Although the Motorola Atrix HD ($100 with a two-year AT&T contract; price as of July 20, 2012) is the first Android phone that Motorola has released as a Google subsidiary, it isn’t remarkably different from Motorola phones released pre-acquisition. That isn’t a bad thing, however: The Atrix HD is sort of a mashup of the best features from other Motorola phones.
The Atrix HD’s name comes from its screen, a 4.5-inch, 720-by-1280-pixel “HD” display. The screen also has “Color Boost” technology, which, according to Motorola, has “50 percent more pixels than the leading smartphone.”
The widget consists of three circles: a large circle on the left houses a digital clock that can be flipped over to reveal an analog clock or tapped to open the phone’s alarms app. A second large circle in the middle shows the current whether, and it can be swiped to cycle through various saved cities. Finally, a third small circle on the right shows the phone’s remaining charge as a percentage, and it can be flipped once to show data usage in the current billing period or twice to reveal the widget’s settings button.
Not much originality on the design of the Motorola HD ATRIX – it’s actually a larger version of the Motorola RAZR maxx DROID. At its core, the HD is a phone ATRIX solid construction, which is evident in its sturdy plastic body, clean-looking rear KEVLAR backing, water-resistant nano-coating. But our biggest complaint is that it feels too difficult to handle in the hand due to the large frames around your 4.5 “screen
It is Really Smart
The Atrix HD is the first Motorola phone on AT&T to ship with SmartActions, an app that can help you conserve battery life. For example, you can set a reminder to notify you when you should recharge the phone (for example, when you go to bed). If you forget to plug the phone in, you can set a Smart Action called “Nighttime Battery Saver,” which adjusts the phone’s network and screen settings to make the battery last longer the next day. I simply love this feature cause many a times I forget to charge my phone.
Not just that you can create a Quiet Zone mode too by setting up rules to Not Ring out loud when you’re in your office.
Despite the Google relationship, this Motorola phone does not ship with Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean. Instead you get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a Motorola-made overlay.
Performance and 4G LTE
As always we ran a few benchmarks to see how the beast compared to the competition, and so far has not disappointed. The Atrix HD reality has hit many in the same class, all of which cost more, and did very well. The Galaxy S III is the only phone AT & T to beat the HD Atrix, although the HTC One X with the same processor was right behind him. Advanced quadrant actually broke the 5,000 mark, something that not many phones made out of the box. AnTuTu as usual for the Galaxy S III and quad-core Tegra 3 devices.
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Motorola’s new smartphone feels inexpensive, just available @ $99. As terrific as the display is and as enjoyable as the user experience is, it’s not a bad trade-off at all.