Sleeping in standby, the face of the phone is a slab of flat black plastic, with just the chrome "FastScroll" dial around the navigation pad, and a pattern of raised pimples breaking the surface to indicate key positions. Tap a key, and a regular set of numberpad buttons are illuminated through the surface and the screen comes to life. So far, so normal.
Tap the music note icon, though, and the phone’s numberpad transforms into a music player control panel, with the keypad’s alphanumerics being replaced by play/pause, forward and back buttons, plus shuffle and repeat. With that smooth FastScroll wheel for zipping through track listings, the phone’s control array effectively becomes that of a pure-play digital music player.
It's slim, but unusually large for a candybar design
Similarly, a quick press of the side-mounted camera button fires up the phone’s (rather basic) two-megapixel camera and switches the numberpad into camera control mode. The functional advantages here are less obvious. Although the number keys disappear, the camera controls are very limited - zoom in and out, media gallery and video camera selection – and you still need to play the Options soft-menu to apply settings. The virtual controls don’t make it any better to use than most regular cameraphone.
The camera provides only limited settings and a very ordinary imaging performance. There’s no autofocus system or flash illumination, and even in good lighting conditions images lack fine detail and photo reproduction is unimpressive. There are few real adjustments you can make to improve matters, and in lower light situations, the auto system copes poorly and lacks definition. The camera can shoot video, too, capturing images at low quality 144 x 176 top resolution. Predictably, results are poor.
The E8 is Motorola’s first effort at using haptic feedback, providing slight vibrations - and an odd squidgy noise - to confirm buttons have been pressed. The number buttons need to be pressed firmly but lightly to operate, which cuts down on potential mis-pressings.
A sliding key-lock on the side of the phone also takes care of accidental in-pocket button presses.
All this is fashionably attractive. Less so is the footprint this phone makes. Despite its slim profile – a mere 10.6mm thick - and reasonable 107g weight, the E8 is no waif-like handset. It has quite a big spread for a regular candybar phone, measuring 115 x 53mm – almost the size of an iPhone - so you can really feel it in your pocket.
NHS IT guy is correct, the Moto V8/V9 had this feedback.
HOwever it really doesn't matter, this phone will flop, and flop hard, why would you choose it over the similarly priced SE W910i (about £210) or perhaps spend less on the Nokia 5310 (about £100) or even, spend a bit more, and get the awesome SE w890i (about £250)
Moto could have saved some money on this one buy asking me if i thought it would sell, i could have said no, saved them shed loads of money, and face.
stopped reading after the 'no wifi' bit
did I miss anything?
Why oh why
Why on earth do phone manufacturers persist on having those horrible tiny loudspeakers built in? The sound quality is always terrible, and the only people who use them are chavs on public transport. A headphone socket would be perfectly adequate.
Then again, the advert for this phone shows exactly who they are aiming it at...
"The E8 is Motorola’s first effort at using haptic feedback, providing slight vibrations..."
This is incorrect, the Motorola Razr v2 employed haptic feedback throughout the phone, both on the outer screen, and when you pressed buttons.
Paris, because she's good at researching articles.
You mean they turn lights on and off under the keypad.
I never cease to be amazed at the crap gimmicks that get passed off as innovation.
And it never ceases to amaze me that people fall for it.