accommodate its larger display. Retaining the same plastic shell as its predecessor, it enables the handset to keep its weight considerably down – especially when it looks and feels a bit on the larger side. Complementing its tough plastic exterior, it employs some rubbery surfaces that provide a good grip when holding the handset. Sadly, Motorola strips the fingerprint reader found with the original in favor for a traditional dedicated power button that has no other functionality aside from powering it on.

Another upgrade found with the handset is the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash it’s sporting in the rear, which is able to shoot 1080p videos. Under the hood, it no longer is being powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but rather, it sides with a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor. With the switch, we’re accepting of the fluid and responsive execution it’s exhibiting with the same customized MOTOBLUR-esque interface that’s featured on other handsets.

From what we’re told, this Motorola Webtop enabled smartphone is compatible with the same accessories used by the Motorola DROID BIONIC – so there’s no need to buy a new one if you happen to use the laptop dock with the BIONIC. Supplementing its incremental improvements, it’s said to offer the best battery life for any Android smartphone for AT&T and speedier Category 14 HSPA+ connectivity that’s able to get up to theoretical speeds of 21Mbits/s.

Honestly, it’s rather difficult to not like this one already, but it’s even more satisfying in the pockets since it’s only given a 2-year contract price of $99.99. Being a contemporary high-end smartphone and all, it’s shaping up become one value rich smartphone that doesn’t skimp out on the performance.

Motorola ATRIX 2 Hands-on:

Motorola ATRIX 2 Demonstration:

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  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware TI OMAP4430, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1785 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.5



12. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Wow, can't believe that PR guy highlighted the fact that you get ZumoCast "right out of the box." It's a free app available in Apple and Android app stores!

14. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

It's being stated a lot so it's probably because they are trying to promote the app since it's made by motorola...

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

CTIA sucks. This is the best phone there and even it isn't anything special. Nothing new.

13. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

On the plus side, it's only $99 for a competitive Android device. The Bionic on VZW is $299! Seems like the Atrix 2 is a much better value.

15. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

True but i wanna see something that is really good, not just good for the price.

16. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

On the other hand, until 10/17, you can get a Droid Bionic for $0.01 if you add a line to Verizon.

8. bb_user unregistered

i wish i use this cool phone instead of this stupid no good bb. bb without bbm is the worse phone ever.

7. jocky unregistered

the phone seem thick....

3. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Ok, I was leaning towards getting the original atrix, but now this one has a new processor, if this processor is noticeably better than the original by just a little bit, im just gonna get this. Anyone still not think it's worth it, even with it's nice price tag of $99 and probably cheaper at another store?

4. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Btw, @John V. so where did you guys get to get a look at it?

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

At this point you're only missing out on the fingerprint scanner and larger internal memory. If you can live without those, then by all means tag it and bag it. :)

6. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

What about the processor?

10. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

"Under the hood, it no longer is being powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but rather, it sides with a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor."

11. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I know, I was wondering if this was much of an upgrade, after doing the research myself, this should be a slight upgrade, anyways, I found that out and the fact that it doesnt have a pentile display makes it official, im getting the motorola atrix 2! woohoo!!

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I believe that the OMAP is supposed to be better at power consumption and smoother overall. And yes, the lack of a Pentile display is a HUGE plus, lol. Though honestly I don't mind it on my Atrix.

18. Cheddar1/2 unregistered

after owning the first atrix and a couple other moto phones I would never suggest buying one of their handsets. They are garbage, they may be the first to the party but there is a reason, the first atrix is a plastic piece of $600 crap. I returned the Atrix and got the galaxy s2 much better phone, without even the slightest bit of question. Motorola phones are a joke, and if you live outside the USA then good luck getting an update from moto. Motorola has been the manufacturer of the worst cell phones I have ever owned.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Funny, because Motorola phones have been among the best I've ever handled. Even at their low point, before Android, when I was in Verizon's warranty department, guess which phones I got called about the least? That's right, Motorola phones. My V195S worked despite being through everything I could throw at it. My Cliq still works despite being almost 2 years old. My Droid X is just being shut off from its network today; prior to that, the only problem it had physically was a blown battery cell (which happens to any battery from any manufacturer). And my Atrix works wonderfully. Sure, I'm not thrilled about the plastic feel, but the phone works really well. Always remember that others can have different experiences than you.

20. Ravail unregistered

I'm not going to lie, the Atrix has its flaws that can be easily avoided giving Motorola spent a little more money working out the bugs but all in all it is a good phone. This is my first motorola phone.. wont be the last since Google is buying out motorola :DDD

21. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I got the first Atrix after always having Samsungs in the past: none of them worked. I was very happy with the Arix #1 -except for the screen, a little bleak to my taste. I can't stand Samsung software on top od Android. Now I am getting the Arix 2 as I have 2 cell phones. I like the quiet understated design. I don't care for HTC jewelry design. The screen is better and larger than #1. I tried both the iphone and the Atrix and as I don't care for music on a cell I much prefer Google experience on the Atrix 2 (and 1).

22. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I just got the Atrix 2 The screen is much better Much easier to read the newspapers The virtual keyboard also works much better, faster, everything is snappier Again I did note care about music What I care is using Google and it is much better than on the iphone


Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

yeah ....looks like ,may be, moto razr could be a nice one.....

1. asxetos unregistered


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