The Motorola i1 phone goes on sale on July 25th and will be available through direct channels until it reaches retailers in early August. This phone is eagerly awaited thanks to its tag as the ‘Worlds first Nextel direct connect smartphone powered by Android’.
So, before you shell out $149 (which is its price after a $50 discount) for the phone, how about a quick walk through?
Pre-Launch Look into Motorola i1
The build of the phone is unique because it makes the phone tough as nails. It can survive really harsh environments and outdoor use, because it has been built to meet military specs for shock, rain and other elements which can ruin a phone.
Sprint’s push-to-talk or PTT technology is really big in the US and this phone utilizes the fastest PPT features available. So, not only can you brave the weather with this phone, you can also start talking in one second.
Perhaps the fact that this phone comes with the Android 1.5 operating system, will be dampener if you like your phone OS to be mint fresh. Given that Android 2.1 is the current norm and Android 2.2 is in its introductory phase, Android 1.5 will hardly make heads turn.
But this is what you get in the Motorola i1 and it will be enough to send and receive mails, work on documents, maintain calendar and contacts.
More Features of Motorola i1 Smart Phone
Wi-Fi connectivity and a 5MP camera add greater sheen to the phone. The Nextel Direct Connect feature will also you to view the details of an incoming call, even if you are busy working on another app, no matter what it is.
Apps like Smart Calculator, Scan2PDF Mobile 2.0 and Unit converters can also help your work. Social media has not been forgotten either, with specific Twitter apps such as Touiteur making it easy for you to access social networks and microblogging sites.
The Microsoft Document Viewer allows you to sync Word and PowerPoint documents in a jiffy. Entering text is really easy too, thanks to the standard virtual keypad for Android devices and the new Swype virtual keyboard providing multiple options.
The 5MP camera of i1 is quite cool with features like geo-tagging, flash and panoramic view giving you high quality snaps. The 3.1 inch screen may not be the best around but the vibrant HVGA resolution does the job effectively. Both the Android browser and the Opera Mini have been included.
For a price tag of just under $150, this phone does indeed look good value for your money.