In a perfect world, all phones would stand up to whatever abuse you could throw at them, without a scuff. In this world, though, if you expect your smartphone to take a regular beating, you’re limited to a handful of expressly ruggedized models. A GrupoAndroid reader has spotted what looks like it could be the next member of that family, a Motorola handset identified as the i1Q.
The original Motorola i1 came out last summer, offering iDEN push-to-talk in a ruggedized Android slate. This supposed i1Q doesn’t really look much like the i1, featuring cleaner lines and a BlackBerry-style QWERTY keyboard (presumably, the Q in i1Q), but maintains the PTT functionality.
Unfortunately, the i1Q appears to be running Android 2.1 Eclair, which we might have let slide a few months ago, but with 2011 in full swing, Android 2.2 feels like it really should be the minimum for brand-new phones. Then again, a phone like this probably isn’t going to show up on the short list of someone just shopping for a new smartphone. Instead, an i1Q shopper is likely looking for a rugged PTT phone already, and it being a smartphone is just icing on the cake. At the least, this is a huge step up from the Android 1.5 the original i1 runs. We’d really like to see that Motorola has also put some thought into upgrading the 500 MHz processor to something a bit more capable, but the poster who reveled these pics claims the phone has a “not very powerful processor” – not a good sign.
If you’re not interested in PTT at all, Motorola has other rugged Androids like the Defy to check out.