Today we shall take a gander at the Motorola ATRIX. This is a pretty awesome phone with a more than powerful enough hardware configuration, a good OS and so on. Generally, you can classify this phone as a well done one. It’s no wonder that Motorola also did a 4G version of this device. However, despite the fact that we have both a 4G one and a normal one, I chose to review this one since most people are used with the traditional 3G and it will take quite a while before the transition from 3G to 4G will be fully completed. Hell, by the time 3G will become obsolete there will already be better and faster network types than 4G. This is a very versatile and ever changing market after all. And while on the notion of an ever-changing and shifting market, don’t you believe that sometimes it’s moving a bit too fast. I mean, say you’re saving up some money to buy a piece of technology that you desire thinking it’s the best available. Two months after that there will be better ones available. That’s good for the market itself, but I can’t say it has the same effect on the people. Offering people diversity helps, but I can’t help but think it’s moving a tad too fast.
Well without further ado, let us begin this little review. I’ve already taken up way too much of your time with that little rant.
In this part of the review we shall be examining the more general aspects of the Motorola ATRIX, such as the supported networks and release dates and so on. The supported networks of the Motorola ATRIX are as following : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 as 2G networks and HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 as 3G networks. This phone was announced in January 2011 and was released a couple of months later, in April 2011.
This part of the review will cover the body of the Motorola ATRIX, more precisely : its size, its weight and whether or not certain distinctive features exist on this phone. The Motorola ATRIX is around 117.8 x 63.5 x 11 mm big and weighs somewhere around 135 grams. I’m not sure what to say but I do believe it also has touch-sensitive controls. Either that, or it has some really thin body-integrated buttons. Either way, it looks good. Plain and simple usually cuts it with phones ( in my opinion ).
This part of the review will cover the display of the Motorola ATRIX, more precisely the type of screen, the size of the screen, its resolution and pixel density, any means of protection if they exist as well as whether or not the Motorola ATRIX has any other features regarding the screen. Firstly, the type of screen of the Motorola ATRIX is a TFT capacitive touchscreen with around 16 million colors. The size of the screen is 4.0 inches and it accommodates a resolution of approximately 540 x 960 pixels. The Motorola ATRIX also has Multitouch, as many other Android phones. The means of protection on the Motorola ATRIX are : Corning Gorilla Glass display, which is pretty damn good for protection the screen. The Motorola ATRIX also has certain things on it which make it unique and stand out from the crowd : biometric fingerprint reader, touch sensitive control ( as mentioned before ), Moto Blur UI with Live Widgets.
This part of the review shall focus more on the audible capabilities of the Motorola ATRIX. Things concerned in this part are the alert types, the loudspeaker and 3.5 mm jack as well as the existence of any means of sound enhancement. The Motorola ATRIX doesn’t have sound enhancement mods or anything to make it stand out from the crowd on this part. It’s pretty default here, having vibration, MP3 and WAV ringtones as alert types and both the loudspeaker and 3.5 mm jack.
This part shall focus more on the memory of the Motorola ATRIX, as you can probably already tell. You can find data about the RAM, the storage space and means of expanding it here. The internal storage space of the Motorola ATRIX is around 16 GB. You can expanding with up to 32 GB via the MicroSD card. The RAM of the Motorola ATRIX is around 1 GB, so it’s pretty darn good considering that not even now we don’t have phones with more than 1 GB. We have phones that are said to come out with that amount ( announced ones ) but they aren’t available.
Here we shall examine the data connectivity of the Motorola ATRIX and look at things such as the GPRS and EDGE, the speed, the WLAN, the Bluetooth and the USB. The Motorola ATRIX has both GPRS and EDGE, both at Class 12. The GPRS is a Class 12 ( 4+1 / 3+2 / 2+3 / 1+4 slots ) which can work at around 32 ~ 48 KB/s. The speeds of the Motorola ATRIX are as following : HSDPA at around 14.4 MB/s and HSUPA at around 2.0 MB/s. The WLAN of the Motorola ATRIX is a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with both DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of this device is a Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR. The USB connection between this device and the computer can be done via its MicroUSB v2.0 port.
In this part we shall focus more on the cameras of the Motorola ATRIX, mainly the main one and the secondary one and their capabilities and features. The main camera of the Motorola ATRIX is a 5 MP snapper able of photographing at around 2592 x 1944 pixels. The features of the main camera are as following : autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and image stabilization. The video recorder of the Motorola ATRIX’s main camera is capable of recording at 720p with a steady 30 frames per second. There is certainty that it will be able to record at 1080p in the near future after an update. The Motorola ATRIX also has a secondary VGA frontal camera.
Here we shall focus on the battery of the Motorola ATRIX, since we all know how important battery life can be. Mainly we shall see what type of battery the Motorola ATRIX has and how long it can function. The Motorola ATRIX has a standard Li-Po 1930 mAh battery. It is capable of running for approximately 400 hours of stand-by and 8 hours and 50 minutes of talk time in 2G and around 350 hours in stand-by and up to 9 hours of talk-time in 3G.
In this part we shall be focusing on the hardware of the Motorola ATRIX, mainly on the three components : the processor, the graphics card and the mother board. The processor of the Motorola ATRIX is a Dual-Core 1 GHz Cortex-A9. Now that isn’t its strongest point, but the strongest one is the chipset and GPU. The Motorola ATRIX has Nvidia Tegra 2. Now if we’re talking about Tegra you can imagine it also has an ULP GeForce.
In this part of the review we shall be focusing on the software of the Motorola ATRIX, mainly the version of the OS and if there is any possibility of upgrading. The Motorola ATRIX has Android OS v2.2 Froyo installed on it, however it’s upgradable 2.3 Gingerbread. That’s pretty good. Again, if you want Ice Cream Sandwich you can put that too, but it’s not advisable since the unofficial versions tend to make the device run in unexpected ways, not necessarily the good kind.
This part is oriented towards the more general features of the Motorola ATRIX. The Motorola ATRIX has the following sensors : accelerometer, proximity and compass. The messaging on this phone can be done via : SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-mail, IM and even Push Mail. The browser of the Motorola ATRIX supports HTML and Adobe Flash. The Motorola ATRIX doesn’t have a radio, but I’ve mentioned on way too many occasions how to fix that. The GPS of the Motorola ATRIX supports A-GPS and the Motorola ATRIX has Java via Java MIDP emulation. The Motorola ATRIX is available in a single color : black.
Here is a list of some of the things the Motorola ATRIX can do :
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- HDMI port
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/Xvid/DivX player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
- Photo viewer/editor
- Document editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
This concludes the review of the Motorola ATRIX. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestion for things to be added in the comment section below and I shall be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects.
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