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 Then, came Motorola’s reply to HTC and made its Desire HD seem outdated.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.

Size and weight

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Storage capacity

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.

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Battery life

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 Result

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.

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