Reported by: Robert Klien
Motorola introduced the Atrix brand way back during Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. Although the device had stellar revolutionary features and won the “Best of CES Awards”, it failed to overwhelm consumers with its features.
This time Motorola Atrix HD, Google’s subsidiary device has come out with stunning features and a very affordable price tag. Looking at the specs and design, Atrix HD surely looks like a mashup of the best features from other Motorola phones such as Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx. Here is a look at some of the features Motorola Atrix HD has to offer.
Motorola’s handset uses partial Kelvar material with a water repellent nano-coating on the back of the device while rest of the phone is made up of plastic. Atrix HD is extremely thin at 8.4 mm and it easily fits in the pocket. It is as light as Apple iPhone 4S, weighing in at 140 g. The wider bezels is almost as identical to the HTC One X handset.
Apple iPhone 4S has the Retina display with an unbelievable ~326 PPI which is not even matched by HTC One X (~312 PPI) and Samsung Galaxy S3 (~306 PPI). Both are considered to be the top end smartphones of 2012. Notably, Atrix HD has gone a mile forward and delivered that perfect ~326 PPI on 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, which in itself makes the phone a stunner in the display aspects. The display of a device is one of the major factors to determine its long term existence in the smartphone market. In its latest, Motorola stands true to its name focusing mainly on the gorgeous display. Just as Apple has decorative name for display as Retina, Motorola has settled with ColorBoost. And it is the most astounding display ever featured on any Motorola device thus far. The white colors look brighter than that of Galaxy S3 and HTC One X and texts look absolutely sharp. According to Motorola, the Color Boost technology has “50 percent more pixels than any leading smartphone”. In fact the 4.5-inch screen seems perfect bet for the high resolution offered in Atrix HD.
Atrix HD from Motorola is the first device from the company to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich on board. The Android 4.0 OS is widely acclaimed OS and has amazing features to its credit. In Atrix HD one can customize the unlock screen, for example, with the camera app users can simply drag the unlock circle over the icon on the screen. Featuring on AT&T’s network, Atrix HD comes with twelve pre-installed apps. The apps included are Real Racing 2, Vehicle Mode, YPmobile, Navigator, Ready2Go, Messages, Smart WiFi, Live TV, Kindle, myAT&T, AT&T Code Scanner and FamilyMap. Surprisingly, all the apps can be disabled or uninstalled completely in the device making way for managing apps according to users’ needs. There are virtual buttons replacing the capacitive buttons which were found in previous Motorola smartphones. The search and menu buttons are organized similar to Samsung Galaxy Nexus. And the app dock and navigation pull down menu look same as Droid Razr. The handset makes use of SmartActions in which users can automate how the device reacts to locations and other situations in order to save battery life, connect to networks, silence your phone, and even send text message at difficult circumstances. Moreover, the new device doesn’t feature Motorola specific MOTOBLUR UI which means the handset will receive updates faster than usual.
Motorola Atrix HD makes use of Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset which is also found in LTE versions of Galaxy S3 and HTC One X versions. The dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor adds the tad bit for that perfect multitasking along with 1 GB RAM and Adreno 225 GPU support. The handset’s CPU scored well in different range of tests. The GLBenchmark Egypt offscreen test put the device on par with Galaxy S3 and HTC One X while the SunSpider test scored received by the device is the best that has come across with any phone till date.
On 2G network, the handset supports GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900. 3G network support include HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 while 4G network has LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 2100 support. With AT&T’s new LTE network, the handset notched an average download speed of 19.6 Mbps and uploads up to 15.2 Mbps in New York, according to report by CNET.
Addition of GSM means that consumers who travel abroad would face barely any problems trying to get the device working with most wireless networks. However, the LTE network is AT&T specific. There is a GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot connectivity in the device.
Motorola has stunned the industry with a price tag of $100, besides a two-year AT&T contract for Atrix HD. All these high end features are hard to come by with just $100. Infact, it is the best $100 phone available in the market today, notably with LTE support for exclusively fast Internet access.
Expect for the battery life, Motorola Atrix HD is an absolute stunner which will catch up with heavy duty work pressure.
The best part, telecommunication leader AT&T will offer shared data plans similar to Verizon with unlimited talk and text. The company revealed that its Mobile Share plans will debut in late August, keeping intact its present individual and family plans. Total cost will range from $85 for 1 GB per month to $230 for 20 GB.