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Summary I've had the Atrix 2 for over a month now, and I can't say I'm anything less than 99% pleased with it thus far. I got it free on contract at radioshack, which does factor into how I feel about the device, but I still would be happy with it even if I'd paid for it.
-Solid build quality, light without feeling plasticy, and firm/rigid without weighing a ton
-BEAUTIFUL qHD 4.3" screen. Bright, great viewing angles, traditional RGB matrix. I've seen this next to the new 720p displays, and the difference is negligible imho.
-Very fast. 1Ghz dual core and 1GB of ram keep everything speedy, and the gpu accelerated launcher is buttery smooth
-Bloatware is minimal and can be uninstalled for the most part
-4G speeds are quite respectable, I've seen anywhere from 1-9mbps down and 1-2 up with an average of about 3-4d/1u, all over the country. Not LTE but more than enough to do most of what you could want to do with your phone.
-Brand new device with an OMAP family dual core means we'll likely see ICS in the near future
-Notification LED is always nice
-In my experience, very good battery life. I've had no problems making it 12-15 hours with moderate to heavy usage (3-3.5 hours of screen time is doable)
-I HATE THE MOTO ICONS, so badly that I use a custom launcher just to replace them. That and the lack of support for scrollable widgets keeps me from using the otherwise very good default launcher
-Camera is average, not bad, does the job, but there are better ones on the market
-Moto keeps their phones fairly locked down. This is more of a speed bump for the development community than a brick wall, and I have no doubt that support will be very good a year from now, but as of now, there isn't much in the way of custom roms/kernels.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Atrix 2. Its essentially a Bionic with a better screen (And no LTE) for $200 less, and the underrated younger brother to the RAZR. I won't go so far as to say its the best device on AT&T, the SGS2 family is great and I've heard good things about the Vivid and the Nitro, but I have no doubts that none of those devices were worth the extra $150-250 to me personally.
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Pros -Battery Life
-Wi-fi and hotspot capable
-Great feedback with the keys
-4.3" in. display is clear and beautiful
-Touch controls are very responsive
-I love motoblur
-Front camera! (And camera button)
Cons -The camera is good, But it blurs too easily
-The charging cable outlet is on the bottom left, making texting, calling and playing games while charging awkward
Summary I have had many phones, But this being my first smartphone. I didn't know what to expect, but since my boyfriend, coworkers and friends all had smartphones, I gave it a go.
And boy, was I surprised. Out of the box, it comes with the standard SD card, Phone, Manual and charger, and yes it was difficult to get the back off, I'd certainly take that over a flimsy back! After starting up, it comes with the standard 'widgits' that Motoblur customers are familiar with, as well as the option to customize it with a power panel, quick contact, music etc.... To me, This provided a few hours of customization, which I was happy to do.
Picking up this phone (before I put on a case) It was a little heavier than I'm used to, But the shape and textured back made for an easy hold. The phone seems sturdy for pockets or in my case a purse, and switches from portrait to landscape easily. The buttons were well placed, except for the USB, which made using this phone while on charge downright awkward, but not impossible.
First thing I did was send off a few texts, and found both the portrait and landscape keyboard very roomy and easy to text quickly on. There is no swype, but those accustomed to it can always download it from the market. There was also a nice feedback with the keys where the phone vibrated a little and autocorrect is very accurate. The voice-to-text was also a great surprise and did great even with my southern accent.
Calling was only so-so, With calls coming in a little low, But that may just be my service area. The speaker phone was nice and loud, an dialer easy to get to while on the phone. Multitasking while in call was easy, With just a tap of the home key, I could surf and text smoothly. (Even though this was a hefty battery drain)
The camera is great quality, and seeing as I scrapbook I use it alot. Only thing is, the pictures come out a little blurred in low light, but in natural light settings the auto focus makes for some great pictures.
Apps run great on this phone. Games such as Angry Birds (as I assume everyone has it) and Fruit Ninja are quick and responsive. Other apps such as various photo editors, Facebook, and Banking are quick to use and with the Motoblur i can get to them in a snap.
Battery life really makes the phone for me. One of my biggest concerns as a Full-time student and Full-time worker was that a smartphone couldn't keep up with my any 16 hour days. Thankfully The Motorola Atrix does preform. The charge starts with 100% and by the end of the day, After use of texting, games, pictures, web browsing, wi-fi usage and flashcards, The battery was 20%. And with light usage, Im able to get a few days worth of charge out of the phone. Still, I would recommend battery saver apps, and a good task killer.
