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The i335 performed well in our testing. The calls were loud and clear, as we have come to expect from a Motorola iDEN device. The speakerphone is almost too loud, but on a construction site that is a very desirable trait. Bluetooth performance with the Samsung WEP500 was as expected, not great but not any worse than we’ve experienced with other phones. The battery is rated for 3.3 hours of talk time, but in our tests we were able to achieve a staggering 6.6 hours of use. We are not sure why there is such a big discrepancy, but we were pleased with the performance none-the-less.

Sprint’s iDEN network suffers from coverage and capacity issues, but the i335 comes equipped with Direct Talk, which basically turns the unit into a true walkie-talkie when the phone is out of the coverage area. Compatible phones can talk to each other up to six miles away (terrain-dependant) by using each other’s DC number, and group calls are possible as well. This means Direct Talk users can stay in communication with each other even in remote locations or during catastrophes when the cellular network may be down.


The i335 is very good at what it does. Its size and styling will appeal to a majority of iDEN users, though it lacks higher-end features such as email support and a camera. This phone wasn’t designed for that though, and we found ourselves really liking it. It fits in the hand and the pocket equally well, can withstand a beating and for the first time in a long time we didn’t feel embarrassed using an iDEN unit in public (with the speakerphone OFF, of course.) Improvements can be made, such as revamping the UI or adding a camera, but overall Motorola has a winner with the i335.


  • Thin, stylish design with internal antenna
  • Bluetooth
  • Exceptional speakerphone
  • Great call quality


  • No camera
  • UI still outdated

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