Motorola i335 (Nextel) review: Motorola i335 (Nextel)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good The Motorola i335 has a durable, user-friendly design and a decent feature set. It also offers excellent call quality.

The Bad The Motorola i335 has a dim internal display and the directional keys on the navigation toggle are too thin.

The Bottom Line The Motorola i335 isn't showy or exciting, but it offers superior call quality and the standard Nextel features in an accessible design.

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It's been so long since we've reviewed a Nextel cell phone (the last was the Motorola i580 in July 2006) that we almost forgot they existed. In the wake of the 2005 Next/Sprint merger, the carrier announced it was phasing out iDEN-only models in favor of dual-mode handsets like the Motorola ic902 and ic502. But with its new Motorola i335, iDEN is back. Sporting Nextel markings only (you won't find "Sprint" anywhere on the handset or its packaging), the i335 combines traditional Nextel design with a dose of modern style. Its candy bar body is tough and durable, but the i335 is the thinnest Nextel handset to date. It lacks a camera, but of course it offers Nextel's standard array of push-to-talk (PTT) services. The i335 will put a crimp in your wallet if you pay full price ($249), but you can get it for as low as $49.99 with service if you buy it online. To find accessories for this phone, see our cell phone ringtones and accessories guide.

Design
Nextel loyalists will be pleased to know that the Motorola i335 has everything they've come to love in cell phone design. The sturdy candy bar model looks like it could take quite a beating, and the interface, while far from flashy, is functional and reliable. But as we mentioned earlier, the i335 is the first Nextel phone to make a play for the thin handset trend. At 4.7 inches by 1.8 inches by 0.5 inch, it sheds much of the bulk that plagued the carrier's earlier models though it remains slightly heavy at 3.7 ounces. The design succeeds not because it's fashionable, but rather because it's simple and practical. Clad in black with a few silver touches, it's unassuming as well.


The i335 is rather tall but quite thin.

Nextel has never made a serious effort to invest in rich, vibrant displays. Sure, recent models like the i580 had screens that were easy on the eyes, but the i335 is a return to Nextel's roots. Its display measures just 1.5 inches and has relatively low resolution (65,536 colors, 130x130 pixels). As expected, photos and graphics aren't very sharp, and Nextel's multipage menu system looks rather antiquated, but this is a phone that concentrates more on brawn than on beauty. Design lovers won't be impressed, but worker bees accustomed to a Nextel phone probably won't mind. You can change the display's backlighting time and the text size.

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Motorola i335 (Nextel)

Part Number: I335BLKSPT Released: 11 Nov 2007
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  • Release date 11 Nov 2007
  • Talk Time Up to 200 min
  • Weight 3.5 oz
  • Technology iDEN
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel