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Lapdock 500 Pro and Razr Maxx

The combination of Webtop 2.0 and the Lapdock 500 Pro has turned Motorola smartphones into much more capable PC-replacements than the first Motorola Atrix smartphone and the original Lapdock. Here's a comprehensive look at the improved Lapdock and screenshots of Web 2.0 software. The new Lapdock also gets the price right. While the original Lapdock cost $499, the street price of the Lapdock 500 Pro is $249 and there are even specials where you can get it as low as $149 when purchased with a smartphone.

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Laptop 500 Pro in the box

Here's the retail packaging of the Lapdock 500 Pro. In this case, it's tied to the Droid Razr on Verizon.

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Laptop 500 Pro, back of the box

The back of the retail packaging.

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Motorola Webtop accessories

Beyond the Lapdock, you can also connect Webtop-enabled smartphones via a desktop dock and use your own keyboard, mouse, and monitor. There is also a VGA connector to run Webtop on a conference room projector. Here are some of the various Webtop accessories.

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Razr Maxx docked in Lapdock 500 Pro

Side view of the Droid Razr Maxx docked into the Lapdock 500 Pro.

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Lapdock 500 Pro connector

Here's a close-up of the connector for the Lapdock 500 Pro.

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Lapdock 500 Pro connector (close-up)

The connector when a smartphone isn't attached.

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Laptop 500 Pro with lid closed

When the lid is closed, the Lapdock 500 Pro just looks like a solid, run-of-the-mill business laptop.

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Lapdock 500 Pro with Razr Maxx on top

The Droid Razr Maxx laying on top of the Lapdock 500 Pro with the lid closed.

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Lapdock 500 Pro ports on back

The ports on the back of the Lapdock 500 Pro (from left to right): physical security connector, USB, Ethernet, VGA.

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Lapdock 500 Pro ports on side

The ports on the side of the Lapdock 500 Pro (from left to right): SD card slot, battery indicator, headphone jack, USB.

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Laptop 500 Pro Android special keys

The Android special keys on the Lapdock 500 Pro keyboard (from left to right): Menu, Home, Back, Search.

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Lapdock 500 Pro and MacBook Air 15-inch

Looking at the Lapdock 500 Pro on top of the 15-inch MacBook Air gives you an idea of the form factor.

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Webtop 2.0 in Droid Razr Maxx

In the "About phone" section of Settings on the Droid Razr Maxx, you can see where this phone has the 2.0 version of Motorola Webtop, which brought important new features and performance improvements.

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Home screen in Webtop 2.0

The home screen / desktop of Webtop 2.0 with no windows open.

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Mobile View in Webtop 2.0

The Mobile View app in Webtop allows you to access any apps, widgets, and settings from the smartphone that you have docked into the Lapdock 500 Pro.

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Mobile View in landscape mode

You can also switch Mobile View to landscape mode by hitting the button in the lower right corner of the window. The button to the left of that one puts the Mobile View window into full-screen mode.

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Android Calendar app in Mobile View

An example of an Android app in Mobile View on Webtop. In this case, it's the Google Calendar app.

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Customizing the App Tray in Webtop

One of the new features in Webtop 2.0 is the ability to customize the App Tray along the bottom of the screen. You can now add shortcuts to Android apps or to Web sites.

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Selecting an Android app for App Tray

Here's where you select an Android app to add to the App Tray.

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File Manager in Webtop

Webtop also has its own file manager.

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Receiving a phone call in Webtop

You can still take phone calls on your smartphone while it is docked in Webtop mode. Here's what it looks like.

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Power Management for Lapdock

Another new feature in Webtop 2.0 is the ability to better manage power when a smartphone is docked into the Lapdock, which has its own battery that can be used to charge your smartphone and extend the amount of working time on the device.

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Firefox in Webtop

Here's a look at the Firefox browser running in Webtop. Fortunately, with smartphones that have stronger multicore processors and the performance improvements in the Webtop 2.0 software, the browsing experience in Webtop 2.0 is much faster and more fluid than the original version.

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Managing multiple windows in Webtop

One of the best things about Webtop is being able to multitask between Android apps and a full Web browser.

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