Review: Motorola's Atrix is the new king of the Androids

February 15, 2011: 8:13 AM ET

Motorola's latest is the new high-end Android, yet its refinements mean long battery life and light weight.

Motorola ATRIX 4G credit: AT&T

Ever since the HTC EVO was released on Sprint (S) about a year ago, there has been some stagnation at the high end of the Android spectrum.  Processors have maxed out at about 1GHz, screens are about 480x800ish and 720P output has become standard.

The Motorola (MMI) Atrix takes Android to the next level.

The screen on this new phone is a beautiful 4-inch  960x540 or 'qHD' covered in strong Gorilla Glass.  While Sharp and others have released a 3.5-inch screen with the same additional pixels as the iPhone 4, this one's size alone blows away smaller screens.  IT is also bright and looks great from all angles.

The processor is a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 running at 1GHz.  While the LG 2X and the Dell Streak 7 both have the same processor, neither device matches up with the Atrix in other areas.

The Atrix is much more refined than other high end phones.  While the EVO is big and bulky with a weak battery life and stuff protruding everywhere, the Atrix is light, smooth, unassuming and lasts forever on a charge -- even more so than Samsung's popular Galaxy S line.

The Atrix is a handsome phone.

But then, the Atrix does much, much more than a phone; it serves as the brains of a computer as well... More

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