Motorola has announced that the MPx220 smartphone is officially available, and it can now be purchased across the United States. This is an updated version of the MPx200, and offers several improvements.
Currently, the MPx220 can be bought only from Best Buy stores, with service from Cingular Wireless. However, the MPx220 is expected to go on sale at Cingular retail locations in the near future.
It costs $500, but drops to $350 with a one-year Cingular service contract. Those who sign a two-year contract also pay $350, but qualify for a $100 mail-in rebate.
In addition, this smartphone should be available from AT&T Wireless before too much longer.
An Overview of the MPx220
Like its predecessor, this model has a clamshell design, with a screen on one side and a numberpad, buttons, and keypad on the other. On the outside is a small screen with a clock and some phone-related information.
The MPx220 is among the very first devices to run Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones Second Edition. The major change in the smartphone version of Windows Mobile SE is support for new screen resolutions. The MPx220, however, uses the standard 176-by-220-pixel resolution. Unlike the handheld version of Windows Mobile SE, the smartphone version of this operating system does not allow the screen to be switched between portrait and landscape modes.
The MPx220 has 64 MB of Flash ROM and a mini SD card slot.
It includes a 1.2 megapixel camera with a 4x zoom and a flash.
Because it has Bluetooth 1.1, it is able to use the wireless headsets that many users want.
This smartphone is the replacement for the MPx200, which has been available since last year. The MPx200 runs Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002 and lacks a camera and Bluetooth.
The MPx220 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS device (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), while the MPx200 lacks 850 MHz support, giving it poor reception in many areas.