Review: Motorola Atrix HD for AT&T
The Atrix runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has been lightly skinned by Motorola. The most noticeable changes made by Motorola all appear on the home screen, as much of the deeper portions of the operating system are very close to stock Android 4.0.
Starting with the lockscreen, the Atrix include some shortcuts that can take users directly to the camera, phone, or messaging apps in addition to silencing the ringer/rejecting calls and unlocking the device. These shortcuts aren't customizable, but they are a welcome sight.
When first booted, the Atrix has only a single home screen panel. You have to add more yourself, and Motorola offers a selection of home screen panel templates (which are pre-populated with apps/widgets) as well as blank screens. No matter how many home screen panels you choose to add, the left-most panel is the home screen panel. This takes a bit of getting used to, as most Android phones use the central panel as the home screen.
Motorola has done a few other interesting things with the home screens. For example, key communications shortcuts - such as those for the phone, email, contacts, messaging, and browser - are interactive. Swiping up on one of these select app icons opens a little window that reveals the most recent list of missed calls, emails, messages, browser bookmarks, and so on. What's cool is that it lets you see each respective inbox without gobbling up screen real estate with a larger widget. It would be easy to miss this feature completely, however. The only reason I noticed it at all is because there are tiny (and I mean TINY) little arrows next to the app icons on the home screen. I discovered the swipe-up-to-open action quite by accident. Bottom line: it's a neat feature once you get used to it, but not intuitive.
Beyond these customizations, the Atrix runs a fairly clean version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The drop-down notification shade, main app menu, and settings tools are all unadulterated Android.
In terms of performance, it was slightly mixed. Most often the Atrix was very fast, but every so often it got bogged down when transitioning between screens or opening apps. Not in a terrible way by any stretch, but it was noticeable.
May 10, 2013
Documents on the Federal Communications Commission web site provide a peek at an unannounced handset from Motorola. The XT 1058 was certified with AT&T's unique LTE bands, in addition to 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC — all hallmarks of a high-end smartphone.
Jul 10, 2012
Motorola and AT&T today formally unveiled the Atrix HD after accidentally outing it on Motorola's web site last week. The Atrix HD will be exclusive to AT&T and joins the RAZR family in overall design and appearance.
Jul 5, 2012
Motorola revealed the Atrix HD on its web site, a follow-up to its Atrix line of devices that joins the RAZR family in overall design and appearance. The Atrix HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a Kevlar back cover for added strength and a water resistant interior.
Dec 14, 2012
AT&T today announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is available for the Motorola Atrix HD. The update, which adds Google Now, camera improvements, and better notifications, can be downloaded and installed over Wi-Fi.
Dec 7, 2012
Motorola recently revised the customer support page that lists which smartphones will receive updated versions of Android and approximately when those updates will arrive. The RAZR M, RAZR HD, and MAXX HD have all received Jelly Bean.