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Review: Motorola Atrix 4G

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Camera

The Atrix has a 5 megapixel camera. Camera features include autofocus, and a dual-LED flash.

The camera controls and user interface have been modified a bit in a positive way. The right side of the display has five large icons hidden in a pull-out drawer to quickly adjust certain settings. Simply press the icon, and then swipe left or right to cycle through the options. Nice and easy.

You have to use the device's menu button to get at some of the finer controls, such as changing ISO ('sensitivity' of the camera.)

The Atrix 4G focuses in about one second, and then takes about another second to capture and process images. Once captured, images can be sent, shared, deleted and fired off in pretty much every way imaginable.

The Atrix 4G also has a user-facing camera for video chats. It comes with the Qik video chatting software. Qik is hardly user-friendly, but once you get over the learning curve, it works well enough at basic video chats. Quality of video chats ranged from awful to not bad. It is heavily dependent on the network connection. While it works over AT&T's cellular network, I got much better performance via Wi-Fi.

 

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Gallery

The Atrix 4G has the same custom-made Motoblur photo gallery widget built into the home screen that I really like. Choose an album, and the gallery (which sits in a picture-frame type graphic that consumes about 50% of the display) will automatically play a slide show. The slide show shuffles across the little window pane, letting you see your images. It's neat, but viewing them in full glory in the main gallery application is still more satisfying.

The gallery automatically sorts folders and albums. Personally, there are a few too many steps to get to a view of your images, with a few too many folders to dig through. The problem is there are separate storage locations (internal and microSD card), and the Atrix 4G is aggressive about keeping these folders separate.

The gallery also offers basic editing features, such as crop, rotate and zoom.

 

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