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Monday, 02 May 2011 12:33

Smartphone and tablet converge

Written by Nick Farell


The less useful meets the useless
Motorola is spending a lot of time and money merging the smartphone and the tablet.

The new Atrix smartphone-laptop combo will be rolled out as Android "alternatives" to tablets and other toys. Reviews for the best suggest that when it is operating in a laptop configuration it is a bit sluggish.

Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility, has lots of plans for Atrix, which he sees as an "alternative" way of merging smartphones and computing. Yeah, he is talking about an iPad alternative but the Atrix has the advantage that it is actually designed to be useful in a desktop framework, where as tablets are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

Jha's theory is that you will see multiple devices from Motorola and it will expand its range of lap-dock devices so we cover a wider price range and deal with enterprise and consumer customers. One thing he is looking at is a Motorola phone on a quad-core processor that when plugged into the laptop dock would provide performance that's a lot closer to a true laptop than current Atrix products.

We suspect that if you will stick it to your ear it might catch fire. Your ear, not the tablet.

Nick Farell

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+13 #1 Jaberwocky 2011-05-02 13:43
I suppose if you merged an Iphone with an Ipad you'd get an iphad...or in other words an ifad which does seem more appropriate. ;-)
 
 
+3 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-05-02 16:16
Phablet!
 
 
-6 #3 Haberlandt 2011-05-02 16:55
Merging a smartphone and a tablet? Not possible.
 
 
+11 #4 Jaberwocky 2011-05-02 19:48
Quoting Haberlandt:
Merging a smartphone and a tablet? Not possible.

Why not ? ATI and Nvidia managed to merge graphics cards with heaters when they used the 590 and the 6990. :D
 
 
+1 #5 kartikkg 2011-05-02 19:54
Merging a smartphone and a tablet
better to buy a laptop
 
 
+3 #6 Haberlandt 2011-05-02 23:36
Quoting Jaberwocky:
Quoting Haberlandt:
Merging a smartphone and a tablet? Not possible.

Why not ? ATI and Nvidia managed to merge graphics cards with heaters when they used the 590 and the 6990. :D
Actually, Nvidia's first heater was the 480.

I say it's not possible to merge smartphones and tablets simply because of dimensions.
 
 
-2 #7 Jaberwocky 2011-05-03 09:30
All joking aside this does bring back a comment I made on this site a while back about the convergence of Smartphone Tech and Pad Tech.

Here's the Question

At what size does a smartphone become a tablet and Vice versa?

I would say 5"
 
 
+1 #8 Orumus 2011-05-03 13:28
With current screen tech, id say anything to big to fit in your pocket is no longer a phone so I'd say 4.5 is the limit.

But you also have to remember that with flexible screens soon screen size may not mean a whole lot and tablets based on phone tech will die.
 
 
0 #9 _Kilorad_ 2011-05-03 15:14
I was intrigued by the Dell Streak, a 5-inch Android phone. This review shows it's size, and they say it's the biggest you would want to fit into your pocket. www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/226442

But the Streak is old by now with newer dual core phones out and more on the way. Having serviced their stuff, I can't see myself ever buying Dell gear. I would say an Atrix would be my next phone, and maybe on a sale the laptop dock would work out. As it is for the $499 price of the dock you could buy a low end, but decent Windows 7 notebook.
 

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