Motorola Atrix (4G) vs. Apple iPhone 4

by Jerry D on January 19, 2011

While Apple’s iPhone 4 ruled the smartphone roost in 2010, there’s a new breed of dual-core, high-resolution 4G phones that make it look sorely outdated. In fighting terms, the Motorola Atrix has a sub-machine gun and the iPhone has a pistol. Ready. Aim. Fire!

Motorola Atrix versus graphic Motorola Atrix (4G) vs. Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone 4

Connectivity:

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Atrix comes with 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. Apple has jammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. But the 4G option gives the Atrix an early edge. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Size-wise, the Motorola Atrix is the wider of the two, measuring 63.5mm to the iPhone 4′s 58.6mm. The Atrix is the taller handset, measuring 117.8mm to the iPhone 4′s 115.2mm. Put the two phones on the scales and there’s almost nothing between them – the Motorola handset weighs 136g, while the iPhone 4 is 137g. (1-1)

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Camera:

The Atrix comes packing a built-in 5.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, an LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture. According to Motorola, it should be able to handle 1080p post-launch via a software upgrade. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

The iPhone 4 also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with tap to focus video or still images, LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps. A extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. For now, let’s call this a draw. (1-1)

Screen/keyboard:

As for screen size, the Motorola Atrix features a roomy 4.0-inch (540 x 960) touch-sensitive LCD display. There are 518400 pixels overall, which translates to 275.25 pixels per inch. This is a vast improvement over the 480 x 800 pixel screens we’ve seen on previous Android-powered phones.

In comparison, the iPhone 4′s touch-sensitive Retina display only measures 3.5 inches. But that’s not where the screen shines. Thanks to its higher resolution (640 x 960), the pixel density of 329.714 here beats the 275.25 rating given to the Atrix. This gives the iPhone 4 a slender lead… (1-2)

Atrix Lapdock phone Dyn L shadow screen Motorola Atrix (4G) vs. Apple iPhone 4
The Motorola Atrix can be docked into a laptop for big-screen working

Performance:

Of course, that lead isn’t going to last for very long. In terms of raw speediness, inside the Atrix there’s an dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250 chip, rated at 1GHz. While the 1GHz Apple A4 processor powering iPhone 4 is good, it’s easily outclassed by this new technology. (2-2)

Software:

Motorola’s phone uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) with elements of the MotoBlur UI. An update to Android 2.3 is planned for later in the year. The iPhone 4 runs iOS4. Choosing between them is nigh-on impossible. Both have their various strengths and weaknesses. (2-2)

Storage:

The top-of-the range iPhone 4 wins the internal storage battle with 32GB, compared to 16GB on the Atrix. That said, Motorola’s phone also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 48GB. The 32GB on the iPhone 4 can’t be extended as the handset lacks a memory card slot. (2-2)

Battery life:

As far as battery usage is concerned, Motorola boasts 9.0 hours of talktime for its Atrix, versus 7.0 hours for the iPhone 4. The standby times are 250 hours for the Atrix and 300 hours for the iPhone 4. That’s a smackdown for the Atrix in this round. (3-2)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

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Extras:

The Atrix also includes GPS/A-GPS, Gorilla Glass, HDMI out, an eCompass, stereo FM radio with RDS and a clever laptop docking capability. The iPhone 4, meanwhile, features extras that include: GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope. (4-2)

The Motorola Atrix wins!

Motorola ATRIX 4G Motorola Atrix (4G) vs. Apple iPhone 4 Take a look at the spec sheets of both phones and you’ll see that the Motorola Atrix makes the iPhone 4 look old.

Sure, Apple’s handset hangs on in there and still impresses with its higher resolution display. But the Atrix matches or outclasses the iPhone 4 in all other areas, principally its lightning-fast dual-core Tegra CPU. Time for an iPhone 5 we think…

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