Apple should've have done this first

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  1. Fernandez21, Jan 6, 2011
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    Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/motorola-atrix-4g-hd-multimedia-dock-and-laptop-dock-hands-on/

    Motorola is really onto something here that should have been made by either apple or microsoft first. Imagine docking your iphone or windows phone and suddenly OSx/windows appears, You could carry arround your entire computer in your pocket. You would'nt have to worry about user profiles, all your info is on your phone and when someone else in the family Docks their phone, their info shows up instead. Instead of a family computer, you have a family dock.

    And of course the t.v. screen ui for watching media on your t.v. should've on iphones a long time ago.
     
  2. afireintonto macrumors 6502a

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    This is really really awesome! It would be so handy if this takes off and phones start having laptop specs! I can just imagine how infinitely useful this would be for students and mobile professionals.
     
  3. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    That looks cool!

    But while I hate to be a downer, I do have some doubts.

    What's the OS? They said it had a "windowed" UI with a Mac OS X like dock, but it doesn't sound like it's actually running a desktop OS, unless you count remote access, which is cool, but not exactly revolutionary.

    If it is capable of running a desktop level OS, what's the battery life going to be like when it isn't in the dock? And if it requires the dock station for that level of performance, why not just carry a laptop?

    Here's my $0.02. We will see phones of the future carrying our programs and data with us in our pockets. But it won't be with "dumb" terminal/proprietary docking stations. Most of it will be in the cloud, but what isn't (too sensitive, too valuable) will likely live on our pocket mobiles as data and software to be wirelessly pulled off our mobile and used by what ever computer we're sitting in front of at the moment. Not terminals or proprietary docking stations, but regular (though wildly more capable) computers.

    A proprietary OS phone/docking station terminal combination thing seems like an "in-between" step (like wireless pagers, stand-alone PND's and mini-HDMI ports on phones)
     
  4. Infraggable Kru macrumors regular

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    i guess if you're cheap this is a poor mans desktop

    my phone
    my laptop
    my netbook
    and my desktop

    all serve different purposes

    but i think my desktop is special because of the 5 hard drives, dvd writer, bluray player, graphics card, no need to plug into a dock, and much faster processor than anything else

    For those who use their Desktops as their central computer/productivity machine nothing else compares
     
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    [​IMG]

    Been done (basically) and it didn't work out so well.
     
  6. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    Tablets have been done before and failed so there is no hope for the iPad right?
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure where you're getting "tablets were a failure before the iPad." Just like there were no good phones before the iPhone?
     
  8. shen macrumors 6502

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    here on earth, where many of us live and work, tablets where pretty much a near non-existant niche product before the iPad. that may be where he is coming from.

    now in your world, well, that may not be true.

    BTW, what color is the sky there?
     
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    So because you don't have a use for something or haven't heard of it, it's irrelevant? What color is the sky where you're living?
     
  10. tuatha macrumors regular

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    I think this looks great. Especially love the laptop dock. There have been so many times I've been reading an article or watching a live stream on my phone and wanted to switch to a bigger screen and there's no convenient way of doing that right now. I'd definitely buy something like this.

    Apple actually have a better chance of making something like this work due to their closed ecosystem. All you'd need is a standard iPhone port on your Apple TV/MacBook/iWhatever and you could have pretty seamless integration between all the devices.
     
  11. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    Before the iPad tablets were irrelevant not because there wasn't a need for them but because they for the most part sucked. Now with iOS and Android running tablets they are much more functional and useful. My point was that just because something failed in the past that doesn't mean someone can't come along and do it right.
     
  12. Carl G35c macrumors 6502

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    [​IMG]
    I really wanted this, but Palm couldnt deliver
     
  13. mltaylor macrumors regular

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    Awesome but I wouldnt ever use it....wish Apple would make something like this though :)
     
  14. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    It's still Android.
    When you dock it, it loads an app called Webtop that has a lot of really nice features from what I've read so far.
    Being able to establish a Citrix connection to another machine and then run it full screen is a killer feature.
    But a full version of Firefox with Flash 10.1 support... all I can say is nicely done.

    I can see a business use for this already for many executives.
     
  15. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

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    It will definitely make sitting down and typing an email or opening a document much easier on the eyes than trying to squint at a 4" screen. and type on a tiny keyboard with thumbs.
     
  16. Small White Car, Jan 6, 2011
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    He said tablets were a failure before last year.

    Tablets were a failure before 2010.

    What tablet was a success before 2010?
     
  17. Infraggable Kru macrumors regular

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    yup, hot,heavy, poor battery life, poor handwritting recognition, and an OS that was not optimized for a touch interface

    let's see what round 2 looks like
     
  18. walie macrumors 6502a

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    what the heck are you talking about?
     
  19. tirk macrumors 6502

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    Ah yes, the Foolio! Twice the price of the netbooks that were just coming out, and half as capable.... with an unfamiliar OS/UI thrown in to boot. What a class idea that was! :rolleyes:
     
  20. Fernandez21 thread starter macrumors 601

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    One thing I just thought of, if the iPhone could do this and bring up OSx like this thing bring up that "webbtop" os, it would get ALOT of windows users to switch. I myself am a windows user, and right now I wouldn't consider switching, but if my iPhone could double as my laptop and only ran OSx I would switch. And even if windows phone had the same feature but with windows 7 instead, I would still switch because I like the iphone OS much more. If done right, apple could really own the entire computing expierence, from smartphone, tablet, and notebook.

    I also really wonder why apple still hasn't come up with an apple t.v. layer in iPhone for when you dock it to a t.v. I have a universal dock with remote, but when I want to watch video over the t.v. I have to get up and navigate the phone to the video I want and sit back, the remote is pretty useless.
     
  21. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

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  22. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think this is going to be cheap! :D

    Swiss Army knife gadgets are always interesting and fun, but if they do everything poorly, then who cares?

    I do like this concept and believe the Motorola has what it takes to pull it off though.
     

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