CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

Summary: The big CES in Vegas is only getting started for real today but the rash of coverage preceding shows the best thing at the show so far is the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone.

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The big CES in Vegas is only getting started for real today but the rash of coverage preceding the event shows the best thing at the event so far is the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone. Two features set the Atrix apart from other gadgets at CES, the Nvidia Tegra dual-core processor and the ability to snap the phone into either a multimedia dock or a laptop dock. As Matt Miller correctly points out, the Atrix with the laptop dock is nothing new, it is rather like the Celio REDFLY all grown up.

The REDFLY may have been ahead of its time and without mass appeal, but Motorola may have a hit on its hands with the Atrix 4G. Debuting on the AT&T "4G" network (whatever that is), the Nvidia dual-core processor makes the phone one of the most powerful smartphones yet. This makes the Atrix 4G a good engine to power the laptop dock, which is basically a laptop shell that uses a full keyboard, display and trackpad to interact with the phone that plugs into the back of the dock.

Laptop Magazine has a first-hand look at the Atrix 4G and laptop dock including a video that is worth checking out. Motorola has paid good attention to the interface on the laptop in use, which integrates the phone display and other running tasks on the big laptop screen. A full browser (Firefox) is available when using the laptop dock that has no compromises found on most mobile browsers.

As is always the case with cool new gadgets the devil is in the details, namely how much the Atrix 4G will cost with the laptop dock. As long as Motorola doesn't price the dock too high, this may actually make it into consumers' hands. It definitely has plenty of mobile mojo.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    No it's not.
    james347
    • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

      @james347

      Yes it is - bet you have a iphone.
      gatorgal615
      • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

        @gatorgal615
        the atrix does not have voice dialing ..a necessity for any touchscreen...its mos def no iPhone4
        napadapper
      • No, it is not

        @gatorgal615: <b>the device that betters iPhone 4 from seven months ago (!) only in raw speed (with no real applications in need of that -- look at "Infinity Blade" game for iOS), but still have worse screen (lower resolution, no spaceless glueing between layers of screen, no IPS), big size and weight, no voice calling -- can not be really best of the chow, right?</b>
        DDERSSS
    • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

      @james347

      Yes it is....and I DO have an iPhone 4.
      Wolflead6
    • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

      @james347 THE BEST OF SHOW !!!!!
      inboxtelles
    • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

      @james347 Well, I guess I'll just have to take your word for it, since you presented such a detailed argument to make your case!
      Stoshie
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    WOW! This is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" products. Can't wait to see it in use. My contract with AT&T is ready for upgrade in June and this will get SERIOUS consideration. I just hope they price it reasonably...
    gbeardmore
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    Sounds good to me...
    ITOdeed
  • The best may be yet to come - fingerprint authentication in the cloud?

    The phone has a great fingerprint scanner, and Josh Knight from AT&T made announcements at their CyberSecurity Conference in the fall about a "Fingerprint authentication in the cloud" concept. Imagine if you could swipe your finger on that phone's reader, and have it authenticate you to any of your previously password-based web apps. With that, the phone becomes the most secure in the market, and the easiest to use for accessing secure apps in the cloud.

    Has anyone else grown tired of having to go the "Forgot password" route on their web apps, adding 5 minutes to a simple login while I wait for the mail to reset the password?
    SecurityThroughObscurity
    • Look up the video of the Mythbusters beating fingerprint readers

      @SecurityThroughObscurity

      Perhaps you'll change your mind on how good of an idea this really is. You could combine it with facial recognition plus a password and it would be a good step in the right direction. That's assuming your data is that sensitive. If not a strong password is still the best form of single-factor authentication.
      LiquidLearner
      • Mythbusters played with old, outdated technology from Digital Persona

