Motorola ROKR E8
September 26, 2008, 3:20 pm
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Finally laid my hands on a Moto ROKR E8, the latest effort by Mot to deliver the crossover phone/media player. My motivation was largely professional, the ROKR is the first phone shipping in the US using the podcast service from Podcast.com, but I have been very impressed with the device which I had gotten only a little time with at 3GSM in Barcelona in February and at CTIA in March.

The haptic keyboard is very useful, once you get used to it…with no moving keys, haptics give you the sensation of a key depression so you know you are pushing controls without having to have audible feedback (the annoying clack clack of the iPhone) or visible feedback that you have to stare at.

As a music player, it’s controls are simple and intuitive. The headphone jack is a nice touch, as you can use your favorite headphone and not a dealer set of USB headphones or a USB converter as with many of the other multimedia phones.

Perhaps the nicest feature is the converting keyboard, which provides one set of visible controls in music player mode, and a standard phone keyboard when in phone mode. Unlike the iPhone, one doesn’t have to open separate applications or navigate a touchscreen full of icons. This is a dedicated media player with a nice phone built in, not a portable computer, so everything is simpler to use. It also allows a slimmer form factor, and the sharp, slim design is a true pocket-sized candy bar.

If you are looking for a media player phone, and are more interested in ease of use than packing 1000 applications onto your phone, this is a really nice little phone. …oh, and you can use the Sync software that comes with the phone to load all your AAC and MP3 files onto the 2G of onboard storage, which is expandable via microSD to 6G. That means all your favorite music and podcasts.


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The FM receiver also works really nicely, which is unusual. A lot of the mediaplayer phones offer FM receivers, but the quality of reception is often poor.

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