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Review: Motorola i1

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Calls

The dialer application can be launched from a dedicated software button on the i1's home screen. The main dialer has a large numeric keypad in the middle, with four tabs along the top and three buttons at the bottom.

The top tabs take you to the dialer, recent calls, frequently called numbers and your speed-dial/favorites list. The default action when you launch the dialer is to search through your contacts. The three buttons on the bottom let you open the contact list, call whatever number is on the screen, or open up the voice dialer.

If you press the dedicated Send key (from pretty much any screen or application), the i1 jumps straight to the call log. I like that the phone app on the home screen and Send key take you to different places in the calling system of the i1. If they both went to the dialer, that would be annoying.

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The Direct Connect tools on the Motorola i1 are pretty much identical to any other PTT phone made by Motorola. Press and hold the PTT button on the right side, and the i1 takes you to the PTT calling menu, with Direct Connect contacts listed first. There is also a tab to see recent PTT sessions. Select a contact or a session, hit the PTT button and you're on your way.

PTT sessions were exactly as I expected. I couldn't find any differences between the i1 and any other stock PTT phone.

 

Contacts

Search is still the best way to sort through a large list of contacts and it is the default action when you open the Contacts application. You can choose to start typing a name and the i1 will automatically begin to search through the contact list and find who you're seeking. Alternately, if you're unpopular and don't have a lot of friends, you can swipe up and down through the contact list. Having the zoom bar on the right side of the contacts list is helpful for jumping from A to Z much faster than flicking up and up and up.

Each individual contact looks and works about the same when compared to other Motorola Android devices, but the i1 adds fields for Direct Connect information. This lets you reach out to your iDEN walkie-talkie buddies faster and perform some of the PTT-specific tasks (such as group PTT sessions) that the i1 offers.

 
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