Pros cool feel, slick looking, auto open is pretty cool
Cons functionality no different than razr, no flash slot like slvr phone, expensive
Summary I currently have had this phone for about 3 weeks, paid US600 (including shipping) for it. In my personal opinion I love it. While its practically identical to the razr in functionality, the screen is a little smaller inside and it is a few grams heavier. However the form factor of the phone makes is much more comfortable to hold, put in pocket, talk on, etc...
the keypad is relatively similiar but a little smaller, i have large hands and i actually find it easier to use than the razr.. the phone comes in the soft coated black (the one i have), which is also available in a burgundy,, and a polished nickel,, (the only reason i say its available in burgundy is because in the box it came in there is a burgundy phone in the pic next to the black one, i dont know if this strictly for overseas,,, my phone has voice prompts with a british accent and came with a 220v charger with adapter)... Also the double hinge with the auto open is cool,, you slide the top of the phone towards you and release and two magnets push off one another and flip the phone open for you,,,, the texture of the phone really makes it feel like a river rock (ie: pebl),,,,all in all this phone is for someone who would like to have a stylish phone for making phone calls, there are not alot of frills with it, if multimedia is what your looking for get something else, this phone is basically a razr brain inside a simulated river rock. (which by the way is pretty cool)
Pros Look & Feel
Cons Interface, Lags.
Summary Unfortunetly I have to put in the first negative words on this phone...
It lags tremendously...I'm talking about you would think your using a dial up computer. The interface is the same wack motorlla interface they've had for the last X years.
Mine just stoped working. The screen actually doesn't turn on on the outsider or inside. It had happend to me before but i would pop the battery out and put it back in and it would work. This time it just gave up. 27 days and this phone broke. 300 for 27 days doesn't add up. If you want a phone for the way it looks get this phone but its not a good performer. It also scratches easily contrary to popular belief.
Pros Great sound, feel, look, audio quality and signal
Cons Terrible interface/OS and short battery life
Summary I bought this phone for $299 the day it arrived at my T-Mobile store, and eventually returned it within the 14-day no-hassle window. This is why:
I wanted a better looking, better sounding, slightly more featured cell phone than my Nokia 3220. Motorola has really pulled ahead of all other manufacturers in aesthetic area.
The PEBL was amazing for look, feel, and sound quality. It feels great in the hand, although none of my friends could intuitively open the clamshell via the one-thumb flip maneuver without being shown how. They all tried to pry it open like a clam by slipping a fingernail into the crack between the halves. The buttons worked well enough, but they're aligned in a wave-pattern that requires practice to dial accurately, much less without looking. Nonetheless, the feeling of the closed "rock" in the hand was great. You want to carry it all the time.
Taking photos with the PEBL was not as easy as with Nokia phones, because it forces you to file or send each shot before taking another. Nokias seem to auto-file them much more easily.
And text messaging is slower via iTap's spell-and-select software than with Nokia's guess-and-go T9 software. Maybe that's user preference, but the people I know with Motos seem stilted in their SMS speech (using minimal letter responses like "k" and "CU L8R), while Nokia users frequently seem to send longer, more articulate messages. Personal preference? or design inhibiting life?
All of these things (and a little experience with a friend's RAZR) left me with the overall impression that Motorola's loaded menu options and configurations are not easy to figure out, but I was starting to think I would get used to them. Settings are quite manipulable once you find out how to change them.
However, in the end, what broke my heart (and the deal) was the terrible lifespan of the almost-new PEBL battery. After 10 days of careful use and re-charging, I still would get the "low batt" beep and display not 24 hours after charging, with perhaps 90 minutes of calling and 3 or 4 text messages. When the battery goes low, the entire outside display (clock/date) is replaced with the "Low Battery" message, reminding you that the phone is a couple of quarts low, and frustrating you until you get to your charger. This is significant for me because in the last couple of years, I've begun using my phone's exterior display as a sort of pocket watch, instead of wearing a wristwatch.
Charging the phone every night and still going "low batt" by 5pm each day was unnacceptable to me, especially coming from Nokia-world, where battery charges seemed to last 3-5 days of moderate use and standby.
It was sad, like breaking up with a beautiful girl becuase I knew she would drive me insane. Seeing the pictures still makes me wistful.
So later, after a couple of weeks of mourning the "breakup," with the black beauty, I instead bought the Nokia 6101 for $99 (a third of the PEBL cost). It has all the same features, a better OS & interface, an incredible battery, and an FM radio as well. I'm pretty content, and it's a good looking phone, but it's sort of like comparing an Acura to a Jaguar. Different leagues. Less excitement, but fewer headaches.
Pros Size, signal lock, it does exactly what it's designed to do: make calls.
Cons It's not the best bang for a buck; outside buttons; high dollar phone with no software for external functions
Summary One should be very cautious about where this phone is physically placed... it has exposed magnets when the phone is flipped open. Those magnets help to keep the phone closed. In contrast to that on the underside of the phone, should one desire to test it's magnetism, get your hands on one of those metal ties used commonly on bread and other things and you'll discover that the outside of the phone is magnetic as well! Only after the phone is purchased and you read all of the propaganda do you find out that this phone can possibly negatively affect credit card strips and so forth. Computers, credit cards, smart card type devices, and magnets are not good friends.
