My first smart phone April 20, 2011
Reviewer: Hi (Gaithersburg) -
I like this phone a lot and I have used many of its features (or downloadable items). The GPS + mapping stuff is great and the turn-by-turn directions work nicely. I have used the camera, the calculator, the music player, email, calendar, text messaging, and web browser. Plus, just as a phone the reception is great (I can make calls from the basement of my building at work)!
There is just one thing I found a little annoying: you cannot use the phone unless you sign up for a Motorola Motoblur account. There may be pluses to a Motoblur account, (e.g. remote wiping a lost phone, or locating the phone on the web if the GPS is turned on). However, I feel that it is a bit intrusive to force the buyer of the phone to sign up for an account just to use the phone.
Initially I had some issues with connecting to a PC or laptop. At first
I tried to use the on-phone PC-syncing software with my Vista laptop, but I had no luck with the installation process. However, it turns out (after reading the documentation) that Motorola provided the phone with the option to mount as a USB mass storage drive. That makes file transfer easy, and it works easily with Macs or PC's.
Overall I like the Atrix a lot for call quality and features, and I am very happy I got it!
best Android phone in the market April 5, 2011
I like it, good hardware and software,
dual-core technology makes it the faster phone ever in the market so far.
and I like all the android widgets and tools I can find in market.
great, enjoying it.
Awesome February 23, 2011
Absolutely awesome product. The MOST powerful smartphone on the planet (for now).
Pros: Dual Core Tegra 2, 1 gig of ram, 4 inch qHD display, 16gb internal memory, fingerprint scanner(!), 1930 mAh battery- what's not to love?
Con: Just one, I prefer stock Android or HTC's sense over MotoBlur, but you can always download LauncherPro and customize the skin to your liking.
Highly recommend this phone!
Sadly Returned yet Optimistic April 19, 2011
Reviewer: Scott Shepard
I anticipated, hoped, and waited for my upgrade day. I bought the Atrix that day. AT&T zapped my unlimited data right off the bat. Oh well, not the phone's fault. After clips or tv shows download (watched an episode each of the Office and Malcolm in the Middle) they run seamlessly. The download is however, slow; Good job AT&T. I had thought to get the laptop dock but the price! With no camera either, Good job Motorola.(What do they think people want to do with it, just sit back amazed at the size of the screen their phone now has?) Motorola, now there's a story. I bought stock in the company in anticipation of this phone and the Xoom. They believed their own press and overcharged for the Xoom and the Atrix laptop dock.[BTW I'm losing my shirt on the stock,and hope that they'll learn from their mistakes. ie: put a camera in the dock, charge less for it, lower the price on the xoom, and please put out the Bionic, Soon!] Back to the phone. I was able to download apps from the app store and they worked fine. Although, I had a problem when I got a phone call while scanning stuff and, There was the green answer button, my finger pressing on it, and the phone ringing helplessly in my hand. After a few rings and nothing happening, I missed the call. I thought, I'm locked for two years with this, hmmm. I was told by others that they couldn't hear me well when I talked to them. I believe Motorola had an update for this though. At&t admitting to capping speed tore it for me and I sadly returned the phone. I kind of still want it though. Well, if AT&T finally gives the speed and Amazon App Store access and fixes the app to phone transition bug, I may reconsider. I really wanted it. My e-mail is even scottatrix@ .Well, I made three of them like this.
Kind of gives you an idea of how much I wanted it.
Awesome phone! March 5, 2011
I got this phone yesterday, and absolutely love it! It's literally a small computer. Still trying to figure everything out but so far so great!
Neat features but shody construction and support December 1, 2011
Reviewer: Ken (Reno, NV USA) -
The Atrix was my first smart phone. I had a great time learning all the new tricks of making the gadget function, until...
Pro: Fast, easy to use, lots of cool features. Everything you could want in a phone.
