CNET First Look
Motorola Brute i680The Motorola Brute i680 isn't pretty or flashy, but it delivers on call quality and its design should withstand the elements.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I am Kent German, Senior Editor here at CNET.com. Today we are going to take a First Look at the Motorola Brute i680. This is a new phone for Nextel Service. If you want to know anything about this phone just think about that Brute name that means that it is really rugged, really durable. This is a phone that is not too attractive. You can be sure that it will withstand quite a lot. Like Nextel phones, it is certified to military specifications for things like dust, blowing rain, solar radiation, vibration, shock, low and high temperature, and salt fog, so pretty much what you can throw at this phone, it should be able to handle it. It is not completely water-proof, so you can't really dunk it under a few inches of water and leave it there and then maybe call the phone or have it ring like we have seen on phones like the Sonim. But, it is very water-resistant, so you can use it out in the rain, in really wet conditions and you should be fine. Covered with rubber material all over the place and so, you really see that it is build to withstand a lot of bruises. On the back, the battery cover does use a locking mechanism. You could see this big silver thing here. Motorola doesn't include a tool in the box, but it is pretty easy to turn that by yourself. Once you do that, they'll get the battery cover off, it requires a little bit of practice. You really have to pry in there and get it out. Behind the battery cover you will find the microSD card slot. The external display is full color, so it does show photo caller ID. It works as a viewfinder for the camera lens, which is right above. Also, shows your recent calls, so you can actually go through it and dial them again. Inside the internal display, not terribly high resolution, but it is bright, it is colorful and it is perfectly fine on a phone like this. Most Nextel phones in the past they did use a multipage menu design which I never really like. It means you have to go to one page and then click more to get to the next one. I like how in this menu system it is just icons, normal icon display. You can use lines as well, but it is all in one page, which is nice. It's also great they have some shortcut icons here in the standby screen so you can cycle through those and open them up as you like. Keypad buttons and controls are very well designed. Keypad buttons down below, they have a plastic feel, but they are raised above the surface of the phone, also big numbers on them, so very easy to dial and text quickly. But a couple of complains, there wasn't any dedicated back button here. You can use the end button for that, but really I like a dedicated back button. Inside the phone is basic Nextel features like direct connect, push-to-talk, all that sort of thing. It does have basic organizer features, Bluetooth, a really bare bones music player, 2-megapixel camera. You can see the camera lens right here with the flash. Call quality was really good on all accounts both caller said this, I thought so, push-to-talk calls, regular calls, speaker phone call, so it delivers all that call quality. I am Kent German and this is Motorola Brute i680. ^M00:02:28 [ Music ]