The tough looking device geared with solid slick black body construction that meets tough military specs for protection against extreme conditions, including heavy dust, shock, vibration, and blowing rain. According to Fared Adib, Sprint vice president, the i1 will ship on July 25th at a $150 price point (after rebate).
“Motorola i1 is the only Android device to [provide] Nextel Direct Connect as well as the latest smartphone features and the ability to withstand some of the harshest environments,” Adib said and he added: “[The device] also offers a [number of] business and entertainment apps, [such as] Scan2PDF Mobile 2.0, Unit Converter, ConvertPad, RealCalc Scientific Calculator, Facebook and Twitter.”
Motorola i1 will features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Swype, Opera Mini 5, and Touiteur pre-installed apps, including Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR, a 600 MHz processor, as well as 3.1″ super clear screen, Push-to-talk, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.
Although the i1 is powered with Android 1.5, Nate Kimmey of Android Police cited that the last-gen OS won’t matter much to the phone’s target market.
“Clearly, the fact that it is running Android 1.5 is a huge downside…But its push-to-talk capabilities and extreme durability are the main features here, with moderate processor and great camera (not even the Samsung Vibrant, T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S, has LED flash) being bonuses. [So], if you’re the kind of person who isn’t exactly careful with their phone, or needs it to be usable in extreme conditions, you’re in luck.”