Today we’ll be reviewing the Motorola ATRIX 2. I promised a while back that I’ll be reviewing this phone right after I reviewed the ATRIX 1. However some time has passed since then and I’d like to apologize for the delay. However I’ll try to make it worth the wait. The Motorola ATRIX 2 is a really awesome phone. If you liked the first one know that the Motorola ATRIX 2 comes with all the good points of the ATRIX 1 plus some more things. The Motorola ATRIX 2 is known to many people in many names : Motorola MB865, Motorola ATRIX Refresh, Motorola Fuath, Motorola Edison and even Motorola 4G ATRIX 2. However valid they may be, I’ll only refer to it as the Motorola ATRIX 2 during this review. This is a phone for AT&T, so it may be a bit restrictive as far as networks go.
But let us begin this little review already.
We will begin by checking out some of the more general features of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find details about the supported networks as well as the announcement and release dates. The supported networks of the Motorola ATRIX 2 are both 2G and 3G. The networks are as following : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ( the 2G ones ) and HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 ( the 3G ones ). The Motorola ATRIX 2 was announced in October 2011 and was released shortly after during the same month.
Following up is the review of the body of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find information about the size and weight of the phone, as well as whether or not the Motorola ATRIX 2 has any marks that distinguish it. The Motorola ATRIX 2 is around 126 x 55 x 10 mm big. It also weighs close to 147 grams. Sadly, the Motorola ATRIX 2 doesn’t have any marks that would make it special, but trust me when I say that there’s more to this phone than just aspect.
Next is the review of the display of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find details about the type of screen, the screen size, the screen’s resolution and its pixel density as well as whether or not the device has any means of screen protection and items that would set it apart from others. The Motorola ATRIX 2 has a TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. The size of this screen is around 4.3 inches and it houses a resolution of approximately 540 x 960 pixels. The screen’s pixel density is somewhere around 256 ppi, which is more than enough in my opinion. The Motorola ATRIX 2 also has Multitouch however it’s not worth mentioning. The protection of this device’s screen is Corning Gorilla Glass. The Motorola ATRIX 2 also has Touch sensitive controls instead of frontal buttons and MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets, should you choose to activate it.
Next up is the review of the audio output capabilities of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find info about the alert types, the speaker and audio jack as well as whether or not the Motorola ATRIX 2 has any means of sound enhancement installed on it whatsoever. The alert types of the Motorola ATRIX 2 are as following : vibration, MP3 and WAV ringtones. The Motorola ATRIX 2 also has a Loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. It doesn’t, however, have any means of sound enhancement installed on it, so one could say that the ATRIX 2 is pretty basic as far as sound is concerned.
Following up is the review of the memory of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find information about the internal storage space and ways of increasing it, as well as the RAM memory. The Motorola ATRIX 2 has 8 GB of internal storage space and it comes with an included 2 GB Micro SD card. If 10 GB of space isn’t enough for you, feel free to purchase another Micro SD card to replace that one, thus expanding your 8 GB of included space with up to 32 GB of Micro SD card goodness. The RAM of the Motorola ATRIX 2 is awesome, weighing in at 1 GB. For the moment it’s quite a good move to have a 1 GB of RAM device. I assume that in an year or so that will change, but so be it.
Next to be reviewed is the data connectivity of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find information about the GPRS and EDGE, the speed of the device and the WLAN as well as the Bluetooth and USB connections. The Motorola ATRIX 2 has both GPRS and EDGE, however we don’t know what class. The speed of the Motorola ATRIX 2 is as following : HSDPA at around 21 MB/s and HSUPA at around 5.76 MB/s. The WLAN of the Motorola ATRIX 2 is a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with both DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of the Motorola ATRIX 2 is a Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR. The USB connection on this device is a Micro USB v2.0 port.
Next is the review of the camera of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find info about the main and secondary cameras as well as their features and capabilities. The main camera is a real powerful one – 8 MP. It can photograph at resolutions as big as 3264 x 2448 pixels. The features of the main camera are as follows : autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging and image stabilization. The video recorder of the Motorola ATRIX 2 is capable of recording in 1080p full HD at a steady 24 frames per second. The Motorola ATRIX 2 also has a secondary camera but it’s so weak that it’s barely even worth mentioning.
Following is the review of the battery of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Since battery life is so important to mobile devices, here you can find info about the battery type and how long it can function. The Motorola ATRIX 2 has a standard Li-Ion 1785 mAh battery. It is capable of functioning for up to 382 hours in stand-by mode and up to 8 hours and 50 minutes of talk time.
Next is the review of the hardware components of the Motorola ATRIX 2. We’ll try to analyze the three great components of the hardware in this part : the processor, the motherboard and the graphics card. The processor of this device is a Dual-Core 1 GHz Cortex-A9, which is pretty darn powerful, even by today’s standards. The motherboard and graphics card are as following : TI OMAP 4430 chipset and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. All and all this device has a pretty awesome hardware set capable of running anything around.
Following up is the review of the software of the Motorola ATRIX 2. Here you can find info about the OS installed on it and whether or not it can be upgrade to a better one. The OS version of the Motorola ATRIX 2 is Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread. It’s pretty disappointing to see that it cannot be upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich even though it has all the specs needed to do so.
Finally, we will review the more random features of the Motorola ATRIX 2. The sensors of the Motorola ATRIX 2 are as following : Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass. The Motorola ATRIX 2’s messaging is done via : SMS ( with Threaded View ), MMS, E-Mail, IM and Push Mail. The browser of the Motorola ATRIX 2 uses HTML and has integrated support for Adobe Flash. The Motorola ATRIX 2 also has a Stereo FM radio with RDS. This device’s GPS has support for A-GPS and also the Motorola ATRIX 2 has Java via Java MIDP emulation. The colors available for the Motorola ATRIX 2 limited to only one – Black.
Here is a brief list of what the Motorola ATRIX 2 can do :
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- HDMI port
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- 1080p MP4/H.263/H.264.WMV/Xvid/DivX @ 30 fps playback
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
- Facebook, Twitter, MySpace integration
- Photo viewer/editor
- Quickoffice document editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
This concludes our little review of the Motorola ATRIX 2. If you feel that this review is lacking something feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below for things which should be added and I’ll be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects.
In the meantime, if you would like to purchase this magnificent device, feel free to do so by following this link. Just click HERE.