Motorola PEBL Review


Do you remember the days when phones were used to make phone calls? The days before we became obsessed with megapixel cameras, multimedia messaging, music playback and video calling seem to have been lost in the mists of time. It seems that unless a mobile phone can be used to do everything bar service our car, we’re not even going to consider it as our next upgrade, despite the fact that a great many consumers never use even a fraction of the features on offer. However, it seems that this situation is not completely lost on mobile phone manufacturers and one or two of them have realised that some people still want a phone just to make phone calls.

So, before I get started I’ll point out that the Motorola PEBL is very lacking when it comes to advanced features. You’re not going to find a high resolution camera, or masses of internal memory, or even a memory card slot. What Motorola has created with the PEBL is a small, light and beautifully designed phone for people who just want a phone.

To be fair, Motorola isn’t the only manufacturer that has gone down this style over function route – last year Nokia released the 8800 which proved to be hugely successful. The 8800 was pretty barren when it came to features, but its solid metal, sliding case made it an instant hit with the mobile phone fashion victims, despite its extortionate price. Motorola on the other hand has made the PEBL affordable for anyone and everyone – which may mean it’s not quite as exclusive as the 8800, but it’s no less slick and stylish.

You’ve probably seen the ads on TV for the PEBL – you know the one, where a meteor hits the Earth then after thousands of years becomes the PEBL. OK, so the ad is somewhat pretentious, but don’t let that put you off. I don’t think I’ve ever used a phone that feels as good in the hand as this one. The smooth, rounded contours, coupled with the tactile rubberised finish makes the PEBL extremely comfortable to hold.

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