Motorola Bravo Review

Introduction and Design

Allegiances are quite evident throughout the wireless landscape, but in the case of Motorola's Android powered smartphones, there is no arguing that Verizon is receiving the most love with their high-end offerings. However, Motorola kicked off AT&T's venture with the open platform thanks to the mid-ranged BACKFLIP from earlier in the year – and more recently, the Motorola FLIPOUT. Now the manufacturer is releasing its first completely slate Android powered handset for AT&T with the Motorola BRAVO, but it's going to require some flashiness in order to stand head above water over the crowded mid-range space of AT&T's lineup.

The package contains:

  • Motorola BRAVO
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 2GB microSD card


After spending some time with the Motorola DEFY, it's quite evident that the BRAVO was developed alongside that handset seeing that the two share some common design elements. As opposed to being rugged, the BRAVO feels slightly more casual with its metallic bezel and soft touch coating – which is something that contrasts well with one another. Not necessarily boasting the most impressive looks, this average sized (0.52” thick) device is fairly well-balanced (4.52 oz) and solidly constructed all around.

You can compare the Motorola Bravo with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

If there's something that's not quite mid-range with its hardware, then it has to be its brilliant and crisp looking 3.7” TFT display which features a high resolution of 480 x 854 pixels with support for 16.7 million colors. In actuality, it's one of the more unexpected surprises from this device as it delivers stunning clarity, savory colors, and good viewing angles to round out its prowess. Moreover, we're content with its level of responsiveness as it registers even the most subtle of touches very accurately.

Thanks to its three capacitive button configuration, which is directly beneath the touchscreen, we rarely experienced any instances when we would accidentally press them. However, the search button is sorely missed now that we have to go through a couple of items just to perform a Google search.

We're not particularly too fond of the volume rocker since it's thin in size and requires a firm press to activate. Conversely, the dedicated power button is raised enough to offer a good distinctive feel with the finger while being accompanied with a responsive touch. Other than that, we're treated to the other customary items like the 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB charging port.

Turning it around, we're greeted to a bare bones 3-megapixel auto-focus camera all by itself with no flash or self-portrait mirror to accent it. And towards the opposite area of the rear panel, there is a single notch which lets out audio from its speakerphone. Performing a sliding motion will unhinge the back cover from its place and will then offer you access to its 1,540 mAh battery. However, it's a bit of an obstruction when you need to remove the battery to gain access to the SIM card and microSD card slots.

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