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Motorola Admiral, Black 8GB (Sprint)

3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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  • Display: 3.1-inches
  • Camera: 5-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.2 GHz
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.6 inches, 2.4 inches, 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Network Compatibility: AMPS
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 540 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 380 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

The Motorola Admiral is a great choice for customers looking for an Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard and push-to-talk functionality. It features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, GPS navigation, stereo bluetooth and a 3.1 inch display. The Motorola Admiral is a rugged device, adhering to MIL-STD 810G for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure and high and low temperatures. Find thousands of apps on the Google Play store, stream video and adio, and listen to your favorite music in a variety of formats.

This device may require a data plan for activation. Please contact your cellular provider for details.

With push-to-talk features keep you connected on the job or off, the Android-powered Motorola ADMIRAL allows you to instantly communicate with coworkers and others quickly and easily with just the push of a button. And with the Sprint Direct Connect portfolio of push-to-talk services, you'll be able to quickly get more done.

The Motorola ADMIRAL combines nationwide PTT communication with powerful Android smartphone features (see larger image).

Full physical QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
Motorola ADMIRAL
At a Glance:

  • 3G/PTT connectivity

  • Military compliance for dust, shock and vibration

  • Android 2.3 OS

  • 1.2 GHz processor

  • 3.1-inch touchscreen + Full QWERTY keyboard

  • 4 GB memory + microSD expansion

  • 5-MP camera + HD 720p video record

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Corporate/personal e-mail
At a Glance

The first Android-powered, 3G-enabled smartphone of its kind, the ADMIRAL is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and features a 3.1-inch touchscreen that's complemented by a full physical QWERTY keyboard. Its push-to-talk features keep you connected on the job or off. The ADMIRAL also meets the military specifications for dust, shock, solar radiation, and temperature extremes. Plus, with Corning Gorilla Glass, the ADMIRAL's touchscreen display is scratch-resistant.

Enjoy the Internet without compromise with the full HTML browser and support for Adobe Flash as well as streaming YouTube videos on the 3.1-inch touchscreen display. The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

The ADMIRAL boasts ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking with access to Sprint's Mobile Hotspot functionality for sharing your 3G connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Other features include Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording, a 4 GB internal memory, microSD expansion via optional memory cards (up to 32 GB in size), and up to 9 hours of talk time.

Business Minded

Built with business in mind, the Motorola ADMIRAL supports Microsoft Exchange and other e-mail systems. It is easy to push delivery of Microsoft Exchange e-mail tailored to the needs of specific users, and with robust calendar capabilities, employees can access the corporate Global Address List to create, edit and share meetings. The ADMIRAL also comes pre-loaded with the Quickoffice app to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Adobe PDF documents.

It also has the security features IT departments demand and protects sensitive company data with enhanced on-device security features that can be managed via the existing Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Server--including password support, remote wipe and data encryption, as well as more than 30 other security policies. It offers standard PIN and password lock support, but goes above and beyond to include an alphanumeric requirement, complexity standards, expiration, history and recovery capabilities that are considered best-in-class features for Android-powered smartphones in the industry. Data encryption at rest on the device and microSD card also helps ensure that sensitive company data remains confidential.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola ADMIRAL weighs 4.58 ounces and measures 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches. Its 1860 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of talk time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.

What's in the Box

Motorola ADMIRAL handset, rechargeable battery, charger, documentation kit

Sprint Direct Connect

Powered by Sprint's CDMA network, Sprint Direct Connect delivers push-to-talk (PTT) service with faster data speeds and improved in-building coverage. With Sprint Direct Connect, you'll enjoy instant, one-to-one PTT communication nationwide with any other Direct Connect subscriber--ideal for quick conversations with families, friends, and co-workers. In addition to PTT functionality, Sprint Direct Connect also offers the following features:

  • Call Alert with Text. Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
  • Group Connect. Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once--nationwide, at the push of one button. (Group Connect participants must also have a Direct Connect capable Sprint device with the Group Connect feature.)
  • TeamDC. Communicate with up to 200 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers at the same time nationwide. (All TeamDC participants must also have a Direct Connect capable Sprint device with the TeamDC feature.)
  • NextMail. Send a recorded message to any e-mail worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
  • Availability Notification. Request the availability status of another push-to-talk member and, if they are busy, request a notification when they are free.


  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) in areas not yet served by 4G (peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as mobile e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).


  • 1.2 GHz single-core processor
  • 3.1-inch multi-touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass (480 x 640 pixels).
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • MicroUSB port for PC sync and charging.
  • Removable battery


  • 4 GB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 512 MB RAM


  • 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
  • HD 720p video capture capabilities


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, WMV, H.264, H.263

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication (full duplex).
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: M3/T4

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The Motorola ADMIRAL runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The ADMIRAL also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, e-mail, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005Y16QU8
  • Item model number: Admiral
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,585 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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By jeff on February 21, 2013
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OK, just so you know I have owned just about every cutting edge android phone out there. Last iPhone used was the 4S. The last Android one was the Samsung Galaxy S3. The problem with all of these high end do everything gadgets is that the battery life sucks. The iPhone wasn't bad, its a work phone and battery gets me through day but I have to charge it after 7-8 hours.

