After owning a Motorola years ago and thinking that the hardware was nice but the software let it down too much I gave in a bought a Defy. The Defy is a great little phone from a hardware perspective(bar a few problems with dodgy earpieces), but again, not good software... I then for some reason bought an Atrix hearing it was going to get ICS. Yet again. Good, but not great, phone hardware a buggy installation of Android. Should have learned... Still no ICS.. And now I'm hearing bad things about other Motorola ICS updates, I don't have high expectations.. Google really needs to whip Motorola's development team into shape. It'll continue to be a waste of innovative hardware if they don't. Having said that, I'm just about to take apart my Atrix to see if I can fix the defective headphone jack...
asante, 26 Aug 2012what is the difference between atrix and atrix 2atrix2 is zero it cannot switch automatically from wifi to internet u cannot find the contact easily it takes time
Great phone, great specs, but not so easy on the eyes with all the bulk.
This phone is great, I've had it for almost a year and it's still going strong. It's about as powerful as the iPhone 4 processor-wise, and it has a better camera with the trade-off of a less dense screen. The durability of this phone is astounding. I've dropped it at LEAST 30 times, and the only sign of dropping it is a few scratches here and there. I'm actually pretty sure the cheap case I bought at the mall put more damage to my phone than dropping/normal use has. It's a pretty great phone, and the battery life is awesome too. I plan on getting the HD when my contract expires instead of the iPhone 4S or 5, because having the freedom of the Android OS just makes everything easier with customization, and I really do love the Swype function, it makes one-handed typing so much easier. The only thing you need to make sure you do is get a large SD card, I think it supports up to 16GB, because the delete game isn't very much fun, and the phone won't operate very efficiently when it has low memory...it actually gets really annoying with its pop-ups. The LED light on the front is a neat feature too, but I guess most Android phones have those; same with blackberry's. Overall, love the phone, wouldn't want anything else, it's perfect.
Ive owned this phone since it came out in Feb 2011. It is a very powerful phone packed with tons of features. The battery life on the standard battery is pretty good, but what I did was purchase 3 super extended batteries on ebay for $15 with charger. So now I get 26 hours of battery life per super battery, or 78 hours in total. Thats over 3 days of battery life at full brightness with GPS, WIFI, cell data, and location data all enabled! If I shut the phone off while sleeping, the battery loses almost no charge at all, so in an emergency, I could get over a week and a few days of battery life with those 3 super batteries and shutting down the phone while sleeping. The dual core CPU is very good, especially with the nice Tegra2 GPU from nvidia. Certain THD games take advantage of that special GPU to add awesome effects to the games that couldnt have them otherwise like nice water effects, reflections, chrome, particle effects and advanced physics. The phone has an external memory card slot, so I was able to stick in a 32GB memory stick for added storage. The camera is good enough to take pics of important documents, locations, names, etc, but as a photographer I would never use it for serious phototography needs.. never use a cellphone camers for real photography, just get a nice DSLR and your good. But with that assumption in place, and knowing that the image quality is not great, the live preview updates at nearly 60fps on screen. what that means is there is no hand-eye-focus lag that even the iphone 4s suffers from. That traditional lag is an annoyance where your hand and eyes are ready to take a picture but your cellphone is still adjusting the screen and moving around slowly like its trying to run through a pool of molasses. This Atrix cellphone camera does not suffer from that lag, so you have the freedom to move and take a photo instantly. It feels good even though the photo quality in the end is not that great. So what else is that good for? Some apps and games use the camera to project 3D objects and elements ontop of the live footage on screen. For those games and apps, the Atrix will feel very smooth and fluid where other phones including the iphone 4s feel very sluggish.
The HDMI output is near useless. I can use it to view photos or video on TV. It cannot show the phone, apps or games on TV (no mirror mode). You can purchase a laptop dock (or hack your phone into pretending its inside the dock) and then the phone runs 1 CPU to control a full laptop mode and at the same time the other CPU runs the rest of the phone. So you have access to a full Firefox browser with full Flash player, but only half the CPU resources, so it starts to lag. A better approach would have been to just go with a full mirror mode.
The fingerprint reader is awesome but its only easy to use it with the regular battery and regular battery case.
This phone has 1GB of RAM, so it can run many apps at once without crashing and without slowing down. I can seamlessly be playing a game, then goto the browser, then goto another app and then a different game and back to the original game with no problem at all. I think any phone today with problems crashing probably just needs more RAM.
I was able to easily unlock and root this phone so I could remove any of the default APPs and widgets that Motorola and ATT tried to lock in. With those apps removed, my phone boots faster, shuts down in 2 seconds and the battery life is a little longer.
Back to the battery life...
For years now many people have been trying to blame battery life on various things like background data, WIFI, Flash player, apps that wont close.. Well for the past year and a half I have monitored the Android battery details and the #1 use of the phone's battery is the display screen itself! roughly 40% of a cellphone's battery will be spent powering on the screen. So if you want more battery time on an existing battery, lower your brightness and see how much longer you get. The next battery hog is Cell Standby at 38%! So if you really need to make your battery last longer, put it in airplane mode and lower the brightness... thats almost 80% of the battery life saved! My games use up a mere 6% of battery life. The OS and music take up 4% combined. Wifi takes up 4% battery. And remember Mr Jobs saying that Flash is a battery hog?? Flash and my Android browser used up exactly 3% of my battery! Wow! He was way off on that lie, since he thought it would kill a phone's battery.
Anyway, this phone is great! Things I wish it had? HDMI mirror, physical keyboard, game pad controls, Quad core CPU, Tegra3 or Tegra4 GPU, USB compatability with keyboards and mice (without needing to use the dock).
hossam abdalla, 30 Aug 2012Does that phone has any known issues ?! And what about the battery stands for long time or not !? the phone is very good ,. i used it for around 1 year . and battery life is great
Does that phone has any known issues ?! And what about the battery stands for long time or not !?
Does that mobile has any known issues ?!
And what about the battery stands for a long time or sucks !?
Maybe we should wait until they use that extra space to bump up the battery......again.
How do you upgrade your version of android the spesifications for the phones says it's possible to upgrade from 2.2 to 2.3 ( Gingerbread)
Juan , 02 Aug 2012Yes ir is just wait for ir to be released. When it well come.
shashi, 02 Aug 2012is this upgradebal to ics ?Yes ir is just wait for ir to be released.
MattyP, 09 May 2012Was looking around for a replacement phone for my Nokia E7 (wanted some apps that weren't avai... moreHey it's a great bargain, be happy mate. I've had mine since last year and it's the best phone in the world in my opinion for the total specs and cost.