My Shiny New Toy
March 7, 2012 2 Comments
Well, not exactly a toy .. my mobile phone is my life device, to be sure. However, if you’ve followed me for long .. you know I’m always ready to share about exciting bits and pieces as I encounter them.
The flavor of the week / month / year (my last mobile device performed for 2-1/2 years) is the Motorola Atrix 2: dual-core processor, larger-than-life (and pocket) screen, and best of all (tonight, anyway): wireless hotspot.
Yes: it boasts all the usual applications, all the Google services, 8GB of onboard RAM, can hold a 32GB microSD AND supports multiple Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) profiles .. now I have no excuse to escape from work, customer or personal email.
On handy: the Atrrix ships with QuickOffice, which recognizes all my Microsoft Office formats .. and now I can even get Microsoft Office OneNote for Android .. which (happily) synchronizes via SkyDrive to my PCs and other devices. This is huge. It doesn’t support Live Mesh, though .. this would be cool for file management and backup across all my devices (I used it on all my PCs and servers .. even cloud servers).
Yes: 4G speeds, thanks to AT&T, plus Wi-Fi.
Right now, I’m getting 5 down, 1 up; very nice as the Wi-Fi in the restaurant isn’t working.
On to other toys:
- The device has a standard dock for charging. Boooring.
- Wireless keyboard with touchpad. Yawn.
- Vehicle dock. Snore.
- Warming up: the Multimedia Dock that connects the device via USB to mouse and keyboard AND a video interface to an external monitor. Wayy coool.
Coolest: the Lapdock.
This spiffy (and expensive!) little device is what caught my eye a year or so ago (the Atrix 1).
Drop the phone into the Lapdock and you have a keyboard and monitor at your beck and call.
The real key here: will the software on the phone support enough tasks that this is a viable laptop replacement for email, browsing, blogging, editing and such for short trips?
In a word: maybe. I am looking to buy one on the cheap to give it a good test.
I’ll let you know what I find.