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Hands-On with the Motorola ROKR E8 Mighty Morphin’ Power Phone

When the Motorola RAZR was first revealed to the world, we were all very impressed with its slim profile. Since then, the big M hasn’t been quite as awe-inspiring, but that has definitely changed with this latest offering. You may have heard about the Motorola ROKR E8. It looks like a conventional candybar, but what’s special is that the keypad automatically morphs to suit the situation.

For example, when it comes time to make a call, the numerical keypad pops up. When you’re listening to music, the media controls emerge. When you take a picture, the camera controls rise to the surface. Some people scoffed at the idea, saying that it’s nothing more than a glorified touchscreen or a set of touch-sensitive controls, but there is something called “haptics” that provides tactile feedback. It’s not just a haptics vibration either; the Boy Genius says that it actually feels like a real button.

Besides this revolutionary design element, the Motorola ROKR E8 also boasts a ROKR scroll wheel, 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, quad-band GSM/EDGE, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a newer version of the MOTOMAGX platform. The unique keyboard and “excellent call quality” make the Motorola ROKR E8 a phone that the Boy Genius “could see ourselves using… every day.”

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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