When a seemingly high end phone comes in at $99 on contract, our first though is "something has to be missing". Yes, ATT is very aggressive with their contract pricing, but consider the lovely Nokia Lumia 900: awesome phone, but we know the hardware specs aren't up there with the $199 phones. The $99 Sony Xperia Ion has an elegant metal casing, a stand-out display and a 12MP camera, but it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a third rather than fourth generation CPU. So what's the story with the bargain priced Motorola Atrix HD?
The Atrix HD seems to have it all: Android 4.0 ICS, 4G LTE, a lovely 720p display, the same 1.5GHz fourth gen Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core CPU as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X, an 8mp rear camera that can shoot 1080p video, dual band WiFi (nice), Bluetooth 4.0 and a GPS. The only thing missing is NFC, but that isn't a huge deal (yet) on AT&T since there's no way to use it for mobile payments.
Despite the name, the Motorola Atrix HD is a GSM Motorola Droid RAZR rather than the reincarnation of the last two Atrix Android smartphones on AT&T. It has the beveled Gorilla Glass front and a Kevlar back with the RAZR's distinctive top cap that houses the camera, LED flash, HDMI and USB ports. It's a lovely looking phone with a sealed casing. That means you can't pull the 1780 mAh Lithium Ion battery since it's sealed inside. There is a microSD card slot on the side though, along with a micro SIM card slot.
Our only complaint so far? A distinctly average camera. What do we love? The very clean Android 4.0.4 software with mild but thoughtful customizations from Motorola, and that excellent 1280 x 720 ColorBoost LCD display that looks like LG's IPS smartphone panels. Oh, and that RAZR look and feel finally on AT&T!
Here's our Motorola Atrix HD video review. Our full written review will follow next week.