"This phone will hit the spot for new and seasoned users"4.5 starson by Lehcaraful
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!