Motorola Charming T-Mobile with Its Motoblur

It would appear that there is a growing trend in the mobility space. Handset manufacturers are making smart phones socially savvy. I have seen this trend in the HTC Aria - Friend Stream, the Samsung Galaxy S - Social Hub, the Microsoft Kin (scuttled) and now the Motorola Charm -- Motoblur. Just like the Kin the Charm is a niche handset. It is geared toward the socially immersed - tweens, teens and even your 20-something's.

While Motoblur offers subscriber's access to your friends, pics, emails, messages and Facebook - it has one clear advantage that the Microsoft Kin did not have -- the Android Market Place. I would argue that this alone may define the success of the Charm.

Although I am not a fan of the physical keyboard - I do appreciate the functionality. This is especially true for those that are heavy text(ers). Unfortunately, I believe that the anemic screen size may be an issue. At 2.8" there is really not a whole lot of real estate for your digital properties. I do appreciate the fact that it's running Android 2.1 -- hopefully it will be in-line for an OTA update to 2.2.

Having the Motorola Charm on T-Mobile's network is also a plus. Today, HSPA+ is not ubiquitous but by the end of calendar 2010 -- T-Mobile expects to have HSPA+ deployed across its 3G footprint. This means that HSPA+ will cover more than 100 major markets or 185 million people. So it's safe to say that the Motorola Charm should see a speed boost as HSPA+ becomes available in all major markets.
The Motorola Charm won't be available until sometime late this summer -- which is right on time for back-to-school. I was able to get a detailed break down of the Charm:
  • 2.8-inch QVGA full touch screen display paired with a full QWERTY keyboard and Backtrack pad
  • Gorilla glass display with increased resistance to impact and scratch damage
  • Seven home screen panels to customize with widgets, applications and more.
  • Two finishes: Cabernet or Golden Bronze
  • Dimensions: 2.6 x 3.8 x 0.45 inches; Weight: 3.9 ounces
Multimedia Capabilities
  • 3 MP camera with easy uploading of images to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa and Photobucket.
  • FM Radio
  • Built-in music player that supports: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MPEG4, MP3, WAV and WMA
  • Stereo Bluetooth and 3.5 mm headset jack
  • 512MB flash memory, pre-installed 2GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB
  • Video capture/playback rate: 24 fps
Web Experience
  • Support for T-Mobile's 3G network, EDGE and Wi-Fi
  • Full HTML Web browser with pinch and zoom capabilities; GPS capabilities
  • Google Web Experience, including Google Search, Maps for Mobile, access to thousands of applications on Android Market
Staying Connected
  • MOTOBLUR solution automatically delivers and organizes conversations, friends and favorite content from many sources directly to the phone in easy-to-manage streams on the home screen
  • Access to personal e-mail including Gmail, Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL, and other POP/IMAP e-mail services; support for corporate Exchange e-mail and contacts
  • Support for SMS, MMS and instant messaging (IM)
  • Visual voicemail, voice activated dialing including over Bluetooth and speakerphone
  • CrystalTalk PLUS for clear and crisp conversations
Additional Features
  • Android 2.1
  • Battery Manager helps you manage and customize your phone's power consumption.
  • Mobile backup
  • Up to 12 days of standby, up to 7 hours of talk-time
  • Quad-band GSM world phone (850/900/1800/1900/2100 MHz)
  • Dual-band 3G UMTS/HSPA (Bands I & IV)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n