I got this phone via a special offer and decided to give it a go, despite not generally liking Motorola phones at all.
The first thing I noticed was the design, the 'candy bar' shape is very appealing and is really quite beautiful, with a mix of quality metal and a glass front, with silver side buttons.
The next thing to notice is that the front of the phone changes depending on what you are using the phone for at the time. For instance if you are using the very good mp3 player, then the number pad turns into a music player pad, and the same happens when you use the camera.
When I first started using it, it wasn't long before I gave up using the touch sensitive scroll wheel thing, and concentrated on using the physical buttons in the middle of the scroll wheel instead, because quite frankly the wheel is absolutely useless and impossible to control.
Another thing is the phone is extremely laggy, for instance if you receive a text message it can take up to text seconds before you can actually read it!.
Yet another negative, after a couple of months the back fell off and I couldn't get it to stay on after that.
Its a very pretty phone with a good mp3 player but that's about it for me, for me Motorola seem to be utterly clueless when it comes to designing a user friendly phone, which is surprising because I think they invented the mobile phone!.
The motorokr e8 is a solid well built phone. It feel quite wide in the palm of your hand and the keypad is big and bright. The keypad also changes its layout when listening to music and displays only the 'buttons' relavent to playing music as an mp3 player would. The menu system is one of the simplest i've personnally seen with all your icons in a row, and most of the menu's, track lists etc. can be navigated using the scroll. You simply move you thumb in a circular motion around the wheel. Its simple. As a phone it has a strong signal, clear sound and is easy to text with because of the keypad. On top of all this you hav a descent 2mp camera and fantastic 2gb of internal memory which can be expanded with a micro sd memory card. So, in summary, it is a good looking phone with more than enough space for your music. Its easy to use and has some neat features. One other thing is that it has little rubber 'caps' that cover the usb and headphone slots. These fit in the gaps very nicely and help to keep out pocket fluff. The only bad thing is that the one I'm reviewing belongs to my wife.
The first thing you notice about this phone HAS to be how cool it looks, also the keypad feature is very attractive. As it is able to change the layout of the key pad depending on what feature you are on. Also the cool thing about this phone is how much memory it has, you can store around a hundred songs on it and still have room left for numbers, text messages and other information. This phone has never let me down signal wise, i have always been able to make a call or text when in my normal home vacinity. Obviously when out of a mobile network it does not work, like all phones. But the one draw back of this phone is its camera, sounds good having 2MegaP camera, but in reality its quite lame. All in all if you want a cool, flash phone for texting and calling, this is the phone for you, for media geeks its good for music but images and film are a No-no.
This phone replaced a much loved L8, so it had some work to do. I bought it unlocked from CarPhone Warehouse, very prompt delivery and great service btw.
I love the easy, no faff transitions, one button to music, one to phone, one to camera. The keypad also only displays the relevant controls for the mode you have selected making usage VERY straightforward. Also loving the scroll wheel in the centre, simple and slick.
Installing music is a breeze with Windows Media Player, or the Motorola Phone Tools....I have been loading stuff on for six months now and still only half full. Sound quality is excellent whether from speaker or headphones.
Also internet access is great, have never used a phone for this before, so I am still finding my feet, but the available options are straightforward and easy to navigate even for a 40+ technophobe.
For the gents out there...I have never even looked at the instructions!