Motorolas much-hyped "iTunes phone," the ROKR E1, is a compact triband
GSM phone with a lot of fun features, not least of which is the ability to sync
up with the same iTunes software on your PC that you use with iPod devices.
Based heavily on Motorolas fine E398 handset, the ROKR E1 weighs 3.9 ounces
and measures up at 4.3 by 1.8 by 0.83 inches. It has a pearl-white exterior
finish that houses a pair of stereo polyphonic speakers, a 262k color display,
and a good, video-capable VGA camera with flash, as well as a nice keypad and
dedicated camera and volume controls.
The keypad offers a good feel, and the green and red call control keys and joystick
are sufficiently separated from the rest of the keys to keep from being pressed
accidentally. The joystick offers has good action and is accurate, but its chrome
finish can sometimes be a bit slick. A dedicated music button directly left
of the menu key launches the iTunes application.
The iTunes app lets you play music and playlists that have been transferred
over to the ROKR E1 from your desktop computer.
The music is stored on the included 512 MB microSD memory card. Even though
a card of that capacity could hold more 120 or more tracks, the iTunes application
on the ROKR E1 is limited to a maximum of 100 songs. The phone does support
the swapping of multiple 512 MB cards, though, meaning that you can have up
to 100 songs on each of the fingernail-sized memory cards.
I enjoyed the fact that iTunes syncs up the album art for each song and that
the ROKR E1 displays that album in not only the iTunes application, but also
on the standby screen when iTunes has been minimized. When iTunes is running
in the background in this way, the joystick can be used to control the playback,
which is handy.
The iTunes application on the ROKR is much like that on a regular iPod. You
can access your music by playlist, album, artist, or individual song name. You
can listen to the music through the included stereo headset, or you can use
the included adapter to make use of your own headphones. If you wish to share
the music experience, you can play the music through the built-in stereo speakers,
which offer surprisingly good sound for their size. The ROKR should be good
for up to 8 hours of music when played through the speakers and 15 hours if
used with a headset.
The ROKR E1 offers an "airplane mode" that will turn off the main
GSM phone system so that you can safely use the device on a flight. When on,
the phone module can run for up to 8 hours of talk time or several days of standby
time. Bear in mind that all aspects of the phone use the same battery, so if
you play music through the speakers for 4 hours, you will only be able to get
about 4 hours of talk time from the ROKR. Overall call reception was good, and
the audio was very clear.
Other highlights include Bluetooth support for mono headset, data connections,
a full featured contacts system, and a nice calendar application. Motorolas
Rhythm Lights system, first seen on the V80, are a lot of fun at parties and
bars since the multicolor lights behind the speaker grills, the keypad, and
display backlights will glow and pulsate in sync with the sound in the room.
Motorolas haptics system, which vibrates the phone in time with the sound from
games, ringtones, and music apps, also provides some good entertainment.
The Motorola ROKR E1 is a good solid phone, and can be a handy addition to your
music-playing arsenal for those times when you just cant afford to carry around
a separate music device.
* iTunes support
* Can use your own headphones
* 100 song iTunes limit
* No Bluetooth stereo support
Whats in the Box:
ROKR E1 handset, Battery, and Home charger.
Manufacturer Product Description
Introducing iTunes for your mobile phone. With iTunes on your Motorola ROKR
E1, you can listen to music on your mobile phone, wherever, whenever you want.
It Rings and Sings
With iTunes for your mobile phone, your songs live right alongside your contacts.
Think of it as musical multitasking. Hear a selection of your favorite tunes
while sending text messages, taking pictures or checking your email. Listen
through headphones or out loud on the ROKR E1’s speakers.
You can even pause the music when your phone rings, so you won’t miss
As Easy As It Sounds
The ROKR E1’s handy menu interface lets you scroll through your playlists,
select a song and play it--complete with any accompanying album art. Putting
your music on the ROKR E1 is as easy as syncing to iTunes, the world’s
best digital jukebox. Just connect the ROKR E1 to your Mac or PC, then choose
the songs you want to sync or let iTunes choose them for you--autofilling your
phone with a random selection from your iTunes music library.
* Install iTunes desktop software
* Connect the phone to your PC or MAC
* Drag and drop songs - pick the songs you want or let iTunes do it
* Use the iTunes key on your phone to access your music
* Shuffle songs or select a song, artist or playlist - just like iTunes
* Get stereo sound through the phone’s speakers or the included ear buds
Never Miss a Beat
* Pause music when you need to take a call
* Resume play automatically once you hang up
* Listen to music while browsing the internet, sending and receiving messages,
even while taking pictures
* The first phone to feature Apple iTunes software
* Micro-SD (Transflash) Memory Card slot
* Built-in VGA camera w/ Video Recording capability
* Easy file transfer with USB connectivity
* Bluetooth Technology for convient hands-free use
* Size (LWH): 3.43 inches, 1.75 inches, 0.91 inches
* Weight: 3.26 pounds
* Network Compatibility: GSMPhone Specifications
* Phone Book Capacity: 100 Entries
* Minimum Rated Talk Time: 360 minutes
* Minimum Rated Standby Time: 250 hours
* Battery Type: Lithium Ion
|Bluetooth||Flight Mode||Color||Alarm||Predictive Text||Email||Music Player|
|PC Sync||GPRS||Calculator||Side Keys||EMS||Video|
|Polyphonic Ringtones||Text Messaging|
|2.5 mm Headphone Slot||MicroSD||GSM Tri-Band 850,1800,1900||Bar|