Sunday, June 10, 2007

Mobile Mania - Motorola E6 Rokr Mobile Phone

Yes, we all love Motorola! Motorola is known for making classy, stylish phones that stand out from the rest of the competition. So far, I have only given my humble opinion on Nokia phones - the affordable Nokia 6300, and the fantastic (but expensive) Nokia N95. But now my friends, the time has come for Motorola to take the center stage! Allow me to showcase to you the Motorola E6 Rokr Mobile Phone - priced at Rs.15,000:

Image Source: Motorola

This phone is actually a PDA with a touchscreen- there is no keypad! The all black phone is slim and sleek and looks fantastic as you would expect from Motorola!

The Motorola E6 comes with 2 megapixel camera. Don't expect anything spectacular with only 2MP. Also, there is no flash or auto-focus. To make matters more difficult, the placement of the shutter key is unusual compared to other digital cameras. This makes it hard to capture spur-of-the-moment photographs! On a positive note, you can edit various settings like color, brightness, and digital zoom up to 8x to spruce up your videos and pictures. The phone comes with only 8mb of internal memory but does have a removable memory card slot that can hold up to 2GB. Overall the camera is nothing to rave home about and it is only good for occasional shooting.

The Motorola E6 is based on the open-source Linux operating system. The menus are accessible and easy to navigate. The Motorola E6 also has some useful software. For example, the Motorola E6 is capable of reading Adobe PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. But, the one thing that impressed us the most was the Business Card Reader especially in India given that every "Bablu" and "Pinky" these days has a business card! Basically, the camera takes a picture of the Business Card and places all the relevant information in the contact details of the phone!

It is possible to browse the Internet with WAP. Furthermore, you can connect the Motorola E6 to your computer via USB. Your Java needs have also been taken care of with J2ME MIDP 2.0. This allows you to install a host of Java applications on your phone.

The Motorola E6 Rokr has been marketed as more of a sound entertainment phone in India with good reason. You see, we Indians love music - Bollywood movies are filled with music, my milkman loves listening to music(and singing!), my postman loves music, my servant loves music....and you get the point!! So, how good is the Motorola E6 Rokr in the sound department? Well, the phone comes with a 3.5mm audio jack allowing you to connect your headphones. Realplayer will play almost all music formats including AAC, AAC+, DRM, MIDI, MP3, RA, WAV and WMA. But, what disappointed us was the poor sound quality! The sound quality wasn't that crisp, and didn't have than Rocker feel to it. It was quite average and fuzzy at times! Maybe, that is why Motorola used Bollywood stars to market the Motorola E6 Rokr on television! You know people will buy anything if they see a movie star associated with it!!

Battery: The Motorola E6 battery will give you 235 hours of standby and 7 hours of talk time.

Conclusion: Even though the Motorola E6 Rokr is a cool looking mobile phone, it lacks decent camera capabilities and the sound quality is average. Even the software that comes with the Motorola E6 Rokr is mediocre when compared to other smart phones. Sadly, I would recommend that you give this phone a miss!

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