Motorola Atrix available exclusively on Orange for Bond wannabes

The Motorola Atrix is the first phone with a biometric fingerprint reader, appealing to secret agents willing to sign a two-year contract with Orange.

Andy Merrett
Andy Merrett has been using mobile phones since the days when they only made voice calls. Since then he has worked his way through a huge number of Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson models. Andy is a freelance writer and is not an employee of CNET.
Andy Merrett
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You've watched our hands-on test and have been waiting patiently ever since you heard that the Motorola Atrix would arrive in the UK a distinct shade of Orange. You've put aside your fears of rendering the phone inoperable by swiping your finger across the screen after your morning peanut butter fix. The Atrix is finally here.

This is the first commercially available phone with a fingerprint reader built in. Not only does it increase data security, but it opens up the way for plenty of spy-related jokes. Whether you want them or not.

Orange reckons the phone is perfect for "aspiring secret agents". Presumably, these are the clever bods who have worked out how to order the phone when the Orange website still lists it as "coming soon".

If you're a spy who loves Android (because the iPhone is not enough), and you can seek a quantum of solace in having to wear an Orange finger, the Atrix could be for your eyes only. (Any more of this and I'll beat the living daylights out of you. -Ed)

Ahem. Should your 'M' (for Motorola, presumably) have failed to furnish you with the necessary paraphernalia to network your Atrix, you can add one of two gadgety docks.

The HD Multimedia Dock lets you connect a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI monitor, while the Lapdock is essentially a thin laptop with a slot for the Atrix on the back. It has an 11.6-inch display, full keyboard and stereo speakers. It could be rather on the large side when navigating the Tube, let alone Alpine skiing or trying to send email one-handed while steering a power boat.

Put down £35 per month on a two-year contract (shurely spiesh should be on pay ash you go?) and you can get the Motorola Atrix free.

Wait a little longer and you should be able to pick up the Atrix on another network of your choosing. T-Mobile is expected to launch the Atrix in June. We'll let you know which other networks jump on board as soon as that information is declassified.