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Motorola Debut i856 Review

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Motorola Debut i856 Review
Performance and Conclusion:

Call quality on the i856 Debut was very good.  Callers rated us at an 8.5 with no real complaints, and on our end we were pleased as well.  There was some echoing at times, but on the whole we can agree with their rating.  Battery life is listed at a fairly paltry 3.5 hours of talk time and 4 days of standby, both of which are on the low end of the spectrum.  It’s enough to last the day however for all but the heaviest of users.

Much like the Clutch, the Debut is a good phone for what it is.  For $100 you can certainly get better phones, but if for whatever reason you need iDEN the Debut is probably the phone to have.  It doesn’t have the high quality display of the i9, but we like the design better.  Battery life could use a boost as well, but the call quality was top-notch.  Sexy iDEN slider indeed.


  • Good design
  • Great call quality
  • Greatly improved interface


  • Battery life could be better
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posted on 12 Feb 2011, 07:55

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.

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Display2.2 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (128 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.19 x 1.97 x 0.59 inches
(106.5 x 50 x 15 mm)
2.99 oz  (85 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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