"Uninformed people need to learn a few things...."4.5 starson by johnnydeathmatch
Pros: NO HUGE KEYBOARD TO CARRY AROUND, GENIUS. You can use ANY bluetooth/USB keyboard you like. It comes with an HDMI cable! Hook it up to a TV/monitor along with a Bluetooth keyboard, and use the screen as a touchpad. Very nice media player interface.
Cons: 1080p video hasn't been enabled yet. Really? You're gonna complain that a PHONE can't play 1080p videos? I'm sure this will be resolved anyway very quickly. 5MP camera with dual LED flash: It's a phone! I want at least 20MP! C'mon!!!!
Summary: LOAD WHATEVER APPS YOU WANT! The cnet writer here, as well as the other reviewers all state that you can't install third party apps. Way to confuse everyone with false information, CNET! Quote: "...against the nature of android market," well, actually, the Android Market comes with the phone so you can install all the apps you want from the Android Market. Sideloading, which is a different subject, is not enabled, but anyone who has enough intelligence to use Android and wants to sideload apps can figure that out. Google it, there are lots of articles (there's a great one on Lifehacker) and tools (such as the Sideloading Wonder Machine and Appbrain) to make that easy to do. I own a Captivate currently, which had the same limitation. That lasted from the time I left the store until the time I got home. Took two minutes to fix. Also, AT&T has stated that they will be allowing sideloading soon, so by the time this phone comes out it may not even be an issue. For everyone knocking the Atrix for not supporting sideloading, can you please give me an example of an app that you would like to sideload? Didn't think so. If you aren't smart enough to figure out how to enable sideloading, then there isn't anything that you would want to sideload anyways.As I've pointed out, the reviewer is a special person for writing that. Third party apps are supported. They were trying to refer to sideloading, but the writer doesn't seem to understand the difference.
Weak HSPA+ on AT&T? What the hell does that mean? My Captivate doesn't even have HSPA+ (just HSDPA) and I consistently hit 2Mb to 4Mb downloads and 1Mb to 1.5Mb uploads. It's plenty fast for me to do downloads, browse the internet, and stream video in high def. The other reviewer hopes Verizon will be better, well Verizon's "unlimited" data plan is capped at 5GB. T-Mobile kicks you down to Edge after 5GB. Sprint charges an extra $10 a month for 4G network access. So none of the other carriers are any better. If you want to stream video and actually use your unlimited data connection without being limited, the only way to go is AT&T (grandfathered) or Sprint (extra $10/mo.)
The reviewer also knocks AT&T's Android lineup, apparently unaware of phones like the Samsung Captivate, Dell Streak, and even the SE Xperia X10. Maybe you should do a little research before you write an article, so that you can be slightly more informed than your readers. Or continue in ignorance.
This phone won best device at CES by just about every news outlet and blog covering the event. That's right, best out of EVERYTHING at CES.
Add to all the power and the great feature set everything that may become possible once the hackers at XDA get ahold of it. Imagine a full Linux distro (or at least more applications), or Chrome OS instead of the webtop that it comes with! Or Windows 8 when it comes out (ARM compatible)!
And talk about future-proof (which is really an oxymoron; future-less-obsolete would be more accurate). This is about as future-proof as you can get in a phone. Dual core CPU and nVidia GPU, just try to beat that next year. TI just announced the OMAP5 SOC which will be quad core at 2GHz (which is the next logical progression) and it won't hit the market until the second half of 2012... which is a year and a half away. Not to mention that TI hasn't even shipped the OMAP4 in any devices yet, so the Atrix is as good as it gets, for quite a while.
The article doesn't even bother to mention that the WiFi radio in this phone is cable of both 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections. The article also knocks the screen for not looking sharp enough, despite a pixel density of 275PPI, the highest of any Android phone available in the US. The human retina's effective dpi is 250 anyway. Really, to be able to distinguish the pixels in this display, you'd have to hold the phone at the same distance from your face as the end of your nose. So, once again, the reviewer here shows their lack of research, intelligence, effort, and/or regard for their job and journalistic responsibility of informing the reader of factual information.
Also, I'd like to thank the reviewer for testing the phone in New York City. That's a great way to get real information on the quality of the microphone and data speed, in an overcrowded city that always has bad service. Way to have a balanced review! Upload speeds of 0.18Mb? I've never seen speeds that slow on AT&T's 3G service (at least with one or more bars), let alone 4G. At least I have no idea what kind of speed to expect under real world (not NYC) usage. Knocking the battery for only lasting a day while being used constantly for testing is just weird. Heavily using any other smartphone I've ever seen results in a dead battery in a few short hours.
Updated on Feb 9, 2011