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The LTE-packing Motorola Atrix HD for AT&T faces a couple of hard challenges. First and foremost, it has to build on the user experience of original Atrix 4G, giving its owners who are up for an upgrade these days, a reason to stick with the brand. And that's not going to be easy, considering the iconic status that the Atrix 4G had for Motorola. Announced as one of the brightest stars of CES 2011, the Atrix 4G developed a solid following and for a good reason - it was one of the very first proper dual-core Android powerhouses, whose finger scanner added an extra dash of massive geeky coolness. Additionally, the Atrix HD will try to appeal to all Motorola fans in the United States who were not given the chance to own a GSM flavored, subsidized Motorola RAZR. And now that we have the smartphone's family history out of the way, let's take a closer look at its specifications. Quite frankly, we were caught by surprise when AT&T and Motorola announced the Atrix HD. For a smartphone whose specs are so impressive, the arrival of the latest member of the Atrix family as well as Motorola's most powerful handset on the US market, was a seriously low key affair.
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. But the 2012 smartphone market is very different from 2011's, and the Atrix HD has some seriously stiff competition in AT&T's smartphone lineup with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. The Atrix HD has most of the specs to match the top tier Android smartphones, but does it put them together well enough to be a real competitor? The answer to that question is a bit of yes and a bit of no. The Atrix HD excels in certain areas, but doesn't quite hit the mark in others. Fortunately, its $99 price tag makes it a great value, and it is one to be considered for those who don't want to shell out upwards of $200 on a new smartphone. Hardware At first glance, the Motorola Atrix HD looks like it fell from the same tree that the Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr MAXX came from. The design of the phone is very similar to Motorola's Verizon flagships, but the corners have been rounded a bit and the overall look of the Atrix HD is a bit softer than that of the DROID RAZRs.
Although the Motorola Atrix HD ($100 with a two-year AT&T contract; price as of July 20, 2012) is the first Android phone that Motorola has released as a Google subsidiary, it isn't remarkably different from Motorola phones released preacquisition. That isn't a bad thing, however: The Atrix HD is sort of a mashup of the best features from other Motorola phones. Like the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx (both on Verizon), the Atrix HD is partially constructed from Kevlar with a water-repellent nano-coating. That means the Atrix HD is especially tough: According to Motorola, Kevlar--a material found in high-end speedboats, bulletproof jackets, and bicycle tires--is five times stronger than steel. Using Kevlar on a phone seems a bit, well, weird, but I like its soft-touch surface. The rest of the phone is plastic, which is a slight downgrade from the Droid Razr's high-quality feel. The Atrix measures 5.26 inches tall by 2.75 inches wide; at only 0.43 inch thick, it fits easily into a pocket or handbag. It comes in either black or white--the white version being much more attractive, in my opinion.
Motorola's third-generation Atrix HD ($99.99 direct) is a solid smartphone and a significant upgrade from last year's Atrix 2 (4 stars). Sadly, Webtop, Motorola's nifty OS that debuted on the Atrix and let it work with laptop-like peripherals, is dead. But most consumers just want a good smartphone, which the Atrix HD certainly is. It doesn't top the Samsung Galaxy S III ($199.99, 4.5 stars), but at a hundred bucks less, it doesn't have to. The Atrix HD measures 5.26 by 2.75 by 0.33 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.9 ounces. That depth figure is deceptive; while it's a hundredth of an inch thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S III $199.99 at AT&T Mobility, there's a considerably thicker portion near the top that houses the camera sensor and flash. Plus, it's two tenths of an ounce heavier, and feels top-heavy when you hold it, whereas the Galaxy S III feels thinner and more balanced. These are minor points; just know that there's more going on here than the numbers claim. Motorola says the Atrix HD features a "high-tech, invisible nano-coating" that acts as a splash guard for the plastic housing and internal electronics.
