Review: Motorola i886
The i886 can't use the Android Market nor apps made for Android handsets, but it can use the Java-based apps in the GetJar app store. GetJar's catalog of apps isn't lacking, and there are thousands upon thousands of apps in there. The problem is that the GetJar store itself is painfully slow to use. Discoverability is a bit of a mess because it just takes too long to accomplish each and every page load. Downloading apps takes what feels like seasons, and if you manage to get an app to download, installing it takes another eternity. The apps are there, but they're tough to find.
The i886 supports mono and stereo headsets. I was able to use both with no problem. The hissing present during normal voice calls was amplified via Bluetooth, however, making it an ear-straining experience. Music playback sounded decent. The i886 also lets you share photos and such via Bluetooth.
The i886 has a very Android-like clock front and center on the home screen, but it isn't adjustable like the Android clock is. As far as I could tell, it can be changed at all (i.e., set to digital). It can, however, be deleted entirely from the home screen. Just as with Android devices, when the device is first woken up before being unlocked, the unlock screen shows the time in a nice, large digital format near the bottom of the display.
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