Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Multimedia Dock Review

Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Multimedia Dock Review
In addition to the Laptop Dock that’s available for the Motorola ATRIX 4G, there is also an HD Multimedia Dock that converts any high-definition television set into some sort of mini desktop PC. Now this isn’t your ordinary dock that will make your handset look pretty while charging up its battery, oh no, but it’s actually something so much more engaging.  For those interested in it, you’ll have to shell out $99.99 out of your pockets to fetch this one, but we guarantee that it’s one investment that will prove its worth.

Just like the Laptop Dock, the Motorola ATRIX 4G’s microUSB and microHDMI ports slide into position on the HD Multimedia Dock – which looks ever so great sitting next to your bed as you fall asleep. However, you’re going to want to place this one next to your high-definition television because it offers the same identical Motorola webtop experience that we see running with the Laptop Dock. In fact, the display of the ATRIX 4G turns into an on-screen trackpad that mimics the functions of what’s used with most laptops. Additionally, there is a keyboard button on the display that enables you to input text – like when you’re trying to type a site in the address bar of Mozilla Firefox.


Thanks to the HDMI connection, we’re greeted with the image of the handset running Android (or rather the webtop interface) on the big screen, while also being able to run other applications; like the File Manager or Firefox browser. Luckily, if you prefer to navigate with something else aside from the on-screen trackpad on the handset, you can connect USB peripherals, like a USB mouse and keyboard, to the back of the HD Multimedia Dock. Essentially, it transforms the handset into a mini desktop PC, but it’s equally impressive because it’s all being powered by the smartphone. And finally, you can also run the handset’s Entertainment Center experience which will quickly allow you to share multimedia content, such as photos and videos, directly on your television with its special interface.


Naturally, the beauty about the HD Multimedia Dock is its ability to take the experience outside of simply using the phone while you’re out and about. The scenario goes like this. You work throughout the day using your phone to write up emails, send files, take photos, and download a short video of some sort onto the handset. Once you get home, you can basically slip it into the Dock and sit down using a mouse and keyboard to take your productivity to a whole new level. And while you’re at it, you can be browsing the web, while listening to music from Pandora that’s being played on your phone. For $100, it converts the typical isolated mobile experience, and expands its functionality to a new level that hasn’t been touched by any other smartphone out there.

Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Multimedia Dock Video Review:

Pros

  • Allows you to output the webtop interface
  • Let's you run the full Firefox browser
  • Supports USB peripherals

Cons

  • Requires an HDTV or HD monitor for webtop to work

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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