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For what is essentially a higher mid-range Android smartphone, the Motorola Atrix 2 ticks most of the boxes on the checklist. Unfortunately, a couple of things are missing. But then again, only the very finicky ones among us will probably give that fact too much weightage. The Motorola Atrix 2 has very plain Jane looks. Unlike the new Sony NXT range of smartphones, or even the unibody of the HTC One V, the Atrix 2 keeps it pretty much old school. A thin frame on two sides flanks the 4.3-inch display. But the top and the bottom have a couple of design elements. The earpiece stands out, with the silver grille finish. The front facing camera is visible when you look closely, but it almost blends in seamlessly. On the bottom are four touch sensitive keys – menu, home, return and search. The left spine hosts the USB and HDMI ports, while on the right are the volume rocker and the camera key. The power key and the 3.5mm jack on the top. Flip the Atrix 2 over, and the plastic back has a slightly rubberized feel with an imprint design on it. The 8MP camera and the flash are placed towards the left, near the top, a placement that may seem odd, but works well. We will explain that in a bit. The silver Motorola logo lies in the middle, with the chrome bordered speaker on the bottom.
In our Motorola Atrix 2 review, we find that Motorola attempts to revise and fix up its original dual-core phone for AT&T.The Motorola Atrix was one of the first dual-core phones of 2011 and remains a solid choice if you're looking for an Android smartphone on AT&T, but we found out that it had a few downsides too. Most notably, the screen had some issues and the MotoBlur interface was almost universally panned. Not to give up on a decent phone, Motorola went back to the Atrix, tweaked it, and released the Atrix 2 in October. The result is a better phone in a number of ways.Though Motorola has been leaning towards more rigid designs in its Verizon phones like the Droid 3, Droid X2, Droid Bionic, and Droid Razr, the Atrix 2 retains the curved edges of the original Atrix 4G and is a lot nicer to hold than all of Motorola's phones this year outside of the Photon 4G for Sprint, which is a personal favorite of ours. The Atrix 2 has a nice bezel to its Gorilla Glass screen, much like the Photon as well, and carries the same shiny volcanic glass, darkened silver front and textured rubber covering on the back.As far as heft is concerned, the Atrix 2 ups the screen size from 4 inches to 4.3 inches, and is a tad thinner at 10mm thick, compared to the Atrix's 11mm.
AT&T launched the Motorola Atrix 2 with very little fanfare, slotting it in with a set of low-end Android smartphones on October 11th. However, the Atrix 2 is the successor to the venerable Atrix 4G and as such at least bears the name of a top-of-the-line Android phone. That name is belied by middle-of-the-road specs and a price point — $99 on-contract — that implies that neither Motorola nor AT&T think of the phone as a hero device. Still, just because a phone isn't the recipient of a huge marketing blitz doesn't mean that it can't fit your needs and the Atrix 2 has quiet, business-like demeanor that could appeal to people who aren't concerned with whiz-bang features. Is the Atrix 2 just another forgettable Android smartphone or does it rise above its pedestrian appearance to become a sleeper hit? Read on to find out! Hardware / design Although I'm tempted to use the word "utilitarian" to describe the Atrix 2, a better term would be "business-like." Motorola has given the phone virtually no design flourishes, opting instead to hone the original Atrix's design into an elegant, if somewhat staid slab. The 4.3-inch screen sits beneath an all-glass front that sports a very small, cut bezel all the way around the device.
The Motorola Atrix 2 isn't really a full sequel to the Motorola Atrix, another fast smartphone. Instead, it's an iterative release with a few new features, a better camera and a lower price. As such, the phone starts to reveal some performance issues, especially since it uses the same 1GHz dual-core processor as the first model.The screen size is just a notch bigger - 4.3 inches compared to the original Atrix's 4-inch screen. The 960 x 540 resolution looks crisp for movies, photo galleries, web browsing and typing up text messages. The TFT screen was responsive for finger swipes and clicks, although the screen isn't nearly as bright and clear as the Samsung Galaxy S2's AMOLED screen.For those who tend to fire off messages every few minutes, or type longer business documents on your phone, the lack of a full hardware slide-out keyboard is only a slight detriment. For the most part, we typed fast and accurately on the Atrix's soft keyboard, even compared to a phone with a hardware keyboard. The Motorola Atrix 2 is a 4G phone, and uses the AT&T HSPA+ network in the US. It's not an LTE phone on a second-gen network running at 10-12 Mbps.
