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I get a deal through our company with 11% off monthly AT&T rates, and they're the only provider with 3G in this area, so I'm looking to go with them.

My T-Mobile contract runs out at the beginning of March but I'm really having an inkling to buy a phone now. The last smartphone I had was a 8525 which was okay for the time, but ended up damaged from rain (football game with no umbrella). This freebie Nokia is okay for basic functionality but I want something beast.

Atrix looks pretty tempting, but is there anything better slated in the next month or two?
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Nope, nothing new really in the next few months, I guess the next gen android would be dominated by the dual core Qualcomms just like the Atrix, so you will be the first to enjoy your dual core handset
    
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The AT&T Atrix comes with bloatware that you can't remove and they won't let you install non-market apps.

Wait until we get a proper root and someone at XDA releases a custom rom without Motoblur. This could take months though.

I would wait for Samsung to roll out it's Galaxy S II, which should be within a few months. Its a Galaxy S, so AT&T will probably get a "Captivate II". Thats 4.3" of AMOLED without the stupid pentile matrix, so it should be superior in every way to IPS found in the Atrix.
    
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Not sure if there are still many followers of the Galaxy S, there has yet to be an official release of Froyo for the Captivate
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The official Android dev phone is a Galaxy S...
    
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
The AT&T Atrix comes with bloatware that you can't remove and they won't let you install non-market apps.

Wait until we get a proper root and someone at XDA releases a custom rom without Motoblur. This could take months though.

I would wait for Samsung to roll out it's Galaxy S II, which should be within a few months. Its a Galaxy S, so AT&T will probably get a "Captivate II". Thats 4.3" of AMOLED without the stupid pentile matrix, so it should be superior in every way to IPS found in the Atrix.
Just wondering, can't you use the Android Sideload machine program to install non-market apps?

I'm on the same boat as OP, don't know whether to get the Atrix or wait for another phone.
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Nope. There is a toggle in the Android settings that allows you to install non-market APKs. On the Atrix, as with the Captivate, this setting is permanently disabled. This is an OS feature, unlike in iOS. You can even install a 3rd party APK installer and it won't work. (That means if Apple had competent engineers they could stop jailbreaking, since even if you do manage to find an exploit that allows you to run external code, the OS will shut down any attempt to install apps. You'd need to find an exploit in the security in addition to the exploit that let you execute code)

Without root there is no way to modify the database file where the setting is.
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Me, and most other Android enthusiasts, won't touch Samsung with a ten foot pole now. It's nearly March and we haven't gotten Froyo. Absolutely pathetic.

Plus, Sense 2.0 and Motoblur 2.0 will murder Touchwiz. Sense 1 and the old motoblur were horrible i know, but Sense 2.0 is a GREAT improvement as is Motoblur 2.0.

Get the Atrix. With any luck, it'll have an unlocked bootloader too. If not, more devs will get cracking on it because there's a good chance it'll have the same as the DX and probably Bionic.
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Samsung makes the only Gingerbread phone on the market.

That being said... I was running AOSP Gingerbread on my Desire before the Nexus One owners, and before the Nexus S firmware was ported to the Galaxy S.
    
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I would say wait! The Atrix isn't even the tip of the iceberg there are most likely an htc super AMOLED like phone coming out. I would say if you really don't think you could wait then go for the samsung galaxy 2!

I would say wait till after the phones are out and then totally rip out all that stupid drm ****! motoblur sucks, all of it TEH SUCK it doesn't matter if your's is crappy than other companies stuff, all that non-android software pre-packaged is crap anyways. It is the software that they put onto the phone that locks down updates. If you can have the tech-know-how get on the bandwagon and start advocating and start finding exploits to remove pre-package bloatware crap!

I most likely will pick up the captivate 2 unlocked and then figure out when android 3.1 comes out which has been rumored to be the next android update for smartphones and then use a vanilla android release! When they start releasing the dual-core smartphones in end of spring beginning of summer the samsung orion platform will be the cream of the crop for awhile. It's hardware is undeniable! lol
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