Motorola Admiral

9.0
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Reviewed by chirp_84 (Currently owns)

I was disappointed by David's formal review. He didn't seem to understand that us Nextel users require direct connect. It is sad that this device is being compared to an iPhone, GSII, or Razr. It isn't meant to compete with those flagship devices - noteably the reviewers think it is THAT capable, which is saying something. David did provide some vanilla details. I wish he would have used it for a couple weeks before writing an article about it.

Let's compare apples to apples. I owned an i580, i1, & i686. Because being able to chirp is a mandatory feature in a phone to me. There are many others out there just like me. Sprint is cancelling the Nextel service. That doesn't mean no more chirping, that means no more iDEN network. I hope all future direct connect phones are as good as the Admiral. There is no other chirping phone with a 5 MP camera. There is no other chirping phone with Android 2.3. Unfortunately there is another chirping phone with a 3.1" display - the i1, which sucks. And there is no other standard phone anywhere that gives you 1860 mAh in the battery. I think David owes us a better review.

The Admiral had some chirping issues in the first few weeks but a software maintenance release update hit my phone and now I couldn't be more pleased. It is just crazy to me that I can still chirp as reliably as my i686 but now have 3G speeds and all the features of a true smartphone. Not that i1 crap Motorola was calling a smartphone a couple years ago with Android 1.5 on it.

I posted another review on Sprint's website under the same pseudonym that I didn't want to repeat here, but I hope it helps.

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  • Design 9
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  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 9
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 10
  • Ecosystem 9
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