Motorola Atrix: Futuristic, but not for everyone

If you’re in the market for a super-fast Android phone, you won’t be disappointed by the Motorola Atrix. It is definitely the fastest smartphone I’ve ever gotten my grubby little fingers on.

Of course, what makes the Atrix unique is the laptop accessory that it docks into, and that’s just not ready for prime time yet. It does the Web … and that’s really about it. The trackpad wasn’t all that easy to use (no scrolling!), which made me long for multi-touch. The interface was sluggish and reminiscent of an ultra low-end netbook, and we all know how thrilling those are to use.

Sure, you can copy and paste between the Web and your phone, but how often are you really going to use that feature? Business users may dig the unit’s portability and security, but, come on, no webcam?

I think the coolest thing about the Atrix is the glimpse into the future. If you couldn’t envision a day in the not-too-distant future where smartphones truly replace PCs, now you can. Just plug it in to a terminal, fire away on the keyboard and mouse, unplug, bring it home, and fire it back up. Easy, simple and always with you.

Motorola made a valiant, impressive effort with the “webtop” Atrix accessory. I just wouldn’t shell out $499 for it. But when the technology improves in a few years… -David