What Makes the Charm Tick?

Now that almost everything about the Charm has been revealed, let’s dive in deeper to see what really makes this thing tick.  Under the hood you will find a TI OMAP3410 600 MHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 512 MB Flash ROM.  User storage for apps is limited to 150 MB until the Charm is updated to Froyo, then you can take advantage of the extra 32 GB available in the MicroSD card slot.  The screen is a disappointing 2.8 inches with a 320 x 240 resolution (QVGA), but it works with the form factor.  With other bonuses like the BACKTRACK rear touchpad, Adobe Flash Lite 3, Kodak Perfect Touch imaging and what looks to be a decent keyoard, the Motorola Charm will certainly find a home somewhere.  Head on over to the Motorola site to get the real dirt on the specs and, as always, leave your thoughts in the comments!


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  • Litt

    I’m actually genuinely considering this. Still on my MT3G and this kind of seems ideal for what I do- don’t like venturing outside of HTC though since I’d be without XDA…

    • Jose Medina

      @litt my advice is wait untill it gets rooted then buy it

    • watbetch

      Most of the roms on XDA are beta or just plain crappy. I got sick of trying to find something that just worked and was fast at the same time.

      • jdog

        So true thats why after 6 months of having a rooted Mytouch I am glad I have a stock Nexus One it just works :)

      • 3G rules

        Omg watbetch is that your real picture? Wow you are ugly!

      • watbetch

        No it’s not, get your head together

  • DjECast

    how does the Backtrack work?

    • pimpstrong

      like the pad on a laptop but smaller. slides the pages like a book

    • BeverageNinja

      My understanding is that Backtrack is just like a touch screen, but this one is on the back of the phone. I guess this is so you can use it with one hand? Move your finger along the back of the phone and a cursor will appear where your finger would be. The back of the phone is single touch only and the front screen is multi-touch. I haven’t seen it in action so I don’t know how well it works, but it sounds neat. http://developer.motorola.com/docstools/library/CHARM_Programming_Tips/#backtrack_on_charm

      • bleedingmagenta

        i have seen the BACKTRACK in real world. it is really cool. makes one hand navigation a breeze. you can navigate the 7 customizable home screens, navigate address book, scroll webpages, etc… that combined with the compact size and QWERTY, it is definately a sweet little mid-level android phone.

      • kai

        backflip for att has it, right?

  • NiiDiddy


  • not a bad phone happy for tmobile

  • Abbe

    I wonder if the phone works with T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling service…..? Now that would be awesome.

    • kai

      uma won’t be available for android for a while…at least thats what i understand…

      • BronxBebe

        With the Froyo 2.2 it will be used and used free.

  • getreal

    Motorola Basil? They should have left this one covered with dirt.

  • clint

    This fone only has a 600mhz processor. Gingerbread will not run on this phone. Am I correct?

    • pimpstrong

      nope, yup.

      • Dashi

        STOP Giving Fake Info This Phone Could Very Well Run Gingerbread Those Were SUDJESTED SPECS Thats It Now The Chances Of It Getting Gingerbread Is Near 0 Because It Has Motoblur

    • covert

      For an entry level phone it’s not bad. Keep in mind 600Mhz is only part of the processor story on this one…

      “The Motorola Charm deserves a little more respect because it’s the first entry-level phone to feature a faster Cortex-A8 based processor. Powering the device is Texas Instrument’s 600 MHz OMAP3410, which even includes a dedicated PowerVR SGX graphics processor.”
      sourced from: http://androidandme.com/2010/07/news/motorola-raises-the-bar-for-entry-level-android-phones/

      • hmmm

        the 3.5+ screen requirements really would put the stop for 3.0 along

      • kathrin


        That gingerbread information is just an only rumour. No one confirmed.

        • Andrew

          It was more than not confirmed, it was denied.

      • covert

        Even if it only ever gets 2.2 still a great phone for what it is. Nothing is infinitely upgradeable.

  • NikO.

    no, but froyo will…

  • chotpy

    from the website:

    1170 mAh Li Ion; with MOTOBLUR Battery Manager”

    6.75 hours (405 min). …think any 1600mah will be sold on ebay?

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  • J. Edgar Hoover

    This is going to be an amazing phone. The specifications above show it has some muscle underneath the hood compared to other current android phones. Not to mention it support 802.11 b/g/ and n. That’s great for an “entry level” phone.

  • BronxBebe

    Hey can buy the charm and the E73 and use 2 #’s if people wanted to not deal with the high end phones.

  • ella

    Maybe blackberry could take a few pointers off this device.

    • BronxBebe

      LOL I thought the same thing!

  • funky

    I think it is great they put a capacitive screen on this device and I imagine the backtrack makes things easier. I wonder if it scrolls web pages.. I can’t really imagine anyone doing anything better with that type of a phone.

    Personally, I like sliders – the tips of my fingers need to go on a diet.

  • Tony

    They should allow this as a Web2Go device, like the Nuron.

  • Mog

    A “disappointing” 2.8″ QVGA display? Last I recall the Curve 8520 had a 2.6″ QVGA screen. And of course it’s not a Gorilla Glass capacitive touch screen. And, uh, the Charm is *cheaper.* : O

    The Charm looks like the perfect entry-level smartphone for anyone wanting a more affordable option, especially for Even More + plans. I think it’s outstanding that smart phones are so accessible these days.

  • just some dude

    This takes me back to the Dash days, minus the windblows OS. Nothing to write home about with this one.

  • adam

    People this phone is an option is the same cliq expect on our phone 203 mb internal memory stay with cliq or cliq qt because from what i read mytouch3g slide and this phone cliq and cliq qt will see it last update 2.2 os . This isnt an update is for a starter who hasnt had android yet!

  • adam

    @chotpy wow 1150mah linon sound like g1 battery life time . Even the cliq has 1420mah lilon

  • mick

    since this is a smart phone will it require a web plan? on a displag it was advertised as a messag9ng phone..,