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Motorola Atrix review

Motorola Atrix - Versatile Shapeshifter

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Interesting Lapdock function
Many built-in software options
Crisp qHD 4.0-inch touchscreen
Speedy performance
Uninspired phone design
Better battery life expected
Mediocre camera capabilities


Getting Ready for MotoBlur

The beauty of the Android platform is that it allows manufacturers to dress their phones up with customized UIs, and the Atrix is no exception. The MOTORBLUR UI comes with a strong emphasis on social media, with customized widgets that allows for easy one tap connectivity – be it through social networks, reading status updates and so forth. Here, we'll give you the lowdown on its key features.

The UI also comes with a an all-in-one inbox of sorts that combines Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and text messaging (SMS).

 Motorola-specific widgets can be resized freely; these include a mixture of widgets for settings, social networking and informative purposes (weather for example).

The Atrix has some nifty software additions also seen on previous MOTOROLA handsets – built-in SWYPE capabilities, the MOTOBLUR UI and the nifty Moto Phone Portal app. The inclusion of SWYPE on Android handsets isn’t a new thing, but it is still a welcomed addition on the Atrix. Apart from the option of using the standard Motorola QWERTY keyboard, users can easily choose to rely on the SWYPE keyboard.

The Moto Phone Portal app allows users to organize your phone’s contents (pictures, contacts, SMSes, calls) or reply messages through either an USB or Wi-Fi connection on your PC browser.

Dockin' on

Of course, the other exciting aspect of the Atrix is that it comes with an accessory that transforms the phone into another gadget altogether. As shown in brief on the previous page, the accompanying Lapdock looks exactly like a notebook/netbook, but comes with a unique preposition – it requires the Atrixin order to run. The Lapdock comes with an 11.6-inch screen, keyboard, touchpad, a built-in 36Wh three-cell battery and a dock positioned at the back for the Atrix. Notice that the Lapdock does not have any processing platform. Instead, it's merely a shell unit that extends the usability of Atrix, be it for recharging the phone, or for extended usage like content consumption, emails and other productivity tasks. As such, the Atrix smartphone is still the brains of the Lapdock which comes to life once the phone is plugged in. Upon docking, the phone launches the Webtop app immediately to manage your device. On the screen itself, you will see a Linux screen with your Atrix’s Android window opened.

Generally, we liked the experience on the Lapdock, but it takes some time getting used to its smaller keyboard keys. Do also note that the Internet experience can be slightly sluggish at times since the Lapdock is relying solely on the Atrix’s dual-core processor.