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In the last year and a half, Motorola has released three different models of the Atrix phone on AT&T. The third, the recently-launched Atrix HD, costs $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. It also connects to the carrier’s fast 4G LTE network (where available) and sports a crisper screen than its two predecessors.
The Atrix HD is one of Motorola’s first phones to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, a version of Android that was only recently replaced with a new one called Jelly Bean, along with Motorola’s new customised “skin” for the operating system.
Here’s my quick review of the Atrix HD.
AT&T has an excellent LTE network, at least in New York City. (You’ll have to check with AT&T to see if LTE is available in your area.) In fact, LTE is usually just as fast or faster than your typical cable or DSL modem. I also enjoyed the Atrix’s new screen. It’s crisper and brighter than any other Motorola phone I’ve used.
It’s ugly. It’s fat. Motorola’s extra features like Smart Actions, which let you customise settings based on your location, are difficult to set up and are pretty unnecessary for most people. And AT&T bogged the phone down with a ton of useless apps like Yellow Pages and AT&T Navigator.
Should You Buy It?
AT&T sells a lot of affordable Android phones. In fact, you can get the stellar HTC One X for the same price as the Atrix HD. Unless you feel loyal to Motorola for some reason, there’s no reason to buy the Atrix HD.
If you want to learn more about the Atrix HD, check out the photo gallery below.