The Motorola Atrix is one of the first Android smartphones to come equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor. Running Google's Android 'Froyo' 2.2 operating system, the Atrix has an HDMI-out port, records HD video, and can be transformed into more than just a smartphone thanks to Motorola's powerful HD Multimedia Dock and Laptop Dock accessories.
Motorola may be banking on its optional accessories to give the Atrix an edge over the competition — particularly the Apple iPhone 4 — but the Atrix is a fast and powerful mobile device in its own right and is a worthy choice for anyone looking for an excellent Android phone.
With this in mind, how does the Motorola Atrix stack up against the iPhone 4 when it comes to specifications?
Motorola Atrix vs. Apple iPhone 4: Specifications
|Feature||Apple iPhone 4||Motorola Atrix||Verdict?|
|Operating system (OS)||Apple iOS||Google Android 2.2 'Froyo' (upgradeable to 2.3)||Draw|
|Display size||3.5in||4in||Motorola Atrix|
|Display technology||Capacitive retina IPS||Capacitive TFT||iPhone 4|
|Display resolution||640x960 pixels||540x960 pixels||iPhone 4|
|Camera||5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging||5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation||Draw|
|FM radio||No||Yes||Motorola Atrix|
|Internal memory||16GB or 32GB||16GB||iPhone 4|
|Expandable memory||No||microSD card slot||Motorola Atrix|
|Dimensions||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm||117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1mm||iPhone 4|
|Application store||Apple App Store||Google Android Market||iPhone 4|
|Processor||Apple A4||ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz)||Motorola Atrix|
|3G networks||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/1900/2100||iPhone 4|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||2.1 with A2DP||Draw|
|Quoted talk time||Up to 7 hours||Up to 9 hours||Motorola Atrix|
|Quoted standby time||Up to 300 hours||Up to 250 hours||iPhone 4|
|Adobe Flash support||No||Yes||Motorola Atrix|
Motorola Atrix vs. iPhone 4: Design and display
The Motorola Atrix Android phone may lack the unibody design of competitors like the HTC Desire HD, but its plastic frame feels relatively well constructed. The Motorola Atrix is also less than 11mm thick, which is a nice surprise given it comes with a large 4in capacitive touchscreen.
Motorola has used 'Gorilla Glass' for the Atrix's display, which the company claims is difficult to scratch or crack. The screen is bright and clear and has excellent resolution but it doesn't fare too well in bright sunlight. The Motorola Atrix's display has a resolution of 540x960, making it a full 16:9 screen that is great for video playback.
Apple's iPhone 4 screen uses IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, and thanks to its high 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a Retina display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels. The iPhone 4 has a unique design that Apple claims to be more durable — it is constructed from a combination of aluminosilcate glass and is just 9.3 millimetres thick.
The Motorola Atrix is less than 11mm thick; a nice surprise given it has a 4in display.