HTC Sensation vs. Motorola Atrix – Review

by Jerry D on June 9, 2011

It wasn’t so long ago that we thought the iPhone 4 truly deserved its ‘Jesus phone’ nickname. But then the LG Optimus 2X ushered in the dual-core mobile age and now phone fights are fought with much bigger, faster weapons.

So pitting the HTC Sensation against the Motorola Atrix is akin to watching a duel where the weapon of choice is a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. ‘Explosive’ is one word you might use to describe it… The question is: which phone is left standing when both combatants have fired?

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Stat-fight: HTC Sensation vs. Motorola Atrix (4G)

Highlights: the HTC Sensation is a mere 11.3mm thick, and weighs only 148g. The Motorola Atrix, meanwhile, is 10.1mm thick, and it weighs 136g. See the full smartphone comparison below…

HTC Sensation VS Motorola Atrix (4G)
Display 4.3-inch S-LCD 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels 540 x 960 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon 1GHz Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2
Software Android 2.3 with HTC Sense (v3.0) Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur. An update to 2.3 planned for later in the year
Storage Up to 33GB Up to 48GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, dual LED flash, geotagging, face and smile detection, 1080p video capture 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture
Front camera Yes Yes
4G HPSA+ in US 4G
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 65.4 x 126.1 x 11.3mm 63.5 x 117.8 x 10.1mm
Weight 148g 136g
Talktime 8.3 hours 9.0 hours
Standby 350 hours 250 hours

Analysis: HTC Sensation vs. Motorola Atrix (4G)

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: Atrix (1-2)
The Sensation measures 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm. In comparison, the impressive Atrix is 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1mm. The Atrix is the shorter of the two phones by 8.3mm. As for weight, the HTC Sensation weighs 148g, while the Atrix is 136g. We give this physical round to the Motorola handset.

Best Camera/Video: Sensation (2-2)
The Sensation is equipped with an 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, a dual LED flash, geotagging, face and smile detection, plus 1080p video capture. It also features a second, front-facing camera.

The 5.0 Megapixel camera on the Atrix boasts autofocus, an LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture. But it’s no match for the Sensation. A second camera on the front can be used for video calling.

Best Display: Sensation (3-2)
As for screen size, the HTC Sensation features a 4.3-inch (540 x 960) touch-sensitive S-LCD display. Note the qHD resolution, which comes close to beating the iPhone 4. The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Atrix is smaller, measuring 4.0 inches. The screen resolution is exactly the same.

Best Processor: Sensation (4-2)
The 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon inside the HTC Sensation is a faster option than the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 in the Atrix. Just.

Best Software: Sensation (5-2)
Android 2.3 with HTC Sense (v3.0) on the HTC Sensation beats Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur. An update to 2.3 planned for later in the year on the Atrix, however, which will eventually draw it level.

Best Storage: Atrix (5-3)
HTC’s phone offers less storage space.

Best Battery life: Sensation (6-3)

Best Extras: Atrix (6-4)
The Sensation also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, g-sensor, Gorilla Glass display, TV-out, DLNA content streaming and a stereo FM radio. In comparison, the Atrix features GPS/A-GPS, Gorilla Glass, HDMI out, 1080p capable (via post-launch software update), eCompass, stereo FM radio with RDS, and a clever laptop docking capability.

BPF Verdict: The HTC Sensation wins!

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