Motorola Pebl

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The Motorola Pebl (styled PEBL, pronounced pebble) is a series of clamshell/flip mobile phones from Motorola, and is one of the series in the 4LTR line. It looks like a small, crystal stone, hence the name "Pebl."

U6[edit]

Motorola Pebl
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Compatible networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band)
Availability by country Q1 2005
Dimensions 49 mm×87 mm×20 mm
Weight 110 g / 3.8 ounces
Memory 5 MB internal
Display 1.8inch, 176×220 pixels
262,000 color TFT LCD
Rear camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, video
Connectivity mini-USB, Bluetooth (Class 1.2), GPRS class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots) 32 - 48 kbit/s, WAP 2.0/xHTML.

The Pebl U6 was announced in early 2005. Pebl is named for its small and sleek appearance, as well as to evoke comparisons to a "pebble," which has been worn smooth over time.

The U6 sold in the millions of units.

Design and appearance[edit]

Motorola U6 (Open)

The body of the Pebl U6 is primarily made out of metal, although everything other than the hinge has a colour coating which makes it matte rather than shiny. The external texture is polished but not quite smooth, resisting finger prints and smudges. Buttons and connectors are kept flush in order to maintain the phone's smooth appearance. In contrast to many other products with a one line external display, the external screen is mounted vertically, rather than horizontally.

The unit is held closed by magnets, and can be opened with a single hand by pushing the lid of the phone away from the hinge mechanism. The hinge itself is spring-loaded, so that when cracked it actively swings fully open.

Initially, the product was available only in black, but in the second quarter of 2006, Motorola launched four additional colours. It is now produced in black, blue, green, red, orange and pink, although the exact colour selection varies per country. Shortly before the new colors became available, Motorola commissioned photographer David LaChapelle to capture the new Pebl phones in a colourful photo shoot.[1][2]

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U9[edit]

Motorola Pebl U9
Compatible networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band)
Availability by country February 2008
Weight 105 g
Memory 25 MB internal
Display 2.0inch, 240×320 pixels
256K colours TFT LCD
Rear camera 2.0 MP, video

Three years later, the U9 was released. It features Motorola's MotoMagx OS, a better display, an improved 2.0-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and touch-sensitive music keys. The phone was made available in the first half of 2008.

U3[edit]

Motorola Pebl U3
Compatible networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band)
Availability by country December 2008
Weight 105 g
Memory 10 MB internal
Display 1.9inch, 128×160 pixels
256K colours TFT LCD
Rear camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, video

December 2008 saw the release of the U3. This was a more basic version - it did not have a memory card slot, no Bluetooth and a lower screen resolution.

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