Motorola Admiral [Sprint] review by Breon

A couple of weeks ago, I received a Motorola Admiral for Sprint.  While I’m typically not a QWERTY keyboard fan –certainly not a candy bar QWERTY phone– I am pleasantly surprised with this device.  It has a good form factor and ready for the rugged lifestyle.

The Admiral sports a 1.2 GHz processor and has 4 GB of on-board storage (about 1.3 GB available to the user).  It has Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) installed and according to Motorola’s site, the device meets “Mil-Spec 810G for shock, dust, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation and extreme temperatures.”  That’s impressive.  Speaking of impressive, the Admiral has a 1860 mAh battery and claims 9 hours of talk time.  See the entire spec sheet here.

Motorola Admiral

The 5.0 MP camera comes with a dedicated camera button (HUZZAH!)  The pictures are pretty good.  I wouldn’t sell my DSLR, though.  It captures video in HD at 720p.  Its 3.1″ screen has a weird resolution (for a phone) at 640×480.  This poses a problem for developers, as it’s not a standard resolution.  To combat this, Motorola have added “Display Settings” to the Application section of Settings.  It allows you to show the app full screen or “Zoom to fill screen.”  The way this works is kind of hit or miss.

Motorola and Sprint have loaded the Admiral with the usual “value added” apps and services.  The core UI is all Moto.  It includes: Phone Portal to help manage your phone and files from a PC, Moto’s Social Networking and Social Location apps, and DLNA.  Sprint’s contribution is Mobile Sync, NASCAR, Mobile Wallet, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV, and Sprint Zone.  It looks like you can uninstall a few of the Sprint apps, but not all.

At the end of the day, this isn’t bad of a device.  If you or you company use Sprint Direct Connect, and you want to join the world of Android, I think you’ll be happy with the Admiral.  It’s fairly responsive, has a dedicated camera button, is rugged, and is running Android Gingerbread (which is better than a lot of phones out there).

The Motorola Admiral is available now from Sprint for $99.99 (with new contract) or Amazon Wireless for $99.99 (also, with a contract).

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