Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
Given the prestigious title of being “the world’s most powerful smartphone,” the Motorola ATRIX 4G is able to back it all up since it carries along a sweet 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM. So if speed it something you want, then that’s exactly what you get with the handset as it blazes through the simplest of operations without much fluff. Although we experienced just a tiny bit of slowdown initially, which seems as though it was getting itself all adjusted to being powered on for the very first time, it soon offered a tight responsive feel that resonates throughout every aspect of the device. From scrolling between its homescreens with a live wallpaper activated to playing 3D intensive games, the Motorola ATRIX 4G is one beast of a phone in handling the most demanding things.
Whenever we’re checking out some Android powered Motorola device, the first thing that comes to mind is why MOTOBLUR? Well, at this point, it’s pretty much the expected thing – so we really can’t complain much about at this point. Yes, some will pledge that it’s absolutely fantastic, while others will downright say it’s horrible. But to us, it gets the job done as it offers all the elements you’d expect out of any Android phone out there. Sure it has a somewhat cartoonish appearance, but the nice thing about it is the customized Motorola widgets that will adjust accordingly whenever you re-size them. Furthermore, there’s still this traditional level of personalization with Android since you can add in a bunch of useful widgets, activate an eye catching live wallpaper, or simply throw up some kind of shortcut.
There’s a total of 7 homescreens available, and similar to HTC’s helicopter view with their customized experience, you can view all of them at once by simply pressing the home button while on the main homescreen. On the surface, there are a handful of Motorola specific widgets that offer additional functionality without the need of running dedicated application, however, you can always fall back on the usual Android ones.
Since its inception, MOTOBLUR has always been known to take kindly to social networking, but we’re greeted to a familiar experience. Motorola’s social networking widget will display related content from your account all in one place – which is nice seeing you can view them all at the homescreen. Additionally, you can simultaneously compose a Twitter and Facebook post all from the widget. And if you happen to have a slight itch to run an app, you can still get your fill by simply running the dedicated “Social Networking” app which basically accomplishes the same items as the widgets.
Nothing has really changed with the address book on the Motorola ATRIX 4G, but that doesn’t stop it from being extremely usable. Specifically, it combines local contacts with those found with your social networking accounts, while still enabling you to associate pertinent information with each person. In addition, relevant social networking content will load up with each person – meaning, you can quickly read up their latest posting within the address book. Last, but certainly not least, all of your contacts are synced with your Google account so you’ll never have to worry about some catastrophic problem wiping out your hard work.