All-in-all, I would recommend this phone for longtime smartphone users and newbies like myself. For the price (I got mine for 50$ on a new contract) it is a GREAT improvement than all other previous phones. The quick Android OS, combined with the Motoblur capabilities make this phone quick and easy to pick up, but hard to put down!
Pros Superb performance
Slick new Motorola interface
Slim design, 4G performance
4.3" qHD display, far superior to the Galaxy SII series
Cons Battery cover is insanely hard to get off, and breaks easy. But then again, at least you have the option for expandability and SD storage, unlike the iPhone.
Summary I've been testing phones all summer, and this phone absolutely smokes every other device I've used. Part of it is price, AT&T is offering this 4G HSPA+ device for $99. While Verizon and Sprint seem to be sticking to a $199 price tag for all their top of the line phones, AT&T has a real hit here.Comparing AT&T and Verizon is where all the action is these days for a top notch network. Verizon is selling all of their top phones for $199, AT&T is offering this for $99.
The phone is downright sleek: for all the features it is a super slim design that simply fits in a pocket easy despite its large 4.3" qHD display. The display isn't like the grainy/blue tinted image of the Motorola PHOTON on Sprint, or some other top of the line Motorola phones from the past, it uses a newer non-Pentile design and is much appreciated. It brings the screen performance to the best you get on most Androids, and with the physically larger size it is more usable than an iPhone 4S with its increasingly tiny 3.5" Retina display. Sure, Apple has fit more pixels onto a smaller screen, but it is a smaller screen and qHD is better at 4.3" than the new iPhone's limited 3.5" design.
Something I have noticed, especially compared with Verizon's LTE network, is that while Android is always battery challenged, the HSPA+ network on AT&T doesn't drain this phone, but the speeds are still pretty good. On the low end I experience 2-3Mbps, on the high end you get 5-8Mbps with the HSPA+ network where I live. It isn't LTE, but that is sufficient considering phones are limited with what you can do (most apps aren't more than a few megs) and HSPA+ is sufficient for streaming video or audio.
I can't speak good enough about this phone, it begs the question why anyone would waste precious money on a small iPhone 4S with a 3.5" display when this sleek, slim Android has a 4.3" qHD display, 8 Megapixel cam, HD video recording, a super fast dual core 1.2GHz processor, and such solid performance. You can use the 4G HSPA+ network without it draining your battery like Verizon's initial LTE offerings...
This phone is win-win-win... Price is right, the feature set is right, the size is right. Hands down one of *the* best phones of 2011 and probably your best bet for the Christmas holiday season if you're into buying a new phone by year's end.
Enough said, I've finally found an Android that excites me.
Updated on Nov 3, 2011
Since you can upgrade your AT&T phone after a year if you subscribe to the 4GB plan, that is a hidden fee Verizon charges for 12 months, and Verizon doesn't allow upgrades for 2 years.
$100 divided by 12 months is $8.33 a month extra for using Verizon's top of the line phones, not to mention their data is already about $5 more per month, plus Verizon doesn't give discounts on data plans for corporate discount clients. You only get a discount on the "access charges" which are talk time plans and text only.
So I think AT&T has pulled out a winner in the price arena on this phone, unless you personally dislike AT&T for a specific reason, there is no reason to waste the extra $100 and pay that hidden fee for the next year. This phone's price simply can't be beat.
Pros +make and feel
+price- priced in budget
+dual core 1Ghz ready for future
+expandable memory (heard there are some issue over class 10)
+noise cancellation- it really works :)
+hd recording, camera with flash
+nice music/fm player
Cons -glitch - i notices some apps fail to work if u move out of stock home screen to launcher pro
-battery saver- no specific consistency in actually how this ap works
-camera, sometime picture taken looks little dark in quality
Pros Nice form factor. 4G Speeds. Responsive touch screen. Easy to remove back cover. Excellent looking screen. Android OS. Affordable price. Can disable automatic internet data access to avoid updates.
Cons If unit goes to sleep mode, you have to always press the Power button to wake up the phone. Not much accessories available at AT&T.
Summary Good value. Great functionality.