- 02-28-2011, 05:05 PM #26
- 76 Posts
- Blazer Rom 1.3
To the above poster, I seriously DO NOT think that the LTE modem is built into the Atrix. If it is, it must be some super secret chip. The current modem thats in place only does HSPA+. Sorry...HTC One Glacier Silver
ROM - TrickDroid 5.5.1
Samsung Nexus 10 - 32GB
ROM - RootBox 4.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Titanium Grey - 32GB
ROM - Stock, Rooted
- 02-28-2011, 07:19 PM #27
- 02-28-2011, 07:30 PM #28
- 03-02-2011, 09:03 AM #29
- 03-02-2011, 03:35 PM #30
- 03-07-2011, 11:10 PM #31
- 37 Posts
I jumped from the Captivate boat to the Atrix boat during lunch time...
Coming from the AMOLED screen, yeah the Atrix's screen isn't as vibrant and dynamic but I knew that going into it. It's not bad, in my opinion, just different for me. Text are easier on the eyes after playing with it for hours (mostly re-setting up my stuff and finding tones).
I did buy the AT&T's screen protector, and meh....it blurs out the clarity quite a bit. It's apparent when I'm viewing pictures I have taken.
Going to look for others, or maybe take it off all-together.
At first I was dreading the MotoBlur part...though I just sign up for MotoBlur to activate the phone, and leave it at that. Kinda cool that I can track my phone with MotoBlur. I'm using Lookout Mobile too, so that gives me 2 alternatives for GPS tracking..for whatever reason I may find myself using both *touchwood*
First thing I did, was to remove all widgets on the MotoBlur's launcher, switched to Launcher Pro (paid), and get back to where I was before. Installed my apps and started sideloading my other apps too.
Phone is indeed really fast. Have no complains on that front.
No complains on the build quality. Feels solid, albeit plastic-ish. I have a case for it, so it doesn't really bother me.
As for the camera, I have vignette (paid) but I have yet to play around with the pictures so far. Will do comparison with Vignette and stock camera in the pictures thread.
Most importantly, the GPS works...yes, warm and fuzzy inside too. The LED notification is a great addition too.
And most of all, great props to all developers at XDA and others who have expanded this phone's capabilities. Feels like they're just warming up.
- 03-14-2011, 11:30 PM #32
- 03-16-2011, 04:07 AM #33
- 4 Posts
Got my atrix for five days so far im extremely happy with it. Got it rooted and sideloading very easily following the forums instructions. Installed titanium backup and app planet without any problems. Got barnacle wifi tethering working and it is sweet
Just one touch to conect. Coming from a samsung cativate, i don't miss it at all. This Atrix
outperforms the captivate in a lot of ways especially when it comes to speed ,software ,touch response, and the widgets are way more usefull. I watch a lot of video and the screen works well. Not quite like samoled but after a few days you get used to it. Over all I feel like I can do what I want with this phone and I can't say the same for the captivate which made me feel frustrated by its performance.
- 03-23-2011, 07:18 AM #34
- 03-25-2011, 12:17 AM #35
- 4 Posts
I have played with quit a few phones, and I find the quality of the Atrix to be great, nicer than my nexus 1, my samsung g S, and my HTZ Desire Z, although i find most HTC to be built well.
the speed is great
the screen is the best I have had better than my galaxy..the Galaxy was ver crisp and nice ..but sucked in daylight...the atrix doesnt
- 03-26-2011, 04:41 AM #36
- 03-26-2011, 04:42 AM #37
- 03-26-2011, 11:24 AM #38
- 03-29-2011, 01:52 PM #39
- 22 Posts
New user to Android Central and to the Atrix. Came from a long list of all the iPhones but never been happier! Loving Android and how customizable it is vs. the iOS. Really enjoying the Atrix in terms of battery life and usability.
Looking forward to learning how to do all the fun androidy things everyone is talking about!
- 03-30-2011, 06:12 AM #40
I love the Atrix.. I was a iphone user for many years.. THis Blows the iphone out the water.. I love the notifation and the live widgets.... the only thing I have trouble with is I can not find a setting to sync my outlook folders I have to do this manual... the phone is fast and I am never going back to dam Iphone!
- 04-04-2011, 03:39 PM #41
- 04-04-2011, 04:04 PM #42
- 60 Posts
My review of the Atrix. (Bell Canada)
An evaluation of the Atrix, after 4 days of ownership
Aesthetics - 7/10
Ordinary. Most smart phones look very much alike, so this is one of the least important factors, IMO.
