Motorola Atrix 2 vs. HTC Amaze 4G

by: Matthew SabatiniNovember 9, 2011
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Back in October, two extremely hot phones came on the market practically unnoticed. Mostly, this was due to the fact that one was on T-Mobile (Amaze 4G) and the other was released on AT&T at the same time as the iPhone 4S was released. Despite their poor entrances, both devices have a lot to offer, and might still be two of the top Android smartphones on the market today.

Although neither device will have a screen like other rumored devices, if your looking for a new phone, rumors might just not cut it for you if you need a device now. In that case, take a look at the spec sheet below and meet me at the bottom for a full-on comparison.

Spec-For-Spec Chart Battle


HTC Amaze 4G

Moto Atrix 2

Device typeSmart phoneSmart phone
OSAndroid (2.3.4)Android (2.3.4)
Form factorCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.12 x 2.58 x 0.46 (130 x 65.6 x 11.8 mm)4.96 x 2.59 x 0.40 (126 x 66 x 10 mm)
Weight6.10 oz (173 g)5.18 oz (147 g)
Side KeysRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Other
ColorsBlack, White


Physical size4.30 inches4.30 inches
Resolution540 x 960 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density240.00 ppi
Colors16 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensorLight sensor, Proximity sensor


Talk time6.00 hours8.50 hours
Stand-by time264 hours382 hours
Capacity1730 mAh1785 mAh
TypeLi – IonLi – Ion


ProcessorDual core, 1500 MHz, Qualcomm APQ8060Dual core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP4430
Graphics processorYesPowerVR SGX 540
System memory1024 MB RAM1024 MB RAM
Built-in storage16384 MB8192 MB
Storage expansion
Slot TypemicroSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC
Maximum card size32 GB32 GB


Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
FlashDual LEDLED
FeaturesAuto focusAuto focus, White balance, Effects, Scenes
1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera2 megapixels0.3 megapixels VGA


Music player
Filter byAlbum, Artist, Playlists
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playback
Supported formatsMP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, MIDIMP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR, MIDI
Video playback
Supported formatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264
RadioFM, StereoFM
SpeakersEarpiece, Loudspeaker
StreamingAudio, VideoAudio, Video
YouTube playerYesYes

Internet browsing

SupportsHTML, FlashHTML, HTML5, XHTML, Flash
Built-in online services supportFacebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, TwitterFacebook, Twitter


GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 1900, 2100 MHz
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGEHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA, EDGE
Global RoamingYesYes
Satellite systemGPSGPS, A-GPS
NavigationYesTurn-by-turn navigation

Phone features

PhonebookUnlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring IDUnlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
OrganizerCalendar, Alarm, CalculatorCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
MessagingSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text inputSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
Instant MessagingGoogle TalkGoogle Talk
OTA Software updatesYes
GamesNeed for Speed Shift


Bluetooth3.02.1, EDR
ProfilesHeadset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
Wi-Fi802.11 b, g, n, a802.11 b, g, n
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm
HDMIvia microUSB1.4
OtherNFC, Computer sync, OTA syncDLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSB

Other features

NotificationsMusic ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneService lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Additional microphoneYes
SensorsAccelerometer, CompassAccelerometer, Compass
Hearing aid compatibilityM3, T3M3, T3
OtherVoice recordingVoice dialing, Voice recording, TTY/TDD


Officially announced26 Sep 201111 Oct 2011

Pro’s and Con’s

Display: Both devices pack 4.3 inch screens with 540 x 960 pixel resolutions. Therefore, this category is a complete wash. Although these screens are clearly not up to par with that of the Galaxy Nexus, you surely will not be too upset with 240 pixels per inch, right?

Operating System: Both will be running Gingerbread out of the box. However, with Ice Cream Sandwich coming up, both devices should be getting the update in early 2012. In fact, HTC has announced that the Amaze 4G will most definitely be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the earlier months of 2012.

The HTC Amaze has an amazing, lightning fast camera, but terrible battery life

Design: Despite having the same screen size, the Amaze 4G is slightly bulkier. It is .16″ taller, .06″ wider, and nearly an ounce heavier than the Atrix 2.

Battery: Despite being a good all around phone, the Amaze 4G is completely lacking in the battery category. It’s 1735 mAh battery will only last you 6 hours of talk time. On the other hand, the Atrix 2 will still only get you 8.5 hours. Although the Atrix 2 has a better battery life, phone such as the Droid Bionic boast talk times of up to 10 hours.

Hardware: If your wondering why a mere 55 mAh is causing a 2 1/2 hour talk time difference, it is because of the difference in hardware. The Amaze 4G packs a mean 1.5 gHz Dual-Core processor whereas the Atrix 2 will only get you a 1 gHz Dual-Core. In addition, HTC has upped the ante in storage by giving the Amaze 4G 16 GB of internal and up to 32 GB of external storage. On the other hand, Atrix 2 customers can look forward to the bare minimum of 8 GB internal storage and the same 32 GB of external.

Camera: In the department of camera’s, you are going to be looking at similar specifications with two small differences. Both pack 8mp rear-shooters and 1080p video capture. However, the Amaze 4G will have an additional LED flasher (compared the the Atrix 2’s 1) and a 2 MP front-facing camera vs. the Atrix 2’s 0.3 MP VGA, and HTC has made substantial progress in the software powering their camera’s of late, so you can expect the Amaze to take better pictures in harder to shoot situations.


Like most phone comparisons, it should come down to your carrier. The Amaze 4G is on T-Mobile ($259.99), and the Atrix 2 is an AT&T phone ($99.99). If you are searching for a new carrier and can get a new contract, the Atrix 2 is much cheaper and has a better battery. However, you would be missing out on things like an extra 0.5 gHz, extra LED flash, and extra 8 GB of internal storage. Whether or not these “extras” mean anything to you should be the deciding factor. Are the “extras” really worth another $150?