Motorola CHARM Review
Ouch! That pretty much sums up the experience we got out of using the CHARM's 3-megapixel camera. For starters, there are no options whatsoever to be found that will allow you to change shooting modes or the white balance. The only thing at your disposal is a digital zoom and panorama assist mode – and that's it! Outdoor images are thoroughly disappointing with their uninviting quality and inaccurate color reproduction. However, things weren't any better in low lit environments and indoors since there is a good amount of noise and pale looking colors in our shots.
After experiencing such poor results with its still photos, we weren't getting our hopes raised for its video recording performance. Fittingly, it follows in the same manner with its maximum shooting resolution of 352x288 pixels and an extremely sluggish capture rate of 10fps. Numbers can't express in words the kind of results we were presented with as our captured videos lacked any detail and were compounded even more with the slow as molasses playback. Without any hesitation, it's quite obvious that you should move on to something else if shooting videos is your forte.
Moving on, we weren't too thrilled to see yet another basic looking music player, but it managed to impress us since it's powered by tunewiki. The interface displays the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls, but it'll even load the lyrics as the song is being played – something you don't see integrated that often on other players. In addition, we like how the player is able to aggregate additional content regarding the music artist as it has the ability to search for music videos on YouTube. Finally, we are content in finding a pleasing audio output from the speaker – it manages to emit decent sounding tones without being strained.
Packing a QVGA display doesn't necessarily come to mind as being something suitable for watching videos, but thankfully the CHARM is still able to execute video playback without a hitch. We were able to play a video encoded in Xvid 480x360 pixels resolution very smoothly which should prove to be more than sufficient for most people. Of course, you'll have to make sure you're viewing it from a direct 90-degree angle for the most optimal experience – especially when moving it slightly will cause you to lose some focus.
Although it comes with 113MB of internal storage out of the box, it's supplemented with a preloaded 2GB microSD card. If that proves to be unsatisfying for you, it can accepts cards up to 32GB in capacity.
Data and Connectivity:
The constant traveler will find the Motorola CHARM sufficient for their needs since it boasts quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and dual-band (1700/2100 MHz) UMTS connectivity – the latter of which relies on T-Mobile's AWS band for 3G speeds. Similar to its other brothers and sisters, the CHARM packs Bluetooth 2.0 to allow other wireless devices to connect to it while its Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n radio can alternatively be used for a data connection.
You can't knock the web browsing experience on the smartphone when it's running Android 2.1 – even when it has support for Flash Lite. Although our web site was able to load in a timely fashion through T-Mobile's 3G connection, the handset's unfortunate QVGA display makes for some garbled looking text that's indistinguishable from a zoomed out view. After zooming in more, it still doesn't have that definitive sharpness to it, but nevertheless still more than legible to make out. Thankfully, we are presented with a smooth scrolling experience after our site fully loaded, which is supplemented by some Flash content also being played. Overall, the experience is pretty typical of other Android 2.1 devices as it is more than equipped in handling the needs of most people.
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: 199; 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......