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Review: Motorola Bravo

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The Motorola Bravo is a deceptively small Android phone that still manages to include a generous 3.7-inch display. The plastic and rubber materials feel just a bit on the cheap side, but not enough to put you off. The front is rimmed with a soft touch paint job, and the battery cover shares the same material. Both give the Bravo a very grippy feel in the hand. The steeply curved side and back of the Bravo allow it to sit deep in your hand, making it comfortable to hold and use. It's a little bit thicker than I think a monoblock touch phone should be (0.55 inches / 14mm), but it doesn't come off as fat. The size and shape mean it should easily slip into a tight pocket, but the soft-touch surface manages to slow things down.

The touch display covers probably 90% of the Bravo's front surface. Tucked way down at the bottom edge, users will find three capacitive keys for interaction with the Android menus. For some odd reason, there is no Search key, only Menu, Home and Back. The Bravo lacks dedicated send/end keys, too.

The microUSB port for charging and data transfer is located on the left of the Bravo. It is open and unprotected; no flimsy rubber hatch here. The volume toggle is on the right side of the Bravo. It is slim, but protrudes nicely from the side of the phone and is easy to find. Travel and feedback weren't very satisfying, though. There is no dedicated camera key. The power/lock key is on the top edge of the Bravo. It is easy to find and use. A 3.5mm headset jack is positioned next to it, meaning users can enjoy their own stereo headphones.

The battery cover pops off easily. The battery -- a massive 1500mAh brick -- hides the microSD card slot. You have to pull the battery to get at the memory card. That's a design no-no.

In all, the Bravo has a certain appeal, no doubt.

 

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