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Atrix 2 Review: Subtle Improvements Make Big Differences
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Atrix 2 Review: Subtle Improvements Make Big Differences

Motorola released a quick incremental update to the Atrix 4G made available in February this year. Known as the Atrix 2, this Motorola smart phone has a slightly bigger screen at 4.3 inches compared to the original 4.0 inches of the Atrix 4G. When the original version was introduced, it was one of the first few devices to integrate dual-core processors running at 1 GHz. Our Atrix 2 review points out that this phone has the same processing power of the device compared to its predecessor as well as the same amount of DDR2 RAM at 1 GB. With similar form factor and appearance, this update features subtle improvements over the original Atrix phone.

One of the subtle improvements is on the type of processor used in the new Motorola smart phone. Although it is pegged at the same clock speed of 1 GHz, the Atrix 2 reveals the use of the more superior Texas Instruments (TI) Open Multimedia Application Platform (OMAP) 4430. It is a system on chip design with embedded PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processing unit (GPU) running at 304 MHz. This modified processing unit results to more efficient power usage allowing the use of a smaller battery pack for a lighter and handy device. The new battery provides 1,785 mAh of power enough for streaming audiovisual content for about six hours.

Another massive improvement not directly observable from the looks of the new Motorola smart phone is the wireless broadband telecommunication technology that powers data transmission at amazing rates. The evolved high-speed packet access (HSPA+) technical standard is capable of network speeds of up to 21 Mbps favored by our Atrix 2 review. This rate is 50% faster compared to that of the Atrix 4G. The HSPA+ technology is fully supported by AT&T, which is the exclusive plan provider of this line of smart phones.

The 5-MP camera of the original Motorola smart phone released in February this year might be considered a top-of-the-line standard. However, the industry has been very fluid so that advanced features introduced in the recent months are easily outdated. The company took notice of the recently released competing brands and integrated their own device with an 8-MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. The shift to a better camera component is painless for the end-user since it follows the same user interface as its predecessor.

The latest Motorola smart phone really deserves commendable four stars for our Atrix 2 review. Although it portrays a very similar look as its predecessor, the subtle improvements work silently in the background to create an overall better user experience at the same price tag.


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