The Motorola i1 is a business-oriented smartphone heading for Sprint that will be the first Android OS smartphone to offer Push To Talk (PTT) service.
I was at last night’s debut event at the CTIA tradeshow for this model, so I’ve had some hands-on time with it. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m fairly impressed. This device looks like it’s going to be what a great many people need in a business phone.
The i1 is going to run Google’s Android OS, and therefore will be capable of getting e-mail from a wide range of business and consumer sources, including Microsoft Exchange.
In addition to voice and data service, it will have the PTT service that I mentioned earlier, which is an absolute requirement for many business people.
Even though this Motorola model will meet military specifications for protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain, it’s not going to be a huge, heavy lump. Actually, the proto-type I tried out was surprisingly small and light considering how rugged it is. Nevertheless, it had definitely been designed to be used on a jobsite.
The Motorola i1 is gong to have a ruggedized tablet shape with a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen.
It is going to run on Sprint’s iDEN network, which it acquired in the merger with Nextel. This smartphone will also sport Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Users will be able to browse the Web with the Opera Mini 5 browser over an iDEN or Wi-Fi connection, but the standard Android browser will work only over Wi-Fi. This is to compensate for iDEN’s rather slow data transfer speed.
The i1 is going to include a 5 megapixel camera with support for both video and still images and a microSD memory card slot.
Pricing & Availability
Even though Sprint went ahead and announced the Motorola i1, this smartphone is still months away from being released. All we know at this point is that it will be on the market this summer.
Sprint also has not revealed what this product is going to cost.