Motorola i830

Available at: Mike (Telus)

6/10 AVG.
RATING
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Reviews summary

6/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 67 reviews

A flip-phone notable for its small size, unusual metallic finish and advanced traveling features. These include A-GPS visual and audible driving directions system, a voice recorder that captures memos and phone conversations for playback later, and International Direct Connect, which provides near-instantaneous digital walkie-talkie connections between users in the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Peru as well as between users in the United States and Canada (Mexico should be added sometime during the Summer of 2004).

The i830's gadget-like appearance fits its high-tech personality. Many recent designs try to appear expensive and sophisticated by mixing low-contrast silvers and greys; the effect usually fails and they end up looking like cheap plastic. Motorola's designers took a different route, choosing to mimic the style of notebook computers by mixing metallic finishes with black plastic. The handset comes in a choice of two color schemes: silver with contrasting black edges, antenna and accents, or bronze with black, which is strikingly different from any other phone on the market -- you will either love it or hate it. The unit is exceptionally small when folded, and the external display, situated near the bottom of the face and surrounded by more black plastic, only reinforces the notebook look.

Advanced features and mini-gadget appearance aside, the Motorola i830 is a run-of-the-mill cellphone and organizer with minimal Web browsing capability and all the usual extras. The 65,000-color screen is easy to read, but this is nothing outstanding for a phone in the US$300 range. The contact book can hold 600 entries -- which is higher than many, less than a few, and probably more than anyone needs -- and the datebook and calendar are adequate, but can't sync with your desktop or PDA software. The provision of GPS sets this phone above many current rivals, and the Profiles feature, which allows the user to adjust a host of settings with a few touches of a button, is a useful addition.

Who will benefit most from owing a Motorola i830? Road warriors who rely on calling more than e-mail, and cross borders routinely. Person-to-person calling and GPS assisted-travel are exceptionally well-supported by this phone. If you can't do your job without e-mail, then a BlackBerry is a better bet. Private individuals who rely on their cellphone for personal use rather than business can probably find another model that does their favorite things better or cheaper. The one exception to this last statement concerns size: if you love or really need a tiny phone, the i830's price might not be too steep.

Specs summary

Screen
No

The Motorola i830's screen resolution is 130 x 130 pixels.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
No

Internal memory is Unknown. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are: 2.5 days standby time, 170 minutes talk time.

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Reviews summary

6/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 67 reviews

A flip-phone notable for its small size, unusual metallic finish and advanced traveling features. These include A-GPS visual and audible driving directions system, a voice recorder that captures memos and phone conversations for playback later, and International Direct Connect, which provides near-instantaneous digital walkie-talkie connections between users in the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Peru as well as between users in the United States and Canada (Mexico should be added sometime during the Summer of 2004).

The i830's gadget-like appearance fits its high-tech personality. Many recent designs try to appear expensive and sophisticated by mixing low-contrast silvers and greys; the effect usually fails and they end up looking like cheap plastic. Motorola's designers took a different route, choosing to mimic the style of notebook computers by mixing metallic finishes with black plastic. The handset comes in a choice of two color schemes: silver with contrasting black edges, antenna and accents, or bronze with black, which is strikingly different from any other phone on the market -- you will either love it or hate it. The unit is exceptionally small when folded, and the external display, situated near the bottom of the face and surrounded by more black plastic, only reinforces the notebook look.

Advanced features and mini-gadget appearance aside, the Motorola i830 is a run-of-the-mill cellphone and organizer with minimal Web browsing capability and all the usual extras. The 65,000-color screen is easy to read, but this is nothing outstanding for a phone in the US$300 range. The contact book can hold 600 entries -- which is higher than many, less than a few, and probably more than anyone needs -- and the datebook and calendar are adequate, but can't sync with your desktop or PDA software. The provision of GPS sets this phone above many current rivals, and the Profiles feature, which allows the user to adjust a host of settings with a few touches of a button, is a useful addition.

Who will benefit most from owing a Motorola i830? Road warriors who rely on calling more than e-mail, and cross borders routinely. Person-to-person calling and GPS assisted-travel are exceptionally well-supported by this phone. If you can't do your job without e-mail, then a BlackBerry is a better bet. Private individuals who rely on their cellphone for personal use rather than business can probably find another model that does their favorite things better or cheaper. The one exception to this last statement concerns size: if you love or really need a tiny phone, the i830's price might not be too steep.

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Stay away from this phone, and for that matter NEXTEL!!!!!

from Amazon (over 7 years ago)

This phone as well as other nextel phones are the worst I have had in a long time; and I have had quite a few phones ... Besides the fact that they are the most "technologically challenged" phones (no sms ! for f*** sake !!!!), they have many stability and battery problems; and yeah .. they... More

  2/10

Garbage

from Amazon (over 7 years ago)

My daughter has owned almost every phone Nextel has made and this was by far the worse. It was broken more often than not. Thank God I purchased the additional insurance on it or I would have gone into bankruptcy just trying to keep it working. She finally sent it to the cell phone cemetery where it... More

  2/10

Garbage

from Amazon (over 7 years ago)

My daughter has owned almost every phone Nextel has made and this was by far the worse. It was broken more often than not. Thank God I purchased the additional insurance on it or I would have gone into bankruptcy just trying to keep it working. She finally sent it to the cell phone cemetery where it... More

  2/10

The Small Phone Choice for Nextel Customers

from Amazon (over 8 years ago)

I'm surprised by all the bad reviews and that is why I am bothering to write one. I have had this phone for 2 years and purchased the same phone for my mother and sister. Since we are on the Nextel plan for business we were somewhat limited and picked this one because of it's size. I will... More

  8/10

super crap

(over 8 years ago)

I brought it in for service 3 times in 3 months. The speakers kept blowing. Not worth looking at. It is a super piece of crap!!!!

  4/10

Bad battery life

from Amazon (over 8 years ago)

My wife has had this phone for about two years. Loved it at first but soon after she began charging it more and more frequently. Right now she is charging it 2-3 times per day and she doesn't use it often. Her favorite aspect of the phone is its size.

  2/10

It's Not the Service, It's the Phone

from Amazon (over 8 years ago)

I owned this phone for a whopping 10 days before I got fed up and traded it in for the i860. It's a cute phone -- I loved the bronze color and the lightweight feel -- but for God's sake, if I wanted to take a week to get a text message through, I'd write a letter. I really don't... More

  2/10

Phone has lots of problems

from Amazon (over 8 years ago)

Have had this phone for a year, the screen to the earpiece fell out. This happened to a co-worker too but Nextel would not fix it without a hefty price. The battery won't keep a charge after a year either. The size and design is good but the problems need to be fixed.

  4/10

Don't go buy it!

from Amazon (over 8 years ago)

I paid $150 extra plus tax to get a cool looking phone and it was not worth it. I went to the Nextel Support Center near my work to check if there was anything they could do -- nope -- the guy showed me a wall with the discontinued phones and this was the first one displayed. He said that was probably... More

  2/10

way acceptable

(over 8 years ago)

I am not suffering any of the anomalies other reviewers have endured. Reception very good, better than my i60 which I traded in. The color screen is sharp, the logic of the software is great and the speaker is excellent where sharpness is concerned. Thumb opening is hard but I have small hands with... More

  8/10

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