Motorola W220 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Motorola W220i is a small clamshell phone that feels a little plasticky but still nice in the hand. There is no screen at the front, but three coloured lights alert you to calls and messages.


As a budget handset, the Motorola W220 is light on features, but it does have WAP browsing capability, an FM radio with nine presets and an LED light for those late-night door-key-confusion moments.

Ease of Use

Motorola's user interface is known to be difficult, but actually it takes no time to get to grips with ion the W220. The keyboard is spacious with large keys so texting and dialling are comfortable.


As a basic phone its main functions, calling and texting, are AOK. The radio sounds pretty good, although the screen is really very basic.

Battery Life

The Motorola W220 has 480 minutes of talktime, which is a great battery life, especially in such a budget handset.


Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:21 PM


out of 10



out of 5

Look and feel


out of 5

Ease of use


out of 5



out of 5

Battery life


A soupçon of RAZR/KRZR design DNA gives it the edge over other entry-levellers.


The screen is uncommonly poky and does effect your game and WAP enjoyment.

Motorola's W series of handsets concentrates on the entry to mid-level range of the market, steering clear of the style ambitions of its RAZR handsets. Not everyone demands the latest look, and some prefer a basic phone to make and receive calls and texts. The W range caters for these mobile punters, although Motorola hasn't ditched the style angle altogether.

Basic budget phone

The Motorola W220 is the manufacturer's latest budget prepay clamshell. It's a very rudimentary handset offering no camera, connectivity, music player or expandable memory. In fact, the only forms of entertainment are a nifty built-in FM radio and a selection of games. But of course, these features are just a diversion from the main act of making calls and sending text messages.
Understandably, at this level, the W220 won't boast the RAZR's superb build quality, but it's still a solid and compact handset, if a little 'plastic fantastic'. Motorola has ditched the caller ID front display, relying on three coloured symbols that appear from the darkness, alerting the user of incoming/missed calls, received messages and battery status.

Large keypad

It's also fair to say that Motorola hasn't completely abandoned its RAZR/KRZR design heritage on the W series, passing on a hint of the famous etched keypad and chassis design into the W220. Sure, the keypad isn't laser-etched or mined from metal, but it's still equally responsive and really easy to operate.
The spacious keypad is joined by an abnormally tiny display and this pint-sized window does have its limitations when playing games or browsing the WAP portal.

FM radio

Unfortunately, the improved user interface hasn't made it to the Motorola W220, but if users persevere, they won't find much to trouble them, despite its reputation for being tricky to navigate. It's left to the built-in FM radio to provide musical entertainment and it works and sounds pretty good through the supplied headphones. There are nine presets to store favourite radio stations.
The W220 also features a lantern light that will help illuminate low-level lighting situations, like fumbling around in the dark for your door keys, for instance.
For a basic, prepay cheapie, the Motorola W220 is nicely designed and does the basics well. You can't really ask for more, especially with a £50 asking price.