Motorola is doubling down on its docking smartphone. The original Atrix 4G was a fun, if somewhat buggy cell phone that converted into a laptop. A major firmware update resolved many of the bugs. Now Motorola is back for more with the Atrix 2 ($99.99), an incremental but welcome refresh—and one that finally delivers on its original 4G promise. The Atrix 2 is still an idea that's ahead of its time, but if you're the geeky type, you can have plenty of fun with it. Design, 4G Connectivity, and Call QualityLike the original model, the Atrix 2 is a big slab measuring 5.0 by 2.6 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighing 5.2 ounces. It's also somewhat shinier than before. The newly textured, soft touch back panel and smoked chrome accented sides look sharp. The slightly larger, 4.3-inch screen is a beauty, with 960-by-540-pixel resolution and deep, vibrant colors. Any Android phone with a screen of this size is pretty easy to type on, even in portrait mode, and the Atrix 2 is no exception. The infamous PenTile display is gone; consequently, fonts appeared sharp and crisp this time around. The Atrix 2 is a quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band HSPA+ 21 (850/1900/2100 MHz) device with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The original Motorola Atrix 4G helped kickstart the superphone resolution by being among the first handsets to sport a dual-core processor. The device also stood out because it could plug into a laptop dock, letting users surf the full web using Motorola's webtop software. The Motorola Atrix 2 ups the ante with a bigger and more vibrant display than its predecessor (4.3 inches vs 4 inches) and a sharper 8-megapixel camera (up from 5-MP). Motorola also offers a redesigned Lapdock with a better keyboard. At $99, the Atrix 2 is certainly affordable, giving the iPhone 4 a run for its money for AT&T customers. Read on to find out how just how satisfying this sequel is.Yep, it's a black slab with a screen dominating the front, but the Atrix 2 has a little flair. A small chrome speaker grille and dark chrome trim lends the device some elegance, while a texturized rubber-coated back makes the Atrix very comfortable to hold. Gone, though, is the fingerprint reader from the Atrix, which we thought an innovative security feature.Measuring 4.96 x 2.59 x 0.4 Inches and weighing 5.2 ounces, the Atrix 2 is a bit bigger than the original, but that's because it's sporting a larger 4.3-inch display, as opposed to the 4-inch panel on the Atrix.
The original Motorola Atrix, announced at the beginning of this year, was one of the first dual-core phones on a 4G network (AT&T’s HSPA+ network). With the introduction of the Atrix 2 ($100 with a new two-year AT&T contract as of October 31, 2011), Motorola has given the Atrix a face-lift. Although the Atrix 2 feels like a minor update to the original, it still offers a lot for that $100 price tag. Sporting a 4.3-inch qHD display, the Atrix 2 is slightly bigger and heavier than its predecessor. However, unlike other 4-inch and larger phones, the Atrix 2 never feels too big or too heavy in the hand. Motorola has replaced the slick plastic backing of the original with a soft rubber that feels comfortable to hold and is meant to give you a better grip on the device. The company removed the biometric fingerprint scanner, as well; when I asked a Motorola representative about this at CTIA, the rep said that it wasn’t a widely used feature. To be honest, I never used the fingerprint scanner on the first Atrix, other than when I was testing out the phone’s features. The Atrix 2 has a streamlined design, with a power button and a camera button that sit flush with the rest of the phone.
Back when the world hadn't yet tasted more than a single core in a smartphone here in the USA, there was the ATRIX 4G, and now that the large part of a year has passed and dual-core processors are the norm, the ATRIX 2 pops up with a few improved specs and a whole new body - is it time to upgrade? We've got more than a few questions (and a few answers, too!) about the ATRIX 2 including why it exists and how it'll stand up against the rest of the very well-suited superphone environment again here in the USA. Did Motorola create another ATRIX just for the fun of it, or is this truly the next-level device ATRIX lovers of the past have been waiting for? This device follows closely the design evolution happening inside the Motorola family, looking rather similar to what we've seen in the Photon and the ELECTRIFY, both recently released with dual-core processors as well. What's strange about this device as far as evolution goes, on the other hand, is the fact that its processor changes from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 (as in the ATRIX 4G, the original,) to an OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments with the same clock: 1GHz.
The Motorola Atrix 4G wowed us at CES 2011, with not only a dual-core processor, but also support for AT&T's 4G/HSPA+ network, a front-facing camera, and an optional laptop dock accessory that allowed you to have a portable PC experience using Motorola's Webtop software. It was a groundbreaking product in many ways, and it's no wonder we awarded it the Best of CES Award in the cell phone and smartphones category at the time. However, it was not a perfect phone. We later discovered that the Atrix was plagued by poor upload speeds (though an update did fix that eventually), and the overall feel of the handset was not quite as premium as other Motorola smartphones. It also did not have 1080p HD recording capabilities at the time of its launch. While we thought the laptop dock accessory was cool, it was only compatible with the Atrix and no other phone, which made its high price rather hard to swallow. Motorola must have realized these missteps, as the recently launched Atrix 2 has fixed many of these issues and more. It has a bigger and better-looking display, an upgraded camera, and it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Can you believe that it has been only 9 months since our eyes first feasted upon the Motorola ATRIX 4G and its innovative qualities back at CES? Adding to its mesmerizing capacity, the handset was attached with the moniker of being the “world’s most powerful smartphone” at the time of its announcement – plus, it helped that it was one serious contenders in the Android space. Fortunately for all of us, Motorola is quick to pump out its successor in a timely manner as the Motorola ATRIX 2 is happily finding its niche on AT&T’s lineup right now. Certainly we’re not fans of seeing higher prices attached to some quality smartphones of late, but what’s especially enticing about the ATRIX 2, unlike some of its rivals, is the simple fact that it’s only sporting a manageable $99.99 on-contract price point. The package contains: Considering that it’s packing a larger display, the overall size and weight (5.18 oz) of the handset has been increased – albeit, it’s not bulky at all and manages to be thinner than its predecessor at 0.4” thick. Rather than utilizing the most premium of materials for its construction, the ATRIX 2 is still one plastic device that’s complemented by its gunmetal-like bezel and patterned rubbery back cover.
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