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Motorola Atrix review

Can this be the phone that brings back Moto's Razr effect?

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time8.83 Hour
Product ModelAtrix
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.8 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameAtrix Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3013AW2R8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G gives you dual-core processing power and the revolutionary webtop application. With webtop and a compatible Motorola docking station, sold separately, you can surf the Internet with a full Firefox browser, create and edit docs, or access multimedia on a large screen almost anywhere.