Motorola Dext Mb220 Review – Android Smartphone Slider With Qwerty

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Also known as the Motorola CLIQ (in the USA), this frumpy-looking little mobile phone with its plain, grey appearance and rounded corners is actually better than it looks. Its an Android smartphone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard which is powerful, responsive, and will suit those whose social integration ranks high in importance in their daily lives.

First announced in September and released in October 2009, the Motorola Dext is a Quadphone which works on both 2G and 3G. It measures 114 x 58 x 15.6 mm and weighs in at a fairly heft 163g.

It features a landscape slide-out full qwerty keyboard with a 5-way navigation key and a large 3.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, capable of showing 256k colours and 320 x 480 pixels. It comes complete with an Accelerometer sensor for rotating easily between landscape and portrait viewing, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off plus MOTORBLUR User Interface with Live Widgets.

Alerts are the usual vibration or downloadable polyphonic, MP3 or AAC ringtones. It does have a speakerphone and the ever-useful 3.5mm audio jack. Use your headset or cans to enjoy loaded music, but do not expect to be able to listen to the radio – because it has none.

What it does have, however, is a whopping 1GB internal storage with 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM. Storage can be boosted up to 32GB by means of microSD card – it comes with 2GB included in the package.

Data Handling is by means of Class 12 EDGE and GPRS at 32-48 kbps, and on 3G, HSDPA at 7.2 mbps. Wi-Fi connectivity is standard 802.11 b/g, it has Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and microUSB v2.0. There is no infra-red port.

In terms of capturing your social life on film, the 5MP camera with autofocus will take an image 2592 x 1944 pixels in size and video in HVGA mode at 24fps (MP4). There is no secondary camera. It does feature Geo-tagging.

Under the bonnet you will find a Qualcomm 528 MHz processor, controlled by the Android v1.5 (Cupcake) operating system. It handles messaging by SMS, MMS and Email, surfs the net with an HTML enabled browser, and can play games. The handset comes in colours: Midnight Titanium and Winter White.

Yes – it does have GPS – with A-GPS support – Google Maps with Street View and a digital compass.

Other features include Noise Cancellation with a dedicated microphone, and plays files with the formats of: MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA9 and MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9. It also has an Organiser, Document Viewer, Shazam, iMeem Mobile, Voice Memo and T9 text input.

The standard Li-Ion 1420 mAh battery allows up to 320 hours on stand by and up to 6 hours talk time.

We liked:

Support for Android Apps, the comfortable QWERTY keyboard and responsive touchscreen.

We didnt like:

In the day and age of designer phone-wear – this handset is a little grey and unexciting in appearance – it also feels a little flimsy in build quality. It does not have a radio.

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