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Motorola DROID BIONIC HD Station Hands-on

Motorola DROID BIONIC HD Station Hands-on
If the Lapdock accessory for the Motorola DROID BIONIC seems way out of your league or simply too much dough for you to handle, then you might find the optional HD Station dock to be a better solution. For starters, it’s only sporting a $99.99 price tag as opposed to the Lapdock’s sizable $299.99, which is a considerable amount of savings when you think about it. And more importantly, we’re still treated to all of the juicy goodness that Motorola’s Webtop experience has to offer.

Essentially, the HD Station dock looks like any other pedestal dock available for other smartphones, but the beauty in it all is that you can essentially turn the DROID BIONIC into a quick and easy to use mini-computer of some sort. In the rear, three full sized USB ports that allow you to connect USB peripherals to it – like a mouse, keyboard, or flash drive. Of course, the entire thing actively charges the handset while it’s docked, and it connects to a high definition television via its microHDMI cable.

Motorola DROID BIONIC HD Station Hands-on
Motorola DROID BIONIC HD Station Hands-on
Motorola DROID BIONIC HD Station Hands-on
Motorola DROID BIONIC HD Station Hands-on


After selecting the Webtop option on the handset, it transforms into one giant trackpad that’s used to navigate around the Webtop interface – plus, there are left and right mouse clicks to help better select something. Furthermore, you can easily input text by using the on-screen keyboard available on the handset as well. With Webtop, we’re still able to interact with the DROID BIONIC since a virtual representation of the handset is displayed within the interface. On top of that, Mozilla Firefox is available to provide us that desktop-like experience right on the big screen.
 
For something that’s constructed out of plastic, it doesn’t necessarily exude something that’s priced up there at $100, but it makes up with its depth of functionality with the entire Webtop experience.

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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 14:15

1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I like this much better than the laptop dock option. If I do end up getting the bionic this will be a must for me.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 01:19

2. brokeguy (unregistered)


Why is something that has $10 worth of parts cost sooo much??? I'm assuming that all the functionality is in the handset, this is just a fancy USB/HDMI cord isn't it?

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 07:47

3. Phil74 (unregistered)


Since the Droid Bionic has Gingerbread, and can do Skype video calls, would the HD Station support Skype Video Calls? Has Phonearena tested that?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 23:44

4. Trent (unregistered)


Does the dock have to be plugged in to establish a connection with the phone and HD TV or is the power cable just for if you want to be charging the phone?

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