Cons: The screen shattered from dropping it a foot and a half even though I bought the $50 impact resistant case and screen shield, 3 months later the battery starts heating up to the point of burning me even after I turn the phone off. Motorola won't cover the faulty battery, because their shoddy screen was cracked, and only let me know a month after I sent it in for battery repair (even after offering to pay for the screen).
Summary: As long as you don't expect the company to stand behind their product, warranty, or customer service rep's word you will be totally satisfied with this phone.
Be warned - mediocre call quality March 9, 2011
Reviewer: Gregory E. Higgins (Seattle, Wa) -
Just a warning - mediocre call quality. It's adequate, but not on par with a top-tier smartphone (i.e. well below an iphone).
also, it's not satisfying to hold it in your hand; just too slippery, plastic and round.
i can't say enough great things about the Android OS. it's little non-intuitive but the openness is great, there really is an app for everything (including everything that Apple won't let you do)!
Check the web for more info on call quality, it's a phone after all...
Get an iphone October 2, 2011
Reviewer: John Doh
I switched from an iphone 3GS to the Motorola Atrix.
Pretty fast loading speeds. Camera flash\LED lights are bright.
I bought the refurbished model, and just as the 3 month warranty period passed the phone began not registering touches on the screen, making using some apps impossible. The phone would insert random letters as I typed text messages and send a torrent of garbled junk through texts. With my $5 a month insurance, I could opt to get it replace through a 3rd party provider, but it will cost $125 extra.
Even if the phone's touch pad worked as it was meant to, there are other issues as well. The default music player crashed every 30 minutes or so, or became so sluggish that I had to pull out the battery to make the phone functional again. I had to purchase a 3rd party music application for six dollars. The default motorola media link syncing program is just awful, and takes multiple attempts to sync new changes. I also had to buy a third party syncing program to be able to upload my itunes playlist on it. Trying to find a method of rating music is also a great hassle.
The camera takes mediocre macro pictures, can't really resolve any details. Fingerprint scanner takes multiple swipes to open to home screen. Comes loaded with software you don't need.
Also, the phone started randomly restarting recently.
All in all, garbage phone.
Took it back! July 6, 2011
Reviewer: Bill S. (Kentucky) -
I took mine back after two weeks. It was a nice phone but not to be stuck with for two years. I hated the Moto blur, battery life was a little poor, and it locked up a couple of times with the screen jittering, plus I wanted a bigger screen. I decided to wait for the Motorola Bionic or the iPhone 5, or the Samsung Galaxy S2, but I am getting tired of waiting, may go with the Samsung infuse but it is single processor which may be a problem in a few years to run new processor hungry apps.[[ASIN:B00505S2RI Samsung Infuse 4G Android Phone (AT&T)]]
For me, Speed is everything May 1, 2011
Reviewer: Jinelle Schulere
I've been comparing the HTC Thunderbolt to this baby here. And well, even though some things from the thunderbolt come out on top, like better front camera resolution (1.3), nothing beats speed to me, so that's why I'm going with this little baby here. I have a super computer already and i wouldn't like to downgrade when it comes to having a phone. So Atrix all the way. And plus my girlfriend uses AT&T, motorola flipback, so better yet. Atrix all the way people.
I''m Crossing to the other side..... March 18, 2011
Reviewer: Diana Diaz (Miami, Florida United States) -
I've had my Iphone for a year and more than half. I have been due for an upgrade. My phone screen has actually cracked and was having issues with the push button screen. I had been debating about getting a new phone, although I really wanted to wait for the new one to come out in June. My phone still works, although I have to get the screen repaired. I can use the ipod and the camera which was my favorite, it takes a amazing pics and I loved my apps, bump photoshop, best camera Iris.
To make a long story short, I had my eye on the Atrix. I was searching through Amazon and couldn't help the price that I was offered. I said ok, I will try it. I've had the phone since last night.
Its hard getting used to but I remember how it was with the apple. I think its ok. Not the greatest phone but it does the job. The only app that I love is photo shop which is on there however, it does not do sketching, but fiddling around with the camera, the phone has an option to edit.
