Motorola Atrix 2 vs Motorola RAZR

Motorola Atrix 2 vs Motorola RAZRPartly for my own sanity, partly for your reading pleasure, and partly just for the hell of it, I’ve decided to pit the Motorola Atrix 2 against the Motorola RAZR.

The Illinois-based manufacturer had developed a bit of a habit for neglecting us in the UK, with some phones taking several months to cross the Atlantic (most notably the Motorola Pro) while others didn’t bother making the voyage at all (Droid/Milestone 3, for example).

I’m not entirely sure what’s happened, possibly a kick up the backside from Google, but the Motorola RAZR and now hopefully the Motorola Atrix 2 are heading over here. No sign of the Droid Bionic, however.

Incidentally, those three handsets I mentioned in the preceding paragraph all have 4.3in displays and dual-core processors. Confused much? I know I am. Let’s delve deeper into the Motorola Atrix 2 and Motorola RAZR.

Display

Motorola Atrix 2: 4.3in TFT capacitive touchscreen, 540x960, 256 PPI, Gorilla glass

Motorola RAZR: 4.3in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 540x960, 256 PPI, Gorilla glass

Interesting. With identical sizes and resolutions, this one is subjective. Jan, for one, really isn’t a big fan of Super AMOLED.

Storage

Motorola Atrix 2: 8 GB internal storage, 2GB Micro SD card included, 1 GB RAM

Motorola RAZR: 16GB internal storage, 8GB Micro SD card included, 1GB RAM

A cheeky victory for the Motorola RAZR in this category. Both can take up to 32GB via Micro SD, natch.

Camera

Motorola Atrix 2: 8MP, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video capture, front-facing included

Motorola RAZR: 8MP, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video capture, front-facing included

Hmm, pretty similar action on the camera front. There are a few minor differences if you get right down to the nitty gritty, but nothing that’d make or break the deal either way. Er, unless you’re a hardcore camera nut.

Weight

Motorola Atrix 2: 147g

Motorola RAZR: 127g

At 147g, the Motorola Atrix 2 is certainly heavier than the 127g Motorola RAZR, but it’s not exactly a chunker. It’s only a few grams heavier than the 3.5in iPhone 4S, for example.

Again, this is possibly subjective, as some people – myself included – like their phones to feel nice and solid.

Thickness

Motorola Atrix 2: 10.4mm

Motorola RAZR: 7.1mm

Bloomin’ ‘eck, that’s quite the size difference. When Motorola first announced the RAZR, they declared it the “thinnest smartphone in the world”. Personal preference again.

Processor

Motorola Atrix 2: 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU

Motorola RAZR: 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU

So the Motorola RAZR will potentially be a wee bit nippier. Maybe.

Battery

Motorola Atrix 2: 1,785mAh, 382 hours standby, 8 hours 50 mins talk time

Motorola RAZR: 1,780mAh, 204 hours standby, 12 hours 30 mins talk time

Victory for the Motorola Atrix 2 here, I reckon.

OS

Motorola Atrix 2: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Motorola RAZR: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Both will surely be in the running for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) action. Christy Wyatt, Motorola’s blonde bombshell (or Corporate Vice President and General Manager Enterprise, to use her proper title), says eligibility will be determined by “volumes, carriers and hardware capabilities”.

Conclusion

There’s not a great deal to separate them. The Motorola RAZR is slimmer, lighter, possibly a tad faster, but with significantly less standby time.

If the Motorola Atrix 2 does come out in the UK, it’ll be interesting to see how it’s priced. The Motorola RAZR is weighing in around the £450-500 mark. Clove is looking like a good option at £454.80.

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5 comments

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 31, 2011 at 13:38

RAZR is better looking than Nexus. Highly recommended if it gets updated to ICS.
If Atrix 2 gets ICS (which is doubtful) all nVidia phones will be upgradable. You can rip out ICS components from Atrix 2 and use them with Atrix and LG 2X. Same chipset = same drivers.

Treab  Oct. 31, 2011 at 15:11

Razr has already been confirmed for ICS soo good news :D

clovett  Oct. 31, 2011 at 19:14

Actually there seems to be confusion about this. The Atrix has the nVidia chipset. The Atrix 2 has a TI chipset

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 1, 2011 at 17:51

Atrix 2 is Terga and RAZR is TI OMAP.

gabo  Feb. 13, 2012 at 23:53

RAZR is better looking than Nexus. Highly recommended if it gets updated to ICS.
If Atrix 2 gets ICS (which is doubtful) all nVidia phones will be upgradable. You can rip out ICS components from Atrix 2 and use them with Atrix and LG 2X. Same chipset = same drivers.


Except that the ATRIX2 and the ATRIX DO NOT HAVE the same chipsets. the A2 uses a TI OMAP 4430 (same as the Bionic and the RAZR just 1ghz) while the Atrix 4G uses the NVIDIA Tegra 2... So there is more possibility of the A2 getting ICS than the Atrix 4G

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