Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. Motorola Atrix – Review

by Jerry D on February 18, 2011

This should be a titanic battle – both the Motorola Atrix and the Samsung Galaxy S II rock dual-core processors and some of the latest mobile technology. We put them on a collision course and wait for the inevitable crash…

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Connectivity:

Good wireless connectivity is vital. The Galaxy S II (32GB) features 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0+HS. The Atrix (4G) packs 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How do our fighters measure up to each other? There’s not much between the two – the Galaxy S II is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm, the powerful Atrix is 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1mm. The Atrix is the more compact handset of the two. But it’s also slightly tubbier than the Galaxy S II, weighing in at 136g. The Galaxy is 20g lighter at 116g. (2-1)

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Camera:

The Galaxy S II’s built-in camera has a resolution of 8.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

Unfortunately for the Atrix, it boasts a poorer specification, specifically a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture. The maximum resolution of the camera is 2592 x 1944 pixels. A second camera on the front can be used for video calling. (3-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The Galaxy S II boasts a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display with Gorilla Glass, measuring 4.27 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a creditable (but far from spectacular) 218.501.

The Atrix’s touch-sensitive, Gorilla Glass-reinforced TFT LCD screen is smaller at 4.0 inches. The screen technology here is nowhere near as good, but With 518400 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is higher at 275.25 pixels per inch. (3-1)

Processor:

In terms of processor speeds, the Atrix features a 1GHz Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, which incorporates an ULV GeForce graphics chip. The Galaxy S II, meanwhile, is powered by Samsung’s own dual-core Exynos processor chip, rated at 1GHz. Until the benchmarks come out, we’ll call this a tie. (3-1)

Software:

The Galaxy S II runs Google’s Android 2.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input. The Motorola Atrix, meanwhile uses the slightly older Android 2.2 (Froyo) version with added MotoBlur. An update to 2.3 is planned for the Atrix later in the year. (4-1)

Storage:

Storage-wise, this Galaxy S II provides more space out of the box with 32GB. This compares to the Atrix’s default 16GB. This second-gen Galaxy also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a massive 64GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Atrix bumps up the capacity to 48GB. (5-1)

Extras:

The Galaxy S II also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi direct, stereo FM radio (with RDS), optional NFC support, a digital compass, gyroscope and an HDMI port. It also features four software ‘hubs’ – the Reader’s Hub, the Social Hub, the Games Hub and the Music Hub.

In comparison, the Atrix features GPS/A-GPS, tough Gorilla Glass on the display, an HDMI out, 1080p video recording (via a post-launch software update), an eCompass, stereo FM radio with RDS, plus a clever laptop docking capability. (5-1)

The Samsung Galaxy S II (32GB) wins!

Here’s how this fight played out. The Galaxy S II (32GB) has the most versatile OS, the highest-spec camera and the most memory as standard. It also has the bigger of the two screens and it’s the thinnest, measuring only 8.49mm around the middle.

Samsung didn’t quote battery life for the Galaxy S II, but it comes with a 1650 mAh battery, which should be able to match the 9 hours of talktime that the Atrix provides. In the grand scheme of things, it barely matters. Samsung’s phones eclipses Motorola’s phone in most of the areas that matter.

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