Motorola MOTOROKR E6
- Touch screen display, A2DP Bluetooth profile, reasonable music player, hold switch, home screen interface, 3.5mm headphone jack, camera doubles as a webcam
- No 3G/HSDPA connectivity, no document editing application, tiny on-screen keyboard for messaging, poor handwriting recognition, bulky design
The MOTOROKR E6 is a fashionable smart phone that includes A2DP Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack and performs reasonably as a music player, but potential business buyers will be deterred by a lack of other features
Price$ 563.00 (AUD)
A fashionable smart phone with a large touch screen, Motorola's MOTOROKR E6 features a 2 megapixel camera with 8x zoom, dedicated music keys, A2DP Bluetooth, and removable storage for extra memory. Although its looks may be appealing, the lack of a built-in document editing application, 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi are enough to deter potential business users, while messaging is a frustrating affair thanks to a tiny on-screen keyboard and poor handwriting recognition.
First things first - despite the ROKR name, the E6 isn't a new version of the previous ROKR E1. While it does have music playback capabilities, it's more of a stylish, touch screen smart phone. Unfortunately, it isn't 3G or HSDPA capable; the E6 is a tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz) handset. Its call quality is average, as volume could be a little louder at its highest setting, but calls are generally clear and crisp and the hands-free speakerphone works well. We would prefer the speaker to be a little louder though and its location on the rear of the handset doesn't do the speakerphone any favours, especially when it's lying on a flat surface.
As the MOTOROKR E6 is a smart phone, it doesn't have a keypad. Instead, it relies on a touch screen and stylus for operation. If you're thinking that just using your fingers will suffice to operate it, ala Apple's iPhone, think again. You can open basic applications and dial phone numbers by tapping the screen, but more demanding operations, such as typing an SMS message, require the stylus to be used. The interface is a little sluggish at times (especially when running multiple applications), and the awkward location of the stylus in the bottom right hand corner is a downside. We liked the home screen though, which gives you time, date, battery life and scheduled meetings in the calendar details at a glance. The menu, phonebook, messages and phone number pad are just one finger tap away thanks to a convenient row of icons at the top of the screen.
The 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot and included Real Player application go a long way in providing a decent multimedia experience. The MOTOROKR E6 supports the playback of MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, RA, WAV, MIDI, and AMR files and we really like the hold slider switch, located on the right side of the handset. It's convenient for both phone and multimedia use and combined with the media playback and volume controls on the left side, makes the E6 a fair multimedia player. Unfortunately, the media controls are flat and require a firm press to activate, detracting from this experience. Conveniently, Motorola includes a 128MB microSD card and adapter in the sales package, and the E6 also has the A2DP Bluetooth profile, meaning you can wirelessly stream music to a compatible Bluetooth accessory, such as a pair of wireless headphones.
The MOTOROKR E6 has a 2 megapixel camera with a self portrait mirror, but no flash means night time photography is out of the question. Next to the lens is a convenient slider to switch between macro and landscape shooting modes. The location of the dedicated camera button is perplexing though, as it's on the top left side when the phone is held horizontally, not on the normal right side. The E6 doubles as a webcam when connected to your PC using the included USB cable, but you'll need to install the drivers. There is also a business card reader feature, whereby you take a photo of a business card using the phones camera, and it automatically creates a new entry in your phonebook with all the details. It's a great idea in theory, but the camera has to be switched to macro mode, and it needs both the right amount of light, and an extremely steady hand to work effectively.
The lack of a document editing application is a real disappointment, and something that is likely to deter potential business users. The MOTOROKR E6 includes only a viewer for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files. Motorola hasn't skimped on PIM features though, offering a calculator, tasks, notes, a voice recorder and an alarm. Other features include Bluetooth 2.0, standard SMS, MMS, and push email messaging, an FM radio and a photo editor. Unfortunately, messaging with the E6 is a hit and miss affair; the on-screen keyboard is tiny, and even when using the stylus, we experienced problems with accuracy when pressing the keys. The alternative to the keyboard is the handwriting recognition feature, but this is slow to register your movement, and you are restricted to drawing in a small white box, making it painfully slow and frustrating.
Although the glossy black surface of the MOTOROKR is stylish, the phone itself is quite bulky. At 14.5mm thick, it's definitely a chunky device, and considering the amount of unused real estate surrounding the display, we feel that Motorola could have made this even larger. As it stands, the 2.4 TFT touch screen has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and is quite bright and clear. Our original concerns with fingerprints on the touch screen proved to be unfounded; while the screen naturally leaves finger marks, they are easily removed with a quick wipe. This is due to the fact that the actual touch screen panel is located beneath a clear plastic surface so you never really touch the actual surface of the display. Unfortunately, we weren't able to abuse our review unit to see how it held up against scratches.
Below the screen are the E6's only controls; a five way navigational pad is surrounded by answer and end call buttons, a dedicated internet/browser key, and a customisable shortcut button. In keeping with the design of the MOTOROKR, the keys are completely flat, but night time use is pleasant thanks to the soft backlight etched around each key.
The E6 is charged via a standard mini-USB connection, located at the bottom of the device. Battery life is reasonable, rated up to 420 minutes of talk time and 235 hours of standby time.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8
- BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7
- Android device updates: Nougat rollout begins for the Moto Z Play
- Android device updates: Nougat is coming to the Moto G4, G4 Plus
- Beyond smartphones, Samsung wants its Exynos 9 chip in VR headsets
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Behind the scenes with Team Walkinshaw at V8 Supercars Melbourne 2017
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTApplication Security SpecialistVIC
- FTDesign Specialist - TelecomNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Data Warehouse/ Statistical projectNSW
- FTProject Co-OrdinaterNSW
- FTJunior Applications SupportNSW
- FTAgile Project ManagerACT
- CCChange AnalystVIC
- CCCloud Infrastructure SpecialistNSW
- FTSenior Java Developers (Several positions available)QLD
- FTSCCM AdministratorACT
- CCCloud Infrastructure SpecialistNSW
- FTSenior Front End Developer x 2NSW
- FTProduct Manager - FintechNSW
- CCDigital Business ArchitectACT
- CCSolution ArchitectQLD
- FTPMO CoordinatorNSW
- FTNetwork Infrastructure Development EngineerNSW
- FTTechnical Expert | 3mth+contractVIC
- CCProject Manager - Security DomainVIC
- FTSoftware Tech Lead - C++ Back Office Trading SystemsNSW
- CCApplication Architect - CloudVIC
- FTSenior Network Specialist - Internet Edge DatacentreVIC
- FTFull stack Developer | 3 mth ContractVIC
- CCChange AnalystQLD