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Motorola DROID BIONIC Lapdock Hands-on

Motorola DROID BIONIC Lapdock Hands-on
Even though the Motorola ATRIX 4G introduced us to the slew of Webtop enabled accessories back earlier in the year, the recently launched Motorola DROID BIONIC follows in the same path with its offerings. Of them all, the optional $299.99 Lapdock is by far the the most interesting out of the bunch mainly because it mimics the styling and functionality of a netbook or laptop – albeit, it’s one pricey accessory. However, if you do decide on picking it up with the purchase of an on-contract Motorola DROID BIONIC, you’ll get a $100 mail-in-rebate as part of a package deal.

Looking at it, the Lapdock for the Motorola DROID BIONIC is nearly an identical model to the one for the Motorola ATRIX 4G with the exception that the dock connector will only accommodate the DROID BIONIC – and nothing else. It features an 11.6” display, chicklet style keyboard, soft touch coating, trackpad, two full sized USB ports, and speakers. Both streamlined and durable feeling, there’s no arguing that it’s an eye-catching thing from afar, but it does pack a substantial amount of weight with it. Nevertheless, the construction and design are undoubtedly top-notch.

Motorola DROID BIONIC Lapdock Hands-on
Motorola DROID BIONIC Lapdock Hands-on
Motorola DROID BIONIC Lapdock Hands-on
Motorola DROID BIONIC Lapdock Hands-on


Naturally, the main highlight with the Lapdock is the fact that it offers Motorola’s uniqe Webtop experience, which essentially offers a full Mozilla Firefox browser and common smartphone functionality. Business users might find it tedious to work with, since it doesn’t offer any dedicated productivity apps, but seeing that it’s connected to the web and offers a full featured web browser, you can still access things like Google Docs on the go. Still, we're able to interact with the smartphone since we’re given access to a virtual representation of the handset within the Webtop interface.

All in all, if you can overlook the steep price it’s sporting, you may find a complementary accessory for the Motorola DROID BIONIC.

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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:04

1. AdamLeonard (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Aug 2011)


Wow. Really? So Vzn & AT&T get the lapdock love but Sprint's Photon doesn't? I'm struggling between the Photon and SGSII and I think the lapdock would definitely get me buying the Photon.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:14

2. xmrrushx (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I was thinking about getting this for my bionic, however after playing with it for 15 mins i was annoyed as hell with the track pad and its spotty operation in Firefox. While its a great idea, the tech just isn't there. Plus its a pricey accessory that you can only use with your phone. I connected the phone to HDMI on my tv and it was outstanding. Playing angry birds on a 46in tv is fun.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:44 2

3. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Ditch Firefox, bring on the CHROME!

How about they make these universal for all Motorola Androids.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:47

4. benvino (unregistered)


The Photon does work with this lapdock, I am typing on it right know. The Photon when docked sits about 1/3 off the dock in the back. Other than that works great. Also Verizon has 14 days return with not restocking fee :) try it out.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 14:01 1

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


I wouldnt get the laptop dock either. I much rather get the hd station an just hook up my 46in LCD, a mouse, and a keyboard.

Off-topic: Dolphine HD is my favorite browser for my old school driod. Is Chrome out for phones or is it just still out for computers?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 08:14

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


currently only for computers, Google plans on bringing it to smartphone

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 17:07

6. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It was a great idea on paper, but poor execution by Motorola. The laptop is too expensive at its retail price and the keyboard wasn't the best to type on. You think Motorola would learn from their experience with the Atrix.

Btw, if you look at what the competitors are doing with same idea, i.e. docking the phone INSIDE a tablet or small laptop, now that make more sense to me.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 17:01

8. mhtimber (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I just ordered the Bionic + Lapdock, switching from an iPhone 4. I'm going to use it primarily for business and chose the Lapdock over a tablet because of the full browser with Flash support, full size keyboard (relative to tablet), and the fact that it really is the phone...which VPNs into my corp. network, including Citrix VDI in multiple forms.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 13:14

9. sagwagon (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


On a Motorola Droid X phone, the micro USB and HDMI ports are in the same spacing from each other as on the Bionic. These 2 ports are slightly lower on the Droid X's side but do you know if I could use my Droid X on this Lapdock?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:42

10. tallica05 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Dec 2009)


droid life had an article on this and vzw was offering it for 50.00 so guess what I am typing on right now. Yes my lapdock. no it does not work on the droid x..

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