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Motorola plans to release a "lapdock" for the Xoom that is similar to Atrix.
Looks like they might be trying to steal a little thunder from Asus.
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- 05-05-2011, 09:31 AM #2
- 05-05-2011, 11:23 AM #3
- 05-05-2011, 11:50 AM #4
I still think it is pretty cool and will more likely buy something like it for my xoom. There are times where I just wish it had a physical keyboard, and I really don't feel like carrying around the bluetooth keyboard accessory that is already out. I would rather just have it as part of the case a lot how the Transformer is.
- 05-05-2011, 03:21 PM #5
Presumably a dock for the Xoom would not need a second screen, so it should be cheaper.
If Motorola wanted to make something really useful out of a docking station for the Xoom, it would be nice to see them (once they get USB host working) include the ability to plug in (standard USB) external drives, including DVD burners (with software, of course) to allow for easy backups/transfers. I'd personally also like to see a full size SD slot in the dock, and (well, why the Hell not?) a standard HDMI port. And, a decent AC/DC adapter for charging the Xoom and powering external devices.
I doubt I'd be seriously inclined to by a dock for just a physical keyboard, especially for their probable asking price. But, throw in some expanded connectivity/functionality, and I'd be willing to pay for something that costs a little more. (just my $0.02, of course)
- 05-05-2011, 05:13 PM #6
- 05-05-2011, 05:29 PM #7
I would be interested in a dock that would provide standard sized, fully functional ports (USB, HDMI) and a full-size SD card slot.
But, seeing as how Motorola's Speaker Dock was priced at $130, I'm somewhat doubtful that they could deliver what I seek at a rational price.
I'd suggest that they design one that provided a second screen and the capability of running a second app on that screen, but that would probably cost more than just buying a second Xoom.
- 05-06-2011, 01:14 AM #8
- 05-06-2011, 08:26 AM #9
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I'd like one that provides an adjustable angle and support for the Xoom. If I'm in bed with the current case, I have to use it upside down in order for the Xoom to have support, and not keep sliding out of the case and hitting the volume knobs in the process.
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- 05-06-2011, 10:35 AM #10
As far as porting around a dock, as opposed to just a keyboard, I'd opt for the keyboard alone. To my way of thinking about it, a dock is not something to be carried around every where you'd go, but more suited to a desktop (at least for the most part). that's why I'd prefer to see great functionality if they are to start making them.
As far as typing on a keyboard, which I'd agree is preferable to the touchscreen for long composition, I could see a reasonable trade off between the usefulness of the keyboard vs. the added encumbrance of toting it about - so long as the price was reasonable..
Now, I've already griped about the cost of the Motorola Bluetooth keyboard, but it looks as if there are alternatives. Here's a waterproof candidate I'd consider at $33 Amazon.com: Menotek Flexible Bluetooth Waterproof Mini Keyboard For Apple iPad and iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom and iPhone 4/4G, Windows, Mac, Linux: Computer & Accessories
However, I'm not familiar with Menotek. Anyone know about the quality/reliability of their products?
- 05-06-2011, 06:04 PM #11
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*nudge nudge developers
edit: hah, it seems my dream came true, a portfolio case with keybaord just released!