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Atrix 2 Review – The Best New Budget Phone? (video)

When we got our hands-on with the Atrix 2 down at CTIA a few weeks ago, we wondered if it would live up to the Atrix name. After spending some quality time with the phone, we’ve made our conclusion. Does the Atrix 2 make enough improvements to compete against other budget Android devices?

From a spec standpoint, the Atrix 2 more than held its own, especially at its consumer-friendly price point of $100 with two-year contract. The device comes equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, Android 2.3 and HSPA+ support. In addition, a nice redesign has hit the device, with a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD screen, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities and HDMI-out for LapDock support.

Marketed as a device that combines “extreme power” with “life of the party” capabilities, the Atrix 2 exceeded our expectations with its high-end handset specs. For the price, you’re getting a bargain. There are a few caveats, however. If you’re a huge Android enthusiast, the fact that there’s no Ice Cream Sandwich is a big deal – so far there has been no word from Motorola whether or not the Atrix 2 will see the upgraded OS. For casual users, Android 2.3 is more than capable. The device also lacks LTE, so that’s also something to consider.

If you’re looking to pick up an Android device this holiday season without breaking the bank, you can’t go wrong with the Motorola Atrix 2. The internal specs make it more than capable of handling everyday tasks, and externally it’s a beautiful device, although viewing the screen in direct sunlight made it impossible to see, lacking a brightness compared to other devices. Overall, the Atrix 2 is a solid smartphone that improves upon the Atrix 4G in many ways.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...