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Motorola CHARM / MB502

alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 reviews of Motorola CHARM / MB502. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the size and price are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the reception and battery. There are mixed opinions on the reliability and screen.

portability, usability, performance, price, size

battery, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola CHARM / MB502 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Motorola CHARM / MB502

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 user reviews of Motorola CHARM / MB502 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People really like the price and screen. The performance and usability also get good views, but opinions are divided on the camera. There are some critical views about the reception and battery.

portability, usability, performance, screen, price

reliability, battery, reception

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Gary Krakow (knowyourcell.com)

Motorola CHARM review

 

We review T-Mobile's latest Android phone, the Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR

Affordable ; Great keyboard

Many apps don't work ; Tiny display

The Motorola CHARM is a great little Android that would make a perfect first smartphone for someone transitioning from a messaging device. Savvy Android users need not apply.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Motorola Charm (T-Mobile)

 

The Motorola Charm needs a much nicer screen and better programming to deliver a proper Android experience.

Slim and lightweight. MotoBlur is useful. Runs Android 2.1, complete with free voice navigation. Voice dialing over Bluetooth.

Low resolution screen. Sluggish. Poor reception. Many Android Market apps are unavailable. Backtrack is useless.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions The Charm has 150MB of free internal storage. The microSD card slot is underneath an almost impossible-to-remove battery cover, so you won't be replacing the card often. The slot works with microSD cards up to 32GB...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Nicole Lee (cnet.com)

Motorola Charm T-Mobile review:

 

If you think all Android phones come with big beautiful touch screens, think again. The Motorola Charm is a decidedly different take on the Android smartphone, with a square touch-screen design like that of the Motorola Flipout , except that it doesn't...

The Motorola Charm is a slim and portable handheld with a roomy keyboard and decent call quality. It comes with Android 2.1, a full HTML browser with Flash Lite, Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS.

The display on the Charm is not as vibrant as most other Android phones, and the small screen real estate really makes MotoBlur feel more cluttered than ever. We also think the photo quality is not that good.

If you can look past its design pitfalls, the Motorola Charm is an affordable and usable entry-level Android handheld. Android power users, on the other hand, may want to look elsewhere.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Motorola Charm (T-Mobile) Review

 

We think a lot of messaging fiends will appreciate the Motorola's Charm's unique design. It's nice to be able to fire off e-mails and texts without having to slide a keyboard down or rely on a touch keyboard. The $74.99 price is also attractive....

Good physical keyboard, Runs Android 2.1, Includes two batteries in the box

Low 320 x 240-pixel resolution, Motoblur runs a bit slow, Some popular apps don't run or look weird, Runs a little hot

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

Motorola CHARM Review

 

Without a doubt, there surely have been many people out there clamoring to see an Android smartphone that employs that typical BlackBerry look with its signature stationary portrait style QWERTY form factor. The yearnings of many have been heard by...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Motorola Charm Review

 

The Charm is one of the few full QWERTY Andriod phones out there, and as a whole, offers good value for money with its range of features and solid performance, from the BackTrack touchpad to the call clarity.

Good keypad, BackTrack touchpad, Large internal storage

Android 2.1, Average battery life

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Digit Mobile Phones Abhinav Lal (digit.in)

Motorola Charm - QWERTY Android Review

 

The Charm is one of the few full QWERTY Andriod phones out there, and as a whole, offers good value for money with its range of features and solid performance, from the BackTrack touchpad to the call clarity.

Good keypad ; BackTrack touchpad ; Large internal storage

Android 2.1 ; Average battery life

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Android Police (androidpolice.com)

Motorola Charm Review: The Pixel-Faced Killah

 

Getting my hands on the Charm was no mean feat. Motorola didn't seem keen to send out review units to anyone in a hurry, so I took it upon myself to go buy one, under the pretext of it being a gift for my girlfriend (she has a Nokia 1661 for...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Jerry Hildenbrand (androidcentral.com)

Motorola Charm review

 

The Motorola Charm is the embodiment of the "smart-messaging phone." It runs Android, but make no mistake -- it's not what you would expect from your typical Android phone. It h...

We've talked about the good and the bad, but what's my final verdict on the Charm? That depends on what you need it for. Don't go into it thinking you'll take advantage of the thousands of apps on the Android Market, because the phone wasn't designed...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

Motorola Charm Review - Android Phone Reviews by MobileTechReview

 

You know that square phone trend? It's not over yet: just take a look at the Motorola Charm. Motorola has been taking design leaps with their Android smartphones, and the Charm takes fewer risks than the positively unusual Motorola Backflip on AT&T....

Very good keyboard, lots of social networking, strong reception and voice. Both standard and extended batteries are included

Display is small and low quality, social networking overwhelms the tiny home screen

If you're looking for a very affordable and compact Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard, the Motorola has its charms. Despite our complaints about the display and MOTOBLUR overwhelming the small home screen, the Motorola Charm is a solid messaging...

Sep, 2010