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Review: Motorola i1

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The i1 has the stock Android browser. I am pleased enough with the Android browser. It does a great job with most web sites, and has useful tools that help manage multiple open tabs, bookmarks, and more advanced settings for power users. With Wi-Fi on, it works just fine. It browses beautifully. If there's no Wi-Fi, well, that's a whole different story.

iDEN was just not meant for modern data use. There's no plainer way to state it. Browsing speeds are excruciatingly slow. When out and about (which is when I use my phone the most), the i1 is great at making voice calls and PTT calls, but it ain't so great at browsing the web. Sites just take forever to load. Thirty seconds is the fastest I was able to get a site to load, with most taking closer to two minutes.

The i1 also has Opera Mini on board. Opera Mini isn't as good a browser, in my opinion, but it is definitely faster to use via iDEN. Rather than taking 30 seconds for sites to load, it's more like 15 seconds. It's still a lot slower than most any real 3G phone.

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Apps such as Facebook and Twitter, which are dodgy enough on some smartphones, were almost useless. Updating feeds was a nightmare at times.



The i1 is as customizable as pretty much any other Android device. The only real limitation is that there are three home screens rather than five or seven to make use of for apps, shortcuts, widgets and so on. However, those screens can be populated with whatever you want. Ringers, alerts, pictures IDs, all that stuff is old hat.


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