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Motorola Announces Charm Android Phone with QWERTY Keyboard

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Jul 7, 2010, 9:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jul 7, 2010, 9:52 AM

Motorola today announced the Charm, a new bar-style QWERTY phone with Android 2.1 and a new version MOTOBLUR on board that allows for better message filtering and more customization options. The Charm, which is headed to T-Mobile later this summer, has a 2.8-inch touch screen; a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera with Kodak's Perfect Touch software and video capture at 24 frames per second; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; and Motorola's Crystal Talk Plus for improved voice call quality. Motorola says the Charm will support Adobe Flash Lite in the browser, pinch-to-zoom, one-touch uploads to social network sites, and support for Exchange corporate email. Other features include stereo Bluetooth, support for microSD cards up to 32GB; a Gorilla Glass display; and support for T-Mobile's 3.6Mbps HSDPA network. Pricing and exact availability have yet to be announced.

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Jul 7, 2010, 8:15 PM

I don't get the allure...

...of this particular form factor.

I mean, if I wanted to wander around with a waffle attached to the side of my head, I'd break out an Eggo every morning.
Not my cup of tea either, but for those who prefer a blackberry style device this will go over very well.

Jul 7, 2010, 2:51 PM

I think it will do awesome.

A lot, and I mean A LOT of my customers would absolutely love this phone. Looks like it has a really unique form-factor for an Android phone, and to top it off it has the kodak camera that made the Zine so popular.

The best part about all of this???

I have some promotional material that advertises it as a free phone. How's THAT for a good deal on an Android device????
i concur
ill sell a lot of these

Jul 7, 2010, 10:05 AM


That is one ugly piece of crap
If it comes in black. it will look good. Tons of features. Motorola seems to be on the right track. Android is giving them a chance to get back in the game.
idk, it stands a chance. Its right up there with the Moto Q.

Touch screen isn't the biggest but it does have a keyboard and its android so its gonna be customizable.
Pinch to zoom on a 2.8 screen?....lol.they need to stick to making phones for Verizon cause that seems like the only carrier they care about..
Looks like a coaster

Jul 7, 2010, 11:48 AM

My only gripe...

...with this phone is the placement of the numbers. Top row number alignment is terrible on these for fast dialing. Much prefer the much accepted layout of having the numbers in a keypad-like grouping!

Other than that it looks to be a neat idea for an Android phone. Function > Form
One can always use the touch screen option, as well.
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