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Mo­torola, $449 tel­

★★★★ 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.

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