Motorola Rokr E1
Two years before Apple's iPhone, there was this "iTunes" phone. Also proceeded by months of rabid speculation, and unveiled at a showcase Apple event at San Francisco's Moscone Center, the Rokr E1 was the first cell phone to support iTunes.
Unfortunately for Moto, the handset was a disaster. It was unbearably slow, the camera was VGA, and the iTunes player was rife with irritating limitations. For example, you could store only 100 songs on the handset at a time, you had to use a wired connection for song downloads, and you couldn't use a stereo Bluetooth headset. Also, considering that the Rokr E1 came at the height of the Razr craze, the design was beyond dull. Three years later, Moto redeemed the Rokr family with the more successful Rokr E8 for T-Mobile.
Of course, it's clear now that Apple was just using the Rokr E1 as a way to test the wireless waters. It emerged from the experiment almost unscathed while Cingular and Motorola took the heat. Granted, the real iPhone also has its limitations (remember that we didn't get stereo Bluetooth for a while), but it made us forget the Rokr E1 ever happened.
CNET review bottom line: The Motorola Rokr E1 takes a step toward integrating a usable audio jukebox into a functional cell phone, but the 100-song limit and the slow processor performance will disappoint iPod users looking to carry a single do-it-all device.
March 27, 2013 6:59 AM PDT
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