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Released in the beginning of 2011, the Motorola Atrix is a powerful touchscreen smartphone with a sleek and lightweight design. It measures 4.6 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches and it tips the scales at just 4.8 ounces. It has an attractive slim profile which will make it slip easily in your pocket, while its tapered edges along with the rounded corners make it very comfortable to hold in your hand.
The front of the Atrix is occupied by the large 4-inch qHD display that has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It manages to be a vibrant and sharp display but it will get washed out when exposed to direct sunlight. The good news is that it is responsive all of the time and offers a fast user experience thanks to the impressive dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Below the display you’ll find the traditional Android keys for menu, home, back and search. Looking on the right spine we find a volume rocker, while on the left side sit the HDMI port and the micro USB port.
The Motorola Atrix is running on Android 2.2 and on top of that is the company’s proprietary Motoblur user interface. You get to use seven home screens that can be personalized with various shortcuts and widgets. This Motoblur UI now features a function which is very similar to HTC’s leap screen which allows you to have a look at all of your home screens in thumbnail view.
The five megapixel camera located at the back comes with a dual LED flash, digital zoom and autofocus. It is able to record up to 1080p HD and you get various settings to fiddle with, including effects, scene modes and five picture resolutions. The quality of the pictures is decent and most of them will be sharp. The videos recorded are also of good quality, lacking any weird hues and cloudiness.
Let’s talk software and mention that the one sold by AT&T comes with a bunch of preloaded applications, like Quickoffice, AT&T Navigator, AT&T U-Verse Live TV, AT&T Family Map, Vlingo’s voice recognition program, a Blockbuster Video mobile application and others as well which we’ll let you discover. Of course, you can always download more by heading to the official Android Market.
The Motorola Atrix has been equipped with a generous 1,930 mAh lithium-ion battery that has a rated standby time of 10.4 days while the rated talk time is up to 9 hours. The audio quality during a phone call is very good at both ends of the line, offering good volume. The speakerphone quality is on par to regular voice calls, managing to be quite clear without any issues to worry about.