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Android Phones
Motorola Atrix vs. HTC Inspire

Wirefly Learn » Android Phones

January 31st, 2011


The Motorola Atrix is one of the most eagerly awaited phones this year. Featuring a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of processor RAM, the Atrix promises to be the most powerful Android cell phone introduced to date. Add to that 4G networking capability on AT&T’s HSPA+ system and a docking station that turns the Atrix from a cell phone into a computer, and the Atrix is attracting lots of attention. On the other hand, the HTC Inspire bears at least a cursory resemblance to the HTC EVO 4G, widely considered to be one of the most powerful and desirable cell phones available today. The HTC Inspire also will use AT&T’s HSPA+ networking technology for 4G data speeds, and the increased processor RAM in the Inspire (up from 512MB in the EVO 4G to 768MB in the Inspire) will make the Inspire even tougher as a competitor. The HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix will be both powerful and capable phones, so, how do they stack up against each other?

HTC Inspire Motorola Atrix  
HTC Inspire Motorola Atrix
Wirefly’s Price
(as of publish date)
Not yet available Not yet available
Carrier AT&T AT&T
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.2
Interface HTC Sense

Modified MotoBlur

Display 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels 4.0″ LCD, 540 x 960 pixels
Data Speed 4G HSPA+ 4G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera No Yes; 640 x 480 pixels
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space Not yet known 16GB onboard; microSD slot for expansion
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,230 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable 1,930 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable
Processor Single 1 GHz processor Dual-core 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 768MB RAM: 1GB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.8 oz 5.0 oz
Dimensions 4.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.5″ 4.6″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″

Key Differences

  • Display: The HTC Inspire will have 4.3-inch LCD display that measures 480 x 800 pixels. The Motorola Atrix will have a 4-inch LCD display that measures 540 x 960 pixels, the highest resolution of any Android cell phone. Further, the Atrix will have an available docking station that includes an 11.3-inch LCD monitor.
  • Operating system: Both the HTC Inspire and the Motorola Atrix will use Android 2.2, a fast and stable operating system. Motorola is promising that the Atrix will have an upgrade to Android 2.3 by the end of 2011.
  • Processor and RAM: The HTC Inspire will have a 1GHz single-core processor, while the Motorola Atrix will be among the first cell phones to have a 1 GHz dual-core processor. To further add to its speed, the Atrix will have 1GB of processor RAM. The Inspire will have 768MB of RAM for the processor.
  • Keyboard: Both the Motorola Atrix and the HTC Inspire have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard, although the Atrix will have an optional docking station that includes a full-size physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The Motorola Atrix is expected to ship with 16GB of on-board storage, and the Atrix will also have a microSD slot to accommodate memory cards up to 32GB. The internal/external storage capability of the HTC Inspire is not known at this time but the phone will certainly include a microSD slot for external storage.
  • Camera: The Motorola Atrix is expected to have a 5-megapixel video camera with 720p HD video capability, while the HTC Inspire will have an 8-megapixel still-image camera that’s also capable of recording HD video at 720p. The Atrix will have a 640 x 480-pixel front-facing camera for video chat, but the Inspire lacks a front camera.
  • Battery: The Motorola Atrix will have a 1,930 mAh user-replaceable battery. The capacity of the lithium-ion battery in the HTC Inspire is 1,230 mAh, and it can also be replaced by the user.

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10 Responses to “Motorola Atrix vs. HTC Inspire”

  • George
    June 15, 2012

    HTC inspire 4G is de best cos that is what I use…I need an upgrade to v2.3.

  • Would you trade an htc inspire for an atrix?

    • Tom, Wirefly doesn’t sell either of those two phones. That said, both the HTC Inspire and the Motorola Atrix 2 are nice phones. I prefer the Atrix for its dual-core processor and 540 x 960-pixel display. The Atrix is also a little smaller/lighter than the Inspire, and that works for me too.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • jon jacobs
    October 19, 2011

    First of all I have had both phones… the inspire first for about three weeks and it was taken back to the store.. It was by far the worst device I have ever owned… and definately the worst htc device that was ever in my posession. AS for the atrix… best phone I have ever had. wouldn’t trade it for anything. Not even the junk phone that they just made called the atrix2.

    Ok the most important note: You really need to learn how to write because you sentence structure is really horrible. If you can’t tell the errors you made when writing this review, you really should find a good editor to make sure it sounds good instead of repeating yourself several times…

  • Denzel23
    August 7, 2011

    Got this HTC 2 months ago and its still goin strong dropped 20 or more times and I dont even hold my breath.

  • McGurgles
    July 7, 2011

    Yeah, Gorilla glass, unless incredibly thick like on Dell’s WP7, is pretty worthless. Maybe it’s a little more resistant on phones like these, but I dropped my Atrix once and now it sports a crack right across the bottom of the screen and spidering downwards. Just an FYI, I suppose.

    I will mention that an employee at the Microsoft store slammed the Dell’s screen against the rounded tip of it’s stand repeatedly, and with a surprising amount of force, and that baby held.

  • Jason Byers
    March 28, 2011

    Not to mention the fact that the Atrix comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass that is near indestructible. The HTC is the standard glass.

    On the other hand, the inspire is housed in an aluminum casing while the Motorola comes in plastic. :/

    • Summer Saleh
      May 29, 2011

      I bought the Atrix right after it was released. Three days after I got it, I ended up dropping it. The screen cracked into a million little pieces. So Gorilla Glass means nothing to me.

    • Kris Bowers
      June 2, 2011

      The HTC Inspire 4G does have Gorilla glass. Look on Corning’s Website.

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