On this week's episode, Jon discusses Android skins! HTC Sense UI, Motoblur, Touchwiz, and the like are all featured on this episode's rant chopping block. Jon shares his thoughts on how these custom Android skins that are forced upon users by manufacturers might actually be a disservice to the overall experience of Android itself.
Motorola Atrix Review:
The hardware on the Atrix is the real star of the show. It’s packing a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a full gigabyte of RAM, front facing camera, and everything else people on AT&T have been waiting for. The full specifications are:
NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, clocked in at 1 GHz
1024 MB of system RAM
16382 MB (16GB) internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB size card)
4-inch capacitive touchscreen at 540×960 (qHD) resolution
5 MP rear camera with 720p video capture and dual LED flash, VGA (0.3 MP) front-facing camera
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, AGPS, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
1930 mAh battery
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, UMTS 850, 1900, 2100 and 14.4 Mbit/s HSDPA / 2.0 Mbit/s HSUPA * radio
So the hardware is nothing to sneeze at. It’s by far the most powerful smartphone hardware we’ve ever seen. But exactly how is it packaged up? The phone is a mixture of plastic with a Gorilla Glass screen. The screen is glossy plastic with no coating, but the way the battery door wraps around it feels very solid. You’ll see what I mean in the pictures that follow. It is a total fingerprint magnet though — front and back.
The front of the phone is your standard black slab, with capacitive buttons and a cutout for the earpiece. The buttons are silkscreened and have the same order as the Droid X and Droid 2 models — menu-home-back-search. It looks like Motorola has decided on a button order, let’s hope they stick to it. At the very bottom edge is a microphone, and beside the earpiece is the VGA front-facing camera, tucked safely away under the same sheet of Gorilla glass that covers the entire face of the phone.
On the rear of the phone is the 5 MP camera with its dual flash setup, a small (but surprisingly loud and clear) external speaker grill, a second noise-canceling microphone, and the power button/fingerprint scanner combo. The power button placement and arrangement takes some getting used to, but in the end it works great. Now that I’m back to my personal phone, I find myself missing it. On top next to the power switch is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is good and solid without being too deep. You’ll appreciate that if you use wired headphones, either by choice or because you broke your Bluetooth MotoRokr set. I fall into the later category.
On the phone’s left edge are the USB and HDMI port. Shout out to Motorola here — the connectors are rock solid, with little to no wiggle on either. I wouldn’t be afraid that things are going to break, as both the included cables (yes, Moto gives you a HDMI cable to call your own) and the dock connectors fit snugly and just right. On the right side the volume rocker switch sits alone, being in a good position for easy use, but entirely too small and aggravating as all get out. If you frequently use the volume switch, you’ll probably get used to it, but I sure didn’t. Yes, nit-picky, but important to many — including myself.
Under the battery door everything fits nicely, is easy to get to, and feels very well made. We shouldn’t be surprised here — Motorola makes quality phones, and the Atrix is no exception. The only gripe I can find is the battery door itself. The material is thin, flexible plastic. The way the battery door wraps around the corners of the phone you don’t notice this while it’s on, but I was a little worried the first time I removed it that I would break it. I didn’t, and maybe I am worried over nothing, but it seems out of place on an otherwise rugged feeling piece of hardware.
Ppreview of the HTC One X smartphone with Sense 4.0 custom user interface at MWC 2012
Specs: quad core Tegra 3 CPU 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB storage (+25GB via Dropbox), 4.6 inch display (1280 x 720px SUPER LCD2), HSPA+, 1800 mAh battery, Beats Audio and 8 Megapixel camera