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February 16, 2006

Motorola mania

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 12:40 PM

BARCELONA, Spain -- Motorola by far had the most advertising at the show. Even in the women's bathrooms, it had installed TV screens that played video loops of Motorola products. But the products at its booth backed up the hype.

I got a glimpse of the new Rokr E2, which does not come loaded with iTunes and, therefore, isn't limited to loading only 100 songs. The phone comes with Bluetooth Class 1, which allows users to use a Bluetooth headset.

Likewise, I also saw the Razr V3, which is just like the other popular slim devices except that it has iTunes. It, of course, can have only 100 songs at a time.

Other interesting phones at the booth were the Razr V3x. It comes enabled for UMTS, a higher speed network. That extra chipset makes it slightly bulkier than the normal Razr, but it still maintains the sleek design in a nice package.

The highly anticipated Motorola Q was also on display. The BlackBerry-like device has Windows Mobile and is expected to be available in the U.S. in the second quarter on a CDMA carrier (that means either Verizon Wireless or Sprint). Unlike a lot of Windows Mobile devices, the Q does not have a touch screen.

Update: A few more details on the Rokr E2: It has capacity for 1,000 songs and willl play a string of formats, including MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV. It's expected to be available in the first half of this year.

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