The most iconic Android phones: Motorola Atrix Edition

In emblematic mobile we analyze with retrospective some of the Android phones that marked history in our favorite operating system. A section that shows us how much we have changed.

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Emblematic phones: Motorola Atrix

A couple of weeks ago we talked about Galaxy S4, a mobile so good that even managed to survive the passage of time. The emblematic motive of which we will speak today belongs to his time, but he has not aged so well.

It is the Motorola Atrix, one of the first flagships of the mythical company Android. At this time it did not belong to Lenovo, in fact, it did not even belong to Google. Motorola was one of the main drivers of Android with HTC (especially in the United States), and in 2011 they introduced a mobile that could become a laptop.

A review of your specifications

The Motorola Atrix was not the device more pointer of its time; That honor corresponds to Samsung; But the truth is that their specifications were at the top, being among the few high ranges that had opted to include 1GB of RAM.

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Something that highlighted this mobile is to include a fingerprint reader on the back of the device. It is true that it can not be compared to today’s readers, but the pioneering merit is there.

  • 4-inch Screen, qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels).
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 Processor, two Cortex A9 cores at 1GHz.
  • GPU ULP GeForce.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • 16GB internal Storage.
  • Support microSD cards up to 32GB.
  • 5MP main Camera, VGA front camera.
  • Measures: 117.8 x 63.5 x 11 mm.
  • Weight: 135 grams.
  • Battery of 1,930 mAh.
  • Fingerprint reader.
  • Android 2.2 upgradeable to 2.3 under the MotoBlur layer.

First innovation of the Motorola Atrix: Fingerprint reader.

The high end of Motorola that wanted to be a computer

As already mentioned, the dominance of PCs every day is less evident in the market (there are already more Android connected to the Internet than PCs with Windows), and year after year we will see how the difference will accentuate in favor of Android.

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This has not been so, and in fact in 2011 was a time when manufacturers wanted to dethrone the PC at any price. And indeed, the PC as an ecosystem in those days was unbeatable.

Motorola wanted to mix the best of both worlds with its Motorola Atrix. The main attraction of this product was none other than its Lapdock. This accessory was almost a laptop, because it had screen, keyboard and battery. The only thing that was missing was the brain, and we did that by connecting our cell phone.

With an interface adapted to the screen, we could surf the Internet, enter social networks or watch YouTube videos. Best of all was that it worked, the worst thing is that the experience was not so good as to end up dominating the market.

Being able to turn our mobile into a computer made us feel in the future.

Remix OS and Samsung show that Motorola was not going so badly

What was the main problem of the Motorola Atrix? Well despite the fact that he died with the version of Android that should have been born (not receive Android 4.0, although unofficially 4.4 KitKat can be installed), its lack of power.

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A Tegra 2 and 1GB of RAM was not a hardware that was worth replacing the computer, not even our laptop (at that time, had a laptop with 6 years of antiquity much more powerful), but the idea itself we loved it.

The Software was not well prepared either. We have gone from Android 2.2 to 7.1.2, and from 5.0 projects like Remix OS we prove that turning our Android into a PC is already a perfectly viable idea.

The most outstanding case is none other than the recent Galaxy S8 with its DeX Station, a dock to which if we connect our mobile, it becomes a complete computer. This time with an interface and power needed to enjoy a PC experience with our mobile.

That Samsung bet today to turn the phone into a PC shows us that the idea of Motorola was good.

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