I've had this phone for a month now and so far it's a functional instrument. I see no reason to rant and rave about it as it does what it is designed to do. So far it seems to do it quite well.
The phone itself is certainly a good feeling and jazzy looking device but performance of anything has never been enhanced by good looks. What ever the case, the battery life seems to be okay. I have an old habit of charging my unit nightly so I'm not sure what the full extent of battery usage is. Yet. In any event, after an hour of talking it takes about a half hour to maximum re-charge even though the unit shows a full charge.
Thinking about chargers, if your need is for a vehicle charger be sure and order the mobile charger that does double duty: 120v AC and 12v cigarette lighter in a single package. It's smaller than the size of a pack of cigarettes; it's weight is basically negligible; and it works splendidly. I have no idea if this charger type is offered outside the USA so you'll have to do a bit of research on that issue.
While I'm not one for wallpapers and all, I can do without that added attraction. The way I see it, battery power is needed to keep those sorts of things up and running... I want maximum performance from my battery for communicating. When this device makes a call one can see the screen dim a little... sort of like it's powering down. So, until a self rejuvenating battery is introduced to the wonderful world of cellphones...
While the screen suffers greatly from dimness when outside in bright light or sunlight, inside or in deep shade the screen is clear and crisp looking. So if you're an outside person you do not want this phone.
If you have big hands such as myself you'll find it to be a little difficult to operate this phone with one hand due to it's small size and the smallness of the keys. Good dexterity is pretty much a necessity for one handed usage. The key setup is weird at best but that's Motorola. But did they have to make them so bloody small?
If you do extensive text messaging or email you do not want this phone because it's interface (phone keys) are a royal PITA for that application. Get a Razr or other phone.
I dunno about those other PEBL's people are talking about but mine does not have a button to open the phone. One has to slide the top (screen) downwards and it'll open or simply pry it open with your fingernail. For the most part it's an effortless operation. I was told by the T-Mobile salesperson that it had a button release and I've read about it in User Opinions but I've yet to see one. I'm thinking that this just ain't true. If it is... where's my button?! Go figure.
My unit has three side buttons on the outside of the phone which, according to the manual, are programmable. Well, those buttons are a PITA because one has to be careful not to accidentally press one when handling the phone or the ring setting (ring + vibe or whatever) can be accidentally changed and you wouldn't know it until you check. Or, out of the blue, the phone is asking you to make a voice command. That ain't good.
I live in a rural area in the desert southwest with plenty of mountains so it's a good test for signal reception. The Razr and a couple of Nokia brand phones seem better able to get a grip on a useable signal indoors and sometimes outside. I often get "call failed" until I move around and find a more conducive area for dialing a number. Once connected all of my calls have been routinely clear, and quite audible. Dropped calls isn't a routine thing so I'm happy about that.
The speaker phone just plain sucks. The volume level is too low and too many times it is inaudible. I don't use it.
The earbud contraption supplied with this phone sucks too. There is no way to keep the thing in an ear. If you move it falls out. If you sneeze it falls out. If you hold still it falls out. The bloody thing is too big. But, the sound, volume and voice transmission is good! Ain't that something?
I have a Bluetooth audio device for this unit and it works quite well. I bought the one that is not powered by the phone and has about a 30' range. It uses one AAA battery and eats 'em up if I use the device routinely. Two things I found out about using a Bluetooth with this phone is that I had to name it and care must be taken when turning it off or it will make an automatic redial of the last call. If you're in an area where other people are using the same sort of device your phone will detect yours and theirs. The problem with this is that detected items are listed by manufacturer number. Name yours and you'll be able to pick it out of a crowd in a jiffy. The Pebl has the capability that allows you to name your device.
Would I buy another Pebl knowing what I know about it now? No. I'd buy a less expensive phone with the same features.
This unit, a world class phone, and one of the primary reasons I purchased it from T-Mobile, is suppose to be right on the money when used world wide. I'll let you know just how good it works outside the USA the next time I take a trip to see what the rest of the world is up to these days :o)
Pros Great design, cool keypad.....
Cons nothing so far
Summary This is the best phone I've owned so far i love the features. I'm a tech savvy type of guy I love the ergonomics of the phone with the slide and flip that's pretty cool. I read that someone didn't like the way that it flipped open because it could flip out of your hand well that person needs to learn how to adjust or is a retard. Next I read a complaint about the keys getting smudgy. You know what jackass all the phones do, just wipe it off like the rest of us do and stop whining. Motorola makes very good phones. I would have gotten the razr but every Tom, Dick and Harry has one I want to be an individual. So I got this one, which was a very good choice after alot of comparing...and oh by the way someone complained...my Pebl only stores 7 photos whaaa, whaaaa, whaaaaaaaaaaaaa. You know what you buy a phone to talk to someone it wasn't built primarily as a digital camera. Go buy a Minolta!!!!!!