And it’s certainly true that financial interests of the three
collaborators — Apple, Motorola and Cingular — have hog-tied
the Rokr in a lot of unnecessary ways. The phone would be so
much better if it held more music, let you buy songs directly
online and let you use songs as ring tones.
If you’re looking for an iPod phone, in other words, the Rokr
isn’t it; it stands no chance of living up to the
hyperventilating hype of the last few weeks. But as an iTunes
phone — the only one on earth that lets you carry subsets of
your Apple store-bought music on errands and other short
missions — the Rokr is great-sounding, reasonably priced and a
lot of fun.