Motorola CHARM ReviewMotorola CHARM 8
Voices on both ends were extremely audible thanks to clear and distinct tones, however, there is a faint static sound that can be heard on our end. Fortunately, it doesn't deter us from still being able to easily make out our conversations – plus the strong tones of the earpiece makes every word sound full bodied. Even though the speakerphone is able to produce some strong tones as well, voices were noticeably muffled sounding, but again, it didn't make the overall experience overbearing.
Generally hovering around -79 dBm in the high coverage area of the greater Philadelphia region, we didn't experience any major spikes in signal strength or dropped calls during our testing.
For something packing an 1130 mAh battery, we were content to find it more than adequate in getting by a solid one day of normal usage – plus with some juice left over to start of the next day. But Motorola decided to be nice and include a larger 1420 mAh battery for good measure with an accompanying rear cover for it. Actually, it does add a little hump to the rear cover, but we didn't find it to be a problem. Nonetheless, you'll be covered with more than enough battery life with the two batteries included with the packaging.
Well it's about time that we find someone brave enough to venture with something different in terms of form factor with Android – even more when landscape QWERTY handsets are abundant. The Motorola CHARM is actually a well-rounded device that refreshes the usual set of Android phones we're typically presented with. When it's priced at $79.99 on-contract, it makes for a decent offering when you factor in its rare portrait style QWERTY, inclusion of Android 2.1, and its quality construction. When we think about it more, its pricing is definitely fitting for any feature phone we've seen Motorola produce, but it's even more exciting when it's an Android powered smartphone we're talking about. In the end, it might not be quite to the level of its high-end counterparts in performance, but it's more than acceptable and functional to get you by your daily routines.
Motorola CHARM Video Review:
- Fantastic QWERTY
- Solid construction
- Two batteries
- QVGA display
- Inferior producing camera
- Orientation issues with certain apps
Motorola CHARM Review - Performance and Conclusion