Motorola i1q

If you're on Nextel and have a hankering for some a physical QWERTY keyboard, it looks like relief might one day be in sight. The Motorola i1q (a follow-up to the also-rugged Motorola i1 on Nextel) appears to be a fairly rugged device, with full physical buttons -- including menu, home, back and call/end. It's said to be rocking Android 2.1 on a slow processor -- no great surprise -- but "manufacturing is quite robust."

No word about when we may see this guy drop, but we could see a lot of you in the field rocking this guy. There's one more pic after the break. [via Grupoandroid] Thanks, Andres!

Motorola i1q

 

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Motorola i1Q headed to Sprint Nextel?

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Why Android 2.1? They could have easily managed at least 2.2 on this device. The Nextel side of the network desperately needs newer devices but I can't help thinking that this will fall flat...since phones like the Evos and Epics are sitting 10 feet away.

Assuming Moto holds true to their promise of becoming hacker-friendlier, this would've been a device to drool over if it was GSM and CDMA instead of iDEN. I'd love for this form factor to come to CDMA carriers that doesn't rhyme with "horizon", especially to carriers that rhyme with "mint".