September 8, 2005
Motorola ROKR E1 (iTunes phone)
Bringing an end to nearly months of speculation, Motorola and Apple announced the new ROKR phone with iTunes functionality. Itunes as we all know is Apple’s approach to solving the music needs of all the consumers. The Motorola ROKR features a color display for viewing album art, dual built-in stereo speakers and stereo headphones that also serve as a mobile headset with microphone. Music fans can randomly autofill or manually fill the mobile phone with playlists of their favorite music, audiobooks and Podcasts from their iTunes library via a USB connection. The Motorola ROKR pauses music automatically when users take a call and offers the ability to listen to music while checking messages or snapping a photo.
The ROKR has fast transfer times of 30 seconds for a song of 4 megs. Listening to music does drain the battery but with 15 hours of action while using the headset and a little more than 6 hours, in case you decided to use the surround sound feature, you really cant be complaining. 3D surround sound comes from 2 integrated speakers.
The Motorola ROKR or the music phone can even handle e-mail (SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4 are supported); instant messaging (wireless village) is included but whether it works or not shall depend upon the network you use. The phone is tri-band GSM with GPRS technology. The ROKR will weigh about a 100 grams and will allow users to inset T-Flash memory cards in order to expand the memory. The phone will be able to play MIDI, Mp3, WAV and AAC formats. The integrated VGA camera can be made to zoom 4x times into the subject for clarity. The TFT display has 262,000 colors thus serving as an excellent view finder for the camera as well as for playing the J2ME games on the handset.
– Via Phoneyworld