Last night saw the official launch of the MOTO ROKR E8, Motorola's new music phone, and Mobile Choice were there to see it in all its glory. The unique selling point of the ROKR E8 is its ability to transform from phone to music player with the touch of a button. With one 'press' of the virtual music key found on the front of the device, the phones digital keypad disappears and is replaced by a set of music player controls, giving it a kind of iPod feel. In action it looks impressive and works seamlessly. The touch pad itself is pancake flat and it also boasts haptic (vibrating) response, the first time Motorola has included this on any of its handsets.
With over 2GB of embedded memory, the ROKR E8 can store up to 3,000 songs, and this can be boosted to 4GB with optional external memory support. The ROKR E8 features Motorola's CrystalTalk technology used in some of its Bluetooth headset devices, for added voice quality. A two-megapixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and FastScroll navigation wheel helps complete the feature set, and the high gloss front and aluminium soft touch back gives the ROKR E8 a certain aesthetic quality.
The MOTO ROKR E8 is available for purchase in the UK from O2, Carphone Warehouse and Orange stores.
Expect the full Mobile Choice review shortly.
Data speeds: GPRS/EDGE class 12
Display: two inches QVGA 240x320 pixels