Motorola Atrix 2
A powerful dual core phone
The first Motorola Atrix was officially released during CES 2011 and it impressed a lot of people present at the event. Why: because of a dual-core processor, an optional laptop dock accessory, a very good price and many other great features. It even received Best of CES Award on several review boards. When we tested it for the first time we noticed some flaws which Motorola has since sought to remove from its latest Atrix 2 smartphone. Here’s our review which will tell you the most important things about this heavily anticipated smartphone.
4.3-inch qHD display
The design of the Motorola Atrix 2 (whose whole body is made of plastic), though at first glance similar to the one on its predecessor, features some subtle differences. The overall shape with rounded corners is the same, but this model comes with a shiny gunmetal gray bezel around the front and a rubberized textured back; the latter fact made the device feel luxurious when we held it for our tests. The height, width and depth are different than those on the first Atrix: 4.95″ x 2.59″ x 0.41″. This is all due in fact to the large screen, a 4.3-inch qHD. Since we’re talking about the screen, we should also note that this one doesn’t ship with the Atrix’s Pentile display; this was good news, because it meant that there was no more poor pixel density to frustrate us. Text was very easy to read on the screen of the Atrix 2 and graphics were vibrant. Another difference we spotted when we looked at this smartphone was the addition of a dedicated camera key and the lack of the usual fingerprint scanner found on the previous model.
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS
In terms of OS, the Motorola Atrix 2 uses Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. This operating system sports a better MotoBlur interface which is very easy to use and looks nice. As a plus, it features 5 customizable home screens, swiping possibilities, text input either with the help of Swype or a multitouch Android keyboard and many more options.
The processor used by the Atrix 2 is a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4. We expected an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, but the smartphone worked very well with what it had. Opening files, selecting settings and other such actions didn’t bring lags with them; neither did the capacitive touch screen.
1GHz TI OMAP4 processor
Motorola’s latest smartphone boasts all the usual features and then some. Besides a clock, calendar, text and multimedia messaging, speakerphone and so on there’s also a wide array of apps, an 8-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and several others. Connectivity included the possibility to stream videos wirelessly and watch videos from our phone on the big screen. An application called Webtop turned the Atrix 2 into a portable PC when we docked it into an appropriate accessory; after we did that, the application’s platform launched into a separate window and gave us access, among others, to Firefox.
Despite experiencing some shutter lag, the camera on this smartphone took and shot good-looking photos and videos when lighting conditions were ideal; there was plenty of sharpness, brightness, details and the like. As a con, low light produced less impressive results.
Good battery life
Internal storage is made of 8GB; 4.4GB are available to the user. But don’t despair: the Atrix 2 comes with a 2GB microSD card that supports up to 32GB. Full pages loaded in 20 seconds and mobile sites in 8 seconds. When it came to download and upload speeds we registered 11.04Mbps, 1.09Mbps respectively.
Now for call and speakerphone quality: both were decent, with clear and loud volume, although there was some distortion now and then. The battery life offered 8.5 hours of talk time and 15.9 days standby time.
Overall, at the end of this test we can conclude that after this review we are sure that the new Motorola Atrix 2 phone is a good choice if you need an Android based device, ready to offer the best features in seconds.
|Operating System||Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)|
|Processor||Dual Core 1 GHz TI OMAP|
|Memory||8 GB internal storage capacity|
|2 GB card included in pack|
|RAM||1 GB RAM|
|Display type||Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)|
|Resolution: 540 x 960 pixels|
|Modes||GSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz|
|WCDMA 850 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz|
|External size||4.95″ x 2.59″ x 0.41″ (126 x 66 x 10.5 mm)|
|Total weight||5.23 oz (148 g)|
|Battery||Talk: 8.5 hours max. (510 minutes)|
|Standby: 378 hours max. (15.8 days)|
|Battery type||1785 mAh LiIon|