Motorola Atrix 4G - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones

Motorola Atrix 4G - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones
$199.99 with a two-year contract ($499.99 with a two-year service contract and $100 mail-in-rebate when bundled with the laptop dock)
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The Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) Atrix 4G, is, in one sense, AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) answer to the Verizon iPhone. The carrier has made its flagship phone for the spring and is devoting as many marketing resources to it as it has to the iPhone and the Motorola Razr in the past. The phone also happens to be very well-designed.

The Atrix supports HSPA+ and runs version 2.2 of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform. The device has a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a front-facing VGA camera and a back-facing 5-megapixel camera, as well as a fingerprint reader for extra security. It is one of the first mass-market dual-core smartphones, and analysts think it could make a major impact at AT&T.

One of the key differentiators of the Atrix is that it can power multiple docks, including a multimedia dock and a laptop dock. The multimedia dock has three USB ports and an HDMI port enabling connections to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor; the other dock is a laptop dock that has an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers and a battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life.

Ross Rubin, an analyst at the NPD Group, said that when the phone is paired with the laptop dock, it "has legs as a second PC or a netbook substitute, or competition for perhaps a tablet." The device also represents an aggressive effort by Motorola to go after business users. "Motorola, among the Android licensees, has been the most aggressive in terms if pursuing the enterprise market," Rubin said.

When the phone is in the laptop dock it not only transfers all of the phone's data to the dock, but supports a full desktop web browsing experience. Although some analysts expressed skepticism over how quickly the docking concept will take off, Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics, described the device as "visionary."

Motorola Atrix 4G - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones