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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

Performance - Part I

Benchmarking the Motorola ATRIX

We mentioned earlier in previous reviews that we have adopted a few benchmark tests specific to the Android platform for a few reasons. With the Google Android platform maturing so quickly, choosing a suitable phone in a growing sea of Android devices with close to identical specs is extremely difficult. To add on, with manufacturers jumping on the dual-core processing bandwagon, these results will give a gauge of how they will fare against their lesser endowed counterparts. Hopefully, these benchmarks will allow for a clearer picture on which smartphone is worth your while.

Within this page, we'll be looking at two specific benchmarks, both of which are downloadable via the Android Market.

  • Quadrant: It measures the device's performance based on its CPU, I/O and GPU. Simply put, Quadrant is a benchmark that gives you a general idea of how your device performs against other Android devices.
  • NeoCore: It is targeted towards the device's GPU performance. This is especially important given how smartphones of today have evolved into an alternative, high-powered device that dabbles in heavy graphical interfaces and gaming.

Do note that the above two benchmarks are not absolute in measuring performance, but they give you a good rough estimate of how the device performs. Our tests were conducted on devices from a fresh reboot on a stock firmware. To show how the Motorola Atrix performed against similar smartphones, we compared its results against the following high-end Android devices - LG Optimus 2X, Sony Ecrisson Arc, and Samsung Nexus S.

Device Motorola Atrix LG Optimus 2X Sony Ericsson Arc Samsung Nexus S
(Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz )
NVIDIA Tegra 2
(Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz)
Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird 1GHz
GPU ULP GeForce ULP GeForce Qualcomm Adreno 205 PowerVR SGX540
RAM 1GB 512MB 512MB 512MB
OS Google Android 2.2 Google Android 2.2 Google Android 2.3 Google Android 2.3

Do note that the real fight here is between the Motorola Atrix and the LG Optimus 2X, since both phones are equipped with identical dual-core processors from NVIDIA. The Atrix also comes with twice the RAM than the LG Optimus 2X has.The former unsurprisingly surpasses the latter's scores in the Quadrant benchmark test, and needless to say, is almost double the scores of the single-core smartphones, Arc and Nexus S. However, taking a look at the Neocore benchmark results, the Atrix finishes last, even lagging slightly behind both the Arc and the Nexus S. This is mostly due to its higher screen resolution (the Atrix comes with a screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels) .

We must say that having both a dual-core chipset and 1GB RAM does speed things up on a smartphone. As a result, the Atrix ran smooth and loads extremely swiftly. We experienced no lags in performance and crashes while running various apps during our test run.