That’s right, if you head over to Best Buy’s site, you can find the product page for the Motorola i1, the first Android iDEN handset to hit the market. I’d imagine you’d have to be pretty crazy for the push-to-talk capabilities that the phone offers though, because you’ll have to pay $349.99 to pick one up once it hits Best Buy’s shelf. On second thought, you’d have to be crazy in general to want to pay $350 for a mid-range Android handset – you can nearly buy 2 EVO 4G’s for that price.
The price is so high because this phone is being sold without any carrier subsides, as Boost is a pre-paid carrier and as such doesn’t offer a discount on phones. In return, however, you also don’t get locked into a contract and they don’t require a credit check. So, if that’s your thing, and you’re dying for Android love on Boost, it’s not a bad option.
The features on the phone aren’t awful…they’re just not great. I noticed that it seems they’re recommending Opera Mini 5 instead of the default browser, which is kind of interesting. Along with that, you’ll also get:
- Built-In Wi-Fi
For connection to the Internet. Stereo Bluetooth-compatible for hands-free conversation on a Bluetooth-enabled device.
- Opera Mini 5 Web browser and Android operating system
Allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
- 3.1" HVGA touch-screen display
For clear viewing of your text massages, photos and videos.
- Store contacts, number photos and more
With the microSD memory card slot (2GB microSD card included). Supports up to 16GB microSD cards.
- Built-in 5.0MP camera with autofocus, flash and zoom
For taking still photos and short videos.
- SWYPE technology
For blazing-fast messaging.
- Nationwide Walkie-Talkie
Offers flexible communication.
- Multimedia, instant messaging and text messaging
Let you easily communicate with friends and family. Supports Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo! and more.
- Customizable ringtones
Allow you to personalize the sound of your phone.
- Vibrate mode
Notifies you discreetly of incoming calls and messages.
- Voice activation
For hands-free dialing.
- Speed dial
Lets you call frequently used numbers with the touch of a button.
- Additional features
Include built-in Google Talk, photo and video sharing and more.
- Downloadable content
Includes graphics and games to add creative touches to your phone.
- Up to 210 minutes talk time and up to 100 hours standby
With included rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
So, what do you think? Does the i1 look worth the $350 to you?
Source: Best Buy
Via: Mobile Crunch