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Mossberg examines ROKR, competitors

updated 10:00 am EDT, Thu September 15, 2005

Mossberg on ROKR

WSJ writer Walter S. Mossberg , as well as some of the competition. Mossberg points out that Apple hasn't given much attention to the ROKR, with only a small button on its main site dedicated to the phone. While the phone works fairly well, Mossberg shares "Apple's indifference." However, when compared to the competition, the ROKR comes out on top. Sony Ericsson's $500 W800 Walkman cellphone is "very attractive," but its interface is "nowhere near as intuitive as iTunes." The low-cost LG VX8100 also suffers from interface shortcomings. The "abysmal" UI was "by far the worst in this bunch." Still, Mossberg says the ROKR isn't much to be excited about. "If you're desperate to have some songs on your cellphone, be our guest. But a smarter plan would be to wait for a better combo device. These aren't the phones that will replace your iPod."

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  1. jdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My Improvements

    In the next version, I'd like to see: 1. Faster transfer speeds (USB 2) 2. More than 100 songs max, preferably a 1GB card 3. Bluetooth headset compatibility.

    If it had all three of these now, I'd have one already. Here's for waiting for version 2.

  1. micklb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Very Nice

    Got one and it is very nice. Once these folks discover the isinc functions and bluetooth transfer modes they will undersatand that the reviews are stilted and that the Apple descriptions are a masterpiece of understatement. My four year ipod boys and cellphone experts are lobbying for getting them. The word about the multiple features will spread like wildfire though their peep networks. Another winner.

  1. JackNN

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll pass thanks

    I was gonna get a ROKR but now I think I'll hold out for an iTunes-enabled RAZR

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Meh, still boring.

    I'll hold out for the phone that supports mp3 ringers and stereo bluetooth headsets.

    The nano could have used a bluetooth stereo headset in place of a jack (with an adapter for wired headphones using the dock connector's audio pins).

  1. albanyco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why local songs?

    I have a treo650... I could load files on my sd card, but don't bother... I simply stream them to the phone with a simple shoutcast player (itunes/nicecast on the mac + ptunes/headphones on the palm = mobile streaming)

    Everything is there for a really killer product if apple decides to add their "flair"... phones that play songs are soon going to be the norm... motorola is lucky/smart to have the itunes name/interface on board.

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