Every Android blogger has their own niche and mine is the bleeding-edge technology of high-end smartphones. I am a passionate early adopter who gets excited about waiting in line on day one to pick up a new phone.
This past week at CES I actually skipped most of the carrier press events because I knew what was going to be announced and I wanted to focus on what’s coming next. I met with all the semiconductor companies, checked out the new display technologies, attended a meeting of the Wireless Power Consortium, and made every effort to talk with as many industry insiders as I could schedule.
Many of you know that I have been a long-time T-Mobile customer, but I’m ready to change things up. T-Mobile has the most options when it comes to rate plans, their customer service is excellent, their HSPA+ network is super fast, and they have been big supporters of Android. At this point I really have no complaints with T-Mobile so that’s why I’m ready to move on to a new journey.
Out of all the Android phones that were announced this past week at CES, the Motorola Atrix 4G is the clear winner when it comes to hardware specs and functionality. It is hands down the best Android phone on any carrier and it best represents the future of mobile computing.
For better or for worse, I have decided to purchase the Atrix 4G and switch to AT&T.
As with any new Android phone, I expect this will be a bumpy ride. However, the Atrix 4G is the first Android device that really kicks off the mobile computing revolution and I want to be able to say that I had one and got to influence the future devices that follow it.
This is my list of reasons why I will head to AT&T next month and pick up the Atrix 4G on day one.
1. Dual-core Tegra 2 processor with GeForce GPU
What else can I say about Tegra 2 that hasn’t already been written? I went to CES 2011 to see the future of mobile computing and NVIDIA was the only semiconductor company that delivered the goods. CES 2011 was just a snapshot in time, but NVIDIA easily won round 1 of the dual-core wars.
For more info about Tegra 2 see our previous posts:
- 5 compelling reasons you will want to buy a dual-core mobile device
- What does NVIDIA’s CEO think Tegra 2 means for Android users?
- Android Insiders: A conversation with Michael Rayfield of NVIDIA
The Atrix 4G will be the first Android smartphone that is computer-centric first instead of phone-centric.
2. Biometric security with fingerprint scanner
Two years ago I authored a post called 9 Features I Want In My Next Android Phone and the top item on my list was a fingerprint scanner. I’m not sure why it took this long, but I’m glad to see that Motorola included a form of biometric security on my next mobile device. Hopefully in the next year or two, passwords will become a thing of the past.
3. Tons of memory for multitasking – 1 GB RAM
The Atrix 4G is the first phone I know of that will ship with 1 GB of RAM. A super chip like the Tegra 2 excels at multitasking, so it’s nice to see 1 GB RAM inside a mobile device. Hopefully this will allow my phone to keep up with my busy lifestyle.
4. Laptop, HD multimedia, and vehicle docking accessories
Thanks to the revolutionary docking accessories, the Atrix 4G can transform from a phone into a laptop, desktop computer, personal navigation device, gaming console, and set-top box. I thought it might take another year to reach this point, but this is the future of mobile computing that we have heard Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha and NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talking about for the last couple years.
The mobile phone is now your most personal computer and in the next year or two it should become the most powerful.
5. The world’s first 4.0″ qHD display
Motorola upgraded their screens and went with a 4.0″ qHD (540 x 960) display with 24-bit color graphics. We didn’t get to dive too deep into who’s making this display, but the resolution looked great in the time we got to spend with the Atrix. Most new Android phones that got announced went with a WVGA display, so Motorola now offers the best resolution.
6. Long-lasting 1930 mAh battery
The AT&T Atrix 4G will ship with a 1930 mAh battery, which is the highest capacity for any Android phone. We already know that dual-core processors are more power efficient and AT&T is advertising that the Atrix 4G offers up to 9 hours talk time. Most competing Android phones only offer 4-8 hours of talk time, so this is a good sign that the Atrix could offer the best overall battery life of any other smartphone.
7. AT&T’s 4G network(s)
Everyone loves to hate on AT&T, but most people are just repeating things they have read on the internet. I’m not aware of many Android bloggers on AT&T, so I felt like this was a good opportunity to try them out and give them a voice (for good or bad).
AT&T recently completed their HSPA+ upgrade and they will start turning on their LTE network this summer. The combination of HSPA+ and LTE should be the best 4G combo offered by any carrier this year.
I have already felt the blowback on Twitter, but I would love to hear everyone’s feedback. If you are a current, former, or future AT&T customer, please tell me if I making the right decision.