Motorola Atrix HD Review
Motorola Atrix HD was officially make it’s debut at AT&T stores few days ago. Packed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE Radio, will this handset manage to bring some fortune to AT&T and Motorola? Let’s find out the answer in my quick review guys.
First, let’s talk about the hardware. Atrix HD sports 4.5 inch touch screen that able to provide 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution. In terms of pixels density, this handset is able to score 320ppi. This result is quite surprising for me. Even Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus are unable to score that high. So, you can make the conclusion on your own guys about the display quality of Motorola Atrix HD. Satisfied already with the outer looks? Then it’s time to look at what lies beneath. Atrix HD is currently powered by dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU that clocked at 1.4GHz. Other interesting details that you might want to know is the presence of 1GB RAM, 8GB internal data storage, 8.0 megapixels rear shutter, 1.3 megapixels web camera, and 1,780mAh battery unit. As i’ve told you earlier, Atrix HD support for 4G LTE connectivity. Soon after i hold this handset, i really feel like i’m currently holding on a premium product, which is quite surprising since Motorola and AT&T only ask $99 for Atrix HD. Seriously, this is a very good deal that you can’t miss guys.
Right on the back side of Atrix HD, you should be able to feel the famous kevlar-made rear coating, which has been used by Motorola in almost all of their handset since December last year. Still on the same side, you should be able to locate the rear shutter, complete with it’s LED flashlight. On the right hand side, you should be able to find the power button and volume rocker. microSD card slot and 4G LTE SIM card slot can be found on the opposite side. Right on the bottom, you should see the charging dock, microUSB, and micro HDMI port.
Software-wise, Motorola Atrix HD is currently running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s a huge difference between this OS and the old Android 2.3 Gingerbread that featured on the original Atrix phone. Just like Galaxy Nexus, Atrix HD is currently rely on touch buttons for it’s navigation system. Off course i need some time to get used to this new innovation, but after couple of hours, i found that it is pretty easy to use and more reliable than capacitive buttons. I’m not a big fan of MotoBlur UI, so i can’t tell you the difference between the old and new UI. But i can confirm you that navigation speed between menu is very pleasing. There’s no laggy performance or slowdown when i want to open a single, or even multiple app. Guess that i should thank to Qualcomm for this incredible performance. Just like other Androids, you will start will blank home screen. You can add some shortcut that you deserve later.
Off course since Atrix HD is available at AT&T on contract, you will find lot of bloatwares here. It is very easy to remove them, but that will require you to root the handset, which also instantly remove your warranty. So, it’s up to you to decide. But i must tell you that the handset will work better without those hardware-space sucking software.
Camera and video works very fine on Motorola Atrix HD. Both front and rear camera are really do what they suppose to do. You can record a 1080p or 720p video and plays it without any problem at all. Off course it is not as great as HTC One X’s, but it is more than enough for you to start your own podcast at YouTube. Photos? Well, i’m not a great fan of smartphone photography, so i am not too interested to test the camera unit. However, i can tell you that Atrix HD camera is far much better than any other shutter that i’ve ever try on other Android. Photos are crisp and captured with the perfect amount of brightness. I don’t want to replace my DSLR camera with this one, but Atrix HD will be more than enough to update my Facebook timeline.
Now, it’s time for me to talk about the battery unit. Just like i mention earlier, Atrix HD is packed with 1,780mAh battery unit. It is quite small for me. Especially when i compare it to Droid RAZR Maxx’s 3,300mAh battery pack. Both of them are also unremovable, so i must forget the idea to replace it with bigger battery unit. However, Atrix HD manage to give me with decent performance. This handset is manage to last for a day, even when i use it for frequent web browsing. I have no idea about it’s survival ability for consecutive video playback, but i’m guessing that it will be last for at least 4 or 5 hours.
Well, that is all i can tell you right now. For $99 Android phone, Atrix HD is able to provide you with a feels like premium product. If HTC One X is too expensive for you and Samsung Galaxy S III looks not to attractive, then you might want to grab this one out.
Do you agree with me?