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Motorola ROKR E8 review

6.6/10 AVG.

  • Motorola ROKR E8
  • Motorola ROKR E8

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The Motorola ROKR E8 currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Despite Motorola’s management issues and fiscal concerns, they certainly keep churning out quality phones.

The Motorola ROKR E8 is a good one. A quick look at the ROKR E8 and you can see it has a specific music focus. It uses a virtual keypad that works in conjunction with Motorola’s proprietary ModeShift technology, which is an interesting and effective method for delivering the options the user wants, when they want them. Add an iPod-type scroll wheel and this thoughtful phone makes it easy to access and play your music.

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the phone is that instead of a traditional keypad, you instead have three rows of raised dots. This is their ModeShift technology. If you press a music key that will result in the morphing into a music mode. The numeric keys change into play/pause, skip, forward/backward, etc. Again, clever, functional and different.

The virtual keypad can display a traditional alphanumeric mode, a music mode, and camera mode. The ROKR E8 also used a navigation wheel, but instead of being a full circle, it is a horse-shoe shape. The speed of the navigation wheel is customizable.

Rounding out the fascia is a D-pad and 2 inch 240 x 320 pixel display, able to produce 262K colors.

This phone is truly fun and functional, and overall quite minimalist in design. Motorola’s ModeShift technology works well and is a great way to maximize the effectiveness of a fixed piece of real estate. And surprisingly, the phone is easy to use for texts, too.

Talk time is about 360 minutes and the call quality is good. The E8 also comes with Bluetooth 2.0 and a USB cable for fast music uploads, email retrieval, FM radio, SongID and 2GB of onboard memory.

While the camera is not nearly as powerful as the music applications, the E8 has moved into an interesting direction that may well attract an audience.

Fun stuff. Different and functional. If you want to merge your MP3 player with your phone, finally!, the E8 is a worthy candidate.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Motorola ROKR E8 is a fantastic music phone, with an innovative keypad to enhance simplicity and usability. It's also very striking in its design, with a very stylish front panel and unusual wedge shape at either end. It makes a great music player, with its 3.5mm and Bluetooth A2DP headphone con...

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn

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Motorola backs up the ROKR E8 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your ROKR E8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Motorola ROKR E8's screen size is 2 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 970 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

ROKR E8 Specs

Release date January 7, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 2 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.02 W/kg
Body: 0.85 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 970 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 5.3 x 1.1 cm (4.6 x 2.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 107 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry iTAP
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
8x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): MOTO ROKR E8

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