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Performance and Conclusion:

Call quality on the Motorola i886 was pretty good, especially for an iDEN device. Callers complained of a slight echo and hollowness and said voices didn’t quite sound natural, but they didn’t have any issues hearing us and rated us an 8/10. On our end we were a bit more impressed as callers sounded quite natural and plenty loud. Battery life is rated at 4.1 hours of talk, right about average for an iDEN device but not fantastic. Standby is rated at 120 hours and we had no problem going several days between charges with very light usage.

The Motorola i886 may indeed begin a trend in the cellular world. No longer is Android confined to smartphones, touch screens or high-end hardware. The i886 shows us that the versatile platform is capable of running on an ordinary, run-of-the mill device but we can’t help but feel it could be done better. We may one day see the Market on these lower end phones, but more immediately we’d like to see a few of the core Google apps available like Gmail, Talk and Voice. The i886 makes its mark by being a military spec phone with a pretty decent portrait sliding QWERTY, and when we look back it will probably be overlooked for its pioneering use of the OS, but this device does indeed mark a shift in where featurephone technology is going.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Build RC9.00.01, Baseband RCA.00.00

Motorola i886 Video Review:


  • Solid design
  • First side-sliding QWERTY for Nextel
  • Snappy UI with some customizable elements


  • Keyboard is a bit stiff
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Google apps

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