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Motorola Atrix vs. HTC ThunderBolt

Wirefly Learn » Android Phones

January 17th, 2011


With several new high-performance cell phones on the horizon, some wonder how these new devices stack up against one another. For example, how does the Motorola Atrix compare vs. the HTC ThunderBolt? Both are 4G phones and both have plenty of power. Running on AT&T’s speedy HSPA+ 4G network, the Atrix 4G has a unique docking keyboard that turns the Atrix 4G from a cell phone into a compact computer. Like the Atrix 4G, the HTC ThunderBolt has 4G data speed – in this case, using Verizon’s swift LTE network. In addition, the ThunderBolt has a big (4.3-inch) and bright screen, a front-facing camera and a convenient kickstand that makes it easy to sit the phone on a desk and have a video chat… or watch a movie. How do these two cell phones compare against each other?

Motorola Atrix 4G HTC ThunderBolt  
Motorola Atrix 4G HTC ThunderBolt

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Carrier AT&T Verizon
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.2
Interface Modified MotoBlur

HTC Sense

Display 4.0″ TFT LCD, 540 x 960 pixels 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 4G HSPA+ 4G LTE
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 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 640 x 480 pixels Yes; 1.3-megapixel
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 16GB onboard; microSD slot for expansion 8GB onboard; 32GB microSD pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY, optional docking keyboard Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,930 mAh, lithium-ion 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 1GB RAM: Not yet known
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.0 oz 5.5 oz
Dimensions 4.6″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″ 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.5″

Key Differences

  • Display: The Motorola Atrix 4G has a 4.0-inch LCD display, but the big news is that it docks with an expansion module that has a keyboard and 11.3-inch monitor. The HTC Thunderbolt has a 4.3-inch display, which works particularly well for viewing long-format video content.
  • Operating system: Both the HTC ThunderBolt and the Motorola Atrix 4G will run Android 2.2, a fast and stable operating system. Motorola promises an upgrade to Android 2.3 for the Atrix 4G by the end of 2011.
  • Processor and RAM: The Motorola Atrix 4G features a dual-core 1GHz processor, and will be among the first cell phones to run with a dual-core processor. The HTC Thunderbolt has a single processor running at 1GHz. The Atrix 4G will have 1GB of processor-available RAM, while the RAM in the Thunderbolt is not yet known.
  • Keyboard: Both the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Thunderbolt have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. However, the Atrix 4G will have a docking keyboard with full-size physical keys.
  • Storage Space: The Motorola Atrix 4G will ship with 16GB of onboard memory, and will have a microSD slot that accommodates memory cards up to 32GB. Likewise, the HTC Thunderbolt is expected to ship with 16GB of internal storage and it will have an available microSD memory slot for expansion.
  • Camera: The Motorola Atrix 4G will have 5-megapixel still-image camera that can record HD video at 720p resolution. The HTC Thunderbolt has an 8-megapixel still-image camera and can also record HD video at 720p. Both phones have front-facing cameras for video chat, with the Thunderbolt coming out ahead with its 1.3-megapixel front camera compared to the Atrix 4G’s VGA-quality (640 x 480) device.
  • Battery: The Motorola Atrix 4G will have a 1,930 mAh lithium-ion battery, while the HTC Thunderbolt will have a 1,400 mAh battery. Both can be replaced by the user.


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