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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Originally posted by samoflangeI 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.
This is totally a guess, and I have no reason to believe that this will work, but I would try installing the TweakUI PowerToy for Windows XP. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.