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Motorola Brute i686

Jan 31, 2011
Market status

US carrier availability

Available: Southern LINC
Discontinued: Sprint


  • Splash-proof phone


  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Low pixel density screen (128 ppi)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (1.02 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (176 x 220 pixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment




Motorola Brute i686 is a rugged push-to-talk phone. It meets Military Specification 810F for shock, vibration, dust, extreme temperatures, humidity, and other forces that mother nature can dish out. 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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  • Device type:
    • Feature phone
  • Form factor:
    • Clamshell
  • 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 5.3 oz (150 g)
  • Design features:
    • Numeric keypad, Soft keys (2), D-Pad
  • Keys:
    • Left: Volume control, Other
  • Rugged:
      • Splash, Dust, Shock, Temperature resistant
    • MIL-STD-810 certified:
      • Yes


  • 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

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


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


  • Talk time:
    • 5.80 hours
      the average is 15 h (890 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 6.2 days (150 hours)
      the average is 18 days (434 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1750 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion


  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, RA, AMR


  • 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

Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input (T9)
  • E-mail:
      • Yes
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Basic Printing (BPP), Dial-up networking (DUN), File Transfer (FTP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol, Object Push (OPP), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Serial Port (SPP), Service Discovery Protocol (SDP)
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Headphones connector:
    • 2.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation
    • Voice dialing, Voice recording, Push-to-Talk


  • Officially announced:
    • 31 Jan 2011

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 270
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