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Review: Motorola i870

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Dec 21, 2005, 1:54 PM   by Eric Lin

In-depth review of the i870, Motorola's most feature-packed iDEN phone to date.

Many iDen handsets, because they are ruggedized and meant to be abused, are very large. However unlike other phones, the extra size usually does not pack in extra features. The i870 finally packs in many of the features of today's high end handsets in the typical iDen bulk. Nextel and Motorola would like to sell these to executives who have to carry iDen phones but will pay for high-end features. It's more likely that executives will stick to iDen's slim i83x series or the Blackberries. Instead, workers and supervisors who are tired of forgoing the show-off features their friends brag about will be the ones likely to purchase an i870.


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Jan 5, 2006, 1:38 AM

Max Memory

I'm close to forking out the money for this phone except for the memory... The forums asked the same question but no one answered:
is (the rumored) 512mb the biggest card you can put on it?

anyone tried a gig yet?

The 512mb is the largest card available for the handset. This is due to the handset being designed for the micro rather than the mini.

Dec 23, 2005, 2:59 PM

bluetooth = terrible

ok so i work with almost every phone in the industry, and link them to a variety of vehicles on the market today. in my experience, and i dont know why, motorola makes some excellent phones as far as bluetooth connectivity is concerned...but they dropped the ball on the i870.

the phone drops the bluetooth connection, the sound quality is terrible over the lexus system anyway, and overall 100% of my clients have been disappointed with the bluetooth connectivity. to boot, when you make a call from the nav system, the phone takes atleast 10 seconds to actually connect 90% of the time.

that being said, i sincerely hope that motorola releases an update for all of this, or if any of you know any way to make it better, post it on here s...
I should point out that there's a firmware update available at this website address:

http://idenphones.motorola.com/iden/support/software ... »

Click on the R5B.00.04 (Latest version of i870's Firmware) link. Hope this help...
Funny, I have never had any of those problems. My bluetooth headset connects (by connect, I mean the time from opening the boom mic on my HS850 till I can hear something) quickly, with virtually no wait time (about 1 sec....JUST enough to notice it.)...

Dec 27, 2005, 6:21 PM

This phone blows!

I was part of a test study for this phone. it freaking sucks!! Slow, bad signal, big and clumsy, flip swich does not always work. No good!! Bluetooth sucks ass too
Did you ever think that your phone is just a ****ty one? You try using different one?

Mar 16, 2006, 1:36 AM

Bluetooth Compatability With Apple Computers

Hi I recently ordered a Boost Mobile i875. And I might at the the reviews for the 870 on this website are phenominal. But my question is this maybe someone can help me out. I own a G3 iBook, and also a G4 iMac and a G5 Powerbook. I know you are all probably like why in god's name does he have so many but regardless ... I was wondering how the bluetooth works with any of my computers because I have plenty of ringers and wallpapers on my computer I want to put on my new phone once it gets here. And If anyone could help me out in the slightest I would really appreciate it.


Jan 25, 2006, 10:56 AM


Overall I believe review was accurate and am impressed with the stature of the tests the you performed. I would have liked to have heard more about the key differential features but those are more Carrier specific rather than phone specific. I will definitely look for more of your reviews. Thanks

Dec 21, 2005, 5:36 PM

The Vault?

Eric, do you use a local bank for these tests? I've always been curious about that. Great pictures of the handset...very clear and concise. Great review.
muchdrama and other interested parties... my gym here in SF was previously a bank. it's not that unusual a place for gyms here, oddly - they're usually wide open building with high ceilings and a structure solid enough to deal with the pounding of peo...
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