Setting up the MPx200 with a desktop PC and ActiveSync, in my experience needed a degree of patience to synchronise. The Inbox connected first time but the Contacts, Calendar and Tasks, needed several attempts, but all the applications played ball in the end. It would be fair to say that syncing with the MPx200 is a bit of a flaky affair but you get there in the end.
The CD has Personal Information Management tools, Games, Entertainment, Enhancements and links to SmartPhone support. Dig a little into some of these apps and you find useful utilities like Space Saver where you can fine tune deletions such as emails, SMS and MMS. Caller ID can assign still or animated images to contacts. This involves navigating through multiple directories but it will benefit anyone with enough time and patience to set it up. Caller group profiling further personalises your contacts with customised ring tones and icons.
In day-to-day use I noticed the MPx200 hanging a few times with a couple of crashes also.
If hot swapping data matters to you then the MMC/SD slot on the left side, protected by a securely clickable rubber hinged cover should be adequate. It is however not SDIO-capable so it’s purely for removable storage. Above the SD slot is a headphone jack located behind a similar hinged rubber cover. Above the power button on the left side is a jog dial that doesn’t engage any applications other than volume control which is a waste of a potentially useful resource.
Trying out a game on the MMC card – Tennis Addict, I was so engrossed by the sound quality with stadium and crowd effects, plus the thwack of the ball, it was at least twenty minutes before I was able to put it down. The sound quality from the speaker is definitely impressive for a device such as this.
When browsing it took 51 seconds for the Orange homepage to begin loading. Sometimes trying to access Google it just died. As for downloading video clips, 62 seconds’ content or 264KB of Scarlett Johansson in ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ took just over two minutes and immediately launched although the quality was grainy and some of the audio tinny.
By today’s standards not having either a camera or Bluetooth on a SmartPhone leaves you feeling short changed. Although cameras in phones are really just fun items and no substitute for a proper digital camera. Bluetooth on the other hand is more useful, especially after the change in UK law banning the use of handheld mobile phones while driving.
Overall the MPx200 build quality is excellent and mentioning it is more than just a token reference. Being the disgruntled owner of a Bluetooth (T68i) phone with a fatally cracked screen rendering it unusable, I can appreciate that mobiles must be built to withstand normal wear and tear and you get the impression that the MPx200 will survive a fairly demanding lifestyle and give fine user satisfaction.
Look elsewhere if a camera and Bluetooth are essential items on your mobile. But if you’re happy without them and want a compact, well-built mobile with PC syncing then the Motorola MPx200 is should satisfy your basic requirements. Despite its limitations it’s generally a pleasure to use.