CTIA Fall 2010
The Motorola Bravo is a slim, fairly light Android device. The form will be instantly familiar to customers who might be interested in stepping up from one of the many Samsung touchscreen feature phones on the market. The phone gets the full Motorola Motoblur treatment, with Motorola's most recent, resizable widgets and all of the social networking features built in. The phone can also be wiped remotely, or you can track a lost phone using GPS.
In my hands-on time with the Motorola Bravo, I found the device to be responsive and very attractive. It has a somewhat simple look, but it's nicely rounded and feels good in the hand. It's slim with a soft touch finish around back, and it would be easy to slip into a well-fit pair of pants.
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The screen looked very good, even under the terrible lighting conditions at Motorola's press conference here at CTIA 2010. The display is packed with pixels. At 854 by 480 resolution it packs the same pixels as a Motorola Droid, into a 3.7-inch touchscreen. I had no trouble flipping through the menu panels or resizing Motoblur widgets.
The phone is still decidedly mid-range. It packs a 3-megapixel camera, and only comes with Adobe Flash Lite support, since the phone uses Android 2.1 instead of Android 2.2. Motorola says the Bravo will be available on AT&T in Q4 2010.
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