Edited for brevity from Press release issued today
Motorola Canada and Rogers Wireless today announced the Canadian availability of the ROKR E8 mobile phone. It is the first device to feature Motorola's ModeShift technology.
Using the ModeShift technology, the quad-band GPRS/EDGE device presents users with only the controls they need, at the time they need them, instantly transforming from music player to phone to camera with the touch of a button.
When powered off, the surface of ROKR E8 is smooth, with no visible keys. Power on the device and it presents a virtual numbered keypad on the front surface. With a "press" of the virtual music keys, the phone keypad disappears and control keys for the music player - play, pause, fast forward and rewind - appear in its place.
ROKR E8 also marks the debut of the new FastScroll navigation wheel, a variable-speed touch control that lets consumers easily scroll through all of the content stored on the device. With a gentle slide of the thumb, the wheel quickly scrolls through your music (music mode), contacts (phone mode), calendar (phone mode), or multimedia (imaging mode) content.
In music mode, ROKR E8 delivers great sound through a three-dimensional
stereo feature that enhances two-channel audio and an on-board equalizer.
Music can be enjoyed on the built-in speaker, with a compatible Bluetooth
enabled stereo headset, or through a wired headset plugged into the 3.5mm jack.
ROKR E8 also features a built-in FM radio and 2GB of internal memory which can be expanded to 4GB with an optional microSD card. Music transfers quickly with USB 2.0 and the device is compatible with Windows Media Player 11 on the PC.
Quality construction and materials help make ROKR E8 durable and reliable, and a high gloss front, aluminum soft touch back, spun metal side keys and engraved banding offer the modern style expected from Motorola.