Promising equal parts beauty and brawn, the $99 Motorola Atrix HD has the makings of one of the best value-priced smartphones around. Not only is this sequel for AT&T made tough thanks to a Kevlar-infused design, it boasts an HD display enhanced with ColorBoost technology to make photos and videos pop. Motorola also added a few unique twists to Ice Cream Sandwich in an attempt to make Android more approachable while ditching compatibility with its laptop dock. Is this Atrix a winner?Click to EnlargeThe Atrix HD is one phone that you should feel comfortable knocking around. As with the Droid RAZR line, Motorola graced this handset with a Kevlar-reinforced back, which gives it a durable feel. You should also have no problem using this phone by the pool or the beach, as there's a nano coating that acts as a splash guard. Our model came in white, but you can also get this phone in titanium.The Atrix HD is slim at its thinnest point (0.33 inches), but it gets considerably thicker toward the top, which is where you'll find the 8-MP camera on a protruding bump along with the speaker. The very top of the device houses the microphone, microUSB and microHDMI ports.
With half of 2012 behind us, it’s been an uphill joy ride for AT&T, as the carrier has been graced with some stellar Android powered smartphones. In fact, it’s arguable to say that AT&T has the deepest lineup out of all the major domestic carriers – and it looks like it’s not stopping anytime soon! Thus far, we’ve seen flagship devices from HTC, Samsung, and Sony, though, one venerable manufacturer has remained silent throughout it all. Motorola has been doing some serious work over on Verizon, as its DROID smartphones have taken the spotlight – especially the battery friendly Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. It’s not that AT&T doesn’t get its fair share of equally compelling devices, as the carrier nabbed the ATRIX 4G and ATRIX 2 last year, but AT&T customers are starving for something that’s similar to what Verizon is blessed with. Thankfully, they’re heeding the call now that the Motorola ATRIX HD is finally here, which is sporting a drool worthy $99.99 on-contract price. After seeing so many stellar devices for AT&T, the ATRIX HD has a tough battle ahead of itself in an attempt to stay relevant amongst the pack.
It's time to get a bit of an upgrade in the world of the Atrix brand, this time with the Atrix HD, with Motorola bumping up the line with a next-generation processor, one of the most HD displays on earth, and a sleek new look. The front of the device has a lovely curved-edged pane of reinforced Gorilla Glass, the sides are white and black hard plastic, and the back is no less than a DuPont Kevlar fiber. The whole device has a splash-guard coating, inside you've got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Motorola's cool new user interface that's full of color. This device is as light as a 2012 top-tier device should be, is approximately the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S III in its casing, and is just as thin through most of its body as that device as well. The head of the Atrix HD is a bit thicker, just as the DROID RAZR was, and contains an 8 megapixel camera with single LED flash and 1080p video capability as well - and the media it produces with that camera is much more excellent than the RAZR's results ever were. Up on the side you've got a door that opens to microSD and microSIM card slots where you'll put your AT&T 4G LTE card, you'll find two silver metal buttons up on the right side for power and volume, and up top you've got Motorola's microUSB/microHDMI port combo ready for use with a collection of Motorola-made accessories.
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. The Atrix has become AT&T's line for an Android phone that attempts to balance price and performance. At $99.99 on-contract, the Atrix HD looks to repeat its predecessor's overachieving ways by upping the screen resolution to 720p, improving the software with Android 4.0, and increasing the data speed to 4G LTE. Looking at the Atrix HD on paper, there's not a lot to complain about. How does it hold up after actual use? Read on. If you found Verizon's Droid RAZR too angular, then AT&T's take on it with the Atrix HD could soothe your aesthetic sensibilities. It essentially looks like a slightly rounded version of the same — right on down to the Kevlar back, large battery hump at the top, and slightly over-sized bezel around the screen.
Smartphone sequels seem to run out of some steam after each refresh. The new $99.99 Motorola Atrix HD doesn't quite follow the same script. It would be more apt to say this latest Atrix is less ambitious than its two previous incarnations, the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2. Gone are Motorola's plans to make a phone that also morphs into a laptop or even run its Webtop software. That doesn't mean the Atrix HD lacks power, speed, and poise. Indeed, while it's not without faults, the Motorola Atrix HD offers all three in an attractive package and at a price that's not stratospheric. If you're an Android and Motorola fan you may do a double take when you first see the Atrix HD. That's because this handsome phone looks very similar to the Motorola Droid Razr right down to its curved top-heavy hump around back and the Kevlar coating that resists scratches. Frankly I love this surface, which feels soft yet helps my fingers grip securely and repels prints. Available in colors of White and Titanium, the Atrix HD definitely feels well-crafted, but a bit plasticky and not as premium as the more metallic Motorola Droid Razr phones on Verizon.
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