Motorola Timeport 250 Review: Released in 2001, the Timeport 250 was a continuation of Motorola’s series of candybar phones. These phones were certainly in the minority as far as Motorola concerned. Far better sales were being had by the iconic StarTac and V-series of flip phones, something that competitors had failed to imitate at this time.
But with the tides changing and the potential userbase of these phones getting younger, this was the time for Motorola to produce some lower-cost mobiles. Models such as the Motorola V2288 were part of this drive, offering a basic phone in several different colours.
The Timeport 250 was more upmarket and aimed at the higher end. Available in just one colour – silver – the phone was small but had good build quality, and in an upgrade to the previous Timeport phones, featured a WAP browser for on-the-go access.
These Timeport phones were quite popular, and an upgraded version – the Timeport 280 was released later in the year. This was notable for having a much larger screen at higher resolution.
Motorola Timeport 250 Review Pros:
- The phone had great build quality. Available in a classic metallic silver colour, the phone weighed in at just 97g, which was a substantial weight saving versus the previous Timeport phones.
- A precursor to the joystick, the phone had a rocker key for navigation of menus. This was much more comfortable than buttons, particularly on a smaller handset such as this.
- The display was a higher 98 x 64 resolution with a blue backlight which provided extra legibility.
- The phone also included a WAP browser which allowed access to supported internet sites.
Motorola Timeport 250 Review Cons:
- The antenna was still external, relatively long and cumbersome. This would be phased out in later models.
- Text use was slightly large relative to the display; the operating system was much easier to use on Nokia phones.
- It was not possible to customise the phone with changeable covers.
- A smaller 600mAH battery led to shorter standby and call times.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
These phones are quite rare, having not achieved the same market penetration as the Nokia series of phones. They are also not as popular as Motorola flip phones of the same era and will trade at a large disount to them.
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Motorola Timeport 250 Disassembly Guide
If you are interested in taking apart the Motorola Timeport 250 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.
Motorola Timeport 250 Video Review
Here is a video review on the Motorola Timeport 250 which covers most of its features: