Mar 22 AT 10:28 PM Taylor Wimberly 7 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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  • http://Website WootRoot

    Id feel like a fool if i was representing a major company, holding a brand new phone, and then had to say it comes preloaded with a version of the operating system that came out last year and has been surpassed by several newer releases.

    On a positive note, looks like a decently rugged phone, though i wouldnt go with a open faced phone if I needed something rugged, but thats me.

    • JeffersonFreely

      I totally agree with you on that. When I heard that boost mobile would be getting an Android phone, I was excited because I may be needing to get my own phone plan soon. But to find out that this is Android 1.5?! This is absolutely ridiculous. I feel sorry for anyone who has this phone, or any current phone on Sprint. As I understand it, all of the Android phones are 1.5

  • http://Website Hans

    Looks like a good phone that could take a beating. With what it has now, I don’t see the need for it to have 1.6+. If you want a phone that’s mostly for the casual people/geeks, get the Droid or Nexus One. For those who have physically demanding jobs, this phone seems perfect.

    • jakejardashian

      There is absolutely no validity in assuming someone with a physically demanding job wouldn’t want the latest version of the Android OS. Android 1.6+ is not just for nerds. Just because the phone is rugged and can take a beating doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have an up to date version of the OS, rendering it useless with certain applications and features that later versions bring with them.

      • http://Website Randy

        I think Motorola’s mindset here is that this phone will be strictly bought and handed out by companies to employees who work physically demanding jobs. Because of that apps will not be as important as much as calling, PTT, texting, and possibly camera use. A phone that is on a corporate account and used strictly for company use will probably not have that many 3rd party apps loaded to it and used as much as your personal cell phone would.

        I don’t see many people who are buying their phone’s themselves purchasing this and using it on a personal basis. You would likely buy a phone such as the Nexus or Droid X or Droid X2, etc.

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