PDA

View Full Version : Would you buy the ROKR?



schweb
09-11-2005, 02:23 PM
If the ROKR was available to you would you buy it?

PowerBookG4
09-11-2005, 02:27 PM
I voted no, because I can not, I have verizon, I don't even know If I would buy it if I could however, it does not look like a phone I would want even though it does have iTunes support that does not make me want to buy it, not that important to me.

chouk
09-11-2005, 02:42 PM
just too little songs....even other phones support mp3 music.
the rokr have itunes enabled, but who really cares about that.

Aptmunich
09-11-2005, 03:05 PM
Nah I have a 20GB iPod, the cam is crappy, apart from iTunes the moto interface is rubbish and the design is nothing special either.

I'm going for a K750i instead.

sarahsboy18
09-11-2005, 03:05 PM
I am already on Cingular... so if I had to buy a new phone I would consider it. But I'm in no hurry to trade in my current phone for it.

schweb
09-11-2005, 03:07 PM
Nah I have a 20GB iPod, the cam is crappy, apart from iTunes the moto interface is rubbish and the design is nothing special either.

I'm going for a K750i instead.
Ok now you've done it! The Moto interface is not rubbish :). Well it's not the best either but honestly I think most cell phones have horrid interfaces doesn't matter who made them. I have yet to see one I like.

Generally I think people just like the interface of the phone brand they're most used to using. For me I've almost exclusively used Moto phones so it's very easy and intuitive to me.

sarahsboy18
09-11-2005, 03:11 PM
Generally I think people just like the interface of the phone brand they're most used to using. For me I've almost exclusively used Moto phones so it's very easy and intuitive to me.

I would agree... I have been a Nokia guy from my first cell phone... I had to use Sanyo while I was on Sprint but never liked it... Even though it had alot of features my Nokia doesn't have. And now that I am back on Nokia I feel right at home again.

I think if I did have to get another phone as much as I like the idea of having iTunes on it... It would be really hard to give up the Nokia interface.

Aptmunich
09-11-2005, 04:23 PM
Ok now you've done it! The Moto interface is not rubbish :). Well it's not the best either but honestly I think most cell phones have horrid interfaces doesn't matter who made them. I have yet to see one I like.

Generally I think people just like the interface of the phone brand they're most used to using. For me I've almost exclusively used Moto phones so it's very easy and intuitive to me.
Okay - I admit that phone interfaces are generally a matter of personal preference. However I do think that from a UI designers viewpoint Motorola's are fairly bad compared to say Sony Ericsson's or Siemens.

I think the biggest issue here though is that it's made in cooperation with Apple!

No matter how much you like Motorola's interface - it's hardly OS X on a cellphone is it? ;)
I won't be impressed until we see a real "iPhone".

evolve
09-11-2005, 05:10 PM
i wouldnt get it. Thats what an ipod is for. My NOKIA 6600 is the bomb. Im on T-mobile. The only other phone I would consider is the new N series from Nokia. There are three types.....one leaning more towards MP3's, one leaning more toward video, and another with a little of both. I never liked Moto phones though as I found there interface lacking what it could be. NOKIA ALL THE WAY!!!!

schweb
09-11-2005, 06:17 PM
I think the biggest issue here though is that it's made in cooperation with Apple!

No matter how much you like Motorola's interface - it's hardly OS X on a cellphone is it? ;)
I won't be impressed until we see a real "iPhone".

On that we can completely agree. Moto should've just turned their whole UI over to Apple's engineers.

Jammers
09-11-2005, 06:36 PM
Sadly Motorolo generally make poor phones - the RAZR is thin yes but it lacks memory, a decent cam, a lousy interface, the list is endless. Sony ericsson phones beat them everytime. Plus I have an iPod 20gig.

thermidor
09-11-2005, 07:06 PM
Not impressed, I'm afraid, although I'm open to changing my mind if it's revolutionary when I get to use one.

Motorola lose major points with me for that stupid "Hallo Moto" marketing thing they have - it's not very freeform/Californiesque Apple is it? But arguably better than that oh-so-annoying Nokia "tune" that assaults your eardrums from all quarters. I'll stick to my Ericsson for being the least irritating of the major phone manufacturers from a marketing perspective.

schweb
09-11-2005, 07:38 PM
Sadly Motorolo generally make poor phones - the RAZR is thin yes but it lacks memory, a decent cam, a lousy interface, the list is endless. Sony ericsson phones beat them everytime. Plus I have an iPod 20gig.
I will disagree with you all around. The RAZR is the best phone I've owned yet. The display is outstanding, camera is very good for a cell phone, battery life is amazing considering how small it is, great reception, and extremely rugged for it's small form factor.

