Enterprise Mobility: Motorola Atrix 4G Laptop Dock Gives Firefox Big Screen Treatment
For Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, one of the key selling points of the Motorola Atrix 4G (reviewed here) when he introduced it at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January was the ability to port the phone's content to a larger screen. Jha demonstrated this using the Motorola Laptop Dock, which taps into a Linux-based Webtop application to show the phone's applications, phone dialer and other capabilities in Mozilla's Firefox Web browser. The idea is that corporate road warriors could travel with their Atrix 4G and Laptop Dock and work anywhere without worrying about getting a temporary pass on a foreign PC in some remote office. Then a funny thing happened when the Atrix 4G launched last month: AT&T began offering the phone with the Laptop Dock for the unseemly cost of $499. Even worse, those who didn't want to buy the Atrix 4G had to pay $499 for the Laptop Dock as a standalone product. What good is the dock without the phone? We later learned from Jha that the future phones would work with the Dock, but it still didn't ease the pain point of selling what is essentially a dumb device (without the Atrix 4G) for the cost of an iPad. After testing the Laptop Dock extensively, eWEEK believes the device is worth buying with the Atrix 4G because it truly provides a certain measure of convenience for accessing smartphone content on a larger screen and keyboard. Check out our test in this slide show.
Laptop Dock, Unboxed
The Lapdock Dock is pretty much an entire laptop, minus most of the software that would make the device a fully functional laptop, except for the Firefox browser and Adobe Flash Player. In other words, it's of little use without the phone even if it looks shiny and new. It comes with a power cord and two USB ports on the back for plugging in a mouse or flash drive, etc.