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Jason Dunn
11-14-2003, 10:21 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://zdnet.com.com/1601-2-5102938.html' target='_blank'>http://zdnet.com.com/1601-2-5102938.html</a><br /><br /></div>"CNET's Joni Blecher and Brian Cooley dive into the pros and cons of the Motorola MPx200, the first cell phone to be released in the United States that uses Microsoft's Smartphone operating system."<br /><br />This is a video, nearly five minutes long that is an interesting look at how the MPx200 is being perceived by the mainstream media. The shocking thing is that she actually liked it! Not that the MPx200 isn't an awesome product, but the media tends to beat up on anything running Microsoft software, so it's nice to see that Joni Blecher didn't fall prey to that trap.<br /><br />She also praised the inclusion of the SD card slot, and the fact that applications can be installed on the memory card and run from there. She indicated that first-generation Pocket PCs didn't have this ability, but they did, so she must be thinking of a Palm unit.<br /><br />The one major issue that frustrated her was the fact that she couldn't sync with her Outlook email out of the box - she needs to coordinate with her IT people and get Exchange 2003 installed. A fair criticism, although that's a limitation of her company IT infrastructure, not the product itself. What Microsoft really needs to do is...wait, that's a thought for another day. :D

11-15-2003, 05:45 AM
Not a horrible review by any means, but it was apparent she isn't intimate with this phone yet. She should know that she can play mp3s with it, not just "think" that it does. That aside, it was some decent PR for what I hope to be the beginning of society's long, beautiful relationship with the MPx200 and other future SmartPhones.

11-15-2003, 07:52 AM
The MPx200 is a slick piece of technology...but I have a love/hate with it.
I love:
the Outlook integration
MP3/WMA player
The size and shape
The customization it affords

I hate:
Crummy AT&T GSM coverage
No WMA ringtones
Only rings once or twice before going to voice mail
Some software locks up the OS
The plastic it's made of (the Moto V60 has an awesome case)
Lack of an external antenna (for a car kit)
Lack of Bluetooth
Lack of a car kit
Boring cradle (the V60 cradle with clock rocks)
No external battery charger
AT&T data charges

Kris Kumar
11-17-2003, 03:24 PM
CNET has video intro on the Sierra Wireless Smartphone too...