Motorola MPx200: a first look

Motorola MPx200: a first look

Summary: Motorola's new clamshell smartphone will use Microsoft's OS and run on Orange's network.

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Motorola, Orange and Microsoft have unveiled a new phone running Windows Mobile 2002 for Smartphones. This is not the anticipated update of Microsoft’s Smartphone platform, but a slightly tweaked version of the software we’ve previously seen in the two incarnations of Orange’s SPV .

Motorola MPx200: a clamshell-design Windows Smartphone

The key physical feature that makes Mototola’s MPx200 different from the SPV is its clamshell design. The MPx200 has a 176-by-220-pixel 16-bit colour screen, plus an LED on the outside. The standard internal arrangement of a combined navigation and activation button plus softkeys is not surprising. However, the phone is small and light (48mm by 89mm by 27mm and 113g), and with a 200MHz processor it’s expected to be an efficient device. Ten megabytes of the 32MB of Flash ROM is available for the user, and there’s an easily accessible SD card slot that supports SDIO. The MPx200 will ship with a 16MB SD card.

Orange says it is particularly targeting ‘professional consumers’ with the phone, which is is a tri-band GSM device. Motorola claims up to 5 hours' talktime and 5 days' standby for the MPx200.

Among the tweaks to the Windows Mobile 2002 for Smartphones software are a changed MMS client, and the ability to delete all emails or SMS messages at once. More significant perhaps is the inclusion of a range of utilities from third parties such as IA Style’s Space Maker, which helps free up storage space, and Task Manager, which allows you to close running applications.

Notably absent from the MPx200 are both Bluetooth and a built-in digital camera. The latter will appear for this phone as an SD card, but no price has been fixed. Motorola has committed itself to a range of phones in this series, and future devices may feature built-in cameras. However, no word was forthcoming at the launch on the possibility of Bluetooth in future models.

Orange is making the MPx200 a Signature Device, meaning that it ships with a number of bundled Orange services. These range from news and information to ringtones, wallpapaper and other updates. You also have access to the Orange Backup service, which protects data against handset loss, allowing a replacement phone to have its data restored easily.

The MPx200 will ship with a docking cradle for data synchronisation with a PC, and will be available from October in Europe on Orange’s network. It will cost £239.99 with a contract.

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  • Just got my hands on one...fantastic! MS & Motorola have done it right!
    anonymous
  • As it runs Smartphone 2002 as the OS there cannot be bluetooth; that OS doesn't support it! Windows Mobile 2003 (newer version) does although simply upgrading from 2002 to 2003 will not enable bluetooth you need the hardware as well. There are bluetooth SD cards out there which will fit into the motorolla sd slot; however it is unclear if it supports SDIO (and hence the card) or if any drivers are written. If you want bluetooth better of waiting. All I want is a similar device with an in-built camers (think GD87) bluetooth (think T610) and Windows Mobile 2003 (think SPV C200, out soon). Not much really!!
    anonymous
  • How can anyone seriously release a SMARTPHONE, claiming to have the same functionality like a PDA, and then have NO WAY TO ENTER DATA exept a jog-dial-button???
    I mean, COME ON, I'm sick of writing SMSs with the num-keyboard, I will definitely not write full appointments, notes and whatever with 2 or even 12 buttons on the mpx200.
    Motorola usually NEVER does its homework (as seen on previous releases of really crappy phones) and it shows again - they are not THINKING when they develop phones.
    Lets wait for the Samsung SGH-i series, they have touchscreens.
    anonymous
  • I think Motorola are spot on with this phone as a Palm user for years I must admit I thought long and hard before buying a PDA that had no real way to input text, but then I find it much easier to use a voice memo if I'm away from my desk (a feature my M505 didn't have) although I could write very fast on the graffiti pad I still found this a labour intensive way of entering anything on My palm. I pefer the smaller form factor and speed of this device, I see the Samsung product will use a 66 MHz processor which I think will make that product out date itself very quickly. I suppose it will always be horses for courses with PDA's and you won't please all the people all the time.
    anonymous
  • Just called Orange in the UK about this phone and its free to upgrade to on my contract (
    anonymous
  • MPx200 does not have an sdio-slot?!
    anonymous
  • I would not take a contract with Orange again if they were 50% of the price of everyone else and they had a an spv that actualy worked! I wasted one whole year with them, because i beleived the BS about the SPV phone. Never again. I have never encountered such shoddy business practice and am amazed the OFT have not closed them down....Too big a fish i suppose!
    anonymous
  • I've been using the motorola mpx 200 for nearly a month now, & i think its great!

