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Motorola Atrix HD LTE...A solid smartphone
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Motorola Atrix HD LTE…A solid smartphone

First off, there is no questioning the pedigree of the Motorola Atrix HD LTE smartphone..it is clearly a Motorola. It has that solid let’s get down to business look common to Motorola phones..and even though it is thinner than the competition at 8.4 mm ( 0.33″) it is the heaviest at 140 g (4.9 oz) so it ends up with a burly look and feel.

So it doesn’t have the styling of a HTC One X or as Samsug Galaxy S III the Atrix HD LTE has nothing to be ashamed about its when it comes to specs.

– Android 4.0.4 with custom Motorola skin
– 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel TFT LCD display with ColorBoost
– 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
– 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (5GB usable), microSD slot
– 8MP back camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera
– WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi Direct
– 69.9 x 133.5 x 8.4 mm
– 140g
– EDGE/HSPA+/LTE
– 1780mAh battery
The 4.5″ screen is impressive..bright and sharp with solid blacks and vivid colours..a pleasure to look at and especially good for watching videos..this is after all a HD 720p screen. Touch sensitivity is a bit less than I am used to..because it is a TFT screen the digitizer is not fused to the screen which probably accounts for this..on the bright side I found there were fewer accidental activations of buttons or apps.

The Atrix HD LTE is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC clocked at 1.5Ghz which is the same processor as you wil find on the North American versions of the HTC and Samsung flagship phones..performance is good..perhaps a tad snappier than the competition because Motorola’s version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)is about as close to stock as you are going to get on a non-Nexus phone. The only place the excellent performance was sub par was data on the Bell LTE network..downloads and uploads were nowhere  near as good as they should be, in fact the numbers are about the same as my 4G phone on the Telus network.

Speaking of the interface..it may look like vanilla ICS but Motorola has tweaked it quite a bit. Some of the icons notably Phone, Email, Browser, Messages, Email — have a little arrow near the top right. Flicking up on the icon reveals a mini widget that overlays atop the screen, allowing you to scroll through missed calls, emails, text messages and browser bookmarks. I found it to be a handy feature. And the homescreen layout has been tweaked a bit: The home page is to the far left..as opposed to centre in the stock version and new pages are added to the far right.

Motorola and Bell have show remarkable restraint when it comes to adding “bloatware” to the phone..infact one of the very few apps added is the pretty useful Smart Actions..this app a good job at automating a lot the basic tasks such as time and location-based silencing of your ringer, or turning off certain radios such as WiFi or GPS when not in use. I found it very helpful.

This beautiful story falls apart a bt when you look at the cameras..the front facing 1.3 MP camera is OK for Video calls but the main 8MP camera isn’t even close to the competition. Pictures and video are OK but not up to the standard of the competition..very surprising because otherwise this phone is at the top of the class.

Overall, this is a very nice phone..not as sexy as some but a bit more solidly built..a beautiful screen and good performance make the Motorola Atrix HD LTE a phone to consider when you are looking at the top of the line smartphones and an average camera will do.. It is nicely priced at $79.95 with a three year contract on Bell without contract a frightening $599.95.

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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