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Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4

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After reviewing the Motorola ATRIX 4G, we were ecstatic about its photo taking prowess since it rivaled the quality we found with the iPhone 4. But now that we’ve got the two hand in hand, we can better meticulously compare them to see which one captures the better looking images. After taking a few samples both indoors and outdoors, it might look as though the two are equal in output, however, we soon realized that the iPhone 4’s shots were slightly better. Overall, we find sharper looking details with the iPhone 4 which are tastefully complemented by its juicier looking color production. Indoors in low lighting conditions, the iPhone 4 still produces the lovelier looking images since its contrast is better equipped at lighting up the scenery; thus exposing some details that are otherwise missing with the ATRIX 4G’s production. And finally, the LED flash of the iPhone 4 is blatantly the stronger of the two as it supplies more light with subjects that are more than 5 feet away.

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The iPhone 4 might have the leg up with taking photos, but when it comes to shooting high definition videos, the quality is pretty much identical with both smartphones. Moving along at the respectable speed of 29 frames per second with the two, there is no hint of any choppiness with their recordings. Finding that smooth rate is nice indeed, but we’re equally content to see plenty of sharp visuals with their recordings. In addition, audio recording sounds particularly clear and noise free for the most part – which just rounds out their beautiful performance.

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Although it might not be all that mainstream right now, it’s just nice to see that video chat is enabled thanks to their front facing cameras. FaceTime with the iPhone 4 is exquisite since audio and video quality is up there; despite the requirement of being connect to Wi-Fi. And surprisingly enough, we’re content with the video calling quality presented with the Fring app on the ATRIX 4G – which happens to work over 3G.

Cover Flow mode with the iPhone 4 is still one visually appealing interface that one-ups the standard looking Android music player found with the ATRIX 4G. Lacking the eye candy factor with its presentation, we find the choice of equalizer settings with the ATRIX 4G to be an appreciated thing that better fine tunes the audio quality based on the genre of music you’re playing. Thankfully, the speaker output of both devices are on-par with one another as they provide a decent wallop of sharp tunes from their respective speakers.

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The music player of the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4

Playing high-definition videos is no problem with either handset since they produce smooth playback and plenty of rich details. Ultimately, it all comes down to whether you prefer watching something on a larger screen – which obviously goes to the 4” qHD display of the ATRIX 4G. Regardless of that, the iPhone 4’s 3.5” Retina Display is still more than agreeable to our needs.

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Video playback on the Motorola ATRIX 4G - Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4


Innovative is definitely one keyword that perfectly describes the Motorola ATRIX 4G because of the added functionality it has to offer with its HD Multimedia and Laptop Docks. Attempting to combine the best parts about being mobile with some regular computing aspects, Motorola’s webtop experience is something so refreshing which further shows the kind of ingenuity it’s packing that we don’t see implemented by other devices nowadays. And that’s one crucial part about the ATRIX 4G that we find so inspirational over the iPhone 4. Of course, it comes at a price, and unfortunately, in the case of the ATRIX 4G and its docks, it's quite a steep price.


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While using the two YouTube apps on both phones, it’s visible that we prefer the one with Android partly because of its informative presentation and wealth of sharing functions. Moreover, it’s nice to be given the choice of being to play videos in either standard or high quality modes. Whereas on the iPhone 4, it’ll only play high quality videos when it’s connected to Wi-Fi.

And since we’re on the topic of some widely used mobile apps, it’s no wonder why we find the Google Maps experience with the Motorola ATRIX 4G to be the preferred choice. Mostly because of its free voice guided turn-by-turn directions and 3D maps view, the overall set of features offered with the ATRIX 4G easily bypasses the miniscule functionality presented with the iPhone 4. However, we shouldn't forget that users still have much more options with the iPhone 4, especially when it comes to entertainment.

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