Review: Sprint Motorola i890 Direct Connet MultiMedia Handset

Posted on 09. Apr, 2010 by in Product Reviews

Normally we cover advanced devices and smartphones as well as other tech news, for a change of pace I decided to take a look at the Motorola i890 from Sprint which features their push-to-talk Nextel Direct Connect service.  It has been awhile since I used a regular “dumb phone”, a flip phone at that. So there was an adjustment and I had to lower my expectations of the device, constantly reminding myself the features weren’t going to be as rich as a smartphone.

Look/Feel: The Motorola i890 measures in at 1.98″ x 3.90″ x 0.66″ and weighs in at 4.20 Ounces.  It is not a bulky phone by any means, it feels comfortable in the palm of your hand.  The finish on the phone is a black, metallic looking finish that gives the phone a business look.  It reminds me of the look that the Motorola Razr2 v9 had.  The buttons are well placed and easy to use, even when not looking directly at them.  Getting my T9 touch back took some work, but I was able to get the hang of it in no time.  The push-to-talk button is located conveniently on the right hand side along with the volume buttons.  One neat feature that took me by surprise for some reason is a button on the top right hand side of the handset.  This button opens the phone for you, just by pressing it, allowing for easy one handed opening of the i890.

Features: I don’t know about you but when I think about a push-to-talk phone I think of a phone that is bulky and does one thing well, and one thing only; act as a long distance walkie talkie.  The i890 does that, and does it very well, but it also boasts a 2.0MP camera, microSD card slot, built in MP3 player, and GPS to name a few.  The camera is, by today’s standards, on the low end of cameras, but it does an adequate job.  More features listed below:

  • Nextel Direct Connect®
  • Group Connect
  • Music capable
  • GPS Navigation enabled
  • Web browsing capable
  • Email capable
  • Camera
  • Bluetooth® Wireless
  • Memory card slot
  • Voice activated dialing
  • Second Line Service

Overall: Overall this phone worked as advertised.  I was able to communicate in a simple and reliable manner with the Direct Connect service.  The communications  Sprint has the phone listed at a reasonable $129.99 (after MIR) right now on their website.  The Motorola i890 is a great phone for someone who needs to stay in touch with their employees yet they don’t want to give up a slim form factor.  I do wish the camera had a higher megapixel than the 2mp currently offered.  If I wasn’t so wrapped up in being connected and doing 12 things at once on a cell phone, I could see myself using the i890 daily.  It is a sturdy, clean looking device that does what is most important thing when it comes to a phone, it just works.

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