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Motorola Atrix 2 Review
26 April 2012
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.
Summary: Late last year, Motorola made a jump start into the Android arena with the Razr ; good thing is it hasn't quite forgotten its Atrix roots, resulting in a sort of indirect successor to the Lapdock-friendly Atrix. In the interim of a possible Atrix 3 release , the slightly up-sized Android 2.3 equipped Atrix 2 sits in the middle of the portfolio.
Pros: Bundled with 10 free EA games, MotoCast Personal Cloud Service, Good battery life, Bright 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
Cons: Poor camera performance, Comes with Android 2.3 (update coming in Q3 2012)
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.
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
Motorola isn't shooting for the stars with this business phone, but does it reach the sky?
13 November 2011
Summary: Unlike the original Atrix 4G, Motorola's Atrix 2 wasn't exactly launched with a bang. That might lead you to believe that the Atrix 2 is a forgettable smartphone and in some ways it definitely is: there are no real standout features here. The Atrix 2 isn't flashy, in fact it's exactly the opposite. Yet while the Atrix 2 might be unassuming, it's also very capable if you set aside the Webtop and the middling camera performance.
Pros: Only $99 on-contract, Great qHD LCD display, Understated, professional design
Cons: 4G in name only, Small amount of storage, Motorola skin
Summary: For $99, you're getting a lot in the Motorola Atrix 2: A brilliant qHD display, sharp 8-MP camera, and strong dual-core performance. No, the 4G speeds aren't blazing, but this smartphone offered faster downloads and uploads than its predecessor. If you're in the market for an Android smartphone in this price range, the $99 LG Thrill 4G for AT&T offers a unique 3D display, but it has a bulkier design.
Conclusion: For $99 with contract, this is a lot of high end Android goodness. If you're a Moto fan or simply are looking for the best Android phone you can get for little money, the Motorola Atrix 2 and LG Thrill 4G are our top budget picks on AT&T. In fact, it feels weird to call them budget phones since their specs are anything but budget. If you've got more to spend, the Atrix 2 has obvious competition from the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S .
Pros: High end smartphone for only $99 with contract. Improved display and HSPA+ data speeds.
Cons: Like many sequels, nothing truly innovative or flashy here.
Conclusion: The latest Motorola Atrix is still based on an idea that's ahead of its time. But if you're the geeky type, you can have plenty of fun with this 4G phone that, with the right accessories, transforms into other devices.
Pros: Sharp, bright screen. Powerful camera and 1080p video recording. Very long battery life.
Cons: Sluggish webtop mode. Motorola's UI changes detract from rather than enhance Android. Still a little buggy.