Talking of charging, the PEBL is charged through a standard mini-USB port and the bundled power supply obviously has a mini-USB connector at the end. However, I was somewhat disappointed to find that the PEBL wouldn’t charge when connected to a PC via USB. Now, it may be that Motorola’s synchronisation software is needed to facilitate charging via a PC, but this didn’t come in the box so I couldn’t say for sure. But even if the PEBL does require software to charge from a computer that’s hardly an ideal situation – being able to charge your phone from anyone’s PC is quite a bonus, especially if you travel a lot like I do.
Continuing the PEBL’s feature list, it will playback MPEG4 video, MP3 files (which can be used as ring tones) and can be used to download all your POP3 or IMAP4 email. But once again, these features are somewhat moot considering the amount of internal memory at your disposal. At least the quad band support means that you should be able to use the PEBL pretty much anywhere in the World.
Price wise, you can pick the PEBL up for free on most decent contracts. Going with Orange and a contract that gives you 120 anytime, any network minutes a month, you’re looking at £25 per month with the PEBL thrown in for free. Compare this to a Nokia 8800 on the same contract and you’re looking at paying £339.99 for the phone! I’m sure that there are many out there who feel that the Nokia 8800 looks better than the PEBL, but is it worth paying almost £340 for? I don’t think so.
Motorola’s PEBL is a beautifully designed and constructed phone that will appeal to the style conscious consumer. It’s far from feature packed, and the lack of internal memory will severely limit the use of the features that it does have. However, if you’re looking for a small and stylish phone to – god forbid – actually make phone calls, the PEBL should be high on your list.
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