Motorola CHARM ReviewMotorola CHARM 8
Luckily we are presented with an Android 2.1 experience that utilizes some aspects seen on Motorola's latest MOTOBLUR-like skin, which the DROID X and DROID 2 showcase. Packing a 600MHz processor on the hood, it makes for a decent navigational experience when moving in between its 7 homescreens; plus it launches apps in a timely manner. However, opting to use an animated wallpaper will dramatically decrease the performance which is evident in its choppy navigating. Nonetheless, it proves to be adequate enough in getting the job done like its high-end counterparts, but of course isn't accompanied with silky smooth performance at all times. Depending on your tastes, you may find the myriad of Motorola widgets to be extremely helpful; especially when you can re-size them to your liking.
In fact, Motorola is categorizing the CHARM as a MOTOBLUR device since you'll need to login into the service when you first set up the phone. The nice thing about it of course is its tight social networking integration that will attempt to do its best in pairing up your contacts with their specific accounts. Additionally, it's rather nice to view statuses or tweets directly from the homescreen without having to navigate away to a separate app.
If you happen to yearn for an on-screen keyboard for all your text input, you won't be disappointed to see that the handset packs the Android keyboard. However, we quickly realized that text input should all be done through the physical QWERTY since it painstakingly exposes its slow CPU. Not only are we faced with some cramped confines with it, but there is just so much lag when typing that you can actually watch the phone catch up to you. With that in mind, it's no wonder why the on-screen keyboard is set to off in the settings menu from the start.
Email setup is pretty much a breeze since it will generally require an email address and password to complete the process. Generic clients like Yahoo! and Hotmail will pose no problems, but other unknown ones will need additional pieces of information like server addresses to fully set up. And if you prefer instant messaging your buddies, you'll have an app from the onset that will give you access to AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger.
Always growing with no end, the Android Market continues to be a haven that provides users a multitude of apps to further their experience. However, there are some notable ones preloaded on the CHARM that are worth mentioning – such as the Motorola Phone Portal. Essentially, this nifty app can come in handy for some seeing that it acts as a web server on the phone so you can browse its contents through your PC's web browser.
1. Cliq xt user (unregistered)
This phone looks nice, but i really do think those cons should bring it lower than an 8. A limited app selection due to screen, a poor screen, and lackluster camera are ALL deal breakers for me. But i guess its up to the reviewers discression. Still, this phone will fill a really nice niche on tmobile. and i look forward to seeing it in the wild.
2. matistight (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 May 2009)
its also the low end android, so what do you expect. it reminds me of the pantech slate with a nicer screen and on android. id test this phone if i could :)
3. info gadget online (unregistered)
One sweet little phone. Ignore the negative reviews about the screen-it looks fine. On top of having just about everything and running smooth, this baby has universal search a.k.a. the Palm Pre. Keyboard is wonderful and the social integration is deep and flawless. I tossed an HD2 for this and Windows Phone 7 better be damn good for me to give this up. This is the absolute best smartphone for the price.http://infogadgetonline.com/
4. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
I want this phone but without a 2-year contract. Maybe with an EVEN MORE PLUS PLAN or Month-to-motnh
5. Murali Krishnan (unregistered)
The Motorola Charm is coming to India through Aircel for Rs. 13990 which sounds great to me. I am really looking forward to it.
6. Rahul Kumar Choudhary (unregistered)
This Is athird class phone do not buy otherwise you will be suffer
7. sachin1243 (unregistered)
its realy good phone i have using from last 9 month till no defects......
it is very usefull for office mailer person......