So now that it has been confirmed that the webtop dock will run you an extra $300 with 2 year contract, or $500 by itself (not including the phone), what is everyone's thoughts? the price you were expecting? higher than expected? will this deter you from an atrix, or were you not even planning on the dock in the first place?
myself personally, i probably would still be getting the atrix (were i on at&t), but that price would steer me away from the dock, especially considering that i dont really have a use case for it
I'd like to tell you what I honestly think about the dock being so high but that's against forum rules. More than likely I'll still get the phone by itself and wait for the price to come down or look for it on newegg or amazon.
I wasn't excited about the laptop dock to begin with, but if it was around $100 I would probably grab it. I just don't see the point at this price. I already have a work laptop and a personal laptop. I don't need another $300 - $500 laptop that really is just a large netbook. Nope, I won't be getting one.
I am still going to get the phone. I am rocking an old BB 8900 right now and want a high-end android on at&t. My current laptop at home is more powerful than the laptop dock, so I have no need to spend $ on that.
Yeah, this totally just killed the Atrix for me. Main reason I wanted it was for the laptop dock capabilities... 300 or 500$ for the dock itself (which is just a screen and a battery) + a 20$ monthly tethering fee to use it? AT&T just shot itself in the foot.
Guess I'll wait for the Bionic or something from MWC.
I was stoked for the Atrix and really banking in on it coming out soon with relatively low pricing across the board. I'm let down by this news and thinking about getting the Inspire, even though it isn't dualcore. HTC build quality, company upgrade history and sense are looking a lot better right now...
EDIT: Reading again it says Firefox use over Mobile Broadband requires tethering. SO....if I use it on WiFi only, I don't have to have tethering? That makes me feel a little better, but that sure is a pricy dumb terminal.
Still the whole excitement for me was converging mobile and "laptop" data use under one plan. I kinda thought they would charge extra for tethering. Hoped they wouldnt but it makes perfect sense. otherwise everyone would get one of these and the data card/mifi sales would go down the toilet.
It was going to feel like a bit of a gimmick at $200 by itself (and presumably cheaper by this - 'package pricing' scheme). Still, it was compelling. Now this is just ignorance.
I haven't checked out much video of the multimedia dock, but that still seems best in-class, so this phone still has more than just a Tegra 2 and a big battery (two good reasons to buy this phone regardless).
Seriously, AT&T sucks, and this announcement confirms it.
Being that Motorola is the manufacturer, I'm not sure I get this. Where can you get an LCD Screen, keyboard and battery for $150? I too thought that an amazing price...it turns out to be too amazing. When none of them sell separately at $500, the price will come down, but the $500 bundle will appeal to lots of business users who now don't need both a phone and a laptop. I've seen the bundle (last night), and the screen/keyboard are amazing, thinner than a MacBook Air, and together their about 1/4 the price (of the MacBook).
It's not for everybody, but the phone's performance is double that of my Captivate (according to Quadrant Standard). And it makes a darn nice little laptop too.
I'm an iPhone 4 owner on AT&T, and the Atrix + Laptop Dock sounded like a great fit for me... until I saw the laptop dock price, AND the ridiculous decision to mandate a tethering plan for the webtop surfing... (does AT&T really think that counts as tethering??). I really wanted to dual wield mobile operating systems... but that might have to wait.
Huh... i will wait HTC to do something like that, motorola is not good player... This will be like Nokia N900, which was ther first good phone, but two moths latter after release N900 was totaly crap, and i think motorola will be like nokia in Feb. 2010