Saturday, February 5, 2011

Motorola Atrix at CES2011

At this years CES2011 I got to take a look at the Motorola Atrix, which will and can give the iPhone 4 a run for it's money. The Atrix is very smooth piece of hardware, including the internal hardware. It is very fast with its dual-core processor running at 1GHz, using the Nvidia Tegra 2. Also has 1GB of RAM to keep all your apps ready to run when you need them, without any slow down. Also will have 16GB on board and you can expand it with a 32microSD card. One thing I do worry is, hopefully this little device can get you through the whole day without have to worry in carrying additional batteries. It will come with a 1980mAh battery. It does have a very clear and great 4" screen, which in my opinion, 4" is the perfect size for a mobile phone. With my Samsung Captivate at 4" screen it just works perfect. I do have the white iPhone 4, but the screen is much smaller and does make a difference when reading.

The Atrix has a VGA front facing camera for video chatting just like the iPhone 4 and no pretty much going to be standard on most mobile phones as faster networks are released later in the year. The back of the phone is like a carbon fibre and has decent grip level to it, nothing spectacular but nice. It felt good holding it the hand, so making calls with it will be good. The volume rocker felt easy to raise volume and lower, and also the power button was well positioned on the back of the phone near the top. Another great feature that the Atrix will have is the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone. This will be a very secure way to unlock your phone and much easier to do the task vs the pin style passcode you normally do on your phone or the swipe passcode that you can also setup on a Android device. It also has a HDMI out next to the micro USB opening on the side of the phone. After seeing the Atrix in action on a dock that Motorola will be selling that lets you dock the Atrix and pump out 1080p to your screen and with no pauses from the Atrix. This was amazing to see, but with the Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, I wasn't surprised that it can handle this with no problem. If you have a BT keyboard and BT mouse you can control the Atrix in the dock, which in the dock it goes into a WebTop mode.

Motorola has also made a Laptop dock that basically turns your Atrix into a laptop and you can use all your phones functions in this mode. So this would be nice if your in the road and have a lot of documents to go over or email, this would make great use of the laptop dock, but as we hear the price for the laptop dock will be at $499, which that is really out of the question that not too many people would buy. I say it should be priced at around $99. Hopefully I can get my hands on the Atrix to test out in a few weeks and see how well it performs in the real world of use.

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