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Motorola Brute i680

Announced
Jan 11, 2010
Market status
Released
Release date
Jan 11, 2010

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Sprint, Southern LINC

Pros

  • Splash-proof phone

Cons

  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (1.02 inches inches)
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks a standard (3.5mm) headphones jack
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

Motorola Brute i680 is a push-to-talk phone for Sprint. It meets Military Specification 810F for shock, vibration, dust, extreme temperatures, humidity, and other forces that mother nature can dish out. What makes this phone unique is that it comes with Sprint Nextel’s exclusive Public Safety application – allowing public safety personnel to communicate if they are out of network range. Despite that attraction, its specs are nothing too unfamiliar – GPS, Bluetooth, 2-megapixel camera, 180MB of internal memory, and a 2.2” internal display with a 1.3” external one.

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Design

  • Dimensions:
    • 3.92 x 2.09 x 1.02 inches (100 x 53 x 26 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.60 oz (159 g)
      the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
  • Rugged:
      • Splash, Dust, Shock, Temperature resistant
    • MIL-STD-810 certified:
      • Yes

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 176 x 220 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 128 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 28.82 %
  • Colors:
    • 65 536
  • Additional display:

    Additional display - Shows specs of the phone's additional display

      • TFT
    • Resolution:

      Resolution - Refers to the width and the length od the additional display

      • 120 x 160 pixels
    • Physical Size:
      • 1.30 inches
    • Colors:

      Colors - Shows the number of colors that the additional display supports

      • 65 536

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 352x288 (CIF)

Hardware

  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.18 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 8 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 5.80 hours
      the average is 12 h (702 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 6.2 days (150 hours)
      the average is 20 days (485 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1750 mAh

Technology

  • iDEN:

    iDEN - iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) is a wireless network standard developed by Motorola and used by Nextel Wireless. It operates at 800Mhz, 900Mhz and 1500Mhz frequency bands and it is a mixture of TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) and GSM arhitecture. It allows the use of one mobile device as a digital phone, pager, two-way radio and fax/modem.

    • 800, 900 MHz
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T4
    • Voice dialing, Voice recording, Push-to-Talk
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Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 11 Jan 2010

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