Motorola Debut i856 Review
The Debut takes its cue from the i9 and offers a consolidated menu system when compared to most Nextel devices. Most items are accessible from the home screen, arranged as a carousel. The main menu offers a few redundant but mostly different items from the homescreen. Curiously there are 10 items on the homescreen, but only nine in the menu. More curious is that common items such as web and tools are found in the main menu, not the homescreen. Unfortunately you cannot customize which items show where. While we applaud Motorola for simplifying iDEN menus they still have some work to go.
Messaging and Multimedia:
Like the Clutch the Debut offers threaded messaging, but also like the Clutch the feature must be enabled by the user. Nextel’s handling of SMS is ancient, and it is a frustrating experience often marked by serious delays and frustrating formatting. Messages are actually sent as MMS, whether or not a multimedia item is attached. Sprint Mobile Email allows users to access personal and corporate email.
The web experience is pretty miserable, but that’s to be expected over the archaic iDEN network. Direct Connect is where it made its name, and where it continues to be king. The Debut features Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo support.
Sound quality was pretty good for the music player. The Debut supports microSDHC expansion, but does not come with a memory card or headphones. With the price Sprint charges for iDEN phones we are disappointed that included accessories are so sparse.
1. djb (unregistered)
This phone is junk! Do not buy this phone. Camera quit after 6 months got it fix, quit again 3 months later got it fixed, quit again in December, losts its memory got that fixed, now the thing won't power up or do anything but guess what I was told I would have to pay to have it fixed this time because January 1st, out of waranty.