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PHOTOVIEW: 3rd generation Microsoft Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 08.09.04 - 20:24:29 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 8769x
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Amazing, the Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphone platform is still that young (1 3/4 years only) but we already have the 3rd generation Smartphones in the market or to hit the market soon:

The Motorola MPx220, the Orange SPV C500 (aka HTC Typhoon) and the Sagem MyS-7.

To provide you a better overview which device looks how, compared to the other, bellow you can find a couple of exclusive comparison shots:

Front and Back Side
While the left HTC Typhoon and the middle Sagem MyS-7 are candy bar phone, the right Motorola MPx220 is a clamshell phone. Therefore the MPx220 has the camera on the on the face while the Typhoon and MyS-7 have it on the backside.
Closed, the MPx220 is slightly smaller than the Typhoon and the huger MyS-7 while it is for sure longer if opened.
All three Smartphone have built-in antennas.

Left and Right Side
All Smartphones have the volume up/down keys on the left side of the device. In addition, the MPx220 also has the power on/off button as well as the headphone jack there. The MyS-7 has the slot for the SD card on the left side.
On the right side, the MPx220 has the IrDA port, the camera button and the miniSD card slot. Also the Typhoon has the camera button there while the Sagem don't has a separate camera button but the camera can be started from the Start menu only.

Last but not least the keyboard. All the devices features different concepts. While all of them have the typical two soft- buttons below the screen, the Home and back/delete button as well as the call start end end buttons the way of navigation is different.
The MyS-7 has the traditional navigation joystick while the Typhoon has a completely new navigation key. The MPx220 has a navigation pad with action button in the middle (blue).
For messaging junkies, the MPx220 is the best one since the alphanumeric keys are the easiest one to press. While the overall MyS-7 keyboard seems to be smaller than the Typhoon keyboard, the alphanumeric keys aren't smaller but Sagem saved some space with the function-buttons.

Final Conclusion

Is it about design, size, weight or features? It's hard to vote here since all the phones have its pros and cons and I don't to want to vote for one phone here since it's up to the user requirements. Some don't like clamshell, other only use clamshell. Some don't like the new navigation keys of the Typhoon, others might miss a dedicated camera button.

I like all three devices, design-wise and yes, I have my favorite here as well and it's also because of its design/feature set but I'm not going to publish it yet. What's your prefered device - design-wise?

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Mansa Smith on 09.09.04 - 12:26:09

Motorola MPx220 get my vote. I just love everything about that phone. I just might end up leaving sprint just for that MS Smartphone. Sprint still has no ms smartphones and 1 very old PPC phone. I hate to leave CDMA but GSM just has better phones. Verizon has got a few ms phones and some stuff on the way but they don't have the Motorola MPx220.

Posted by Pauly on 09.09.04 - 23:30:01

Personally I prefer phones that fit in your pocket.  The MPx220 is hardly slim when closed is it? I am biased as I have the teeny C500, and have beeen totlally blown away with it. 8)

Posted by TightGrip on 10.09.04 - 00:04:52

[2] Had a C500 for about three weeks and I have also had the three previous SPV's. This new C500 is in a different league compared to the other SPV's. Everythin g has been tweaked. Everything! and everythin has been improved. Amazing!
But i'm biased.
So don't listen to me.
Am I the only one to think that the MPx220 is hugeee when open. Holding it to your face must be so intimidating.

Posted by peekie on 10.09.04 - 02:32:40

having had only the spvs i have to say i like the c500 even though for some games its a pain but it does bring some new life into old games , the mpx 220 is too large even for a clamshell and the sagem is ugly and has less features than the other two for me this time is the C500 :wink: :wink: :wink:

Posted by ClamshellLover on 10.09.04 - 12:00:43

I love clamshells and I love my MPx200, so, my natural choice is the MPx220.

I just love the size it gets when open, that I can have the earpiece near to my ear while keeping the microphone near to my mouth and I think that it is easier to hold a big open phone than a small candybar.

The only advantage I can see on my T610 candybar is that it is easier to use while driving compared to the MPx200.

Can't wait to get hold of a MPx220!  lol

Posted by Julian Maurice on 12.10.04 - 22:46:25

I enjoyed you review, especially your balanced conclusion.

I needed a small phone, slash pocket modem and companion for my HP Pocket PC and I have just opted for an SPV 500 over the new Nokia 6260.

I also fancied a change from a silver headset, so the black MPx220 was another contender.

The new Nokia would have been my preferred option mainly for aesthetic reasons (let’s face it, no one buys an ugly phone no matter how good it might be), however, it’s brick-phone like dimensions put me off as soon as I saw one. After using a T610 for a while, I really fancied the idea of a clam phone but when I examined an MPx 200, I found that unless your name is “Captain James T Kirk”, you really need two hands to operate one. A real disadvantage if you are usually in the middle of something when the phone rings.     

I don’t often opt for practicality over looks, but the SPV seemed to be the sensible choice. The Mobile Windows format and the convenient size of the SPV meant that all of my important data is to hand when I can’t carry my PDA around.   

The fact that the “Orange” version of the SPV also comes in black clinched the deal.

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