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  1. excalis's Avatar
    I am glad I traded the Atrix for the Atrix 2, the only thing I miss is the fingerprint scanner. Other than that, the phone is a better experience all around. I now just use the MotoBlur and not ADW or launcher Pro, has a nice fluid feel compared to the Atrix UI.

    I like the physical camera button as well, that is a nice feature to have and missed it coming from my Epic 4G.

    The phone has a nice design flow to it, feels good in the hand (LOL), the screen looks nicer as well.

    Battery life to me seems to be a bit better, I do not have any time tests, etc but I do not worry about making it through the day or even the next morning with decent useage. I have a live wallpaper as my background and have my corporate email set to push. Any other auto-syncing items have been turned off as well as the GPS, and location using feature.

    I do leave the Bluetooth on so as to not forget about it for vehicle handsfree connect. Voice quality is very good and comparable to the Atrix, seems the same to me actually. Less internal memory has been an issue compared the Atrix but I just move over everything to my external card that can be.

    I did have to pay a $35 re-stock fee but the extra cost to move to this device was worth it. I passed on the SGS2 which would have cost more. The SGS2 may have nicer hardware but Samsung's update track record has left me not liking their products. All of the devices I had from them are still stuck on Froyo unless I Root/ROM.

    Anyway, the Atrix 2 is a nice phone even if you come over from the original.
    planoman likes this.
    10-20-2011 09:55 AM
  2. Slayers's Avatar
    What other phones have you had besides the first atrix?

    I am really thinking of jumping on this phone price is right and everything else but there are other phones coming soon I like HTC and was looking at the Holiday but I don't have LTE in my area and who knows how long till I get it
    10-20-2011 01:39 PM
  3. excalis's Avatar
    Well, here are the phones I owned in the past year or three:

    there were others that are told old to mention but here are the most current I have owned

    Palm Treo 700WX
    Iphone 3G
    HTC Aria
    Samsung Captivate
    Palm Pre
    Samsung Epic 4g
    Motorola XPRT
    HTC EVO 4G
    Atrix
    Atrix 2

    I love HTC's commitment to their phones are far as updates, Motorola is in between HTC and Samsung, I love Samsung's hardware but they fail on updates.

    The Atrix 2 to me is a very solid phone to have.
    10-20-2011 02:57 PM
  4. TimmyB's Avatar
    Well, here are the phones I owned in the past year or three:

    there were others that are told old to mention but here are the most current I have owned

    Palm Treo 700WX
    Iphone 3G
    HTC Aria
    Samsung Captivate
    Palm Pre
    Samsung Epic 4g
    HTC EVO 4G
    Atrix
    Atrix 2

    I love HTC's commitment to their phones are far as updates, Motorola is in between HTC and Samsung, I love Samsung's hardware but they fail on updates.

    The Atrix 2 to me is a very solid phone to have.
    Hey, excalis. I am a long-time palmOS/webOS user who is finally accepting the reality of no white knight saving my beloved OS. I see you, also, are a former webOS user. The atrix2 looks great (I have seen it in person) and I am leaning toward that being my entry into the "dark side". What can you tell me about this phone from a webOS-user perspective that will help me make my decision, both the good and the bad?

    Thanks for any assistance.

    tim
    10-20-2011 05:56 PM
  5. excalis's Avatar
    The only thing I missed and only for a bit was the card system on WebOs. I was able to move over to Android without really feeling as if I was lacking anything major other than the cards (multitasking).

    I think the choices you have with Android more than make up for anything you will miss from WebOs. Hardware choices, customization, and
    support.

    Give it a try and see what you think. You may have taken advantage of more features than I did on that OS. I for one enjoy Android, and do not miss it at all. I wouldn't mind trying it again but probably won't
    10-20-2011 06:31 PM
  6. TimmyB's Avatar
    The only thing I missed and only for a bit was the card system on WebOs. I was able to move over to Android without really feeling as if I was lacking anything major other than the cards (multitasking).

    I think the choices you have with Android more than make up for anything you will miss from WebOs. Hardware choices, customization, and
    support.
    That's kinda where my head is at-- any loss in OS goodness will be more than made up by having REAL hardware running a pretty good OS. ICS looks really nice, almost as if they just took the parts from webOS that were missing and put them in.

    Thanks much for the quick reply. Please continue to share your experiences with the atrix2 for us !
    10-20-2011 06:37 PM
  7. excalis's Avatar
    No problem Tim, I will let you know that so far I have not had any random reboots as with the Atrix, EVO, and XPRT. I did not do a restore or anything just started using it out of the box.
    10-20-2011 07:00 PM
  8. TimmyB's Avatar
    No problem Tim, I will let you that so far I have not had any random reboots as with the Atrix, EVO, and XPRT. I did not do a restore or anything just started using it out of the box.
    What??? A webOS/Android user with a stock device? I look forward to your posts.
    10-20-2011 07:10 PM
  9. excalis's Avatar
    LOL, keeping it stock is a great change of pace for me, got tired of ROM changing, etc. ACS Frozen for the Epic 4G and Deck's ROM for the EVO were the best I experienced.
    10-20-2011 07:13 PM
  10. Linkchomp's Avatar
    speaking of updates, since Google owns Motorola, doesn't that mean updates forever?
    10-20-2011 10:34 PM
  11. excalis's Avatar
    speaking of updates, since Google owns Motorola, doesn't that mean updates forever?
    I'm not sure how that works.
    10-21-2011 12:31 AM
  12. planoman's Avatar
    Good info, thanks. I actually tried to look for the Atrix 2 on this past Sunday and Best Buy did not have them yet. I then came to a week long meeting. Some reviews have finally hit the net such as phone dog and mobile tech review.

