Motorola Atrix Might Be Overkill

News / Monday, March 7th, 2011

As smartphones become more and more powerful, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if you might actually use your phone to replace your laptop computer. Many have tried only to report that the mobile form factor is too small for extended use and productivity.

As phones design continues to trend toward bigger screens with sliding keyboards (this is not the first time we’ve been down this path) in an effort to provide better media consumption and productivity, it becomes increasingly more evident that a device that offers both the convenience and portability of a phone but the functionality of a laptop is just not practical for success in either effort.

That may have been true until Motorola decided to try to change the game by offering both options through taking advantage of two entirely separate hardware designs and expanding the way we use our phones.

The Atrix is a multi-media smart phone that also offers a laptop-inspired docking station that uses the phone as its computing core. It’s a great idea, but as this Wired article points out, the docking option is fairly expensive and I’m not sure I’m quite ready to rely on the Android mobile operating system as the foundation of my computing experience.

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All the high-end phones coming out these days match up pretty closely on features. So how about something totally different — a phone that doubles as the guts for a full-sized laptop?

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