Motorola Atrix 4G review

The Android-powered Motorola Atrix smartphone may make it to Australia courtesy of Telstra

Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G was one of the many attention-grabbing smartphones previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It has a 4in, 960x540 touchscreen and runs version 2.2 of Android.

Telstra may be considering bringing the Atrix to Australia, judging from a January 27 post on the telco's Exchange blog. The blog entry by Warwick Bray, Telstra executive director, mobile products, name-checked the Atrix: "While at CES we took a look at the Atrix ... which features a dual operating system and can be teamed with an all-in-one keyboard and 11-inch screen accessory that transforms the smartphone into a laptop. Cleverly the laptop accessory runs by tapping the phone’s processor, memory and mobile internet connection."

Motorola Atrix: Docking and 'Webtop' Functions

Many people love the mobility of a smartphone but dislike the difficulty of performing important tasks on such a small interface. Addressing this issue, Motorola designed the Atrix to slide into a Motorola "laptop dock," which is really just a shell containing a screen, a keyboard, speakers, and a touchpad. You cannot use the laptop unless the phone is docked in place. Part of the reason that the Atrix uses a powerful dual-core processor is so that it can run full-size apps on the enlarged user environment of the laptop screen.

When docked in its slot at the rear of the laptop, the Atrix automatically launches a Webtop app that offers a larger and more functional presentation of its content and features for the larger screen of the laptop. For instance, it can run a full-size Mozilla Firefox browser or display rich content like Flash graphics on the larger screen. Meanwhile, conveniently, the phone's battery gets a charge from the powered laptop.

You can use the laptop to control various phone functions, as well. You can make calls that automatically use the speakerphone function, for example, and you can write and send text messages. The desktop app also provides an expansive user interface for managing tasks and reading and responding to e-mail.

If you want to do all the above-mentioned things with your desktop computer display and keyboard, there's another accessory for that. The smaller "multimedia dock" connects with your monitor and keyboard via the USB ports on its back side. The multimedia dock can also be plugged into your HDTV via a HDMI connection to play high-quality content from the phone on the big screen.

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