Screen - 7.5/10
Resolution is not as high as I would of liked it, I would have prefered 720P, but it is still quite decent. Reactive screen works well so far.
General Hardware - 8/10
Feel in hand is solid, sound is good and general computing performance is smooth and slick. One thing which dismayed me is the USB port. I woul have preferred the mini-USB used format used by most cameras and MP3 players. Now I have to purchase yet another in-car charger, or live with the added bulk of an adapter on my current charger. HDMI as a HUGE plus, and I must state that so far, it has worked flawlessly for me. Sadly, FAT32 is used on the storage devices, instead of an open-source solution like ReiserFS or a version of a NTFS-like system. Thus, a movie of over 4gb is not happening on this thing. I also tried playing an AVI with AC3 sound, it was a no-go over earphones, so no on-board AC3. I have yet to test it using HDMI output, I suspect it should work, though.
OS and default software - 5.5/10
For the non initiated is a bit of a mystery, and a seriously annoyed me. I was not prepared for the need to create an account right then and there at the provider's kiosk, so I had not created an E-mail profile specific to this task. That seriously peeved me.
2 Days after purchase, I'm starting to understand my phone and it's OS, so I figure it's time to demystify this Motoblur stuff. Happens the password I chose was probably mistyped twice when it set it. Now I can't log on the service. I used the Motoblur website reset, and can now access the website account, but can't sync the phone's settings because the silly thing wants me to enter the old password. A message tells me to call my provider. This is a MAJOR caveat. Also, I do NOT use "social websites". They are a threat to privacy, and the fact that Motoblur wants to hijack all "social accounts" makes it an even scarier proposition. Perhaps it can be of use in case of theft ? I honestly believe that Motorola has done a bad job of telling user what it is, and forcing registration to it before seeing or doing anything else on the phone is STUPID, and unwarranted.
(I still Have to call my provider and resolve the login issue. This better not require a reset of the phone, or I'll be beyond peeved.... I have now have over 6 Gigs of music and a boatload of playlists which took forever to sync.)
The OS does not seem to have an easy setting to select the number of home screens. I only need 1. Why do I have to be stuck with a bunch of empties ?
Default app behavior after use. Why do ALL apps keep running ? Most should just shutdown when closed... Having to go through a task manager to kill them when not in use is dysfunctional. If Android should have a spec to force the software coders to make a mandatory option setting for "shutdown on quit".
My version, which is Bell Canada's, is also quite bloated with advert-ware (links to a software advertisement trying to sell you the real thing). One example is Navteq's GPS navigation. If it is not included, it should NOT be there. This crappy "AOL disk" marketing technique is a serious annoyance, as one has to go through a myriad of these things to find out what is actual software, and what is advert-ware.
Motorola's MEDIA LINK sync software.
As usual, Motorola's people have outdone themselves on stupidly lack-luster and dysfunctional software link to the phone. I despise this type of "take-you-by-the-hand-cause-you-are-a-dumb-customer". They should have made an obvious "user" directory on the phone's storage, and let use copy and paste freely using our PC's file managers. This can be done, but the directories are mostly hiden if you have the Motorola sync thingy loaded..
Motorolla Phone portal
Kudos for an almost-working on-board server. Much better than MediaLink, but it does have a major flaw: It requires the obnoxiously sad and bad browser from Redmond: Internet Explorer is required for file transfers. I'm a staunch user of Opera, and this is a major letdown. I'm glad their are noty requiring Chrome, which I also despise. I don't know if it uses active-X, Java or what, but seriously, an on-phone php-style web server style application would have been better, though I can't say if it's even possible.
Default Media playback support. 6/10
This is ugly. Why all the support for AAC, but nothing for FLAC ? I also found that the player does not want to read WAVs when selecting the file from the player directly, but when I copy to the phone, and then sync it with a playlist though the Media Link software, I can then play it. The only other way to start a WAV was to go and select it though the file manager. As I've already stated in my signature, I'm anxiously hopeful for a VLC port.
Signal reception - 10/10
So far, the Atrix is showing great reception, just like my previous Motorola did. Quite happy so far, though I have not tested it in deep underground parkings and in my city's subway. (I have not had a ride in it in the last 25 years, so it's a rather moot point anyway.)
