Mar 22 AT 10:28 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

Hands on the rugged Android phone meant for dirty jobs

Earlier today Sprint announced the Motorola i1, the first Android phone with the Military Spec 810F. The i1 is a very rugged device that can withstand blowing rain, dust, shock vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, salt fog, humidity and solar radiation. To emphasize the device’s durability, Sprint has hired Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe to be their new spokesman.

SlashGear got to play with the phone at a press dinner and posted their first impressions of the device. New details include the notable omission of Motoblur services. The i1 still has the same look and feel of the Motoblur devices, but it lacks the deep social integration and sync with Blur servers.

It is revealed in the video that the Motorola i1 features a 600 MHz processor, but we don’t know which model. I was under the impression it had the 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201, so it will be interesting to see which chip they went with. The Motorola Devour had a 600 MHz CPU (MSM7627), but that was a mid-range phone and the i1 is expected to be priced lower.

I wish we could give you the full specs of the i1, but Motorola has left them off their official Tech Specs (go figure).

Update: An unofficial source tells us the CPU is a Freescale Zeus 2.0 ARM1136 processor with clock speed up to 500 MHz. We also believe the phone has 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM.

SlashGear also noted the improved build quality by Motorola and said it was better than the Droid. We recently experienced the same thing in our Motorola CLIQ XT review.

Hit up the source link to see Mike Rowe give his impressions of the i1.

Source: SlashGear

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