Specs Comparison: Motorola Atrix HD vs. Apple iPhone 4S

Till now we have seen high quality displays with highly priced handsets alone. Now, there are $100 phones sporting beautiful displays with unrivaled clarity. The Motorola Atrix HD which is available at $100 on-contract with AT&T is such an example. In today’s article we are comparing the Atrix HD AT&T with the top phone in the market – Apple iPhone 4S.

Ergonomics & Design:

The Atrix HD measures 133.5 mm lengthwise, 69.9 mm breadthwise and 8.4 mm in thickness. It weighs 140 g. The iPhone 4S measures 115.2 mm in length, 58.6 mm in breadth and 9.3 mm in thickness. The phone weighs 140 g too. The Atrix HD’s splash resistant 4.5 inch screen is a stunner and has a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels. The iPhone 4S on the other hand has a LED backlit IPS TFT touchscreen with a size of 3.5 inch and a resolution of 640 * 960 pixels. Compared to the iPhone, the colors of the Atrix HD colors are a bit bright and over saturated. Motorola calls the Gorilla glass topped LCD panel on the Atrix HD a “color boost” display. The Atrix HD might have an extremely high resolution screen, but the iPhone 4S’s Retina display feature gives it very crisp and sharp display of text, images and video.

Operating System:

The Atrix HD has an Android platform, the version being Ice cream sandwich (v4.0.4). The iPhone 4S runs on the most advanced mobile operating system – the iOS 5 (upgradable to iOS 5.1). The Atrix HD has a dual core Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. The iPhone 4S has a dual core processor with an Apple A5 chipset clocked at 1 GHz.


The Atrix HD has 8 GB storage with 1 GB RAM. The iPhone 4S has three models based on storage – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of internal memory available with 512 MB RAM. The Atrix HD has a micro SD card slot that can house up to 32 GB. The iPhone 4S like any other Apple product does not have a micro SD slot.


The phones sport 8 MP shooters in the rear with features such as LED flash, geo tagging, auto focus, etc. They can shoot 1080p videos at a frame rate of 30 fps. Video shooting features such as LED video light, video stabilization, etc. are available in the iPhone camera. The Atrix HD features a 1.3 MP front camera while the iPhone 4S has a VGA as its secondary camera which can shoot 480p video. Video calling is possible in the iPhone but over Wi-Fi only.


The Atrix HD is GSM and HSDPA enabled in 2G and 3G networks respectively. The AT&T’s 4G LTE network is pretty fast too. The iPhone on the other hand supports both GSM and CDMA bands and hence, is global phone. It can be used anywhere in the world irrespective of whether it’s a GSM user or a CDMA one. The phones have GPRS and EDGE features. Wireless network is enabled via Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. Bluetooth, micro USB v2.0, etc. are components of a local area connection.

Battery Life:

The Atrix HD has a Li-Ion battery rated at 1780 mAh. The iPhone 4S is backed with a Li-Po battery rated at 1432 mAh.


The Atrix HD is available at $100 on contract from AT&T. The 16GB iPhone 4S costs $200 with two year contract.

Wrap Up:

The winner between the two is of course, Apple iPhone 4S. No doubt, the Atrix HD is a great phone. With a $100 contract, people can now get a modestly priced Android handset with a sharp iPhone like display. It’s not just the screen; the rest of the device too delivers lots of high end features at a mid-range price. The Atrix HD may attract a lot of customers thanks to its price, but the 4S stands at its topmost position.

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