Wi-Fi also works well. It's range is understandably limited to save power, but it is adequate and stable.
GPS and geolocation - 7/10
A free app called "Ulysse gizmo" is what made this functional for me. The fact that I had to download an app to have my coordinates easily accessible is a bit of a let-down, thus the low score. The receiver works fine though. On the other hand, I tried Motoblur's web locator, and it failed miserably.
Battery Life 6/10
My old phone lasted a whole 7 days with capacity for talking for 2~3 hours on the seventh day before it died.
Given, the ATRIX is much more than a mere phone, BUT, 1 day is all it managed under what is looking to be my future usage patern. 2 hours of music playing (WAV), 1 hour of web browsing and three 2 minute phone conversations. I'm hoping this improves has the battery settles.
Final mark: 71.25/100. It's a passing grade, but definitely, Motorola's sync software needs to be improved, and multi-media support is absolutely inadequate for an appliance of this level. Android could also be tweaked a bit. I will most likely be quite happy with this device. I can forgive Android it's bad power management. I can even live with Motorola's crappy media support, but the Media Link software is Horrible, I did not expect much out of Motorola bundled software, but it is bad way beyond what I expected. I thought no software could ever be a bad as Motorola Phone Tools, but I was wrong.... Media Link gets the "Smelly Turd" award.
- Good construction.
- OS works well, even if quirky.
- Excellent performance.
- Decent Wi-Fi capacity and instant tethering utility.
- HDMI output.
- Display is nice and sharp.
- No on-board AC3 decoding.
- WAV support is iffy, and no FLAC support.
- Android OS requires a watchful eye on background running tasks to mitigate potential of runaway power consumption.
- Motorola's awful Media Link software.
- Internet explorer requirement for Motorola Phone portal's file manager.
- Resolution of the screen could be better. Waiting for 720P.
- Too much advert-ware.Xperia ZL w 32Gb MicroSD.
Wishlist: 2 MicroSD on 1 phone.
- 04-09-2011, 08:49 AM #43
- 04-09-2011, 09:42 AM #44
- 68 Posts
And how is a phone getting a full day on a charge (and it will get better) a problem? What other android device goes longer? I don't see why phones need to last longer than that, plug it in at night and it'll be ready for the next day.
BTW, pretty sure the only phone with higher res is the iPhone 4, so you knocking points off for the qHD is a little harsh since no other android phone can match it
- 04-10-2011, 11:04 AM #45
- 60 Posts
A one time comment about my original post.
All reviews of consumer hardware and software are subjective, at best. These are personal views, and not necessarily perceived as correct by all. This said, I would like to expand on my opinions, just this once, to answer some of Freakish Gnome's concerns. I don't want to start an argument or a flame war, thus this will be my sole comment about the issues raised.
"Your task manager can do exactly what you're asking."
Yes, it does, but I shouldn't have to constantly be using it. I think there should be an obligatory spec for Droid apps to include an auto-end option on "leaving the app". Allowing the current power hogging just for the sake of it, or for better data mining by coders, will probably hurt the platform more than helps it. Power on a phone is a commodity which should not be squandered. Benefits for the App Devs should not outweigh the benefits for the users. If someone likes his instant messaging apps to remain loaded and connected all day, I'm fine with it, but I don't think it should be the default behavior, I believe the user should be allowed to choose the behavior. I guess I did not make myself quite clear on that point, my bad.
"And how is a phone getting a full day on a charge (and it will get better) a problem? "
I'm a truck driver. Yes, not all android users work in a nifty and comfortable office or cubicle... In my industry, working for 18~20 hours straight is a rule, not the exception. I need this sucker to last for while. Trucks are not like cars. In many vehicles, the 12V sockets are de-comissioned and power is diverted to satellite tracking hardware.
"What other android device goes longer?"
Can't answer that. My expectations regarding power are not based on a class of device, (IE: Android sets vs other phones...) but on a type of device, as in a "phone" vs another, period. I think added functionality should be balanced be equally augmented power resources. I wouldn't mind if it weighed an extra once if it afforded 6 more hours of power under use. I consider 24Hrs of use a minimal spec.
"knocking points off for the qHD is a little harsh since no other android phone can match it"
I don't rank an I-phone as a "10", either, but Apple's device is not the one being discussed here.