    Although: the OS programs load abit on the slow side, Camera? Why havn't Motorola given any info on the camera you're ment to be able to use with the phone?, I hate having to re-learn T9 dictionary (used 2 Nokia), Calender is great would be lost without it!, can be quite tricky navigating on the internet, but I can Log on to AOL (a minor miricle for AOL) , not using Outlook at the mo, but will be soon. A 3.5mm headphone socket would of been nice, mp3 playback is ok though. Usb is good.
    The MkII Should have, if they can fit it all in!:- 3.5mm headphone socket, Win CE, Touch screen, Camera, Blue tooth, more powerful battery, X-scale processor, more memory pref CF slot0(as SD is too slow)
    anonymous
  • Terrible.
    Looks great and will probably work OK for a few days. 5 faulty handsets out of 5 in my household. Software and build quality are sub-standard, crashes frequently appalling battery life, don't buy one!
    anonymous
  • Avoid like the plaque! Standby time is no way near the 4 days stated. More like 14 hours. Phone and functions are fine but who wants a phone you have to charge every 12 hours?
    anonymous
  • dont get one they are poo, have had for ages in the hope it'll get better....dont know why i thought that....however it hasnt. waste of money, if u have one carry your charger everywhere!!! batteryu is rubbish, buttons are bad quality, no camera/bluetooth, response is so slow.
    anonymous
  • I have owned an used this for 1 month now and since the start I have suffered extremely short battery life. Orange tell me that they are awaiting stocks to re-issue battery/complete phone but I suspect they are on re-call as phone no longer appears on Orange.shop. Have been offered Nokia which I really like but without Windows - no good for me since this was the only reason I took up contract! Can't seem to get that through to Orange though. Seems like I will be paying
    anonymous
  • had it for 2 months 6 hard resets later still cant recive or send mms just locks me out of texting so orange send me sim up dates but how to ativate what to update cant read tex so another sim update comuth cant read so they still keep coming and coming!!! ps can you drown from sim updates? but well the futers brite the futures slow death by the atack of the sim updates
    anonymous
  • I think Motorola was on the right track with the A 388, 760, series when very simple PDA functions and user interface struck the right balance. With the MPx200, it is over-engineered for a keypad phone PDA and over priced without blue tooth. Furthermore, it does not inspire in looks.
    anonymous
  • This phone has so much potential, but it just fails to deliver. Having access to my calendar and contacts in outlook format is very good, but seeing as the battery life is only around 24 hours, if you are lucky, and the thing crashes every 5 minutes - you never get the opportunity to really use it.

    I am personally now using my old Nokia 6210 again, which has none of the functions but is robust and never runs out of juice!
    anonymous
  • Dear
    I am having troubles since i got this device 4 months ago. I paid 650 USD and it is very lousy unit as well a the srvice and dealer here in saudi arabia.
    In fact i would lik you to refund me.4times I go to the dealer and he does not know what is the problm. it keeps stating and does not reach to the home page.
    i need answer immediately
    anonymous
  • batt life is poor and no camera or bluetooth.good apperance and design tho
    anonymous
  • I'll wait for the MPx220 then...

    Motorola has finally shown the world the new MPx220, a device that we have known was coming for a very long time. Heck, we've even seen videos of it. It has a lot of great upgrades, including a 1.3MP camera and Bluetooth
    anonymous
  • Makes a nice paperweight - and that's all this phone is fit for. I got my MPX200 in February 04, it's now July and I'm on my third replaceemnt handset, the hard resets and sim updates go into double figures, Battery lasts less than 24 hours, ringtones are very difficult to download and even when you create your own Wav ringtones most of them won't play. Each time the handset has failed and been replaced I find all my GPRS downloads are gone (so far amounting to approx
    anonymous
  • stick your phone up your ass ya pack of fuckwits!
    anonymous