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Motorola CHARM Review

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Motorola CHARM Review
Performance:


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.


Conclusion:

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.


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Pros

  • Fantastic QWERTY
  • Solid construction
  • Two batteries

Cons

  • QVGA display
  • Inferior producing camera
  • Orientation issues with certain apps
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 05 Sep 2010, 12:06

2. matistight (Posts: 206; 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 :)

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 00:17

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/

posted on 13 Nov 2010, 17:51

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

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 06:35

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.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 09:58

6. Rahul Kumar Choudhary (unregistered)


This Is athird class phone do not buy otherwise you will be suffer

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:06

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......

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Display2.8 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
600 MHz
Size3.87 x 2.65 x 0.45 inches
(98.4 x 67.2 x 11.4 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1170 mAh, 6.75 hours talk time

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