Motorola i1 Review
Now, the most unflattering part about the handset can be found with it running Android 1.5 – which is by far it's biggest eyesore when you consider how all others are making Android 2.1 the minimum standard. And no, MOTOBLUR is not running on the handset, but the i1 does implement some elements from Moto's customization, which is evident in the lower area of the homescreen, where the app drawer, phone dialer, and contacts icons are found. This Android experience might be considerably new for ordinary blue collar workers, but it's surely boring and behind the pack in terms of visuals and presentation for regular Android users. Presented with only 3 homescreens to personalize with various widgets and icons, moving about them is pretty responsive, although there are some jerky movements at times. Overall, it's not the fastest experience on an Android phone we've seen thus far with some lag manifesting itself in certain situations, but it should prove to be tolerable for most people.
The handset will naturally accommodate your Gmail contacts, but unfortunately it lacks integration for different social networking accounts – while adding a contact is no different from other Android smartphones.
Composing a message is difficult to accomplish using its on-screen keyboards due to the limited real estate of the touchscreen. We found ourselves making plenty of typos with the portrait on-screen keyboard, but using the landscape option made for a slightly more enjoyable experience. However, you can blatantly realize its unresponsiveness if you're a casual texter as it struggles to keep up at a rapid pace. Setting up email is pretty simple and straightforward with it requiring only an address and password to automatically set up an account for the popular services out there. Naturally, there may be other pertinent information required, like server addresses, in order to properly set up a custom account. As we've noted, it lacks any social networking integration with its stock Android experience – so that means you'll be required to check out the Android market to download your favorites. Finally, there are few Sprint branded apps preloaded such as Sprint Football Live, Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile, Sprint Zone. As for third party apps, you'll find TeleNav GPS Navigator, Quickoffice, and Opera Mini on board.
1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I like the idea of a rugged smart phone except this phone seems so outdated. I want a rugged DROID. That'd be awesome. But this phone would still be cool but not with the pricey smartphone plan.
2. cartman (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
They still should have put a CDMA radio to use EVDO data. Or they could have done with WiMax. Does anyone know the data speeds on iden? I'm guessing its like couple of hundred kbs
4. Chris (unregistered)
I am a dispatcher for a busy taxi service. I use the Motorola i1, and our drivers use a "standard" Nextel PTT. The i1 is packed with features that make my job easier. With traditional iDEN phones, you can't use PTT and data service at the same time. The i1 is wifi enabled. While connected to wifi, the all the PTT features are available. This allows me to use Google maps, and other internet utilities, without missing PTT call. Running on the Android platform there are tons of cool apps., but use caution. Some apps. make a constant internet connection through the "data" (not wifi) connection on the i1. This WILL block incoming/outgoing PTT calls. There is also some modulation issues. On older Nextell equipment, the i1 sounds over modulated. PTT calls that are i1 to i1, are great. But if you PTT a buddy with an old phone, you will blow his ear drums out. The only problem that I have with the phone is the charger. This platform is picky, I have used an aftermarket charger with poor results. The phone hangs and freezes.
5. Eddie Z (unregistered)
I've had this phone a couple of months and it's not that bad. Sure, if you want a full PC in the palm of your hand then there are better to chose from. I wanted a rugged phone and this is the only one that fits the bill. I've dropped it from 4 feet with no damage whatsoever. The screen is responsive and since I don't rely on data the speed isn't a real concern. I have access to enough wi-fi points so that's not a real concern. Opera is the choice to use however. I've loaded this up with a number of apps with good results. Be ready to trim some apps or change some settings to bet good battery results. I think Motorola should offer a major rebate or deal once the get another rugged droid out there that would use a more up to date version of Android. One major flaw is the on screen keyboard. It is way too small to easily use. I've installed Big Buttons and that makes texting a whole lot easier. Screen picture quality is more than acceptable. I wouldn't even think of video on a screen this small so I'm not going to comment on it. Overall it's a good phone, certainly not Motorolas best effort but you have to remember they wanted a stable OS platform for the IDEN network. Rugged, nice size, good sound quality and a good selection of apps makes this a safe choice for the outdoor folks. If you need it to be prettier and certainly faster with all of the best there is to offer then this phone is not for you.
6. Ms (unregistered)
Al fin motorola tiene un telefono a la altura de su servicio. Un cagada!
7. jcgg (unregistered)
mmmmh i cant agree with your comments by im really unhappy with this phone its slow dont have tha same capability of other androids and the sarvice with nextel is horrible!!! i have nextel becoause of the international services they got but other than that i wouldnt have this phone.
8. jcgg (unregistered)
ahuevo es malisimo!!!!!!!!!