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Atrix Lapdock: How to and Review

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rushmore, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
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    I agree for those who find an Atrix lapdock review in a Razr forum odd, but it works.

    Odd turn of events, since I previously whined about Webtop taking 3.5gb of precious flash storage and said I would NEVER use Webtop. What drove a perspective change was finding the Atrix lapdock for $65 and reading good feedback.

    How to get it to work:

    1. Pop the plastic cover to the dock section. I gently pried with a small flat screwdriver, but probably other options.

    2. Unscrew the two screws on the little metal bracket.

    3. Un-wedge the little rubber spacer that is between the two connectors.

    4. Gently un-lodge the connectors (not much slack in the cable, so a little tight).

    5. Since the connectors orientations are flipped on the Atrix dock, you need to carve the openings on the plastic cover so they fit, flipped. The plastic is easy to carve, so I used the screw driver to carve the tiny space needed.

    6. After putting back together the cables and reattaching the plastic cover, attach the Razr to the dock (Razr will be standing upside down. This seems a tad precarious, but does work (I would NOT move the dock around like this).

    7. The other option is to leave the cables hanging from the bottom, but the cable on mine does not seem as long as the examples at the Photon and Razr XDA forums. Another issue is the cables are obviously not designed for this, so probably too delicate to be moved much. Alternative would be to find an extension cable combo to use, rather than the small cables, or leave standing up.


    Build: Better and slimmer than the 100, but I have not messed with the 500 to compare it.

    Display: Very good and to my surprise, VERY sharp. The 100 seemed a tad blurry, in spite of a 1.9” smaller display. I would expect the 10” display to be sharper, but the 11.9” is sharper. Brightness & color is good. The one negative is the display can’t be pushed back as far as some may want.

    Keyboard: Better than the 100 and IMO, a lot better than the Transformer KB.

    Touchpad: No multitouch, but works okay and does serve its purpose. Not great though, by any stretch. Functional is a fair description.

    Performance: The full Firefox works okay and plug-ins I tried worked. Not zippy as a laptop or desktop, but works better than expected. Phone apps perform fine. Videos look very good.

    USB: Mice work fine and thumbrives up to 64gb worked. Not tried a USB hard drive yet.

    Summary: IMO, this device is worth up to $150. Very nice to use the connectivity of the phone beyond the phones size and connectivity constraints (without tethering)! I could see me paying a little more if had a full sd slot too.

    BIG thumbs up!

    Added: This puppy has also changed my mind about moving from the Razr. Nice combination :)

    This function to me (if remains tether free) is a killer "app" and can see me sticking with Moto devices if they stay firm with the concept.

    Added: This size seems perfect for me, so would have been nice if VZW had this SAME dock, but fitting the Razr and other devices. The 100 did not impress me. The Atrix does.

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  2. cvhovey

    cvhovey Newbie

    When using this lapdock, does VZW 'see' the data as coming from the phone ... or as though it were tethered data?
  3. FragDroidX

    FragDroidX Android Expert

    It does NOT show as tethering. None of the docks made for webtop that work on Verizon require a tethering plan. Att is the only one that requires the purchase of a tethering plan to use webtop functionality. This will work thru whatever data connection you have while docked whether it is wifi, 3G, or 4G.
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  4. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    If there were a tethering fee, I see no reason to owning one of these. It is simply an extension of the phone, so At&t deserves to fail with this type of accessory, but good for the folks that get the Atrix dock :) It will now make me consider docks in the future from VZW.
  5. cvhovey

    cvhovey Newbie

    Wish I could have grabbed one up from AT&T when they had that $50 deal. Will have to keep an eye on eBay (too rural to benefit from Craigslist here) in case one pops up at a decent price.
  6. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    I looked at the 100 dock again at VZW and confirm the display is blurry. The Atrix dock is good laptop level sharp, but the 100 should not have the word "sharp"in any way for description. Dull and blurry us the best description.

    Seems part of the reason for the high price was they actually put a good display and signal amp in the Atrix dock.

    I would not buy the 100, even if $65, yet alone $200. Display is yikes.

    If you are interested in the device and can find the Atrix lapdock for $150 or less, it is another league better than the 100 lapdock.
  7. fatpomp

    fatpomp Android Enthusiast

    I totally agree! i also have the atrix dock and I checked out the 100 last night and it doesn't even come close there is no way i would buy that thing. The build quality on the atrix dock is way better.

    Also here is a link that will show pictures of the different steps in case anyone wants them.
    Photon working with LapDock! - xda-developers

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