Motorola i1 – Boost Mobile Android smartphone
Motorola i1 is a first Android phone for Boost Mobile, and first smartphone to run on Nextel’s iDEN network. Even if it is not one of the best Android phones, it is still unexpected when this kind of more advanced smartphone, richer with features and functionality is added to prepaid lineup.
Few setbacks are present with Boost Mobile’s Motorola i1. First but not without a hope is that the phone is equipped with Android 1.5 operating system but Motorola released the Backflip with 1.5 and now have a 2.1 update available. Hopefully, update for Motorola i1 can be expected. Second, the phone’s design is rather tough. It is dressed in a rubber and hard plastic but if you think about it, being resistant to almost anything, except water, than it’s not such a bad thing. What makes it more attractive is a large 3.1-inch HVGA touch screen with the capacitive glass display that responds quickly.
The third setback is the price of the Motorola i1, which is $349.99. For no contract phone, that goes with $50 monthly plan with unlimited voice, text and data, with the possibility of adding the Shrinkage plan, that will lower your monthly bill $5 every six on-time payments up to 18 months maximum and your bill as low as $45 a month, this is more than a good deal. When on contract, for this kind of phone and service, it would cost more than a double than what this costs per month. So, it looks as these downfalls are not really what they sound like.
Since Motorola i1 is an Android smartphone, you will have apps for Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps and YouTube. Also, you will be able to sync e-mails for POP, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange accounts and other. The Android Market and the Amazon MP3 Store are available for downloading apps as well as Swype for tracing words instead of typing them. Opera Mini 5 is available as an alternative to Android’s WebKit browser. The reason for that might be that the iden network is slower and not made for heavy data use, but Opera is much better in handling slower speeds. On the other hand, another alternative is boost i1 being WiFi enabled so while connected on it, data transferring is fast.
A 5-megapixel camera with video is something that Boost Mobile’s Motorola i1 is also equipped with. However, it could be producing much better quality pictures. Walkie-talkie feature, the push-to-talk functionality, GPS, Bluetooth and a 2 GB microSD card with supporting up to 32 GB are adding to its functionality and performance. So, conclusion could be that Motorola i1 is pretty satisfying considering it is prepaid, no contract and it is cheaper in the long run.