Motorola Atrix: Smartphone of the Future?
February 20, 2011_________________________________________________________________________ .
The Motorola Atrix can be docked on a laptop or HDTV, prompting some to say it's the way smartphones are headed. But is it all it's cracked up to be?
BY BRANDON TWICHELL
Anchor: Jenny Meckles
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Is this the future of smartphones? Motorola’s Atrix can be hooked up to a special laptop dock and be used on the laptop screen. (Video Source: The Inquirer)
A reporter for Fox News demonstrates how the phone and laptop work with video.
“Shooting a little video, high definition video, using the Atrix. I wanna see what that looks like on my desktop. Then I come right down here and launch the Entertainment Center icon. Then it gives me full access to everything that’s on my phone--pictures, videos. Let’s launch the videos and see what we just shot. And there it is. Voila!”
The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg also played around with the Atrix, but he says the phone-laptop combo is a little flawed.
“I found it a little more awkward to use these phone apps with the keyboard and touch pad than with the touch screen for which they were designed.”
A writer for the Wall Street Cheat Sheet calls the laptop dock nothing more than a very expensive gimmick.
“It’s essentially a hollow shell that won’t even turn on unless the phone is docked in the back. The OS only comes with a few apps such as Firefox and a media center....There’s no way to download new apps, so you’re stuck with what comes out of the box.”
Despite a few drawbacks, a reviewer for Bloomberg says the Atrix is an interesting jumping-off point for future smartphones.
“Motorola and AT&T deserve some credit for doing something that’s really new and different. As our mobile devices become evermore powerful and evermore ubiquitous, consider it a glimpse of things to come.”
And Android Authority agrees, saying...
“With a phone as powerful as the...Motorola Atrix, the future of Android and mobile computing will lie in the smart docks that are being created as we speak.”
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