The ringtones are not as good as apple. I miss my glass text sounds and the old phone ring and also the solar.
I do have 30 days to see if I change my mind providing that the phone is returned in good condition.
For now, I'm good with it. I just now have to wait another year and a half to upgrade. lol....
Atrix 4G March 24, 2011
Reviewer: Mister Lee "jel" (Washington, DC) -
Purchased Atrix 4G in March 2011 from Walmart (and thankgoodness they have a try it for 30 days and return it no questions ask electronics policy). This phone, to me is highly over rated. 1)The apps don't auto install on the desktop screen you have to hunt for it through endless left,right and up & down pages until you find the download to install(geezzz what's up with this for such an expensive phone?), 2)the battery gets very hot when in use, but it may be a plus for those living in the upper northern States during the winter to opt as a glove warmer, 3)Dosen't really download at 4G only 3G (Isn't that false advertising?), 4)the plastic case is very slippery where two people almost dropped it including a Walmart employee, 5)The battery didn't last the whole day when using, 6) the apps icons are too small to see clearly(they need to be the size of the apps on the iPhone), 7)too expensive.
To me the Atrix 4G is for a young adults who have time on their hands to search around and play with endless screens of information and apps, like someone who rides a metro bus, subway and gets bored. Its not that great for the working person who wants a quick phone with larger app icons to make/return calls, use a few apps then put away. I returned it waiting for something better to come along.
Powerful CPU running in a non-optimized OS March 13, 2011
Reviewer: C. Law
I came from the following devices before Atrix 4G:
iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Samsung Captivate, Samsung Focus, and now the ATRIX 4G. I still have my Captivate, Focus, and 3GS with me. iPhone 4's Bluetooth was giving me absymal call quality that I couldn't keep the stupid iPhone 4. It does have the front facing camera, and very very good picture quality at the back. The IPS screen is no Super AMOLED, but IPS colors are very accurate. The Super AMOLED has burn-in issue after several months of usage especially if you are in a Skype or phone conversation, the screen NEVER turns off when using speaker phone or bluetooth headset...... I have to click the sleep button on my captivate.... sucka SUPERAMOLED best color but worse life-span than LCDs PERIOD!
0. CPU: The Tegra 2 CPU/GPU is able to perform every well for 3D games, however, the OS that is running in Atrix: Froyo 2.2.1 is still not optimized for the new hardware. iPhone 4 which is only running with a single core A4 chip is still performing elegantly comparing to Atrix. iPhone 5 which will be using the same CPU A9 as the iPad 2 should be performing better since it's optimized. Hopefully the Gingerbread update will be optimized for Atrix.
1. GPS: Atrix and iPhone 4 are excellent and they lock extremely fast and instant regardless of Wifi, 3G cell tower triangulation, or none! Woo hoo. I have Navigon on iPhone so I love it way more than Android's Google Nav or Navigon there coz they are buggy and the vocie app sucks! I do like Android's 3D map but I can do the same with other GPS navi apps on my iPhone
2. Internet Browsing speed/ease:
I like Safari coz of the pintch and zoom performance and the beauty of copy and paste has been doing very well and response than the Atrix. On the Atrix browser, i CANNOT edit this forum while typing this response. It sometimes not allowing me to select and scroll through the text even Attic is imitating Apple with the magnifying glass. Sometimes the magnifying glass never shows up!!!
3. Stability/Speed: Pretty stable so far and pretty snappy over all. Install Launcher Pro or Go Launch Ex and also use Titanium Backup to Freeze MotoBlur if you are thinking Blur is slowing the system down....But I personally like Blur's widget just not the app drawer. Go Launcher EX has the similar UI as the iOS in the app drawer which is a plus when you want to manage your apps such as hold to wiggle the apps and delete them by touching the Minus sign like iOS.
