Motorola Atrix Review

It might be a slightly older device because it has been on the market a while but it is still a very capable product and has a lot to offer.

We put it to one of our seasoned reviewers and here is what they had to say:

The Motorola Atrix is a well specified smartphone when you consider its current pricing. At under £300 it includes a five megapixel camera, 1 GB of RAM and a dual-core processor. Throw in a front facing VGA camera, 16 GB of internal storage, 720p video recording and a huge battery and it is hard to believe that it is priced at its current level. Truth be told, it doesn’t look like a high-end phone until you start to use it. When you do, you really start to notice the speed and how well everything has been put together.

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The phone doesn’t feel large despite having a 4 inch screen and at only 10.1 mm deep, it does feel good in the hand. Indeed, the design is almost unnoticeable. There are no unnecessary curves and even the buttons below the screen are virtual. It is a slab of Android goodness that simply works. It may look too industrial for some and makes no pretence at being one of the fashionable set, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t grow on you overtime. By far the most important aspect of any smartphone is what is going on inside and fancy curves and nice colours on the outside don’t change that. This is a fine phone for the individual who doesn’t worry too much about what others think.

In our tests, we found that we could run many apps at the same time and experienced no slowdowns whatsoever. It flies along at a pace that few other Android smartphones can match. The battery provided more than two days of heavy use and thus gave us the confidence that we could take this phone anywhere and not have to be concerned with finding a charging point. The screen coped well in all, but the brightest conditions and this completes a set of features that are practical on almost every level. It is rare for a smartphone to be so practical these days, but it is also pleasing to know that care has been taken to ensure that this will be a reliable workhorse.

So the Atrix is an excellent quality phone with a decent price, but what sets it apart from the competition?

The Lapdock sets it apart, that’s what.

The Lapdock represents the culmination of an idea that many companies have strived towards over the past decade. It is the idea of your phone becoming your main computer. You would use your phone during the day and when you get home, or back to the office, simply slide it into the dock and carry on with what you were doing before. Your phone becomes your laptop because your phone now has a full-sized screen and a full-sized keyboard. The quality of the Lapdock is exceptional, with a keyboard that works just as well as many high-end Apple laptops.

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Besides acting as a dock for the phone, it will also charge the phone when it is in place. It can manage seven hours on one full charge and also includes many desktop features such as a complete Firefox browsing experience. The one concern we have about the laptop is the price which some may see as high for an accessory that does little more than act as an interface for the phone. It does, however, completely change the way you will use the Atrix and in many ways offers a huge advantage over all competing smartphones. If you have a need for this kind of solution, it will be worth every penny. And for many people, this could completely change the way they work.

Conclusion:

atrix4The Atrix is a fantastic smartphone with an unusual twist as an optional extra. If you decide to go for the Lapdock or not, the Atrix is still one of the very best Android smartphones available today in our opinion. Whether it succeeds in blazing a path for a whole new way of working will depend on the individual, but if you buy in to the theory you will likely gain an awful lot from what is available here. And whether you buy just the phone or the combination, you should be happy with either. This is possibly the most underrated Android smartphone available today.

For more information on the Motorola Atrix, CLICK HERE.

Work & Play Kit Now Free with Motorola ATRIX

We’ve got a great offer for anyone thinking about buying a Motorola ATRIX – it now comes bundled with a free Work & Play Kit worth over £100.

The Work & Play kit includes an HD Multimedia Hub and Remote Control and a Bluetooth Wireless Mouse & Keyboard. The Multimedia hub allows you to connect the Atrix to an external display via an HDMI port and you can then use the Wireless Mouse and Keyboard to transform the ATRIX into a workstation. Also included is an infra red remote control which enables you to control music and video on the ATRIX via the multimedia dock.

This is a very limited offer and only available while stock last. The ATRIX + Work & Play Kit is priced at £295 (£354 inc.VAT). 

Samsung Galaxy S II Power Pack Comparison

One of our regular Twitter followers @porkfatt has requested that we take some comparison images of the Samsung Galaxy S II Power Pack. This sounded like a great idea so we’ve gone ahead and taken some photos comparing the SGS2 with and without the power pack, and also compared the SGS2 with power pack to the Motorola ATRIX and HTC Evo 3D. Check out the images below:

SGS2 with Power Pack Vs. SGS2 without Power Pack

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Motorola ATRIX bundle deals now available

The Motorola ATRIX is the brand new Android 2.3, dual core offering from Motorola that came into stock this week. The ATRIX is a worthy contender to the current generation of superphones and also has some incredible accessories that combined with the device itself open up a host of entertainment and work related opportunities.

