Hands-on with the Motorola Atrix 2

The Atrix 2 corrects a lot of the Atrix's problems, and further improves on its strengths

AT&T sneakily announced a small batch of new phones this week, one of which is the sequel to the well-received Motorola Atrix--the Atrix 2. Luckily, Motorola was present at CTIA, so I managed to spend some time with their newest super-phone.

And, well, I'm impressed.

The original Atrix wasn't perfect. It suffered from a bloated MotoBlur overlay, and the webtop laptop dock wasn't functional enough to warrant an extra $500. But Motorola has really trimmed the fat when it comes to the Atrix 2.

The Atrix 2 looks thinner and feels lighter than the original Atrix. Compared to the futuristically angular Photon 4G, the Atrix 2 is a little bland, design-wise. The phone feels less bulky than the Bionic, and the rear of the phone has a nicely engraved back, which makes it more comfortable to hold than the original. The biometric fingerprint scanner is missing, however.

Thanks to its dual-core, 1GHz processor, the Atrix 2 is as fast as its predecessor (it feels slightly faster than the Bionic). The overly chunky version of MotoBlur is gone. There is still a MotoBlur overlay, but it looks like the one we saw on the Bionic. I, personally, dislike Motorola's overlays, but at least it's not as overwhelming as it was on the original Atrix.

I was surprised (and extremely relieved) to see that Motorola has decided against a pentile display for the Atrix 2. Pentile displays on previous Motorola phones have been the source of fuzzy text and a mysterious blue tint. The Atrix 2 instead has a 4.3-inch gHD display that looks extremely sharp and clear. The blue tint that I've come to associate with Motorola devices (with pentile displays) is gone, and colors look gorgeous.

Unfortunately, I was unable to test data speeds on the Atrix 2 due to the lack of a SIM card. Motorola representatives, however, assured me that the Atrix 2 will take advantage of AT&T's 4G network.

At $100 with a new 2-year contract, the Atrix 2 seems poised to be AT&T's big Android hit this holiday season.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Motorolaconsumer electronicsat&tsmartphonesPhonesctia

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Armando Rodriguez

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?