When Phones Were Fun: Motorola PEBL (2005)

When Phones Were Fun: Motorola PEBL (2005)

If you were old enough to know what a cellphone was in the year 2004, then you remember Motorola’s iconic RAZR flip phone. But what you might not remember is that the RAZR was just one in a series of “4LTR” releases throughout the mid-oughts. These included, among others: the super-slim SLVR; the substandard ROKR; the ultra-premium AURA (covered in episode 2 of this series) … and a phone that looked nothing like any of its siblings, yet blended perfectly into the 4LTR family – because it looked like nothing else on the market, either. On this episode of When Phones Were Fun, we’re heading back to the latter half of 2005 to unpocket the plump, pudgy and perfectly precious Motorola PEBL U6!

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[ABOUT WHEN PHONES WERE FUN – MOTOROLA PEBL U6]

This is the tenth in a series of MrMobile videos exploring the mobile tech world’s most vibrant period in design and experimentation. In “When Phones Were Fun,” Michael Fisher re-reviews cellphones from the golden age of mobile, the decade-long span from the turn of the century to approximately 2009.

When Phones Were Fun: Episode 10 features a Motorola PEBL U6 press unit on loan from Avi Greengart, President and Lead Analyst at Techsponential. No company paid a fee or otherwise offered compensation in exchange for this coverage, nor did any company preview or approve this content before publication.

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Motorola PEBL U6 Review [Cnet]:
https://www.cnet.com/reviews/motorola-pebl-u6-review

Retro Phone Review: Motorola PEBL [TechRadar]:
https://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/motorola-pebl-1299291

Stickiness: The Insulting Reality of Rubber Reversion [Polymer Solutions]:

Stickiness: The Insulting Reality of Rubber Reversion

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50 Comments

  1. Jamie Smith on September 16, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I had a pebl u9 in black and loved it

  2. tiberswimmer on September 16, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I wanted that phone so bad back in the day!

  3. Miles Prower Productions on September 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Can you do a when phones were fun, on the LG Chocolate

  4. Tommy Wolf on September 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Damn, I just loved the U9. It was so beautiful.

  5. Art Pizza on September 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Convoy 4 video please

  6. Amah number 1 the phone collector and more on September 16, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Amah is in Motorola until 1995

  7. Erica Chishti on September 16, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I want to get a refurbished old flip phone for an emergency phone

  8. Paul Godden on September 16, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Haha I remember buying my wife one back in the day. She called it her “Super Model” phone!

  9. bakxxc on September 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Still want it to this day

  10. Dominic Wilhelms on September 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Whats the thing called he’s talking to at 4:44 ?

  11. ethan read on September 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I had a blue one of these in the UK.. used to spend hours playing hungry fish

  12. • • • LOADING on September 16, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Lol this took me back 🙂 I was working at a cell phone store when this came out, sold a ton of them 😄

  13. S3thc0n on September 16, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    that ringtone is dope, and the design is absolutely timeless.

  14. Jensi Oquendo on September 16, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    pebl

  15. Snehal Datir on September 16, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Hey I got u 2 in mint condition I u want

  16. roland tilaar on September 16, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Motorola pebl

  17. ableite on September 16, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Bought one in 2006. on 2nd day i returned it and got a SE k750i. Very nice phone.

  18. G on September 16, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Everyone’s favorite recurring MrMobile character: Rubber Reversion™️

  19. rittick biswas on September 16, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    hello moto.

  20. protocetid on September 16, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    cute little orange phone

  21. leftyfourguns on September 16, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    The PEBL with the patented wrist strap would’ve made for a legendary improvised Jackie Chan weapon

  22. YONG CHEN SENG on September 16, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    No this is not the best

  23. Fionna Adeline on September 16, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    7:37 omg what were those other curvy phones?? So cute!

  24. Sandra Perez on September 16, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I personally had the pebl and it wasn’t the rubbered version it was metallic and stunning!!! loved it!

