February 28, 2012, 6:11 AM — What a difference a year makes. A year ago, I was intrigued by Motorola Mobility's Lapdock, a laptop without a brain into which you plugged a Motorola Android smartphone to run it on a full-size screen, with full-size keyboard, trackpad, SD card slot, and USB and HDMI ports for access to USB peripherals and mirrored screen display to a TV or monitor. A year ago, I saw the Lapdock as a wonderful innovation that presaged an era in which a smartphone is your main -- and perhaps only -- computing device, plugging into resources when needed to scale up to a desktop PC.
A year later, after working with the latest version -- the $350 Lapdock 500 Pro -- I'm no longer impressed. In fact, I'm sorely disappointed in what Motorola has done. A year ago, the original Lapdock was rough around the edges, but those shortcomings could be overlooked, given it was the first of its kind. But the new version is inferior in many aspects, and the mobile world has shifted in ways that make the Lapdock concept less relevant, though I believe the smartphone-as-main-brain post-PC vision remains right.
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