Trying the Atrix

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mltaylor, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Well I love Apple products but lately I've been let down. I bought the new Macbook pro 15 inch and had troubles right out of the gate with some screen issues that werent able to be pinpointed to cause.

    This is an iphone forum so heres that part. Ive had every iPhone and it just seems bugs get more common and more common. Clock issues and what not are just getting tiresome. That said Im going to try the Atrix out for a while and see if I like it. My problem is the apple ecosystem. My old Macbook has all my iPhone backups and music and you name it. All the apps I have bought for the iPhone.

    Has anyone else gotten fed up with some problems, even if minor?

    I know I will get harassed about this seeing as it is an iPhone board.
  2. vachargerfan macrumors regular

    May 28, 2008
    Nope, I owned the original iPhone and the 4. Not had 1 single problem with them. Not saying that you do, but it seems a lot of people go over the phone/Apple Products with a fine tooth comb and replace it for some of the craziest reasons
  3. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Good luck. My brother got one and he used it for 2 weeks before returning it. The battery life is awful. He says he charges it, checks an email, and leaves it idle. 2.5 hours later, it's lost 15% charge.

    That's pretty bad.
  4. mltaylor thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Good point. That's another reason I usually love the iPhone. Its battery is a beast. Plus it seems wherever I am someone has a handy cable for an iPod or iPhone
  5. jjprusk macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2007

    I tried the Atrix for 2 weeks and just returned it yesterday. I have used iPhones since day 1 and have an iPhone4 and wanted to compare the Android latest and greatest. I have much Apple gear and do appreciate their products, but I don't consider myself a fanboi. A few notes:

    1) Battery on the iPhone4 does last longer, but not by miles. I had all of the same accounts, etc. setup and at the end of the day the Atrix would be at 50% and the iPhone4 at 65% - not huge, but a difference.

    2) Something is not right with the Atrix upload speeds, which has been reported. I don't know if its an AT&T problem or what but they are significantly slower than iPhone4 upload speeds.

    3) I absolutely LOVE the ability to configure Android! Very, very nice...

    4) Also love widgets - it is so nice (and useful...) to have on one screen my upcoming calendar events, messges overview, & weather.

    5) Android is behind IOS in terms of corporate support. In order to access corporate accounts, you have to rely on the OEM's software (Moto, HTC, etc.), which is a shame. To me Android is an incomplete OS because they don't license the activescync technology.

    6) Number 5 is a major problem that it dramatically slows down updates to the field. Moto was talking about a gingerbread update later this year - that's a huge lag considering the update is available now...

    Bottom line is that is was very tough to return the Atrix - its the closest yet that I've seen that could make me give up my iPhone. The configurability and widgets are a MAJOR feature of Android that increases the use of the phone substantially. Apple has some work to do here and quickly. My guess is that if they don't update IOS this year they may start to loose customers (probably me, for one).
  6. Faux Carnival macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    The original iPhone (or should I say iOS 1.0?) had very limited features. For example, no MMS, no copy-paste, even no wallpapers. Hundreds more I could count.

    So, like every other piece of software in the world, as it gets more complicated more problems arise. I feel the same, simplicity of iOS is still there but much more buggy recently.
  7. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    I still have my Atrix after 3 weeks.
    It has it's issues, but the battery last longer than the one in my 3GS.
    The main issue with the Atrix is the Tegra 2 chip.
    Most Android apps are simply not capable of utilizing it properly.
    Skype video chat doesn't work and Qik barley works. Even the one made specifically for the Atrix. (upload speed caps are killing the video feed making it extremely choppy)

    The front camera on the phone might as well be removed as it is all but useless.

    As for the upload speeds, it is AT&T who decided to disable HSUPA on all devices other than the iPhone.
    AT&T had Motorola disable HSUPA on the phone. You're stuck with sub 300Kbps upload speeds which also causes serious latency issues.

    Apple will never let a carrier mess with the iPhone's radio.

    I've got a few more days before my 30 days are up.
    Still on the fence, but I love the ability to customize it to MY needs.

