Throwback Thursday: Motorola ROKR E1

By on September 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Motorola ROKR E1

Way back in September of 2005 — over one year before the launch of the iPhone — Apple and Motorola were jointly pimping a handset called the ROKR E1 (pronounced “rocker”). The ROKR was a candy-bar-style device that had the dubious honor of being the first cell phone with the ability to natively integrate with Apple’s iTunes music software. What did the ROKR’s stat sheet look like? Glad you asked… the phone had a 176 x 220 pixel display, VGA camera with flash, Bluetooth, stereo headset jack, 22 KHz stereo speakers, micro-SD card slot (support for up to 512 MB), iTunes compatibility, and a fancy feature called “rhythm lights.” Unfortunately, the phone’s music player was throttled (with software) and only 100 songs were allowed to be stored on the device. Just five years ago this sweet little package would have set you back $249.99 when signing a 2-year contract with mobile provider Cingular. It’s amazing what half of a decade does to prices and expectations, no? We can’t say we ever bought into the ROKR; although we did own the very sexy SLVR L7 (image after the jump) which also sported iTunes integration. How about you? Take a stroll down cell phone memory lane… what was the last device you owned before you bought a smartphone and what ridiculous monetary sum did it cost you? More →

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Sprint and Boost getting some Motorola ROKR love?

By on August 4, 2009 at 12:03 PM.

Sprint and Boost getting some Motorola ROKR love?

We don’t have much info to go on here besides the photo, but we’ve been told that Sprint could quite possibly be picking up this iDEN-flavored Motorola ROKR for their network soon. If this was 2004, I’d totally sport an iDEN slider. But hey, we’re not exactly the target customer for this so we have no doubts that it might actually do well paired with Boost and a flat monthly unlimited rate plan.

Thanks, Daddy G.!

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Moto says hello to the ROKR ZN50

By on July 8, 2009 at 1:12 PM.

Moto says hello to the ROKR ZN50

It might not be the most exciting new handset to come to light this year, or this month, or even today… But Moto has just added a new piece to the ROKR puzzle this morning. Say hola to the Moto ROKR ZN50. For the time being it looks like this puppy will be confined to South Korea but availability in other markets is likely at some point down the road. As far as music phones go, it’s not terrible:

  • WCDMA 2100/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900
  • Dimensions: 108.9mm x 54mm x 14.3mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: widescreen touch-sensitive 3.2-inch, TFT, 240×427 pixels resolution, 262k colors
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixels with auto-focus
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • “SRS WOW HD” sound system
  • GPS
  • microSDHC support
  • Battery: 900 mAh
  • Other applications: Alarm clock, calendar, calculator, units converter, world time

At the right price and in the right markets, we can see the ROKR ZN50 shining to some extent. Rumor suggests it will drop near the end of the year and will come with free access to a music download service of some kind.

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Motorola @ CTIA: MOTOROKR S305 stereo headset

By on April 2, 2009 at 5:02 PM.

Motorola @ CTIA: MOTOROKR S305 stereo headset

Motorola had plenty of handsets and accessories on display this year but the one that caught our eye, aside from the Evoke of course, was the MOTOROKR S305 Bluetooth stereo headset. Think of this headset as the S9-HD’s first cousin — Moto basically wanted an over-ear option for its customers with pricing and functionality that would position it well along side the in-ear S9 headset. The over-ear design also allows Moto to spread device controls out and really removes the need to ever touch your handset while listening to music. Power, rewind, fast forward, play/pause and a volume rocker are all spread across the right ear piece along with a send/end button and a mic; yep, the S305 is equipped to handle all of your Bluetooth calling needs to avoid the need to fumble for your phone when a call comes in. As far as sound goes, it’s difficult to judge the audio quality while standing in the middle of the CTIA show floor. The music we sampled sounded pretty clear and bright though, and the volume definitely gets loud enough to drown out most surrounding noise. Pricing for the ROKR S305 stereo headset will be between $40 – $70 and it is already shipping to distributors around the country. Hit the jump for more hands on images.

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Freshly leaked Motorola handset could be the new ROKR [UPDATED]

By on February 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM.

