04-04-2012 07:04 PM
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  1. PostalJ's Avatar
    New to Android!!! Need help on deciding which device I should get. AT&T has 2 nice devices that I'm considering, the SGS2 and the Moto Atrix 2. The SGS2 has the nice screen, double the memory, Kies Air, and Media Hub. The Atrix 2 has a slightly less vivid screen, qHD Amoled if I'm not mistaken. It has awesome accessories like the lapdock, and the HD Station. ZumoCast is nice feature as well. I can't make up my mind!!! Someone please help!!! I never had so many choices with Apple!!!
    10-18-2011 08:58 PM
  2. Emcee's Avatar
    SGSII. Touchwiz > Motoblur. The screen is also better.

    Past that, it's more or less a wash. I do think this phone is better looking, though that's all subjective.
    10-18-2011 10:50 PM
  3. SteveISU's Avatar
    SGSII
    10-18-2011 10:51 PM
  4. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    10-18-2011 11:01 PM
  5. shamelin73's Avatar
    SGS2 FTW

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    10-18-2011 11:22 PM
  6. PostalJ's Avatar
    OK thanks for the feedback.
    10-18-2011 11:23 PM
  7. runtohell121's Avatar
    Galaxy Nexus
    Galaxy S II

    Then.. Atrix 2
    10-19-2011 12:11 AM
  8. Beep13's Avatar
    Atrix 2

    I have been debating for a week whether to get the Atrix 2 or the SG2.
    After having used both phones I would honestly pick the Atrix 2 hands down. Friday I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Atrix 2 and after using it all weekend couldn't be happier with my decision.
    Here are a few points for the Atrix 2.

    1. Build. Just the pure feel of the Atrix 2 is nicer.
    The sg2 never felt very solid to me. It just seems too cheap plastic feeling. Also, if you twist the phone from corner to corner (lightly) you can feel a lot of play in the sg2 whereas the Atrix 2 feels rock solid.
    I personaly just like having a phone that feels like its built rugged.

    The Atrix 2 is also alot more comfortable to hold in the hand and operate.
    As mentioned before, single handed operations are much easier on this phone.

    The SG2 just feels like a big soft brick to me.

    2. Screen. While the sg2 arguably has a more superior screen, I am not a fan of the high gloss. There was a lot of glare using this phone in daylight, and it was also not very bright. THe Atrix 2 had little glare and was extremely bright. Also, the Atrix2 has a much better resolution than the SG2. There have also been a lot of complaints and returns of the SG2 based on screen issues.

    3. Speed. Although the SG2 apparently has better benchmarks, I did not notice any speed difference between the two devices. The Atrix 2 really seems to fly when loading apps, switching apps ectd. When i finally asked an ATT rep why the Atrix 2 seemed just as fast, he claimed that SG2 does not utilize dual channel processing where the Atrix 2 does. So even though the processor is a little weaker on the Atrix 2, it is optimized by the dual channel processing. Now whether or not this is true i have yet to research. What I can tell you is that I thought the SG2 was going to outperform the Atrix 2 but I could not notice any difference in speed. To me the Atrix 2 seemed to be just as fast if not more responsive than the sg2, although this could just be because I feel the UI is much better on motorola than samsung.

    4. UI. I felt the overall UI and operator experience was much nicer on the Atrix 2. The SG2 wasn't bad, but the Atrix 2 just seems quite a bit smoother. (keep in mind the UI is new, not the old "blur")

    5. Battery. The Atrix 2 has a larger capacity battery than the SG2. I haven't compared the battery usage on both devices but what I can tell you is that the Atrix 2 seems to go a long way with heavy use. ATT also offers an extended battery (double the battery life) for $50. This comes with a new battery door but only adds a few mm to the thickness of the phone.
    Not a bad option if battery life is a major concern.

    6. Price. Lets be honest, Atrix 2 is 50% of the price as SG2. So even if the SG2 is a little bit faster and the screen slightly better (though not in my opinion), is it worth double the pricetag? No to me.


    Overall the Atrix 2 seems like it is better built. The battery life is also great. The UI is nice and smooth. So far the atrix 2 has handled anything i throw at it.

    I have no regrets with my decision and would probably still opt to buy the Atrix 2 even if both phones were the same price. Yeah, I said it.
    Either way at $99 the Atrix 2 is a steal and one hell of a phone.
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    10-27-2011 10:37 AM
  9. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    I have played with both and the atrix 2 feels slower than the GS2. I will agree with you on build quality.