    Decisions, decisions.
  8. shelbymayer macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010

    Tango works pretty well for video chatting

    I got the Atrix on launch day and I love it!

    I had the original iphone, iphone 3G and iphone 4 and like most people have stated...I ultimately became bored with IOS...don't get me wrong I'm still a huge apple fan and always will be, but android has been nice to me so far! :)

    Battery life for me on the atrix was HORRIBLE AT FIRST...but after a few charge cycles I get a full day's usage out of it which is all I could ask for

    i'm a little annoyed that AT&T is not allowing us to take advantage of the HSUPA upload speeds...but I am glad they are doing this to ensure a smooth rollout...because I would have been a lot more annoyed if it was enabled and not working due to AT&T not testing/working out all the bugs before flipping the switch

    I really can't wait for app developers to harness the power of the Tegra 2 processor...again something I have to wait for but I don't really mind because this phone is still FAST

    i'll be curious to see what happens with IOS5 and the Iphone 5 (or 4GS or whatever it will be called) to see if apple makes significant changes to the OS...if they do...i'll be more than happy to switch back...if not looks like i'll be waiting for the Iphone 6 (or whatever IT will be called) and some major revamps!

    just my .02! :)
  9. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I've been using iPhones since the day they were released. While they do have problems, I don't believe that iOS4.3 is any worse than previous versions. The problems may be different, but not worse.
    For example, I had to reboot my original iPhone far more than my 4. Safari was also very unstable in iPhone OS 1. But at least they could handle DST back then ;).

    I think part of the issue is generally higher expectations of devices today. I know that I use my current phone far more frequently and intensely today compared to three years ago. A smaller issue simply has a bigger impact on my day.
  10. mltaylor thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Well...I did it. Bought the Atrix 4G. It is an awesome phone and anybody would be happy with it. Nice screen, super fast, nice size and shape (slippery though). BUT iOS is just so much easier.

    Easier may not even be the way to describe it. iOS just allows a user to go here to there so much easier. Now that may be because I am used to it.

    Facebook apps and Twitter apps are on par with iPhones but the sports apps just arent as good. MLB lets you stream games on the iPhone, My favorite college team lets you listen to live radio shows and games.

    If it were my first phone I would really, really like it but coming from an iPhone I just dont know if I could make the switch...I like the speed and notifications though, alot.
  11. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    MLB At Bat will stream games on Android when the season starts.
  12. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    drag to hear that battery life is still suspect with the Atrix. Pretty much all Android phones I've used had horrible battery life - unless you root and load a custom rom. Even then, the battery life improves, but not much.

    iPhone 4 (for me) has incredible battery life compared to the many Android devices I've used.

    Atrix looks like it could be a good combo for business people on the go. Maybe once the battery issues get solved.
  13. infidel69 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2011
    My Atrix gets better battery life than my iphone 4, but the biggest advantage over the 4 is that Flash video performance is outstanding. I've yet to come across a flash site that didn't load properly. The camera is actually very good, not as good as the iphone 4 but hey it's a phone so I don't really care. Video recording on the otherhand is very good on the Atrix. The other big advantage is the GPS performance. This is the best phone GPS in the business it locks on in 2 seconds and is extremely accurate. It's a very good phone, but if you want to stick with apple wait until the iphone 5 or whatever they're going to call it comes out. The iphone 4 is getting a little long in the tooth now.
  14. oakie macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2008
    i spent a few years trying to ditch the iphone but ended up coming back to it this year after time with android. i just missed the simplicity and consistency of the iOS platform compared to android.

    regardless, i still have an HTC G2 that accompanies my iPhone4 because the nerd in me just likes android for it's nerdcred.

    that's just my personal experience.
  15. mltaylor thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Honestly Im a huge supporter (fanboy) for apple products but for whatever reason I keep looking for a better phone than an iPhone.

