Motorola atrix

Where the Motorola Atrix's Lap Dock falls short, with the docks, the Atrix really comes into its own. There are two available.

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The cheaper dock (though still expensive at around £30) is merely a charging device that you can slot the phone into.

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The second is the HD Multimedia Dock. It's more expensive, at around £75, but this plugs via an HDMI lead into your TV for the full HD experience.

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Dock the phone and it instantly goes into HD mode, firing up the Entertainment Centre which then allows you to scroll through your Music, Photos and Videos and even play them in a slideshow.

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The HD Dock comes with a remote control which allows you to scroll through your files from the comfort of your chair.

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You'll also find three USB connection ports on the back.

And that's just the beginning.

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You can also fire up the Webtop Connector and enjoy the Lap Dock experience on your HD TV. You have to make sure the power cable is plugged into the dock at the back, otherwise it will only fire up the Entertainment Centre, which is a bit odd and led to a lot of head scratching during the reviewing process.

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However, once that's in, the Webtop Connector option appears on the Atrix's screen for you to tap and away you go.

You can do one of two things. You can use it as just a streaming player (watching the likes of iPlayer through your TV via your phone) or you can also get hold of the original bluetooth keyboard and mouse and turn your TV into a full web browsing tool.

Essentially, with Webtop Connect, you're just doing exactly the same on your HD TV as you did with the Lap Dock – it's the same software experience of having two OSes in one place.

But it works so much better like this because it doesn't feel like it's trying to be a netbook or anything other than a web experience on your phone blown up on the TV. Having said that, one advantage is you can use the Firefox browser rather than the Android browser, which affords you perks such as being able to watch ITV player (which annoyingly still redirects all phone users to the mobile version of the site).

Obviously, it's not as portable as the Lap Dock experience (unless you like lugging a HD TV around) but for an added extra in the home, it works brilliantly.

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The Motorola bluetooth keyboard and mouse look both elegant and stylish and run off normal AA batteries.

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Again, they're not cheap. And at around £70 for them on top of that £75 for the dock, it may feel a little too expensive. However, it's still cheaper than the Lap Dock, and seeing your photos and videos play on a large HD TV as opposed to a much smaller Lap Dock screen is far better.