4. Call Quality/Least dropped calls
iPhone 4 call quality is not as good except ear piece. Bluetooth and Speaker phones are.... bad..... the noise cancellation technology on iPhone 4 is not really good... People had hard time hear my voice even I have tried Jawbone Icon, Plantronics, BlueAnt all these highest end bluetooth headsets! Only the earpiece and stupid corded headphone works okay on the iPhone 4
Atrix is also suffering from similar problem especially if there is wind blowing to the top of the microphone.... the wind noise cancellation of the Atrix is not great which Motorola is trying to improve. Fortunately, BLUETOOTH headset call quality is EXCELLENT and that's what I use the most and perfect!!! Speakerphone is pretty good most of the time.
5. Speaker Quality/Volume
iPhone 4 and Atrix both housing the very loud speakers. I love iPhone 4 and Atrix
6. IPS LCD vs Pentile LCD
iPhone 4's LCD color is way more accurate compare to the Pentile LCD used in Atrix. The Color in Atrix such as yellow is greenish lime...... check the demo unit to compare. Use color calibration tables to compare. iPhone 4 is very very very good.
7. OS: ease of use vs high customizable.
I've discovered that Android is like beta product to me. People are trying hard to customize the UI just to have fun and increase productivity. iOS right now so far has provided the best experience. While Android is a little inferior due to simple Copy and Paste, delete app without accessing Application manager, update all apps at ease (Android requires manually permit each app to update automatically. Update ALL does not work when you have a modified app such as Skype for 3G call in US which cannot be updated due to relocking WiFi only call function), webpage rendering performance such as pinch to zoom in iOS is still better than Atrix running Android for sure. Android is also missing a lot of popular Games from the iOS. Hopefully Sony can do some impact....
iPhone 4: 5 points
Atrix 4G: 2 fingers but hardware could support 5 but should we buy for the potention?
Apps that support more than 2 fingers are:
iOS: Cut the Rope, Garage Band, Star Wars Force Unleashed, Street Fighter, GTA, and more
Android: does not have enough because the hardware are inconsistent. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 can't even do multi-touch! Xperia X10 has problem when crossing X-Y axis with two fingers.
9: HDMI output
iPhone 4 or 5 can do 720P: SMOOOOOOOTH like butter but no specialized 720p interface, just mirroring your iPad2 or iPhone 4's screen to the HDTV. Good for games!!!
Atrix 720P Webtop OS is choppy It runs 720P video at lower than 15 fps....It can't truely mirror the image from the phone to the HDTV for games because for some reason the screen is forced to be a touch pad instead of a multitouch gesture or game pad control such as Samurai II.... you can only move the cursor to control the direction or the attack button but not both... VERY DISSAPOINTING!!
10. VOIP: Skype, Tango, Qik, Fring, etc
iPhone 4: works all the way with Skype support video call on iOS!!!!! perfect!
Atrix 4G: Only Tango, Qik work so far recently. Skype is totally NOT working, people can't hear my voice from the mic due to high amplitude and frequencies noise. Something wrong with the codecs and non standard API that Motorola has used which is another Google's Fragmentation problem. How do you expect developers to change their source code just to suit a single device like Atrix? There is still no video call in Skype for Android!
11. Multilingual Support:
iPhone: Absolutely almost perfect. The iOS ,regardless of anywhere in the world, has the multilingual keyboard, voice recognition system, writing recognition system, system menu. It's a perfect multilingual OS that until today, there is no one in the computer industry is able to match Apple! Windows 7 still can't do that natively unless you purchase the Ultimate edition and still requires to install the language packs separately through the updates!
Atrix: Running Moto Blur is the cause for none North American languages being removed from the stock Android OS due to the limited storage space for system in the phone. Asian Language is not supported right out of the box. What's come worse is you can't even view or edit Asian language such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc in the Webtop environment! What a bummer to me! Motorola Rep told me they are interested about the application of it and willing to enable that feature. That doesn't mean they will enable the feature for North American market. It's a freaking world phone where people need to travel to conduct their business! What happen if people need to type Email in Chinese in the Webtop? It's NOT going to happen as of now and probably not unless you purchase an Asian version in the future.
