Motorola Atrix 2 vs. HTC Amaze 4G

November 9, 2011
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Overview

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

Design

HTC Amaze 4G

Moto Atrix 2

Device type Smart phone Smart phone
OS Android (2.3.4) Android (2.3.4)
Form factor Candybar Candybar
Dimensions 5.12 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)
Weight 6.10 oz (173 g) 5.18 oz (147 g)
Side Keys Right: Volume control, Camera shutter, Other
Colors Black, White

Display

Physical size 4.30 inches 4.30 inches
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 240.00 ppi
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16 777 216
Touchscreen Capacitive, Multi-touch Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features Light sensor, Proximity sensor Light sensor, Proximity sensor

Battery

Talk time 6.00 hours 8.50 hours
Stand-by time 264 hours 382 hours
Capacity 1730 mAh 1785 mAh
Type Li – Ion Li – Ion

Hardware

Processor Dual core, 1500 MHz, Qualcomm APQ8060 Dual core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP4430
Graphics processor Yes PowerVR SGX 540
System memory 1024 MB RAM 1024 MB RAM
Built-in storage 16384 MB 8192 MB
Storage expansion
Slot Type microSD, microSDHC microSD, microSDHC
Maximum card size 32 GB 32 GB

Cameras

Camera 8 megapixels, Immobile 8 megapixels, Immobile
Flash Dual LED LED
Features Auto focus Auto focus, White balance, Effects, Scenes
Camcorder Yes Yes
1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Features Video calling Video calling
Front-facing camera 2 megapixels 0.3 megapixels VGA

Multimedia

Music player
Filter by Album, Artist, Playlists
Features Album art cover, Background playback
Supported formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, MIDI MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR, MIDI
Video playback
Supported formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264
Radio FM, Stereo FM
Speakers Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Streaming Audio, Video Audio, Video
YouTube player Yes Yes

Internet browsing

Browser Yes Yes
Supports HTML, Flash HTML, HTML5, XHTML, Flash
Built-in online services support Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, Twitter Facebook, Twitter

Technology

GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
Data HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA, EDGE
Global Roaming Yes Yes
Satellite system GPS GPS, A-GPS
Navigation Yes Turn-by-turn navigation

Phone features

Phonebook Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
Organizer Calendar, Alarm, Calculator Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
Messaging SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
E-mail Yes IMAP, POP3, SMTP
Instant Messaging Google Talk Google Talk
OTA Software updates Yes
Games Need for Speed Shift

Connectivity

Bluetooth 3.0 2.1, EDR
Profiles Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, a 802.11 b, g, n
USB USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Connector microUSB microUSB
Features Mass storage device, USB charging Mass storage device, USB charging
Headphones connector 3.5mm 3.5mm
HDMI via microUSB 1.4
Other NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync
Charging connector microUSB microUSB

Other features

Notifications Music ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Additional microphone Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass Accelerometer, Compass
Hearing aid compatibility M3, T3 M3, T3
Other Voice recording Voice dialing, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

Availability

Officially announced 26 Sep 2011 11 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.

Re-Cap

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?

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