Review: Motorola Atrix HD for AT&T
Motorola includes the expected bevy of communications tools on the Atrix HD along with one important extra.
The Atrix ships with a new home screen application/widget called Drive Smart. Drive Smart is meant to prevent Atrix owners from using their device to check/send messages when behind the wheel. It behaves similar to Motorola's Smart Actions, and requires users to carefully manage and set up the feature using triggers such as GPS, and so on. It can be set to automatically turn on when the device notices it is traveling at a high rate of speed. When activated, it can send automatic text message call rejections, and it works with Bluetooth headsets and in-vehicle Bluetooth systems. I tried it out over the weekend and found it worked pretty well. When driving at slower speeds around my town (< 35MPH) it took a while to kick in, but as soon as I got on the highway and reached any speed over about 45MPH it was much quicker to activate.
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Beyond that, everything else is stock. The SMS application remains simple yet powerful. Messages are threaded in a conversational style, and media (photos, video, audio) fall in-line with the text. The usual two Android email applications are also present. There's the generic email app for POP3/IMAP4 and Exchange, as well as the native Gmail application. Both offer the home screen swipe feature mentioned above in the menu section.
On the instant messaging side of the equation, the stock Google Talk application is on board for Google IM users, but Yahoo, AIM, and Windows Live aren't supported out of the box. You'll have to go fish in the Google Play Store. Facebook is pre-installed, but Twitter isn't; you'll have to download that yourself.
Other social apps/services on board include Google Latitude, Google+, and Google+ Messenger. Qik's video chat application is also on board, which lets you conduct real-time, two-way video chats with other users of the Qik application. However, at this point, Google+ offers a much better video chatting experience that is free, and supports large group "Hangouts."
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.