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[Endgadget] Motorola Atrix 4G Already Rooted; bootloader signed

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If you thought the lack of root on the Atrix 4G was going to save you a couple hundred bucks next week... well, we hate to break the bad news, but you're going to need to find another excuse not to buy it (more on that in a second). Long story short, the phone's already been rooted by a gentleman over on the ever-resourceful xda-developers forums, which means you can do all the normal things that require root access like enabling the standard Froyo mobile hotspot feature, using root apps like Titanium Backup (pictured above), and generally looking 1337 compared to your friends locked up in their walled gardens.


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bad news is that the bootloader is signed according to the comments underneath not locked
post #2 of 11
The people at XDA are gods among men, no surprise here. Hopefully they can get around the bootloader next and I will think about buying a Motorola phone.
post #3 of 11
That second excuse is that it uses a pentile matrix.

The pentile matrix was barely acceptable on AMOLED screens, since you had the advantages of AMOLED. But the Atrix has an IPS pentile screen.

What use is IPS when every pixel on the screen is inaccurate?

It also brings the subpixel resolution down below that of an 800x480 screen. So the resolution is actually smaller.
    
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Is it really that bad? I really want this to be my next phone (from a 3GS) but these few things, bootloader, pent-tile, and no gingerbread are worrisome.
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I'm pretty confident that someone will find a way around the bootloader. Once that's cracked, gingerbread won't be a problem. Also, Moto promised 2.3 on the Atrix, so there's a chance that an update will come eventually.

As for pentile screen, it's not ideal, but in Anand's preview he did mention that it didn't bother him too much. Just go to a store and take a look at the phone to see for yourself.
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The Droid X was supposed to be unhackable =/ This is a joke for XDA to crack. This phone is so amazing. If it was on T-Mobile I'd be all over it.
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I'm pretty confident that someone will find a way around the bootloader. Once that's cracked, gingerbread won't be a problem. Also, Moto promised 2.3 on the Atrix, so there's a chance that an update will come eventually.

As for pentile screen, it's not ideal, but in Anand's preview he did mention that it didn't bother him too much. Just go to a store and take a look at the phone to see for yourself.
Yes, moto promised the update and I am sure that it will be out in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, carriers tend to lag behind with their updates and it could be months before they make the update available for their customers.
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Hey i was just wondering but does rooting the phone make it you can work with other networks also? lol
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Hey i was just wondering but does rooting the phone make it you can work with other networks also? lol
No. That's unlocking. Rooting gives you superuser access, AKA access to the lower level of the phone to dig around in crap Motorla doesn't want you to.
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I'm pretty confident that someone will find a way around the bootloader. Once that's cracked, gingerbread won't be a problem. Also, Moto promised 2.3 on the Atrix, so there's a chance that an update will come eventually.
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The Droid X was supposed to be unhackable =/ This is a joke for XDA to crack. This phone is so amazing. If it was on T-Mobile I'd be all over it.
Droid X was supposed to be impossible to flash kernals on. Thus far, that remains true. People have only succeeded in flashing roms with a motorola based kernel. That means no CM, no AOSP, and no unofficial OS's (ie no gingerbread before Moto releases it). In fact, the Milestone (droid 1 outside of US) had a similar lock, and to my knowledge, it still hasn't been cracked.

So yes, you can flash roms, but a lot less freely than other devices.
    
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