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Motorola Keeps On ROKN

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Jan 3, 2006, 12:00 PM   by (staff)

Motorola today unveiled the successor to the ROKR E1 iTunes Phone. The ROKR E2 packs new software and new features while addressing many of the complaints about the E1. The E2 runs on Motorola's new Linux-Java platform and has a 2" QVGA display, 1.3 MP camera with flash and a full size hot-swappable SD slot and USB 2.0 for fast file transfer. The phone has a 3.5 mm headset jack, full music playback controls on the side and new audio player software that supports MP3, AAC, WMA and Real. There is no iTunes software, nor the 100-song limit of the E1. In addition, the E2 offers an FM radio and Bluetooth with A2DP stereo audio support. Motorola is launching a whole line of Bluetooth headphones to complement the E2 and other new phones. The new ROKR is due out the first half of 2006.

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Jan 6, 2006, 4:22 PM

1.3 Megapix or 2.0 Megapix?

I just read the report from CES 2006 and it says the E2 has a 2.0 Megapixel camera. But in the previous story it says it has a 1.3 MP camera. So what is it going to have?

Jan 3, 2006, 12:36 PM

Hmm - 2G?

Well, it has the specs that supposedly make a music phone good: real SD Card support, 3.5mm jack, stereo bluetooth and all the buttons. They even threw a QVGA display in there so that the visuals should look good. If it isn't 3G to enable song downloads then I suppose it's just a iPod Nano substitute, right?
If you need 3G, there are rumors of a ROKR E3... which I would guess we'll see announced at 3GSM in February.

Jan 5, 2006, 1:05 AM

what about AVRC??

i like the look, personally (in black anyway 🤭 )

but can the music player be controled by those new S805 DJ Headphones?

Jan 3, 2006, 3:53 PM

What does this mean for the V3i???

Will it still have itunes software, or will it have this new OS and more memory capability?
hopefully the v3i will not have itunes but rather moto's software. i think steve jobs just gave moto the big FU with the rokr. im pretty sure hellomoto is real bitter about it and is going to say FU back to apple and go with their own software. just ...

Jan 3, 2006, 2:17 PM

no i Tunes

Do you think that they will add the iTunes software to this phone? Is that not the whole point of the Rokr phone? They are coming out with a new Rozr that has iTunes, why would they take it off for this?
The Rokr line of phones are specialized for music, not necessarily iTunes. The Razr V3i is not a Rokr phone, yet has iTunes. It is not optimized for music as the Rokr series is supposed to be.

With the Rokr E2, music specific optimizations incl...
Itunes+Rokr was a deal with apple. Apple made motorola impliment some limitations on the original rokr that hurt sales. Like the 100 song cap. Apple was afraid that it would compete with their precious baby Ipod. Motorola is just continuing with the ...
The big gap: iTunes. The E1 was the easiest-to-use music phone ever, thanks to its seamless integration with Apple's popular jukebox. But even at the E1's release party, we heard about tensions between Motorola and Apple, mostly surrounding the ...

Jan 4, 2006, 12:31 PM

Rokr E10?

I am sorry to say but this phone is really ugly compared to even the orginal Rokr E1. Where are the speakers on this particular unit. I have a Rokr E1 and the speakers are the best thing about it. I really question the purpose of having seventy hours of music on a cell phone or just having a damn ipod. If you have 20GB of music, WHY? No one needs that much music in the first place. It just seems ludacris and little insane. 😳 I guess we need to wait until they come out with the Rokr E10 which includes a flat screen television, toaster, video confercing, debit card, palm pilot, windows media, etc... Then everyone will be broke and will be watching their cell phones instead of tv. Imagine this line: "Hey Babe what are we going to watch ...

Jan 3, 2006, 12:50 PM

4GB hard drive!

Moto says it can hold 70 hours worth of music. Thats means about 4GB of storage built in. Sounds like what the ROKR should have been all along. Screw iTunes if Apple wants to cap it at 100 songs so it doesn't compete with their products.
Maybe not. Though this article (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060103/wr_nm/te lecoms_motorola_dc) states the first iRadio phone, the E2, would hold 70 hours of music, Moto's site does not confirm it has any built in storage, but rather full SD expandi...

Jan 3, 2006, 1:01 PM

Motorola Announcements

This phone looks good, but I thought the new rule for Motorola was to only announce phones the day before they are released?
maybe it will be available in europe very soon?

Jan 3, 2006, 1:40 PM

Rich, Do you know what Carrier

Hi Rich,
I was curious do you know if its gonne be cingular ot t-mobile that get this phone.
If you have anyn idea can you let me know
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