The Laptop Dock and Multimedia Hub both enable a feature that seems to get missed by many; the unique webTop OS and full Firefox web browser. Due to the popularity of these accessories we have put together some great bundle deals to offer some savings when purchased together

Motorola Atrix and Laptop Dock

The ATRIX slides into the docking port on the back of the Laptop Dock and will automatically load the “webtop OS” on the 11.6″ screen. This provides a Firefox browser as well as full document creation and editing and complete access to the phone’s standard Android applications and features. £551.33 ex VAT

Motorola Atrix Work & Play Kit

This bundle includes both the Multimedia Hub and Remote Control as well as the Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse. The Hub lets you connect via HDMI to an external monitor and like the laptop dock provides access to webtop OS and allows for charging. The mouse and keyboard are great for browsing and document editing on a big screen. £449 ex VAT

Motorola Atrix & HD Dock

Slip the ATRIX into this docking station to connect the device to an external display via HDMI. Once connected, the ATRIX will convert to the Linux based webtop OS so you can browse the Internet in full with Firefox and flash support as well as having access to full-screen document editing, emails and the stored Android applications (where full screen is supported). £408.67 ex VAT

Motorola Atrix & Vehicle Dock

The official vehicle dock mounts your Atrix to the dash or windscreen. Take your calls hands-free and navigate – the built in GPS software loads automatically when the Atrix is docked. Also included is a micro-USB car charger to keep your ATRIX fully charged for when you reach your destination. £393.33 ex VAT

All of the accessories above can also be purchased separately from the Atrix accessory section so you can create your perfect mix when ordering

Motorola ATRIX Now In Stock At Clove

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We now have the Motorola ATRIX in stock at Clove and we will ship any outstanding orders tomorrow. We also have official Motorola ATRIX accessories available, including the unique Motorola ATRIX laptop dock.

It could be argued that the ATRIX is the most innovative smartphone to be launched this year, offering the most convergent smartphone experience to date thanks to the official laptop dock. It’s also Motorola’s first dual-core offering, meaning it packs plenty of power and a smooth user experience, as well as a Fingerprint scanner for increased security.

Below is a quick look at the Motorola ATRIX specification, for more info or to place an order, click here.

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Webtop OS accessible through official Laptop Dock or Multimedia Hub
  • nVidia Tegra2 dual-core processor (2 x 1GHz)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • Up to 32GB MicroSDHC card support
  • 720p video recording
  • Mini-HDMI out
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 4G compatible (where provided by network)
  • 1930 mAh rechargeable battery
  • 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1 mm

T3 Gadget Awards 2011

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The T3 Gadget Awards 2011 are now open and there are a couple of great prizes to be won if you get involved with the voting. On offer for your opinion is the chance to win an iPad 2 and Motorola ATRIX. In total there are 15 categories to vote in, those that we are particularly interested in are Phone of the Year, Tablet of the Year and Work Gadget of the Year.

Unsurprisingly several of the Phone of the Year contenders include our bestselling handsets of 2011:

HTC Incredible S

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Apple iPhone 4

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Samsung Galaxy S II

HTC Sensation

To view the other categories, head over to T3 and cast your vote.

Clove Nominated in Mobile Choice Awards–Help Us Win!

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We are pleased to announce that we have been nominated in the ‘Best Online Retailer’ category for the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2011. We’re up against some stiff competition, so we’ll need all the help we can get from our customers, readers and followers if Clove is to win first place.

Voting is simple, you simply fill out this survey and answer a few questions. In doing so, you’ll not only be helping us out, but also be giving yourself the chance to win one of several smartphone prizes, which include: The Samsung Galaxy S II, BlackBerry PlayBook, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Motorola Atrix complete with Lapdock ( as well as the ‘Work & Play’ kit which includes the HD multimedia dock, keyboard, mouse and remote control) and a Nokia E7.

Motorola ATRIX arriving August 1st

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We can now confirm that we are expecting the first SIM-free stock of the Motorola ATRIX to arrive on August 1st. We now have Motorola’s debut dual-core handset available to pre-order for £395 (£474 inc. VAT) on the Clove website.

The ATRIX differentiates itself from other dual-core devices with its innovative Laptop Dock, which is already available to purchase. The ATRIX is connected to the laptop dock via a dock at the back of the unit and you are then able to make use of your ATRIX via the laptop. We also have a range of other ATRIX accessories available, including a multimedia dock and a range of ATRIX cases.

Here’s a run through of the main features of the ATRIX, for more details or to place an order, head over to the Clove website:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Webtop OS accessible through official Laptop Dock or Multimedia Hub
  • nVidia Tegra2 dual-core processor (2 x 1GHz)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • Up to 32GB MicroSDHC card support
  • 720p video recording
  • Mini-HDMI out
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 4G compatible (where provided by network)
  • 1930 mAh rechargeable battery
  • 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1 mm

Motorola ATRIX TV Advert

We haven’t had the Motorola ATRIX in at Clove yet, but that doesn’t stop us enjoying the ads that Motorola put out. I’m going to offer similar advice to the SGS2 Gold Fish bowl ad that I posted – if you want to pretend your phone is a Frisbee, go for a DEFY, not an ATRIX.

Motorola ATRIX video: Browse-N-Go

This video shows off a great feature of the Motorola ATRIX. If you are using the ATRIX while it is docked, your browsing history is stored on the device. Once you take the ATRIX out of the laptop dock, an icon in the notification bar allows you to quickly access your web browsing history and carry on where you left off.

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