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otherwise i'm going with the inspire and saving 100 bucks.

any input is appreciated. the atrix seems to be a powerful lil bastard, but for what will i take advantage of this extra power? is it for games or just an overall smoother experience?
i have heard that the inspire is a very responsive device as it is.
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post #2 of 17
Both are good phones.
Just pick one, I highly doubt you'll have problems with either.
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I have the inspire and I love the big screen and sense from HTC. I dont like Motorola Blur so even though atrix has dual-core processor I picked Inspire over Atrix and not regretting one bit.

I dont know why would anyone would need dual core processor in their pocket anyways. Go play with them in the store see which one you like better and go from there.
 
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The Atrix was my first smartphone and I love it. You won't regret, go grab one ASAP!
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Honestly I would go with the Inspire (Desire HD). The Atrix is locked down and comes with bloatware. Its also proving difficult to root, whereas the Inspire has already been rooted. Its almost identical to the Desire HD, except for the audio. That means you'll get a ton of community support once they get the kernel from HTC.

The Inspire also has a better screen. Don't believe the crap Motorola is feeding you about the resolution. Their "qHD" display uses a pentile matrix, which uses 1/3 less subpixels, and just interpolates the rest. That 1/3 less puts the subpixel count below that of the Inspire's screen.

Both screens use the same technology, so the only difference is that the Inspire's screen will be sharper with better colors, in addition to being physically larger.

As far as the speed goes, the second-gen Snapdragon powering the Desire is plenty fast. Since Android doesn't take advantage of dual cores the only place you'll see the Atrix pull ahead is with games. Otherwise they are pretty close in terms of speed.
    
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post #6 of 17
Go with the inspire then. Price aside, I'd go for the Atrix because when you do become immersed in Android, you will just want to do more with your phone. The dual core helps with any stuttering you may encounter... granted, a lot of this is due to the version of Android... anyway, I say Desire because its HTC. HTC Sense is pretty sweet. I have a Droid X, and I love my phone--but I really do wish I had sense. Then again, you should experience crappy battery life on your HTC Desire, as all the other HTC phones suck @ battery life... yeah thats my 2 cents.
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Originally Posted by nathris;12482453 
Honestly I would go with the Inspire (Desire HD). The Atrix is locked down and comes with bloatware. Its also proving difficult to root, whereas the Inspire has already been rooted. Its almost identical to the Desire HD, except for the audio. That means you'll get a ton of community support once they get the kernel from HTC.

The Inspire also has a better screen. Don't believe the crap Motorola is feeding you about the resolution. Their "qHD" display uses a pentile matrix, which uses 1/3 less subpixels, and just interpolates the rest. That 1/3 less puts the subpixel count below that of the Inspire's screen.

Both screens use the same technology, so the only difference is that the Inspire's screen will be sharper with better colors, in addition to being physically larger.

As far as the speed goes, the second-gen Snapdragon powering the Desire is plenty fast. Since Android doesn't take advantage of dual cores the only place you'll see the Atrix pull ahead is with games. Otherwise they are pretty close in terms of speed.
Difficult to root? It was rooted before it was released. Most bloatware can be removed without the need for root. Screen crap idc about. 2.4 Gingerbread is coming in April with dual core support.
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Yeah, what he said above... it is rooted already. The bootloader IS locked which makes it difficult to ROM. The ROMs I have used on my DX have not been that stable (or not to my liking). However, stock + root is perfectly fine. It allows me to remove/hide bloatware and use any app I want.

As I stated, your experience will depend on the version of Android you are on.
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post #9 of 17
Go try out both phones.. Then go from there.. Honestly if you like the Atrix more then it would definitely be worth the extra money since it is something you carry around with you all day.
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I gave my Inspire back for an Atrix yesterday. I couldn't be happier.

The Atrix is already rooted, by the way. All of my bloatware is gone. Moto also promised upgrades to Gingerbread soon on it.

The most noticeable thing right off the bat is how amazingly awesome the battery life on the Atrix is. I couldn't make it through the day on the Inspire, and I know what I'm doing as far as making sure I don't have useless crap running in the background. 1230mAh battery is so small, especially for a 4.3" screen. That totally killed the Inspire for me.
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