    The phone looks good. I currently have a SGSII which I used my upgrade for and like it fine but worry that it will not get ICS in a timely manner. I may return the SGSII and buy the Atrix 2 off contract to free up my upgrade until next year.

    The only thing I'm confused by is the conflicting info I have heard about the OMAP processor replacing the Tegra 2. In some articles it looks like it is better and in some the are saying it is not as good. Still not sure. Used to get a Quadrant of 2500 on my OG Atrix, what is the Atrix 2 getting? I get 3500 on my SGSII, but I have not noticed any significant difference in terms of everyday use compared to my OG Atrix. Any info on whether this processor is a significant downgrade or upgrade to the Tegra 2?

    Thanks all !
    10-21-2011 12:46 PM
  13. excalis's Avatar
    Just ran Quadrant and the score was 2510, and for NeoCore it was at 58.2 without sound and 58.5 with sound.

    I have read that the OMAP is faster but only marginal, what you get is better battery life, better video capture/playback and possibly camera shots as well. But it looks like to me that it all depends on what the application is and what resolution the screen is. The LG Optimus 3D usually did very well but it had a lower resolution than the Atrix too, that helped a bit.

    The battery in this phone is smaller than on the Atrix but seems to last as long if not longer. /shrug

    My information may be off a bit but I just know that everything works well and smoothly, that is what matters to me, as you can see from one of my previous replies, I had quite a few phones and I am happy with this one
    10-21-2011 03:56 PM
  14. CrazyCamel369#AC's Avatar
    I just bought the Atrix 2 myself and coming from the LG Thrill, I'm currently enjoying this one more right from the start. Loving that they included a dedicated Camera button (Which comes in handy more than you know it) also loving the speed of the phone itself. Hope this phone gets ice cream sandwich!
    10-21-2011 07:47 PM
  15. planoman's Avatar
    Just ran Quadrant and the score was 2510, and for NeoCore it was at 58.2 without sound and 58.5 with sound.

    I have read that the OMAP is faster but only marginal, what you get is better battery life, better video capture/playback and possibly camera shots as well. But it looks like to me that it all depends on what the application is and what resolution the screen is. The LG Optimus 3D usually did very well but it had a lower resolution than the Atrix too, that helped a bit.

    The battery in this phone is smaller than on the Atrix but seems to last as long if not longer. /shrug

    My information may be off a bit but I just know that everything works well and smoothly, that is what matters to me, as you can see from one of my previous replies, I had quite a few phones and I am happy with this one
    That is a good quadrant score! Thanks! It is comparable to the OG Atrix and I have not noticed any real world issues in performance between my OG Atrix and the SGSII. Most things I have read about the OMAP 4 concur with what you are saying, but I did see one review which said Atrix 2 had a "bargin basement processor" to keep the price down. (???) I think Motorola claims better screen, Camera/Video, Battery life and network speed for the Atrix 2 over the OG Atrix.

    Thanks for your timely info. I am going to check it out this weekend! The fact that you do not need to sign into blur is all that much better!
    10-21-2011 09:14 PM
  16. greasyspoon's Avatar

    I love HTC's commitment to their phones are far as updates, Motorola is in between HTC and Samsung, I love Samsung's hardware but they fail on updates.

    The Atrix 2 to me is a very solid phone to have.
    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had the Samsung Infuse and hardware wise it was amazing:
    -Huge AMOLED screen (Iliked the bigger icons)
    -Extra 13 Gigs of built-in memory, so technically I could have 45(ish) gigs with a 32 Gig MicroSDHC card.
    -Camera and corresponding software took great pictures (better than Atrix 2)

    But:
    -Not dual core, the Atrix 2 smokes the Infuse in speed
    -qHD screen (although so far I think the Infuse screen was better)
    -Feels better in my hand when talking on the phone.
    -MOST IMPORTANTLY: I was worried that I would end up with an orphaned device that would at best get gingerbread, but never see ICS. At this point only Nexus and Googl-rola devices have the greatest chance to get new software.
    10-21-2011 11:10 PM
  17. excalis's Avatar
    Not signing in to Blur is actually a big minus on the Atrix, why?? Oh well, I don't have to deal with that anymore...hopefully that doesn't change.

