Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Motorola advised a laptop berth and software to assignment with the Atrix that would acquiesce you to still admission the capacity of your smartphone but accommodate you with a added PC-like experience. It's why we awarded the Atrix 4G our Best of CES Award in the corpuscle phones and smartphones category, and it's why we were so captivated aback we assuredly accustomed the accessories to analysis out.

In this review, we'll focus on the Motorola Atrix 4G as a smartphone. (We've fabricated some accepted observations about the laptop berth here, but CNET's laptops and Netbooks editor, Scott Stein, has delivered a afterpiece attending at the accent to see if it's annual its abrupt bulk tag.) We can say that the Atrix excels as a smartphone. The dual-core processor delivers, and the Atrix assuredly brings some of the higher-end appearance that AT&T barter accept been missing out on, such as video calls. Certainly, the laptop berth is a big affairs point for the Atrix, but whether you adjudge to get the berth or not, you're still accepting one of AT&T's best Android smartphones to date.

The Motorola Atrix 4G is accepted to address March 6 or sooner. The bulk for the buzz abandoned is $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T will additionally action a arranged amalgamation that includes the buzz and laptop berth for $499.99 with a two-year arrangement and tethering add-on and afterwards a $100 mail-in rebate. If you'd rather not assurance up for the tethering plan, you can buy the berth alone (and use a Wi-Fi connection) from the buzz for $499.99.

Touch-screen smartphones are a dime a dozen, and it may assume like if you've apparent one, you've apparent 'em all, but that's not necessarily true. Each architecture has its highs and lows, and the aforementioned holds accurate for the Motorola Atrix 4G. Thankfully, there's abundant added to like than animosity here. The Atrix is glassy and failing at 4.6 inches alpine by 2.5 inches advanced by 0.4 inch blubbery and 4.8 ounces. The handset's abbreviate contour makes it accessible to blooper into a pants pocket, and the angled corners and cone-shaped edges accomplish it adequate to hold.

The Motorola Atrix 4G is a bunched and glassy device.
However, compared with the company's added contempo handsets, such as the Motorola Droid X and the Motorola Cliq 2, the Atrix doesn't absolutely accept the aforementioned exceptional feel to it. It's still actual abundant a solid accessory but aloof lacks some of the bigger capacity like a soft-touch accomplishment on back.

On the front, you've got a 4-inch qHD (quarter aerial definition) capacitive blow awning with a 960x540-pixel resolution. It's commensurable to the iPhone 4's 940x640-pixel Retina Display, but aback the Atrix has a hardly bigger screen, the pixel body isn't as great, so argument and images don't attending absolutely as bland as they do on the iPhone. Still, the affectation is aciculate and vibrant. As is typical, the awning done out a bit in ablaze sunlight, but we were still able to see what was on the screen.

The blow awning is actual responsive, both in agreement of registering our touches and switching amid annual and mural mode. And acknowledgment to the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, accepted aeronautics acquainted zippier compared with any smartphone we've activated recently. Even a simple task, such as affairs up the app menu, was acutely faster than on the HTC Inspire 4G, which uses a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Below the affectation are the accepted Android shortcuts: menu, home, back, and search. There's a aggregate rocker on the appropriate side, and a Micro-USB anchorage and an HDMI anchorage on the larboard side. The camera and dual-LED beam are on the back, as able-bodied as the power/lock button, which sits at the top center. It's a bit of an awkward location, but the button can bifold as a fingerprint scanner for added aegis (to use, go to Settings > Set up awning lock).

Obviously, one of the big draws of the Motorola Atrix 4G is the dual-core processor. The smartphone is able with Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, and if you demand to get technical, this includes bifold ARM Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1GHz and an ultralow-power GeForce GPU cartoon processor--all this backed with 1GB of RAM. What this agency for you is that you should acquaintance snappier performance, faster browsing, and bigger gaming graphics, amid added things.

Though we've alone had the accessory for a abbreviate bulk of time, we've absolutely been afflicted with what we've apparent so far. In comparing the Atrix 4G with the HTC Inspire 4G, the aberration in all-embracing achievement isn't cogent but it is noticeable. The Atrix was consistently aloof a beat faster than the Inspire aback loading apps, menus, and tasks. Games were additionally snappier to load, and the gameplay was quicker-paced and smoother as well.

The Atrix additionally handled Beam agreeable well. Though the Atrix and Inspire loaded the media--in this case, a CNET TV video on the phone's WebKit browser--in almost the aforementioned bulk of time, the Atrix went on to comedy the video playlist after problem, admitting the Inspire couldn't comedy it at all. We'll abide to do added all-embracing achievement testing, but we capital to accord you an abstraction of what we've accomplished so far.

Another affection accurate by the Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor is abounding HD 1080p video recording and playback via HDMI. Unfortunately, this affection will not be accessible at launch; instead, it will appear at a after time through a software update, so for now, the Atrix can alone handle 720p HD video abduction and playback through HDMI.

Aside from 720p HD video recording, the Atrix's 5-megapixel camera additionally offers a dual-LED flash, autofocus, and agenda zoom. Editing options in the camera app are rather bound compared with aggressive products. You can baddest from one of bristles account resolutions and a array of arena modes and effects, but there are no white-balance controls, ISO settings, or the like. The options are appealing abundant the aforementioned in camcorder mode.

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