Motorola i335 Review


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  • UI still outdated

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Good review of the i335; thanks. I disagree wholeheartedly with your characterization of and complaints about the Nextel iDEN user interface. The UI may not be new, but the traditional Nextel iDEN UI is by far the most capable and usable of all US wireless carriers. Nextel's Profiles capability is awesome and blows away all other US carriers so-called "profiles". IT is highly configurable and very powerful in comparison to others. The ability to reorder the menues is a very much appreciated capability that most other mobile-phone UI's don't allow (to which you did give credit in your review). Also, the number of customizable buttons is useful and appreciated and in my experience more extensive on Nextel's UI than other carriers' UI's. I am frequently asked to program the new mobile phones of friends & family, covering the gamut of Nextel, Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, and there is no doubt in my mind that the current Nextel iDEN UI is far more capable, configurable, customizable and useful than any of the other US carriers' UI's. I tried one of Sprint-Nextel's "Hybrid" phones, and one of the primary reasons I turned it back in at the end of the 30-day trial was because the UI is all Sprint, not at all like a normal Nextel iDEN phone, and I hated that Sprint UI. So methinks your characterization of Nextel's iDEN UI is not accurate and/or misinformed.
  • Display 130 x 130 pixels
  • Battery 1000 mAh(3.13h talk time)

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