Motorola i1: Conclusion

December 28, 2010 by Michael Morisy Reads (15,549)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 6
    • Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Value
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.20
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

CONCLUSION

Motorola i1 with Google Android OSIf you need the iDEN network’s Push-to-Talk and want a touch screen or Android apps, the Motorola i1 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.

Until more modern alternatives hit the market, this basic entry into the growing plethora of Android OS devices will have to do for those whose work keeps them in constant touch with not only their co-workers but the wild outdoors.

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

 


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