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Motorola i9 review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Motorola i9 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola i9 is a thin, flashy flip that continues the tradition of the original Razr. The Motorola i9 promises to be yet another firm and durable phone with quality build materials, complemented with a rich feature set. A perfect choice for people looking for a balanced blend of fashion, convenience and genuine functionality.

In addition to an impressive 3.1MP camera (including a fine array of camera and video functions), the i9 will also have assisted GPS capabilities and Bluetooth.

While further details have yet to be officially posted, the Motorola i9 promises to deliver on features and fashion-flip savvy. If you are one of the many cell phone customers who want a powerful phone but don’t want to cross over into the actual smartphone mix, the Motorola i9 is a quality alternative that will be more than capable of assisting you in your daily tasks.

Leaked photos reveal a wonderful external color display that provides the time, date, signal and battery strength, while the internal, main display offers rich color and detail…and very easy on the eyes.

Add a comfortable and familiar alpha-numeric keypad, a user-friendly volume rocker key on the spine, a polished steel exterior and you have a wonderful device that follows proven build paths and ups the ante with a modern set of features that will enhance anyone’s day.

If you are a flip fan, take a serious look at the Motorola i9.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The i9 confuses me. It does some things, such as calling and PTT, extremely well. The limitations of the iDEN network, however, are very clear. The camera may have a good user interface, but the pictures are sub-par. The music player may work really well, but without a headset jack of any kind, it'...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Motorola released the i9 on December 15, 2008.


The i9 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola i9 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola i9 user manual here.


Motorola backs up the i9 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your i9 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.2"

The Motorola i9's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
45 MB

Internal memory is 45 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
930mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 930 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 3.5 days standby time.

Motorola i9 Specs

Overview
Release date December 15, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
iDEN
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 45 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.44 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 930 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 3.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Dark Gray, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 5.4 x 1.5 cm (4.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 133 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Stature

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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

Beauty is only skin deep

from Phone Scoop

The i9 confuses me. It does some things, such as calling and PTT, extremely well. The limitations of the iDEN network, however, are very clear.

The camera may have a good user interface, but the pictures are sub-par. The music player may work really well, but without a headset jack o...More

The i9 confuses me. It does some things, such as calling and PTT, extremely well. The limitations of the iDEN network, however, are very clear.

The camera may have a good user interface, but the pictures are sub-par. The music player may work really well, but without a headset jack of any kind, it's rather wasted on this device. The SMS/MMS features work as well as on any other phone, but there's no IM support and the email application is extremely limited. These issues may not bother everyone, but they bother me.

At its core, the i9 succeeds at being a rock-solid communications device that improves stylistically over other iDEN phones from Motorola. It may be better looking than the typical iDEN chunker, but in this case, beauty is only skin deep.

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User Reviews


it isn't as great as one would think.

I went throught 2 of them (thanks to a warrenty). the first one i had lasted a less than a week before something happened to it. Using a warrenty i got another one that lasted 6 months before the screen stopped working. The first one i had the entire phone went bad and i don't know why or how, but it j...More
I went throught 2 of them (thanks to a warrenty). the first one i had lasted a less than a week before something happened to it. Using a warrenty i got another one that lasted 6 months before the screen stopped working. The first one i had the entire phone went bad and i don't know why or how, but it just randomly stopped working. The second one wasn't as bad but the buttons (numbers and arrows) and the chirp button quit working after like 2-3 months of having it. other than that i did like my phone. i love the camra is amazing. the mp3 olayer is amazing. and that's about it. Less

Information update

I have i9 stature & yes you can download music from your computer & ringtones.. What you have to do is load all the songs you want on a mico SD card under Audio.. Then you choose the song you want & simple copy from card to phone then it will be an option to assign then assign it wherever.... :)
Phonedog

I9 OK

from Phonedog
Pro: Easy to use! Sleek and simple!!! Has mp3 player. Con: Can only download ringtones or music from boostmobile. Can not load ringtones from computer to phone. Picture image poor have to be closer than close for pic to be clear. Can only use USB from boost Using experience: 60 days The specs on this phone are misleading.
Pro: Easy to use! Sleek and simple!!! Has mp3 player. Con: Can only download ringtones or music from boostmobile. Can not load ringtones from computer to phone. Picture image poor have to be closer than close for pic to be clear. Can only use USB from boost Using experience: 60 days The specs on this phone are misleading. Less

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