Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S Advance vs. Motorola Atrix 2

Samsung has been releasing one phone after the other. After adding Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III to the smartphone flagship team, it has released the Galaxy S Advance that reminds us of the first ever model. Based on the base of the original Samsung Galaxy S, this is a midrange Android phone. One of the phones that might make competition tough is the Motorola ATRIX 2. It often comes under the category of the best Android phones in the market; however it lies in the same price range of the Galaxy S Advance. Its awesome features available at a low price are a major attraction for customers. Here is a comparison between the two phones.

Ergonomics & Design:

The Galaxy S Advance measures 123.2 mm lengthwise, 63 mm breadthwise and 9.7 mm in thickness. It weighs 120 g. The ATRIX 2 measures 126 mm lengthwise, 66 mm breadthwise and 10 mm in thickness. The phone weighs 147 g. Featuring a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 * 800 pixels image resolution, the Galaxy S Advance is eye catching and well designed. The HD offerings aren’t the latest technology but the 233 ppi images offered by the Corning Gorilla Glass-covered touchscreen are some of the best in a mid-range Android market scene. The ATRIX 2 screen is 4.3 inches in size and has a crisp resolution of 960 * 540 pixels. The TFT screen is responsive for finger swipes and clicks. However, the screen despite the awesome resolution isn’t as bright as the AMOLED display.

Operating System:

Both phones have an Android base. They run on Gingerbread (v2.3). This is a disappointment more on the part of the Galaxy S Advance, as being a recent phone it doesn’t have an update to the near year old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Galaxy S Advance has a dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz. The ATRIX 2 also has a dual core processor packed with a Texas Instrument OMAP chipset and with a clock speed of 1 GHz. The trim interface of the ATRIX 2 is different from the Samsung phones and is somehow reminiscent of the iPhone 4S interface.


The Galaxy S Advance offers two models based on internal memory – 8 GB and 16 GB of storage available with 768 MB RAM and 2 GB ROM. The ATRIX 2 has 8 GB of internal memory with 1 GB RAM. Micro SD card slots are present in both phones that can house up to 32 GB. A 2 GB memory card is included in the ATRIX 2’s handset.


The Galaxy S Advance’s 5 MP rear mounted camera is fairly impressive and packs features such as LED flash, geo tagging, touch focus, etc. The ATRIX 2 however has an enviable 8 MP rear facing camera with a higher resolution and LED flash. The interesting feature about the ATRIX 2 camera is that it offers two megapixels settings – an 8 MP mode that takes normal shots and a 6 MP mode where the shots are taken in a HD screen. You can also disable the flash if you wish. The Galaxy S Advance shoots 720p videos while the ATRIX 2 shoots 1080p videos. The phones have secondary cameras. The Galaxy S Advance’s front camera is a 1.3 MP one.


The phones are GSM and HSDPA enabled in 2G and 3G networks. The ATRIX 2 offers 4G service as well. Motorola has included an assortment of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, micro USB, etc. The Galaxy S Advance is also Wi-Fi enabled and has other wireless options such as DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Battery Life:

The Galaxy S Advance has a Li-Ion battery rated at 1500 mAh. The ATRIX 2 is backed with a Li-Ion battery rated at 1785 mAh.


The ATRIX 2 costs around $410. The Galaxy S Advance is priced at $420.

Wrap Up:

The ATRIX 2 wins marginally thanks to more RAM, bigger screen, better screen resolution, better camera features, faster download speeds, longer battery talk time, etc. Given its specs, the ATRIX 2 can be called a high end Android handset available at a fair price. It isn’t the best but is in the same league. The Galaxy S Advance isn’t too far behind and provides a mid-market handset to us. This phone concentrates more on the hardware specs rather than the software side of things. To sum up, the phones are almost equal to each other and you can choose either one according to your preferences.

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