Sprint Motorola i1 Push-To-Talk Android Military-Grade Smartphone: Looks like Motorola is keeping its promise to continue supporting the Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) wireless technology. The company announced on March 24 at the 2010 CTIA, that they are launching the Motorola i1 – the first Android smart phone compatible with Sprint’s Nextel Direct Connect iDEN service. This handset will operate on iDEN 800/900 Mhz band and will be offered to customers this coming Summer of 2010.
The Motorola i1 Push-To-Talk Android is a rugged cell phone/mobile phone that boasts Military-Specification construction and materials. It is a certified Military Spec 810F-quality gadget which means it can survive against blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, salt fog, humidity and solar radiation. This military grade product certification should assure you that this phone will function even in extreme weather conditions. It has a 3.1-inch HVGA (320×480) 265k TFT super- tough touch screen display made of state-of-the-art Monster Glass component so it offers crystal-clear viewing even under the harshest environment.
This handset runs on Android OS 1.5, certainly not the latest version, but it can run most of the 30,000 apps available on the Android Market. The Motorola i1 Android Phone comes with Wifi 802.11 b/g connectivity and also has Bluetooth 2.0 and Assisted GPS/Autonomous GPa/eCompass support. The Opera Mini Full-HTML browser is installed by default and it is fully compatible with Adobe Flash Lite via the Android Webkit. It will integrate flawlessly with Google’s mobile services like Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Search, Gmail, and Google Voice. Since it is running under Android, this phone will be capable of doing multi-tasking. You can watch a streaming YouTube video while you send SMS or compose an email without any problem. What impresses me more is the Motorola i1’s built-in Swype gesture-based text input. Typing on this Motorola cell phone will be a breeze. Motorola is also proud of its new Push-To-Talk feature that comes with the i1. It will let you toggle Push-To-Talk calls to the background if you need to check emails or watch an MMS message.
Motorola has made the i1 android phone a multimedia and web powerhouse. It sports a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, 4x digital zoom and built-in LED flash. This camera can be used to take still pictures or capture videos up to 15fps. Even though the Motorola i1 has only 260MB storage, it does have a microSD slot that will let you use up to 32GB microSD cards. The phone’s main processor is also sufficient enough to play media formats like Macromedia Flash, MP3, WAV, WMA, WMV, MIDI, MP4 files without any hitch. With a purported battery life of 210 minutes for continuous usage, the Motorola i1 can perfectly be used as your portable media player.