It's more of the same, but Motorola's
upgrade to the ATRIX does smoothen out the edges
It wasn't too long after the Motorola ATRIX
was launched that the American phone maker announced the imminent arrival of
its successor, the ATRIX 2. It may be similar in terms of looks, perhaps, but
the ATRIX 2 brings a few other things to the table than just cosmetic changes
to the dockable phone.
The first change you'll notice, if you're
familiar with the ATRIX, is that the screen has grown another 0.3 inches from
the original 4.0 inch form factor. Despite this however, the ATRIX 2 packs the
same 960x540 qHD resolution of its predecessor. Even so, the display quality is
crisp as the ATRIX 2 features a non-Pentile display, which helps the phone stay
bright and sharp even under direct sunlight.
The other notable change for the ATRIX 2 is
Motorola's decision to use a Tl OMAP 4430 1GHz dual core processor instead of
NVIDIA's 1GHz Tegra 2 offering that was in the original ATRIX. We're not sure
about the reason behind the company's choice in switching one 1GHz dual core
processor to another, but we can safely say that the difference between the two
is almost negligible.
The ports on the ATRIX 2 are similar to
that of the Atrix, with volume rockers at the side, a camera shutter button
beside them, a power button and 3.5mm audio jack up top, and also a microUSB
and microHDMI for the webtop dock, which we should add, comes separately.
The camera at the back is an 8-megapixels
shooter, which is a somewhat sizeable improvement compared to the 5-megapixels
sensor on the ATRIX. Despite this however the newer camera isn't exactly the
sharpest shooter around, and this is compounded by the fact that the camera
doesn't have a 2-stage focusing feature.
That said however the camera is capable of
recording 1080p videos, and has little to no problems playing them back.
Operating System: Android 2.3.6
(Upgradeable to Android 4.0)
Processor: 1GHz Dual Core, Dual
Frequency: HSDPA 2100 / 900 EDGE /
GPRS / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Screen: 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen (960
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB2.0,
Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio, LapDock compativle
Others: 8-megapixels camera
Dimensions: 66.0 x 125.9 x 10.4 mm
(+) Solid built
Free EA games
(-)Camera doesn't shoot that well
Doesn't go further than a simple upgrade