The Good The Motorola Brute i680 has a rugged, durable design, well-designed controls, and a functional feature set. Call quality is top-notch.
The Bad The Motorola Brute i680 is missing a dedicated Back button and an exterior camera shutter. The headset jack is 2.5mm, and photo quality is forgettable.
The Bottom Line The Motorola Brute i680 isn't pretty or flashy, but it delivers on call quality and its design should withstand the elements.
Motorola Brute i680 (Sprint)
The Motorola Brute i680 doesn't pretend to be anything other than exactly what it is. Even the slightest glance will show that this is one tough, durable phone. Its thick rubberized skin and bulky profile is far from attractive, but you know that it will be able to take a beating. You even can sum up its rugged identity by its "Brute" name. Made for Nextel (who else?), the Brute offers the standard array of Sprint Nextel features plus Bluetooth and a 2-megapixel camera. Call quality is satisfying and the price ($119 with service) is affordable.
The Motorola Brute i680 should be able to withstand just about anything you can throw at it. It's large (3.92 inches tall by 2.09 inches wide by 1 inch deep), heavy (5.63 ounces), and is covered in a tough plastic and rubber skin. Indeed, the handset feels very solid in the hand and the sturdy hinge ensures that it opens and shuts with authority. We dropped the handset onto a concrete floor and even threw it across the room onto carpet. Both times, there wasn't a scratch and the phone kept on ticking. Sure, the black and gray color scheme screams industrial, but this a device built for brawn over beauty.
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