While the Admiral is an older design and runs an older version of Android, this phone works well beyond my expectations. It handles all of the basics well, email, text, photo's/video, downloads, social media, etc. Oh yeah, as a phone the sound quality and strength of calls is great. With my S3 I would lose audio on voice calls depending on where I was in my house. With the Admiral I have a strong signal throughout and very clear conversations.

Also, according to other reviews which say this phone has terrible battery life, I have to strongly disagree. I take my phone off the charger first thing in the morning. I don't need to recharge for a few days-literally. And I am a heavy phone user. If I take my phone off the charger Monday morning at 7am, I will have juice until around 9pm on Wednesday when my battery life is down to around 18% (still not dead just low). I love this about this phone.

Bad sides about this phone. 1. When you turn on you have to allow 10 minutes or so for phone to fully load software. Really slow but necessary as if you try to start using phone before everything has loaded you will have the phone freeze until it gets done loading its software. 2. Because you are running an older version of Android operating system there are certain apps which will not be available to you as they require a new version of the Android OS.
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After some dabbling around with different phones, I couldn't pass up buying the Admiral phone for just one cent. I wanted something that was fit for business use with a real keyboard, tough construction and a good look and feel. What I ALSO got was scratch resistant Gorilla glass, a very strong battery and it's pretty darn fast.

If you're coming from the BlackBerry world and need a keyboard with the popular Android operating system, look at the Admiral. It's the right combination of performance, quality, price, app selection and more.
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Just picked up this phone a few weeks back, and am absolutely loving it. A bit of background - the family was on Nextel for many years, and relied on the PTT Direct Connect to keep the family in touch quickly and easily. We used Nextel Blackberries. As data became more important, we shifted to the Sprint network and away from Nextel to take advantage of high speed data. We, however, missed the PTT feature in a big way, and have been looking for a way to get back onto it, but not at sacrifice the 3G speeds for data.

We went to Android phones, but missed the PTT feature, and most importantly, the great Blackberry keyboard that was always there. No matter what, a man with decent size hands CAN NOT work a virtual keyboard well. The tactile response of a keyboard is just so much better than the touch screen. That being said, touchscreens were now pretty much standard in how many people (including myself) interact with their phones, and I really didn't want to give that up either.

My wishlist for my next phone included a high quality touchscreen, longer battery life than my prior Android phone (or most for that matter), a PTT option, and of course, an always there, non-slider keyboard. The Admiral fits the bill perfectly. There are bigger screens, but this one is fantastic and of great quality. I can continue to enjoy the Android eco system and the apps I had before. I have a fantastic keyboard that allows me to compose emails and texts far faster than on any virtual keyboard.

Bottom line, this is the phone that I have been waiting for. I have yet to activate the PTT features, as the rest of the family's phones do note yet have the Sprint PTT features, but as they get new phones, we will be going live with the PTT. Stock battery management features now are giving me a couple of days on a full charge with a decent level of usage. Great phone, love the Motorola quality, and looking forward to adding more of these to the family's inventory!
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I was in desperate need of a new phone but didn't know a lot about the phones that were available. When I went to the Sprint store looking for a phone, the price couldn't have been better. Free! I was leary at first, but now that I have had it a while, I love it. The speaker quality is clear with no crackling, I don't get any dropped calls. I wasn't sure how I would like a touch screen but I do. I come from a real old school phone, and the only reason I replaced it was because my old one was obsolete. It's not a complicated phone, it gives me what I want and need. The camera and video take awesome pictures as well.
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this is an incredible phone i have seen some really bad reviews on this phone and i have to say that it might be that they don't know how to use this phone it is the best phone in the market
DC is fast i didnt notice a difference between nextel and sprint
go buy this phone and enjoy
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This was a replacement phone for my Samsung Epic, because I kept breaking the sliding keyboard. It was free and meant to hold me over until my contract is up in 5 months. The phone is slow to react and often locks up. I actually was making a 911 call when the phone locked up. Fortunately, it was not a life saving emergency. The keyboard often imputes multiple letters into a word, requiring me to go back and edit texts, emails, etc. Frustrating to say the least when you're in a hurry to get something sent quickly. The camera quality is not as good as the Samsung, and again, it takes so long to take that your subject has usually moved on at that point. I would say on average 4 out of 10 calls that I receive I am unable to answer because the screen won't respond. My car is Bluetooth equipped and never had any issues with dialing through my car or making receiving calls. However, it usually takes 2 to 4 attempts with this phone and I can't even think about making a call immediately after as the phone takes a good 20 to 30 seconds to realize you're not on a call anymore. I wouldn't even get it for my kids because once they downloaded a couple of apps it would be slow and I would worry about them actually ever needing to use it in an emergency and it locking up or not dialing.

I have purchased the Motorola Photon for my kids and I think that is a much better Motorola phone.
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