AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

Summary: Motorola's Atrix may be viewed as a PC replacement for select enterprises, according to Ralph de la Vega, AT&T's president and CEO of mobility and consumer markets.

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Motorola's Atrix may be viewed as a PC replacement for select enterprises, according to Ralph de la Vega, AT&T's president and CEO of mobility and consumer markets.

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications conference, de la Vega said he was heartened by the early enterprise interest in Motorola's Atrix phone, which doubles as a laptop.

De la Vega said:

The Atrix is a great model to highlight how we can take something to market getting customer input. I took that device to our CIO Forum several months before it was ready for prime time. And our team showed at the CIOs and asked CIOs, what do you want for this device to replace your desktop PC? So these are CIOs whose eyes lit up as soon as they saw the device, the price, and the fact they only had to buy one smart device, not two, for their workforce.

One of the things they said that absolutely they needed to have, which was a surprise to us, was they wanted a Citrix client on the device. The Atrix from the outset has a Citrix client built in. So what that allows a CIO is to replicate a Windows or emulate a Windows 7 PC desktop on the Atrix, which no smartphone has ever done in its history.

The Atrix solve(s) a real, legitimate business problem that many enterprises have. And so far, the reception has been unbelievable. And so we are getting great reception on the enterprise space.

That argument is notable because de la Vega seems to think that dual core smartphones can be desktop replacements for some businesses. "I think the capability to take these smartphones and become a replacement for the desktop in some cases is very real," he said.

Now we've heard the argument that tablets are desktop replacements, but the market will really get interesting if smartphones do the same.

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Topics: CXO, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, AT&T

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  • Having used the Atrix, it fails to deliver quality

    And its bogged down with motto blur.

    The concept and idea are amazing. The actual product fails to live up to its capabilities. My experience with the Atrix I would give a "Cheesy" product.

    The unit rebooted with out any apparent reason. The multimedia dock failed to accommodate the phone properly. The two port design instead of just external contacts make it cumbersome and prone to wear.

    The implementation of virtualization was very nice. Though its not priced to make a difference. It costs too much. ATT's network barely provided 1.5 Mbps downtown Houston. At times no even reaching 800kbps.

    The fact that the phone is locked down is another drawback for general population use, as any one that uses the phone will want to get rid of motoblur. Preventing custom roms garantees many will avoid the unit just because Motoblur.

    Its a nice phone, not ready for prime time, with quality defects in hardware in Motoblur (along with ATT). These are the drawbacks.

    The concept has potential, the question is, who is going to make good on it. Motorola / Atrix / ATT is not good enough to be a real contender. I say this as a user that was hyped in getting this unit. I'll pass on it as a better job can be done, this unit has not reached kindergarten.

    Having said all this, would I take over an iPhone 5. Thats a definite YES.
    Uralbas
    • You nailed it Uralbas!

      @Uralbas
      Well I can tell you one thing I will not be buying those phones here. MotoBlur is garbage and is not as good as the google version of Android. I have 3 users with MotoBlur on their phones and well these are the only phones I get complaints about on a regular basis. Also doesn't have ActiveSync built in and instead they use their half-baked cooked up ActiveSync client that is garbage. Just go read the forums and you will see most have to resort to using Touchdown over the built in garbage sync client that Moto cooked up. Avoid these phones at all costs.
      OhTheHumanity
      • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

        @OhTheHumanity
        Fragmentation at its finest.
        FlatbushE21
      • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

        @OhTheHumanity I've been using Touchdown for years (since the G1) and even though my Epic 4G has Activesync support, I continue to use Touchdown. It's a rock solid Exchange client. You might want to try it.

        And no, I have no idea why I'm addressing your issue rather than the article! LOL
        ExploreMN
    • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

      @Uralbas I think the key words in the article are "smartphones like the..." which tells me that it is the concept of these phone-to-laptop type systems that could replace corporate laptops. I think that becomes a very company specific idea based on current technology. At the law firm I work at, there is no possible way this could ever be pulled off. There are too many applications that companies use that just don't have a smartphone OS comparable option. Still, I can see how this could happen in the future.

      On the flip side, it shows how ripe the mobile market is for programmers still. There is a lot of potential to make money there if you start developing business class mobile apps that professionals can actually use!
      ExploreMN
  • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

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    sdghjyky
  • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

    This will be interesting. Will Motorola just provide the Atrix sans Motoblur to accommodate the corporate market? Might be a possibility. Citrix is important to the cloud computing concept solely b/c of desktop emmulation. If the smartphone, once docked, can competently compete with the average laptop in performance and experience, this would be a great alternative to having to own separate corporate devices having their own passwords and nuances.
    jlt0x
    • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

      @jlt0x I agree. I have been using an rdp like program on both Iphone and HTC with Android. They were out there before the Atrix. They aren't too handy for regular use but they work great in a pinch from the road. Add a keyboard and screen and you have something. I think the Atrix has a great concept but it isn't the one yet. Still waiting but I see this being a game changer.
      20kwfence
  • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

    Google "Ipad problems" and you'll get 45.3 millon hits. i'm so sick of the techies at ZDNet and their slobbering love affair with anything Apple.
    Dr-RJP
    • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

      @Dr-RJP Stay on topic much?

      How is this even remotely relevant to the current article? I mean I also dislike the tech industries love affair with all things Apple as well, but this article doesn't even mention the fruit company.
      ExploreMN
  • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

    Yes they can!
    In combination with the AlwaysOnPC App it becomes complete desktop replacement.
    perde
    • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

      @perde I wonder how I can load...oh wait, I can't load any software on there. I would rather put that $20 towards another Terminal Server license. LOL
      ExploreMN
  • Call when docked?

    What happens when you get a call while the phone is docked? Can you un-dock it, take the call and re-dock and be back where you were? I love the concept, but wonder about the practicality.
    dominigan
  • RE: AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops

    So.... What happens when you get a phone call while syncing to the laptop? Do you have to use earphones? Do you have to uncradle? Both options don't seem viable.
    Wesley A