Friday, April 1, 2011

Could this 'laptop killer' be the gadget that finally proves a worthwhile rival to the iPad?

    * Attaching a screen and keyboard turns the Motorola Atrix phone into a fully-equipped laptop

A mobile phone that doubles as a laptop has been touted as the gadget that could finally threaten the iPad's dominance in the technology market.

The Motorola Atrix phone has so impressed gadget experts since it debuted at technology fairs earlier this year that it has been dubbed a 'laptop killer'.

It can be turned into a fully-equipped laptop by attaching a screen and keyboard, both of which have to be bought separately.

Technology magazine T3 has even snubbed the iPad 2 - Apple’s latest version of its tablet device - to hand the Atrix the 'hottest gadget' accolade.

T3 editor Luke Peters said: 'This wasn’t about products that have been hyped, but about products that really disrupt the market. We see the iPad 2 as more of an evolution than a revolution.

'The Atrix can really reshape how we think about mobile phones. It’s incredibly powerful and versatile, and for us it really showed that you can do something different with a mobile phone.

'The fact it can become a real laptop by plugging it into an accessory really moves on the mobile phone category. Who knows what Apple has up its sleeve, but for now the Atrix really shows something different.

'It is also a warning to Apple that mobile phones like the Atrix that run Google’s Android software are really making a big impact.'

Although the iPad came second in the poll, Apple still sold out of the £399 gadget in many stores within three days, and is warning online buyers they face a wait of three to four weeks.

'Demand for the next-generation iPad 2 has been amazing,' Apple said. 'We’re working hard to get it into customers hands.'


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