Motorola ATRIX 2 Review

Can you believe that it has been only 9 months since our eyes first feasted upon the Motorola ATRIX 4G and its innovative qualities back at CES? Adding to its mesmerizing capacity, the handset was attached with the moniker of being the “world’s most powerful smartphone” at the time of its announcement – plus, it helped that it was one serious contenders in the Android space. Fortunately for all of us, Motorola is quick to pump out its successor in a timely manner as the Motorola ATRIX 2 is happily finding its niche on AT&T’s lineup right now. Certainly we’re not fans of seeing higher prices attached to some quality smartphones of late, but what’s especially enticing about the ATRIX 2, unlike some of its rivals, is the simple fact that it’s only sporting a manageable $99.99 on-contract price point.

The package contains:

  • Motorola ATRIX 2
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety, Regulatory & Legal Information


Considering that it’s packing a larger display, the overall size and weight (5.18 oz) of the handset has been increased – albeit, it’s not bulky at all and manages to be thinner than its predecessor at 0.4” thick. Rather than utilizing the most premium of materials for its construction, the ATRIX 2 is still one plastic device that’s complemented by its gunmetal-like bezel and patterned rubbery back cover. And since its edges are curved, it’s very comfortable to hold without coming off as being unwieldy. Clearly, there is very little resemblance with its predecessor, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but its overall solid build is appreciable to keep it good light with the competition – still, we’ve seen better designs from Moto.

You can compare the Motorola ATRIX 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Maintaining the same qHD (540 x 960) resolution as before, it’s undoubtedly potent enough to spread out evenly on its larger 4.3” LCD display. Naturally, details are sharp looking to enable our eyes to distinguish fine text from a good distance away. However, what entrances us the most about it all, is that its color production is deep and vivid with its output – albeit, it’s not as saturated looking as Super AMOLED Plus. Nevertheless, our eyes are attracted to it, but after meticulously looking at it more, there’s clearly a yellowish hue to it. Throw in its awesome viewing angles and high-contrast, it’s quite usable in outdoor conditions with the sun present.

Flaunting the usual cast of capacitive Android buttons beneath its display, we’re able to activate them with minimal accidental presses. Furthermore, a front-facing camera is found perched next to its earpiece grill.

Gone is the fingerprint reader incorporated into the original’s dedicated power button, and now, we’re essentially presented with a lonesome typical power button that’s flush to the surface – still, it has a springy feel to it. Clinging onto its sides, we also find a noise cancellation microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, distinguishable volume rocker, shutter key, regular microphone, microHDMI-out port, and microUSB port. With the latter two, they’re combined to work handsomely with the handset’s optional accessories – like the laptop dock or HD station dock for access to Motorola’s Webtop service.

One of the handset’s upgrades is found in the rear as its boasts a larger 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which is able to shoot high-definition 1080p videos as well. On the opposite side, there’s a slit found in the back cover for the handset’s speakerphone grill. Lastly, yanking off the rubbery-coated plastic cover provides us access to its 1,785 mAh battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. Unfortunately, it’s now packed with a 2GB microSD card, plus 8GB of internal storage – as opposed to the 16GB of memory from before.



40. a.dya2

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2012

i want to have it really it's wonderful phone but i heard it's locked on AT&T network i live in Egypt and i use etisalat will it work in egypt

39. raulpr0

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

i am gonna buy this phone today is it a correct decision?? please do reply thank you :)

38. jakson0100

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Have had my Atrix 2 for a couple of weeks and really like the phone. Unfortunately, the reason I bought it was that I could get a lapdock to extend it. Was really excited! Motorola has COMPLETELY screwed me over on my order with no resolution in sight after almost three weeks. I really caution anyone about buying this from Motorola. Try a different product from a different provider.

37. ktk27

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

How can this be a top-of-the-line experience when the call quality is seriously lacking? Does that mean price trumps actual useable features? Well, not for me. I'll keep looking, thanks.

35. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

it's a great phone. Good screen, GPS works unlike Samsung Gs2... Great battery life. Can't beat it with any other Android smart phone.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

@Martine - or, to extend the ridiculous, how does the Atrix 2 manage to even be in the same ball park as say, the new Nexus Prime or RAZR? Answer - it has a $99 starting price point on contract. The starting price point appears to be a thumb on the scale of review scoring. What if the BB Bold 9900/9930 had been released with a $99 starting price point? Would it have scored a 9?

33. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

No, because blackberry sucks(in mine, and most other peoples opinion). This is a really nice smartphone for $99, and it is one of the best out, what is there not to get?

27. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

How you even rate this phone on-par with GSII. Your score card is somehow getting me confused. Can someone shed more light to this?

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Atrix 2 gets a higher score than the iPhone 4S? Shock! Horror! Awesome. :D Halving the memory sucks, and so does getting rid of the fingerprint scanner. I'll stick with the Atrix for the time being, though I can see this being a great deal for other new customers.

29. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

SNIGGLY, I agree with you man. The fingerprint scanner is a deal breaker for me with this ATRIX line... Mine has never had an issue an I love the UI... Once I updated from Froyo to GingerBread, I was FLYING!!! I Love the ATRIX2( except for the lack of a FingerPrint scanner)... The change to the newer device was just too incremental for me to jump at it. The increase from 4 to 4.3 inches in screen size is not enough & bareley noticeable... The processor is identical on both devices... I already get spectacular video out of my ATRIX with only 5 MP and 720 HD video recording. I'm not a professional photographer nor do I produce professional photographs, so I would not really benefit much from the increase from 5 MP to 8 MP Actually losing the FingerPrint scanner and losing the available on board memory is enough for me to feel like my device is better than the newer ATRIX2.

19. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

So there isn't a video review?

26. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

You're right. We'll get the video review embedded, but it's available on our YouTube channel right now.

15. mightyillidan

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

ya and almost forgot dont forget to upload the 360 degree view thx :)

14. mightyillidan

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

hey john great review i really liked it okay can u do me i mean all users a favor iam really comparing this to the international version of galaxy s2 so it would be really great if u compare both and ill really appreciate thx in forward

25. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

Personally, they're both great. In terms of overall allure, I have to give it to the SGSII, but you can still get a great experience with the ATRIX 2. If you don't mind shelling out the money, the SGSII is a great option.

13. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

The atrix is the last motorola phone im ever buying.. they dont fix their problems with one phone then they release another phone of the same name.. Motorola lost a customer.

18. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Ha, change your profile pic then... So what fixable problem did they have with the atrix? it's probably just your phone since I don't see anyone else complaining? Anyways, that's a stupid reason to not buy a motorola phone anymore, too bad your the one missing out, not them!

12. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I personally found that calling quality was much better and less irritating than on the Atrix 1 which I still have but beside the Atrix 1 and 2 I dont really know how the latest $300 cell phones sound like. And yes the first shock you get compared to the first Atrix is how fast this one connects -that and the beautiful screen. I dont care for camel back/face lift cell phones trying to look thin. I like the business no frill look of this phone.

11. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

The Atrix 2 has "Sub-par calling quality" and gets a 9 on a site called "Phonearena?" Basically it's a sub-par phone. How does that earn a 9? John V. please explain this high score.

16. mightyillidan

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

man the 9 is due to the very great ups from original atrix and and lol 99 dollars is that even money hello u get a one or 2 year future proof phone lol its really deserves that 9 the call quality isnot that bad i think

17. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

9 is a great score for this phone, this is a smart phone, smart phone's have a lot of specifications to be judged on, and the call quality is not that bad at all.

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"How does that earn a 9?" Check John's response to my post above - the $99 price point was what earned the 9 score. It seems that initial offer price is more important than call quality, camera quality or other features that buyers decide to pay more for.

24. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

He did not say that the price is more important, he just said he included the price in his rating, why are you so stubborn? Call quality -.5 + camera quality(which is not bad at all, just slightly fuzzy recording) -.5= -1, 10-1=9! 9 is his rating, wtf is your guys problem with that?

28. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

problem is, this phone is not a 9 compared to the current crop of phones out.

34. PzykoSkillz

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

So you've played with this and all the current crop of phones to compare them?

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

What background is that? I like it!

8. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's preloaded on the phone and it's also available on other Motorola smartphones as well.

9. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

The purple one on the top of page 2 in the review?

23. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yup, it's on there. Definitely a neat looking one.

5. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I agree, for a 99.99 on contract price for the Atrix 2, now that's a good deal if you're on a budget.
  • 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

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