Summary: I was pleasantly surprised with Motorola's Atrix 2 last November, but eight months is pretty much an eternity in the Android world, so the Atrix line was in need of a refresh. Motorola and AT&T have teamed up to bring us the Atrix HD, a smartphone that's essentially AT&T's take on Verizon's Droid RAZR . There are a lot of similarities here, including LTE and Kevlar fiber backing, but this is more than just a rehash of the RAZR.
Pros: Near-stock Android 4.0, 720p LCD display, Fast AT&T LTE
Cons: Non-removable battery, Uninspiring design, Only 8GB onboard storage
Conclusion: Powerful internals, gorgeous screen, solidly built body, and a stock Android experience with just the right amount of modification -that's the Motorola Atrix HD in a nutshell. Motorola has addressed the issues of the smartphone's predecessors, thus creating one of the most complete Android packages currently on the US market. There's really quite a lot to love about the Motorola Atrix HD and very few things to frown at.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and 3G support, Class 17 LTE network support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.5" 16M-color LCD capacitive touchscreen with HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels); Gorilla Glass; ColorBoost technology, Superb build quality; Kevlar coated, splash resistant body, Lightly customized Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU; Adreno 225 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset, 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of storage; microSD card slot, 8 MP autofo...
Cons: No dedicated camera button, 1780mAh battery and comparably short battery life, No FM radio, Dubious design - the AT&T logo at the bottom looks like a button, but it isn't, Non-user-replaceable battery
Summary: On paper, the Motorola Atrix HD has everything necessary to land it in the highest tier in the smartphone market. But the overall package falls short in contrast with the competition. The display is gorgeous and as crisp as you can ask for, the processor is the same one found in the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X on AT&T and the software is as close to stock Android as you can get without buying a Nexus.
Pros: Affordable at $99.99 with an agreement; crystal clear and vibrant display; built well; snappy S4 chipset; near stock Android interface; great LTE speeds.
Cons: Poor camera; mediocre design and materials; poor battery life; laggy under extensive use.
Excerpt: Motorola has been in the Android game since very near the beginning. Their products have been on every carrier, in various shapes and sizes. Their last runaway success, the Motorola Droid , was the result of intensive marketing and an opening in the smartphone ecosystem that needed to be filled. But, at the end of the day, it really wasn’t a very good phone. Motorola’s designs are far too often more mechanical than usable and this one was no different.
Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about the Motorola Atrix HD – especially for the price. Unfortunately, most of that likability only goes skin-deep. This isn’t the phone to get if you’re allergic to lag, because this phone’s software gets mired in molasses more often than it should. One of our team members put it rather succinctly when he said “I really want to love this phone, because I love everything else about the build, but the software is killing me.
Pros: Hearty build quality with splash protection, Ultra-high pixel density display, Useful UI enhancements, Very fast LTE speeds, Better-than-expected battery life, Good call quality
Cons: -tag fun for you., The Atrix HD is widely available and can be had for $99.99 on AT&T’s website – with a 2-year contract, of course. Oddly, that’s the same cost as its older sibling, the Atrix 2. The new Atrix also shares that price point with the Samsung Galaxy S II (Skyrocket and non-). The full retail price is a fairly standard $449.99.
Conclusion: The Motorola Atrix HD may not be the absolute best performer, and definitely has its quirks, but for someone looking for a smartphone in the $100 price range, it's pretty tough to beat. For that price you get a 720p display, a speedy Snapdragon S4 processor, and the closest thing to stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that you can find on an AT&T smartphone.
Conclusion: We're really impressed by Motorola's first Android 4 handset for AT&T. It has the stylish good looks of the Droid RAZR with the price tag of a bargain smartphone. The 720p display is very sharp and colorful with good viewing angles and outdoor visibility, and the speaker is above average. Call quality is tops as are data speeds and the phone is fast thanks to ICS and the Qualcomm S4 CPU.