my 18 hours with the atrix 2
received my atrix 2 yesterday afternoon, and i thought i'd share my thoughts/experiences with it so far.
first impression was that it was a nice looking phone, a little big for my taste, but manageable. screen is beautiful, however, the size makes one handed navigating difficult. if i try to use one hand-thumb, i have to shuffle the phone up and down in my palm. i constantly feel like i am going to drop this thing.
software wise, i'm not very impressed. i read that the atrix 2 was as close to vanilla as motorola has gotten, but, wow, it's nothing like a vanilla GB rom. i had a lot of email whoes, but finally finding where moto has hidden all the settings seems to have fixed my problems. not to mention i never would have thought that messaging would contain the email apps. this rom is also the heaviest i have ever seen, weighing in at almost 400mb. the blur aspect adds a ton of services, the moto gallery reminds me of sony's mediascape.
other than some of the moto apps, i like the UI. the launcher is unbelievably similar to the new ice cream sandwich launcher (grid pattern pop up, horizontally paginated app drawer with market link, calendar widget is the same as ICS's). the email and contact apps also have a lot of similar framework as ICS's.
i do not like the stock ringtones and notifications, but this is easily remedied.
camera is great, on par with most other devices.
sound quality has been good, however, i can hear myself on the ear piece, which i do not like. signal has been good. i get 3.5 down and about 1 up vs 2 down and 1 up i get on my nexus s.
had motorola gone with a more tradition email app and did not molest the settings and left some of the blur options out, this phone would be the best i've used so far. i can't really draw an honest opinion yet though since it has been less than 24 hours. haven't really had enough time for things to either really impress me, or really annoy me, lol.
i am however, pulling the rom apart. should have a custom rom to flash by the time cwm is working fully. looking at stripping the blur stuff out, going with a more vanilla rom.