The Motorola Atrix 4G MB865 Smartphone is perhaps one of the most advanced and surprising smartphones available of Motorola. It is and stands to reason that Motorola would offer advanced cell and smartphone devices. However, one would be surprised to find that the same device will act as a WiFi “hotspot” for up to five other devices.
And, one would be further surprised to find that when it is used with its desktop docking station, it essentially becomes a laptop computing device. Indeed, one would also be more than a little surprised to find that with the proper mobile dock, it will act as a vehicle navigation system as it has GPS and AGPS built-in. The surprises do not stop there as it is the first smartphone on the market to used the qHD touchscreen.
With the Atrix, Motorola has pulled out all of the stops in its effort to gain a larger share of the smartphone market. In doing so, it has allied itself with Google and has used the Android operating system v 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) which has access to more than 200,000 apps. It will also recognize any Flash-based website and there are apps available that will allow it to access other website formats as well.
For example, Motorola has engineered the duo-band technology into the same package. For example, it will work with AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s GSM-based GSM quad-band network at 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz, as well as operating on the WDCDMA-based 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz band. The Atrix recognizes HSPDA and 4G speeds of up to 21.1 Mbps (Cat-14), Edge Class 12, GPRS Class 12. Network-capable, the Atrix supports all major WiFi 802.11 standards including a/b/g/n. This gives one the advantage of not only finding public hotspots, but also of using older, home-based network routers that recognize b or b and g. In addition, the Atrix provides full Bluetooth support and syncing so you can sync up to 12 devices to it and it provides a micro-USB 2.0 port that will support rapid charging for the lithium-ion battery. The battery supports up to 540 minutes of talk time before it needs a recharge and up to 400 hours of standby time.
The engine that supports all of this capability is about the size of large candy bar. It is only 3 inches wide by 4.7 inches deep and less than half an inch thick and weighs in at about 4.8 ounces. Yet, into this space, one can find the qHD display with a 960 by 540 resolution that delivers crisp colors and rich blacks and contrast. In addition, the Atrix supports the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) that allows DLNA-compatible devices to share or store video or audio content. And, the Atrix supports a wide variety of sound standards including AAC H.264 MP3 MPEG-4, WMA9, eAAC+, AMR and AAC+.
In addition, the Atrix supports wired stero effects, 3D stereo, Home Theater sound and Live Stage customization, in addition to its built-in streaming radio and standard radio capability.
As if this were not enough in one package, the Atrix comes equipped with 16 GB of standard memory to which one can add another 32 GB of microSD memory. This is driven by a 1 GHz dual-core processor for multitasking. That multitasking is supported by an array of preloaded apps including Motoblur which allows one to sync Facebook video, Twitter, email, Gmail as well as videoconferencing through the front-facing camera. A rear-facing camera, that operates at up to 30 FPS provides one with streaming video capability at 5MP with autofocus and a built-in autostrobe.
That the Atrix does this as fast and as capably as it does and supports such a wide range of features for a reasonable cost is a tribute to the manufacturer.