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Review: Motorola ROKR E8

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E8 offers both messaging as well as POP3 and IMAP email. Setting up email is ridiculously simple. Tap in your email address and password, and the phone goes out and, after a minute of watching the horizontal progress bar roll, the E8 gets all the information it needs from the given domain. Then the E8 goes and gets your email. This process worked quickly and efficiently for my AOL and my .mac email accounts, but failed to register my personal IMAP domain email account and my POP3 cable provider email account. Mail sent from the phone looked exactly as it would have looked my desktop; no pretentious "Sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my Blackberry" identifications.

The E8 is not a smartphone, so you don't get the niceties of push email, but you can add attachments, as long as they're less than a 1 MB. When sending pictures as attachments, the phone needs to save them again, meaning you have to have enough memory to do so. And when you are prompted to choose the picture attachment, you see only the phone's generated file names, not the pictures themselves. If you want to make sure you're sending the right pictures, go to the Media Files menu, find the picture and send it from there.

If you use multiple email accounts on the phone, one of them will be designated as your default. If you want to send an email from a particular address, choose it first.

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The E8 offers no instant messaging.


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