Motorola i1 ReviewMotorola i1 7.5
As long as you've got sufficient network coverage, you're probably going to be pleased with the calling quality on the handset since the earpiece was extremely loud and vibrant to hear natural sounding voices. There's some slight static at the highest volume, but notching it down a couple of levels diminishes it. Our callers also stated that our voice had a firm and natural tone to them. Seeing that this is a push-to-talk device, we were ecstatic about the audible and strong sounds produced by the speaker phone. Just a tad hollow to the hear, voices were still more than distinguishable thanks to the raw tones emitted by it. However, you'll have to talk close to the handset when using the speaker phone because straying more than a few feet from it considerably reduces the tone on the other end.
Although there were few instances of choppy connection to the network outdoors, we did find the handset fluctuating in signal bars indoors here in the greater Philadelphia region. Additionally, we did experience our voice calls cutting in and out due to the handset struggling to steady its connection.
Seeing that this is an always connected device, which is part of Android's stance of keeping in sync with Google's most popular services, battery life was somewhat disheartening as we received less than a day on a full charge. Yes, you'll manage to get through a solid 8 hour work shift, but just expect to keep a charger on hand if you're a power user just because it'll tap out around the 10 hour mark on normal use. The manufacturer has it rated for 3.5 hours of talk and 100 hours of standby.
Always proving to be a good thing, the addition of the Motorola i1 on Sprint's lineup is a great thing for those customers who rely heavily on the iDEN network to directly connect with pals. Thankfully it is able to distinguish itself prominently with its nice looks that are equally adept in repelling the most brutal drops thanks to the rugged design. However, its decided sub-par implementation of Android 1.5 misses the mark as it's already behind the curve versus other recent offerings – it's nice for first time users, maybe, but it's horrifying for veteran ones. Naturally it managed to hit the mark in most categories, but also had some clear misses – but you've got to juggle your options to see if it's a relevant purchase. Priced at $149.99 on-contract, it definitely is an agonizing buy for those who necessarily don't require push-to-talk service – plus there are many more offerings on Sprint's lineup that are better buys. Ultimately, the Motorola i1 has the fresh looking young body that's resilient to the elements, but clearly show off its age in the platform experience.
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- Rugged design that's pretty
- Good photo quality outdoors
- Pleasant call quality
- Dated Android 1.5 platform
- Poor battery life
- Slow data speeds
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