And on top of it, I think there's general agreement that whatever interface you're used to you'll like the most. I like Moto's UI. I hate SE's and Nokia's is marginal to me.

As for poor phones, Moto generally makes good phones. It has had its losers (I believe the T720 was a huge one), but so has every other company. I remember a time when ALL of Ericcson's phones were junk, I used to sell them.

Redbrick
09-11-2005, 07:55 PM
It'll have to do more than just play itunes music. What about blue tooth connection with the PB and sync address book and calendar events etc...

schweb
09-11-2005, 09:02 PM
I'm sure it can sync all that stuff. Most moto phones are compatible with iSync and in Tiger Moto's BT phones are able to sync also.

Osiris22x
09-12-2005, 10:27 AM
Nope, absolutely not. I've already got two iPods, soon to be three (iPod Nano). I certainly have no use for a phone that plays music. What Apple needs to make is a Smartphone (PDA and phone in one). I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat.

Sadly, I'm stuck with a Palm until they do...which means half my data doesn't sync. *sigh*

inflexion
09-12-2005, 12:41 PM
not be buying it for these reasons

1) moto's are good phone i had the V600 but you still cant have ring AND vibrate at the same time Q....WHY!!

2) they use transflash cards which are expensive and are pointless as they have just lauched a 512 card, hardly masses of space really is it

3) remove the iTunes feature and whats still special about it. Nothing IMO

4) BT on moto's aint the best IMO either as it can be a real pain doin easy stuff like sending a video to my mates

Jammers
09-12-2005, 01:52 PM
The Camera on a RAR is only VGA - The latest SE phones have 2 megapixels with auto focus, it lacks bluetooth, my SE has a 262k colour screen with a great resolution plus it has expandable meory and can play mp3s etc.

schweb
09-12-2005, 03:48 PM
The RAZR is about a year old. Trying to compare a year old phone to a new one isn't really fair.

inflexion
09-12-2005, 03:51 PM
well compare the RAZR to the SE S700i then

ive got the S700i and its still got a 256k screen, expandable memory and a 1.3M Pixel camera, and the RAZR came out after the S700

rs2sensen
09-12-2005, 05:42 PM
Well, looking at the poll, I think it would be pretty fair to say "the tribe has spoken" for this one.

I don't think this phone is going to fly among current mac users, but among PC users and self proclaimed "cell phone addicts," it would be interesting to see the results of a similar poll.

Jammers
09-12-2005, 06:52 PM
The RAZR is about a year old. Trying to compare a year old phone to a new one isn't really fair.

My phone is a year old. However I'm in europe where phones tend to be around a year or so ahead of anything in the US.

schweb
09-12-2005, 07:25 PM
My phone is a year old. However I'm in europe where phones tend to be around a year or so ahead of anything in the US.
I still don't see how that makes your comparison legitimate.

schweb
09-12-2005, 07:27 PM
well compare the RAZR to the SE S700i then

ive got the S700i and its still got a 256k screen, expandable memory and a 1.3M Pixel camera, and the RAZR came out after the S700
Ok this is just getting stupid. The RAZR and the S700i are going after different markets.

Actually the screen on the RAZR is nicer, the form factor is smaller, the reception is better, and it weighs less. And from reviews I've read it has better battery life.

Regardless, this thread is about the ROKR so let's get back on track.

homer_j
09-13-2005, 06:27 AM
Im not keen on the ROKR and will not be purchasing. I own a SE P900 and that is just fine for me, I can easily transfer my mp3 tracks for ringtones - (which is the only use any music has on a phone in my opinion).

If you dont have an ipod and need a new phone, then maybe it is for you but otherwise, I cannot understand why anybody would dump their current phone for this.

Apple would need to do something serious like design and build the UI of the phone for me to even consider but they are not phone makers so I doubt this will happen. If they thought they could do this, I guess the ROKR would never of happened.

I guess, no matter what the thread/poll/forum thinks, unit sales etc will provide the only true answer. I am suprised apple have put their name to this though.

I would like to see a brand spanking all backside kicking pda from apple and a tablet - now that would be something...

iWhat
09-14-2005, 01:01 AM
Okay, this is how I see it with the ROKR. The ROKR is a cell phone, before it is a mp3 player. Cell phones as far as I can see get a lot of use, they need to be very rugged in design. That being said, the contemporary design that we all know and love with the iPod just would not hold up as good, if it was implemented into the design of the ROKR. So the contemporary design that we all love probably had to be comprised in order to extent the longevity of the product's life. If you look on the Apple website, Apple doesn't even pair the cell phone with the iPod product line, look here (http://www.apple.com/ipod/color/) towards the top. As mac users, we tend to set our standards very high around the appeal, but this time around, I'm not going to apply it here with the ROKR. So I'd buy it, if I was ever in the market for a cell phone.

dtravis7
09-14-2005, 01:10 AM
I will put it this way, If I were not so BROKE right now and had the extra $$$, I would purchase a ROXR tomorrow. And this is coming from a Nokia user who loves and is very used to Nokia phones. I am sure I would have to relearn a few things, but the features as far as a phone are all there and a few like the camera that would come in handy in a pinch when I do not have my 4.1MP digi or Minolta XGM with me and having iTunes built in is just icing on the cake for me. That way unless I was going somewhere where I needed more of my music collection, the one phone would do it all for me. I just might purchase one as soon as I can come up with the extra $$$. Since I am with Cingular it would be perfect also.

