Motorola Atrix vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Vs Richard Goodwin 16:13, 16 Feb 2011

We compare the specs of two of 2011’s mightiest smartphones — the Motorola Atrix and the recently confirmed Samsung Galaxy S II — to see which device will prevail in 2011

We take a look at two of the biggest handsets on the planet, the Motorola Atrix and the Samsung Galaxy S II, to see which of these Android-powered hardware behemoths is the best and most worth your hard-earning cash.

Both devices represent the utmost spike of 2011’s hardware boom featuring dual core processors, masses of storage and truly awesome displays. But which is the overall best in terms of gross specs? We find out.

Form Factor
The Samsung Galaxy S II is truly a sight to behold. Not only is it one of the thinnest devices on the planet at just 8.5mm in thickness, but it’s also one of the best looking too.

Picking up where last year’s Galaxy S left off, the Galaxy S II features a gorgeous metallic edging, Gorilla Glass front panel and is easily one of the best looking devices to come out of Mobile World Congress 2011.

It’s exact measurements are 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and it weighs just 116g – that’s 19g lighter than the Motorola Atrix.

The Motorola Atrix, on the other hand, doesn’t have any of the premium-feel metallic edging that's present on the Galaxy S II, but don’t let this put you off – the device looks and feels every bit the premium device. The corners are rounded, which gives the device a soft appearance, and the device also features Gorilla Glass too.

The Atrix’s vital statistics are 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1mm, which makes it significantly smaller than the Galaxy S II but, bizarrely, it’s no way near as lightweight at 135g – the same weight as the original HTC Desire.

Verdict – Samsung Galaxy S II 

Display
The Samsung Galaxy S II is a big phone. It’s got a 4.3-inch 480x800 pixels display and makes use of Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, which means vibrant colours and near perfect blacks – both of which should put this device high on a lot of people’s wish-lists.

The Motorola Atrix, which is the first device to use the LCD qHD display technology, has a staggering 540 x 960 pixel 4-inch display – one of the highest currently on the market.

qHD is also reported to use 50 per cent less power through the use of RGBW sub pixel arrangement – adding an extra white pixel in the usual three colour group.

Needless to say, this level of resolution puts the Atrix way out in front of the Galaxy S II. And for us, this kind of slides it.

Don’t get us wrong, both devices have truly amazing displays and neither will disappoint, but for us 50 per cent less power consumption combined with that pixel resolution snags it for the Atrix.

Winner – Atrix

Operating System
This aspect is pretty straightforward: both devices have, or will get, Android 2.3 (AKA: Gingerbread) when they land in the UK.

We’ve seen both devices in action and the only thing separating them at the moment is that Samsung is showing off the Galaxy S II with Android Gingerbread and Motorola only has Froyo on the Atrix.

Nonetheless, both will be Gingerbread handsets in the grand scheme of things, so it’s pretty much impossible to differentiate them in this respect.

Verdict – Draw

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