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Mo­torola, $79 mo­

★★★★ In case you re­main un­con­vinced of this phone’s hid­den depths, Mo­torola has is­sued an in-car gad­get for the Atrix. An­other un­wieldy car mount, I hear you sigh, but you’d be wrong. This Car Dock comes with soft­ware to el­e­vate its use. Slot the Atrix into this mount and the phone au­to­mat­i­cally launches its Car Home app that de­liv­ers six large icons to the home screen. The first four are taken by Mu­sic, My Lo­ca­tion, Call­ing and Voice Search but the re­main­ing two po­si­tions, and an­other six on the next screen, can be filled with what­ever short­cuts you choose. My Lo­ca­tion is the most apt as it of­fers ev­ery­thing from traf­fic up­dates to point-of-in­ter­est searches to street-by-street Google Maps Nav­i­ga­tion us­ing the phone’s GPS chip. The car dock it­self is pleas­ingly solid, holds the phone firmly in po­si­tion and pro­vides a suc­tion cup that can be se­cured with a clip. The charg­ing cord is short, how­ever, and driv­ers se­ri­ous about nav­i­ga­tion or those who want to save on down­loads should add a ded­i­cated nav­i­ga­tion app.

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