Hands On: Motorola ATRIX and LapDock [Updated with Video]

Motorola unveiled their latest smartphone, the Motorola ATRIX. This powerhouse of a smartphone packs a dual-core 1Ghz Processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage space attached to Motorola's qHD screen technology that all results in a very quick and smooth Android 2.2 user experience. As typical for Motorola, they've loaded the phone up with their proprietary MotoBLUR UI and also loaded the phone with tons of software functionality.

Not only was the device extremely snappy, but transitions remain smooth with multiple apps running. The horsepower seems a little bit overkill until it is revealed that this phone doubles as a netbook implementation when attached to Motorola's Laptop Dock (LapDock) accessory device.

When coupled with the Laptop Dock, the ATRIX becomes a fully fledged netbook with all phone applications available as well as a standalone implementation of Mozilla Firefox. The UI is still just as snappy while running the Web Top app, the Tegra 2 processor really flies. Having a few Mozilla windows open as well as running a few of the Android apps didn't leave us feeling like there was a lack of processing power.

Motorola is also selling a standalone iPod-type-dock for the device which allows for HDMI output to a television as well as USB connectivity for peripherals; in essence turning the device into a nettop.

On the Enterprise side, Motorola has also developed, in conjunction with Citrix, an App for connecting to remote Windows Desktop. The interface was surprisingly quick, and definitely beat RDP on my 15 inch 2008 Macbook Pro.

Media wise, the phone features a 5 megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video, expandable storage up to 48GB and a 4.0 inch qHD screen. The 1930 mAh battery promises strong performance, and the dock also includes its own 36 wH battery packed up next to its 11.6 inch screen promising 8hrs of battery life.

Media playback is also smooth, with the demonstrated 1080p video showing no signs of stutter or playback blips. Unfortunately we didn't get to test out the camera.

The phone will be available Q1 of this year on AT&T in the US, Bell in Canada and Orange in the UK. There are no pricing details as of yet.

 

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NoLiMiT06 said,
AT&T SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! They have the worst rated service in the US but they keep getting all of these phones...

I know. Boggles the mind.

NoLiMiT06 said,
AT&T SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! They have the worst rated service in the US but they keep getting all of these phones...

Since most of the high-end smartphone users in the world are on GSM networks, it makes sense that AT&T would get it before Verizon. I wonder what the number of CDMA users there are in China and Japan, and if it exceeds the U.S.? Probably. But still, this is a high-end smartphone, and chances are there is a larger market in U.S. and EMEA.

What I don't understand is why it is such a big deal to just swap out the radio between CDMA and GSM. Then all there would be is radio QA, and voilĂ ! a CDMA version.

"As typical for Motorola, they've loaded the phone up with their proprietary MotoBLUR UI and also loaded the phone with tons of software functionality."

In other words, they've bloated it up with crap that they won't let you uninstall and

So its this a simple USB connection or does the phone 'dock' into a space under/at the back of the netbook? or is it bluetooth, or wifi?

Cant work out how this would work.

duddit2 said,
So its this a simple USB connection or does the phone 'dock' into a space under/at the back of the netbook? or is it bluetooth, or wifi?

Cant work out how this would work.


Hmm I can't find a shot of it, but it does dock on the back end. On the first pic in the gallery you can see some lines on the back edge, that flips open and thats where the phone docks

interesting thing, but without international sales it will lose to lg optimus 2x. lg has pretty big chances now to increase their market share by replacing moto in countries where moto closed down their business.

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