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Motorola Debut i856

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Motorola Debut i856. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the GPS navigation and screen are on the whole positive. The price and durability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the battery.

design, durability, price, screen, GPS navigation


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Debut i856 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Motorola Debut i856


The Motorola Debut i856 is a nifty iDEN push-to-talk phone for Boost Mobile subscribers. As Sprint's wholly owned prepaid brand, Boost sells plenty of iDEN phones already. But the i856 is the first slider with PTT capability. Despite a few stumbles, it...

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

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

The Motorola Debut i856 sits nicely in Boost Mobile's push-to-talk lineup, offering subscribers a stylish slider with GPS and good quality, but other iDEN options are better.

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: wubayou (

Motorola Debut i856 for Boost Mobile


Boost Mobile is a division of Sprint that offers cellular customers the option of services without the need for a contract. Whether you have bad credit, or just don't like the thought of having a long term phone contract hovering over your head, Boost...

You can sort your contacts into different groups, and since it is a push-to-talk phone, there is a separate category for those specific contacts as well. You can also add a photo or ringtone to each contact. There are 21 standard polyphonic ringtones...

Nov, 2009

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 by: Yankee (

My i856


I have had this phone for almost a month now and I can't find anything bad to say about it. A good value for the money.

Brilliant Display","Charges Quickly","Great For Texting","Slides Open Easily","Stylish Design

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: HeartBreaker101 (

Prepaid = HOT DEAL


I have this Boost slider in white and it is really cool. The best part is that it is prepaid which means no more monthly cell phone bills! Its saving me a ton. My sister just switched her family to prepaid as well except on the Net10 service. She pays...

Durable","Easy Buttons and Controls","Easy To Use","Strong Signal

Poor Battery Life

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: abc (



the pics do not do it justice motorola menus and speed dial/turbo dial features are not reassignable after entering contact

Brilliant Display","Slides Open Easily

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: ELY (




Durable","Easy Buttons and Controls","Easy To Use","Lightweight","Neat Features","Strong Signal

Limited Functions

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Auntie (

It's so cute


Had an old phone that didn't even take pics, just used for call ins to work; thought other features were unnecessary (actually just cell phone challenged); it died, could not resuscitate. I'm learning to text now, taking pics, and have music. Glad I...

Durable","Easy Buttons and Controls","Easy To Use","Lightweight","Neat Features

Feb, 2010
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