Motorola Atrix 4G review: Enter the Atrix
The Motorola ATRIX 4G retail package
Let’s start with a peek at what the ATRIX 4G has in the way of standard accessories. Along with the handset itself, you will find the two-piece charger-data cable.
A great addition to the otherwise routine accessory pack is the HDMI cable, which should save users some cash. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card, nor stereo headphones. Needless to say, the other big accessories – the HD multimedia dock, the laptop dock and the standard dock – are all sold separately.
Motorola ATRIX 4G 360-degree spin
Measuring 117.8 x 63.5 x 11 mm, the Motorola ATRIX 4G is quite compact for a 4” handset. It feels very comfortable to hold in hand and the big 4” screen doesn’t preclude single-hand operation.
The front of the handset is mainly occupied by the massive 4.0” qHD display with a resolution of 560 x 940 pixels. The capacitive touchscreen has great response with crisp and vibrant colors indoors.
Unfortunately, despite the higher resolution, the ATRIX 4G renders the Android graphics (icons, text and such) rather pixelated when looking at it up close. A bit more digging reveals the culprit - a PenTile matrix.
It's an RGBW matrix, which mixes in a white subpixel, but at the cost of fewer subpixels in total (2 subpixels per pixel rather than 3). For example, the HTC Desire S screen definitely looks smoother even though it technically has a lower pixel density than the Atrix 4G.
Despite that shortcoming, judging from our display test, the brightness of the screen is one of the highest we’ve seen - the white subpixel is obviously very beneficial. Contrast ratio levels are okay for an LCD, but not as good as a Super AMOLED. You can find more information on your display test here.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc||0.03||34||1078||0.33||394||1207|
|HTC Incredible S||0.18||162||908||0.31||275||880|
|Motorola Atrix 4G||0.48||314||652||0.60||598||991|
|Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo||0.05||68||1324||0.10||134||1295|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace||0.23||160||701||0.34||234||683|
|LG Optimus 2X||0.23||228||982||0.35||347||1001|