Motorola DEXT - MOTOBLUR - Android phone
This is exactly what it is all about. Something which is comparable to my iPhone and Nokia N97 mini. Take a step back Apple App Store and Nokia OVI Store for MOTOBLUR has arrived.
The Motorola DEXT allows you to become one of the most socialable person in the world or at least it lets you try to. The capability of signing into your Facebook, Twitter, MSN and MySpace accounts, at the convenience of your fingertips just seems to bring the whole world closer to you. Not only that but due to a aggressive approach by Singtel, all these 'services' are unlimited for a small fee of around SGD $6 per month. Dream of ignoring your sms and just being logged on to MSN the whole day can finally come true.
The Dext too is a 'auto contact organiser' as it grabs all your contacts, including their profile photos, and merge them with your Google account to fill up the phone's address book. Too bad I didn't really give it a try since I wouldn't want all my contacts downloaded into the demo phone.
My favourite function about the DEXT is that it can update your status in Facebook and tweet at the same time, as well as send messages to your contacts in any one of umpteen ways. Motorola also has widgets that display your social peeps on the home screen: you can see your status, your messages from your Twitter, Facebook, emails and texts.
As it is Android based, the phone is packed with fun as there are just so many apps available and they too are free. There too are many Android apps available to help enhance the phone's capabilities and if you're like me, the business aspect of it.
As well as the social-networking gubbins, Motoblur also includes an online service providing a Web-based service that backs up your accounts and messages over the air. The thing that really set this phone aside from its competitors as explained by Spiros Nikolakopoulos, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and International Distribution, Motorola Mobile Devices was that when you lose your phone, you can track your phone when its switched on by its GPS signal. You too can choose to suspend or bar the phone depending on what unfortunate circumstances it has fallen into and prevent any 'lucky' person who got your phone from actually using it.
Topping this service off is that you'll be able to retrieve and download your contacts, email, messages and calender schedules all back into your phone should you retrieve it due to some good Samaritan or the person who took it knowing how useless it is since it 'can't work'. This also works should you buy a new DEXT. "Talk about customer service."
I am really impressed with this phone and hoped that I would be one of the lucky winners of it during the event however I was not and have to get it today as it launches. I would really recommend this phone should you be looking for an alternative to the overly common iPhone or a phone that really connects you at all times. It is well built and has a really proper qwerty keyboard with very nice buttons to press; you will definitely be typing away. My only complain was the weak 5 mega pixel camera which took poor quality pictures but that could be because we were inside a club... which also brings us to another point... WHERE"S the FLASH??
Whatever it is, I am looking forward to owning this phone and be a pain in the ass to my friends as I carry the iPhone, N97 mini and Motorola DEXT and decides which phone I will be using to upload my pictures, to tweet or to send my email. Currently, my guess is the DEXT which handles all my daily social media with ease. So who wants to buy an iPhone or the N97 mini? I'm interested in selling them.
God Bless and Good Night. PS:: Will update the cool photos i took when I get them as something bad happened to my DSLR the following day.
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Basic Specs of the Motorola DEXT MB220:
GSM 1900 /1800 / 900 / 850
2100 / 1700 / 900
MOTOBLUR UI & Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
3.1-inch TFT capacitive touch screen (320 x 480 pixels)[256K colors]
5-megapixel with autofocus
MP4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV9
MP3 / WMA / WAV / eAAC+ (3.5mm audio output jack)
Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support
microSD with 2GB bundled, SDHC supported (up to 16GB)
Standby / Talk time
Up to 320 hours / Up to 360 minutes
114 x 58 x 15.6 mm
s$0 to $248 (on any SingTel 3G Flexi Plans)
s$0 to $348 (on any SingTel free incoming call plans)
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