My new Linux phone arrived

Expect next week on OSNews a review of my new phone (arrived this morning from HK), the Linux-based Motorola ROKR E2. I actually like it very much so far, although it could have been better.

You gotta love OSNews’ mobile version, looks great and it autodetects mobile browsers.

Namely, it uses a slower version of EDGE (16 kb/sec), it is not quadband, it has no published SDK to write native apps or a theme creator app, the UI could have been a bit more polished, you can’t shoot QVGA video, the camera shoots very fuzzy pics and Opera 8.50 has the same bug as in my Sony Ericsson M600i (images don’t resize down when in “Fit to screen” mode). Overall though, I think it’s a very nice music phone, and definitely the best Linux phone I have ever used. More next week.’s mobile page also looks good

Here is its user agent btw, for those who are interested in mobile web design via autodetection:
MOT-E2/R564_G_12.02.32P Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Motorola ROKR E2) Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 Opera 8.50

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Thom Holwerda wrote on August 25th, 2006 at 10:02 AM PST:

It looks disgusting :( . The phone, that is. Void of ANY imagination. Oh, and those keys look very… Crappy. It is clear even from this photo that the printed letters are going to wear of EASILY (as is common with so many candybar phones).

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Eugenia wrote on August 25th, 2006 at 10:08 AM PST:

It really ain’t looking all that bad… I think it looks better than the RaZRs. However, I found what I dislike most about this phone: turning the Bluetooth ON or OFF requires 14 clicks. I wonder why they didn’t put it on the main Options menu like most phones do…

Other things though are really nice about this phone and not usually found on other phones: its standard 3.5mm audio jack, its full SD slot, its standard mini-USB connection & charging, its hardware sliding lock of keys and music buttons.

Like all products it has its problems, but it also has its highlights.

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Eugenia wrote on August 26th, 2006 at 6:30 AM PST:

I just found one more problem… Apparently on java apps the symbols table does not include the / character. Which means that you can’t type something like this on Opera Mini:

Abhay Kedia wrote on August 27th, 2006 at 10:03 AM PST:


I just read your review of A780 on OSNews and followed the links to this blog. You say about this phone that “…definitely the best Linux phone I have ever used…”

I am planning to buy A780 but would like a comment from you. Is ROKR E2 better then A780? Which one would you suggest?


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Eugenia wrote on August 27th, 2006 at 10:56 AM PST:

If you need a PDA-like solution that has fast input text, get the A780. If you need instead a better organized phone and one-hand navigation, get the Rokr-E2. There is no silver bullet you know. Both have their ups and downs.

Read my review of the Rokr-E2 this coming week on OSNews.

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