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    10-27-2011 12:28 PM
  10. mpazevedo's Avatar
    Here is a great website that compares the 2.

    Motorola ATRIX 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S II AT&T - GSMArena.com

    8 GB of internal storage for the Atrix 2? No NFC? NFC is the future, it has to be on all new phones to be future proof. Ice Cream Sandwich will utilize it beyond the purchasing of items. I am glad I got the Samsung Galaxy S II. Even after 6+ months after being announced it is still king. In my opinion of coarse.

    Why do you think they are selling this thing for $99?
    10-27-2011 01:30 PM
  11. CBPilu's Avatar
    I too was debating between the two but the hardware acceleration that Samsung has built unanswered the already existing dev community of the galaxy won me over. Just open the browser on each and you will definitely notice that the galaxy browser is much smoother
    10-27-2011 03:03 PM
  12. anon(13322)'s Avatar
    G2, without a doubt.
    10-27-2011 03:28 PM
  13. planoman's Avatar
    I have to agree that the Atrix 2 is a superior value! Beep 13's comments are spot on.

    I too got the SGSII on launch day and liked it fine. Once ICS was announced, I became worried the SGSII would not be upgraded in a timely manner. There was also a security flaw which has yet to be fixed to my knowledge and I started to get the sinking feeling that this phone would not be upgraded to ICS a timely manner. I picked up the Atrix 2 last Saturday. I bought it off contract and returned my SGSII to preserve my upgrade.

    I have owned the Captivate, OG Atrix prior and like the build quality of Moto over Samsung. The OG Atrix was updated 4 times in 8 months the Captivate once at the 9 month mark.

    While the SGSII does have some advantages they are not overcome by the price hence my value comment.

    The Atrix does feel better in the hand to me. It just feels more solid! I guess I've become accustomed to the higher resolution on the Moto phones because the icons on the Samsung looked so big! They both have some bugs but the Samsung has a lock sceen pin bug and a data gobbling AP News widget. In the 3 weeks I owned the SGS II, I used 1.8GB of data. I do have unlimited data but have never used over 1 GB before. If you do not have unlimited data, beware of that issue. Also I have not noticed any difference in practical speed when using both phones. Both are fast and fluid in all operations. I must say I like Touch Wiz better than MotoBlur but both versions are manageable now and I can even go without launcher pro on my Moto now due to the improved UI on the Atrix 2.

    I give the slight edge in the camera and video to the SGSII but the GPS is superior on the Atrix 2. Also the Atrix 2 has a dedicated camera button which I really like. I also like the fact that the Atrix has a micro HDMI port that takes a standard micro cable and does not need a special cable to mirror onto a TV. I like to plug into the hotel TV when on business trips and watch Netflix and the Moto makes it easy.

    Battery life is no contest. The Atrix is 20 to 25% superior for my usage patterns which was to unplug at 6:30 - 7:00 am and run until about 9 or 10 pm. After a few days of using, I never worried about the Atrix 2 battery running out.

    A top reason for me returning the SGSII and picking up the Atrix was the announcement of ICS and living in an LTE market for ATT. I just felt that given Samsung's upgrade record across all carriers that this phone would not get IC in a timely manner. ( For all you SGSII owners, I hope I am wrong)Also here in Texas there are many rumors flying on why the SGSII was not available in Houston or San Antonio/Austin and that is because they are saying they will launch LTE phones after Thanksgiving. Some even say a SGSII LTE version in LTE markets of which I live in one (DFW)

    Overall I think they are both very capable phones. For me, the Moto fits my needs at this time better in the value proposition while freeing up my upgrade to see what comes after Thanksgiving or the New Year. With the Atrix 2, I feel fine waiting a bit longer.

    PS The Atrix 2 actually has an FM radio!
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    10-27-2011 04:16 PM
  14. Lavitapostandroid's Avatar
    Sgs 2 take it from someone who has had the original atrix

    Sent from my SAMSUNG Galaxy S II
    10-27-2011 07:49 PM
  15. SM05's Avatar
    Not trying to dis anyone's choice and this is just my own opinion... While I was swapping my GS2 earlier today I had some time to kill and walked around AT&T store. Saw Atrix 2 and checked it out. While it has the same 4.3" screen size it's overall just a tad smaller, which I liked. Screen looked rather 'OK" to me and certainly had no GS2 wow factor. It does have a notification light, which I thoroughly miss on GS2. It could be all the AT&T bloatware on it, but Atrix 2 felt laggy to me. Not as bad as other less powerful phones but definitely noticeable compared to GS2. Again, that could be some configuration issue but GS2 next to it had the same demo bloatware and it was very fast. It wasn't as thin as GS2 but wasn't too bad. Overall, it's probably a safe mid-level and less expensive choice. I'd definitely pick GS2 if I was going for a better phone. My .02.
    10-27-2011 08:02 PM
  16. netwerx1's Avatar
    Best Buy has the Atrix 2 for $49 (northern CA AT&T corp stores aren't going to carry this phone either)...I was going to run over there and compare it side by side with my SGS2 since I'm still in my 30 day period.

