AT&T Laptop Dock for Motorola ATRIX 4G - Retail Packaging
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- Laptop dock for the Motorola ATRIX 4G for a more interactive computer-like experience from your smartphone
- Large 11.6-inch screen and full keyboard make it easy for you to browse and work
- When ATRIX 4G is docked, the webtop application opens with full desktop Firefox web browser with support for Adobe Flash
- Super thin design and weighs just 2.4 pounds--easily slips into your bag just like a laptop
- Internal rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of use
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The Lapdock for MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G gives you a PC-like experience - easy to use, enlarged viewing and a full keyboard that makes the most of your device wherever you go.
Unleash the computing power of the Motorola ATRIX 4G for AT&T with its companion Lapdock, which offers a larger screen, keyboard and trackpad--enabling you to have an enhanced and more interactive computer-like experience with your device. The webtop app launches automatically when your ATRIX 4G phone is docked, providing you access to a desktop version of the Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser (with support for Adobe Flash Player). Super thin, it travels easily in your bag just like a laptop and weighs just 2.4 pounds.
(Note: The Motorola Lapdock requires the separately available Motorola ATRIX 4G, and an AT&T 4 GB DataPro with Tethering plan is required to use the Lapdock with your ATRIX 4G.)
The Lapdock has an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, large touchpad, stereo speakers, two USB ports (for connecting peripherals, such as a mouse), and a 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to 8 hours of battery life. Once you dock your ATRIX 4G, the webtop application opens, providing access to a full Firefox desktop browser while running Android phone apps in a separate window.
The Motorola ATRIX 4G is built around a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for the horsepower you need to keep pace with all aspects of your online life. And the dual-core processor also enables the ATRIX 4G to render graphics and games quickly. You'll be able to view social networking sites, as well as use HTML5 web-based applications and supported cloud computing services. And you'll also be able to send instant messages and make phone calls--all at the same time. Calls continue uninterrupted even if the ATRIX 4G is removed from the dock.
The Motorola Lapdock for the ATRIX 4G with 11.6-inch display
(see larger image).
Just slide your ATRIX 4G into the rear dock to bring up the webtop
application with desktop Firefox browser (see larger image).
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The list of Pros and Cons I have always keeps in mind two things - this dock provides an extension of the phones capabilities, it does not replace a true laptop. And early adopters are going to have to deal with an inherently unpolished product that does not realize its true potential just yet.
1. Viewing emails, videos, documents, and pretty much anything else you're used to seeing on the phone in full, laptop-screen size. Not that the Atrix has a bad screen or is not easy to work with, but having a full keyboard to type our emails and full screen to view and read is like a breath of fresh air.
2. Decent performance. Other reviewers are right on, you can expect responsiveness and performance on par with a base-level netbook. Programs open noticeably slowly, and with several programs running you will notice a several-second delay between clicking an icon and the program actually opening its window to run. But its not terrible, and definitely acceptable.
3. Full Firefox browser is as capable as it is on a desktop. Note: the Firefox browser is the only program that is useable only with the laptop dock, and not with the Atrix itself.
4. Very small and light form factor. Easy to lug around. Even the power adapter is relatively lightweight. And Motorola provides you with a carrying pouch for the cord.
5. Intuitive to use. Knowing that you can use the phone as you would if it was undocked (save for the touch-screen), figuring out how to use the dock as an extension of the phone was a breeze.
6. Works very well as a simple docking station. When you dock the phone and close the lid, the phone changes to landscape orientation to make a decent alarm clock, even with a dimming function so that the display is not annoyingly bright at night. Still has easy accss to the weather app, alarm clock and DLNA.
7. No onboard graphics, processor, or anything means no heat generation. I've used the laptop dock for over an hour at a time, and have not noticed a warm lap. There is a fan that runs in the back, but its almost silent when running and must be there to cool the operation of the screen if anything.
1. Software limitations: Expanding the capabilities of the laptop dock depends on what apps you can find and use. Since the laptop dock has no brains or memory of its own, it relies solely on the Atrix for expansion. For those who travel with a laptop and access their company intranet on the road, if your Atrix cannot connect, then your laptop dock cannot connect. eg. Those who access remote desktops through Citrix, if your company's system is not set up for Citrix Receiver, you won't be able to do so with the laptop dock.
2. Sometimes, performance can be too slow. On the rare occasion you have several things going on the laptop dock, transition from program to program is pretty bad. It is known that the Laptop dock does not utilize the Atrix's dual-core processor to its full potential.
3. Keyboard is not as responsive as I'd expect. Its size is decent, but sometimes keystrikes don't register. Its as if you need to press a little bit harder. Other than that and a smallish backspace key, the keyboard is fairly nice to use.
4. Limited outputs/inputs. There are two USB ports, and one for the power adapter, and that's it. So to output video and sound you'd need the multimedia dock.
