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Motorola Atrix review

Can this be the phone that brings back Moto's Razr effect?

Our Verdict

In many ways, the Atrix leads the pack of Android phones and points the way to a future where our mobile computer is small – and powerful

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8.83 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

  • Large battery
  • Good camera
  • Clever HD Dock turns it into a good computer
  • Lap Dock has potential
  • High res screen

Against

  • No Gingerbread for now
  • Slippy back panel
  • Expensive accessories
  • Computer element won't work without phone docked
  • Convoluted overlay

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While Motorola has put a lot of effort into the Atrix's Moto Blur skin, the same can't be said for the calling section. It's pretty standard Android fare. It works very well and suggests that perhaps Motorola isn't too bothered about fixing something that isn't broken.

The Contacts section is also standard Android fare on the surface, but when you delve into it, you notice it is integrated with the Moto Blur experience, meaning you get birthdays, and all manner of social media information on a contact.

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For example, swiping across one of three screens will give you the contact's contact details on one, your contact history with them on another and their social media updates on a third.

It also means you are able to directly Facebook or Tweet someone in the same way that you would send them an email or a text. Again, it shows just how much Motorola is trying to make the Atrix your social media hub and it works well.

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Call quality is good, with just the right amount of bass in the speaker so that conversations don't sound tinny at your end. Callers reported a clear line and no problems with the quality at the other end, and the phone was able to hold onto a signal in the centre of London while in a moving vehicle.

You can make a call by using the contacts or dialler icons on the main home screen or, as with most other Android phones, start tapping a name into the Google search box and the person you're after will eventually pop up. That is, of course, if you haven't set up one of the home screen widgets to take you directly to the contact quickly.

The loudspeaker is very loud. In fact, during a call, it had to be turned down because it was a little too loud. It could work out quite well though, as it's always best to be able to turn it down rather than not be able to turn it up enough if you're trying to get the sound to a few people in a room.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time8.83 Hour
Product ModelAtrix
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Call Divert, Call Holding
Height117.8 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameAtrix Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3013AW2R8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G gives you dual-core processing power and the revolutionary webtop application. With webtop and a compatible Motorola docking station, sold separately, you can surf the Internet with a full Firefox browser, create and edit docs, or access multimedia on a large screen almost anywhere.