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Needed a rough and tumble phone and I don't care for frills. I carry this phone in my pocket and it gets lots of bumps. I can drop it, knock it around, whatever. No problem.Less
Not as rugged as it looks.
Pro: Lots of features, easy to use. Con: Poor quality and construction. I'm a country gal so I always like to buy things rugged, but I didn't have this phone 4 months before something went seriously wrong. The outside display stopped working, and to replace the chip was going to cost me 80 dollars and two weeks while they fixed my phone. Since I used the phone for work, I figured I could go without the outside screen, until 2 months later when the inside screen started acting up. The date and time would be upside down, or backwards, then sometimes when I flipped open the phone it would show a completely white screen. Made answering calls tricky, I ended up missing important calls and answering non-important calls during busy times at work. Finally the center key pad broke and I gave up the phone for something new. I sadly did not purchase the protection plan, and if you get this phone I highly suggest you do so. I didn't because this was my first upgrade from my i50, which I had for about 4 years. Now THAT was a great phone, green screen and all, wish I had kept it. I had too much faith in Nextel when I purchase the i580, the quality of their phones has seriously gone down over the years.Less
A Worker's Phone
Pro: Extrmley durable, able to withstand many different elements. Easy interface to use. Con: Poor texting ability. Bad camera. Lack of features. Outdated. Using experience: 2 years While this phone has done its job well for me over the years, it cannot compete in today's market. With phones like the iPhone and Storm, the qualities of the i580 are dwarfed. And when other phones can withstand being dropped multiple times without being rugged, it gets cast under the wind. Obviously, the phone still has its good parts. It is extremelly durabel. Over two years, I have smashed my phone under bricks, dropped it, ran it under water, sent it through the wash, and had a "football" catch on concrete. None of these slowed this phone down. Recently, the front screen died, but that was most likely due to a battery issue or something along those lines. The phone also has an easy interface. The menu is clear and easy to use, and overall there is not much wrong with that. Also, this thing is like a flashlight, and I have used it to illuminate some of the darkest spaces around But texting and other things show this phone its flaws. It can be near impossible to text when the phone starts to decide what you are going to say next. The camera is garbage, and I have never gotten a clear shot in my life. Standard feautres on many phones today are almost not usable on this phone. I highly recomend it for existing Nextel users who are on a job site. It is durable and can withstand hits and falls. The push to talk, or "bleep" as I call it works fine, and one of the best ways to get a hold of someone quicly. But to switch to this phone for its pizazz is stupid. Its a tough phone thats pretty easy to use.Less
No complaints here
I have had this phone since it came out and I love it, It has gone through everything with me and just keeps on going. It has even been accidently run over (truck) and although the screen did crack, which is kinda expected. It still worked and I could make and receive calls, while I waited for my new one to arrive. Highly recommended if you have the issues I have of dropping stuff and or traveling alot and needing a secure means of contact no matter what....Less
Serious business phone that can have a bit of fun
The i580 replaced my i530 which gave me three good years of service in spite of being splashed with water and whipped against a few walls and on one ocassion dropped kicked. My anger management issues aside, the i580 appears to be a worthy successor, and just as tough. Shortly after I bought it - I lost it downtown - and for one month it made the rounds through various hands until someone was dumb enough to walk into a Telus dealer to try and activate my lost/stolen phone. Even with the SIMcard gone, the dealer traced it to me. That's how I got it back, none the worse for wear and just as good as new. As I alluded to earlier, this phone does not sit in a purse or on a car seat. It sees some pretty rough use and the ruggedized exterior does its job protecting the phone from impact and water damage. Cosmetically, the case is more resilient to signs of usage as well, unlike the old i530 that would show scratches. Operationally, it takes a while to learn to use. That's because it does so much. I've already seen some reviews by frustrated people who just wouldn't take the time to read the manual and get on the learning curve. After nearly six months of ownership I'm still finding little features I didn't know about, and only now taking advantage of the built in MP3 player, which lets me listen to 400-500 of my favorite songs on a slow loading 1gig microSD card. It's no iPod but the MP3 player is an 'extra' - not the main purpose of the phone. The built in 1.3mp camera again is a nice bonus. Pics can be sent within a Mike call, or via MMS message. Very handy if you don't like carrying a digital camera around with you everywhere you go. Battery life in regular usage is 2-3 days. I remember in the '90s a cell phone would last a week but remember they are so much smaller and lighter these days, and that means no room for an 1100mAH battery! Bottom line, if I needed another phone, I'd get this same model. Highly recommended if quality and funtionality is higher on your list than cute shells and fashion show phones.Less
So good, bought a second one
I chose the phone initially because of the ruggedness. A year later, my wife chose the same one when she got her service.Less
the i580 is a RIP OFF!
I purchased the i580 two weeks ago. A couple of days ago the keyboard suddenly froze up. I took it in for repairs. I have also purchased repair insurance. After an hour the rep brings the phone back out to me and claims that they can't repair it because it has "moisture damage". The phone has never has so much as a single drop of water on it. The rep claims that it can get moisture damage from rainy weather or just condensation in the air. In any case the mother board has corrosion on it and that means it has moisture damage, so they won’t do a thing for me. WHAT??????????????? So it turns out that the "RUGGED" i580 can't even handle moisture in the air. What a piece of CRAP! I am out $430 and have no recourse, because I have to buy what they are telling me. BULL CRAP! I am not done fighting this. TO ALL THOSE CONSIDERING BUYING THIS PHONE, BEWARE AND READ THE FINE PRINT!!!Less
i580 is the best
This phone has all the features you could want and the rubberized exterior means it won't break when it's dropped. The reception is clear and the camera works like any 1.3 megapixel camera. I recommend.Less
I do not like this phone at all Sure it is rugged and fits OK into my hand but I don't like the user interface - I should need to Study the Freaking manual to try and edit a contact phone number To many cute options like having pictures asscociated with contacts What I really want is a Freaking alarm clock I can buy a $25 Nokia phone with prepais service and get an alarm clock why the F#$#% can't moterola inculde it on any of thire Mike phones !! Other complaints such as not being able to return a call directly from voice mail and not determining if a number is long distance or local may be the fault of Telus - the carrier ot the phone - I really don't care I am stuck with this thing for a year and then I toss it an Telus MobilityLess
DON NOT BUY for MP3 use
The phone is OK and seems HD, but the outside screen stopped working after 4 months. Warranty is no good becasue they charge you $55 to replace. DO NOT BUY if you want MP3 use. will only play in MONO, not stereo. Motorola and Nextel cannot provide a headset or adapter that makes it work.Less
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