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.
Motorola Reboots the Atrix, Gives It a Killer Screen
20 July 2012
Excerpt: A little less than two years ago, Apple’s iPhone 4 made its debut with a display of unrivaled clarity. The Retina display’s pixel density of 326 pixels per inch gave it a sharpness that no Android phone could match. Just this past May, the HTC One X made its U.S. debut, complete with a beautiful display packing 316 pixels per inch. Finally, Retina-like quality could be had on an Android phone.
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
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