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: 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.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for the absolute best phone on AT&T, it is not the Atrix HD. The camera isn’t fantastic, the battery life isn’t revolutionary, the screen is a tad washed out, and it’s constructed out of plastic. But if you’re looking for the best deal on AT&T, this could be it. For $100 with a two-year contract, the Atrix HD is almost as good as the iPhone 4S, Galaxy S3, and HTC One X. And in this case, “almost” isn’t a bad tradeoff for an extra $100 in your pocket.
Pros: Android 4.0, 4.5-inch HD screen, Easy-to-hold pleasant design, Decent camera
Cons: Weak battery life (one day), Screen is slightly washed out, Camera can't compete with S3 or One X, Plastic construction
Motorola ATRIX HD review: a $99 Android 4.0 smartphone worthy of a look
17 July 2012
Summary: The Motorola ATRIX HD is the follow-up to last year's ATRIX 4G and ATRIX 2 smartphones for AT&T. This year, the ATRIX gains a much improved display, a faster processor, and better build over the older phones.
Pros: Sharp and bright display, snappy performance, solid build quality
Conclusion: Oh Motorola! We were expecting so much more out of this one, especially when AT&T customers have been waiting an extensive amount of time for something other than the ATRIX 2 from last year. Aside from the larger and higher resolution display, there isn’t anything particularly compelling that we haven’t seen before on an Android driven smartphone from Motorola’s camp. However, we can’t count out the lovely $99.99 on-contract price that it’s flaunting.
Summary: The Motorola Atix HD for AT&T proves that you don't have to spend a bundle to get a high-quality Android phone. This handset's screen is brighter than the Galaxy S III's and you get comparable performance and a sturdier design for $100 less. However, this phone's short battery life is a definite turnoff; Atrix HD owners will definitely want to tweak the settings to squeeze out more juice.
Pros: Bright and colorful HD display, Sturdy design, Helpful interface tweaks to Android, Loud speaker, Fast 4G LTE performance
Cons: Relatively short battery life, Menu buttons make display smaller than 4.5 inches
Excerpt: The Motorola Atrix HD belongs to a new breed of smartphones with large high-definition screens, 4G LTE networking technology, and superbly long battery life. It runs the latest version of Android software for smartphones and packs a lot of great hardware in a sleek and mostly ergonomic package. And best of all, it comes with a variety of modern wireless features that will allow any user to easily enjoy the best of what the Internet has to offer.