Summary: We love the unique morphing design of the ROKR E8, and its great call quality adds to the appeal. It’s designed to be—and performs well—as a music phone. But the ROKR E8 isn’t without its faults. For example, the Web browser isn’t up to a par even compared with basic phones like the $49.99 Nokia 5130 XpressMusic. Overall, though, Motorola has done a very good job of making touch-sensitive controls on a music phone more usable, practical, and fun.
Pros: Beautiful and solid design, Keypad morphs to correspond with applications, Good music-playback quality, CrystalTalk technology cuts down on background noise,
Cons: Awkward arc-shaped scroll wheel, Poor Web browser, Interface feels sluggish at times,
Excerpt: Despite Motorola’s management issues and fiscal concerns, they certainly keep churning out quality phones. The Motorola ROKR E8 is a good one. A quick look at the ROKR E8 and you can see it has a specific music focus. It uses a virtual keypad that works in conjunction with Motorola’s proprietary ModeShift technology, which is an interesting and effective method for delivering the options the user wants, when they want them.
Summary: The wow factor of the MOTOROKR E8's morphing keypad alone is enough to turn heads. Although the lack of 3G may be a deal-breaker for some, this remains a stylish and commendable music handset.
Summary: If you have little interest in the Web on your mobile then the E8 is for you. It looks great and features a decent music player and camera. For the RRP of AU$450 including a bundled speaker kit, the E8 is a very sexy bargain.
Pros: Slim and sexy design, ModeShift keypad works a treat, 2GB of internal memory, 3.5mm headphone port
Summary: With great sound quality, a native 3.5m headphone socket and decent music file format support, the E8 is a terrific music phone. It's not quite a replacement for a dedicated MP3 player yet and it will take you a while to get used to using it, but it's certainly a cut above most of the rest