12. Easy to Hack:
iPhone Jailbreaking requires careful maintanence even it's just a single-swipe or click to Jailbreak. The jailbroken device is highly unstable and usually requires a system restore which takes hours to sync back all the data if your device is fully loaded.
Atrix is easy to root (still definitely not for non tech savvy), convert your phone to webtop without buying the dock, and easy to enable Mobile Hotspot Tethering without paying. BUUUUT ENCRYPTED BOOTLOADER.... which Motorla is still deciding how to response to the developers... fortunately, there is the RSD5.0 that can flash Atrix to stock ROM now
13. BACKUP & RESTORE:
I demand not a simple cloud service backup for the contacts, email, sms, but also for the apps and multimedia data! Motorola does provide the software to do it, but it's SLOW. The file manager transfer speed is as slow as 150 KB/sec via USB! I'm forced to use the Massive Storage Media to drag and drop contents. It's convenient in a way but it's definitely not the most efficient method. Syning data prevents wasting time to overwrite data that are up-to-date. Hopefully these can be resolved by the upcoming Gingerbread.
iOS: iTunes simple apps and data backup! It does have it's short coming such as cannot backup data of the deleted apps from the device. I repeat, data backup means not just contact, sms, over the cloud or computer but the data and settings that are stored in the apps and OS.
Atrix: Before the Gingerbread is baked for the Atrix, you must NEED to ROOT to use Titanium Backup and it doesn't sync to your computer or your cloud data storage centers. Why do we still use SD cards when there is Dropbox type of system? SD card backup is the not a modern solution. Morever, Titanium Backup is dangerous if you accidentally restore the incompatible data to the system file which may crash the device. The UI of Titanium is not intuitive and it's very complicated for first time users. Titanium Backup is again for geeks not your parents and definitely not your grandma! Android has completely failed in this category! Therefore it can't be a serious work phone without the right backup/restore feature.
Both iPhone and Atrix can sync with iTunes library since Apple has dominated the music market. Youtube experience is definitely a lot better in Android than iOS. Because you can rotate your Atrix in landscape mode to have full screen, while potrate mode to access related video and read/write comments while the video is playing! I would say iPhone and Atrix should be quite on par in multimedia.
Codecs that are supported by Atrix are still confusing. Some people say 720P mp4 aren't running correctly.
16. How data are stored
iPhone iOS: single partition easy managemant. You don't need to keep track of where the apps are stored and whether if they can be installed to a larger sd card. This technique has been acknowledged by Microsoft's WP7 though Samsung Focus is an exception which still create confusion on which type of SD card has to be used safely.
Atrix: Android's support of SD card is good but also bad when you have to keep track of where the applications are installed to and whether if they can be running efficiently when stored to the SD card. SD card does provide expandability but in reality, you are still limited by the maximum size that the device can handle which is 10GB internal usable storage + 32GB and you can't do a single partition to combine the internal storage with the SD card.
Both OSs support standard WiFi security settings and VPN. However Atrix does come with a fingerprint scanner that is integrated into the sleep/wake button. A simple swipe can unlock the phone without entering passwords, pins, or draw pattern.
If you want a device to ease your life and improve work efficiency, get iOS. Android is more for geeks or developers. Get Atrix if you like to modify the device. The webtop is more like a gimmick rather than productivity unless you really use the Citrix Remote Desktop Control. It's an interesting idea, but in terms of daily basis, Android is still slightly behind iOS in terms of design. Market share does not reflect the re fineness of the product.
*Caution* if you have more important things to worry about rather than modifying system files, customizing the cosmetics of the UI, or simply just trying to eliminate the lags, avoid the Atrix.
