Motorola Atrix 4G review


The Motorola Atrix 4G running on a 1 Ghz dual core Tegra 2 processor, and with a 4-inch 960×540 pixel screen is a laptop, set top box, desktop computer and smartphone all rolled into one. The dimensions of the handset are 4.63 x 2.5 x 0.43 inches and it weighs about 4.8 ounces, which makes it as thin as the iPhone, though not so light weight but its an incredibly power-packed device.

The front of the phone has the usual Android buttons at the bottom, camera and earpiece at the top and the rear of the phone has the power on/off button which doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. Though it is truly exciting to unlock a phone using the fingerprint scanner, being told to do it repeatedly if you want to unlock the phone fast is a pain. On the rear is also the 3.5mm headphone jack and the volume rocker is placed along the right side.

Alongside the left are the micro USB and HDMI ports with the 5 megapixel camera, LED flash and speaker making up the back side of the Motorola Atrix 4G. Its one of the best looking phones available in the market today. Apart from looks, it is also one of the fastest Android based phones in terms of performance speed.

The screen display is now of a higher resolution and the touch response is also great. However, it is difficult to see the screen in bright sunlight and the automatic brightness adjustment didn’t seem to work all that well. The battery is fairly impressive with it lasting more than 24 hours on a single charge even after heavy use. The 5 megapixel camera which also works as a 720p video camera does a stunning job capturing HD content.

The greatest excitement about the Motorola Atrix 4G has been that the phone almost turns into a complete PC with the addition of the laptop dock. Using a software called Webtop, which is just the Firefox browser with some settings done to integrate with the phone, you can use your phone in a window. However the browsing experience using this unusual combination is far from pleasant.

It is slow and sloppy but the thought behind this technology is exciting. The phone is priced at $199.99 with a 2 year contract and the laptop dock costs $299.99 apart from the desktop dock and the keyboard and mouse. It really does not offer great value with this pricing.

Apart from the pricing and the accessories, the Motorola Atrix 4G is really an awesome device. The performance standards and the Android based system really help it to be a power house packed in a sleek device.

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