The Motorola Atrix has managed to grab the attention of smartphone enthusiasts the world over ever since its impending arrival was announced earlier in the year; the main selling point of this device is that it’s intended to act more like a computer than a phone…
Motorola have bucked the smartphone trend of the moment by bringing out a handset that operates with a built-in desktop OS – which Motorola have dubbed a ‘web-top’ (this type of set-up requires the use of a specialised dock).
The phone itself is of a very high build quality, and it comes complete with all the features that you might come to expect from such a model; this includes a quality five megapixel camera, a massive 1GB of RAM and a speedy 1GHz dual-core processor. Although the handset itself comes in at a reasonable price (around £150), the extras that are required to take advantage of its full functionality will make it come to a total that will effectively double that price.
The handset uses a standard Google Android 2.2.1 OS, which means that it offers fast and powerful performance on almost every task thrown at it; the dual-core processor really holds its own and helps to push this phone to a standing position over its nearest priced rivals. Most apps will load virtually instantaneously, making it a more accomplished piece of hardware compared to other handsets such as the Samsung Epic.
As you might expect from a handset that is attempting something relatively new, there are a few kinks that need to be ironed out before it can live up to its full potential: some flash-based websites fail to load, there is a distinct lack of a movie/TV service and the Web-top features can only be accessed with the purchase of the specialised docking system. These things aside, the Motorola Atrix shows a lot of potential and should manage to win over a great deal of support from smartphone users who want cheap contract phones whilst staying on the cutting-edge of technology.