After using the Motorola Charm for a day, Noah, Editor-in-Chief of Phonedog, declared the Charm to be the start of the Smart Messaging Phone's reign and that other non-smart messaging phones were dead. As the Teen Lifestyle Editor and, therefore, Queen of Messaging Phones, this hit a soft spot and piqued my interest. Now that I've had the chance to use the Moto Charm for about a day, I have a few thoughts and first impressions of my own.  

  • As a messaging/social networking phone, I think it's great so far. The keyboard is great for typing. Its rubberized, domed keys making typing a message very quick. I definitely have no complaints in the keyboard department. 

  • Moto Blur is everything everyone says it is - "in your face", "obtrusive", "cluttering", etc. etc. The concept of Blur seems fine, but having all of those custom widgets (there's seriously a widget for every aspect of social media) on the tiny 2.8-inch QVGA screen is a little too much. You can, of course, delete any widgets that you don't want and try to stick with just stock Android 2.1 widgets, but I still had a hard time customizing each screen to the way I wanted it to be. I'm thinking this is a combination of the small screen size restricting certain widgets and the custom skin being difficult to work around.
  • The capacitive touchscreen itself has been great so far and very responsive. It actually supports multitouch, which is not something you would expect with a mid-ranged smartphone like the Charm. Scrolling has been a breeze.  
  • I don't see myself ever using the Backtrack pad. It's just not necessary. But it's there and it works, if that's your thing. 

  • I haven't had much time with the camera, but the specs themselves impress me
  • 3 MP fixed focus with digital zoom and it captures video. It may not seem like the best, but I think it's up to par with other mid-ranged devices we're seeing.
  • Overall, the build quality seems very solid. It's not plasticky at all and I don't feel any give when I squeeze it tightly around the edges. 

The Motorola Charm features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot with a 2GB card pre-installed (it supports up to 32GB) and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It's powered by a 1170 mAh battery, which seems like enough to keep it running for at least a day, if not more. I'll put it through more testing to get exact numbers.  

So far, I think the Charm is a solid device. Does it replace a messaging phone? I guess that depends on who you talk to. Messaging phones haven't been getting a lot of attention from designers and manufacturers lately, and now that I have the Charm, I see why. Perhaps they're trying to coerce everyone into switching to a smartphone. Who knows? For now, I'm just testing out the Charm for a review. I'll be back to give you my full thoughts on it after I've put it through more testing.


Don't forget to VOTE! Each week, PhoneDog Fans vote for their #1 smartphone in the Official Smartphone Rankings. Vote now and contribute to the industry's most relevant weekly ranking charts

Products mentioned in this Article

eBay prices for the Motorola Charm Cabernet

Related posts

Comments & discussions  

Most popular Videos
Most popular Videos
Most popular Videos

Most popular Reactions
Most popular Reactions
Most popular Reactions

This weeks "People's Choice Rankings" best smartphones
People's Choice Rankings

See all hot devices