Hereís a few basic info:
28 MB internal memory, Triband, UMTS, Supports Triflash memory cards (up to 256mb at the moment), has two cameras, a VGA and a 1.3 Megapixel camera. Screen: 256K screen
System: Motorolaís own special 3 version
Sound: Dual Speakers
In the box you get the battery, a headset (which looks like a doctors stethoscope , charger, battery cover, plug adapter, and a huge set of manuals.
At first, you may get the impression that the phone is well built. But I did the obvious squeeze test and the phone creaked like an old man. It was heavy, VERY heavy, so it probably added to the illusion that it was well built. It feels solid, again not because of the build quality, but because of all of the components squeezed into a tiny compartment. Thereís basically NO room for movement.
The keypad feels too soft and flimsy. Looking at it from an angle, I could see that the 0 button was slightly raised at an angle, it disappointed me.
The phone just reminds me of a Siemens SX1, I can see where Motorola got their inspiration from.
The screen though is great, itís vibrant and sharp. Perhaps even TOO sharp. I could see the crystals of the screen.
You know, the whiteness on phones differs. Sony Ericsson tend to have a creamy white, Nokia tend to have a fluorescent white, siemens has a blueish white, but the Motorola had something I had never seen before a pinkish white. It was difficult to explain.
One thing that any phone user wants to do when he first gets a phone, is to play with it.
If you get the E1000, youíll be playing for hours. Not for enjoyment, but because the menu is SO complicated.
You have around 5 unexplained symbols up top of the main screen and four large symbols on the bottom. Maybe Iím exaggerating a bit, but lets think about it. I see the signal bar on the top left. Next to it is a large square with another square in it with three lines. What the hell is this? I think maybe itís the 3G signal logo. What? To the right of that is another icon with the characters 3G. So that must be the 3G logo. BUT WAIT! Underneath the signal marker is a GIANT 3 company logo. Iím not sure if itís just an image on the wallpaper or if itís an icon, either way, whatís what?! If theyíre all indicators of 3G WE GET IT! WE HAVE 3G! Another useless icon is the Call1 indicator. Iím assuming it is showing us that we have line 1 available for calls. Does this mean that we can have more than one line? Another mystery is the Alarm icon. I see it near the battery, so I wonder, why is there an alarm set? I go to alarms, but there is no alarm. That must mean itís not an alarm icon, so what is it?!
Ok enough with the icons. I decided to see whatís on the phone, so I launch Multimedia, Open the Games and Apps folder, and I see one file. Digital Audio Player. So I click on it. EXPIRED. ďApplication ExpiredĒ So Motorola have been kind enough to bundle expired software within the phone! YAY MOTOROLA.
I look through the phone, I see pictures, ringtones, themes, camera, wait! Themes? Can it be that this phone allows themes? It would be great to change a few things. So I open the folder and itís empty. Motorola couldnít even give us ONE theme within the phone. I wonder whoís going to make one.
So Iím looking around the phone and I see a TINY, whoops, I mean tiny. Led flash for the camera, I switch it on and whoosh. Itís a powerful little thing! Stronger than most phones. I looked at it directly and it was strange. Only way to describe it was, imagine a 265k image on a 64k phone. My eyes wouldnít allow the gradients to show.
Uses iTap. Itís pretty good. Seems to me that it shows possible words at the bottom and actually predicts grammatical sentences. Iím not sure though as itís just a guess at what itís trying to do.
The speaker is very load and clear. It has stereo sound which is a great feature. The volume can be a bit screechy at times though.
I canít comment on battery life, although the phone is getting a bit hot already.
Easy to change settings.
LED for flash
100 MB cap on free content
Can't switch the Transflash without removing the battery.