Review: Motorola Bravo
The Bravo disappointingly uses the stock Android music player. Users can sideload media directly to the microSD card, or use third-party solutions such as the new doubleTwist AirSync software. AT&T's lousy music application is pre-loaded (and can't be deleted), and the Amazon MP3 app is missing in action (though it can be downloaded from the Android Market). AT&T Radio is also on board.
The player has barely changed since Day 1, and the Bravo fails to add anything interesting or unique to the experience. However, music playback sounded great through both the external speaker and headphones.
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I had trouble getting video to work on the Bravo. I sideloaded "Die Hard" in .m4v form, which I've never had a problem with on Android phones. The Bravo's stock player couldn't handle it, for whatever reason. I had to download another video player app from the Android Market (for free) in order to watch my movie. It looked good on the rich display.
The Bravo also has the MobiTV application preloaded, as well as AT&T's pathetic mobile video snacking service. Of course, the Android YouTube client is great for casual video consumption.
The Bravo has the DLNA server on board. It allows users to share phone-based content with other DLNA certified equipment like some TVs. Unfortunately, I have none, and was unable to test this feature.
There is also a separate application called Media Share. It looks and acts like DLNA. It offers more steps and is more helpful in when it comes to locating and connecting to other devices, but there's no guarantee it will work with anything. For example, it connected to my PC just fine, but wouldn't see my TV at all.
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