"No good if it don't last"2.5 starson by PCarr2
Pros: Thin, light, good reception (AT&T), great camera, easy to use after familiarization.
Cons: "Battery life" is an oxymoron. No better battery available, that I've found. AT&T Smart WiFi ap is annoying at best to use.
Summary: I've had the Atrix HD for over a year now. The (lack of) battery life is infuriating. A full charge in the morning will last about 6 hours in my pocket. Turn off all running apps (mainly AT&T Smart WiFi) and I get about 10 hours. I've replaced the digitizer screen twice myself; it's not difficult, using a good DIY video from Youtube. The battery could be changed out, if there was a good upgrade; I don't know if there is. I didn't pursue searching after initial results didn't inspire me. The battery life has been crappy since I bought the phone; it's not dying battery syndrome.
If no-battery-life isn't enough, the AT&T Smart WiFi ap makes me want to throw the phone in the trash sometimes. It was always in sleep mode and was difficult at best to wake up. When I replaced the digitizer last time, I did a factory restore and now it's always searching for hotspots and kills my battery even more than before. I asked service rep in AT&T store for advice on using it, and was not surprised when they didn't know another answer except "..you can (probably) find it online in a manual..).
The "Ice Cream" OS is easily upgraded to "Jelly Bean", whatever that's geek-speak for....
The camera, to me, takes beautiful pictures. No complaint about video either. The flash is a little overpowering sometimes. Using the camera kills the battery quickly, just like texting or anything else.
The reception is very good. I talk inside elevators in hotels, inside all metal buildings, lots of places no one else even has signal. BUT, what good is it if I have the best reception and almost no battery life?
If you want a good laugh, use the "talk to text". You'll be amazed at what this phone, or maybe I should say the Google server, thinks you say.
As for carriers, I plan to stay with AT&T for now. That "Can you hear me now?" crew...they didn't come to this area. I'm currently on the hunt for another phone.