The big criticism of the Atrix HD has been that the locked bootloader causes a lot of problems. It can be frustrating because it is not flexible and users that want to be able to mess around with their phone changing items and adding in custom ROMs and things like that, will now have the ability to do so. At last the company has responded to these complains and have released a solution. Motorola has released the Atrix HD Developer Edition which is almost identical to the original system but allows users to customize it. This means that it is possible to change the look and feel of the Android system fairly easily and to add in other items without having to hack the system.
There are some people that are quite happy with how it looks, but because many other systems allow users to be more flexible, it can be difficult to use a system that is not. Once you get used to a flexible phone where you can change items easily and customize the way it looks, you probably will not want to go back. It can be very useful to be able to make this sort of change, as it can make the phone easier to use and allow you to add in things that you would not normally be able to. It can also be a great way to individualize your device so that it has its own distinct look.
Having made this announcement, Motorola did not include details on how long it would be until they actually release the new system or how much it might cost. It could be worth forgetting about it for a while as getting your hopes up could lead to disappointment as in the past these types of amended systems can take a long time to get on the market after they are first announced. You may have to be very patient.
It is also worth noting that if you do opt for the developer edition of the Atrix HD it will mean that you cannot get any subsidies on phones that you buy with this software on it. There are likely to be other caveats as well and so before you decide that you want to go for one of these, then you should check the terms and conditions carefully. You may also want to note the price as it is likely that it will be significantly more expensive that the standard Atrix HD option. It could be well worth the increase in price if it something that you are going to make a lot of use of, but like everything, you will need to consider whether it will offer you good value for money.