    One of the biggest draws for me is the notification LED honestly, since I'm not overly concerned with a 25% increase in battery life (charging dock at work), and the price difference is negligible (got the SGS2 for $149/no tax).

    If it's even remotely laggy compared to my SGS2, then it's a dead issue, I'll deal with the noLED until I upgrade again next year.
    10-27-2011 08:30 PM
  17. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    Best Buy has the Atrix 2 for $49 (northern CA AT&T corp stores aren't going to carry this phone either)...I was going to run over there and compare it side by side with my SGS2 since I'm still in my 30 day period.

    One of the biggest draws for me is the notification LED honestly, since I'm not overly concerned with a 25% increase in battery life (charging dock at work), and the price difference is negligible (got the SGS2 for $149/no tax).

    If it's even remotely laggy compared to my SGS2, then it's a dead issue, I'll deal with the noLED until I upgrade again next year.
    It is remotely laggy compared to SGS2, play with them side by side and you will see. For everyday use I am sure that it is fine.
    10-27-2011 11:20 PM
  18. kaede177's Avatar
    Best Buy has the Atrix 2 for $49 (northern CA AT&T corp stores aren't going to carry this phone either)...I was going to run over there and compare it side by side with my SGS2 since I'm still in my 30 day period.

    One of the biggest draws for me is the notification LED honestly, since I'm not overly concerned with a 25% increase in battery life (charging dock at work), and the price difference is negligible (got the SGS2 for $149/no tax).

    If it's even remotely laggy compared to my SGS2, then it's a dead issue, I'll deal with the noLED until I upgrade again next year.
    Wow both phones now arent gonna be carrying?! (bay area) they should really clue us in its getting really annoying waiting to upgrade my phone (gps is finally getting to me on captivate).

    And whats the LED do? I ask because i have cappy and i guess no LED.
    10-27-2011 11:35 PM
  19. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    The LED is for notifications.

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    10-28-2011 12:24 AM
  20. netwerx1's Avatar
    And whats the LED do? I ask because i have cappy and i guess no LED.
    Like on a BlackBerry, the light blinks to let you know you have a message or a missed call, etc...I just came from BlackBerry to Android two weeks ago and it was tough to give that feature up.
    10-28-2011 01:08 AM
  21. treelover3's Avatar
    I have an ATRIX 2 and I am going to return it for the SGS II once I've had 3 bad A2 phones. I've had two bad A2's so far and I have to have had 3 bad phones before AT&T will let me have a different brand of phone.

    The day after I got my 1st A2 it lost data completely and it had to be set back to factory presets for the data to work again.

    My first and now the second ATRIX 2 keeps losing apps every time I restart the phone. This is a known defect with the phone (and a couple of other Moto phones) and Motorola is not stepping up and acknowledging that there is a problem. I have no doubt that the 3rd phone will have the same problems. There are people posting on the Motorola forums on the Motorola website about this problem and there has been no response from Motorola at all and you know that someone from Motorola is monitoring those forums.

    On Wednesday, 10-26-11, I ended up having to contact Motorola to see if they knew of a fix due to the fact that the AT&T person did not know crap. The AT&T warranty person had me delete the data from 3 non-paid apps and then told me to reinstall the apps. I kind of laughed and told them that the data simply removed the settings I had made to the apps and didn't delete the apps from my phone. They put me on hold and then came back and said they had done all they could and I had to contact Motorola directly. (there were a few other things that the AT&T person had me do, but none of them really addressed what was wrong with the phone).

    The Moto guy made me set the phone back to factory defaults AND then made me create a completely new Gmail account because he said my Gmail account was to blame. That is so much BS!

    I finally got all of my apps put back on the phone last night (11-27-11) and restarted the phone last night and the phone lost apps right away. I restarted the phone twice last night and again this morning, and each time I've restarted the phone since, the phone has lost more and more apps.

