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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: For the price, the Motorola Atrix 2 is an amazingly feature-packed high-performance Android phone for AT&T customers.
Pros: The Motorola Atrix 2 has a sharp and colorful 4.3-inch qHD display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, HSPA+ support, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, a front-facing camera, Webtop functionality, and it ships with Android 2.3.
Cons: The Motorola Atrix 2 no longer has the fingerprint sensor, and there is a slight shutter lag that will not please camera enthusiasts.
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
Conclusion: The ATRIX 2 is an improvement over the original ATRIX if only for its slightly more advanced user interface. Where the first ATRIX used what was still then called Motoblur, here we've got what's generally considered a much more reasonable approach to Android. The form factor feels much more substantial (and it should since the display is larger -- though again with the same amount of pixels,) and the curve around the edge of the glass makes the whole device feel rather...