Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4

Introduction and Design

In an epic battle between two heavyweights, we finally have an Android powered smartphone that’s worthy enough to challenge the iPhone 4 as the premier device on AT&T’s lineup. As we’ve seen in our Motorola ATRIX 4G Review, 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. And even though we’re over 8 months into its existence, the Apple iPhone 4 continues to shine ever so brightly while sitting prettily on its pedestal. However, it should have some concerns since the Motorola ATRIX 4G isn’t any other ordinary device looking for a mere challenge, instead, it’s looking to supplant it.


If there was one physical trait that we didn’t like with the ATRIX 4G, it has to be none other than its plastic construction – which is the reason why the iPhone 4 looks and feels like the more premium device. Even though it’s slightly more compact in size versus the ATRIX 4G, the iPhone 4 is noticeably heavier due to its premium choice of materials. However, it’s arguable to say that it wouldn’t fare well in the event that it’s dropped – but then again, the plastic exterior of the ATRIX 4G is a bit more susceptible to scratching. Whatever way you look at it, there’s no denying that the iPhone 4 is both the better looking and feeling device between the two.

When comparing the two screens, the Motorola ATRIX 4G boasts the larger of the two with a 4” qHD display and packs a mighty resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Albeit, it still doesn’t come close to offering the higher pixel density count found with the 3.5” IPS display of the iPhone 4 with its resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. Sure the Retina Display packs a whole lot of pixels on its surface, but honestly, they both exhibit similar characteristics with their detailed and brilliant displays. However, we find color production to be a little bit more natural looking with the iPhone 4 since darker colors, such as black, have a smoky appearance with the ATRIX 4G. Moreover, colors better retain their vibrancy at various angles on the Retina Display. Luckily though, we find both to be extremely responsive to the touch.

To this day, we never have any problems activating the springy feel of the iPhone 4’s recognizable home button. Conversely, since it relies on the customary set of capacitive buttons, we still find ourselves accidentally pressing them on the Motorola ATRIX 4G since they’re placed close to the edge of the handset.

Fortunately, we find the volume rockers of both handsets to be sufficient in size without any hassles in pressing them down thanks to their responsive feel.  However, the addition of the vibrate switch with the iPhone 4 is appreciated since it offers quick access in silencing it.

Thanks mostly to their traditional nature, as opposed to the proprietary 30-pin connection port with the iPhone 4, we adore the microUSB and microHDMI ports found with the ATRIX 4G – which are used in conjunction with the handset’s innovative sharing qualities.

Taking a peek at the top edges of both smartphones, we’re greeted with their 3.5mm headset jacks and dedicated power buttons. With the iPhone 4, its placement is fitting and provides that solid tactile response when pressed. On the contrary, the placement with the ATRIX 4G might seem awkward at first, but it’s still nonetheless roomy in size and doubles as a finger print reader – which is definitely something you don’t see that often.

Motorola ATRIX 4G 360-degree View:

Apple iPhone 4 360-degree View:

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