updated 11:40 am EDT, Wed September 21, 2005
Fortune on ROKR phone
Fortune columnist Peter Lewis says Motorola's new ROKR iTunes cellphone is "." Rather than design a new phone, Motorola "recycled the E398 design and made only minor modifications, including built-in stereo speakers and a dedicated iTunes music-software key that, when tickled, causes the ROKR to burp out as many as 100 songs from the user's music library." Lewis speculates that Apple intentionally "crippled" the ROKR: "Apple has a good thing going with the iPod, and perhaps it didn't care to see the ROKR get good enough to kill that action." Lewis later writes that "the most inexcusable failing of the ROKR is that for all the anticipation, many of its features do not work as advertised. Doesn't anybody test these things before selling them to the public?"