Motorola CD920 Review – Early Style Flip Mobile Phone

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Motorola CD920 Review: Released in 1998, the Motorola CD920 was an upgrade on some of the first Motorola handsets such as the M-series. The path to improvement was fairly obvious for this phone. Earlier models were chunky and large, so any model reducing the bulk would be welcomed. The first proper flip phones really stood out among their peers when first introduced as they rapidly reduced the footprint of the phone.

The CD920 achieved this, and the design of the phone enabled weight to be reduced to 120g – a fair reduction on the 170g phones seen previously. The phone also featured a flip protecting the handset – a feature that was becoming quite popular. Another boon was the ‘Optimax’ display. This was hardly revolutionary but provided a large screen with slightly more intense lighting and better, more legible text definition.

The CD920 was released in a couple of variants and known by different model numbers. In the UK it was called the MR602. Released at the same time as the CD930 which provided a very similar look but came without the flip.

Full specifications here.

The CD920 was an important step in making phones more pocket-sized. Further releases of this phone would keep on reducing the size of the handset, at least for the top end models. The design of this phone was evident in many successor handsets such as the Timeport series.

Motorola CD920 Review Pros:

  • The phone came in a much smaller weight than earlier models. Space was saved on the height of the phone due to a reduced sized aerial and more compact placing of the buttons.
  • A flip was a bit of a novelty at the time but it proved to be most useful, protecting the keypad from accidental presses.
  • The screen improved upon the previous models with a more intense contrast. It also was at a higher resolution than most competitors at the time.
  • The battery back had decreased in size, yet increased in capacity, allowing for greater talktime and standby times.

Motorola CD920 Review Cons:

  • The phone was a fairly pricy handset still and those with money could choose to transition to phones such as the Motorola V3688 which were more impressive looking.
  • Despite being smaller overall the aerial did not manage to change size and could be uncomfortable in the pocket.
  • The operating system was less intuitive than than seen on equivalent Nokia phones.
  • For leisure users, the phone was not customisable and it was not possible to change covers.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

These have become slightly rare nowadays. Physically they are not as impressive as some other Motorola phones of the era which impacts the desirability. Ironically chargers of these phones probably would cost as much as the phones themselves.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Motorola CD920 Disassembly Instructions

If you would like to know how to take apart the Motorola CD920 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Motorola CD920 Video Review

Here is a video on the Motorola CD920 showing a few of its features:

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