Well, I hope this makes it possible to see my review in the context it was intended to be interpreted. I'm quite sure many still have reservations about it. Some may even hold diametrically opposed opinions. People usually glean information on more than one review, and base they're opinion on a perceived average, which is why I will not discuss my review any further, and instead, will be looking at what others have to say about the Atrix, and other hardware.
I'm loving this device so far, but I'm not a salesman for Motorola, nor am I partial to any OS. I'm a consumer, and as such, I'm a ***** to the "most for the least" laws of the market.Xperia ZL w 32Gb MicroSD.
Wishlist: 2 MicroSD on 1 phone.
- 04-11-2011, 07:41 PM #46
- 05-06-2011, 10:15 PM #47
I've had the Atrix for 24 days now after leaving my BB in the dust. No regrets there. What I love about the Atrix is the screen size and resolution. It completely buries the BB in that regard. -Completely-. I really enjoy all the incredibly useful apps available. It is a bit of a chore finding the ones that work for me personally, but at least they're there. There are no apps for the BB. Email is syncing just fine (all 5 of them), though I'm having problems getting my business email. The speaker is awesome, far better than it was on my BB Bold 9000. I don't play games, or use my phone for entertainment purposes but, I did try a free game on it and it was a real treat. Social networking on the Atrix beats the BB hands down. This phone is made for social networking. I really enjoy having several desktop screens I can customize with widgets. This is probably the best part of owning an Android phone for me. I have 4 screens, each with their own purpose. It makes quick work accessing what I want, when I want, without having to go hunting for things. For me anyway, this interface beats the BB hands down.
I still cringe a little every time I have to type something. Going from my beloved BB physical keyboard to a virtual keyboard was definitely culture shock. I'm getting used to the keyboard, but it is slow going. No more typing by feel. I have to be very deliberate and delicate when selecting the keys. I do far better using one finger than I do, both thumbs. I still hit all sorts of things on the phone, but not as often as I used to. The touchscreen buttons on the bottom of the phone are especially problematic for me. In the middle of typing an email, I inadvertently touch the home screen button, or back button, losing my email in the process. Well, it's still there, I just have to go find it. The keyboard is not wide enough for me and no, I don't have fat or big fingers. I'm female, 5'7" and I do not have fat fingers :-) I guess I'm just virtual keyboard challenged. I would expect that after 5 years on a BB. The Atrix is not wide enough to use a wider keyboard, at least wide enough for me. This keyboard thing is still not enough to cause me to go back to RIM and their broken, substandard phones, but I must say, I really don't enjoy typing on the Atrix. I find myself putting off answering longer emails until I get home to my laptop.
As of 2 days ago, people started complaining that I sounded as if I was 1000 miles away in a tunnel behind a brick wall. No complaints at all until the 22nd day of ownership. I've read about sound quality issues with the Atrix but, since I hadn't experienced it, I thought I was one of the lucky ones. I guess not. Since the sound issue seems to degrade over time, this is a deal breaker for me.
Since getting the Atrix, I've had routine dropped calls. I rarely had dropped calls with my BB but, at first, I thought it just might be the network. Now, after 24 days, with the dropped call issue getting worse, I'm guessing it's the phone. Still, dropping a call 5 times during a conversation is/was intolerable. If it was in one particular area, I'd know it was the network, but it's not. I was in a doctors office the other day and I was unable to place a call out. I had to step outside the building to make a call and even then, I had to find the right spot in the parking lot for the other person to be able to hear me. I've been in this doctor's office before, but with my BB and never had a problem placing a call. This makes me think it's the phone. Above everything else, I need a reliable phone.
Copying, cutting and pasting on the Atrix is pretty frustrating, for me anyway. It's a different process for each app. Copying text in an email on the BB was simple. On the Atrix, using the Gmail app (don't like motoblur) I have to select options, then More, then Select Text. Then, if the text I want to copy is out of screen view, I can't copy it in one action and there is no option to copy the entire email either. Now again, that's with the Gmail app, but I didn't find it any easier when testing several other email apps. If one app makes it possible to copy the entire email or web page, at the same time, it doesn't do something else I need it to do like, select multiple emails at the same time. I don't know if this is an Android thing, or an Atrix thing, but it makes this simple task far more difficult and time consuming than I think it should be, at least for me. I realize this isn't a "Business Phone", but I do think copying, cutting and pasting should be a standard in any operating system.
