Review: Motorola Atrix 4G
The Atrix 4G is an interesting animal. It's a capable, if somewhat ordinary, Android smartphone that offers better-than-average specs (higher-res display, dual-core processor). Using the phone by itself is a speedy experience all around, and, if you don't mind Motoblur, it offers all the tools that you come to expect from a smartphone.
The battery life, however, is a real deal breaker. Any phone that can't make it from 7AM to 11PM is a dubious purchase at best. With such poor battery life, it makes almost no sense to buy this phone without the laptop dock.
However, if you have no problem charging it every day while the office and/or on a long commute home, or don't mind carrying a spare battery at all times, the Atrix 4G does offer plenty to like. If battery life is a vital feature that you need, I'd suggest you steer clear.
Bottom line? I give Motorola credit for the idea behind the Atrix 4G and the laptop dock, but the execution is somewhat lacking. Fix the battery life and shore up the performance when connected to the laptop dock and the Atrix 4G could easily be used as a netbook/laptop replacement.
We go hands-on with "the world's most powerful smartphone," the Motorola Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G packs killer hardware specs and Motorola's Motoblur interface on top of Android 2.2.
May 18, 2012
Motorola has provided an update to its support forum pages, outlining when some devices can expect to see the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The RAZR and RAZR MAXX should see Android 4.0 during the second quarter, while the Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Droid 4, and Bionic should see ICS during the third quarter.
Mar 22, 2012
AT&T today published a list of devices that it plans to update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months. The devices include the LG Nitro; the Motorola Atrix and Atrix 4G; the Pantech Burst and Element; and the Samsung Captivate Glide, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Galaxy Tab 8.9.
Jul 25, 2011
AT&T today announced that all of the Android handsets it has released in 2011 will receive the Android 2.3 Gingerbread system update. The Motorola Atrix 4G will receive Gingerbread starting today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will have access to Gingerbread in the coming weeks.
Jul 23, 2011
Motorola has made Android 2.3 Gingerbread available to the Atrix 4G, which is sold by AT&T. This update must be first downloaded to a microSD card and then installed on the Atrix from the card rather than downloaded over the air.