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By Mike Wheeler | Monday | 07/07/2008

Motorola has expanded its ROKR family of music products with the introduction of the Motorokr E8 ARIA edition mobile device, which transforms from phone to music player to imaging device, with the touch of a button.

It can load songs from multiple sources and is compatible with standard connectors, software and accessories. It also features a new music button on the main menu, allowing direct access to the Motorola ARIA chart from your mobile phone, and comes bundled with a bonus content card.

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The handset will give you access to a Motorola Artist of the Month page with content and competitions, plus it has a built-in digital music player.

Breakthrough ModeShift technology means the quad-band GPRS/EDGE ROKR E8 ARIA Edition device presents users with only the controls they need, at the time they need them.

Power-on the device and it presents a virtual numbered keypad on the front surface. With a press of the virtual music key, the phone keypad disappears and control keys for the music player - play, pause, fast forward and rewind - appear in its place.

Using vibrating haptics technology, the device provides the tactile feedback providing confirmation they have pressed a virtual key.

This unit also marks the debut of the new FastScroll navigation wheel, a variable-speed touch control that lets consumers scroll through stored content. With a slide of the thumb, the wheel scrolls through your music (music mode), contacts (phone mode), calendar (phone mode), or multimedia (imaging mode) content. Information is viewed on the landscape 2.0-inch QVGA display. 

In music mode, sound is delivered 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.   
The 2GB internal memory can store up to 1,500 songs, and the external memory is expandable up to 4GB with an optional microSD card. Music can be transferred via a USB 2.0. The device is compatible with Windows Media Player 11 on the PC, which also provides access to more than 200 online music stores. 

In phone mode, the ARIA Edition uses Motorola CrystalTalk technology. It can receive calls while downloading or playing music, text messaging, surfing the Web or taking pictures.

It construction is of  a high-gloss front, aluminum soft touch back, spun metal side keys and engraved banding

RRP: $450

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