All of a sudden, I can't access my bank account through the app. The latest update seems to have killed that on the phone. Since I use that every day, this is a serious problem for me.
Though I haven't loaded many apps on my phone, it's been intermittently, completely non-responsive, or maybe I should say lagging. Nothing on it works for 10-15 seconds. I know that's a short time, but being in the middle of something and having to wait for the phone to respond makes that 10-15 seconds seem like minutes. Now I could have caused this to happen somehow, so I can't say this is an Atrix thing, but it is a bit frustrating, none-the-less.
I thought I figured out why the battery wasn't lasting very long, 5 hours on a good day. I turned off wifi which was connecting on its own automatically. Well, as it turned out, after a full night's charge, the next day, the phone was at 15% after 5 hours of moderate talking. I exchanged the battery, cycled it yesterday, but today, battery is still draining dramatically. This is after auto-killing all but 17 apps I use every day. Still, this could be a noob affliction since I'm not nearly as competent with the phone as other, more experienced users.
I also have a problem video conferencing with my clients. Oddly, many companies have gone the way of the iPhone. The clients I talk to don't like it, but they're stuck with it. Unfortunately, I can't video conference with anyone on an iPhone. They use Skype and Skype is not available for the Atrix and my clients can't download other apps due to the network security policies imposed by their companies. This is a deal-breaker for me. I must be able to video conference for my work.
Now I'll get a little silly. Every time the screen times out, it locks. In order to use the phone again, I have to swipe the unlock tab to the right but first, I have to press the physical power button at the top back of the phone to wake it up. This is more of an annoyance than anything. On the BB I locked it if I wanted it locked. If I didn't, it was ready to go with one tap of the keyboard.
Speaking only for me, the Atrix is an awesome phone. In fact, it's so awesome, that I will never go back to BB. That said, it's not a productivity phone, at least for me. What you can do in one click on a BB, is 2-3 clicks or more on the Atrix. I know Motorola is going to add more productivity features to the phone and, I'd be more than willing to wait for those improvements, were it not for the issues I mentioned above and its counter productive nature. To be honest, I think this phone just offers more than I need. I'm not a tinkerer. I don't play games, watch a lot of movies, or need fancy 3d or live wallpapers. I don't even need the highest resolution screen. I just want the phone to be fast and to help me be more productive. I don't need the phone to be a computer. I have a netbook for that and my netbook cost less than the dock Motorola sells for the Atrix.
So, overall, despite the issues, I love this phone and I'm still so very happy not to have to deal with a broken, antiquated, limited Blackberry. The apps, the screen, well, it's just a very sexy, great to hold, great to customize phone. For all you BB users out there thinking about dumping your antiquated Blackberry, Android phones are the way to go. They are far better equipped to handle anything you throw at them. They seem to be updated more and the updates don't seem to be the tiny incremental updates RIM doles out. My advice? Move into the future. Move to Android and leave RIM where it belongs; in the past. You just have to find the right Android phone for you.
Sorry for the length of this behemoth post and, I hope I didn't offend anyone. I was just trying to relate my experience with the Atrix but, if I said anything that upsets anyone, please accept my apologies in advance. I do credit some of the issues I'm experiencing to my lack of experience with the phone. That must be considered when reading my post.
Last edited by tunie; 05-06-2011 at 10:40 PM.
- 05-17-2011, 04:49 PM #48
- 8 Posts
I've been using the iPhone 3G for the past three years. I was so bored with it. I upgraded to the Motorola Atrix three days ago and I'm totally blown away!
This phoe is everything I've been wanting plus a whole lot more. I feel like I haven't scrached the surface yet with this awesome phone.
- 05-31-2011, 02:23 PM #49
- 1 Posts
I migrated to the Atirx and AT&T from a Blackberry Bold and T-Mobile. I really like this phone.
Chubby fingered typists should try the Swype feature. Sure it gets the wrong word from time to time, but I find that it is very forgiving as I simply swipe to text without a heck of alot of accuracy. I think it is the neatest feature of the phone.
Word to the wise, last week Swype seemed to be broken. Thought it was caused by an update. Went in to disable and then reenable to see if that would fix it. Apparently, when I was trying to do too many things at once and had it tucked under my arm, I took myself into the Swype menu and changed my default language to Spanish. Changing it back to English miraculously fixed it!
- 05-31-2011, 09:30 PM #50