Motorola Atrix review: First Look
An Android smartphone that converts into a laptop with access to a virtualised Windows 7 desktop? We're intrigued, very intrigued.
The oddly-named Atrix is the latest Android smartphone from Motorola. It's one of the first smartphones to have a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, but it still runs Android 2.2 rather than 2.3. Nevertheless, it's packed full of interesting and exciting new features beyond headline-grabbing specifications.
A dual-core processor might seem like overkill for a smartphone, but Motorola has put it to good use. As well as being able to play 1080p high definition video when connected to a TV, it can also be used as a substitute for a laptop. When connected to a TV or monitor over HDMI using a mains-powered dock and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the phone switches into a Linux mode. Separate from Android, it has a traditional and familiar point and click interface with a Mac-style taskbar, overlapping windows, a full version of Firefox and a media centre app.
It's also possible to use this 'webtop' mode on the go by plugging the Atrix into a laptop-shaped dock. It has a keyboard, touchpad and 11.6in 1,366x768 pixel resolution display, as well as two USB2 ports. There's no extra storage or processor besides the phone's Tegra chip, 16GB of built-in storage and any microSDHC cards that you have inserted into the phone.
We weren't able to confirm whether the laptop dock has a secondary battery, but we suspect that it does otherwise the Atrix's battery would be quickly depleted by the 11.6in screen. Although there are two USB2 ports and a power socket, there's no Ethernet port, memory card reader or Kensington security slot so it won't be a complete laptop replacement for some people.
In This Article
Become a digital service provider
How to transform your business from network core to edgeDownload now
Optimal business results with the cloud
Evaluating the best approaches to hybrid cloud adoptionDownload now
Virtualisation that enables choices, not compromises
Harness the virtualisation technology that's right for your hybrid infrastructureDownload now
Email security threat report 2020
Four key trends from spear fishing to credentials theftDownload now