Motorola i1 Review


In portrait view, the Media Gallery app will display all your photos and videos in grid like view, however, there is a dramatic change in landscape where it switches to a 3D view, which enables you to scroll through your media. Nonetheless, you can edit some items through the phone, but it lacks multi-touch gestures like pinching to zoom in.

Pressing down the shutter button will load up the photo taking app, which offers a decent mix of options to fine tune your images. Slightly pressing down the shutter key will toggle it to focus, then pressing it all the way will capture the shot. To our amusement, we were more than satisfied with the images captured with the 5-megapixel shooter on the Motorola i1. There is a fair amount of detail in the photos with them looking a tad a little over-exposed in conditions where lighting is abundant. The same cannot be said about images taken indoors in poor lighting as they were hazy looking with washed out colors. Despite packing an LED flash, it did very little to improve the condition.

Not known for being a media centric device, the i1 features CIF video recording which will present you with a maximum shooting resolution of 352x288 at 15fps. Pixelated beyond belief, there is still a lot of prominent choppiness throughout playback which easily downgrades the experience – plus it lacks any audio recording; so you'd probably want to move on if video recording is a must-have on your list.

Motorola i1 sample video at 352x288 pixels resolution.

The stock Android music player is in play on the Motorola i1 which functions properly like any other out there, but pales in comparison and presentation over newer offerings. Still, it does the job and the sound emitted by the speaker is more than audible to the ear as its power is substantially strong. When placed at the maximum setting, it manages to still be pleasant to the ear with its sharp tunes.

Watching videos didn't pose too much of an issue as we were able to load a video coded in MPEG-4 at 320x240 resolution. Additionally we were able to load another in 800x480 resolution, however, it easily began to come to a crawl as it was noticeably more choppy.

The unit is packaged with a 2GB microSD card which should be more than satisfactory for those who plan on utilizing its outdoor photo taking prowess to the max. To top things off too, there is also a microSD card adapter which will allow you to easily copy data back and forth between a computer.


You'd better check out coverage maps before simply going through with an impulse purchase with the Motorola i1 seeing that it's a dual-band iDEN (800/900 MHz) handset – which is limited in it's ability to penetrate the tough confines of most buildings. Sadly, this isn't a hybrid device that would rely on Sprint's EVDO data network, instead it routes data through the sole iDEN network.

Unless you're connected to Wi-Fi, you'd better stick to using the Opera Mini browser that's pre-installed as opposed to the stock one. Since the iDEN network isn't adept in dealing with data intensive devices, relying on the stock browser can be frustrating with sluggish load times – which took over 5 minutes for our web site to load. It doesn't end there as the stock web browsing experience lacks multi-touch gestures to zoom, which is instead done via using the on-screen zoom icons. Thankfully, Opera Mini manages to salvage what's left as it's able to load pages slightly faster thanks to Opera's compressing service on its end – thus enabling a slightly more tolerable experience.

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