    This has been THE single worst experience I have ever had with a cell phone!

    *Run* as fast as you can away from an ATRIX 2.

    OTOH, I had an ATRIX 1 and it was an awesome phone. The screen on the A1 was just too small for me to keep the phone.

    The SGS II has 2 times the internal memory of the A2 (SFS II is 16 GB vs 8 GB for the A2) and is faster (1.2 GHz on the SGS II vs. 1 GHZ on A2).

    I have read about a few problems with the SGS II, but they don't appear to be as bad as the A2's problems. My SMS app drops the most of all of the apps and every time I lose that app, I also lose all of my texts that have been sent since the last time the app was lost from the phone.

    This morning, my two alarms were deleted from the phone, also, and I depend on those to remind me to take my anti-rejection drugs (I had a kidney and pancreas transplant in April of this year). I ended up taking my anti-reject drugs two hours late due to the alarms being deleted. That is simply not acceptable and not good for me, either!
    My .02
    tl
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    10-28-2011 03:50 PM
  22. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    Yikes, sounds like you are having a terrible time. Good luck with your exchange. I hope you enjoy the GS2 as much as I do.

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    10-28-2011 06:36 PM
  23. SM05's Avatar
    I ended up taking my anti-reject drugs two hours late due to the alarms being deleted. That is simply not acceptable and not good for me, either!
    One word came to my mind as I was reading your post and it's "unacceptable". I say get rid of it and get GS2 instead. I complained about a few what seems like minor issues on these forums before. I got GS2 on the release day, put it through almost a month long extensive test and it had performed extremely well. A few annoyances I ran into were something I can live with. In the end it had proven to be a reliable phone, which sounds exactly like what you need. Good luck and HTH.
    10-28-2011 09:48 PM
  24. netwerx1's Avatar
    So I picked up an Atrix 2 at BB today (they matched the AT&T off-contract price of $449) so I could compare it first-hand to my SGS2. Here's my observations:

    - The screen is just plainly better on the SGS2. The A2 is nice and bright, but the colors and especially the blacks are so much more vivid on the SGS2...the blacks on the A2 are more of a dark gray, or a noticeably backlit black. No contest here, especially for those that have already experienced SAMOLED+.

    - The build is nice on the A2, it has a nice heft to it, and is comfortable to hold...although I don't like the separate hdmi and micro-usb ports being on the side, it negatively affects the visual and the clean lines of the phone. Also, I don't necessarily prefer the power button being on top, I have to reach my index finger up and over to bring it out of sleep, as opposed to using my thumb on the SGS2. It is also thicker than the SGS2, and that combined with the extra weight make it less likely to find a home in my front shirt pocket.

    - The performance is slightly better on the SGS2 in regards to navigation of the UI. While the launchers on both are virtually the same in performance, when scrolling menus or especially web pages, the SGS2 has zero lag, while the A2 is a little choppy in comparison. The A2 also does not perform as well with pinch to zoom as the SGS2, even more choppiness there.

    - The main UI (menus, etc) on the A2 has a white background with grayscale icons, as opposed the the black background with full color icons on the SGS2. Purely subjective, but I prefer the black backgrounds.

    - The main reason I wanted to try the A2, the LED notification light, is somewhat disappointing. I came from BlackBerry, which is why this was a very desirable feature...but the LED notification light on the A2 is very small, and not very bright (compared to my experience with BB notification LED's). In fact, when compared to the noLED app on my SGS2, from across the room I was better able to tell that I had a missed call on the SGS2 (with noLED) than the A2, since the A2 LED light is very difficult to see from an angle in a bright room.

    I have not had a chance to compare battery life between the two. I understand that the A2 has superior battery life than the SGS2...and while that may be the case, that alone wouldn't be enough to overcome the other deficiencies I've noted. Had I never spent any time with the SGS2, I'd be very happy with the A2...but circumstances as they are, I'll be taking the A2 back for a refund, now comfortable with the knowledge that I already own the best Android device available on AT&T, and the best device for my needs.
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    10-30-2011 07:00 PM
  25. lleej's Avatar
    Actually I had an interesting time on the phone with At&t with my Original Motorola Atrix 4G, I've had three replacements on the phone due to random rebooting and MASSIVE overheating. AT&T warranty department said to me repeatedly that they could not replace the phone with a different one, so 1hr and 31 minutes later i finally made it to the resolutions desk and the manager opened a case and in 3 days i shall be called back to let me know if I will be allowed to switch to a different model.
    11-02-2011 04:39 PM
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