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Motorola i856

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Motorola i856. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the GPS navigation and sound are overall positive. The durability and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the design. There are some less positive reviews about the screen and reception.

portability, usability, durability, sound, GPS navigation

battery, reliability, reception, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola i856 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Motorola Debut i856 (Sprint-Nextel)


The Motorola Debut i856 is a decent push-to-talk phone for Boost Mobile subscribers thanks to a slider design and GPS radio.

Solid voice quality. Loud speakerphone. Good battery life. Feels durable.

Stiff, cramped membrane keypad. Low-res LCD. Unreliable Bluetooth pairing.

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Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Nicole Lee (

Motorola Debut i856 review


Most iDEN push-to-talk phones are quite bulky, and come in either a clamshell or candy bar design. However, the Motorola Debut bucks that trend. It is the first ever iDEN push-to-talk phone to come in a slider design, which gives it a rather svelte...

The Motorola Debut has a slim slider design, plus it comes with push-to-talk, GPS, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a good music player. It also has very good call quality.

The Motorola Debut suffers from poor keypad design and a low-resolution display.

If you can live with a few design quirks, the Motorola Debut is a decent, basic, multimedia phone for Boost Mobile.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Review Crew (

Motorola Debut i856 Cell Phone Review


Most iDEN push-to-talk phones are quite bulky, and come in either a clamshell or candy bar design. However, the Motorola Debut bucks that trend. It is the first ever iDEN ...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by (

Push-to-talk phone is stylish and capable


Before the introduction of the Motorola Debut i856, all push-to-talk (walkie-talkie) phones were either candy-bar style or flip phones. Nextel's Motorola Debut is the first push-to-talk slider phone and reviewers give it high marks for its...

Very good call quality, sleek slider design, good music player

Poor keyboard design, short battery life

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : anoop (

Motorola i856 debuted


The Motorola i856 is the first slider cellphone with a Boost push-to-talk service. But when you look at the rest of the features, it is more or same like an entry level phone as it comes with a 1.3 MP camera, stereo Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD...

Sep, 2009

Consumer review (

90 day warranty only


i have had my phone for 7 months...and it has frozen completely....due to the 90 day warranty i am now obligated to puchase a whole new boost phone.

Slides Open Easily

Charges Slowly

Jun, 2010

Consumer review (

worst boost phone ever


i had this phone less than two months, the sound from the mp3 is awful, freezes everytime i go to the web, and the screen is the worst yet, goes blank or looks like an old screwed up there a v hold on this phone somewhere, i never had a phone...

Poor Battery Life

Jun, 2010

Consumer review (

this phone suuxs


this is the worse phone u can buy the battery doesnt last long it goes to a white screen and u have to shut down the phone to get it back to normal

Poor Battery Life

Jun, 2010

Consumer review (

Stear Clear!


Stay away from this phone! The screen freezes after just a few month because of bad build quality. Boost won't cover it and Motorola only gives 90 day warrenty. In fact stay away from all Motorola phones.

Jun, 2010

Consumer review (

Great Phone For Me....


The phone overall was a great purchase...As the ones before me have said it did freeze up, but that's it...

Brilliant Display, Good Button Configuration, Great For Texting, Stylish Design

May, 2010
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