AVOID ATRIX if you want "4G" or ever hope to upgrade Android! March 6, 2011
Reviewer: Jon L. Sharp (Texas, USA) -
There is much dissatisfaction among Atrix users because Motorola has ignored its user's requests concerning their encrypted bootloader which essentially makes this Android phone unable to be upgraded unless Motorola provides the upgrade. Sideloading of apps has been disabled on this phone, restricting user options when it comes to what they want their phone to do.
Options and software that the Android OS supports on your Atrix are restricted or killed by Motorola and AT&T.
Unfortunately, Motorola has a bad track record when it comes to upgrading their devices and listening to consumer requests to allow the consumer to be able to develop and/or upgrade on their locked hardware.
AVOID THIS PHONE if you wish to be able to tinker with it very much with ROMs or upgrading to a newer version of Android.
There is also an online petition against AT&Ts misrepresentation that this phone will give users "4G" speed.
The author of the petition states:
"Can AT&T explain to us why our upload speeds can't go over the 300kpbs mark while other phones such as the iPhone 4 have upload speeds 4 to 10 times faster than the Atrix 4G? Don't we PAY the SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY for your data plans? STOP CAPPING UPLOAD SPEEDS !!!
I am using Groubal to try to get AT&T and Motorola's attention about this matter because I couldn't find any other way to do so....We all know that AT&T is in the process of deploying their "4G" network (Please do not use that EXCUSE to explain the HSUPA CAPPING) but our Atrix 4G phone doesn't even have 3G upload speeds !
There are so many unhappy paying customers out there and we want to be heard and our phones to work as they are meant to. If this is not resolved before the 30 day return period, unhappy customers like myself will be returning their phones !
You can see details of the petition at:
Don't get me wrong... this is a GREAT phone! I own one! However, because of the above limitations I am seriously thinking about returning it before my first 30 days are up with AT&T!
I like being able to do what I want with what I purchase... and I certainly expect the speed that is advertised (and that iPhone users are getting) to be what is provided to me!
very disappointing November 17, 2011
Reviewer: S. Morris (Saginaw, MI United States) -
I would suggest being careful about buying this phone. You will need three separate software installation from Motorola to use this. You will need to go to both the ATT and Motorola sites for help/instructions. The instructions are vague and often inaccurate. You will pay a fortune for the service and they could not provide a simple single installation. There must be at least seven icons that lead you to set up a new gmail account. The phone is filled with "bloatware" it, some of it cannot be deleted, some of it you don't know if you might want it in the future. The sensitivity of the screen is inconsistent. Some times a feather touch activates functions for other functions one has to push very hard. This is a two handed phone, the inconsistency of the touch screen makes it impossible to use one handed.
I suppose when I get past all these problems and adapt to the phone I might like it better but right now I think that buying it was one of the bigger mistakes I have made. I should have sucked it up and bought an I phone.
RETURNED IT AFTER 2 WEEKS December 4, 2011
Reviewer: K. Jennings "ask2b4givn" (TX zone 7) -
I bought this phone 4 or 5 months ago and it has been on my mind to share this so others will know this phone is not perfect. So I'm finally getting this done.
I just wanted to let anyone who is considering purchasing this phone in on a very important fact I discovered.
It will not hold a Wi-Fi signal all the time. At least it would not for me in my home. I have a Kindle and a laptop computer that both use Wi-Fi. Neither have EVER lost the signal in several years of use. But, the Atrix lost the signal ALL the time. It would lose the signal and switch over to the PAID internet usuaged without my knowing. If you don't check all the time to see if it is still using the Wi-Fi, you will not notice when it converts... This is great for the phone provider but not so much for me or you because it means a data usage fee you aren't expecting. So if you don't mind paying for data usage you weren't expecting to, this will be a great phone.
Another caveat-- the letters and icons were a bit too small for me to see easily. I took it back after having it for two weeks. I did not even want to keep it for the full month I could have. Other than these two significant problems, the rest of the phone was GREAT. SO, if these two items will not be an issue for you, you will really like this phone.
