i got the ROKR E1 on upgrade from o2 after using the nokia 7610 for my 1st year which was quite a nice phone, i orignally wanted the W800i but the upgrade advisor convinced me to take the E1 as i could get a better tariff with it - (i am still inside my 14 day piece of mind actually) i've been using the handset for about 1 week and so far im still a bit unsire weather to keep the phone, the iTunes feature is great and the stereo speakers perform really well and is saome of the best mp3 playback i have heard, i would say it easily competes with the W800i - but here is where it turns wrong, this could have been such a great phone, if Motorola had just put more work in it, the camera is only VGA quality and pictures look really grainy compaired to crisp and clear like that of the W800i, also the bluetooth feature is really appaling, you can't even send files via bluetooth - a basic expectation from phones now adays, however the lighting up speakers are nice, but then you consider you cant even use mp3 ringtones - to say this is an upgrade i am not sure wether to class it as a degrade as i prefer the 7610 to this, but i like the mp3 capability - in short - wait for the W800 to come back in stock, it is way better than the ROKR E1
Suggested additional features
a bluetooth feature that works like that of a nokia or SE, at least a 1MP camera, video recording capability
Hints and tips for other owners
When doing your first load up of music from iTunes dont think that you have to download all new music from iTunes music store, just use file then add folder to libary to import mp3's to iTunes etc, also have about 20 - 40 minutes spare as the transfer rate is abismal
My opinion as viewable on http://mobilereviews.o2.co.uk/userreview/showreview?reviewId=413 - personally i find the E1 as a W800i want to be as i express here - go for an W800i if you want a really portibale multimedia centre than the E1......
I used this ROKR E1 for a day and I am on the plan to return this phone.
this software doesn't work really fast, you have to wait long time if you want to put mp3 file. This phone really tests my patient when I tried to put music on.
i have the phone but don't know how to set up the email. i have a hotmail account and don't know what info to put in the isp settings and account settings. if anyone can help me out i would be thankful...
i heard that motorola sms function sucks. it is a gd phone as for calling and playing music but very laggy when keying sms...i quite like the overall of this rokr e1...and thought of buying it but i'm worried abt the sms thing. can anyone tell is that true?
how come my phone can only store a total of 80+ inbox and outbox? can save my msges using the card memory ? can teach me how?
Im wondering if I should trade up my v3 for this phone, what do you guys think? Im getting a clue since Im really a mp3 person but also want a motorola phone, and always had a crave for the looks off this phone. Any ideas? Lmk thanks if you can email me the pros and cons that would be great!
im getting one of Rokr e1..! anything white seems cool to me anyw... i lurv rokr e1 cos i don hv to click the `back` button of the phone in order to see the nxt msg in `inbox`. and i can store loads loads of msges in my inbox! i lurv the bold text handwriting als... not like the text in n6230i or others!!
i als lurv the camera altho its a VGA cam.. becos it doesn't drag along when i move! frm my previous n6230i, the image actlly drag and cos the image to look blur and giddy to me... rokr e1's VGA cam als has many modes to keep ur image alive at all times and u can even chnge the `capture` sound. its fun!
iam shocked that to see how poor the welcomed of ROKR phone! motorola should keep hard work else lost battle among the mp3 phone.
i'm looking for a phone to buy.. tis phone is great. previously i had tried on e398 but in whole, rokr e1 is the best! wait till u get the phone, have the whole day exploring!
please go to the above website and see how poor of ROKR been voted by world-wide voters. Sigh for ROKR...
I know on iPods you are able to buy an attachment that will make it possible to play out of your car stereo through an FM channel. Does this phone have the same capability?
for rob:all u need to do is put the mp3 rington in the phone not on the memory card...
My Opinion on the Motorola E1 ROKR Cell Phone; Firstly, yes I own one. I bought it specifically because it was not a flip phone. I owned a V400, which is a good phone, but I'm very tired of flip phones and their bad connectors to the screen that cost a lot to repair. So a solid non-flip phone is ideal for me. As far as the looks I've read that a lot of people dislike the looks of the E1 ROKR. Personally, I like it very much...I much prefer the design of this device to some of those horrible 80's retro wannabe things that Nokia is pumping out lately. It is true however that the phone could have been made slimmer. It is basically the same size as the previous generation of phones. But the size is not all that bad. Also, the buttons were well laid out as I rarely have a problem finding the correct button...unline the Vxxx series of phones where I was constantly hitting the wrong button. Also the vibrate feedback feature onthe phone is nice...it is reasuring to knowing that your input was recognized by the OS. The Rythym lights features is interesting. It is a bit silly really, but a nice idea if it had been done correctly and implemented more seriously. As it is currently it's more a lame ravers feature and the novelty wears thin quickly. The itunes software is excelent. My only grip is that controlling iTunes on the phones is not obvious. Raising/Lowering volume, stop/play/pause and other features are not obvious. Also, it would have been better had those rythym light things gone to the beat of the music on iTunes.
The battery time is really good though. Beats the V400 my miles. I rarely need to charge this phone which is a plus for once.
The memory card used to store the songs is a bit strange. SD is fine...but why something called TransSD? And why do small? The card it like 1/8 of a postage stamp and it must be installed under the cover under the battery. Did noone at motorola realize that a slot in the side of the phone for quick change would have been nice...instead of having to open your phone and expose it's insides to swap out cards. So that is a bad design fault in my opinion.
The phone is Tri-Band which is good but unfortunately it is not Quad-Band.
The software is a fancy version of the V400. Themes are cool and a good idea but basically it's a V400.
The Camera on the phone is dated and takes low res pictures and they are very low quality. Yes the phone has a video camera feature but that is more novelty than useful.
The included transfer USB cable is a big bonus. And transfering files between the PC and the phone is a snap since the phones memory card shows up in Windows XP as a hard drive. So installing java games, pictures, ringtones, whatever, is really easy. This is an excellent design feature of the phone.
Bluetooth functionality on the phone leaves something to be desired. It basically works about 50% of the time and it is so limited in functionality that it's basically useless. You really can't do much with the bluetooth. Motorola needs to start including full bluetooth functionality in it's phones.
The 100 song limit is stupid. Whoever came up with that is an idiot. Even if you have tons of memory left the phone will not allow over 100 songs. Hopefully a future firmware upgrade will correct this idiotic limitation.
The phone is pricy in my opinion. But in all fairness...I think all cell phones are a rip off for what you get....if you want a really useful phone pop for the cash and get an HP iPaq phone....now there is a useful phone...all the rest are toys.
But if you want to own the first official iTunes phone this phone is not bad it's just not exactly what you probably expect. It would appear that the phone was rushed to market quickly before everything was thought out throughly.
Great phone. Itunes on the go - perfect. But the main reason i got the phone was to use my mp3's as ringtones. How do you do this ? It just does not say anywhere !