Morotola ATRIX 4G Hands On and Unboxing

February 9, 2011
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Oh joyous day we here at the R3 Network have gotten our hands on an ATRIX 4G from Motorola. This phone will soon be carried on AT&T, and due to its wild ability to dock with multiple devices, including a laptop dock we find to be particularly intriguing, we're pretty pumped up to open the box. Take a step closer and have a peek at what's inside the box, and stick around for some closeup shots of the loveliness. BONUS: we got some docks in the box.

The ATRIX 4G has a 4-inch display with more pixels per inch than most other Androids that've got the same sized screen - the screen here doesn't quite match up to the iPhone 4's 960 x 640 Retina Display, but it is a 960 x 540 qHD, making it quite the formidable foe in the screen department. When compared to the Nexus S, the ATRIX 4G moves more smoothly, and is just as or more visible outdoors.

The case covering the battery in back is a tough carbon-fiber style finished plastic to protect the hardware, and a cool combination power button and fingerprint scanner on the screen protecting the software. This scanner has worked for us just fine thus far, but there is a PIN lock as well should it malfunction. Also on the back is a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and on the front is a webcam that supports video calls via third-party apps like Fring or Skype.

Inside you'll find a Tegra 2 processor from NVIDIA creating a speedy experience, though so far we've experienced five or six lockups due to large data loads. The operating system running on this device is Android 2.2.1 Froyo with a MOTOBLUR mask on top.

Motorola ATRIX 4G unboxing & hands-on:

Then there's the ACCESSORIES which are almost more exciting than the phone. Amongst these are the laptop dock, desktop dock, and a mouse set and external keyboard. The laptop dock is what you saw in the original ATRIX 4G commercial that had (and now has) the phone plugged in the back, the entire bulk of the device sizing in at a slightly larger set of inches than an 11.6-inch ultraportable. The desktop dock includes HTMI, power and audio out, and three USB ports, as well as a multimedia remote. Imagine the fun you'll have when you lie your hands on such a functional device.

The ATRIX 4G supports 1080p video playback and comes in the box with support for Citrix Receiver. Plug this little device in wherever you need a bit of video or a presentation slide, and bam, instant sell. This phone will be available for pre-ordering via AT&T starting on February 13th barring a natural disaster striking every AT&T location nation wide. Take a peek at the gallery below, or head over to SlashGear for an alternate take.


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  • Bob G

    Is the dock usable when the phone is in a case/cover?

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      possibly. stay tuned for the review

  • Anonymous

    some info about the battery life would be nice

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      we literally JUST got it in the mail, so battery life info will be available soon

  • http://twitter.com/ppau0822 Praveen Paul

    Hey Chris does this have a notification light or led for new notifications?

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      The review shall answer all qs!

  • Anonymous

    Can you sideload?

    On the inspire 4g, even though the unknown sources option OS missing you can still install non-market apps.

    How is motoblur feeling so far? Does it bother you?

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      All shall be answered soon!

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      All shall be answered soon!

    • http://twitter.com/Nguyen Vincent Nguyen

      Doesn’t work. You get the message: This application comes from an unknown source, and for your security only applications from trusted sources can be installed.

  • ChaosKiller

    “Inside you’ll find a Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA creating a speedy experience”
    I hope you mean a Tegra 2? :)

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      indeed i do. thanks for the catch!

  • http://twitter.com/tombey12 Tom Leahy

    Hi Chris. About the alarm feature, is there a snooze button/feature on the remote? and what can be played as the alarm?

    Thanks

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      All your answers shall come via Vince, all in time.

  • http://twitter.com/Nguyen Vincent Nguyen

    Keep the questions coming while I review the ATRIX 4G. I’ll do my best to answer them all.

  • Gi Joey

    you should give this away for free! :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPAUH7YZAHCOPNG4FSM7HAJ3IM Raghavendra

    No Gingerbread….very suspicious….

  • E.X.

    On the notebook dock, how the monitor video is energized? by smartphone battery? or there is a battery to feed the lcd?

    • Jonesjeremya

      battery in laptop powers laptop screen, also charges phone.

  • Jonesjeremya

    can you play netflix when docked in the laptop using the full version firefox browser? basically, does or can it have silverlight?

  • ozziedog

    What about email, does it have the ability to “push” or does it check for emails every so often?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BYEKOLSET3KWNSFZQOMJP7QC44 Omar Vasquez

    can you record audio on it becuse on my moto backflip you cant