CTIA 2010: Live Report
Push-to-talk is chirping its way soon to an Android smartphone near you with the Motorola i1 as Sprint is on the heels of getting this device. Looking quite similar to the recent Motorola CLIQ XT over on T-Mobile, the Motorola i1 clearly has some polished edges that make it stand out more with its high quality workmanship. Overall the size and shape remains to be intact with the CLIQ XT, but it manages to clearly set it apart with its rubberized side cushions and quality construction that won't make you worry about its durability down the road. Instead of featuring a touchpad for an alternative navigational tool, the i1 relies on using a circular directional pad that does give it that gem like look when it glows for notifications. Although it still may not truly embody the epitome of a true rugged phone that aims to withstand some punishing blows, it exudes a sense of elegance that will appeal to many people.
As it was confirmed earlier, the Motorola i1 is MOTOBLUR-less and is powered by Android 1.5 – still makes you wonder why its lacking behind some of the current offerings. Despite that shortcoming, we were treated to a couple of new thing right out of the bat – it offers three different input options and the choice of which web browser to use. If it does play to the Motorola CLIQ XT's strengths, its on-screen keyboards should be no different – you have the option to use Swype, XT9 keypad, and the stock Android keyboard. When it comes to surfing a web site, you'll have your choice of going with either the stock Android browser or Opera Mini that's sure to provide an equally impressive experience. Although it was not a production unit, we did notice that it was a bit slow launching applications and that the screen wasn't as responsive as we would've like. Luckily, we're confident that these minor things will be ironed out shortly to really Android into the push-to-talk realm.
All in all, there's a lot to like about the Motorola i1 which also features a 3.1” HVGA touchscreen with support for 262k colors, Wi-Fi, and 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. Not to mention it will also offer push-to-talk right out of the box, the Motorola i1 is clearly looking to make Motorola's presence on Sprint's lineup something to talk about.
1. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)
Come on please say something about the Supersonic!!
4. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)
i agree with camjurgz! Today was supposed to be the release day for the nexus one for verizon! damn they are lagging. whats up with that?
5. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
Haven't you seen all the problems with the nexus one??? You should get something else like he drips eris or something. Verizon might not announce (or later, launch) the nexus one if it's still plagued with problems that google and htc apparently overlooked when designing or building this. nd I think the HTC desire would be better.
6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
I feel bad for T-Mobile. They show up with a. Simple HSDPA+ netbook or whatever. The HD2 launches today, and I wonder how many people are going to regret buying it when windows phone 7 or whatever comes out or when they see what andriod and win-mo devices are better. But for now, the HD2 has it's day in glory. I wonder how many people in my city are driving or walking to t-mobile stores today to get this phone, regardless of the fact that there's a foot of snow on the ground in places and cold as hell. BIG SNOWSTORM.
7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2213; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
This is just sad. 5 new things for AT&T, 3 for Sprint, and Verizon ties with a prepaid for new things coming out. It's starting to feel like years ago when Verizon had half as many handsets as it's competitors. I just read an article talking about why there was no announcement about either the Nexus1 or the Incredible at CITA, and most of the people leaving comments were fed up with how Verizon is so sercretive about what's coming out. If it were really a case of not doing it because their competitors would try to beat them to the punch on their upcoming offerings, then why aren't AT&T and Sprint also being so hush hush. Then to top it all off, when whatever they're keeping under wraps finally comes out, it usually falls flat. Maybe if they got some input from their customers on what they want, Verizon would be able to sell more units and keep them from defecting to their competition. Verizon, this isn't the Manhattan Project, it's cell phones! I'm only ticked because I'm about a month away from my NE2 and I don't want to go down the same road of renewing and then 31 days later they come out with something that is better suited to me. Let's not start to have phone releases end up like the Android 2.1 update. Maybe I'll hold off on getting that smartphone. (Steps off the soap box to go have a beer)
8. rtyecript (unregistered)
I really liked the article, and the very cool blog