Reviews and Problems with Motorola ATRIX 4G / ME860
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Review: Motorola Atrix 4G with Lapdock and HD Multimedia Dock
12 August 2013
Conclusion: I wanted to like the Atrix and the concept of the Webtop user interface and docking stations. I’m not saying that it’s a bad phone at all. The horsepower is impressive, the build quality is solid, and Webtop-ness adds a little extra oomph to the equation. However, I can’t be convinced to spend the kind of money on all these extra accessories when I’d rather spend that money on a separate device altogether.
Summary: The laptop dock is a decidedly cool (and pricey) feature, but the dual-core Motorola Atrix 4G has plenty to offer on its own. The smartphone packs speed and high-end features into a sleek package and earns its place at the top of AT&T's Android lineup.
Pros: The Motorola Atrix 4G features a dual-core processor and a sharp qHD (quarter HD) display. The Android 2.2 smartphone has a sleek design and a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video calls, and an HDMI port.
Cons: No 1080p HD video recording or playback at launch. You can't install non-Market third-party apps. We didn't experience great HSPA+ 4G data speeds.
Engadget Reviews The Motorola Atrix 4G, Finds A Great Phone, Highly Overpriced Gimmicky Docks, Awful Data Speeds, Bootloader Lock, And Lots Of Crapware
31 July 2011
Summary: The Atrix 4G is a great phone by itself, but AT&T and Motorola seem to have tried their hardest to cripple it on both the app/UI and accessories front. If you're looking for a speedy dual-core powerhouse with a great battery life and don't mind Motoblur and all the restrictions, this phone is for you. Looking for decent data speeds? Look elsewhere.
Excerpt: Powerful Android smartphones are becoming a dime a dozen, so it takes a lot to stand out amongst the pack nowadays. Regardless, the Motorola Atrix made a splash ...
Pros: Blazing fast web surfing experience – even for sites with flash, offers performance like no other smartphone on the market (at-least not yet), excellent form-factor, tight social media integration, video calling, great camera, HD Multimedia Dock is a neat accessory to have.
Cons: Build quality is a bit weak, screen suffers from some graininess, device heats up, power button is awkwardly located, price tag for lapdock is hard to justify
Excerpt: Announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, the Atrix 4G has been dubbed the world's most powerful smartphone by Motorola and AT&T. From a first look, hands on experience, does the Atrix truly look to have what it takes to use that moniker?
Conclusion: Motorola's Atrix 4G, the unique bleeding-edge superphone that can transform itself into a PC, shows how we'll likely be using our mobile devices in the year 2020. But to get a taste of the future, you'll have to pay, and deal with some bugs along the way.
Pros: Very fast and powerful. Gorgeous screen. Optional docks turn the phone into a desktop or laptop PC.
Conclusion: The Motorola Atrix is my favorite Android phone on AT&T and, at $99 through AmazonWireless, it's a very good deal. You may not be blown away by AT&T's 4G speeds (I wasn't), but it is a step up from 3G. And once you get stuff loaded, the Atrix processor has the power to move things along smoothly. When you add in the high-resolution display and the relatively long battery life, the Atrix is a solid choice. As far as the Laptop Dock, I would pass.
Conclusion: It seems Motorola is coming back strong into the mobile game. Once the leader in phone manufacturing, it has the pedigree and experience. But that was a long time ago, long before Android was even on the drawing board and things have changed since then. Android seems to be the go-to smartphone OS these days. And Moto has been doing great at using the opportunity. And the Atrix is its best attempt yet.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA, 4" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen of qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution, scratch-resistant Gorilla glass, Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset; 1GB of RAM, Android OS v2.2; MOTOBLUR UI (update to Gingerbread planned), Web browser with Adobe Flash 10.1 support, 5 MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash; face detection, geotagging, 720p video recording @ 30fps (to be upgraded to 1...
Cons: Not the latest Android version, No FM radio, Screen image is pixelated upon closer inspection, Questionable placement of the Power/Lock button, Poor pinch zoom implementation in the gallery, No dedicated shutter key, Doesn’t operate without a SIM card inside