Motorola launches the first rugged push-to-talk Android phone
Today, Motorola and regional US carrier SouthernLINC Wireless announced the launch of the iDEN-compatible i1, the first Android device to support the wireless protocol with Push-to-Talk walkie-talkie communications.
The i1, which is believed to have been called the "Opus One" internally, has been rumored since late last year.
The device has a 3.1" (320x480) HVGA touchscreen, runs Android 1.5, and has a 5 megapixel flash camera with 4x digital zoom.
In keeping with Motorola's recent trend of releasing unique Android devices, the i1 pulls off a lot of firsts. It is the first push-to-talk Android device, plus it's the first "rugged" Android phone with a military spec chassis -- which is dust- and shockproof and water resistant. Furthermore, even the software built-in with the i1 is unique, as it launches with both Swype, the alternative method of text entry, and Opera Mini, the popular alternative mobile browser.
Talk and Standby Time - Up to 4 days standby; Up to 210 min talk time
Bands/Modes - 800 / 900 (i) 2400 (w)
Weight - 131.26 grams, 4.63 oz.
Dimensions - 58 mm length x 118 mm depth x 12.8 mm
OS - Android 1.5
Battery - 1400mAh
Connectivity - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth2 2.0 micro USB; Over the Air Sync, 2.5 mm headset jack
Display - 3.1" display 320x480 HVGA 265k TFT
Messaging/E-mail - MMS, SMS, corporate, Gmail IMAP, POP3, attachment and document viewer
Audio - Adobe Flash, MP3, WAV, WMA, WMV, MIDI, MP4
Video - H.263, H.264, WMV
Camera - 5MP, auto-focus, LED flash, 4X digital zoom
Browser - Opera Mini 5 Browser, Android WebKit w/Adobe Flash Lite
Memory - Removable 2 GB memory card included, up to 32 GB supported