Pictures taken with the Motorola Charm

December 4, 2010

On paper, the Motorola Charm features the same lackluster 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera as the Motorola Devour.

Based on the abysmal quality of the Devour camera, my expectations were extremely low. Thankfully, the Charm performs a lot better…

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Unboxing the Motorola Charm

September 16, 2010

charm \ˈchärm\ noun: a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights

Does the Motorola Charm live up to its name? Not so much. It’s an interesting hardware concept ruined by cost cutting and poor software.

I really wanted to like the Charm, but Motorola spoiled the fun with cheap materials, a low-resolution (QVGA 320×240), low-quality display, a 3 MP camera without autofocus (like the Devour), and the universally loathed BLUR user interface…

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Pictures taken with the Motorola Devour

April 27, 2010

The Motorola Devour shares most of the features of the Motorola CLIQ except the camera, which is downgraded from a competent 5 megapixel unit with autofocus to a terrible 3 MP unit devoid of AF.

It’s possible to make a reasonable 3 megapixel camera without autofocus – see the Sony Ericsson TM717 (Equinox). So what’s wrong here?

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Podcast: Talking with tnkgrl #23

March 13, 2010

It’s time for another podcast (28 min):
Audio version
Video version

Matthew Bennett (Nokia Daily News, US Mobile Industry) joined me while Tony Peric (fone frenzy) edited the video :)

This week we discussed Mobile World Congress (Windows Phone 7 Series & Meego), the Apple iPad, the Motorola Devour, and the LG BL40!

Other topics include the Google Nexus One software update, the Nokia N86 camera, Qik Premium & Skype for Symbian, and the BeagleBoard

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Unboxing the Motorola Devour

March 10, 2010

Another day, another Android phone with BLUR. The Motorola Devour is Verizon’s take on the Motorola CLIQ. It’s billed as a baby Motorola Droid of sorts, except it’s not!

The Devour looks like a premium device. The body is machined out of a single block of aluminum, just like the MacBook Pro. The spring-loaded sliding mechanism of the QWERTY keyboard feels truly fantastic, and the optical trackpad is a lovely touch. In that respect, it’s nicer than the CLIQ and the Droid…

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