Motorola Atrix HD Review: First Impressions
The Motorola Atrix HD is the latest in AT&T’s Atrix line of Android smartphones and it combines Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a gorgeous 4.5-inch ColorBoost display and 4G LTE speeds in one svelte package.
I’ve spent the afternoon with the Motorola Atrix HD and I wanted to share my first impressions of a device that will launch on July 15th for a mere $99.99 on AT&T.
Starting with the box, the Motorola Atrix HD box is nothing special. It’s a generic AT&T smartphone box that has all the usual suspects inside including a quick start guide and a USB charger.
Atrix HD Design
As for the Motorola Atrix HD itself, it immediately reminded me of the Motorola Droid RAZR and Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX with its design. While it doesn’t share the same name, it’s clear that this is AT&T’s version of the Motorola Droid RAZR.
The Atrix HD boasts Kevlar in the back and Gorilla Glass in the front making it an extremely durable device. In the hand, its thin form factor felt great and the device was so light that I thought the battery might of been left outside the device.
On the outside of the Atrix HD we have all the usual bells and whistles. On the right side lies the volume rocker and the power button. On top we have a trio of ports including the headphone jack, microUSB slot and the HDMI slot.
The left side of the device is void of any buttons and the bottom of the phone doesn’t have any ports to speak of. It doesn’t have any physical buttons on the bottom bezel either, just a nice AT&T logo.
On the back we have an 8MP camera that’s capable of shooting 1080p video and on the front, just near the center, there is a front-facing camera for video chat.
It’s a well-designed phone and it’s able to stay sleek without being flashy.
Atrix HD Display
The Atrix HD has a 4.5-inch ColorBoost display with a 720 x 1280 resolution display and 330 pixels per inch. Motorola hyped this display up and I believe it’s within reason.
The display is absolutely gorgeous. Colors are vibrant, text is easy to read, and everything on the display can be best described as crisp.
I’ll have to spend some more time with the display to make a final judgement but thus far, it’s extremely impressive.
The Atrix HD comes loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and new version of MotoBlur.
Its 1GB of RAM and 1.5GHz dual-core processor handle the operating system with ease. Opening apps is quick and browsing the web, at least at the moment, is a delight.
MotoBlur is on board and thus far, I am liking it, the new clock widget in particular.
Overall, I am really liking this device, especially at its $99.99 price point. One thing that I was disappointed to learn was that it will not support the Motorola Lapdock. That’s not a deal breaker, especially since Motorola says it left the functionality out to keep the cost down, but it would have been nice to have it on board.
Look for a full review of the Motorola Atrix HD soon.