In addition to support for Nextel's walkie-talkie features, the Motorola Deluxe ic902 is a full-featured multimedia device with plenty of support for Sprint services as well. But first the basics: the Deluxe ic902 comes with a generous 1,000-entry phone book, with room in each entry for five numbers, a walkie-talkie number, an e-mail address, a Web address, a birthdate, a job title and company name, and a memo. They can also be grouped into categories, assigned a picture for caller ID, plus one of 19 polyphonic ringtones. You can even assign a video ringer so that a small video will play whenever there's an incoming call from that person. Other features include a speakerphone, a vibrate mode, a calendar, an alarm clock, a file manager, a calculator, a tip calculator, a world clock, a stop watch, a currency converter, a unit converter, and a notepad. On the higher end, there's GPS, a wireless Web browser, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging, e-mail, voice dialing, voice recording, plus a SIM manager that helps you manage your contacts. The Deluxe ic902 supports the Bluetooth headset profile in addition to letting you transfer files via Bluetooth. It can also be used as a modem via Bluetooth.
Of course, as a Nextel phone, the PTT offerings are pretty solid. The ic902 supports Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie service, which includes Group Connect that lets you talk up to 20 other people at once. There's also Direct Talk, which allows out-of-network walkie-talkie chats with another Direct Talk phone of up to six miles. The latter feature is great for emergencies, network outage, or when you're in the great outdoors away from civilization.
Onward to the Deluxe ic902's multimedia features. The ic902 has a pretty decent music player, which is comparable to the one on the LG Muziq. It's closely tied to the Sprint Music Store, and you can simultaneously download songs to the PC and wirelessly to the phone. If you want, you can also sideload songs into the phone from your PC using the included USB cable. Songs can be categorized by title, artist, and genres, plus you can create your own playlist. You can put songs on repeat as well as shuffle. Even though the ic902's headset jack doesn't support regular headphones, it does come with a wired headset for listening to music and answering calls.
Thanks to the ic902's EV-DO support, it also has full access to Sprint's PowerVision data network. That means it has access to Sprint TV, which offers movie trailers and programming from channels such as MTV and Cartoon Network, and Sprint Movies, which delivers pay-per-view movies to your cell phone. There's also a cool service called Sprint On Demand that provides instant information about news, stocks, sports, weather updates, and more.
The 2.0-megapixel camera on the Motorola Deluxe ic902 can take pictures in five resolutions (1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240, and 160x120) and three image quality levels. Other camera options include a brightness setting, white balance settings, a self timer, color effects, fun frames, multiple shots, and six shutter sounds. The camcorder mode records clips in two lengths: 30 seconds for video mail, and for as long as there's available memory for regular video. You can record video in three resolutions (320x240, 176x144, and 128x96). Many of the same still camera settings apply to camcorder mode. Photo quality was pretty amazing, with defined edges and near-accurate colors. Video quality was average, and was actually quite good when compared to other camera phones.
You can personalize the ic902 with a selection of screen savers, clock styles, menu layouts, and more from Sprint. The same goes for ringtones and alerts. The phone comes with five game demos--Brain Juice, Midnight Bowling, Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris, and World Series of Poker--but you can always download the real McCoy from Sprint as well.
We tested the dual-mode (iDEN 800; CDMA 1900) Motorola ic902 in San Francisco. Sound quality was great--voices sound natural and clear, and automated voice services understood our commands clearly. Speakerphone calls were pretty impressive as well. We also paired the Motorola Deluxe ic902 with the Cardo S-640 successfully. The Motorola ic902 has a rated talk-time battery life of 3.5 hours, and a tested talk time of 4 hours, 55 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the ic902 has a digital SAR rating of 1.53 watts per kilogram.