Motorola and Sprint debut "push-to-talk" Android smartphone

Motorola has debuted what it claims is the “world’s first” push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone at CTIA 2010.

Indeed, the Motorola i1 is the first iDEN device to offer features typically associated with modern smartphones, including a 3.1-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi, an optimized Opera Mini 5 browser, along with access to thousands of apps and push-to-talk capabilities.

In addition, the i1 boasts a solid body construction that meets stringent military specifications for protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain.

The device also automatically syncs and integrates data found in emails, calendar appointments and contacts.

Additional features include:

  • Keyboard – Swype and Android. 
  • 5 megapixel camera – Flash, geo-tagging and panoramic capabilities. 

  • Video – Can also be recorded and stored on a microSD for sharing or future viewing straight from the device.

  • Browser – Opera Mini 5 allows for quick browsing over the Nextel National Network and Wi-Fi, while the integrated Android browser displays web pages and Flash 8-enabled sites. 

The Motorola i1 is expected to be available via Sprint in the summer of 2010. However, the device does offer advanced data capabilities that will require activation of a $60-$70 monthly plan.