It did keep a battery charge pretty well on my daughter's phone, but my phone's battery would not keep a good charge and I used mine much less than she used hers. Also, just a thought, why an Atrix 2 so soon after this one? Fixing problems maybe... Buyer beware.
Love the phone, but BEWARE March 18, 2011
Got the Atrix for my fiance and we both love the phone. The only problem we ran into was Amazon said they shipped a SIM card, but did NOT so when she activated the new phone, it fried her old SIM card. We had to get a new SIM card before her phone would work.
If Amazon says they are shipping a SIM card, how about putting one in the packaging with the phone so the buyer doesn't unwittingly lose all of their contacts.
Disappointed March 29, 2011
Reviewer: Jordan Atanasov Kazakov
I bought the Atrix 10 days ago directly from the AT&T website. These is my impression so far:
1. Nice screen, good viewing angles
2. Fast processor, no hesitation between screens or with any of the apps I used so far
3. The phone tends to heat up with usage
4. Poor battery life, especially given the 1930 mAh battery, with fairly light use. My old HTC has the same battery life after 2.5 years with 1300 mAh battery.
5. AT&T and Motorola announced it as a HSUPA (4G) phone but the speeds don't even come close - I don't even know how FCC or who ever regulates these things allows this to happen. I guess the big companies can do whatever they want in US.
6. The Moto Blur is pretty bad compared with the HTC Sense and with the AT&T garbage on top makes it for a poor user experience
7. Apps only from the AT&T store, WTF?! I thought Android is an open OS. If you want to be locked to a store than better get the iPhone.
8. Locked bootloader, locked OS, WTF?! So much for openness....
9. First update, no remedy for the major issues
10. The software that Motorola installs on your computer in order to sink this thing is humongous and buggy. The Motorola "Helper" failed to install so many times....
I had great expectations after all that I read about the phone but unfortunately I am very disappointed. Tegra did a good job with the guts, Motorola messed it up, and AT&t destroyed it. I would recommend that you do NOT buy this phone and stay away. If you want Android OS get HTC, Samsung, or LG which at least have unlocked bootloader so you can fix the problems if you have any and enjoy the OPEN OS. The dual core beasts from HTC and Samsung are in the pipeline and will be better option for those who can wait. All the companies have problems but blatant lies like the 4G fiasco should not be tolerated and both companies are responsible.
I am packing my phone and sending it back to AT&T, goodbye Moto Blur and AT&T, hello EVO Shift/Sprint
Generates Heat & A Short Battery Life... That's just the beginning June 5, 2011
I have bought this phone 2 months ago after having a Nexus 1 for around a year. The first thing I have noticed is that it becomes very hot in my hands when I just use it for just 5-10 minutes in browsing or accessing FB/Twitter/Youtube or even playing a game. I need to switch off the screen for around 2-5 minutes in order for it to cool down.
And this is just 1 of my many issues with this phone.
The battery life is also very disappointing. And, I think this is due to the heat issue probably. Nowadays, I leave work at around 6 PM to find out that my phone has got only 20% left in the battery. This is only when I charge my phone overnight and unplug it from the charger at 8 AM.
The phone also does not show any utilization of the dual core processor and the front camera. The phone is slow thanks to MOTOBLUR and freezes/hangs some times. No video calls or even Skype video chat (The Android Market is crippled where I live in Saudi Arabia where no paid apps could be installed and most of the free apps couldn't be installed too... but thats another Google issue!).
One solution could/might solve all of these, and that is to ROOT the phone and install custom ROMs or vanilla android ROMs. But, that's not possible too due to the locked bootloader.
In conclusion, I am selling this phone and getting either an iPhone, or any other Android phone with an unlocked bootloader (Samsung Galaxy S2, Nexus S or HTC Sensation)
Great phone, and finally unlocked bootloader! March 24, 2011
Reviewer: Shane "Shane" (Southern US) -
I like this phone, its well built and has great performance. Also, they have finally unlocked the bootloader which is required for installing custom android ROMs. Very good product.