The Good The Motorola i570 has a simple, easy-to-use design with comfortable controls. It offers good call quality.
The Bad The Motorola i570 has a small external display.
The Bottom Line The Motorola i570 is a solid choice for Nextel fans who want a simple, no-nonsense cell phone.
Motorola i570 (Nextel)
We have to admit that we're not sure what is going on with Sprint lately. Following its merger with Nextel three years ago, the company said it would be phasing out Nextel's iDEN network in favor of Sprint's CDMA network. To show it meant what it said, it started introducing cell phones like the Motorola ic902 that used CDMA for voice calls and iDEN for push-to-talk calls. But suddenly, the carrier has made an about face (even though it denies doing so). First it introduced the IDEN-only Motorola i335 late last year, and now it offers the Motorola i570. Like the i335, the i570 is a solid Nextel phone through and through; it only uses iDEN and it offers a durable, no-nonsense design. You can get it for $99 with a two-year contract, or $299 if you pay full price. To find accessories for this phone, see our cell phone ringtones and accessories guide.
Forget slim and stylish, this phone focuses on being rugged and dependable. Nextel loyalists certainly won't mind at all, but slaves to gadget fashion will steer clear. The i570's blind eye toward the latest design fad is a nice change, to be honest, even if that makes us sound a bit old. At 3.66 inches by 1.97 inches by 1 inches and 4.59 ounces, the i570 isn't the most compact flip phone around, but it's actually pretty small as Nextel handsets go. It fits neatly in a pocket or bag, and it has a solid and sturdy feel in the hand. The front and rear faces may be plastic but the i570's edges are surrounded with a rubbery material. Not surprisingly, the i570 is certified to military standards for dust, shock, and vibration. But what is surprising is that the i570 is the first phone we've seen in a while that has an extendable antenna.
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