Partly 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.