Motorola i1 (Sprint Nextel)

The Good The Motorola i1 has a responsive touch screen, rugged construction, and excellent call quality. It also comes with Sprint's array of broadband services and Nextel Direct Connect.

The Bad The Motorola i1 is, sadly, saddled with Android OS 1.5, which makes it feel very dated when compared with more-current smartphones.

The Bottom Line The Motorola i1 is not the best Android phone by any means, but if you must have an Android handset with iDEN push-to-talk, the i1 is your only choice.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

Motorola i1 (Sprint Nextel)

Though the Motorola i1 first debuted for Boost Mobile, we initially heard about it as a Sprint Nextel phone. As we mentioned in our review of the Boost Mobile version, the Motorola i1 is notable because it is the first-ever Google Android phone to run on Nextel's iDEN network. It is also one of the first Android smartphones to be certifiably "rugged," plus it supports Nextel's venerable push-to-talk network. It's by no means the best Android phone out there--it only comes with Android 1.5, and you won't get the fastest data speeds on iDEN--but Nextel addicts will be happy that they finally have an Android phone they can call their own. The Motorola i1 for Sprint Nextel is available for $149.99 after a two-year service agreement.

Design
The Motorola i1 from is 4.65 inches long by 2.34 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick, and is clad in a military-certified casing that is built to withstand the elements: blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, low pressure, salt fog, humidity, and solar radiation. However, it's not water-resistant, so we wouldn't take this on your next diving adventure.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $349
  • Brand Lenovo
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Diagonal Size 3.1 in
  • Weight 4.63 oz
  • Sensors Digital compass
  • Technology iDEN
  • Additional Features E-911 compliant, intelligent typing (SWYPE), intelligent typing (T9), push-to-talk mode
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