5. No onboard speakers.*CORRECTION I realized that the laptop dock does in fact have onboard speakers. However, the following con remains* There is an issue when using the phone to make and receive calls. I used the laptop dock to perform a conference call shortly after receiving it. People on the other end noted that I sounded very distant, with echoes and occasionally muffled sound. I assume this is because the phone, when docked and the screen raised, is essentially blocked behind the screen and assuming you're talking in front of the screen, your voice is not picked up very well.*CORRECTION the following doesn't apply - although its still not great sound of course* When watching movies (on the rare occasion you'd not have headphones plugged into the phone), you'll have to deal with just the phone's output although you do get to enjoy the full screen view.
It meets all of my needs and more. You don't need the 4G tethering plan to use Firefox. You can use wifi and when on the go, just use the browser app, within the mobile view. (I kept my unlimited data plan.) I have had mine for about a month now and still learning how to use it and new tricks. Since there is no users manual, as to all of the features, you will have to discover them by playing around with it, forums like this, trial and error. So here are the pros and cons I have discovered so far.
1) Netbook experience, but has limitations.
2) You have complete access of your phone's functions and apps within the mobile view.
3) If you have a word processing app on your phone, you can create/view and edit: PDF, excel, word documents and powerpoint presentations. (Even though there are no spell check for android any of the word processing apps, you can still use the spell check/word suggestion, from the on screen keyboard, while using the qwerty keyboard.) You have to right click on the mouse to get the dialog box and choose multi touch keyboard and then just minimize the on screen keyboard.
4) You can access the internet thru the mobile or webtop view. (Don't need a tethering plan.)
5) You can access all of your videos, pictures and documents in both mobile and webtop view.
6) You can save movies to an SD card or flash drive and play them with in the mobile or webtop view. (There is some choppiness, but its not bad.) The bigger the viewing window, the chopper it is. This works for movies rented from the android market too.
7) You can hook up a USB or cable mouse.
8) The lapdock charges your phone really fast, when docked. (It doesn't matter if the lapdock is plugged into an outlet or not.) You can easily get 2 full charges on your phone if your phone is down to 30% battery, if the lapdock is fully charged.
9) The key board is really nice and spacious. Easy to type on once you get use to it. Has a lot of quick function keys like: Vol., screen brightness, etc.
10) The mouse pad is easy to use, really big, can be turned off and has two function buttons. (Its not multi touch, but you can double tap to scroll.)
11) Its very lightweight, thin and easy to carry around.
12) You can set up your webtop desktop background to whatever you want and can customize the dock bar with mobile apps and web apps/shortcuts.
13) In the Firefox window, you can customize it how you like and can choose your default home page. (I have mine set to Google.)
14) You forget your using your phone to power the lapdock.
15) All of your internet bookmarks show up in Firefox as well as the mobile browser. (I doesn't matter if you created them in either or.)
16) Playing your MP3's or streaming music, sounds pretty good thru the lapdock speakers. (You can use mobile and webtop view.)Listen privately using the head phone jack on the phone.
17) Multitasking is really easy in both the mobile and webtop view.
18) You can answer and make phone calls. Send text and e-mail, etc.
19) You can enlarge mobile and webtop view to take up the whole screen or resize windows as you see fit. (Just like on a windows PC.)
20) File management is really easy and you can view your pictures in list or thumbnail view.
21) You can still access all apps in airplane mode that doesn't require a data connection. (I used my lapdock while on a plane and the experience was really nice.) I had all my music and movies on SD cards to listen to and watch.
22) Most games play just as good as it does when using the phones screen. (Racing games or any that use the accelerometer, require you to tilt the lapdock.)
23) The battery life is 8 hrs on full charge. (Will be less, depending on how low the Atrix Is, video play back and what you are doing.) It definitely will last longer then any laptop, netbook or tablet.
24) Over 6 ft. Charging plug.
25) You have a tab view in both mobile and webtop view. (Much easier and faster to move around apps.)
26) User interface is really nice and surpasses some netbooks and laptops functions. (Scrolling view of all open windows with in webtop.)
27) Only have to carry around your phone and lapdock.
28) Screen is beautiful, bright and sharp.
29) Flash video and playback streams nice with no lag or choppiness.
1) Dock is useless without the Atrix 4G and only works with the Atrix 4G.
2) It will lag, if you have to many apps or website tabs open at one time.
3) Video play back is a little laggy, when viewing full screen.
(Doesn't matter if it was saved to SD card or streaming.)
4) No way to view powerpoint presentations on a view screen.
5) Can't add apps to webtop desktop.
6) No touch screen.
So, I hope I was able to help you in deciding if this lapdock is for you or not. You wanna know something else, I typed up this review on it and it was cool.