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Motorola MPx220 review

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Motorola MPx220 review


First, let me preface this whole review on the fact that this MpX220 is A PROTO-TYPE!! So, my review of its performance and features is subject to change in the actual production units. In the case of my phone, it is a production hardware device using a very recent ROM customized for Cingular. First a few facts about the MpX220.

It is a clam shell design and uses a Quad-Band GSM radio for phone duties with an internal antenna....thus making it a true World Phone...

Motorola MPx220 review

It has a 262,000 TFTcolor internal screen in a 176 X 220 resolution, additionally it also boasts a color external "Smart Window" for displaying phone status while closed as well as functions and support for special features.

Motorola MPx220 review


The internal hardware as previously noted is quite impressive this side of a Pocket PC and "Bleeding Edge" in a tiny phone of this form factor... 64mb of ROM and 33.5mb of RAM coupled to a Texas Instruments OMAP 1611 Dual Core Processor...running the most recent version of MicroSoft's SmartPhone OS, SmartPhone 2003 SE....

Motorola MPx220 review

The OMAP 1611 is capable of being clocked at 204mhz and can support wireless 802 "G" should a Mini-SD WiFi card be created. It is really quite a powerful processor contained in a form-factor the size of a Motorola V600. I really can't say enough about the potential of this device.

Motorola MPx220 review

During my use of the X220 the phone has displayed very good RF qualities as you would expect from a Motorola top of the line phone. Call quality at my end is very good with an extremely loud speaker, however, some have complained about my voice quality at their end during conversations. This is intermittent and should probably be blamed on the Proto nature of the ROM I am using.

The X220 uses a Voice Dial program similar to Voice Command published by www.voicesignal.com , the same as contained on the Motorola MpX. You engage Voice Command by pressing the volume key up and holding it on the side of the X220. I find this application to be more accurate than MicroSoft's Voice Command....(as it allows you to customize the application to recognize your particular voice) with the calling of contacts and digit dialing....but... it is far too CHATTY!!... Instead of saying.."Call, Jeff Harris, Mobile" in one sentence..like I do with Voice Command... the X220 requires you to go in 3 steps..."Voice Dial"...wait...."Jeff Harris"....wait....."Mobile"... Get rid of it Motorola or get them to fix it.. It makes a very good voice dialing application a little too burdensome to use. I just want to dial my contact at a particular number....not ask the Voice Dial Girl out on a date.....

Training and Voice Dial Menu....
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The X220 supports caller ID with both contact info as well as photo ID being shown on the external "Smart Window" and internal screen.....

Motorola MPx220 review

Messaging with the X220 is accomplished using SMS, MMS and the built-in email client. Email with my Comcast account is very easy to setup and works extremely well. MMS also functioned perfectly with the exception that the X220 did not include a .3gpp player for playback of MMS video clips. Will be included in the production ROM.

Motorola MPx220 review

Contacts & Calander on the X220 are just like Pocket PC.....which is to say very extensive and complete. I simply love it and its compatability with Outlook... A new feature is the ability to customize a ringtone for a contact on Smartphone 2003 SE... MicroSoft is improving it everyday and soon the features that seperated Symbian from MicroSoft will be gone...

Motorola MPx220 review

The battery life on my X220 was the only real disappointment and I hesitate to say this is a problem at this time. Remember, I'm using a Proto-type phone that has just had a new ROM installed and although it is apparently light years ahead of some other owners phones in terms of battery life...it is still far shorter than I know the production phone will be. The MpX220 uses a 1000mAh battery and the nature of Dual Core processors is to maximize the battery life of Pocket PC's and Smartphones while still running processor intensive applications. Look for this phone to have acceptable battery life in its final production form.....but don't expect it to be as mizerly as a little Nokia or Sony/Ericsson, Motorola, etc.... Remember, it looks like a little phone, but it has a super fast processor running in there and that takes energy to operate.

Overall I found the X220 with the ROM I was using to not only be acceptable, but actually very close to production quality. I did not experience any crashes or drops, or hangs while using it. Outgoing voice quality at times was complained of, but the call quality on my end was good, RF was great and the speakerphone, conference call, and other phone features all worked perfectly. SMS and MMS all worked perfectly on my Tmobile carrier.

New to Smartphone 2003 SE is the ability to support Mp3 ringtones, and I installed a couple on the X220...worked great...Here are some menu shots of the "Profiles" menus and the ability to customize all alerts and notifications....

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posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

1. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

2. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

3. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

4. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

5. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

6. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

7. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

8. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

9. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 18:52

10. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Legendary phone and company :D :) :> :]

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Motorola MPx220

Motorola MPx220

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 2003
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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.2 megapixels
Size3.50 x 1.90 x 1.10 inches
(89 x 48 x 27 mm)
4.00 oz  (113 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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