Review: Motorola ROKR E8
Body Basics Extras Wrap-up Comments 9
Touch Menus Calls/Contacts Messaging
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.
Advertisements article continues below...
The E8 offers no instant messaging.
Our complete coverage of CES in Las Vegas. Hands-on with Mirasol displays, plus new phones from LG, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Neonode, UTStarcom, and OpenMoko.
Motorola has a new $500 phone and it's kind of a big deal. While Motorola has been successful with more affordable phones lately, not since 2017 have all of the big three US carriers offered a Motorola phone over $400.
Nov 15, 2022
Qualcomm has announced its newest top-end chip, intended to power most flagship-level Android phones in 2023. As expected, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more powerful and power-efficient across the board (compared to Gen 1), but the most impressive improvements and new features involve AI.
Jun 4, 2020
Secure messaging app Signal is adding a new tool that lets users blur faces in photos before sharing them. When activated, it automatically detects faces and blurs them.
Sep 6, 2022
Qualcomm has just announced the two chips that will power a great number of entry-level and mid-range Android phones in 2023: the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 6 Gen 1. Both chips integrate a 5G modem and include upgraded performance as well as new features compared to the chips they replace.