Android powered Motorola i1 is launched by SouthernLINC

Android powered Motorola i1 is launched by SouthernLINC
Just as we were expecting, SouthernLINC has gone ahead and announced the Android powered Motorola i1 smartphone. We heard about its eventual arrival with SoutherLINC back towards the end of March and now it's finally here as it was promised with a Q2 launch. This ruggedized iDEN based smartphone is of course the first mil-spec 810F Android device that's sure to withstand some of the most brutal conditions that mother nature can dish out. On top of its tough outer shell, the Motorola i1 features some decent specs under the hood such as a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and microSD card support. Looking towards the software side of things, it'll pack on the growing popular Swype keyboard, Adobe Flash Lite, and offer Exchange support out of the box. For those who plan on taking sides with the Motorola i1, it's being made available for purchase at $200 with a 2-year agreement or a somewhat reasonable $275 for a 1-year contract.

Motorola i1 Specifications | Hands-on

source: SouthernLINC via Phonescoop



1. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

It's not a 3G phone yet it costs $200 with 2-yr contract? It's more like a $99 phone to me. Damn Motorola! Not to mention just a newbie Android 1.5 and puny 3.1"....

2. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

If you know phones, anytime a phone is made durable the up the price on it.

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I also think this should be a $100. The Cliq XT I bought was $129 at the time and that seems like a ok price. Being the i1 is almost the same phone hardware wise as the Cliq XT I think it's a good comparable. The fact that iden is so much slower does seem like a ding against it. But iden phones are always expensive. Honestly thinking about it...I'm a construction worker. I'd probably pay $70 more for the ruggedness. But the iden slowness is a BIG turn off.

4. marvinhurst unregistered

the real big deal is it has android 1.5 loaded so you are not able to download apps from market or update the ones pre-loaded. Basically I've got a $200 paper weight now. Thanks Souther Linc

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