Freshly leaked Motorola handset could be the new ROKR [UPDATED]

Assuming this handset is real and not a crazy Moto-clone, yet another handset that we know very little about has leaked this morning and Motorola is the victim this time around. Thankfully we have a bit more to go on compared to the Samsung S5600 but we’re still missing some relatively key information – you know, the name or model number would be nice info to have. Judging by the look however, it’s safe to say this nameless touchscreen handset will be the next device to drop in Moto’s ROKR line though it seems to have taken a few big steps backward from its predecessor. First and foremost, holy bulk. This baby looks like it might have eaten each of the ROKRs that came before it. It’s tall, wide and way thicker than any handset of its kind should be at this point. The only other detail we can confirm is that this new ROKR will sport a 3.2 megapixel camera. Beyond that, it looks like at least the top row of keys are touch-sensitive and Moto has opted to do away with the ModeShift keypad which is a pretty logical decision considering the presence of a touchscreen. The rest is still a mystery for the time being but we might just be looking at one of the first Motorola handsets that will feature the Android OS — probably the only surprise that would make the new ROKR even the least bit appealing. Hit the jump for a few more images.

UPDATE: Thanks to word from a few sources it looks like this handset is the EM1 / Texel, a Moto handset that was reportedly axed a while back to make room for more solid efforts from Moto. Although it looks a bit different from the initial image of the EM1 that was leaked, it’s a lighting/angle issue – definitely the same phone. Whew. Thanks to everyone else who emailed us.

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Motorola introduces the EM35 ROKR

By on December 2, 2008 at 4:27 PM.

Motorola introduces the EM35 ROKR

Motorola EM35 ROKR

While everyone is obsessing over the new Nokia N97, Motorola quietly added another slider to its ROKR portfolio. The EM35 is a music phone to the max with Motorola’s own MOTOMUSIC music player that connects to Motorola’s music store, SongID music identification application, “Fast Scroll” navigation wheel, integrated stereo speakers and stereo Bluetooth support. The ROKR EM35 also sports an integrated FM antenna that allows users to listen to FM radio with RDS over stereo Bluetooth headsets or external speakers without the use of a wired headset. On the phone side of the handset, the EM35 has the following features:

  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900, EDGE
  • 2.2” QVGA TFT
  • 3.1 MP w/ zoom and fixed focus
  • Noise Reducing Crystal Talk technology
  • 110MB user available memory
  • MicroSD Card slot (supports up to 32GB)
  • 810.00 mAh that provides up to approximately 400 minutes talk time and 400 hours standby
  • 49.5 x 107.00 x 16.00mm dimensions

The EM35 is expected to hit the shelves by the end of the year. No pricing or location information was released but considering we only have 29 days left in 2008, that information should be forthcoming very soon.

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Rogers June launches: BlackBerry Bold, HTC Shift, ROKR E8, and more

By on May 19, 2008 at 7:46 AM.

Rogers June launches: BlackBerry Bold, HTC Shift, ROKR E8, and more

 

One of Roger ninjas hit us up to give us the breakdown of mobile device launches for the month of June. It’s a pretty impressive line-up if you ask us. As usual, dates do change, but this is what we got so far:

  • BlackBerry Bold launch time frame is June 9th-29th. (we don’t have an exact date just yet)
  • The HTC Shift will launch on Rogers within the next 10 days. Rumored date is May 22nd, and it’s going for $1,500 on a 3-year agreement.
  • The Motorola E8 will be making the trek up north for a June launch. No specific launch date or pricing info yet.
  • The Motorola ROKR U9 which as we’re told was supposed to be launched in May, will now be launched in June on Fido.
  • Motorola’s W755r (same exact model AT&T has) will also be coming to Rogers in June.
  • We’ve also been told Rogers will not be getting the BlackBerry 8320. They are sticking to the BlackBerry 8120 and BlackBerry 8820 for their UMA action.

I think we’ve about covered it for now. Also, the BlackBerry Bold date seems a tad early, so we’d guess it would be launched towards the tail-end of that timeframe. AT&T should either launch before that date, or soon after as we can’t imagine Rogers getting it first. But that’s our own prediction and not based off actual AT&T internal information. Who’s excited out there

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