Motorola ROKR E2 unveiled

Moto ROKR E2Motorola have announced their latest musicphone, the ROKR E2, at the Consumer Electronics Show. The new phone is clearly a case of mixed blessings - this release drops Apple's mobile iTunes software. The downside of this is that the phone now lacks the highly intuitive iTunes interface. On the other hand the phone no longer has the pathetic 100 song limitation imposed on the original ROKR. The styling has also undergone a revamp, with a significantly more rounded handset in line with Moto's recent PEBL design.

The ROKR E2's feature list is standard fare for any competent smartphone, with:

  • 262k colour TFT QVGA (240x320) display
  • Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0
  • MP3 player
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • built-in FM radio
  • SD memory card slot (hot-swappable, with cards up to 2GB)
  • 1.3 megapixel camera with flash
  • Video recording and playback

The list above clearly demonstrates Moto's problem. The phone just doesn't stand out in any way. The camera is good, but with other high-end cameraphones already past 2 megapixel it's not great. Similarly the 2GB maximum storage capacity is good, but compared to hard disk phones it's not great. The inescapable conclusion: without the iTunes edge this is just a decent but unspectacular smartphone.

More coverage at Cellphone9, UberGizmo, Engadget, and Motorola's press release.

                                         

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