Motorola, $449 telstra.com
★★★★ It’s the accessory that transforms this phone into a computer and makes the Atrix so unique. The Lapdock is actually a laptop shell that comes alive when a user inserts its brain (the Atrix) into a flip-out dock. Once installed, the phone’s homescreen appears on the Lapdock’s 11.6-inch display to be used with its touchpad and five-line keyboard, while a mouse or memory stick can be added via two USB ports. In short, users can send text messages, make hands-free phone calls, move files and even play Angry Birds on this hybrid computer. The Lapdock also delivers a fullsized Firefox browser to the big screen for web surfing or working ‘in the cloud’ on Google Docs, Flickr, Hotmail or similar. A Mac-like dock filled with apps for Contacts, Search, Messaging and a slick Entertainment Centre app also appears, with the latter delivering photo and video slideshows. Sadly, as a computer the Atrix can be sluggish and five busy Firefox tabs is enough to empty its memory and cause a shutdown.