We hate to be picky, but we do need to point out that Android 1.5 is under the hood. But the Motorola i1 is built for a different kind of user than, say, the Droid Incredible. No oversized screen here, just a quite usable 3.1 inch display with resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. This is not the kind of phone that succumbs to a "death-grip". This is the kind of phone that puts a "death-grip" on other phones. By picking up this model, Sprint gets to give the hard hat wearing, back pack toting user of those rugged Casio phones a different model to choose from that can survive almost anything but with all of the fun and pleasure of the Android OS-even if it is 1.5. Features like alternate keyboard Swype are available as is the Sprint Mobile Locator that helps you track employees in real time on a PC, using the GPS functions of the phone. The Android web browser will allow you to view Flash-8 enabled sites using Wi-Fi while the Opera Mini 5 browser allows for surfing over Wi-Fi and Nextel's National Network.
Sprint will offer the Motorola i1 starting July 25th for sales over its web site and through telesales. Other channels-like the Sprint retail store and the guy on the corner wearing the long jacket-will make the unit available beginning August 8th. The price will be $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a signed two-year contract. No need to baby the Motorola i1, so if you are a bit rough with your phones-and you know who you are-this could be a great combination of strength and substance. If you want to receive an e-mail whenever Sprint has some more news on the model, head over to the source link and sign up for alerts.
Motorola i1 Specifications | Hands-on
source: Sprint via Engadget