SAN DIEGO – Motorola’s initial iteration of its Atrix smartphone betrothed a lot. You could hang the phone in to a set of keys wharf to spin it in to an relief notebook, and a absolute processor and multimedia outlay connectivity flushed the device with media heart aspirations. The Atrix’s inheritor follows that well-worn path, but offers softened specs and a kinder price.
The handset has all of the characteristics of a typical film sequel: Same throw (1-GHz dual-core processor, this time caring of a TI chip) and the same tract (multiple connectivity options for Motorola’s peripherals, inclusive a laptop wharf and HDMI-out/charging station). But, fortunately, Motorola has moreover picked up the pace; The phone runs to one side on ATT’s HSPA+ network, commanding out at speeds of 21 Mbps (or so says Moto). And different many follow-ups, this continuation expenses reduction ” the Atrix 2 is right away $100 with a two-year contract.
But the greatest disparity is in the wrapping. The phone only feels right . Sort of similar to Goldilocks seeking for her best bed ” not as well big, not as well small, the best size. With a rubberized subsidy surrounded by a sleek, metallic-finished bezel, the Atrix 2 feels far better in palm than its plasticky predecessor.
The 4.3-inch, 960 x 640 qHD shade isn’t the largest out there, but it’s of course plenty sufficient for media expenditure and app use.
Expect the standard device you see in today’s higher-end smartphones: an 8-megapixel back-facing camera (upgraded from the initial Atrix’s lens) with 1080p HD video capture, a full gig of RAM for speedier performance, and 8 gigs of on-board storage expandable around microSD card.
So, yes, the Atrix 2 is nice. And, yes, it’s a step up from Moto’s first-gen model. But similar to any sequel, the improvements are borderline ” more similar to teenager upgrades than leading revamps. If you dug the initial Atrix, you’ll may puncture this one more. But not by much.
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