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Sneak Peek: The First Push-to-Talk Android Smartphone

Written on August 12, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Sure we would want a new smartphone to be also novel. But out of the array of Android-powered phones, this may not always be satisfied. Case in point: Motorola i1 on Sprint Nextel. Yet we have something particularly noteworthy to tell you about it.

could be the ancestor of a new generation of mobile. It runs on Nextel’s network, supports push-to-talk network, and is one of the few of its kind to sport a rugged exterior.

This 4.65×2.34×0.5 cubic-inch ruggedness is built to withstand the elements, except water. It can take the heat, the dust, the highs and lows of the atmosphere–but it cannot take snapshots of your snorkeling scenes.

However, it is absolutely the first solid and stable Nextel smartphone, as Motorola wanted it. So it is currently running . Oh yeah, we heard the chuckle. Even the supposedly most dated Android mobile is running version 1.6, not to mention versions 2.1 and 2.2 are pretty much doing a smooth job with the others.

But do not hold back on Motorola i1 yet, its array of Sprint-supported features are sure to make Nextel users happy. It comes with Wi-Fi, Opera browser, the Amazon MP3 Store, GPS, Bluetooth, and a 5-mp camera with LED flash.

Its more notable feature comes when making calls. Voices come through with superb clarity and great volume. Calls on speakerphone are loud and smooth, although echo effects come through the line. The case is similar with its audio player, so we recommend you use a headset during playback.

The Android Motorola has satisfactory network speeds as well. Sites load around 15-30 seconds on Opera Mini, but YouTube videos appear pixelated and buffer for 10 seconds.

Additional hardware facts: The i1 runs a 600MHz ARM11 Freescale processor, which works fast with opening and closing apps. But it works a bit slower for multitasking. Its 1,400mAH lithium ion battery lasts for 3.5 hours on call and 4.17 days on standby mode.

The verdict: The latest Android device is snappy, rugged and voice call-savvy, but it is not the best Android phone there is. It could be an ancestor of a new generation of smartphone, but with a dated Android OS version, the push-to-talk phone will not be anything like that in the near future. The mobile comes at $149.99 with a two-year agreement.

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