Summary: If you need the iDEN network's Push-to-Talk and want a touch screen or Android apps, the
delivers but with some hefty compromises ranging from a dated version of the operating system to a excruciatingly slow Internet experience when not in range of Wi-Fi. Whether those compromises are worth it depends on your needs, because Motorola has included a lot to love for the right crowd, not the least of which is it sturdy-yet-sexy ruggedized body.
Pros: Ruggedized hardware that's easy on the eyes, The first iDEN Push-to-Talk touchscreen phone, Access to thousands of gaming, media and productivity applications on the Android Marketplace
Cons: The aging Android 1.5 operating system, The sluggish iDEN data network, Unpolished elements that induce frequent minor crashes
Summary: If you're migrating from another Direct Connect device to the Motorola i1, the ability to download apps, surf the internet, and the general first-class smartphone experience that Android offers should please you. If you're coming from another carrier and using iDEN for the first time, you'll likely be frustrated with the slow data speeds.
Pros: First Android device for iDEN networks; decent camera for a mid-range device; durable.
Cons: Doing anything data-related can be frustrating due to Nextel's slow iDEN network speeds.
Excerpt: The Motorola i1 marks the first push-to-talk Android phone for iDEN (Sprint/Nextel Push-to-Talk). Like many other iDEN phones, the Motorola i1 is ruggedized for high-impact environments where iDEN phones are typically used. The i1 is also equipped with features unexpected in a phone designed to meet Military 810F standards for shock, dust, and rain. Besides Nextel Direct Connect and Android OS 1.5 (why not 2.1?
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: Always proving to be a good thing, the addition of the Motorola i1 on Sprint's lineup is a great thing for those customers who rely heavily on the iDEN network to directly connect with pals. Thankfully it is able to distinguish itself prominently with its nice looks that are equally adept in repelling the most brutal drops thanks to the rugged design.
Pros: Rugged design that's pretty, Good photo quality outdoors, Pleasant call quality