As some of you may know, this is not the first device of the kind to appear on the market. Motorola outed a lapdock especially made for their Atrix 4G but the original price of $299 wasn’t very attractive. This is one of the reasons of its mixed success. The other reason is that it only worked with one device and the company ClamCase has understood that. The ClamBook will be compatible with every Android 4.0 smartphone and with the iPhone too.
When you will connect your phone to the dock, it looks like you will be presented with a tablet-styled UI. All your apps should be usable on the lapdock but as there is no sign of a touchscreen, your apps will have to be controlled with the mouse pad and we should be able to play games with the keyboard ! We do not know yet if the UI will differ depending on which phone you plug in.
One little detail that we should pay attention too is this paragraph towards the end of the page :
“Some of the ClamBook features highlighted may use modified software. It is important to note, most manufacturers strongly caution against installing any software that modifies the original device software (this process is often referred to as “jailbreaking” or “rooting”). It is also important to note that unauthorized modification may be a violation of your hardware end-user license agreement and may result in being denied service for devices that have any unauthorized software installed. Modifying your phone can cause irreparable damage and void your warranty. If you choose to use third party software on your device then you do so at your own risk.”
This could mean that root access will be required to use the ClamBook (or jailbreak on a iPhone). After the deception following the release of Motorola’s lapdock, let’s hope that ClamCase will bring their project to life and that it doesn’t get priced into oblivion !