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Motorola i930 (Sprint) review: Motorola i930 (Sprint)

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The Nextel i930's phone-book capacity is limited only by available memory; the handset comes with 64MB of flash memory. Of course, you get the advantage of having access to full Outlook contact information with the address book, including street addresses and notes. The Smartdial feature simplifies searching for contacts. Type 242 to spell Cha, for example, and all contacts with those three letters in their names will appear.

One of the main draws of the Nextel i930 is its world phone capabilities. The handset comes with a SIM card, so you can make and receive calls in the United States and more than 100 countries using a single phone number. This also includes support for Nextel's nationwide and international walkie-talkie services, which means you can instantly connect with users in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. Other features include a speakerphone, a vibrate mode, a calculator, a task list, voice memos, and GPS capabilities for emergency calls. While all these capabilities are great for a mobile professional, we are absolutely baffled and disappointed by the lack of Bluetooth.

In addition to 64MB of flash memory, the Nextel i930 features an SD expansion slot.

As for other features, the Nextel i930 by Motorola comes with a VGA camera and a camcorder. The phone's camera can take pictures in four qualities (Best, Basic, Normal, and Fine) and four sizes (640x480, 320x240, 260x120, 176x200, and 96x66). You can also adjust the contrast and the brightness settings, as well as choose from two shutter sounds; there's no silent option. Once you've taken a picture, you can rotate or flip the image, rename the file, view it as a slide show, or set it as wallpaper. You can also send it to colleagues, friends, and family via e-mail, text message, or via the infrared port. Picture quality is decent for a camera phone, with bright colors and decent contrast. The camcorder takes video with sound and offers many of the same options as the camera, along with three quality settings: High, Normal, and Good.

Thanks to Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, you can enjoy multimedia treats on the Nextel i930 by Motorola. You can customize your phone with a variety of wallpaper, color schemes, and font sizes. The i930 comes with Solitaire and Jawbreaker, although you can always download more games.

We tested the Nextel i930 by Motorola (GSM 900/1800/1900; iDEN 800 in the Chicago area), and call quality was generally excellent, with callers sounding loud and clear. For the most part, people said they couldn't tell we were using a cell phone. The speakerphone is among the best we've used, as callers noted how loud and clear we sounded.

Unfortunately, performance took a turn for the worse when it came to battery life. We reached a little more than 90 minutes of continuous talk time from the lithium-ion battery, which fell far short of Nextel's already unimpressive rating of 165 minutes. It's also worth noting that the handset heated up significantly after about 20 minutes of talk-time use. Likewise, the rated 95 hours of standby time was short enough, but we got only 38 hours. Also, the Nextel i930 took its time to power up, which is typical of Windows Mobile phones.

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