While the latest batch of mobile phones come with oodles of storage space for photos, music and anything else that you want to carry around in your pocket, Motorola has seen fit to give the PEBL only 5MB of memory. This is, quite simply a pathetic amount of storage space for a modern phone, especially since there’s no memory card slot either. Compare this once more to the Samsung D600 and you’ll see that the latter not only has 76MB of internal memory, but also has a memory card slot, allowing you to add up to 512MB!
The PEBL loses ground to the D600 in other areas too – the screen resolution of 176 x 220 is nowhere near as impressive as the 240 x 320 screen of the Samsung. To be fair though, the D600 does have the best screen I’ve ever seen in a mobile phone. The PEBL is also heavier than the D600 at 110g compared to 99g – although it really doesn’t feel heavier when you hold it in your hand.
But there’s one area where the PEBL really excelled and left pretty much every phone I’ve used in the past few years in the shade – battery life. All mobile phone manufacturers tend to quote a fairy tale number for battery life, since they will never know what your particular usage habits are, so you only really find out what battery life is like when you start using a phone. When I received the PEBL for review it was a Thursday morning – I charged it up, put my SIM into it and started using it as my own phone. It wasn’t until Monday morning that the PEBL started beeping to tell me that the battery was running down, so I got four full days on a single charge, including a couple of hours of talk time!