    Thanks for the video and remembering when phones and texting was fun lol!

  25. Oliver on September 16, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    3:39 so everyone was right handed back then

  26. YONG CHEN SENG on September 16, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Mine is aura

  27. blitzer25 blitz on September 16, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    man i miss my old Motos..C261, Razr V3x, and the venerable Rizr Z8.

  28. kaosine on September 16, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    I’m still waiting for the newer smart flip phones to to eventually hit mid-range prices….I really like the idea of this stuff coming back and I’m nostalgic for razr even tho I never had one…..I always had other weird brands that I don’t recall the names of throughout middle and early high school XD

  29. James Furlong on September 16, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    1 of the best fone like the Samsung 1 that I still have

  30. Νικόλαος Σταματιάδης on September 16, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Why can’t we use these absolutely dazzling phones as Bluetooth dialers for our current smartphones ?

  31. hassmann2000 on September 16, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    What a classic

  32. Andrew Miguel Diaz on September 16, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    What about the Krzr? can you review this one?

  33. Dan Outdoors on September 16, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I can still hear the ‘hello Moto’ phrase

  34. The Fenno-Christian on September 16, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    You can never regain the time that was lost…

  35. JessicaFEREM on September 16, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    wait, does the USB port on this phone just have bare curcuit board around it? that’s very strange for a phone this well designed

  36. NTM _JAN on September 16, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I really want those phone as my second phone. ♥️i had Motorola L6 back in those days. those phones were fun♥️♥️ Please give us that era back

  37. jo hn on September 16, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I had the Moto V710, which was a US Cellular locked model. That was the nicest phone I had back in high school. It had a nice camera, did video, had the front screen to take selfies and had a microSD slot. Loved that phone.

  38. C C on September 16, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    and the Krzr

  39. Abdel Ali on September 16, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Man I got a V3 as a high school graduation gift way late in 09 but quickly it got replaced by an SLVR L9 (I thought it meant "Silver" BTW) that I got from my dad after his plan upgraded him to one of those new android phones, and that phone was my daily driver and dedicated music player thank’s to its SD expansion and built-in FM radio, although it required an adapter to use proper earphones, since they killed the audio jack way before Apple made it cool, so much that right now I also have a Motorola branded Lenovo phone model something, something fusion, that reminds me of my old SLVR L9, a great mid range phone with a boring straighforward desing, at least this one has a proper audio jack, even though I use TWS earphones nowadays.

    BTW thanks to typical teenage hijinks, I had to sell my beloved L9 to replace something I broke at my friends house after going a little wild.

  40. RJ Valle on September 16, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    There is nothing more satisfying than a phone click.
    Watching on note 10 plus.

  41. Ingledued on September 16, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Rubber Reversion (TM)

  42. Dave Jeff on September 16, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    The pebl is so damn cute tho, i wish i live in 2005

  43. Victor Strang on September 16, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I bought one with my first job first paycheck. I found a black one for 80 bucks. I loved it. I still think its the best looking phone ever made.

  44. Stephanie Gould on September 16, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I had a RAZR flip phone and the Droid RAZR. I’m not an iPhone user, but I remember both of those phones vividly.

  45. Mary-Ann Luidens on September 16, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I still love the look and feel of the pebble. I wish they’d make it for now.

  46. pablesm on September 16, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    The rokr is like the candy bar,real version of the tkexun Apple Flip Phone on unbox therapy

  47. Rik Dutta on September 16, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I would die to get one of these

  48. Shay Dave on September 16, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    i have the k1 razer in white pearl and my dad has blue that was the first in my country that have gsm and not tdma i love this phone

  49. Marcelo Neubert Germann on September 16, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    V60i, I missi you. 🙂

  50. Daniel Griffith on September 16, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I have a 2020 Stylus…not sure why you think new phones are not "fun". I have Dolby Stereo speakers.. pretty ‘fun’ if you ask me…

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