Motorola Atrix - Versatile Shapeshifter

Launch SRP: S$1288

Features

Getting Ready for MotoBlur

The beauty of the Android platform is that it allows manufacturers to dress their phones up with customized UIs, and the Atrix is no exception. The MOTORBLUR UI comes with a strong emphasis on social media, with customized widgets that allows for easy one tap connectivity – be it through social networks, reading status updates and so forth. Here, we'll give you the lowdown on its key features.

Once you get your MOTOBLUR login all ready, you will be prompted for further syncing with popular social media sites, email accounts and professional networking sites like LinkedIn. Remember: this step is extremely crucial in enhancing your overall user experience.


The UI also comes with a an all-in-one inbox of sorts that combines Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and text messaging (SMS).


You can choose to display certain groups of contacts under your miscellaneous synced accounts or all of them.

 Motorola-specific widgets can be resized freely; these include a mixture of widgets for settings, social networking and informative purposes (weather for example).

The unique thing about the MOTOBLUR UI is that it allows users to further personalize their Motorola widgets through resizing.

The Atrix has some nifty software additions also seen on previous MOTOROLA handsets – built-in SWYPE capabilities, the MOTOBLUR UI and the nifty Moto Phone Portal app. The inclusion of SWYPE on Android handsets isn’t a new thing, but it is still a welcomed addition on the Atrix. Apart from the option of using the standard Motorola QWERTY keyboard, users can easily choose to rely on the SWYPE keyboard.

The Moto Phone Portal app allows users to organize your phone’s contents (pictures, contacts, SMSes, calls) or reply messages through either an USB or Wi-Fi connection on your PC browser.

The interface for the Moto Phone Portal allows for a quick glance at your phone’s content.


Dockin' on

Of course, the other exciting aspect of the Atrix is that it comes with an accessory that transforms the phone into another gadget altogether. As shown in brief on the previous page, the accompanying Lapdock looks exactly like a notebook/netbook, but comes with a unique preposition – it requires the Atrixin order to run. The Lapdock comes with an 11.6-inch screen, keyboard, touchpad, a built-in 36Wh three-cell battery and a dock positioned at the back for the Atrix. Notice that the Lapdock does not have any processing platform. Instead, it's merely a shell unit that extends the usability of Atrix, be it for recharging the phone, or for extended usage like content consumption, emails and other productivity tasks. As such, the Atrix smartphone is still the brains of the Lapdock which comes to life once the phone is plugged in. Upon docking, the phone launches the Webtop app immediately to manage your device. On the screen itself, you will see a Linux screen with your Atrix’s Android window opened.

The Lapdock enables users to immerse in a netbook/notebook experience through the Atrix while retaining its smartphone capabilities. As seen above, you can run an app on your Atrix while utilizing the Firefox browser available on the Lapdock.

Taking a closer look at the Android window, you can see that there are shortcut icons that replace the four touch controls on the smartphone. Clicking on say, the Home icon will bring you back to the Home screen of the smartphone on the Lapdock.

Notifications will pop up to alert you about, in this case, incoming activity on WhatsApp. To reply, click on it and simply type on the keyboard.

You can also maximize the Android window to fit the whole screen.

Generally, we liked the experience on the Lapdock, but it takes some time getting used to its smaller keyboard keys. Do also note that the Internet experience can be slightly sluggish at times since the Lapdock is relying solely on the Atrix’s dual-core processor.

8.5
Design
8
Features
9
User-Friendliness
8.5
Performance
8.5
Value
8.5
The Good
Interesting Lapdock function
Many built-in software options
Crisp qHD 4.0-inch touchscreen
Speedy performance
The Bad
Uninspired phone design
Better battery life expected
Mediocre camera capabilities