    Also I need to mention that the voice quality is pretty darn good, video and pictures are comparable to some of the nicer phones as well. Not sure about the bargain basement processor, some compare it to the Droid Bionic which is one of Verizon's top phones so I am good with that

    Have fun with your Atrix 2 guys, post if you run into any issues, etc.
    10-21-2011 11:24 PM
  18. planoman's Avatar
    I never liked the fact that you HAD to have a motoblur account and sign into it with the OG Atrix. I do not use facebook, twitter etc and did not want my info in one more place. Even if you removed the SIM card and wanted to use the Atrix on wifi only you still had to sign into motorblur.

    I was carrying my OG Atrix and SGSII with me for work travel in case I could not recharge the SGSII, I would swap the SIM card. I eventually sold the Atrix. Moto seemed very responsive with updates compared to when I had the Captivate, hence my concern about updates to my SGSII.

    This seems like a fair balanced review and the data info is comparable to me since I also live in the DFW area.

    Motorola Atrix 2 Review - Android Phone Reviews by MobileTechReview
    10-22-2011 08:59 AM
  19. TimmyB's Avatar
    Coming from the webOS world, I am not sure what this motoblur is. I know that manufacturers put their own skins on top of android, but this sounds like something more than that. Is that correct, and is this something that most users like, or would most prefer it to be left off, as you do?
    10-22-2011 09:07 AM
  20. robkort's Avatar
    The thing is that Motorola bakes Blur on this devices, and that is a hate/love thing with users. But with their new phones they are now giving you the choice to decide.

    Sent from my TapadaAtrix
    10-22-2011 09:12 AM
  21. planoman's Avatar
    Coming from the webOS world, I am not sure what this motoblur is. I know that manufacturers put their own skins on top of android, but this sounds like something more than that. Is that correct, and is this something that most users like, or would most prefer it to be left off, as you do?
    A motoblur account was something you had to set up on the OG atrix. It was also what the skin was called, this was just another feature. It was an account that backed up everything on your phone along with some other features such as remote lock, wipe and locating the phone to an account that was kept in motorola servers. You had to have it with the Atrix which I never liked being forced into. I think you could bypass it with a 8 step method which was just too complex. I just logged into it to try and delete it since I no longer have my OG Atrix. It said I have to contact my wireless provider to delete. Oh great...

    The Atrix 2 does not have this requirement from my understanding.
    10-22-2011 09:35 AM
  22. TimmyB's Avatar
    A motoblur account was something you had to set up on the OG atrix. It was also what the skin was called, this was just another feature. It was an account that backed up everything on your phone along with some other features such as remote lock, wipe and locating the phone to an account that was kept in motorola servers. You had to have it with the Atrix which I never liked being forced into. I think you could bypass it with a 8 step method which was just too complex. I just logged into it to try and delete it since I no longer have my OG Atrix. It said I have to contact my wireless provider to delete. Oh great...

    The Atrix 2 does not have this requirement from my understanding.
    According to wikipedia (FWIW!), motoblur was their attempt to match palm's synergy, which was a great feature on webOS phones. The parts I liked best were combined contacts from all sources and the constant backup of my phone. My phone's touchscreen died, so att gave me a new one. As soon as I signed into my palm account, my phone was updated to be exactly as my old one was, apps and all. Will I need motoblur to have these with the atrix2, or are there other solutions available?
    10-22-2011 09:54 AM
  23. excalis's Avatar
    I never used Palm's backup service as it had it's own issues. Sometimes it would just plain lose your information. I just placed my contacts with Google and manually backed up what I could.
    10-22-2011 10:24 AM
  24. planoman's Avatar
    According to wikipedia (FWIW!), motoblur was their attempt to match palm's synergy, which was a great feature on webOS phones. The parts I liked best were combined contacts from all sources and the constant backup of my phone. My phone's touchscreen died, so att gave me a new one. As soon as I signed into my palm account, my phone was updated to be exactly as my old one was, apps and all. Will I need motoblur to have these with the atrix2, or are there other solutions available?
    I use gmail so this happens automatically for me. When you start an android phone it will ask you for a gmail account. I use the gmail, contacts and calendar and set my phone to auto sync so whenever I switch phones etc, everything is automatically updated and loaded. The motorblur account was essentially redundant. As far as andriod market, all paid apps will be available once you sign in with your google log in. I do not think the free ones are loaded, at least I have not figured that out as it always takes some time to load all of my apps again. (make sure you are on wifi) lol!

    If you do not use gmail, I can see how an motoblur account would be helpful. At least they are giving the choice now instead of forcing user to have an account they do not need or want.
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    10-22-2011 10:38 AM
  25. excalis's Avatar
    Update on my Atrix 2 experience, GPS locks on like a pitbull on a leg. On my Epic 4G it took forever or not at all, EVO was pretty good but I think this one has it beat.

    This is around the West Texas Area, don't think that would make a difference but just in case

    Also, I like how you can group apps in the app drawer to your liking. The default ones are good enough for me but you can make your own.

    Also, I like the "Sense" type of screen previews here vs HTC's own. I like how you can place what you want in the bottom dock area. I like that there is no screen marker as well, Touchwiz had the dot/circle.


    So far, no need for a third party launcher, widgets are good as well.
    10-22-2011 11:36 AM
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