Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

Motorola ATRIX4G – The future of smartphones

Motorola and AT&T’s joint innovation, Motorola ATRIX 4G, unveiled at CES 2011, got rave reviews and  went on to bag 10 awards. Dubbed as the most powerful smartphone in the world, ATRIX 4G, is truly a product of the future.  Motorola Press release highlights the uniqueness of ATRIX 4G with following words, “The world’s most powerful smartphone packs the power and capabilities of a PC in your pocket through Motorola’s revolutionary webtop”.

Let’s have a closure look at the features of ATRIX 4G.

Look wise Motorola ATRIX is thin and stylish and is made of smooth black plastic with a fade pattern on the back panel. This Candy bar form factor Android smartphone is just 2.5 × 4.6 × 0.4 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces.  Its 4 inch display screen produces sharp picture at a resolution of 960X540 pixels. It can be placed next only to Apple’s 960X640 Retina Display on the iPhone 4. ATRIX 4G provides a biometric fingerprint reader, as an extra layer of security, which can be used to unlock the phone instead of providing passcode.

At the core of Motorola ATRIX 4G is Android 2.2 Froyo running on Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a dual core processor (ARM Cortex-A9 cores) with each core running at 1 GHz, capable of delivering up to two GHz of processing power and 1GB of RAM. This in itself makes ATRIX 4G a powerhouse.  Motorola has plans to update the phone to Android 2.3. It also boasts of world’s first qHD display for a smartphone.  ATRIX 4G sports bright and crisp screen with 4.0 inch qHD display having 24-bit color graphics, making indoors and outdoors reading equally comfortable.

Motorola ATRIX supports HD video capture and replay for most multimedia standards. This means you can make your own video in High Definition and watch it either on a desktop or a HD Television.  Storage is not an issue as the phone comes with a 16GB internal memory and provides the option to add MicroSD card upto 32GB. It comes with two cameras, a 5MP camera at the back and a VGA camera at the front for video chat.

ATRIX 4G provides 9 hours of talk time with its 1930 mAH lithium cell battery pack.

Laptop dock

What makes ATRIX 4G stand apart from the rest of the crowd is Motorola’s proprietary webtop application and two accessory docks. The webtop application, a customized build of Linux over Android, enables users to run multiple tasks without interruption such as running Android application, browsing websites on a full Firefox browser, making phone calls and sending instant messages.

The Motorola Laptop dock comes with 11.6 inch screen and fully functional keyboard. It has its own three-cell battery pack and can deliver up to 8 hours of battery life. All you need to do, to bring your ATRIX 4G to life, is to dock it into the back of Laptop Dock.  Now experience the power of true mobility with an active machine hooked on to internet.

The other companion dock for ATRIX 4G, Motorola HD Multimedia Dock, comes with three USB ports and one HDMI port. You can easily connect a mouse, a keyboard, multimedia speakers and HDMI compatible monitor or an HD television to the multimedia Dock.

Motorola ATRIX 4G is supposed to operate on AT&T’s HSPA+ network.  However, AT&T still hasn’t officially launched the new network, so it is difficult to accurately evaluate the Smartphone’s speed. Currently Motorola ATRIX will connect to HSPA+ network, but may not give 4G speeds until its official launch.

With such revolutionary concepts turned into reality, the Motorola ATRIX 4G shows us what the future of mobile computing could be in coming years. There might be some bugs along the way which need to be dealt with, before we can actually enjoy the fruits of such an innovation. On the downside, a price tag of around $500, for both the phone and the laptop dock, makes ATRIX 4G slightly overpriced.

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