Motorola V220 Review

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Although the V220 is considered an entry-level phone (its closest rival is probably the Samsung P100), it packs quite a lot of features into a small body. The main difference between this phone and the higher up models can be summed up in a word: quality. Many, many people have written to me complaining about software freeze-ups and hardware breakdowns. It seems that in order to pack all the features that modern mobile phone buyers prefer, Motorola decided to cut corners when it came to materials and integration.

As a quad band phone, you can take the V220 anywhere, and with its VGA digital camera (640 X 480 pixels) you can be snapping shots everywhere you go. Motorola has chosen to market this phone for youth in the city, and that would be fine if the camera could take decent pictures. Unfortunately, the quality is very low, murky, and otherwise hard to see. It is very easy to get disheartened with the camera on the V220.

The internal display screen has 65,536 colors, and uses them well. With the standard Motorola customizable user interface, you can individualize your phone both inside and out. But the screen uses STN rather than TFT technology, meaning that when you are outside those colors fade and wash out. This is another example of a cost cutting move that can be very frustrating to the consumer.

The battery life gives you about 4 hours of use time, and another 150 of standby time. You will probably need to plug the phone in every night. The ordinary organizer features are all included as well, without anything special being added.

The phone supports both polyphonic and MP3 ringtones, so you can add just about any song that you care to, and make it your ringtone. Gameplay is basic, and there is no Bluetooth or Infrared connectivity, which goes hand in hand with the dismal memory. Less than 1 MB is devoted to the user, so do not keep too many photos on your internal memory, or you will soon have none left.

The phone is head and shoulder above entry level phones from a few years ago in terms of features, but what it does have is either hard to use or too low quality to be useful.

The main features of the Motorola V220:

  • Quad Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speaker Phone
  • Digital Camera
  • Javaä Games
  • 32-Tone Polyphonic and Mp3 Ringtones
  • Predictive Text
  • E-mail
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • 65,536 Color Internal Display
  • External Display
  • External Antenna
  • Flip Form
  • Javaä Games
  • Organizer (Compatible with Microsoft Office)

Technical Specifications of the Motorola V220:

  • Weight: 95 g.
  • Talktime: 5 h.
  • Standby time: 200 h.
  • Battery: 600 mAh
  • Memory: 1.5 MB
  • Height: 85 mm.
  • Width: 44 mm.
  • Depth: 22 mm.
  • Internal Display Width: 128 pixels
  • Internal Display Height: 128 pixels

The features that the Motorola V220 is missing:

  • Infrared Connectivity
  • Bluetoothä Connectivity
  • FM Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Touchscreen

Accessories available for the Motorola V220:

  • Extended Capacity Battery
  • Handsfree Device
  • Car Cigarette Lighter Charger
  • Desk Speaker Stand
  • Memory Attachments