The Motorola Atrix goes a long way towards crossing the boundaries between handsets and tablets, and even handsets and net books. Besides its relatively small screen compared to these other gadgets, its power and processing potential places it firmly alongside the Samsung Galaxy S2 and LG Optimus 2X as a fellow king of the present mobile frontier.
The Atrix boasts a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and is definitely Motorola’s most advanced smartphone to date. In particular, the 5-megapixel camera with HD video up to 720p catches the eye, and although the huge 1930Ah battery can be drained quite quickly with the more tasks and apps used, it still reportedly operates very smoothly and without a hitch.
A 4-inch qHD capacitive display shows these applications off magnificently, with graphics and icons literally jumping off the screen at you. To link to other screens, you even have a mini-HDMi socket, so you’d have no problem hooking this up to your TV set for example. The phone even has a fingerprint scanner as an unlock tool, which may appear gimmicky but is bound to impress friends and colleagues nonetheless.
The shipped operating system is Android Froyo 2.2, which is a little surprising considering Gingerbread 2.3 is the more recent. But Motorola have promised to offer an upgrade later in the year. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can all be configured to show updates on your home screen, and it’s painfully simple to read, reply to and search through your friend’s updates. As long as you have a Google account, the social media options are hardwired so you can contacts people through a variety of means incredibly easily.
The sheer amount of widgets and customization is frightening, with Android news and weather a standout accessory. If you want to browse the Internet quickly, then the Atrix is a good bet. Thanks to the processor and Flash support, the Atrix will easily perform as well as an iPad.
Whatever you do on the Motorola Atrix happens at lightning speed, and if you’re not too concerned with having a slightly heavy handset in your pocket, there isn’t much out there to compete with its specifications at the moment. Check out the mobile phone contracts available for the Atrix, at the Dialaphone website.