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samoflange
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Since: 22.2.04
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I don't really keep up on tech news, so this is probably old news to many.

For anybody who doesn't know what the Atrix is, it's a dual core smartphone that can be docked into essentially a gutted netbook shell and be used a a normal netbook.

Here's a link to an Ars Technica article about the Motorola Atrix, which, as announced today, will be out in March.
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/01/hands-on-motorolas-atrix-android-phone-leads-secret-double-life-as-a-netbook.ars



This thing has me excited for the future of consumer technology. I am not psyched to see this product because I am going to buy one. I haven't yet gotten to the point where I need a smartphone. I'm still working with a $20 Nokia paired with pre-paid minutes. I don't even have or have any use for a laptop. I'm excited about this thing because this is exactly what I think most consumer computers are going to be 10 years from now.

As engineers learn to stuff more and more power into the smartphone form factor, they are going to be all anybody except the hardcore gamers and video editors needs. I already know tons of people who use their phones day to day, barely using their computers. But, there is still a largely recognized "need" to have at least a modest laptop to get work done and visit whatever inane regions of the internet appeal to you. Once that type of processing power can fit into a device the size of a phone and connectivity to an external monitor is commonplace, laptop and desktop sales are going to plummet.

Anybody else have any thoughts on the Motorola Atrix and the potential for the phone-sized computer plus dock combo into the future?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by samoflange
    I haven't yet gotten to the point where I need a smartphone.


Spoken like someone who has yet to experience the utter contemptible frustration of Angry Birds.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.62
    Originally posted by Leroy
      Originally posted by samoflange
      I haven't yet gotten to the point where I need a smartphone.


    Spoken like someone who has yet to experience the utter contemptible frustration of Angry Birds.


I play it on my desktop!



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    Originally posted by samoflange
      Originally posted by Leroy
        Originally posted by samoflange
        I haven't yet gotten to the point where I need a smartphone.


      Spoken like someone who has yet to experience the utter contemptible frustration of Angry Birds.


    I play it on my desktop!


Touché. (Although having that game on my iPhone saved me from losing my mind on my last plane trip.)

This is an interesting development, but way too early to see if it's going to take off. I think the net neutrality fight will determine a great deal of this in the long run - especially if we see a tiered service develop on the mobile side.

I love my iPhone, but I love my laptop more. I think some kind of wired USB interface for this sort of thing might make a bit more sense than a mounted "dock". That photo made it look fairly breakable.

But I do think, if a lot of people are honest about their mobile needs, this does make some sense. I could see this integrating nicely with some cloud-based storage service.

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Hmm. I could see myself buying something like this eventually. With Dropbox, Google and Evernote I'm syncing a lot of things between my phone and laptop already.
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I will probably be buying this in April when I'm up for an upgrade.
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I wouldn't want to use that device in public. With the way the phone docks in the back, it could be swiped, unless its locked in or something. I'd be concerned.



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It should really be something like this headunit Sony has for ipods and iphones:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/Sony%20DSX-S100/ITechDiary/sony_dsx_s100.jpg

Yes I know 2 different things but would make a little more sense. Or at least put the dock in the palmrest.
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