My opinion for MY NEEDS anyway!

inflexion
09-14-2005, 06:53 AM
http://www.cooltechzone.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1781

interesting read and IMO sums up the ROKR and why its been released

TTheInfamous1
09-14-2005, 01:55 PM
I voted no because I dont like Cingular one bit for the area I live in. And if it was a part of the service I have, still no. I already have an iPod. But it is quite interesting.

BigBear
09-18-2005, 03:53 PM
i'm gonna say no. i have att/cingular and would probably look at getting the phone with the best reception/battery life/interface and and get my music fix from an ipod nano

jessica
09-18-2005, 07:16 PM
I'd like to see a slicker phone come out and since we're talking about cingular, you know something else will have it by the end of the year....we may not see it for the 18 months due to the exlusionary deal, but I bet we see it on the razors.

DCraver
09-18-2005, 08:39 PM
Yeah, I'm going to buy one in November when my current contract is up. But everyone's all "omfg guys! battery liife!!!!!1". That doesn't matter to me seeing as how I only use it at school mostly, then it's charged when I get home, which is 7 hours, and technically 30 minutes on the bus. So really, it will be on but in use for about an average of 1 and a half to 2 hours counting bus time, after school, and texting during class ;). And I really don't mind the 100 songs, I'm just going to put 100 of my favorite new songs. My 20 is getting old and has cracked open in several occasions. Plus that phone is sexy and I like it. I wouldnt want a RAZR because i HATE flip phones. The PEBL is nicer looking than the ROKR, but I like the features on the ROKR.

Eru
09-19-2005, 07:27 PM
I voted yes because I think it is a cool concept. However, I would like to see a better version of this come out, with more features....basically a nicer phone with this would be cool.

TigerBoy
09-19-2005, 07:31 PM
i wish we all lived in the world when phones were just, phones...

i voted no, im still sticking to my ericsson t65 (look it up, i dare you)

Eru
09-19-2005, 07:34 PM
http://www.sonnerie-portable.org/ericsson-t65.jpg


Well, yes, there's your phone...and I agree in a way. Phones are just, well, PHONES after all. People are overdoing the whole "phone" scene way too much.

And yes, phone was in quotes for a REASON. *whisipers* Lousy new camera phones...

inflexion
09-20-2005, 07:33 PM
nothing wrong with a T65 the T68 was the best phone that i ever had really

Dexter1912
09-22-2005, 10:18 AM
no cause iv got an ipod

trix213
12-01-2005, 06:35 AM
im seriously thinkin of gettin it as my next phone.

it looks well built and more than just a gadgety phone.

Meyvn
12-01-2005, 04:07 PM
I'm with the crowd who believes phones should be just that--phones. I use a basic Samsung Sch-n330. It's functional, great looking, small, and I've gotten more compliments on it than I can count. The reason I bought it though, was because it had a very strong vibrate function and loud ring so I could actually answer my calls. I used to miss about 65% of them with my Motorola V710. Now I miss about 15%. That being said, I think if I WAS with Cingular, I would either the Razr or the ROKR anyway, mainly because of the unbelievable battery life on both of those phones. I don't think the ROKR is a toy. It fulfills its PRIMARY function extraordinarily well, and THEN adds on the iPod-like function. I think it's a great piece of technological engineering, and would definitely consider it on those grounds.

boeingair
12-02-2005, 02:53 AM
On that we can completely agree. Moto should've just turned their whole UI over to Apple's engineers.

When Steve Jobs can't even get it going properly on a KEYNOTE, I can't help but wonder about Motorola's ability to create a well-thought-out interface.

I also think Motorola has a lot of work to do on their ergonomics. (Case in point: RAZR). I think Nokia has a much better track record with this.

boeingair
12-02-2005, 02:55 AM
nothing wrong with a T65 the T68 was the best phone that i ever had really

The T68 was an amazing concept, and very forward for the time. However, it had one of the WORST antennas of any phone... ever.

This didn't make too much of a difference in places like Europe, where cell phone coverage is just about as prevalent as air, but in the US it was a problem.