Motorola Atrix vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone -- Motorola's Atrix or Apple's iPhone 4?

The Motorola Atrix is one of the first Android smartphones to come equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor. Running Google's Android 'Froyo' 2.2 operating system, the Atrix has an HDMI-out port, records HD video, and can be transformed into more than just a smartphone thanks to Motorola's powerful HD Multimedia Dock and Laptop Dock accessories.

Read our comprehensive Motorola Atrix review and check out our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

Motorola may be banking on its optional accessories to give the Atrix an edge over the competition — particularly the Apple iPhone 4 — but the Atrix is a fast and powerful mobile device in its own right and is a worthy choice for anyone looking for an excellent Android phone.

With this in mind, how does the Motorola Atrix stack up against the iPhone 4 when it comes to specifications?

Motorola Atrix vs. Apple iPhone 4: Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 4 Motorola Atrix Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS Google Android 2.2 'Froyo' (upgradeable to 2.3) Draw
Display size 3.5in 4in Motorola Atrix
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS Capacitive TFT iPhone 4
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 540x960 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation Draw
FM radio No Yes Motorola Atrix
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 16GB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No microSD card slot Motorola Atrix
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1mm iPhone 4
Weight 137g 135g Motorola Atrix
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz) Motorola Atrix
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
HDMI-out No Yes Motorola Atrix
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Up to 9 hours Motorola Atrix
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Up to 250 hours iPhone 4
Adobe Flash support No Yes Motorola Atrix

Motorola Atrix vs. iPhone 4: Design and display

The Motorola Atrix Android phone may lack the unibody design of competitors like the HTC Desire HD, but its plastic frame feels relatively well constructed. The Motorola Atrix is also less than 11mm thick, which is a nice surprise given it comes with a large 4in capacitive touchscreen.

Motorola has used 'Gorilla Glass' for the Atrix's display, which the company claims is difficult to scratch or crack. The screen is bright and clear and has excellent resolution but it doesn't fare too well in bright sunlight. The Motorola Atrix's display has a resolution of 540x960, making it a full 16:9 screen that is great for video playback.

Apple's iPhone 4 screen uses IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, and thanks to its high 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a Retina display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels. The iPhone 4 has a unique design that Apple claims to be more durable — it is constructed from a combination of aluminosilcate glass and is just 9.3 millimetres thick.

Motorola Atrix vs Apple iPhone 4

The Motorola Atrix is less than 11mm thick; a nice surprise given it has a 4in display.

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