AT&T Wireless and Motorola, Inc., have just announced the nationwide availability of the Motorola MPx200, the first Windows Mobile-based Smartphone for the North American market.
For those who already have an AT&T Wireless service plan, the MPx200 is available now for $300 from the company’s web site.
For those who need to start a new service plan with AT&T, Amazon.com is offering a $150 mail-in rebate for the MPx200, bringing its cost down to $150.
An Overview of the MPx200
The MPx200 uses a clamshell design, with the keypad and buttons on one side and the screen on the other. Its 16-bit color screen is the Smartphone standard of 176 by 220 pixels. This is not a touchscreen; a cursor is controlled with a D-pad on the bottom half of the device.
This handset runs Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002, which should not be confused with the Pocket PC Phone Edition, which has been designed for handhelds that are similar to typical Pocket PC models except with wireless capabilities. Smartphone 2002 is for mobile phones with extra wireless features, like email and Internet access. Still, there is some overlap in their capabilities, like the ability to access email and the Web, make phone calls, play games, and run other types of applications. However, software written for one operating system can’t automatically be used by the other, though applications can potentially be ported from one to the other.
The MPx200 has a 200 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor and includes 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM. In addition, 10 MB of the ROM is available to the users for additional storage.
It has an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO, meaning it is able to use accessories that plug into the SD slot besides just memory cards. It also has a mini USB connection and an IrDA port. Unlike many recent smart phones, it won’t include a built-in camera.
The MPx200 is relatively small at 3.5 inches tall, 1.9 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick (89 x 48 x 27 mm). It weighs 4.0 ounces (113g).
It includes an 850 mAh Li-Ion battery, which AT&T says will allow up to 3.4 hours of talk time and up to 70 hours on standby.
This is a GSM/GPRS device and operates on 1800/1900 MHz. As a smart phone, it supports both voice and data.
Though earlier devices running Smartphone 2002 have been available in the U.S. from a few web stores, the MPx200 is the first device with this OS that is widely available and supported in the United States. This handset is also expected to be available in the near future from Orange in Europe and from other distributors throughout Europe and Hong Kong.