Motorola Atrix HD

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A new Droid phone

The new DROID line that Motorola launched continues to make waves among consumers. And this series includes a smartphone which we will review today. The name of this device: Atrix HD. It comes with a very good price offer, but when we sat down and tested the phone’s performance, we were disappointed. More on that below.

No ColorBoost technology

Motorola manufactured some very good smartphones. Among them, the Atrix 2 and the Droid Razr Maxx. So naturally, the follow-up – dubbed Atrix HD – was the cause of much interest. For us, too.

This phone welcomed us with looks that didn’t impress. If you were to compare it to the previous Droid Razr Maxx, you’d see that it looks the same, minus the dimensions. We searched for capacitive Android keys. But we saw nothing. They sit inside the device’s platform. Anyhow, this is a phone that is made to resist damage. So even if you don’t like its design, at least its body is not frail.

The 4.5″ touchscreen on the Atrix HD incorporates 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution. You will have no ColorBoost technology on this model. But its resolution offers plenty of rich details and colors. If you take it outside and the sun is shining brightly, text won’t be very clear. The levels of brightness are also good. As is the image contrast.motorola-atrix-hd

Fast browsing speed

This phone works very well with Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The interface used here is also the kind that offers ease of use and fluidity. Motorola kept the old organizer applications which they incorporated in the older smartphones.

If you want really good Internet speeds, the Atrix HD does not disappoint in this area. Navigation works well, despite some jumpiness. We used AT&T and we experienced superb data speed. There is no NFC support here. But you get the following instead: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS, mobile hotspot connectivity and, last but not least, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR. If you want Adobe Flash – because, well, you don’t get it integrated – you can easily get it from Google Play.

The tasks that we performed during tests were dealt with without hair-pulling. Because the phone sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, which offers plenty of good speed. A con in this department is storage capacity. With this model you are offered 4.97GB and that is all. To spark things up, use a microSD card. Memory is 1GB of RAM.

Weak battery life

Multimedia is well-represented. Even if there were no upgrades done. We tried out some videos in HD and they looked great. If you want to listen to a song, there are many sound effects which make the already good audio quality better.

The battery, on the other hand, is a con. Because it’s not able of greatness. It does not even last a whole day.

A camera of 8 megapixels is the only one featured on the Atrix HD. And it is disappointing. As is the interface. We tried ameliorating photo quality with all of the cam’s effects and whatnot. But in the end, results were bad. Clips looked somewhat better. But we wouldn’t recommend this sort of camera.

The earpiece was another point of attraction and worthy of admiration. It successfully delivered great audio quality. Dropped calls never happened. Every voice we heard sounded great.

Review conclusion

The Motorola Atrix HD will never be like its predecessors. Despite its $99.99 price tag with a contract.