        @LiquidLearner <br><br>If you'll pardon the analogy, this would be like saying you shouldn't use cell phones, because you once saw a video of someone able to clone a phone. That said, when was the last time you heard of a phone being cloned?<br><br>Similarly, Mythbusters was able to beat weak fingerprint readers and algorithms that prioritized convenience over security, erring on the side of passing a match. By contrast, the reader in the Atrix represents the very cutting edge in new reader technology, including anti-spoofing capabilities.<br><br>Modern readers and algorithms offer liveness detection and accuracy far beyond what the readers that Mythbusters played with. Threats and vulnerabilities arise, and manufacturers respond to them.<br><br>I can assure you that Motorola wouldn't put their name on a vulnerable device, nor would AT&T do so with a service that was based on the kind of weak technology that Mythbusters tore to shreds.
        SecurityThroughObscurity
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    If you're going to be carrying around a laptop shell, um... why not just carry around an actual laptop? Assuming the user isn't running Android on their desktop, the real laptop would actually let them run all the actual software (not just Firefox) that they're already using. I can see a laptop dock for a tablet, but a laptop dock for a cell phone doesn't make sense. Since there's no laptop dock available today, smartphone software isn't being designed that would need a much larger screen or full-size keyboard. Since this is the only phone that's going to have this option, there's little chance software will materialize after it's released either. Smartphones are being used for widget toys and for programs where in-the-hand mobility is required (say, snapping a pic of a UPC code in a store and being given the cheapest online price for the item or adding it to your Amazon wishlist). Neither widgets nor handheld mobility apps will benefit from being run on a laptop form factor.
    Even HDMI out and a tiny, foldable bluetooth keyboard & mouse would be more useful than a full-size laptop dock since you still preserve portability. If I'm going to carry a laptop-sized dock on a trip or anywhere else, I'd get more performance and compatibility just carrying a laptop or netbook.
    jgm2
    • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

      @jgm@...
      I don't think that carrying around a dock is the point. You leave the dock at home or at work much like a notebook docking station. That's how I would use something like this...
      nuttob
    • Hmmmm...

      @jgm@...

      Sure sounds like Jupiter, a single development environment that can target all Windows versions, mobile and desktop. Add another 2 years worth of processing power into slates and smartphones and you've got a mobile Windows environment. You wouldn't carry your shell with you but if an office were standardized on a product like that your PC would travel with you at all times. Snap it into any dock at the office and you're off and running.
      LiquidLearner
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    how can anyone keep up? all these new phones comming soon,, what too do? i mean by the time they are at the shops,,,there will be some other make even faster/better just about to come out so do i buy now,or w8 for the better one thats just about to come out,and if i do w8 ,,there will be yet another one just about to come out after that one,,and so on and so on,, truth is u can own the best/fastest phone,,,but that will only be true for only a matter of weeks
    ric6767
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    Motorola is just shit!
    ID-man
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    WOW !!!
    I will buy one, as soon it's available here!
    inboxtelles
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    Docking is fine, still useful, but old(old notebooks used to dock into PCs). In my opinion, it can be improved upon by having the ability to connect a cellphone with or stream it to any device including a computer or a T.V.

    This way, you can even use it for presentations at work; apart from a host of audio/video and other applications at home. You should also be able to connect with hosts at major malls, billboards, and other large areas to find information and your way.


    Cables would be more efficient,but also a greater hassle. Streaming would be more convenient, but also more power intensive.

    All that a small device need are a large screen and convenient Human Interface devices. Why not hook your phone up with your flat-planel, a folding keyboard, and a mouse?A laptop would already have more than the requisite processing power, so apart from synchronozing etc, it wouldn't be of much use.
    Khushal69
  • RE: CES: Motorola Atrix 4G is Already Best of Show

    Cross Device usability can take two different forms.

    1- The mobile-device docking into another computer or TV with a wireless mouse/touchpad/ remote control and keyboard performing the Human-Device interface functions

    Or

    2-The computer or T.V can perform the requisite functions along with its own interfaces through the simple swapping of NAND between the small mobile and large stationary/mobile devices.
    Khushal69