CNET First Look
Motorola ic502Though the Motorola ic502 successfully combines the Sprint and Nextel networks, its limited feature set and design peculiarities make it a poor choice for Nextel loyalists.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi I'm Kent German senior editor here at CNET.com. Today we are going to take a first look at the Motorola IC 502. It's the first hybrid Sprint, Nextel phone, which means it runs voice calls on Sprint and push to talk calls on Nextel's network. Just by the combination of the two carriers, from the outside this phone looks very much like a Nextel device, it sort of has a standard Nextel shape including some rubber here, which makes it very durable; also have a rectangular external display that's Mono chrome and an extendable antenna. Including push to talk buttons here on the side, the same speakerphone buttons here on the top, so from the outside very Nextel. Inside though a few differences, you'll open it up, you'll see that we do have kind of a standard Nextel design here as far as the navigation keys go, however there are a few changes. You see a dedicated menu key here in the middle, rather than having a dedicated menu button here on this side. Instead of the Nextel menu design that we've seen over the few years, in which actually it's gotten a lot better recently, we have a very standard Motorola design. Kind of boring, pretty basic, you'll click through to the menu and you can see that it looks like that Motorola grid we used to see on a lot of the phones from the carrier. Nextel subscribers may not be in love with this, we weren't really in love with it either. Also the display was low resolution and I didn't really like it as far as viewing pictures, wasn't very bright. So like I said this phone does have a lot of Sprint and Nextel qualities, very Nextel on the outside, a lot more sprint on the inside, maybe a little hard for customers from either carrier to get used to though. I'm Kent German and this is the Motorola IC 502. ^M00:01:33 [ Music ]