Imagine this: the clinician moving from place to place, accessing docks along the way (or carrying their own) which are light, inexpensive and ‘dumb’, or other monitors at stations or even TVs with HDMI. From a security POV, I’d believe that it simplifies matters in that only the phone–not phone and tablet–have to be secured (personal security note: the Atrix has a biometric fingerprint reader), it eliminates synching and it makes it possible to access a larger screen when needed for detailed charts or presentations. When docked, it can switch to the webtop app for full web. For more ‘inside baseball’* read the articles for various caveats and concerns. For this editor [Donna], it’s a whole new way of looking at the situation rather than juggling multiple devices. Launch with AT&T this quarter. (I suppose we won’t find out what it can really do until it hits the market.)
New links 7 Jan: ZDNet’s James Kendrick dubs this CES’ ‘best of show with ‘mobile mojo’...and addresses the importance of not pricing the phone/dock combo too high. Max ‘inside baseball’: Laptop article/video.
And…there’s more (13 Jan): ZDNet’s Jason Hiner raves about the Atrix, although he’s concerned about its acceptance and doesn’t think the phone design is ‘high end’ enough. Article.
*’Inside baseball’ is a US idiom for the obscure details or minutiae of a subject appreciated only by the true cognoscenti. It’s beyond ‘jargon’.