Smart Phone Madness Game 11: Motorola Atrix 4G vs. Palm Pre 3
Today’s game features the Motorola Atrix 4G, which pulled off a stunning
upset of the iPhone 4 in the first round, and the Palm Pre 3, which
easily dispatched the LG Optimus 3D.
Here’s what we said about the phones in the first round:
When we first saw the Palm Pre 3 at HP’s webOS launch event (check out
our hands-on gallery), we were struck by its larger size–it has a
3.6-inch screen compared to the Palm Pre’s 3.1-inch screen–the 800 x
480-pixel resolution, and its large, comfortable keyboard. Inside, this
5.5-ounce device has a 1.4-GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 8 or
16GB of internal storage. When it comes out this summer, it will sport a
5-MP camera on a back (with LED flash), a VGA camera on the front,
Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot capability. While a
carrier hasn’t been announced, we’re pretty sure plenty of webOS fans
will be excited to get this device in their hands.
While it’s now been proved that the “4G” part of the Atrix 4G is kind of
bogus, that doesn’t mean this Android 2.2 smart phone doesn’t have
anything going for it. This Tegra 2-powered device has a near-iPhone
like 4-inch qHD screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, a
front-facing VGA camera and a rear-facing 5-mp camera with an LED flash.
The Atrix 4G also has the coolest accessories: A laptop dock that turns
this phone into a mini notebook (complete with tab-equipped web
browser), and an entertainment dock that, when used with a Bluetooth
keyboard and mouse, lets you browse the web and watch movies on a
This is my reservation with the Atrix... what it offers and what it stands for are two different things. The concept of a mobile phone that can truly become a mobile computer is a fantastic one and almost certainly a big idea for the future.
What was, in fact, the most impressive feature of the Atrix was its capabilities when connected to its optional accessories. For example, the otorola Atrix can actually be run as a laptop when plugged into its netbook-style accessory. Comprised solely of an 11.6-inch screen, full QWERTY keyboard and battery, the dock allows for easier typing and browsing while the rest of the experience is run straight from the phone.