On Tuesday, Sprint released two, new ruggedized cell phones to satisfy the appetites of its Nextel Direct Connect and iDEN customers: the Motorola Renegade V950 and the Motorola i365.
Both handsets are available in select markets starting Tuesday for $129.99 and $89.99, respectively (with two-year contracts and after rebates and discounts, of course). The Moto Renegade is the more exciting of the two but the i365 has its own merits too. Here's a breakdown of each handset.
Motorola Renegade V950: Aside from being a QChat-capable phone, which allows for push-to-talk interoperability between CDMA and iDEN networks, the Renegade V950 is the first Nextel Direct Connect phone to support Sprint's various multimedia services, such as the Sprint Music Store, Sprint TV, NFL Mobile Live, and Sprint Radio. Other highlights include Bluetooth with A2DP support, a 2-megapixel camera with video recording, Sprint Navigation support, and mobile e-mail and instant messaging. The sleek clamshell Renegade V950 is also certified to military specifications for dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain, so it should be able to take a licking and keep on ticking.
Motorola i365: Not quite as flashy or full-featured as the Moto Renegade V950, the i365 is also certified to military standards for humidity, blowing rain, dust, shock and vibration but comes in a candy-bar design. The iDEN handset comes equipped with a speakerphone that has double the volume of regular cell phones, so you can carry on conversations in loud environments if need be. Other goodies include Bluetooth and GPS.
We should be getting both models in soon, so check back for our full reviews.