HTC announced the launch of its Desire HD smartphone in September 2010. HTC thought that with its release, it had brought the ‘smartest’ phone in the market, and the “smartest phone” tag was theirs to keep. With 1.5GB of internal memory, 768MB RAM, 1 GHz Scorpion processor (its real fast), Android OS 2.2, an 8 megapixel camera, 3G enabled, a multi touch screen, a 720p video support and a 32GB card slot, what else would a tech-savvy user want? It was indeed the smartest phone until now. Then, came Motorola’s reply to HTC and made its Desire HD seem outdated. Motorola erased the smart phone tag and actually brought a super phone to the market, being the Motorola Atrix. Here’s our scorecard of the HTC Desire HD vs. the Motorola Atrix.
It is not the most important factor when buying a phone, but everyone does like a lighter phone, especially when it comes with other better features. The Atrix weighs a light 136gm, while its bulkier opponent comes out 164gm. Naturally, the Desire HD is broader at 68mm when compared to the Atrix, which is a little less at 63.8mm.
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The Desire HD boasts an awesome 8 MP camera. It includes auto focus and face detection features. The dual LED flash gives bright picture results even in dark light. The 720p HD video recording gives very good picture quality as well. The geo-tagging feature is obviously a plus.
The Motorola Atrix on the other hand, loses the race here with its 5 MP camera, with the rest of the features being same. The Atrix though, brings better features to the table with its front facing camera, which is not present in the Desire HD. Hence, the Atrix levels the score in the camera department.
The Desire comes power packed with Qualcomm’s 1GHZ Snapdragon MSM8255. It also features a built in Adreno 205 GPU which takes the graphics quality to the next level. The Atrix drives a heavy power punch here with a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, which comes with two separate 1GHz ARM A9 Cortex CRP’s and an ultra low power NVIDIA GeForce GPU. The dual core processor makes it capable of handling any application that the app developers can think of.
It’s Atrix 2 Desire 0
It’s an even battle here. Both phones use Google’s Android OS. The Atrix uses a version 2.2 with Motorola’s trademark MotoBlur, while the Desire HD comes with the same version of Android and HTC’s sense UI technology. Motorola though, claims it is planning to upgrade Android to version 2.3 for its Atrix phone shortly.
It’s the Motorola Atrix’s smaller, higher resolution display vs. the Desire HD’s bigger, lower resolution display. The Atrix has a 4 inch wide screen while Desire comes with a bigger 4.3 inch wide screen. However, the Atrix also features a wonderful, high resolution (540X960) screen, which takes the pixel density to a little over 275 per inch. The Desire on the other hand comes with a lower resolution display which takes the pixel density to around 216 per inch. The Atrix scores higher in this area with greater picture clarity and resolution.
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It’s a one sided battle here. The Atrix comes with internal memory of 16GB while the Desire HD comes with just 1.5GB. While some might say this is enough, it is nowhere in comparison to the Motorola Atrix. Both phones come with an SD card which supports up to 32GB.
It’s Atrix 4 Desire 0
Both phones come with a talk time of 9 hrs. The HTC Desire HD though comes with a longer standby time of 420 Hrs (490 Hrs in 2G) as compared to Atrix’s 250 Hrs, this clearly means that Desire HD on a single charge. This being said, we are receiving reports that the Atrix’s 1930mAh battery has great endurance to it, so while we think it has the potential to beat the Desire HD in this area, we will give it the benefit of the doubt.
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Both the phones come with a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP, but the Atrix scores one more by boasting 4G (HSPA+) connectivity, while the Desire HD comes with 3G/HSDPA.
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the Motorola Atrix comes out as the clear winner in this one sided battle. Motorola’s herculean storage capacity, super fast processor speed and 4G connectivity make it more than a smart phone. Not only this, the Atrix comes with many new and exciting features which the Desire lacks like an HDMI port, eCompass, and 1080p video support after a software upgrade. The Atrix easily makes the Desire HD seem like an out dated phone. HTC should start thinking about launching an upgraded version of Desire HD to make things even with Motorola.
Which of these phones would you rather have?
HTC Desire HD vs. the Motorola Atrix - Who Wins?
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I own the DHD, and played with the Atrix. I wouldn’t give up my DHD for the Atrix ever. The DHD is just so much nicer overall. Better feel. Smoother actions. Hands down the DHD is the winner. Specs on paper are one thing, but real world use is another. Long live the DHD.
Hey, no offence, but try the Atrix once, and you would fall in love with it..
I did try it as I stated in my comment above. The Atrix’s plastic build just feels cheap. I know it’s not, but the DHD aluminium build feels so much better. And I really like the DHD screen better. Not just because it’s bigger, but the display just pops more on it. To each their own really. That’s why they make more than one type of phone. :-)
Wonderful review. I have used both the phones and I am convinced that The Atrix stands way better than DHD. The Atrix feels more classy and elegant. DHD seems a small brick in front of the Atrix and just dont compare their processing speeds, Atrix is lightening fast..
no contest… like comparing apples to oranges….. tsk tsk
not a good review
I don’t really see how this is like apple’s to oranges. Both devices feature significantly different hardware, and I thought the writer did a good job presenting the differences between the two. Plus, I like apple’s better, and I have a ton of reasons why.
Why are you reading it if you don’t like it? Sounds like someones trying to fend off some buyer’s remorse.
The one point the DHD got was for it’s BATTERY??? hahaha … that’s the LAST place I thought it would score a point!
Seriously though, that really surprises me because IMO the battery is the Achilles heal of the DHD. A battery that small with a screen that big? Really HTC? Tsk, tsk. Then to top it off, with the DHD’s unibody design, it’s impossible to buy a bigger after-market battery for it, a la, Galaxy S users who buy big after market batteries.
I love my DHD … but thought this was worthy of a mention :)
Loving the introduction of the dual-core phones. The DHD held the mantle for a while, but it was never going to hold it for long.
This is about the most biased “review” I’ve ever seen. Apart from the dual-core processor, none of the points mentioned have any validity. The only complaint I have about the DHD is the battery life; I have to carry around a spare battery in my pocket so I make sure I get thru the day. But a lot of this is because I have VoIP running on it and have the 3G connection running all the time.
It seems like the reviewer takes side with Motarola Atrix and I agree with freddyzdead it is the most biased “review” I’ve ever read. DHD is heavier because of its solid aluminum body which is ideal for outdoor activities. Of course, Atrix has higher specs because it hits the market later than DHD. Just wait and see what HTC Sense 3.X or later can do.
P.S/ One of my friends recently bought Atrix and I played with it for a few hours. I would rather go for my DHD which I feel solid in my hand no major issues except battery life.