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					The versatile Motorola Atrix 4G is
fast, but not 4G fast
Pros

   •   Responsive interface
   •   Large, colorful display
   •   Can double as a netbook

Cons

   •   Slow 4G speeds
   •   Lags when used with accessory dock




Atrix 4G doubles as netbook, packs impressive
features

The Motorola Atrix 4G rises above what PhoneArena.com editors call a "sea of
forgettable devices from Motorola's camp" to take the crown as king of the
Android line-up. That's due to its "insanely speedy" dual-core processor (as
Joshua Topolsky of Engadget.com describes it), a sharp 4-inch touch screen and
4G compatibility. The Atrix 4G also offers an optional dock that allows it to
function as a netbook, although reviews of the accessory are lukewarm.

The phone runs Android 2.2, coupled with Motorola's Motoblur interface. While
reviewers aren't thrilled with this combination, they note some improvements
from previous iterations. The 4-inch touch screen has an "excellent" resolution
that makes 3D graphics "look just as impressive as what you'd find on a Nintendo
DS or PSP," says Steve Kovach of BusinessInsider.com. The feature that has
reviewers buzzing is the Atrix 4G's ability to turn into a netbook, thanks to an
optional docking accessory. Despite this "decidedly cool" feature (as CNET's
Bonnie Cha terms it), the dock carries a pricey $500 price tag and reviewers find
it suffers from sluggish performance. Topolsky warns that it "seems clear to us
that your money would be better spent on a tablet or decent netbook."




Does 4G live up to hype?

Design may not be the Motorola Atrix 4G's strongest suit. While most reviewers
say it feels lightweight and plasticky, PhoneArena.com editors say that the
"impressive hardware under its hood" makes it easy to overlook. In fact,
reviewers are blown away by the Atrix 4G's speedy dual-core processor, with
Topolsky terming it "one of the fastest (if not the fastest) Android phones we've
ever used." Yet while the phone excels in performance, it drops the ball with its
4G speeds. In Topolsky's comparison tests, the Atrix 4G's average download and
upload speeds were less than half that of the (non-4G) iPhone 4.
PhoneArena.com editors also report upload speeds are a "far cry from its
potential."

The Motorola Atrix 4G has a 5-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash and
720p HD video recording; a forthcoming software update will upgrade video to
1080p. The phone has an HDMI port for outputting video to an HDTV. There's
also a front-facing camera for video calls. Call quality on the Atrix 4G is
"excellent," according to Brian Bennett of Laptop Magazine, with callers reporting
"loud and clear" reception, along with "crisp" sound on his end. Battery life is the
"only potential deal breaker," according to Kovach, noting that the phone died on
him a few times during testing; battery tests from CNET yield between 7 and 10
hours of talk time. The Atrix 4G comes with a variety of useful apps, such as
QuickOffice, though the phone also has a "considerable amount of bloatware,"
says Topolsky.

The Motorola Atrix 4G and its available accessories are thoroughly reviewed by a
number of sources. CNET tests out processor speed and the phone's multiple
features along with call quality and battery life. Engadget.com, PhoneArena.com
and Laptop Magazine also provide reviews backed up by testing, as do PC World
and BusinessInsider.com.

				
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Description: The Motorola Atrix 4G rises above what PhoneArena.com editors call a "sea of forgettable devices from Motorola's camp" to take the crown as king of the Android line-up. That's due to its "insanely speedy" dual-core processor (as Joshua Topolsky of Engadget.com describes it), a sharp 4-inch touch screen and 4G compatibility. The Atrix 4G also offers an optional dock that allows it to function as a netbook, although reviews of the accessory are lukewarm.