Pros It is prepaid, Boost Mobile is unlimited use for $50.00 a month. As far as I'm concerned that beats a two year contract with data plan that runs over $100.00 a month. It is very tough phone with a tough screen. And of course it is an Android.
Cons Even though it was released with Android version 1.5 that was not a deal breaker. Motorola released the Backflip with 1.5 and now have a 2.1 update available so it is likely that will eventually be made availble for the Motorola i1.
Summary Overall I am very happy with this phone, it is a tough phone with a tough screen and it is easy to use, though a slide out keyboard would have been nice I can live without it. As far as I'm concerned it is the best prepaid smart phone available, and as far as I know it is the only prepaid Android phone. After being locked into 2 year contracts that cost more than double what this costs per month I am never going back to a contract again. The iden network is slow and is not really made for heavy data use, but the phone has full functioning WiFi and while connected via WiFi it is as fast as my internet tablet. It only comes wiith the Opera 5 web browser but it is a pretty good browser overall. However to view Youtube or streaming video you need to download the apps from the Android Market Place, you can also upgrade to a better media player which is nice. There are already a lot of accessories and cases available at Amazon. It has bluetooth so you can connect your existing bluetooth devices. To load your pics, movies and music to the SD card is simple, your pics, wallpaper and movies go under dsim folder and you create a music folder and just drag and drop into the folders. It has landscape and portrait modes like most android devices. And even though it may only have Android1.5 there are still tons of apps available for it including themes to make it look more like a newer version of Android if you like. It will take up to a 32GB SD Card. It is very easy to customize though I have not seen that anyone has "rooted" the phone yet it is still not a problem because it does not come with the motoblur so it is more like a true android device and easier to customize. The keyboard is small in portrait mode but flip it on its side for landscape mode and it is larger and easier to use. The Camera and video player may not be top of the line but it is 5 megapixel and the pics do look pretty good especially for a prepaid phone. Though you have to pay the full cost of the phone up front, the monthly cost is half that of a contract phone so in the long run it is cheaper. With more and more people moving to pre-paid phones I am hoping that this is the beginning of a trend to bring better smartphones to the prepaid market, plus you wont have an early termination fee for breaking a contract if you decide to get a newer and better phone available from another prepaid provider.
Pros Android Market - gives access to a bunch of apps.
The look of the phone - sleek & smooth.
Keypad lock - The iphone like slide unlock bar.
Cons Running Android 1.5 [WACK] Most the time, the apps are crashing [CANTupdate]
Iden Newtork -Nextel [WACK] Should Be using CDMA Network
5MP Cam doesnt take 5MP Quality pix [More like 2MP]
Stuck using only 1 browser [wack]
CANT PLAY YOUTUBE VIDEOS [***]
Summary How do you expect to compete or stay a prepaid giant when you drop a touch screen phone in 2010 with like 4yr features. Its a big deal since its prepaid. No! This is not a new company, this is not a broke company. If I'm going to spend $400 on a phone, it better blow my socks off. Been with boost since 2002. Back then the chirp thing/ direct connect, blew socks off. This was there time to shine, and they blew it. I thought they were coming up when they dropped the blackberry curve. I had that. I was like okay. Now we doing something. [The Blackberry runs of the CDMA Network, why would you try to run a touch screen with multi features on a slower network like IDEN. Makes no since] Don't tell me the chirp/direct connect is the reason for that. If so, that that crap off. Come on Now! Blackberry didn't have a chirp. I could use these whole 5000 characters talking mess, but I'm just gone list more of the cons.
[While on the phone] If you do switch to another app and come back to the phone call. You will not be able to push any buttons. You can push em, but nothing will happen. Example: I called my voice mail. Switched apps and came back to the call. The automated system was telling me to push 1, 2, or 3. I pushed 1,2,3 more then once but the automated system washing taking it. It's touch screen, it's not like I'm pushing it to soft. I even did a hard push and nothing.
[Youtube] How could you not play youtube. That's like saying happy birthday with no cake. [Extremely up set with that little move]
[camera] How could your 5MP Cam take crappy pictures like that. I mean it looks like. HD on the phone before you snap the shot. Then after it like *** Happen.
There's countless number of glitches. That's some what expected. But there's to much on the phone.
[Wifi] If you don't have wifi, downloading apps will take forever to complete.
[Android] Although this is my first experience with the Android Market. Why were we giving the 1.5v when i see there is a 2.1v out heading into v2.2.
[Updates] I hope we get them, and soon. This phone could be such a high lite for boost.
Pros motorolas contempt for its consumers shines through once again with this gem. a obsolete android OS (1.5, were onto 2.3 now) from 06 that wont run many android apps, a boot time longer than my computer, and a network so slow i cant stream anything
Cons almost everything. motorola is the pure fail of this equation. stop the planned obsolocense motorola, we hate you for it, give me updates or an easy restore so we can root em ourselves. stop ignoring your users, well get alternative 1 day...
Summary Motorola refuses to update the OS, wont comment on it. its scummy to lock us out of the open source android OS, and then refuse to maintain the OS yourselves. if your not going to do it let us, but dont lock it down so im stuck with your crap software after shelling out 400 dollars. first off, i already hate your company because ur always scumbags. i only bought this thing because its the ONLY prepay android. doesnt that scare you? i only bought ur product because i had no choice and now im out bashing you? go ask blockbuster how that business startegy worked out for the lol. soon iphone will be out on verizon, and no1 will buy ur awful phones, and i will tapdance on another pre-droid sales slump. you only survived the last one because U WERE THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO IPHONE. that wont happen again. hah. go bankrupt or give me my update to 1.6 at least (were on 2.3 dont forget), hopefully both.
Pros Feel of the phone
Cons IDEN network. Have to go outside to make calls. No turn by turn navigation, due to OS 1.5. Screen is small at 3.1", so I have to go into landscape mode to type. Service was so bad I exchanged first phone figuring it must have been defective.
Summary The problem is the network and the old operating system Must say the Boost customer service has been polite and responsive, just nothing they can do.
Pros Phone looks decent
Cons Slow data. Poor battery life.
Summary There is clicking noise during calls if data dowloads are occuring at the same time. Data is very slow. Browser is outdated and slows down the pages further. Poor battery life. I imagined something close to an I phone for the money I paid but silly to think that Motorola can do it.