Motorola Rokr E8 vs Sony Ericsson W890i: Music, mano a mano

If you're hankering for a music phone that will tuck away nicely in your pocket, you could do worse than the superslim Motorola Rokr E8 and Sony Ericsson W890i music phones

Moving sharply away from the familiar clamshell design of the Razr V3, and the thoroughly disappointing Rokr E1, the Rokr E8 is a refreshing new music phone from Motorola that's got us hot under the collar.

At face value it looks fairly straightforward, but it's got more than a few tricks up its sleeve to give it a real edge. As you can see, there's a relatively large screen, but it's the navigation keys and keypad that are really interesting.

At the top there's a three-quarter scroll wheel, which lets you search through music and other lists, such as your contacts, very quickly. Underneath that is a dynamic touch-sensitive keypad that changes its face depending on the feature you're using.

If you access the music player, dedicated music keys pop up. If you switch to camera mode, special photo keys apper. What we really like about this touch-sensitive keypad though, is way it takes haptic feedback one step further than just shaking the whole phone. The E8 only vibrates the key you're pressing, making the experience much more like you're tapping a mechanical key.

Update: Read our full Motorola Rokr E8 review

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