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Motorola Clutch i465 Review

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Performance:

The voice quality on the Motorola Clutch i465 was pretty good.  Callers sounded loud and clear, and as we’ve come to expect from iDEN models the speakerphone was plenty loud even in the noisiest environments.  Callers were pleased with the way we sounded, giving us an overall 9 out of 10 for call quality.

We got the chance to test out the international Direct Connect feature while in Mexico and have to say that we were impressed.  Call setup times were slightly longer, but when you’re used to under a second, even a second to a second and a half feels long. There was no noticeable lag or drop in voice quality, and even with the slightly longer setup time the service was lightning fast.  Kudos Sprint!

Battery life is usually pretty weak for iDEN models, and the Clutch is no exception.  The rated 3.4 hours of talk time is better than preceding units, but still well below the industry average of around 5.5 hours.  Standby is also much lower than average, at only about 4 days.  We experienced this first hand in Mexico, as our phones only lasted for 2.5 days with very, very light DC usage.

We also have to scold Motorola here for their charger policy.  Though the size is an industry standard microUSB, we happened to grab our BlackBerry charger on the way out only to discover that the phone won’t charge because it’s an “Incompatible Charger.”  No worries, we though, we have a microUSB data cable (from a Palm Pre) and can just charge it from the laptop. No go. First Motorola used horrible charger designs, and now they’ve pushed standards such as miniUSB and microUSB but only supported their branded chargers.  We understand concerns with knock-off chargers, but we were using genuine OEM equipment here, it just didn’t happen to have a stylized M on it.  This situation is deplorable and needs to be addressed immediately.


Conclusion:

The Motorola Clutch i465 is a good phone, all things considered.  It’s comfortable to use and small enough to slip into a pocket, and with Mil Spec construction it’s durable enough to stand up to the rigors of everyday life.  The keys may be small, but the QWERTY keyboard is plenty usable.  The color scheme, web and display leave a lot to be desired however.  Still, as a low-end phone targeted towards the young messaging crowd it does a decent job for an iDEN phone.  At $40 on contract (or $130 for Boost prepaid) the Clutch isn’t a bad little phone in the right hands.


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Motorola Clutch i465 Review


Pros

  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Good size, solid build
  • Meets military specifications 810F for dust, shock and vibration
  • Good price

Cons

  • Poor screen size and quality
  • Semi-proprietary charging port
  • User interface is a highly-customizable mess
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. chubichan (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2009)


Actually, the charger issue is easily resolved. Turn the device off, plug the charger in, then restart the device. My Motorola QA30 Hint does the same thing with my Bluetooth headset charger (also microUSB of course). I turn it off, plug it in, and it seems to "register" itself to a charger(s), as it won't go back to my Motorola charger without resetting it.

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Display1.8 inches, 128 x 160 pixels (114 ppi) TFT
Camera0.3 megapixels VGA
Size4.44 x 2.13 x 0.59 inches
(112.8 x 54 x 14.9 mm)
3.39 oz  (96 g)
Battery1130 mAh, 3.41 hours talk time

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