Boost Mobile i335 Motorola Cellular Telephone Review
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Boost Mobile's Prepaid Cell Phone Service and Motorola i335 Review
I have used all the Major Cell Phone providers… TMobile,
Verizon, AT&T (Cingular) except Sprint. It's quite a Monopoly they have going forcing 2 year contracts on the public. They claim this is to keep the cost of the telephones reasonable, but that's just a guise. It's just another Corporate Sham perpetrated on the American Public. You either pay up or you don't get to use the technology. Unless you choose a Prepaid Phone and that's what I'm reviewing here... The Motorola i335 and Boost Mobile.
The service at my house has always been “spotty” to say the least. I live for some reason in a bit of a dead spot. So I shut off the Cingular Phone and decided to try the Boost Mobile service. I selected the i335 because I read horrible reviews of the Motorola i776, and the i290 is very cheap feeling and only comes with a 90 day warranty. The Motorola i335 is billed as “Military Grade”. So why not? No big deal I just opted for the pay as you go plan to see if I like it first. If it doesn’t work out no big deal in 2 months it will equal what I was paying and I’ll just throw it away and get another phone with another provider. That is the advantage of not having a contract.
I spent about an hour researching the i335 Cell Phone, read a lot of reviews – plenty of negative and positive. And watched a few YouTube Videos about the i335 Cell Phone before I decided to buy... and I bought online direct from Boost Mobile. It took 5 days for me to get the phone using the "free" shipping they provide.
For those of you who don’t know… the i335 phone is designed for IDEN technology developed by Motorola in 1994. IDEN handsets can function as cellular phones, radio, pager, fax, speaker phone, and mobile internet browser (But 3G Networks are much better).
Here are my impressions about the Boost Mobile Service and the i335 Motorola Cell Phone
Lets start with the Motorola i334 Telephone.
It feels okay to me but it certainly doesn’t feel “Military Grade”… just ordinary. I had a lot of difficulty at first removing the battery cover on the back of the phone. Once I got it removed subsequent removals were much easier.
The battery recharge port is located on the side of the Motorola i335 under a small cover. I find this highly annoying… and the cover feel cheap like it will break off. The port is a mini USB port and can be charged from a high power USBPort on your computer if you desire. The cord on the plug in end has folding “prongs” so it is good for taking with you when you travel. But I really dislike the design of this port being under what feels like a flimsy door.
The screen is really very average. It’s TFT so it’s bright enough, it’s just kind of pixelated in my view. I don’t use a telephone for web surfing, but if you do I’m sure that this screen will be sub-par. It’s actually kind of pixilated even through the wallpaper backgrounds are decent.
The user interface is “clunky” to say the least. Not intuitive at all. I really dislike the way they have integrated the back and forward features by using small buttons at the top of the control panel. I also find the directional keys are a bit small and awkward to press. So a big thumbs down from me on the user interface.
So what about the size of the phone, after all it’s not a flip phone. The i335 is an okay size, I understand it’s one of, if not the thinnest phones for what is essentially the Nextel Network. So while not impressive it’s not a big negative for me either.
The call clarity seems acceptable and I like the speaker phone option. I have no plans on using Web, Push to Talk – Walkie Talkie, or any of the other Nextel Network features… so as a ordinary phone it’s not bad just for talk. Because the telephone is not subsidized by a contract the price wasn’t too bad at $65 including tax and shipping. But I think most people will not really like this phone, but they probably won’t hate it either.
Lets talk about the Boost Mobile Service.
First I find the Boost Mobile Website about as clunky as the i335 itself… just not very user friendly. I keep having to enter my password and pin over and over as I browse the site. It’s just not a good user experience. I don’t care for the white on black background either. Nearly every other cell phone competitor’s site I have used is better.
Surprisingly however the call quality is decent. As I am not using text, web, or walkie talkie features I can’t really comment on their quality.
I do find the service to be very “slow”… it takes more than a minute sometimes from the time I turn the telephone on to get signal so I can begin to make a call.
I need to use it more and in more locations before I pass final judgment. But so far I’d say the service is average… a tiny bit better than the Cricket Service I had years ago… but not better than any of the major carriers.
One big plus in favor of Boost Mobile is you only have to bump your minutes every 90 days at a minimum of $10 and there are no roaming charges. Much better than Cricket. Most prepaid plans like those from Virgin require you to bump your minutes monthly. So if you want a phone and service that you will only use a few times a month this is it! Be sure to bump every 89 days or you lose your minutes entirely!
So overall I give the Motorola i335 cell phone a 5/10 and the Boost Mobile service a 6/10
- Cost for Unlimited Calls and Roaming
- Speaker Phone works well
- Average call signal
- Very average screen
- Clunky User Interface
- Poor Battery Port Design
- Slow to respond
- Not Good for Web or Text
If you want a cheap phone just for talking you will probably be satisfied, if you want a phone for text messages and web… pass. The Nextel Network is not 3G. No way I would use it for Web Applications, plus the screen is not very good for anything other than basic set up and calling. I am rating it down for text, not from experience but from all the negative reviews I read about text messages not going through or being delayed by hours.
Will I keep it?
I don’t know yet. Maybe as a
backup phone. I own it so I'll keep it, but I may ditch the service in 2 months after I have my moneys worth. As Mobile Phones go... it's hard to find a reason to praise this one.
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