Wednesday, July 18, 2012

AT&T Motorola Atrix HD unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Will the third time be the charm for Motorola and AT&T? The first Atrix debuted about 1 1/2 years ago, and it’s hard to believe we’re already on the third installment. The Atrix HD is the first Motorola phone to hit North America with a 720p HD screen. It features ColorBoost technology, which is trademarked by Motorola. What exactly it refers to is unknown, but it just might be another way of saying Super AMOLED. The price of $99 screams mid-level, but this is far from that with some pretty hefty specs.

It features a 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) display with ColorBoost technology, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32 GB of storage, 1780 mAh non removable battery, HSPA+, LTE, Android 4.0.4, and a hefty dose of Kevlar and nano coating. It comes in at 8.4mm thick which is .5mm thinner than the DROID RAZR MAXX. The reason for that is that it doesn’t have the massive 3300mAh battery that the RAZR MAXX sports. With a price of $99, I guess you can’t complain.

While we have no idea what Motorola is calling their UI these days, it’s by far the closest one to stock as shown by our RAZR MAXX hands on, but the Atrix HD gets a few more goodies. The circular widget is three flippable rings of goodness. It shows you the time, weather (from multiple locations), battery and data usage. They also included live icons that let you swipe up to preview the respective app. For example you can preview your new incoming messages in your email inbox or browser bookmarks without actually opening the apps. These are both shown in the video below.

Now as I mentioned the price is very competitive when you consider the specs, but what makes this even more attractive is that when you purchase the Atrix HD, for a limited time, AT&T will give you a Vehicle Dock for free. If that’s not enough, you have your choice of Titanium or Modern White for colors. Alright enough talking, we need to get going on the full review that our own Roy Alugbue will be doing. Look for that soon, but for now check out our initial hands on impressions


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