x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Motorola Admiral Review

Motorola Admiral

Posted: , by Brian K.



Motorola Admiral Review
This is the second time Sprint has tried to move Direct Connect onto the EVDO network, and so far the results are much better this time around. Initial DC setup (one-time) took a minute or two, but once the phone was provisioned calls connected in under a second and once the conversation was going it was instant. We interfaced with an iDEN device and it was seamless. The caller noted how good the voice quality was and did not have any problems holding a conversation with us. On our end the beginning of a sentence was cut off a few times, but this is often a result of someone not waiting until the DC has connected to start their sentence. They didn’t sound perfect, but they sounded good and they were on an iDEN phone which isn’t known for voice quality.

Voice quality on regular calls was just as good if not better, with callers saying we were nearly as good as a landline. They had no complaints, saying that we were clear and our voice sounded natural.  To us they sounded just as good, and overall the phone got rated 9/10. The battery is rated for a healthy 9 hours of talk time with over 3 days of standby.


The Motorola Admiral is a middle-of-the-pack device in Sprint’s lineup, but it has its significant strengths. The keyboard is great, feel and build quality are very good and the Admiral is the first Direct Connect smartphone that you can actually use data with. Even if the DC service isn’t for you, this is the best portrait Android device that we’ve used thanks to the well thought out design and the Military Spec trimmings. Great call performance, battery life and operating smoothness make the Admiral a worthy phone to find both in boardrooms and construction sites alike.

SW: 2.3.5
Build: 5.5.1Q-117_PAX-15
System version: 55.11.15.XT603.Sprint.en.US

Motorola Admiral Video Review:


  • Great keyboard
  • Good overall design with Military Spec toughness
  • Quick OS performance
  • Great call quality and battery life


  • Camera underperforms
  • Some water resistance would be nice
PhoneArena rating:
User rating:
7.65 Reviews

  • Options

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:06 1

1. username (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Nov 2011)

If I was on Sprint, and wanted a blackberry that runs android, I would get this.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 08:39

2. fre1102 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

So no GSM? Need this to have GSM if I'm going to switch from my Droid Pro. What are Sprint users supposed to do on trips overseas?

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 07:06

3. NYRebels (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

The direct connect on this phone is so unreliable as to be virtually useless. My wife and I have used direct connect daily over the past nine years, but this phone has brought that to a stop. On Nextel we had reliable instantaneous communication, but the Admiral's Sprint direct connect only works for us about half the time. If it's not reliable, then the instantaneous part is of no value. We've taken to calling each other on the phone now. It's much more cumbersome. Direct Connect is more like being there with someone while calling is more like... not. If you're buying this phone for the direct connect, it's not worth it. If you're not buying this phone for the direct connect there are other similar phones that have a few more or better features.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

PhoneArena rating:
Display3.1 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (258 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1200 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.68 x 2.44 x 0.48 inches
(118.95 x 61.95 x 12.15 mm)
4.71 oz  (134 g)
Battery1860 mAh, 9 hours talk time

Latest stories