Motorola ATRIX 4G Review
Employing the stock Android Calendar app, it syncs with multiple accounts and presents itself with all the customary features we’d come to expect by now. You can easily jump between varying views, such as a weekly or monthly presentation, which will break down all your appointments. And finally, there’s plenty of material to include with each appointment in your calendar – keeping you in the constant loop of things.
Naturally, you can set up multiple alarms on the handset via its Alarm & Timer app, but it’s missing some of the more intuitive functions such as being able to act as a desktop clock. However, if you really want that functionality, you’ll need to purchase its multimedia dock in order to experience its abundant set of features – like being able to view the weather and temperature on it.
Additionally, we find a timer app, but it’s strangely missing other components such as a world clock or stopwatch. But since this is Android we’re talking about, it’s not all that disappointing since a quick trip to the Android Market will remedy the problem. Still, it just would’ve been nice to see them available from the onset; rather than having to download them later.
Not surprisingly, we’re treated to the usual looking Calculator app that we’ve grown to accept. It’ll get the job done in computing some basic functions, but you’ve also got some advanced functions at your disposal.
Last, but certainly not least, the Motorola ATRIX 4G includes a basic file manager app that will quickly enable you to move around files stored locally on the handset to some sort of external storage. Definitely a nice touch considering you don’t have to be bothered with connecting it to a computer of some sort.
Partly because of its above average sized display and undeniably swift dual-core processor, the messaging experience is top notch with little to no complaints at all. Offering both the multi-touch and Swype keyboards, we find the experience to be uplifting with either since it’s extremely responsive – especially in keeping up with our quick fingers. Granted that the portrait options may still be cramped for some people, the landscape one has plenty of room to accommodate even the largest of fingers. Speed typing is obviously quickly accomplished with little adjustment in getting a feel for the device, but we found ourselves typing away with relatively few mistakes.
Being the Android powered smartphone it is, the Gmail experience is undoubtedly polished all around which brings all of the engaging features found on the desktop version. Packaging along features like threaded view, labeling, and the ability to search through all your emails, there’s nothing rally you can’t accomplish with it since the overall experience is perfectly translated over. Moreover, you can also set up additional Gmail accounts and switch between them at any time – while still preserving all of their respective folders.
And if Gmail isn’t necessarily your kind of thing, the email app is there for all your needs. Its presentation is pretty much similar to the Gmail app, but it doesn’t offer things like threaded view – meaning, it displays emails between you and another person in the usual stacked listing view. Setup of generic email clients only requires your email address and password, but for those obscure ones, it’ll ask you for additional pieces of information – like server addresses and ports.
Connectivity and Data:
Placing phone calls in all corners of the world isn’t a problem for this quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band (850/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS handset, but it’s also packing support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. Though, it seems to be affected by the same thing that’s preventing the HTC Inspire 4G from obtaining HSPA+ like upload speeds. In fact, we’re only able to obtain average upload speeds of 150 kbps – which is a far cry from its potential. Nevertheless, the ATRIX 4G includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi as an alternative data connection when cellular is unavailable. Moreover, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is offered so you can connect various wireless devices with it.
Without hesitation, we knew going into it that the Motorola ATRIX 4G is going to excel in the web browsing department seeing that it packs support for Flash Player 10.1 – which tastefully adds the elements to rival the desktop experience. However, we’re easily impressed with its performance because it offers smooth kinetic scrolling, responsive pinch gestures for zooming, and renders pages perfectly on its admirable 4” qHD display. Also, complex web sites like ours are able to load up in a timely manner without much wait – enabling you to see relevant content very quickly.