Motorola i1: Sprint’s Push-to-Talk Android Tough Guy

Sprint and Motorola announced the i1 today, a new Android phone featuring push-to-talk functionality on Sprint‘s iDEN network, “military spec” toughness and a few interesting extras.

Besides its rugged good looks, the i1 includes a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a 3.1 inch HVGA screen, and a nice slate of preinstalled apps: Swype virtual keyboard, Opera Mini 5 browser, and Microsoft Document Viewer. In addition, Flash 8-enabled sites will work in the Android browser via Flash Lite.

The i1 does have a few significant downsides, though: it will launch sporting Android 1.5 and one of those tiny 2.5mm jacks that none of your headphones will fit into. And while you’ll zip along on wifi networks, don’t expect to be able to pull data via 3G.

Sprint has not specified a release date for the i1, but does have an i1 site where you can sign up to be alerted about its availability.

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  • The touchscreen smartphone is the first Android device to support push-to-talk on Sprint’s Nextel Direct Connect network, and also has a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash and a microSD card slot.

  • I loved the feature that Motorola i1 enhances the push-to-talk experience with the ability to view who is calling regardless of what application you are in, whether you are managing your emails, checking your calendar, composing messages or viewing media….

  • miguel

    Gah! Someone needs to stop Motorola from shipping new android 1.5 phones! Please! Think of us poor developers.

  • Alberto

    Is the Motorola i1 coming out for Boost Mobile as well

  • I completely agree on what Chuck Falzone had to say. Great article. Keep up the excellent work.

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