    I bought the new Macbook pro and it has been a nightmare with problems and I feel Apple is getting somewhat lazy in the testing area. I do love the simplicity of all things Apple but at the same time the products aren't pleasing me considering the prices that I am paying.

    I do love Apple's lifetime for products as far as iPhones go. 1.5 years or so before they quit updating them. Android isnt nearly that long.

    All in all I keep coming back because Apple does things better but Im getting frustrated as time goes by.
  16. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    +1, but I like it just because it works my iP4 I mean :rolleyes:

    A friend of mine just bought one down in South Carolina, he says over the weekend he had to pop the battery out several times while setting it up, and playing around with it bc Froyo 2.2 keeps locking up.

    The issue I have is the Atrix is brand new yet there is a Blockbuster application on it and you can not remove it, Did anyone who created the phone realize Blockbuster is out of business just about and it for sale for like $265 Million and doesn't have a buyer yet?

    Google needs to remove all those cruddy apps and stop letting MFG's put apps like MotoBlur on there because everyone I spoke to hates it.
  17. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    only way to remove those apps is to root (androids version of jailbreak) and you can load a custom rom, remove all the bloatware.

    i loved android, but after getting an IP4, really no comparison.
  18. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    You do not have to root the phone to remove those apps.
    AT&T didn't protect them.
    Just go into Manage Applications and uninstall them.

    As for the battery life, I get about 3 to 4 mores hours out of it than my iPhone did.

    As for MotoBlur, it takes getting used to (like 10 minutes), but I like the integration it provides over stock Android.
    It's in the background, not all up in your face like HTC does with Sense.
    You can remove it, this does require root access to perform.
  19. threezero macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2008
    Pretty sure blockbuster app and motorblur is put on the phone by the hardware manufacture. One of the cons of the openness of android, hardware and network provider can put alot of bloatware on the phone.

    I receive an atrix from my company, this being my first android I have to say I LOVE the amount of customization, widget + notification system.

    Once rooted you can install hack apk to enable webtop with just the stock hdmi cable. It is very cool and unique. Playing fruit ninja on a 52 inch tv ftw.

    On the topic of games. I notice that the atrix is sumtimes not as responsive as the ip4. This could be due to the fact that there is so many android phone out there, app just isn't compatible with the atrix.

    Atrix is the most powerful smartphone out, spec wise. But when you actually play around with it there is still lag and page loading is sometimes slower compare to ip4.

    My biggest gripe with the atrix is how cheap it feels in my hands. Too much plastic and it creaks when you squeeze it hard.

    I'm glad it's just a company phone and I still have my ip4. One day though I would like to have an android phone. Perhaps one that feels as good as the ip4
  20. lucas123 macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    Has anyone gotten Fring to work properly on the Atrix?
    There was an update last week.
  21. shelbymayer, Mar 22, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 4, 2011

    shelbymayer macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    i was easily able to remove the blockbuster app without rooting

    settings>applications>manage applications>all applications>click on blockbuster then uninstall

    worked for MOST of the AT&T crapwhere too (navigator, uverse, etc)

    haven't tried Fring. I use tango and it works pretty well!
  22. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    The word on the street is that the Atrix has a lot of issues. It hasn't hit mainstream attention yet, but the phone is still fairly new.
  23. mltaylor thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    So far I haven't had any issues with the Atrix. Battery is no bueno so far though. The fingerprint scanner is very cool btw. I do wish it was made of nicer materials like the iPhone.
  24. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Define nicer materials.
    The frame is metal, just covered in a plastic backer. I like this as I can easily replace it if it becomes scratched or damaged.
    Granted mine is wrapped in an Incipio Feather case, so I don't see it anyway. The Atrix is as slick as a greased pig and a case is a must have.

    It also uses real Corning Gorilla Glass, not imitation Gorilla glass like the iPhone 4 (Aluminosilicate glass).
  25. mltaylor thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    I'd like the back to be metal not flimsy plastic. The screen doesn't feel as nice as the iPhone 4's, though it may not break near as easy. Overall the build quality of iPhones surpass most phones I've used

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