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Motorola Atrix 2 Review
3 July 2012
Summary: The Atrix 2 feels like a high-end phone, a great selling point at its relatively low-asking price. It may have slightly lesser performance grunt than the Samsung Galaxy S II, but costs considerably less as well. Motorola have smartly slotted this in the middle of the likes of the HTC One V and the Sony Xperia Sola on one end, and the Galaxy S II, Nexus on the other.
Pros: Built well, Good display, Stable performance, Comfortable on-screen keypad
Cons: No ICS update, yet, Feels slightly bulky in this day and age, MotoBlur UI is a visual bore-fest
Summary: Motorola ATRIX 2 has a 4.3-inch qHD display with 540 x 960 resolution pixels. Powering the Motorola ATRIX 2 is a 1.0GHz dual-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM. The ATRIX 2 is running on Android 2.3. It supports all common connectivity options including HSDPA 21.1Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. It has an 8GB internal storage and support microSD cards up to 40GB.
Summary: AT&T launched the Motorola Atrix 2 with very little fanfare, slotting it in with a set of low-end Android smartphones on October 11th. However, the Atrix 2 is the successor to the venerable Atrix 4G and as such at least bears the name of a top-of-the-line Android phone. That name is belied by middle-of-the-road specs and a price point — $99 on-contract — that implies that neither Motorola nor AT&T think of the phone as a hero device.
Pros: Only $99 on-contract, Great qHD LCD display, Understated, professional design
Cons: 4G in name only, Small amount of storage, Motorola skin
Excerpt: Motorola is working hard to retain their footing in the smartphone segment and so far, they’ve been faring quite well. Their recent attempt at a Galaxy S II competitor in the form the RAZR XT910 proved to be quite fruitful. Their latest device is in the form of the Motoroal Atrix 2 that’s designed to offer users premium features at a reasonable price. We’re here to tell you if they made good on those deliverables. Take a closer look.
Conclusion: The Motorola Atrix 2 is a solid phone at a very reasonable price. I've been using it regularly for over a month and have been very pleased with it. Data speeds are the best I've measured on AT&T, the display is very attractive, it is comfortable to hold and battery life was excellent (for a smartphone). If you find a 4.3" display too large or are looking to save some money (or both), the original Atrix 4G offers most of what you find on the Atrix 2 for $70 less.
Summary: Now I have that phone’s successor, the Motorola ATRIX 2. It offers a few improvements over the original, including support for faster data speeds, a slightly larger display and a beefier camera.
Pros: Bright and sharp screen, Comfortable to hold, nice texture on the back, Camera is quite decent, does great macro
Cons: UI styling is annoying, 1GHz processor may not be enough for spec fiends
Conclusion: The Motorola Atrix 2 is a great phone at a price considerably less than its competitors. At $100 with a two-year contract, the Atrix 2 a great buy for anyone on AT&T’s network. Motorola’s NinjaBlur interface isn’t fantastic, but the screen is a step up from previous phones and for 4.3 inches, it feels relatively comfortable in your hand. If you don’t have $100, then see if you can’t get the original Atrix 4G as it should be free by now.
Pros: Dual-core processor, High quality screen, Comfortable design, Affordable
Cons: Poor volume toggle, NinjaBlur UI is ugly, Limited by AT&T’s network, Poor camera quality