Reviews and Problems with Motorola ATRIX 4G / ME860
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Motorola Atrix 4G
2 September 2011
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.
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.
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.
the Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola Atrix 4G
is one of the finest phones ever created. It’s well-designed, with a sleek form factor and smooth metal backing. The hardware inside is cutting edge, with performance so fast you’ll find yourself using your phone more and more - and your notebook less and less. That’s one unforseen aspect of having such a fast device: it’s so nice to use that you simply use it more.
Conclusion: The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the best phones on AT&T. It’s the first dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 phone and it’s very fast. The resolution is quite high, though it may be too high for those with poor eyes. It has a large 1930 mAh battery, dual cameras (video chat finally moves beyond the iPhone 4 on AT&T) and plenty of storage. But the real kicker is the Lapdock and HD Multimedia Dock.
Pros: Fast 1GHz dual core smartphone, innovative docking accessories., Pro: Fast, high resolution display, fingerprint scanner, works with innovative accessories like the Lapdock.
Cons: Lapdock is terribly expensive, cameras are just OK., Con: Motoblur still isn't our favorite manufacturer enhancement of Android. Rear camera takes just OK photos.
Summary: The ATRIX 4G is not your typical high-end Android smartphone. It's the first phone in the United States to offer NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and it can also plug into, and power, an optional laptop dock that provides a Linux environment, a full keyboard, and two USB 2.0 ports.
Pros: Nice hardware design, fast dual-core processor, unique laptop dock available
Cons: Mediocre HD camera, disappointing photos, so-so call quality, 3G data speeds on a "4G" device
Summary: On its own, the $199 Motorola Atrix 4G is among the top phones in AT&T's lineup. Its bright and crisp screen, powerful processor, and fingerprint reader mark it as a remarkable Android phone. Likewise, the $499 Laptop Dock shows real innovation on the part of Motorola, even if its keys are on the small side. Also, the $189 Entertainment Dock, when coupled with the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, makes for a compelling 10-foot experience.
Pros: Fast dual-core performance, Innovative laptop dock, Bright crisp screen, Fingerprint reader offers extra security, Entertainment Dock fun to use
Cons: AT&T's HSPA+ network not fast enough yet, Laptop Dock keys are small, Must sign up for tethering plan to use dock