It seems that that technology in mobile phones is advancing even faster than it did in PC’s and notebooks. We now have mobile chips that double in power ever 12 months instead of 18 or 24 months, according to Moore’s Law. Why is this happening? My guess is because we’re re-using most of the know-how from the PC industry in the mobile industry. The “wheel” doesn’t have to be re-invented each time, just made smaller (the mobile chips).
In 2011, almost all new high-end phones will have a dual core 1 Ghz chip or higher, while in 2010 we had high-end phone with only 1 Ghz core. The first in USA to have a powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core chip is none of other than the Motorola Atrix 4G.
Some people wonder, do we need dual core chips in our phones? What’s the use of it? I’ll start by saying that there aren’t many applications to take advantage of dual core chips yet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be. There are still many types of applications that need more processing power, like camera apps, apps that process information in real time, like augmented reality apps, being able to power a laptop dock, the way the Atrix can, and this is only the tip of the iceberg here. And all that without even mentioning that you’ll feel that the phone is very fast when you open apps, and web page loading is twice as fast (if the 3G connection allows for such speeds, too).
Besides the Tegra 2 processor, the Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a beautiful 4″ qHD display with a 960×540 resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 10 GB of free internal storage, a MicroSD slot for up to 32GB external storage, a 5 MP back-camera, a VGA front camera, and a “4G” connection that’s actually more like regular 3G (don’t expect anything close to LTE speeds). Last but not least, is a powerful 1930 mAh battery, which is bigger than in any other phone, so the Atrix lasts more than most smartphones during the day.
For those of you who are looking for the best Android phone on AT&T, the Motorola Atrix 4G is without a doubt the best choice. If you’re just looking for a phone on any network, Atrix can assure you that it’s future proof at least hardware wise. Software wise it’s still on Android 2.2, so a bit old, but I’m sure Motorola will upgrade it to Android 2.3 soon enough.