Conclusion: 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 phone and a very affordable Android smartphone. The build is solid, the phone is distinctive looking and attractive and that keyboard is excellent.
Pros: Good keyboard, lots of social networking, strong reception and voice.
Cons: Display is small and low quality, social networking overwhelms the tiny home screen.
Excerpt: The Motorola Charm for T-Mobile is indeed a departure from Motorola’s well-known Droid line. The biggest change is in the Charm’s unique form factor which includes a landscape screen, front QWERTY keypad, and overall squarish design. If you consider T-Mobile’s consumer base, the Charm is more of an attempt by Motorola to attract young users rather than some bigger effort to push smartphone form factors in a new direction.
Excerpt: Motorola Charm is all set to Charm with its brilliant features and compact design. The Motorla Charm package contains the handset, microUSB cable, charger, stereo headset, Start Guide, 1420mAh battery, 1130mAh battery, 2 add-on rear panels, and 2 GB microSD card. Design: You will be amazed by the looks of this cute looking compact phone. Even though it measures 98.4 x 67.2 x 11.4 mm and weighs 110g, it has got a portrait QWERTY keyboard. [...
Summary: After using the Charm for a week, I realized that it would make a perfect messaging phone. As a smartphone, it doesn't quite handle everything that a smartphone should, but it has the specs and the capabilities to be a great messaging phone. You can take that as a positive or a negative. If you have the money to spend an extra 30 or so dollars per month on a smartphone and mostly just do messaging, then you'll be fine with the Charm.
Pros: Great physical QWERTY keyboard; Android 2.1; smallish form-factor (READIt's not a giant mega-phone); comes with an extended battery
Cons: MotoBlur can be slightly annoying and hectic; 3MP camera didn't perform very well; display resolution is low so text and pictures are pixelated
Summary: 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 has an excellent qwerty keyboard, a small screen well designed for messaging applications (but little else), and a price point that makes sense.
Cons: Adorable form-factor, Keyboard is well made, Comes bundled with an extra extended battery, Camera has Panoramic abilities, Freezes up occasionally, Display isn’t good
T-Mobile's Motorola Charm QWERTY bar Android smartphone review
3 September 2010
Summary: The Motorola Charm is a compact QWERTY bar smartphone that runs the Android 2.1 operating system and offers Motorola's MOTOBLUR social networking, messaging, and user interface extensions, including a host of user configurable home screen widgets.
Pros: Solid build quality, compact, good keyboard and GSM reception, extended battery included, web phone portal
Cons: small and poor quality display, some 3rd party app issues, very weak camera