The iDEN-compatible Motorola Titanium is like a needle in a haystack as the only real smartphone of its kind that’s available from Sprint. Motorola knows how to make good products, for sure, but for some reason the Titanium simply fails to meet expectations on almost every single relevant point of concern. Things actually start out fine on paper, with specs like a 5MP camera, QVGA screen, and full QWERTY keyboard. However, it starts to fall apart for the Titanium upon closer inspection, where one won’t be able to help but wonder, what exactly were Sprint and Motorola thinking?
This phone is an Android-powered smartphone for Sprint Nextel iDEN subscribers. Don’t let that fool you, though. Its default operating system is Android 2.1 Eclair, a version of Android that’s so old that it was released during the previous decade. To make matters worse, it runs on a 504 MHz ARM Freescale processor with only 256MB RAM. So even with outdated software, it's terribly slow. Even feature phones (good ol' cell phones) are better in terms of processor and the amount of user-available memory. Interesting hardware features are present, but are few and far between.
The combination of the 3.1-inch touchscreen display and full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to navigate the menus and input characters whenever necessary. And there’s a well-rounded set of wireless features with Bluetooth, GPS, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. The sad thing is that even for those who would not consider themselves to be power users, this model is likely just too slow and too underpowered.
If you need a smartphone that's iDEN-compatible for direct connect messaging (walkie-talkie), this might be your only option. And you'll only have Sprint and Motorola to blame.
Need to Know: Motorola Titanium
1. Well-rounded set of wireless features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS. (The Good)
2. Works well with the Sprint Nextel iDEN network. (The Good)
3. Default software is seriously outdated. (The Bad)
4. Onboard processor and RAM combo offers sluggish performance. (The Bad)
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